Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park
On Saturday October 21, 2017 more than 100 Johnson Engineering employees, family and friends, volunteered for the company’s 15th consecutive year cleaning up Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park, the park which bears their founder’s name. This annual cleanup came at a much-needed time, as the park was especially hard hit by Hurricane Irma.
This annual fall event 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, whose efforts in the late 1960’s, 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 company’s employees come together each year to do their part in keeping the park looking its best. The teams dedicate the morning to cleaning and fixing up numerous areas throughout the park including repairing privacy fence blown down by Hurricane Irma, replacing wheelchair ramp planks, constructing rope fencing, repairing the canoe launch, painting, roadway and trail trimming.
The volunteers’ efforts not only support Lovers Key State Park by keeping it looking its best, but also support local Fort Myers Beach businesses who sponsor the event by providing raffle items. Raffle prizes entice employees to volunteer and are a great way to encourage participants to patronize Fort Myers Beach businesses. Raffle sponsors this year were the Wyndham Garden, Matanzas Inn, Fort Myers Beach Bayside Resort, Pierside Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar, Charley’s Boat House and Truly Scrumptious.
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.
Founded in 1946, Johnson Engineering provides a complete range of services in planning and land development, surveying and mapping, landscape architecture, transportation, utilities, water resources, environmental consulting and geographic information systems. The firm has offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, LaBelle, Clewiston, Pembroke Pines, Lakeland, Miami and Lutz. For further information, contact Juli Kern at
Photos courtesy of Johnson Engineering.