Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane presented three proclamations at the Tuesday, May 7, City Council meeting.

The late James “Jimmy” Jordan, Jr., was posthumously recognized for his 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Sanibel. Jordan served as a Department of Planning technician, planner and the planning director. When he retired in 2018, Jordan was the longest tenured city employee.

Jim Jordan dedicated his life to public service, all while serving the citizens of Sanibel, administering the city codes that protected and fostered the way of life founders of Sanibel envisioned when incorporation occurred in 1974,” stated the proclamation.

His career accomplishments left a legacy of positive impact on our community embracing the Sanibel Vision and Sanibel Plan for future generations. Jordan was part of a pioneering Sanibel family, calling the island home since the age of 3. He “will always be remembered for dedicated and faithful service” to the city, the proclamation concluded.

National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, was recognized by proclamation as a way to bring attention to important life-saving tips for recreational boaters, so they can have a safer, more fun experience out on the water throughout the year. During National Safe Boating Week, the U.S. Coast Guard, along with its federal, state and local safe boating partners, encourage all boaters to explore and enjoy the water responsibly.

The Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents and life jackets could prevent nearly 85 percent of boating fatalities. Safe boating begins with preparation that includes carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, wearing life jackets, attending safe boating courses, participating in free boat safety checks and staying sober when navigating the water.

In addition to the Coast Guard, the city works with partners, such as the Sanibel Captiva Sail and Power Squadron, Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Marine Patrol, to maintain the safeness of local waterways.

The American Business Women’s Association was recognized with a proclamation for its 40th year of supporting professional development and networking for women in business on Sanibel and Captiva islands. In honor of the dedication of four decades of chapter leaders, the ABWA Continuing Education Scholarship will be reinstated this year. Its targeted to assist women in business on the islands seeking professional development through further education.