The City of Sanibel invites citizens to the presentation of a proclamation and celebration for former Mayor Mryon “Mike” Klein’s 100th birthday to be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at MacKenzie Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd.

Klein served as mayor from December 1982-1983 and December 1987 to November 1988, during which city council adopted 61 ordinances and 227 resolutions. In 1983, Klein was mayor when the Sanibel City Hall on Dunlop road was finished and dedicated.

Among the legislation adopted during his tenure on City Council were numerous ordinances concerning implementation and development of land use and building codes. Some of the legislation passed during his tenure includes:

Establishing a moratorium pertaining to prevention of overdevelopment of commercial properties

Conveyance of land owned by City of Sanibel to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)

Approving an agreement with Community Housing and Resources (CHR) to serve as the City's housing foundation

Amending comprehensive land use plan protecting wildlife habitats and gopher tortoises and their burrows

Prohibiting imposition of impact fees

Granting permission for fire control department

Setting up refuse collection

Klein is originally from Rochester, N.Y. In 1943, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in physics. He worked for Eastman Kodak Company before enlisting in the US army. He spent several months at the University of Nebraska before being transferred to Army Night Vision and Electro-optics laboratory in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Klein was involved in the early attempts to build infra-red night vision telescopes. This work resulted in present-day night vision binoculars used by the United States Armed Forces. He also received the Legion of Merit for his work in this field. Klein retired as an Associate Director of the US Army Night Vision and Electro-optics laboratory.

He was a Sanibel resident from 1975 to 1999 and bought his first island home in 1968. In 1979, Klein alongside Ikki Matsumoto, Polly Matsumoto, and Pete Smith formed the nonprofit organization called The Barrier Island Group for the Arts (BIG ARTS).

Currently, Klein lives at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, where he is an active participant in pottery classes.  

For more information, please contact the City Manager's office at (239) 472-3700.