LCEC awards environmental funds
LCEC recently announced that it will provide the city of Sanibel, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Coastal Keepers, Calusa Land Trust and Nature Preserve of Pine Island, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Monofilament Busters with environmental funding awards.
Nearly $79,500 has been awarded since the program’s inception in 2014.
To apply, organizations can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds.
The deadline for the 2018 award is Sept. 1.
Commissioner to speak at meeting
Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman will speak on April 14 at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Sanibel Community Church, at 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
He is the next speaker in the Sanibel/Captiva Republican Caucus 2018 Speakers Program.
Hamman is running for re-election this year for the District 4 seat. He will talk about his views on issues facing Lee County and his proposals to address them.
The public is welcome to attend.
Refreshments will be served.
For information, contact Will Smith at 239-395-0819.
Shewfelt joins ACSH advisory board
Dr. Robert Shewfelt recently joined the American Council on Science and Health as a new addition to its Board of Scientific Advisors.
Now in its 40th year, ACSH promotes critical thinking on issues, like smoking, seatbelt safety and manufactured claims about chemicals, medicine, supplements and food. The board peer reviews the council’s work, writes articles for Priorities magazine and guides its positions on science policy.
Shewfelt is professor emeritus of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia. He moved to Sanibel with his wife in 2016.
The other additions to the board were Michael Dourson, Seymour Fein, Fred Lipfert, Leah McGrath, Mikko Paunio and Christine Whelan.
County receives national recognition
Lee County government has received a national award for its work before, during and after Hurricane Irma.
Lee County officials accepted the 2018 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award on March 28 at the NHC Conference at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. The award recognizes the county for serving as a model for other organizations in its handling of hurricane-related activities.
NHC officials recognized Lee County’s achievement in hurricane-related preparedness in past years as well as 2017, including legislation, public awareness programs, financing mechanisms, sheltering plans, engineering research, warning notification systems and prediction techniques.