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COTI annual meeting to feature water expert

By Staff | Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Gary Goforth

The Committee of the Islands will hold its annual meeting on March 22 at 10 a.m. at The Community House on Sanibel. Expert environmental engineer Dr. Gary Goforth will be the keynote speaker.

During the meeting, COTI will name its 2019 Citizen of the Year.

Goforth has over 35 years of experience in water resources engineering, specializing in hydrology and water quality. For the last 30 years, he has been involved with large-scale environmental restoration programs in the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem, including the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Goforth currently serves on the Florida Oceanographic Society’s board of directors. His address, “From Cradles of Life to Chambers of Death,” will focus on nutrient pollution in Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee watershed.

The public is invited to attend the program; light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. COTI will then hold its business meeting for members only at 11 a.m.; memberships will be available at the door.

The business meeting will include reports on the organization and its activities, and election of directors for the coming year. Nominees for re-election to a second term are Joyce Craig, Jan Holly, Erhard Joeres and Peter Walcott. Nominee for a one-year term as past president is Mike Miller.

For more information, call President Mike Miller at 239-395-0593 or visit www.coti.org.