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Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:21

County Commission Celebrates Courthouse's Centennial Featured

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The County Commission brought members of the Southwest Florida Historical Society forward to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Lee County Courthouse. The County Commission brought members of the Southwest Florida Historical Society forward to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Lee County Courthouse.


Before the Board of County Commissioners kicked off their regular meeting this past Tuesday, December 1st, the took to the steps of the Lee County Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers in order to commemorate the landmark’s 100th anniversary. The Commissioners had a few words for the public in attendance, and joined in a chorus of the “happy birthday” song to commemorate the occasion. Afterwards, the gathered crowd went inside to view some memorabilia that was on display, telling the storied history of the building.

The meeting then began with the commissioners formally recognizing this centennial celebration with the reading of a resolution.

Completed in 1915, the Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places back in March of 1989. It has long served as a key fixture in Lee County’s civic history, with its latest function containing the offices and meeting chamber of the County Commissioners.

It has also served as a backdrop in several motion pictures, including the 1995 Laurence Fishburne/Sean Connery film “Just Cause.”

“I’m proud to say, this is the first resolution I’ve been able to sign as your Chairman,” Commissioner Frank Mann said. Mann took over the role of Chairman of the BoCC in the final meeting of November, succeeding fellow Commissioner Brian Hamman.

Further on in the meeting, Commissioner Larry Kiker recognized the efforts of the Tourist Development Council on their Beach and Shoreline projects during an item asking the Commissioners to execute an interlocal agreement for that organization.

“It’s good to stop for a minute and recognize some of the work that’s going on,” CommissionerKiker said. “I would like to call attention to Tamara (Pigott, Executive Director of the TDC) and her staff for the work that they’ve done on this. Most people don’t understand where the TDC funds go. Many times, they just think about baseball or marketing. These are important programs, and they spend a lot of time on it.”

Kiker pointed out these programs by the TDC tackle even larger subjects such as Beach Renourishment.

“I just wanted to take the time to say thanks to all the volunteers in the TDC,” Kiker concluded.

The Interlocal was approved unanimously by the Board.

Finally, the Commission discussed an item regarding an extension of the Red Sox Stadium Interfund Loan. Kiker raised the point that the Board had committed to reducing the County’s debt, and made a motion to defer the item to the next meeting, where the Commission could vote to start paying the debt off, rather than just extending it.

The motion carried unanimously.

Trent Townsend

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