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Mayor re-appointed to South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force

By Staff | May 1, 2019

Kevin Ruane

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has been re-appointed to serve on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The task force is comprised of 14 members, including federal, tribal, state and local representatives, to develop policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects and activities that address the restoration, preservation and protection of the South Florida Ecosystem.

The success of the Everglades restoration will have tremendous economic impact on the coastal communities of South Florida, including Sanibel. Ruane has worked closely with federal and state delegations to advance the Everglades and northern estuaries restoration, specifically the passage of the 2014 Water Resources reform and Development Act, and to promote projects such as C-43 West Basin Reservoir, Everglades Agriculture Area Reservoir, Kissimmee Restoration and Central Everglades Planning Project.

Ruane was appointed to the Sanibel City Council to serve an interim position for a vacant seat in 2007. He later ran for a permanent position on the council and was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His peers appointed him as vice mayor for 2009 and mayor in 2010. He is serving his 10th year as mayor.

Ruane served or is currently serving as the council liaison to the Employee Dependent Scholarship Committee, Sanibel Police Officers Pension Board of Trustees, Sanibel Planning Commission, Redevelopment Project, Audit Committee, Contractors Review Board, General Employees’ Pension Board, Community Housing Resources and the CHR Coast & Island Community Land Trust. He also served as liaison to the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee.

Additionally, Ruane was appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities’ Legislative Policy Committee. He serves as the treasurer for the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization and is a member of its executive board. Ruane has served as council liaison on the Lee County Tourism Development Council and is a member of the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund and the Florida Municipal Loan Council. He was appointed as a board member to the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust in 2010, serving as chairman 2011 and was re-appointed in 2017. He was appointed to the Florida Municipal Insurance Investment Trust in 2011 and currently serves as the vice chair. Ruane is president-elect of the Florida League of Mayors. He is the voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities and the liaison for Lee County Mayors.