The community spirit is alive and well for more than 80 Johnson Engineering employees, their families, friends, the Friends of Lover’s Key and park staff. The group pitched in last Saturday for the 14th consecutive year of volunteering their time to preserve one of Florida’s natural gems, the park which bears their founder’s name, Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park.
Company employees take this opportunity to make a difference in the community, while paying tribute to the company’s founder, Carl E. Johnson, who in the late 1960’s 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. Today, Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park has become a world-famous tourist destination.
The teams dedicate the morning to cleaning and fixing up numerous areas throughout the park including replacing a stairway, replacing sod, exotic vegetation removal, native planting, trail trimming and painting tram bridges. After the morning’s efforts, they enjoyed a lunch catered by Truly Scrumptious with raffle prizes donated by beach businesses, including Wyndham Garden.