City Council honored two employees, Charlotte “Char” Durand and Robert Feliciano, at its meeting, Feb. 5 at City Hall. Durand, Recreation Program Coordinator, was named by fellow employees as Employee of the 2019 1st Quarter. Feliciano, police officer with the Sanibel Police Department, was recognized for 25 years of public service to the City.
Reading peer comments about her, Mayor Kevin Ruane described Durand as “extremely professional, with an open and friendly demeanor. She exemplifies the feeling of community,” he said.
Ruane also cited Durand’s contribution to the development of the youth basketball league, “and [she] is responsible for the development and implementation of the City’s first Pickleball League,” he said.
In accepting the recognition, Durand thanked “God and the City for helping me grow. I work with a great team,” she said. “My growth has been exponential, and Andrea Miller has been a great friend. And I thank my wife,” she added. “You are my rock.” Durand is a two-time recipient of this award.
Currently a marine patrol officer, Feliciano joined the ranks of the City’s part-time police force in 1994 and converted to full-time status in 2012. He has earned certifications for Marine Investigations, Legal and Tactical Procedures; U.S. Customs Service Cross Designation; Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician, Level III; and Field Training Officer. He is also recipient of a Lifesaving Award.
Police Chief William Dalton spoke warmly about his and Feliciano’s longstanding relationship on the force. “Rob and I have worked together for 25 years,” Dalton said. “There were ups and downs, but I can’t think of a single time when Rob didn’t answer the call.”
On the morning after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, “we were both on the job at 5 a.m.,” Dalton said, adding, “and we both ran over a downed power line—which thankfully was not live. I thank you, and I thank your family. We police officers make great sacrifices, but so do our families.”
The City’s Vegetation Committee was on hand to hear a proclamation naming Sanibel a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, “in honor of [Sanibel’s] 30 years of commitment to effective urban forest management.” The proclamation also recognized the Committee for supporting “the City’s efforts to achieve the Tree City designation for the last 30 years.”
The proclamation also noted that “communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use. As a result of its commitment to effective urban forest management, Sanibel is helping to provide a solution for these challenges.”