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Raymond Sandelli appointed to vacant Lee County Commission seat

By Staff | Aug 2, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Raymond Sandelli to fill the seat on the Lee County Commission left vacant by the death of Commissioner Larry Kiker.

Sandelli had not applied for the District 3 seat.

“Today I named Raymond Sandelli, of Bonita Springs, to serve on the vacant seat of the Lee County Commission,” said DeSantis in a prepared statement. “Although he did not seek this position, he has graciously accepted to the call to serve. Raymond’s great business and military background will be of benefit to the community. In addition, he will do a good job protecting taxpayers and attending to the needs of businesses as well.”

Sandelli, a Bonita Springs-based business executive and former naval aviator, said he is happy to serve.

“I am grateful to Governor DeSantis for asking me to serve on the board of the Lee County Commission,” Sandelli said in the announcement from the Governor’s Office issued Friday. “I look forward to serving the constituents of Lee County alongside my fellow commissioners, a responsibility I do not take lightly. This is a great honor and I thank Governor DeSantis for his leadership.”

Sandelli completed eight years of military service as a Naval Officer and Aviator, receiving his wings and designation in March 1971, the release states.

“While deployed aboard the USS Independence (CV-62), he completed two cruises to the Mediterranean Sea. He participated in Sixth Fleet operations during the October 1973 Middle East War and 1974 Cyprus conflict. He reported to VT-86, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, in March 1975 as an Advanced Training Command Instructor for Naval Flight Officers. His final tour was as a member of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. Sandelli is a managing partner at CRE Consultants where he advises clients on healthcare, office, retail, industrial, land and property management. He began his brokerage career with CBRE, Inc. as an office leasing specialist in Seattle, Washington. In 1995, he became the senior managing director of the CBRE Tampa office and in 2000 he assumed responsibility for the Florida region. In 2007, he began managing statewide oversight for lender and servicer representation for the reposition of all property types through CBRE’s Recovery and Restructuring Services program,” according to the bio provided by the Governor’s Office.

State Rep. Dane Eagle, R-77, is listed among the firm’s commercial real estate brokers.