Denham replaces Doug Congress in that position, as Congress did not seek reelection this past March.
The same meeting saw the swearing in of Chauncey Goss and Jim Jennings, the two Council members who won the elections back in March. Jennings was the incumbent, while Goss received the most votes to fill one of the two contested seats.
One of the first acts of the post-election Council concerned the issue of water quality. In a unanimous vote, they passed a resolution in support of "the purchase of lands south of Lake Okeechobee for the purpose of water storage, treatment and conveyance south into the Everglades to reduce damaging freshwater flows to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries and urging the State of Florida to exercise its legal option to purchase 46,800 acres of land from the U.S. Sugar Corporation for construction of the EAA Reservoir."
Mayor Ruane and Vice Mayor Denham had both made a trip up to Tallahassee recently, where they attended a state legislative session to voice their support for the issue of water quality here in Southwest Florida.
The Council also appointed Sanibel resident Ty Symroski to the island’s vacant seat on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Committee.