Bruce Butcher, Town Council


Candidacy Announcement

Bruce Butcher has announced his campaign for re-election to Town Council. He is the representative for the Town to the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and also the Horizon Council. The MPO reviews the future transportation needs of Lee County and the financing of those needs. The Horizon Council is the business community voice to the Lee County Commission. Butcher began his involvement with the town by serving on the Public Safety Committee for several years. He also served on the LPA.

Butcher has a long history of visiting Ft Myers Beach since the late 60s when his family began vacationing on the beach. He and his wife, Diane, invested in a home in Laguna Shores in 2004. In 2011 he retired from 40 years with Dana Corporation and moved full time to Ft Myers Beach in 2012. During his time with Dana Corporation he moved 10 times across the United States and also worked in Venezuela 5 years. Butcher held a number of positions in many disciplines and product lines. He started in finance and moved into business development, aftermarket distribution, plant management, general management and vice president. He traveled extensively in his business career and was involved in developing new manufacturing facilities, joint ventures and acquisitions in Europe , South America and Asia.

When he ran for council 3 years ago he was concerned with the town’s financial position, redevelopment of the downtown area and the Estero Blvd reconstruction. “I feel we have had great progress in accomplishing my goals since election to council. The town is in a solid financial position now and has the capacity for doing investments in infrastructure improvements. TPI hopefully is getting nearer to groundbreaking. Our relationship with Lee County has much improved as we work together to complete the Estero Blvd refresh.”

“I had never planned to run for reelection. But after much soul-searching and passion for several initiatives that we have begun, I decided to seek reelection.”

The timely completion of the Blvd, the foot of the bridge final design and safety lighting for Estero Blvd remain pressing issues for him, along with strategy and branding, infrastructure projects for Times Square, Bayfront park and heart of the island including Bay Oaks.

“I would like to thank those who voted me onto town council 3 years ago and hope that I have earned your and other voters support for reelection.”

Butcher can be contacted at or 239-322-2535.