ESTERO, FL – The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) today awarded Phil Douglas with the ECCL’s 2012 Village Visionary Award for his many contributions to protecting and enhancing Estero’s quality of life. He received this award at the 7th annual “All Play and No Work” event held for ECCL members and guests.
Almost upon his arrival in Estero, Douglas became active in his new community of Lighthouse Bay in The Brooks serving as a board member for a number of years before becoming president in 2010. He also has served as a supervisor on the board of The Brooks’ Community Development District for the past six years.
Joining the ECCL in 2004 , Douglas is a familiar face in the Lee County Commission chambers advocating protection of Estero’s water quality, water quantity and wildlife habitat in the DR/GR by restricting mining and development to those areas which have already been impacted.
In 2007, Douglas became a founding member and Lighthouse Bay Coordinator for the Brooks Concerned Citizens (BCC). The BCC addresses environmental and growth issues associated specifically with residents in The Brooks. Those issues have included the proposed I-75/Coconut Road interchange, the Agripartners’ ditch, culverts under I-75 into Halfway Creek and the site selection for the Boston Red Sox.
A retired District Administrator of Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana, Douglas also finds time to swim four times a week, play bridge and travel the U.S. and far off places.
Douglas and his wife, Maralee, have four children and two grandchildren.
Past recipients of the ECCL Village Visionary Award include Estero residents Arnie Rosenthal, Barbara Akins, Neal Noethlich, Sam Levy, Nick Batos and Bill Brown.
Don Eslick was presented the first Estero Visionary of the Decade Award last year for providing his leadership skills to the community for more than a decade.