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Meet the candidates running for three Sanibel City Council seats

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Feb 9, 2021

Sanibel voters will have several choices to pick from in the city’s upcoming March 2 election.

Six people are campaigning to take up the seats currently held by Mayor Mick Denham, who is not seeking re-election, and Councilmembers Chauncey Goss and Jerry Muench, who were appointed late last year to replace former Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilmember Jason Maughan for the interim.

The pool of candidates includes Mary Bondurant, Scott Crater, Tim Drobnyk, John Henshaw, Jason Maughan and Mike Miller. Elections held for Sanibel City Council seats are non-partisan races.

The following is an overview of each candidate, based on information they provided:

– Mary Bondurant, 56

PHOTO PROVIDED Mary Bondurant

A full-time Sanibel resident for 24 years, Bondurant is a real estate professional with Kingfisher Real Estate on Sanibel. As a result, she is familiar with city construction regulations and ordinances, the breakdown of residents’ tax bill and how the city functions. Working with buyers and sellers, other professionals and the team within her office, Bondurant uses her knowledge and communication, negotiation, problem-solving, multi-tasking, listening and relationship-building skills on a daily basis.

“Since moving to Sanibel 24 years ago, I have been active in island activities. I have taken many leadership roles and worked hard to keep this the special place that we all chose to call home,” she said. “As a council member I want to take a greater role in keeping Sanibel Sanibel. We have many challenges to face and through my work with the chamber of commerce, as a real estate professional and an active participant in many island organizations, I have built a network that uniquely enables me to work with all stakeholders in issues that will come before us.”

Bondurant outlined the planks of her platform as: establish Sanibel as a place where residents and visitors feel safe in light of COVID; continue relentless efforts to influence, at all levels, clean water issues; develop responsible, effective responses to coastal resiliency issues; continue to seek ways to lessen the impact on the environment; keep Sanibel fiscally sound; maintain Home Rule; seek input from all sides in issues facing the council and understand the impact of council decisions on all sides; and with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan — the Sanibel Plan — keep Sanibel Sanibel.

Her top three issues are COVID-19’s economic impact on Sanibel, water quality, and the city’s economic stability.

– Scott Crater, 51

PHOTO PROVIDED Scott Crater

A full-time Sanibel resident for 13 years, Crater is a physician and part-owner of Associates in Dermatology in Fort Myers. It has 11 health care providers and over 70 employees and does over $10 million in revenue. Each year, he works on budgeting, revenue growth, employee benefits to include providing full health insurance, a retirement plan, employee policies and procedures, compliance with government regulations and more.

“I want to conserve and preserve our unique island community. The island’s founding mothers and fathers were prescient, and the Sanibel Plan has saved Sanibel from over-development,” he said. “Sanibel is like few other coastal towns in Florida. It is a small town and a real community. I love this place.”

Crater outlined the planks of his platform as: public health and safety; the environment; fiscal responsibility; preserve Home Rule, and not let the state Legislature take away Sanibel’s ability to regulate vacation rentals and quality of life ordinances; help the island businesses and city government recover from the loss of revenue due to COVID-19; cooperation with county and state officials, as well as the Congressional delegation, to reach goals on water quality; make Sanibel welcoming to families with children and encourage demographic diversity; adapt to the new phenomenon of people moving to Sanibel to “work from home”; prepare for sea level rise and changing weather patterns; and being cognizant lobbyists in Tallahassee who work for agribusiness and business such as Airbnb are working to thwart Sanibel.

His top three issues are COVID-19, water quality, and Home Rule.

– Tim Drobnyk, 53

PHOTO PROVIDED Tim Drobnyk

A Sanibel resident for 21 years, Drobnyk is a broker and associate with The Burns Family Team at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty on Sanibel and Captiva. Having a 25-plus year career in the industry has allowed him experience in many different aspects of it, including being regional sales manager of a national home builder, owning his own real estate company and managing individual transactions in excess of $10 million. Drobnyk has learned to meet deadlines, goals and budgets effectively. This, mixed with his extensive educational background, has provided Drobnyk the qualifications necessary to represent the citizens of Sanibel.

“I felt it was the next step in my working with the community,” he said. “We all care about where we live and I have always felt a responsibility to give back, whether it is running youth sports programs or being involved with a service organization.”

Drobnyk outlined the planks of his platform as: responsible/conservative budgeting; environmental awareness and advocacy; and the ongoing issue with the pandemic.

His top three issues are the possible expansion of the city’s sewer service into Captiva, continuing to advocate for local water quality and proper management of the Lake Okeechobee water discharges, and affordable housing.

– John Henshaw, 71

PHOTO PROVIDED John Henshaw

A full-time Sanibel resident since 2003, Henshaw is a consultant in occupational safety and health with John Henshaw and Associates on Sanibel. He was responsible for environmental, health and safety policies and best practices. Henshaw also worked in private business and with state health department, federal agency sectors, business and political leaders, and he has managed large staffs and budgets.

“I am committed to and believe in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan — the Sanibel Plan — and the principles behind it. I want to make a difference and assure our island, residents and visitors are safe and feel safe, and we preserve our sanctuary island,” he said. “I have the education and experience to tackle the issues threatening Sanibel and finding solutions to improve our community.”

Henshaw outlined the planks of his platform as: protect residents and barrier island sanctuary; assure residents, workers and visitors are safe and feel safe, especially during the pandemic; fight to improve water quality, and advance Everglades restoration and Home Rule; address coastal resiliency and sea-level rise; preserve wildlife habitat in harmony with residents; improve community; encourage young and diverse families to call Sanibel their home, with a focus on The Sanibel School, sports programs and daycare; support environmental stewardship and conservation education; explore alternatives to reducing waste, emissions and human impact on the environment; support businesses/manage within the city’s means; support island businesses; develop policies and practices that are consistent with the Sanibel Plan; and establish and operate responsible fiscal policies and maintain a balanced budget.

His top three issues are residents, workers and visitors are safe and feel safe, improve water quality and promote Everglades restoration, and develop and follow policies and practices that are fiscally responsible and consistent with the Sanibel Plan.

– Jason Maughan, 50

PHOTO PROVIDED Jason Maughan

A Sanibel resident for 40-plus years, Maughan is an attorney and a business owner of the Maughan, Himschoot & Adams Law Group on Sanibel and a previous city council member. He started the business himself from the ground up in 2004 to handle commercial, construction, corporate and real estate litigation. Maughan also handles all issues of management including budget, finance and outreach, and he has served in various board of director positions with budgetary experience.

“When I came here as a boy with my family, I was cared for and raised by the Sanibel community. At that time I made a promise to do everything I could to serve and protect Sanibel and thereby repay the debt I owe for my citizenship, both on island and at the county and state levels,” he said. “I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish and I wish to continue to serve and defend all Sanibel citizens and conserve the paradise that Sanibel is.”

Maughan outlined the planks of his platform as: budgeting and economic recovery by funding only proper capital projects, focusing on water quality and infrastructure improvements, and continuing to attract young full-time families to Sanibel; fighting for clean water by partnering with organizations that want to send the Lake Okeechobee water south and continuing to advance water quality projects like the Donax Tertiary Treatment, Jordan Marsh native plant water treatment park and coastal residency projects; supporting local business by encouraging residents to shop local, continuing temporary easing of advertising regulations, advocating for sales tax fairness and increasing workforce housing; smart growth and working on updating city land use codes accordingly; and transparency.

His top three issues are budgeting and economic recovery, fighting for clean water, and supporting local business.

– Mike Miller, 78

A full-time Sanibel resident for 21 years, Miller has 17 years of experience as a large corporation treasurer/chief financial officer, including executive responsibility for budgeting, financing, investment oversight and risk management. He also has 20 years of experience as an attorney/certified public accountant advocating before courts and administrative agencies, lobbying for legislation and more.

“I’m blessed to be in circumstances where I have the time, health, energy and interest to be able to serve my community and assist it in dealing with some challenging problems,” he said. “My background as an accountant, a financial executive and a lawyer provide me problem-solving skills and my Sanibel civic experience gives me background in the important issues.”

Miller outlined the planks of his platform as: adopt appropriate measures to protect citizens and visitors from the COVID-19 pandemic; exercise financial oversight to maintain the city’s financial strength in light of revenue risks, capital needs and Sanibel Recreation Center/Center4Life issues; pressure regulators to reduce nutrient pollution in waterways that fuel harmful algae blooms; fight for needed water infrastructure projects and regulatory changes to reduce Lake Okeechobee water releases; deal with pollution risks from Captiva septic tanks and inadequate wastewater treatment facilities; increase island resiliency to sea level rise and increased storm intensity; resist off-island developments that risk Sanibel’s environment; work with state legislators to protect the city’s Home Rule authority; and ban gas-powered leaf blowers, with a transition period.

His top three issues are protect citizens and visitors from the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure the city’s financial situation remains strong, and fight against harmful algae blooms.

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The full candidate bios and information are as follows:

MARY BONDURANT

Age: 56

Education/degrees: N/A

Occupation and place of employment: Real estate professional, Kingfisher Real Estate Inc.

Time on Sanibel/years of residency: 24 years full time

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: As a real estate professional, I am familiar with city construction regulations and ordinances, the breakdown of our tax bill and how our city functions. Working with buyers and sellers, other professionals and with our office team I use my knowledge and communication, negotiation, problem-solving, multi-tasking, listening and relationship-building skills on a daily basis.

Political experience/offices held: N/A

Civic/community involvement: Board of directors, Sanibel Historical Museum & Village; board of directors and past chairwoman, Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce; program chair, Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association; past president (two years), American Business Women’s Association (ABWA); coordinator, Annual Thanksgiving Celebration; founder and board of director, Let’s Pink Out Sanibel & Captiva Islands; member of Angel FISH Society, Zonta, Americas Boating, Club of Sanibel/Captiva, Island Cotillion, and Sanibel Community House; Sanibel School PTA, Sanibel School Fund, Volunteer Coordinator, Brownie & Girl Scout leader; Sanibel Recreation Center past youth basketball and baseball coach (during the period my children attended school on island).

Family: Married to Fred Bondurant; children, John Bondurant and Bonnie Bondurant

Military Experience: United States Air Force, Pennsylvania and Minnesota Air National Guard

Website: MaryForSanibel.com

Why you are running: Since moving to Sanibel 24 years ago, I have been active in island activities. I have taken many leadership roles and worked hard to keep this the special place that we all chose to call home. As a council member I want to take a greater role in keeping Sanibel Sanibel. We have many challenges to face and through my work with the chamber of commerce, as a real estate professional and an active participant in many island organizations I have built a network that uniquely enables me to work with all stakeholders in issues that will come before us.

Planks of your platform:

– Establish Sanibel as a place where residents and visitors feel safe in light of COVID.

– Continue relentless efforts to influence, at all levels, clean water issues.

– Develop responsible, effective, responses to coastal resiliency issues.

– Continue to seek ways to lessen our impact on the environment.

– Keep Sanibel fiscally sound.

– Maintain Home Rule.

– Seek input from all sides in issues facing the council and understand the impact of council decisions on all sides.

– With the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (The Sanibel Plan) – Keep Sanibel Sanibel.

Top three issues:

– COVID-19 economic impact on Sanibel

– Water quality

– City’s economic stability

DR. SCOTT CRATER

Age: 51

Education/degrees: Princeton University, B.A. English Literature, 1991; University of Virginia School of Medicine, M.D.

Occupation and place of employment: Physician, Associates in Dermatology, 8381 Riverwalk Park Blvd., Fort Myers

Time on Sanibel/years of residency: 13 years full time

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: I am a small business person. I am part owner of a business with 11 health care providers and over 70 employees, and over $10 million in revenue. Each year I work on budgeting, revenue growth, employee benefits to include providing full health insurance for our employees, a retirement plan, employee policies and procedures, compliance with government regulations, et cetera. Like any small business, we were severely affected by the pandemic, with a drastic drop in revenue in April and May. We participated in the PPP program and managed to hold onto our staff.

Political experience/offices held: None

Civic/community involvement: Vice president, Sanibel School Fund; SAC (School Advisory Council), Sanibel School; volunteer soccer coach and flag football coach, Sanibel Sports; Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, numerous committees including the Associate Pastor Search Committee and Christmas Eve Beach Service Committee. My wife and I have supported virtually every non-profit on the island and others in Lee County, including SanCap Cares, Sanibel Sea School, SCCF, Ding Darling Wildlife Society, Zonta, F.I.S.H., SanCap United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Florida Repertory Theater, Community Cooperative Ministries, Sanibel School Fund, Community Housing Resources, Captains for Clean Water, Hope for Haiti, and the Sanibel Community House. We also support medical missionaries in West Africa and other missionaries in El Salvador.

Family: My wife is Dr. Dana Crater, who is a pediatrician in Fort Myers and has cared for many island families. We have been happily married for 22 years, and we have a son, Henry, 19, who is a freshman at the University of Michigan; a daughter, Annabel, 16, who attends Cypress Lake High School; and a son, Luke, 13, who attends Canterbury School. All have attended The Sanibel School.

Military Experience: None

Website: TBA

Why you are running: I want to conserve and preserve our unique island community. The island’s founding mothers and fathers were prescient, and the Sanibel Plan has saved Sanibel from over-development. Sanibel is like few other coastal towns in Florida. It is a small town, and a real community. I love this place.

Planks of your platform:

– Public health and safety.

– The environment.

– Fiscal responsibility.

– Preserve Home Rule, and not let the state legislature take away Sanibel’s ability to regulate vacation rentals and quality of life ordinances.

– Help the island businesses and city government recover from the loss of revenue due to COVID.

– Cooperation with county and state officials as well as our Congressional delegation to reach our goals on water quality.

– Make Sanibel welcoming to families with children and encourage demographic diversity.

– Adapt to the new phenomenon of people moving to Sanibel to “work from home.”

– Prepare for sea level rise and changing weather patterns.

– Lobbyists in Tallahassee who work agribusiness and business such as Airbnb are working to thwart us, and we must cognizant of this.

Top three issues:

– COVID-19: Keep everyone safe and follow the science.

– Water quality: Reduce the harmful flows from Lake Okeechobee to prevent severe red tide blooms. Without clean water, both the residents and business community will suffer.

– Home Rule: Work to retain our ability to regulate vacation rentals, to reduce noise pollution from leaf blowers, and to reduce plastic waste in the environment.

TIM DROBNYK

Age: 53

Education/degrees: BA Accounting, 1990, Elon University (North Carolina); BA Finance, 1990, Elon University; MBA Business Management, Elon University

Occupation and place of employment: Broker/associate, The Burns Family Team, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty


Time on Sanibel/years of residency: 21 years

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: Having a 25-plus year career in the real estate industry has allowed me experience in many different aspects of the industry. From being regional sales manager of a national home builder (with nine sales persons), to owning my own real estate company (six agents), to managing individual transactions in excess of $10 million, I have learned to meet deadlines, goals, and budgets effectively. This, mixed with my extensive educational background, has provided me the qualifications necessary to represent the citizens of Sanibel.

Political experience/offices held: None

Civic/community involvement: President, Sanibel Sports Inc.; member of Kiwanis Club of Sanibel & Captiva


Family: Wife, Bobbye; son, Dean, 19; daughter, Bailey, 16

Military Experience: N/A

Website: www.sanibelcitycouncil.com

Why you are running: I felt it was the next step in my working with the community. We all care about where we live and I have always felt a responsibility to give back, whether it is running youth sports programs or being involved with a service organization (Kiwanis).

Planks of your platform:

– Responsible/conservative budgeting.

– Environmental awareness and advocacy.

– The ongoing issue with the pandemic.

Top three issues:

– The possible expansion of our sewer service into Captiva. While this may be a need for Captiva, we will need to control capacity levels in order to make sure the expansion does not provide an opportunity for over-development of Captiva.

– Continuing to advocate for local water quality and proper management of the Lake Okeechobee water discharges. Our existing city council has done a great job of advocating for Sanibel, and continuing the effort will be needed going forward.

– Affordable housing. This has been a topic and issue for Sanibel for many decades, and there is no easy answer. The Sanibel Plan has outlined plans for land use as well as human services. CHR has done a great job providing housing to our workforce, but I believe we will need to address this more earnestly as the cost of living on Sanibel continues to outpace workforce income levels.

JOHN L. HENSHAW

Age: 71

Education/degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Appalachian State University, 1971; Masters of Public Health in both Environmental Health Administration and Occupational Health from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 1974

Occupation and place of employment: Consultant in occupational safety and health, John Henshaw and Associates Inc., 1101 Periwinkle Way, Suite 101, Sanibel

Time on Sanibel/years of residency: Full-time resident since 2003; owned property since 1998

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: As a scientist and manager, was responsible for environmental, health, and safety policies and best practices to protect employees and the environment. Worked in private business, as well as state health department and federal agency sectors. Worked with business and political leaders to achieve results and managed large staff and budgets.

Political experience/offices held: None

Civic/community involvement: Past member of capital campaign for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum; current chairman of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund; president of Lighthouse Way Homeowners Association; president of the Tree Top Centre Association; serving on board of directors for the Sanibel Community Association.

Family: Wife, Jane; four grown children; 12 grandchildren

Military Experience: U.S. Air Force captain

Website: None

Why you are running: I am committed to and believe in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan — the Sanibel Plan and the principles behind it. I want to make a difference and assure our island, residents, and visitors are safe and feel safe, and we preserve our sanctuary island. I have the education and experience to tackle the issues threatening Sanibel and finding solutions to improve our community.

Planks of your platform:

– Protect our residents and our barrier island sanctuary: Assure residents, workers, and visitors are safe and feel safe, especially during this pandemic. Fight to improve water quality, and advance Everglades restoration (CERP, EAA, EO 19-12, et cetera) and home rule. Address coastal resiliency and sea-level rise; preserve wildlife habitat in harmony with residents.

– Improve our community: Encourage young and diverse families to call Sanibel their home with a focus on The Sanibel School, sports programs, and daycare. Support environmental stewardship and conservation education. Explore alternatives to reducing waste, emissions, and human impact on the environment.

– Support our businesses/manage within our means: Support island businesses. Develop policies and practices that are consistent with our Comprehensive Land Use Plan — the Sanibel Plan. Establish and operate responsible fiscal policies and maintain a balanced budget.

Top three issues:

– Residents, workers, and visitors are safe and feel safe, especially during this pandemic.

– Improve water quality, and promote everglades restoration.

– The city of Sanibel develops and follows policies and practices that are fiscally responsible and consistent with our Comprehensive Land Use Plan — the Sanibel Plan.

JASON R. MAUGHAN

Age: 50

Education/degrees: Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, 1989; B.A in Political Science from Stetson University, 1993; Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Gonzaga University School of Law, 1996; Masters of Law (LLM) from the University of Dublin, 1998

Occupation and place of employment: Attorney and business owner of Maughan, Himschoot & Adams Law Group; Councilmember, City of Sanibel (unpaid)

Time on Sanibel/years of residency: 40-plus years

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: Started Maughan, Himschoot & Adams Law Group myself from the ground up in 2004 where I handle commercial, construction, corporate, and real estate litigation. Further I handle all issues of management including budget, finance, and outreach. (Named best attorney and law firm 16 times on the islands. Florida Super Lawyer, top 5 percent in Florida. Provides over $100,000 of pro-bono legal work per year. Lawyer for the largest real estate group in Southwest Florida.) Various board of directors positions with budgetary experience.

Political experience/offices held: 2017-2020 Councilmember, City of Sanibel. (Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee on Finance, Taxation and Personnel; liaison to Lee County School District; General Employee Pension Board; Police Officers’ Board of Trustee.) Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City of Sanibel, two terms.

Civic/community involvement: Scoutmaster for Sanibel Scout Troop 1740; former board of director and general counsel at Community Housing Resources; former board of director at Coast & Island Community Land Trust; volunteer and board member at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW); supporter and former board member of Children’s Education Center of the Islands; volunteer and supporter of Med Vets Charitable Foundation; president of Sanibel School Fund; supporter and former board member of the SWFL Military Museum; Better Together; coached youth soccer, t-ball, and soccer; Captain’s for Clean Water; Saint Isabel Catholic Church, supporter and member; supporter and host committee member of the Honor Ball benefiting the Collier-Lee Honor Flight; supporter of Hope Clubhouse; supporter of Sanibel Community House.

Family: Married to my lovely wife of 26 years, Babs; and 13-year-old son Ronan, our pride and joy.

Military Experience: No

Website: www.facebook.com/votejasonmaughan

Why you are running: When I came here as a boy with my family I was cared for and raised by the Sanibel community. At that time I made a promise to do everything I could to serve and protect Sanibel and thereby repay the debt I owe for my citizenship, both on island and at the county and state levels. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish and I wish to continue to serve and defend all Sanibel citizens and conserve the paradise that Sanibel is.

Planks of your platform:

– Budgeting and economic recovery: With COVID, our city budget is down 15 percent from last year, and state resources are diminished so we must focus on proper budgeting and recovery. I have the proven experience with four years of balanced budgets and no taxes raised. I will look to fund only proper capital projects — focus on water quality, infrastructure improvements, and continue to attract young full time families to Sanibel.

– Fighting for clean water: Partner with organizations who want to send the Lake Okeechobee water south. I will continue to advance water quality projects just like I did with the Donax Tertiary Treatment, the Jordan Marsh native plant water treatment park, and coastal residency projects.

– Supporting local business: I will continue to encourage our residents to shop local. Continue temporary easing of advertising regulations, to increase business visibility. I will advocate for sales tax fairness so outside businesses do not have an unfair advantage. Increase workforce housing to lower traffic and meet service demand.

– Smart growth: Having grown up on Sanibel in the 1970s I truly understand that families and our small businesses are the backbone of Sanibel. I would continue to be a champion for our families and our small businesses, making sure we plan and develop smartly, and work on updating our land use codes accordingly.

– Transparency: Now is the time to make our council meetings available via streaming video to allow greater transparency and public awareness.

Top three issues:

– Budgeting and economic recovery

– Fighting for clean water

– Supporting local business

MIKE MILLER

Age: 78

Education/degrees: B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy, 1964; M.B.A., University of Michigan, 1970; J.D., Wayne State University, 1976

Occupation and place of employment: C.P.A., C.F.A., financial executive and attorney served as tax consultant, Coopers & Lybrand and Gould Inc.; vice president and tax counsel, Gould Inc.; vice president and treasurer, Gould Inc.; vice president and chief financial officer, Wozniak Industries Inc.; vice president and treasurer, Owens Corning Corporation; attorney in private practice, Cape Coral

Time on Sanibel/years of residency: 21 years full time

Business or professional experience applicable to the office you are seeking: Seventeen years as large corporation treasurer/chief executive officer, including executive responsibility for: budgeting — creation, analysis and operating performance oversight; financing — management of numerous public/private/bank financings; investment oversight — chaired employer investment committees; and risk management — management of property, liability and other insurance arrangements. Twenty years as attorney/CPA: advocacy before courts and administrative agencies; lobbying for legislation; analysis of contracts and litigation risks.

Political experience/offices held: Harper College (Chicago-area community college), publicly-elected board of trustees, vice-chair

Civic/community involvement: Parks & Recreation City Advisory Committee, vice chair; City Budget Advisory Committee; Committee of the Islands, board, president and secretary; Sanibel Bicycle Club, board, president and treasurer; Interfaith Shared Scholar Committee member; Together — A Way Forward (interfaith group focusing on environmental stewardship), secretary; Progressive Club of the Islands, board co-chair and treasurer; Sanibel Amateur Radio Volunteer Team, chair; volunteer, Sanibel Recreation Department; volunteer, F.I.S.H. (United Way tax assistance and legal document preparation).

Family: Married to Mary Miller, with son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren

Military Experience: U.S. Air Force captain; pilot, aircraft commander, 1964-1969 (Vietnam airlift support)

Website: miller4sanibel.com

Why you are running: I’m blessed to be in circumstances where I have the time, health, energy and interest to be able to serve my community and assist it in dealing with some challenging problems. My background as an accountant, a financial executive and a lawyer provide me problem-solving skills and my Sanibel civic experience gives me background in the important issues.

Planks of your platform:

– Adopt appropriate measures to protect citizens and visitors from the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Exercise financial oversight to maintain the city’s financial strength in light of revenue risks, capital needs and Rec Center/Center4Life issues.

– Pressure regulators to reduce nutrient pollution in our waterways that fuel harmful algae blooms.

– Fight for needed water infrastructure projects and regulatory changes to reduce Lake Okeechobee water releases.

– Deal with pollution risks from Captiva septic tanks and inadequate wastewater treatment facilities.

– Increase island resiliency to sea level rise and increased storm intensity.

– Resist off-island developments that risk Sanibel’s environment.

– Work with state legislators to protect the city’s home rule authority.

– Ban gas-powered leaf blowers (with transition period).

Top three issues:

– Protect citizens and visitors from the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Ensure the city’s financial situation remains strong.

– Fight against harmful algae blooms by pressing legislators and regulators to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges and eliminate nutrient pollution in our waterways.

All bios and information were provided by the candidates.

PHOTO PROVIDED Mike Miller