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SCCF given proclamation for 50 years

By Staff | Nov 15, 2017

SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad and some of his staff received a proclamation from Vice Mayor Mick Denham for its 50th anniversary. MEGHAN MCCOY

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation received a proclamation last Tuesday in honor of the 50th anniversary of incorporation on Oct. 31, 2017.

The proclamation, “The City and citizens of Sanibel’s desire to conserve, enhance and protect our island’s natural resources has been advanced by SCCF’s work over the last five decades.”

It further stated that in “1967 land acquisition was an essential conservation strategy, grew to become Sanibel’s largest private landowner, preserving approximately 1,500 acres of wildlife habitat on Sanibel and more than 850 acres on other Lee County islands. SCCF, recognizing the increasing threats to local water quality in the 21st century, expanded its mission to include the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. SCCF’s dedicated leadership, staff and volunteers pursue that mission through program areas including its Marine Laboratory, land acquisition and stewardship, wildlife and habitat management, natural resource policy, Native and Landscapes & Garden Center, landscaping for wildlife, environmental education, shorebird management and the longest running Sea Turtle Program in the State of Florida.”

SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad shared how honored he and some of SCCF’s staff was to be at the meeting Tuesday morning.

“We are so grateful for the support the community has given SCCF over its first 50 years. We really enjoy and value highly the relationship that we have with the City Council, city staff and city manager and attorney. We really appreciate your partnership. This is a real honor,” he said.

Vice Mayor Mick Denham asked what was the most significant achievement SCCF has had in the last 50 years.

“Land acquisition certainly to preserve open space and wildlife habitat here on the island,” Lindblad said. “The roadsides wouldn’t be the same without the open space that we have and the wildlife taken advantage of all that has been set aside. All that has happened is a result of the work of the community in support of us. We stand on the shoulders of some really amazing people who were here in 1967.”

One of those amazing people was a gentleman with Priscilla Murphy Realty. Lindblad sad they started buying property early on in the Sanibel Gardens and Tarpon Bay subdivisions, which is now the Sanibel Gardens Preserve.

“There were 1,200 lots that would have been built, 50 x 100 foot lots, and that’s where they started their efforts,” he said.

SCCF presented the City Council, as well as the city with a joywood tree to be planted in the city’s garden.