“We reached 2021 and the manufacturer told us they would no longer be making replacement parts,” said Marine Lab Director Eric Milbrandt, Ph.D. “We were looking at a $400,000 price tag to create a new sensor network monitoring water up the Caloosahatchee, through Pine Island Sound as far as North Captiva, and into the Gulf of Mexico as conditions warrant.”
Recognizing that RECON’s efficacy is held in high regard by our local elected officials, SCCF CEO Ryan Orgera’s first calls were to the City of Sanibel’s Mayor Holly Smith and Lee County Commission Chairman Kevin Ruane, who are pictured above with Evans.
“Their public sector support was swift and substantial,” according to Orgera. “Mayor Smith shepherded a request through the Sanibel City Council for a $50,000 grant, and Chairman Ruane secured $82,000 in support from Lee County. It’s tremendous validation that our elected officials want RECON to remain up and running.”
Former SCCF Board President Paul Roth and his wife Lucy were heartened to learn of the public sector’s financial support.