Lee County has always supported the men and women who selflessly served their country in the Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, The PURPLE HEART is the oldest military decoration originally created as a Badge of Merit by General George Washington in 1782; and
WHEREAS, The PURPLE HEART was the first American Service Award only awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or killed in combat by a declared enemy of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, Lee County appreciates the sacrifices that our PURPLE HEART recipients have made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important that we acknowledge them for their courage and show the honor and support they have earned;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim Lee County to be a PURPLE HEART COUNTY, so designated, honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation's men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.
The National Recreation & Parks Association has declared July as National Parks & Recreation Month; and
Whereas, Lee County Parks and Recreation touches the lives of individuals, families, groups, and the entire community, positively impacting upon the social, economic, and environmental quality of our county; and
Whereas, parks, greenways, and open spaces provide a welcome respite from our fast paced, high tech lifestyles while protecting and preserving our natural environment; and
Whereas, parks, playgrounds, nature trails, open spaces, community and cultural centers, as well as historic sites make a community attractive and desirable places to live, work, play and visit; and
Whereas, Lee County Parks and Recreation activities, and leisure experiences provide opportunities for young people to live, grow, and develop into contributing members of society; and
Whereas, Parks and Recreation agencies provide outlets for physical activities, socialization and stress reducing experiences;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim July 2017 as PARKS & RECREATION MONTH in Lee County and urges all citizens to visit the parks, especially on the weekend of July 29th and 30th when all parking fees will be waived at Lee County regional parks and boat ramps. There will also be free admission at the county pools.
Community corrections is an essential part of the justice system; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals enforce court orders with dignity, while recognizing the right of the public to be safe-guarded from criminal activity; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals are responsible for supervising adult and juvenile offenders in the community; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals are trained professionals who provide services and referrals for defendants; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals work in partnership with community agencies and groups; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals promote prevention, intervention and advocacy; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals provide services and support for victims; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services and probation professionals advocate community and restorative justice; and
WHEREAS, community corrections professionals are a true Force for Positive Change in their communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim July 16th – 22nd, 2017 as PRETRIAL, PROBATION, AND PAROLE SUPERVISION WEEK in Lee County and encourages all citizens to honor these community corrections professionals and to recognize their achievements.
MANGO MANIA Tropical Fruit Festival was originated by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and held at the catholic church on Pine Island in July 1995; and
WHEREAS, establishing the festival was an effort to help the growers on Pine Island sell their fruit and plants during harvest time when the location of Pine Island was known by very few people; and
WHEREAS, the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce decided not to hold the festival for the next two years due to the fact there was no suitable site on the island. By popular request of Pine Islanders, the MANGO MANIA Tropical Fruit Festival was reinstated in 1998 utilizing the facilities of the KOA Campground in St. James City; and
WHEREAS, the festival is used as fundraisers by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, M.O.T.I. and Calusa Land Trust to enable them to make contributions to Pine Island Elementary School, scholarship programs, F.I.S.H. and other charities; and
WHEREAS, MANGO MANIA was such a success that by 2001 it had outgrown the KOA facilities, and since there were no other suitable locations on the island, the decision was made to move the festival to the German-American Club to allow for continued growth that saw more than 10,000 attendees last year.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby extend their best wishes for a successful 2017 MANGO MANIA Tropical Fruit Festival being celebrated July 15-16, 2017.