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Natural Resources Manager earns Highest Recognition from State Preservation Association


Fort Myers, FL, Sept. 4, 2014 — Steve Boutelle, Lee County Division of Natural Resources Operations Manager, has been awarded the Stan Tait Award from the 2014 Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA). The Tait award is the association’s highest honor for “truly outstanding contributions to Florida beaches” over many years. Boutelle’s leadership, commitment and dedication to the statewide program and preservation of Lee County beaches earned him the award.

Boutelle has worked for Lee County for 25 years developing and implementing nourishment projects for beaches from Gasparilla Island to Bonita Beach.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from Florida State, Boutelle joined Lee County Natural Resources Division in 1989.  He currently serves as Operations Manager in charge of the Marine Program, overseeing a number of coastal issues including manatee protection, artificial reef construction, boating safety, navigation improvements, and derelict vessel removal.  Boutelle also has oversight of Lee County’s No. 1 economic and environmental asset – nearly 50 miles of white, sandy beaches. 

He also serves as staff liaison to the Lee County Coastal Advisory Council (CAC), an advisory group appointed by the Lee County of Board of County Commissioners to help plan for the restoration and maintenance needs of area beaches as well as the economic, technical, governance, funding, and education issues associated with beach management.  

As part of FSBPA’s 58th Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, the award will be presented at the banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

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The Marine Services Program is a section of the Natural Resources Division.  Areas of oversight include Beach Management, Aids to Navigation, Derelict Vessel Removal, Artificial Reefs and Waterway Management. 

The Program has 5 staff members:

Steven Boutelle - Operations Manager

Justin McBride - Project Manager

Michael Campbell - Senior Environmental Specialist

Thomas Dube - Technician II

Bradley Martin - Technician II.