Sanibel/Captiva Republican Caucus to meet
The Sanibel-Captiva Republican Caucus will hold its first meeting of the year on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
Mayor Kevin Ruane and long-time resident Chauncey Goss will be the guest speakers. Ruane will address issues facing Sanibel today, and Goss will discuss his role as chair of the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board.
In 2004, Ruane and his family relocated full-time to Sanibel. His corporate career consisted of various senior executive positions, including chief financial officer of a subsidiary of a “Fortune 100” company. In 2005, Ruane started a company called Castleton Capital.
In 2007, he successfully ran for Sanibel City Council. He was re-elected in 2009 and in 2010 was appointed by his peers as mayor. He is currently serving his seventh consecutive term as mayor. Ruane has served as the liaison and past chair of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization from 2009-2015. In 2014, he was appointed by then Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. He was recently elected president of the Florida League of Mayors, and is currently running for a seat on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.
Ruane’s community involvement includes serving as president of the Sanibel School Fund, president of the P.A.C. for the Sanibel Recreation Center, and coaching basketball, baseball and football for Sanibel leagues. Ruane was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Committee of the Islands, and is also the 2016 recipient of the prestigious National Everglades Coalition James D. Webb award.
Goss grew up on Sanibel. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Rollins College in Winter Park and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. He worked in Washington, D.C., from 1999-2010 as a national security defense analyst in the Office of Management and Budget and as deputy staff director for the Committee on the Budget for the U.S. House of Representatives. Goss left Washington in 2010 to return to Sanibel, where he started a budget forecasting firm called Goss Practical Solutions.
Goss is active in the community and served on the Sanibel City Council. He serves on the boards of Captains for Clean Water as treasurer, Southwest Florida Community Foundation on the executive committee, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information, contact Will Smith at 239-395-0819.