City Council Recognizes Police Detective, Billy’s Rentals

SC Staff Report

City Council recognized Sanibel Police Detective Mark Steele for his 25 years of public service. He was hired as an officer in August 1994 and has served as a field training officer, marine patrol officer, detective and acting police sergeant. Steele is a past recipient of the Lee County Bar Association’s Officer of the Year award and has received numerous letters of commendations.

Mayor Kevin Ruane read the proclamation at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, along with a second proclamation in recognition of Billy’s Rentals 20th anniversary. Billy and Salli Kirkland opened the rental business in 1985 and first partnered with resorts on Sanibel and Captiva. The couple purchased the Island Moped business in 1999, which is today’s Billy’s Rentals in the little yellow building on Periwinkle Way.

The rental operation has expanded to include Billy’s Bike Shop and Billy’s Tractor Business, as a result of Hurricane Charley in 2004. The Kirklands have received numerous accolades throughout their two decades of business, including The Visitor Control Board Award for Outstanding Hospitality Retail Service, The Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award and the Florida Senate Medal of Excellence for Dedication to the Community.

Election Cycle Change Options

Following the proclamations, Lee County Supervisor of Election Tommy Doyle presented options to change the election cycle in an effort to increase voter participation.

The cities of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs will increase council term limits and Sanibel has the choice to increase council term limits by 20 months or reduce by 5 months. While there will be a full discussion by council in the coming months, Sanibel already has a favorable voter turn out. Doyle reported 46 percent of the 5,000 registered voters on the island vote with a 50 percent turn out in March elections. “That’s pretty good,” he said.

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