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Judah to speak on water issues at annual COTI meeting

March 14, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Ray Judah, former Lee County Commissioner and presently coordinator for the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, will be keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of Committee of the Islands on March 28 at the Sanibel Community House. The pubic is invited to this meeting.

Judah is a widely known and long-time advocate for the responsible stewardship of Florida waters. The topic of his address will be: "Everglades and Coastal Estuaries Restoration By the Numbers."

Mr. Judah is a graduate of California State University of Humboldt, with a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. As a former environmental land planner with the Lee County Department of Community Development and Lee County Commissioner (1988-2012), he continues his strong advocacy for providing a balance between management of growth and responsible stewardship of our precious natural resources. Here is just a sample of the many accomplishments and awards that are the result of his efforts:

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Championed the designation of the 96,000 acre Density Reduction Groundwater Resource Area of Southwest Florida.

Co-founded the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Land Trust and spearheaded the effort to establish the Conservation 2020 program to protect our critical water resources, open space and wildlife habitat.

Assumed a leadership role in the efforts to protect the Caloosahatchee and coastal estuaries by advocating for restoration of the historic southern flow-way to the Everglades and responsible management of Lake Okeechobee.

Awards and Honors:

Everglades Coalition's James D. Webb Award for making an outstanding contribution to the Everglades in 2011.

Conservationist of the Year Florida Wildlife Federation in 2007 and the Florida Audubon Society in 1984 and 1996.

Florida Audubon's 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Award for Resilience, Resolve, and Courage on Behalf of Florida's Environment.

Judah and his wife, Kristen, have a 25-year-old son Kallen who is a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Air Force.

The COTI Annual Meeting begins with coffee and rolls at 9 a.m., followed by the keynote address at 9:30 a.m, then presentation of COTI's Citizen of the Year award. After a brief break, a business meeting will be held for Committee of the Islands members, at which members of the board will be elected.

For more information, email Committee of the Islands at You can also see other articles on community issues at the COTI website, or visit COTI on Facebook.



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