Milbrandt appointed director of Sanibel Natural Resources
Sanibel City Manager Judith Zimomra announced that Holly Milbrandt has been appointed to the position of director of Natural Resources.
“I consider myself very fortunate to work for a community that places such tremendous value on the protection and preservation of its natural resources and am excited to serve the citizens of Sanibel as director of Natural Resources,” Milbrandt said.
Milbrandt has been employed by the city since May 2006, when she was hired as an environmental specialist. In her 14 years, Milbrandt was promoted to environmental health and water quality specialist, environmental biologist and, in 2018, promoted to deputy director of Natural Resources.
Milbrandt earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Furman University and her Master of Science in marine biology from the University of Charleston. Her graduate research investigated the effects of pesticide runoff from the Dade County Agricultural Area on microbial communities of adjacent canals and Florida Bay. Her paper, titled “Effects of the Agricultural Pesticides Atrazine, Chlorothalonil, and Endosulfan on South Florida Microbial Assemblages,” was published in the journal Ecotoxicology in April 2004.
Milbrandt has worked on several key projects during her tenure with the city, including the development of the Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park, a 6.8-acre filter marsh designed to address water quality impairments in the Sanibel Slough; the implementation of the city’s fertilizer ordinance adopted in 2007; and the restoration of the Sanibel Bayous sewer package plant site to a city preserve, with beneficial wetlands and functional wildlife habitat.
Milbrandt currently serves on the Science Coordination Group for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, the C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir Water Quality Treatment Component Working Group, and the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Technical Advisory Committee. She has completed training in prescribed fire operations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, and FEMA Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command Systems. Milbrandt was voted Employee of the Quarter by her peers in 2007.