2020 Board Recognitions

expand Date: 2/18/2020

02-04-20 LOS
02-04-20 Length of Service Awards


02-18-20 Sammy Watkins Day
Samuel “Sammy” Benjamin Watkins IV was born in Fort Myers, Florida on June 14, 1993 and attended South Fort Myers High School where he was a varsity athlete in football, basketball and track & field. He became the all-time leading receiver in the history of Lee County and led an undefeated South Fort Myers team into the 3A state semifinals; and

WHEREAS, In 2010 Sammy committed to attend Clemson University where he was an AP first-team All-American his freshman year, becoming only the fourth ever true freshman to do so.  In his sophomore year he accumulated 708 yards, 58 receptions, and three touchdowns and as a junior he was the MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl after setting a record with 16 receptions for 227 yards; and

WHEREAS, In 2014 Sammy Watkins was drafted in the first round as the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, his favorite childhood team and set a new rookie record in both receptions and receiving yards. During his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, Sammy was listed as one of the Top 100 Players of 2016; and

WHEREAS, On February 2nd 2020, Sammy Watkins became a Super Bowl champion by helping the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers with five catches for 98 yards including a critical 38-yard grab to set up the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida proclaims February 18th as SAMMY WATKINS DAY in Lee County to commemorate his recent accomplishments and the Board of County Commissioners thank him for his positive impact on our community.


02-18-20 Spring Training
Lee County welcomes the defending American League Central Champion Minnesota Twins and their fans back for their 30th Spring Training season at the recently renovated CenturyLink Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium; and Lee County welcomes the Boston Red Sox and their fans back to their 28th Spring Training season in Lee County, and the ninth at JetBlue Park; and

WHEREAS, Lee County is incredibly proud of the partnership with both teams, and welcomes fans to enjoy our warm tropical destination and help these two teams kick off a new season of hope and expectation of being crowned World Series Champion; and

WHEREAS, The Red Sox and Twins are exemplary community partners, aligning themselves with many local not-for-profits and youth organizations.  Examples of this community support include the Red Sox awarding a $5,000 scholarship to one student at all 13 public high schools.  The Twins have hosted over a decade of free youth baseball clinics with its coaches and players that have reached more than 5,000 participants.  Since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida in 2017, both teams are actively engaged with local first responders and active/retired military personnel at their ballparks to show appreciation for everything those men and women do in our communities and for our nation; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 Spring Training season will mark the seventh year of competition between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox to win the “Chairman’s Cup”, with the Twins most recently edging out the Red Sox four-games-to-three to capture the 2019 Cup;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim its full support for both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins organizations, and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2020 baseball season.

expand Date: 1/21/2020

01-21-20 ArtFest 20th Anniversary
ArtFest Fort Myers debuted in February 2001, has been held annually the first weekend of February, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary the weekend of January 31, through February 2, 2020 and has become Southwest Florida’s largest weekend event and premier art festival; and

Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers attracts over 95,000 visitors annually to the Fort Myers River District reaching across all social boundaries to inspire diversity, fellowship, and economic activity; and

Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers annually provides a venue for 200+ artists to pursue their success as small business owners; and

Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers supports art education in Lee County Schools and after school programs on a year-round basis; and

Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers has expanded to include Publix Run To The Arts, a 5K bringing together the best life has to offer: health & fitness, and arts & culture. This recent expansion also includes We Are Overflowing, an exhibit to inspire Rethinking Waste and Recycling through the messaging of art.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida proclaims January 31, 2020 through February 02, 2020 as ARTFEST FORT MYERS DAYS in Lee County and encourage all citizens to show their appreciation towards the many artists and organizations who dedicate themselves to enhancing the quality of life in our community for the benefit of all our citizens and visitors.