Board Recognitions Page Content 2018 Board Recognitions Date: 3/20/201803-20-18 Paulette Burton Awards 03-20-18 Length of Service Date: 3/6/2018There are thousands of children and adults in Lee County who have intellectual and developmental disabilities; andWhereas, the Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens, known as LARC, has been advocating for and serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lee County since March 12, 1954, and will celebrate 64 years of service on March 12, 2018; and Whereas, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities frequently require specialized services, treatment and support for extended periods of their lives, and due to improved care their lifespans often exceed that of their parents and caregivers; andWhereas, the support provided by family members, caregivers, friends, professionals and concerned citizens enable individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate more freely in education, employment, and community living; andWhereas, this month we join with LARC to recognize and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, purposeful engagement and inclusion in their communities so that they may reach their fullest potential;NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the March 2018 as INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Lee County and recognizes the many achievements made by these citizens and their potential to achieve to continue to grow and contribute as remarkable members of our community. March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time when our nation reflects on the valuable contributions women make to our society; andWHEREAS, it is very important that we provide young women access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential; andWHEREAS, the PACE Center for Girls is instrumental in helping promote a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy, in collaboration with Florida’s Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, and Department of Juvenile Justice; and WHEREAS, PACE Center for Girls, Lee County, reports a 95% success rate of keeping girls out of the criminal justice system and improving the academic success of 96% of students; andWHEREAS, March 13, 2018, is the tenth anniversary of the Grande Dames Tea, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County will be honoring four local women for their lifelong impact in business, philanthropy and community engagement, and promoting awareness of the services provided by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County;NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim March 2018 as BELIEVING IN GIRLS MONTH in Lee County and urges all residents to engage in the Grande Dames Tea to honor the female spirit and promote the potential of all girls and women. Date: 2/20/2018Lee County welcomes the Minnesota Twins and their fans backfor their 28th 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 26th Spring Training season in Lee County, and the seventh at JetBlue Park; and Whereas, Lee County is incredibly proud that both teams made post-season appearances in 2017, and with the extremely harsh winter weather being experienced this year in both Minneapolis and Boston, we welcome 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; andWhereas, the Red Sox and Twins are exemplary community partners, aligning themselves with many local not-for-profits and youth organizations, and with this year the two clubs going above and beyond and united after Hurricane Irma with each organization pledging $100,000 to assist with disaster relief and recovery in the Lee County area. Additionally, each team is honoring first responders and critical volunteers this spring training; and Whereas, the 2018 Spring Training season will mark the fifth year of competition between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox to win the “Chairman’s Cup” with the Twins defending the 2017 Cup;NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida – along with Lee County’s Parks & Recreation Department, Visitor & Convention Bureau, Sports Development Office, and Facilities Construction & Management Department – does hereby proclaim its full support for both the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox organizations, and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2018 baseball season. Engineers help to design, construct, and maintain the infrastructure and facilities that contribute to the quality of life of all the residents of Lee County; andWHEREAS, maintaining the quality of life in Lee County during periods of substantial growth and uncertain economic times depends on engineers developing innovative, creative, and high-quality solutions to technical problems; and WHEREAS, engineers, above all else in the practice of their profession, hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public; andWHEREAS, through the celebration of Engineers Week each year, the Florida Engineering Society and its Calusa Chapter are dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce and raising public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society; andWHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners wishes to recognize and honor those individuals who live and work in Lee County and who practice the profession of engineering in an honorable, responsible, ethical, and competent manner; and to recognize and honor those students who have chosen to be educated to follow a career path in the field of engineering.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim that the week of February 18 through February 24, 2018, be designated as ENGINEERS WEEK in Lee County. The Tobacco-Free Lee Coalition, in partnership with Lee County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), stand up for the health of Lee County citizens; andWhereas, constant exposure to tobacco juices in smokeless tobacco products can cause oral cancers, which can form within just five years of regular use; andWhereas, smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing chemicals; andWhereas, smokeless tobacco users have a 60 percent higher rate of pancreatic, stomach, and esophageal cancers; and Whereas, smokeless tobacco products have been linked to bacterial infections which may lead to coronary artery disease; and Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that high school athletes use smokeless tobacco at nearly twice the rate of non-athletes; andWhereas, smokeless tobacco use among athletes increased more than 11% from 2001-2013, even as smoking rates dropped significantly; andWhereas, in 2017 major league baseball has banned rookie players from using smokeless tobacco, eventually eliminating smokeless tobacco from major league baseball.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of February 18-24, 2018, as Through With Chew Week, and in doing so, urges citizens to make publicly known the dangers of smokeless tobacco use and encourages smokeless tobacco users to demonstrate to themselves, their friends, and their families that they can quit. Date: 1/16/2018January 2018 has been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month by the Federal Government; andWhereas, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and community organizations founded one of the first human trafficking task forces in the country in 2005 which continues to be actively involved in the fight against modern day slavery through the U.S. Attorney’s Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force; andWhereas, the State of Florida is recognized as one of three states with the highest incidence of human trafficking and also as one of the states which is doing the most to combat this crime in terms of legislation and victims treated; andWhereas, the Lee County School District and Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships are collaborating on programs in the middle and high schools to teach children about the dangers of trafficking and how to protect themselves; andWhereas, the U.S. Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, Abuse Counseling Treatment, Catholic Charities, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Children’s Advocacy Center, FGCU, Hodges University, Keiser University and Lee Health are working collaboratively to build awareness through community and educational events and trainings, prevention programs for youth, businesses and medical facilities; andWhereas, on January 20, 2018, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and the City of Fort Myers will conduct a “Prevention Power” family event at the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight Stars Complex, to promote prevention and awareness of human trafficking.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby designate the month of January 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County. Priority Marketing, a full-service, award-winning marketing, advertising, public relations and digital marketing agency, is celebrating 25 years serving Lee County businesses with expert marketing service to support their business goals and the overall economic success of the community; andWHEREAS, Fort Myers native Teri Hansen, APR, company president and creative director of Priority Marketing, founded the company in 1992, the company has grown from a sole proprietorship to the area’s largest full-service marketing firm with more than 30 employees, serving a diverse array of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and individuals with comprehensive marketing services; andWHEREAS, giving back to the community is a “priority” at Priority Marketing, and the company has donated an estimated $2 million for in-kind services providing quality professional PR and marketing services to philanthropic organizations; andWHEREAS, over 25 years, Priority Marketing has positively impacted the Lee County economy by creating jobs, recruiting employees to the area, encouraging innovation and industry competition, reflecting diversity and growing and mentoring young professionals. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby congratulate Priority Marketing on its 25th Anniversary and recognizes its outstanding contributions to the community. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Shell Point Retirement Community, which has a proud history of serving the senior population of Southwest Florida as a nonprofit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, dedicated to God and the care of His people; and Whereas, Shell Point Retirement Community has earned prestigious national attention and numerous awards, bringing positive recognition to Lee County and to the senior living industry, of which Shell Point has become a recognized leader, setting an example of quality and excellence for others to follow; and Whereas, Shell Point delivers a vibrant lifestyle combined with outstanding health care services to more than 2,400 current residents who enjoy fulfilling opportunities for volunteer service and numerous recreational and social pursuits; and Whereas, Shell Point is a major job provider in Lee County by providing purposeful employment to more than 1,000 dedicated employees; and Whereas, Shell Point has shown a commitment over the past five decades to conserving, enhancing, and protecting the natural resources of its beautiful location along the Caloosahatchee River; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby convey our sincere congratulations to Shell Point Retirement Community in recognition of the organization’s 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry, its commitment to our community, and its unwavering, dedicated service to its residents and employees since 1968.