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Aubuchon, Richter visit City Hall for annual address

By Staff | Nov 3, 2010

Senator Garrett Richter, left, and Representative Gary Aubuchon, right, attended Tuesday's City Council meeting at MacKenzie Hall. Also pictured is Ric Base, president of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

On the most significant day of the year for most politicians, two of Sanibel’s most prestigious voices in Tallahassee stopped by MacKenzie Hall to meet members of the public, share information with local leaders and update the community on several issues of great importance.

Prior to Tuesday’s City Council session, Representative Gary Aubuchon (District 74) and Senator Garrett Richter (District 37) took time to attend the annual meet-and-greet with islanders.

“A lot has happened since the last time I appeared before you,” Aubuchon told the council. “The Deepwater Horizon incident was a disaster of epic proportions. It turned out to be bad, but not as bad as it could have been here in Southwest Florida.”

One of the daunting challenges that faced the leaders of Florida was not having a governmental entity in place to handle the kind of emergency that the massive oil leak presented, he explained. But following a special session of the House of Representatives in July, and a detailed report presented to them on Aug. 31, Aubuchon is confident that should another emergency of that magnitude appear off the Sunshine State’s shoreline in the future, Florida will be better prepared.

“The reality was, after looking at the entire issue, that we had a willing partner in (British Petroleum),” said Aubuchon, who lives in Cape Coral. “It certainly made for an interesting summer.”

During the informal meet-and-greet, Garrett Richter, left, chatted with chamber president Ric Base.

Richter, who had planned on spending Tuesday morning watching the space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, was available to attend the meeting due to a NASA postponement. He told the audience that he hoped that everyone in attendance planned to cast their vote in the general election.

“It’s casting your vote that makes this country so dramatically different than other countries around the world,” said Richter. “It’s going to be a monumental day.”

The Republican from Naples also took a moment to offer a few predictions for Tuesday’s elections.

“It’s time to make some changes,” he added. “It’s time to take a leadership role.”

Mayor Kevin Ruane, left, speaks with Representative Gary Aubuchon.

Gary Aubuchon, left, chats with Vice Mayor Mick Denham and Director of Planning Jimmy Jordan.