Lovers Key State Park
Johnson Engineering held its 17th Annual Cleanup of Lovers Key State Park on Saturday, October 26, bringing employees, their families and friends to work with the Friends of Lovers Key and park staff to do a variety of jobs to help the park look its best. The group volunteers each year to support the park that bears their founder’s name.
This is an opportunity for Johnson Engineering employees to make a difference in the community, while also paying tribute to the company’s founder, Carl E. Johnson. Johnson Engineering’s Coastal Cleanup began in 2003 in honor of Carl, whose efforts in the late 1960s, played a major role in making this popular recreational area a reality. He conceived the idea of connecting the islands with a causeway from the south end of Fort Myers Beach to Bonita Beach, helped get most of the land donated from several large landowners, surveyed and designed the road, overcoming a variety of obstacles along the way. Today, Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park has become a world-famous tourist destination.
The work teams dedicate the morning to cleaning and fixing up numerous areas throughout the park. This year the teams removed fishing line and debris from mangroves, constructed rope fences, trimmed trails, and removed invasive exotic plants. After the morning’s efforts, the group enjoyed lunch in the beach pavilion.
This annual event’s volunteer efforts were previously recognized by The Friends of Florida State Parks with the Outstanding Volunteer Team of the Year Award for exceptional service and support. In 2018, the Florida State Parks Foundation recognized Johnson Engineering as the recipient of their 2018 Corporate Excellence Award for our outstanding volunteerism to ensure the preservation and well-being of Lovers Key State Park.