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SCCF to host forum for city council candidates

By SCCF - | Jan 29, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Ryan Orgera

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will livestream its first-ever “Candidate Forum on the Environment” on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. for six candidates running for three Sanibel City Council seats.

Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera will moderate the live socially-distanced panel.

“A majority of the council seats are on the ballot this year, potentially creating the first major shift in our city’s leadership at one time in many years,” he said. “The city of Sanibel is unique in our region, not just for its natural beauty, but because nature is given equal footing with human residents. That is ensured by city leadership.”

The forum is intended to help voters understand where the candidates stand on critical issues specific to the environment, including land use, water quality, Everglades restoration, living with wildlife, coastal resilience, and the role of science in policymaking. The questions will not be provided in advance, only broad topics.

With its Comprehensive Land Use Plan and City Charter developed when the city was created in 1974 as a response to the potential for runaway growth, the SCCF has been a long-standing partner in protecting the sanctuary island.

The forum will be directed by former CBS News producer and long-time Sanibel resident Arlene Dillon, who is volunteering her time and talent. Dillon’s 25 years of experience in network TV news includes 12 years covering the White House and producing live special events.

“This election is important not just for Sanibel but for our whole region,” she said. “I’m happy to help produce an engaging program that will inform voters.”

To watch live, visit sccf.org. It will also be recorded and available for viewing.