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32-year city of Sanibel employee passes away

By CITY OF SANIBEL - | Mar 10, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Lance Luna

The city of Sanibel is mourning the March 9 passing of Streets Superintendent Lance Luna.

Luna was hired in 1988, the city reported today. As streets superintendent, his duties included supervising the efficiency, production, safety and work quality of employees working on the streets and shared use path systems. Luna was a critical member of the city’s emergency planning, preparedness and response teams. He also supervised numerous contracted vendors such as those trimming the trees and vegetation along the streets and shared use paths.

“Lance spent over half of his life serving the city of Sanibel and our residents,” Community Services Director Keith Williams, Luna’s supervisor, said. “Through his entire time with the city, he was always 100 percent invested in his job. Lance was an extremely skilled operator, and he played a large role in Sanibel’s recovery efforts following both Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Irma.”

“Despite Lance’s dedication and work ethic, what stood out even more was that Lance was extremely personable and always carried a positive disposition. Lance was highly respected by his coworkers and many sought his advice and knowledge on a regular basis,” he added. “As much as Lance excelled as a worker, he was still a better person and friend. He will be sorely missed by all of the staff at Public Works.”

Luna was a graduate of Scott Community College, in Bettendorf, Iowa, and the Lee Vo-Tech Public Works Academy. Throughout his tenure with the city, his evaluations included the following comments:

– Very highly productive

– Very good work attitude

– Cooperates with everyone

– Follows all safety rules

– No accidents

– Work is always neat and clean

– High quality of work

– Produces high volume

Specialty training completed by Luna while an employee included numerous areas of FEMA Emergency Management, American Red Cross AED and first aid training. He was also a certified “driving coach” and successfully completed the city’s Vegetation Competency Course and Exam.

“Streets Superintendent Lance Luna earned his salary every day,” City Manager Judie Zimomra said. “At the time of his passing, he was one of the longest tenured employees in the history of the city of Sanibel. Much of the beautiful ambiance of Sanibel we all enjoy every day is the legacy of Superintendent Luna’s life’s work.”

The city extended its deepest sympathies to his family on behalf of City Hall and the community.