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Guest Commentary: COTI endorses Goss for Sanibel City Council

By Staff | Feb 25, 2015

Chauncey Goss, candidate for City Council in the upcoming election, combines a remarkable record of public service, knowledge of and appreciation for Sanibel Island, and a set of values we believe is well-suited to preserving the sanctuary character of this barrier island community.

Based on this record and values — as well as our interview with Mr. Goss and his performance at the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum — the Committee Of The Islands is pleased to endorse him for City Council.

We urge Sanibel residents to vote for Chauncey Goss in the City Council election on Tuesday, March 3.

Chauncey Goss grew up on Sanibel, where his father, Porter Goss, served as this island’s first mayor.

After a career of public service in Washington, D.C., he now lives on Sanibel with his wife, Allison, and their three sons. He is the founder and managing partner of a consulting firm here that provides clients with fiscal policy and budgetary forecasting and analysis.

His expertise in this area comes from over a decade of experience working for the Pentagon, the President, and the Congress.

Mr. Goss graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, with a BA in Area Studies and an emphasis on the environment. He subsequently earned a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Chauncey Goss has extensive experience in relations with Lee County government as well, due to his service on the Lee County Coastal Advisory Council, the Lee County Historic Preservation Board, and the Lee County Parks and Recreation advisory committee.

This experience with Lee County is especially important, as Sanibel finds itself increasingly affected by the policies and actions of the county.

Mr. Goss has also served on the board of the Sanibel Community Association, the Ding Darling Wildlife Society, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation.

He currently serves on the board of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the United Way of Lee County.

Mr. Goss states that he applauds the hard work of past city councils over the last 40 years in making the city what it is today, and further states that his campaign platform is a simple one: keeping Sanibel a wonderful place to live and visit.

He believes the most important issues that Council must deal with in the coming years are water quality, redevelopment, the proposed civic core, and traffic.

COTI supports these goals and urges you to vote for Chauncey Goss on Tuesday, March 3.