Applicants Sought For 2017 Leadership Conference


Have you ever wanted to learn how the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, Lee County government and town officials work together to keep everything running smoothly in our island paradise? Or learn more about the wonderful resources our town offers? The 2017 Leadership Conference is fast approaching, and the Community Resources Advisory Board (CRAB) is looking for participants. For those who may think that participation requires one to serve on a committee, or that the Conference is all boring political stuff or open only to year-rounders, nothing could be further from the truth!

The two-day conference is free and open to everyone and will be held on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, beginning at Town Hall each morning at 8:30am with coffee and biscuits. The first day will feature presentations from the various entities that interact with the Town, including the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department and Lee County. Participants will learn all about arts on the island, island ecology, non-profit organizations and charities and the Town’s advisory committees. They will also enjoy a free lunch provided by the Town.

Day Two is a big favorite amongst previous graduates as it is Field Trip Day. Have you ever wanted to learn more about Matanzas Pass Preserve? Or actually what the Mound House is and why has so much work been put into preserving it? What about the new Beach Library – what kind of resources are there? Get ready to have all these questions answered and more while being ferried around town on the fun and popular Ku Ku Ka Nu Ku Trolley. And on this day lunch will be served outdoors at Bowditch Point Park’s beautiful amphitheater area.

The first Leadership Conference was held over four days in mid-May 2010 and featured presentations from Covanta Energy on Lee County’s Waste to Energy Facility, a boat trip through the back bay courtesy of Fish Tale Marina and a ‘graduation dinner’ at South Beach Grill. After getting a lukewarm response in 2011, CRAB decided to hold the conference every two years instead of every year and pared it down to two days in order to fit into peoples’ busy schedules. That template seemed to work well, as 21 folks signed up in 2013, with many of them going on to serve on an advisory committee and even run for Council! Others simply enjoyed the benefits of being educated residents. All in all, this conference offers something for everyone and we guarantee you will be entertained.

To register, contact CRAB Chair Keri Weeg at 239-994-8897 or email her at


Keri Hendry Weeg (2010 attendee)
Community Resources Advisory Board
Fort Myers Beach