The Board and staff of Calusa Waterkeeper wish to extend our sincerest condolences for the recent passing of Frank Mann. In honor of the important work that Mr. Mann did while he served as a Lee County Commissioner and other public offices, and after receiving his family’s blessing, we have elected to name one of our annual awards after him.

In a letter to Mann’s family, Jim Watkins, President of the Calusa Waterkeeper board, wrote,

“Commissioner Mann’s service to the community embodied the highest ideals of public office. His integrity, honor and compassion and his commitment to protecting the environment and preservation and expansion of public lands will be sorely missed.”

“The Frank Mann Exemplary Public Service Award shall only be given to those individuals who display the same dedication and ideals that Frank did. While it is possible there may not be a recipient some years, we hope that there will be an opportunity to recognize someone who carries on his tradition of selfless public service and commitment to our quality of life in Southwest Florida.”

In a return letter dated July 11th, 2022, Frank’s wife Mary Lee stated, “There could be no more fitting tribute to Frank and his years of public service.”

Mann passed away at the age of 80 on June 21st, 2022.

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