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Denham appointed Chair of Southwest Florida RPC

By Staff | Nov 3, 2009

Last month, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) held “A State of the Region Address” at its annual meeting at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda.

During the gathering, the Council paid tribute to the City of Fort Myers Mayor James Humphrey for his years of service. He was elected to serve on the Council in January 2003 and was Chair of the Council from January 2009 to October 2009.

On Oct. 15, Humphrey passed the council gavel to Vice Chair Mick Denham, Mayor of the City of Sanibel. Denham will be the Acting Chairman of the Council from November 2009 until January 2010, when the Council will elect the 2010 officers.

Denham has been a member of the Southwest Regional Planning Council since March 2005. He is currently the Chair of the Council’s Lower West Coast Watershed Implementation Committee and a member of the Council’s Climate and Energy Committee. He is also one of the Assistant Treasurer’s of the Council.

First elected to Sanibel City Council in March 2005 and re-elected March 2009, Denham has served as Mayor of Sanibel since 2007. He has also served as a member of the Florida League of Cities Energy and Environmental Quality Legislative Council for the last three years.

The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council advocates on issues of regional significance on behalf of southwest Florida. It brings 34 local elected officials and five state-appointed officials together to develop agreement on a common vision for the region and assess progress toward obtaining that vision.

Created in 1973 by an interlocal agreement among Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties, the Council serves as a regional information clearing house, conducts research and implements projects that include planning, law, emergency management, public administration, environmental science, business administration and information technology.