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Commissioner’s era with district ends

By Staff | Apr 16, 2019

TIFFANY REPECKI The Captiva Island Fire Control District's commission accepted the resignation of Commissioner Robert Brace, second from right, at its recent meeting. He is pictured with Commissioner Sherrill Sims, Fire Chief Jeff Pawul and Commissioner C.W. Kilgore.

Despite it being a small audience, Captiva Island Fire Control District Commissioner Robert Brace received a standing ovation at the recent meeting as his time serving the district came to a close.

On April 9, the commissioners voted unanimously 3-0 to accept his resignation.

“We are very sad to see Bob leave his position with the fire district. He has dedicated a tremendous amount of time,” Fire Chief Jeff Pawul said. “Bob has helped to advance this department from a mainly volunteer to full-time fire department as the needs of the island have grown.”

“We are very thankful for the work he has done and the time he has volunteered supporting our efforts to make this island safe for all the residents and guests alike,” he added.

Brace submitted his resignation to the district on April 2.

“I think you know how we all feel and we thank you for the bottom of ours hearts,” Commissioner Sherrill Sims said, with Commissioner C.W. Kilgore voicing agreement.

Brace was presented with a hat and an engraved trophy from the district thanking him for his 18 years of service to the community, a combination of his time as a commissioner and volunteer firefighter.

Asked about his years serving the district, Brace recommended it.

“If you get a chance to do it, do it,” he said.

As for filling the now-vacant seat on the commission, the district is accepting letters of interest. Pawul explained that the letters can be sent to him, and the commissioners will appoint the new member. His email is jpawul@captivafire.com.

He said the hope is to fill the seat in the next month or so.

To be considered for the fire commissioner position, interested applicants must be a resident of the district and must be a registered voter in Lee County; no prior fire service experience is needed.

Also at the meeting, Pawul reported that the district’s annual audit got under way.

The audit must be filed by the end of June.

He also told the commissioners that the district received a thank you letter for its participation in this year’s Fill the Boot campaign, held from March 8-10, from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

It also received a thank you letter from a couple locked out of a home on Feb. 14.

In the letter, they explained that they contacted the property manager and the Sanibel Police Department with no success before turning to the district, which did answer their plea for help.

“It was nice they took the time to write something,” Sims said.


– There were 35 incident calls in March, as compared to 46 in 2018.

– The district conducted three inspections in March.