Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bonita Springs' Deputy Mayor Peter O'Flinn recevies FBA 2018 Annual Award for Elected Official Champion

At the March 20th meeting of the Bonita Springs City Council, the Florida Bicycle Association* (FBA)'s Executive Director, Becky Alfonso, presented Deputy Mayor Peter O'Flinn with FBA's 2018 Annual Award for Elected Official Champion.  Each year, FBA presents awards in recognition of outstanding leaders in various categories--from Club of the Year, Citizen Advocate, Law Enforcement Agency, Elected Official Champion, to Volunteers. Congratulations to Deputy Mayor O'Flinn, and thanks to FBA for recognizing his contributions to SWFL.

Deputy Mayor Peter O'Flinn (holding plaque) with Councilman Mike Gibson (L), FBA's Becky Alfonso (R), City Manager Arlene Hunter, and Deputy City Manager Matt Feeney [Mayor Peter Simmons in back]
 In presenting the award FBA's Becky Alfonso made the following comments:

 "Deputy Mayor Peter O’Flinn has demonstrated his outstanding leadership both in the City and throughout SWFL to advocate for complete streets as the best way to realize the City's vision of human-scale development and quality of life. He made this issue his #1 priority. As a result of these efforts, Bonita Springs received national recognition (by Smart Growth America) as one of the12 communities in the United States for its exemplary work on implementing complete streets.

Peter has led the effort to educate the public about the value of roundabouts and road diets, which has been critical to bringing these changes to SWFL.  Equally important, since he was elected he has been committed to bringing to reality a rails-to-trails trail to connect Bonita Springs and Estero (10 miles) and make it part of the statewide network, with a vision of how to take these two cities to the next level.

Peter has built strong relationships with the Greenways and Trails Foundation, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Conservation Fund. Through his hard work, leadership and commitment, these leaders are now part of "Peter's team” to make Bonita Springs a complete community.

 It is my honor to present Bonita Springs Deputy Mayor Peter O’Flinn our 2018 Elected Official Champion of the Year award."
In receiving the award, Deputy O'Flinn said he was part of a team effort, highlighting the contributions of outstanding staff--City Manager Arlene Hunter and Deputy City Manager Matt Feeney--along with Councilman Mike Gibson who has worked on these issues for many years and is the Council's liaison to the City's Bike/Ped Advisory Committee.

*The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) is a membership-based 501c3 non-profit whose mission is bicycling education and promotion of smart cycling. FBA is not a bicycle club - we are and always will be people, businesses, organizations and communities working together to build a bicycle-friendly Florida to benefit all.

Congratulations to all the award recipients!


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