provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Lee Board of County Commissioners District 1 Commissioner and Board Chairman Kevin Ruane will appear as guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 14, business meeting of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, to be held at Casa Ybel Resort’s Thistle Lodge starting at 11:30 a.m. H2O/911 Restoration sponsors the meeting.
A former Sanibel Island resident, Ruane served as city mayor on the island for 10 years before joining the county board. He was appointed to the Sanibel city council to serve an interim position for a vacant seat in February 2007. In May 2007, he successfully ran for a permanent position on the council. Ruane was re-elected in March 2009 and appointed by his peers as vice mayor for 2009-2010. In March 2010, His peers first appointed him as mayor.
Ruane has served as a voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities. In 2016, he was instrumental in forming the largest compact for water quality in the organization’s history with more than 165 mayors participating. In 2020, he was awarded the Florida League of Cities E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Award.
In 2014, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Ruane to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Gov. Ron DeSantis reappointed him to the task force in 2019.
As one of five commissioners now sitting on the county board, Ruane represents the district encompassing Sanibel and Captiva islands, Pine Island, and western Cape Coral.
“Kevin has long had the interests of the islands at heart,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to welcoming him back as a commissioner and fellow water-quality advocate with news of what the future holds for Sanibel and Captiva from a countywide perspective.”
The Chamber Business Lunch is a monthly networking opportunity held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at member locations. The chamber strives to provide speakers to discuss relevant business topics for the membership.
Sanibel-Captiva chamber members will receive meeting invitations by email. Cost for luncheon attendance is $30 for chamber members only. Advanced registration is required to attend; walk-ins are not accepted. Register by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9, at sanibel-captiva.org or by calling 239-472-8255. Payment is due at time of registration.
ABOUT SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. With over 560 active Chamber members from both islands including businesses from Lee and Collier counties, the Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Chamber Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes over 160,000 visitors each year. VISIT FLORIDA named the Visitor Center one of thirteen official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers. The Visitor Center is open 365 days a year and provides visitors with comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, where to stay, shop and dine. The Chamber website receives over 1.3 million website visits per year.