To the Editor,
Over the past 24 years Commissioner Ray Judah has been a powerful force for the environment and our community on the Lee County Commission.
He has been the kind of public servant we all want, one who is well informed on the facts, passionate about serving the community and one who works for the diverse interests of the county's citizens and taxpayers. The walls in his office are testament to that - covered in awards from all sectors of the community, for a wide variety of accomplishments.
He worked to support programs and initiatives to protect, preserve and restore the natural beauty and diversity of natural treasures our community has been entrusted with. He was one of the first public servants to embrace and promote the concept of sustainability, providing for human activity and our imprint on natural resources in balance with the needs of a healthy environment.
He promoted the concept that by protecting and preserving our environment we also benefit our economy. And he worked to bring sustainable diversity to our economy through new technologies including alternative biofuels.
Lee County is the quality place it is today in large part because Ray Judah cared enough to step up to public service and speak out. We will miss your steady and ready helping hand, Ray.
On behalf of our community, we thank you for your outstanding efforts to shape and grow this community in balance with our natural treasures. Your efforts have made a difference and will be felt for generations to come.
Rae Ann Wessel
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation