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Memorial service, municipal honors planned for Jordan

By Staff | Apr 24, 2019


A memorial service for retired Sanibel Planning Director James C. Jordan will be held on April 26 at 5 p.m. at Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Additionally, Mayor Kevin Ruane and the Sanibel City Council will recognize Jordan’s 33 years of dedicated service to the city posthumously on May 7 at 9 a.m. at City Hall. Members of the community will also have an opportunity to express condolences to the family in person beginning at 8:30 a.m.

When Jordan retired in 2018, he had more than 33 years of professional planning experience, all with the city of Sanibel. At the time of his retirement he was the longest tenured employee. Jordan began his career as a planning technician and was later appointed to planner. He earned his associate’s degree from Edison Community College and his bachelor’s from the University of Florida, majoring in public administration with a minor in urban planning.

His accomplishments with the city included working on the following projects:

– Serving as planning director from 2009 until his retirement

– Preparation of the Evaluation and Appraisal Report based amendments of the Sanibel Plan

– Preparation of Land Development Code Amendments for Emergency Electric Power Generator

– Development and preparation of the city Build-back Regulations

– Facilitating the Local Business Roundtable Discussion Group

– Preparation of Citizen’s Guide to Coastal and Flood Plain Management

– Inventorying and updating the city’s telecommunications tolerant areas

A legacy of the early pioneer families, he had considered Sanibel his home from the age of 3.

Jordan leaves behind his wife, Marguerite; his daughters, Alicia and Angelica; and his grandchildren.

City Hall is at 800 Dunlop Road.