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Bailey, Schuyler join PURRE Board of Directors

By Staff | Mar 11, 2009

The PURRE Water Coalition (People United to Restore our Rivers and Estuaries) announced on Monday the appointment of Sam Bailey and Dan Schuyler to its Board of Directors.

“The current board is happy to welcome Sam and Dan,” said PURRE Chairman Michael Valiquette. “Sam brings not only his passion for this area and its environment but his understanding and knowledge of its politics, which is essential to PURRE’s mission. Dan is a vital part of our community and a bottomless well of energy and marketing skill. PURRE is working hard to extend its reach and having Dan on our board, who is a resident of Fort Myers Beach, will help broaden our perspective.”

Bailey was born and raised on Sanibel, where his family history dates back to the late 1800s. In addition to being an island son, Bailey was also an accomplished athlete and professional football player in the 1940s and later went on to serve as an award-winning coach at the University of Tampa. Some of Bailey’s longest and closest friends include former Florida Governor Bob Graham, former Sanibel Mayor and U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, NBC newsman Willard Scott, NFL coach John Rauch, Tampa Tribune sports writer Tom McEwen and photographer Charles McCoulough.

Schuyler opened Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery on Sanibel in 2006 with co-owner Karen Bell. He has been a prominent fixture in the American jewelry industry for more than 29 years. A native of Maryland, Schuyler has dealt in nearly every aspect of the jewelry business, from sales and advertising to buying and designing. In 2002, he set his sights on Southwest Florida and since that time has become a great friend to Sanibel and Captiva, active in many charitable endeavors and fundraising activities on the islands.

The PURRE Water Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health and quality of the rivers and estuaries in South Florida.

To accomplish this, PURRE communicates with government officials about water quality and pollution, promotes projects to move water south from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, advocates for a statewide fertilizer ordinance that will reduce the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in our waters, works to pass legislation that will control and mitigate the effect of harmful algae blooms, and works to increase public awareness of water quality problems and to create and promote solutions.

For additional information, visit their Web site at www.purre.org.

Source: PURRE