JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2012) – Col. Alfred A. Pantano, Jr. received the Bill Sadowski Award from 1000 Friends of Florida at the 27th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Stuart, Fla. Jan. 7. It was one of several special recognitions and honorable mentions that Pantano received during his last Everglades Coalition Conference as Jacksonville District commander before changing command in June.
Nathaniel Reed, Chairman Emeritus and founder of 1000 Friends, and a Sadowski recipient himself, presented the award to Pantano amidst a chorus of “Hooahs” from the audience. “In recognition of outstanding and distinguished service to the state of Florida, the Everglades and its restoration, 1000 Friends of Florida presents Colonel Alfred A. Pantano, Jr., this Community Steward Award,” said Reed.
Pantano’s award is a framed original watercolor by Quincy, Fla., artist Dawn McMillan. The painting depicts wetland grasses fringed by cypress trees, with one symbolic ibis “standing out” in the foreground, distinct from the rest of the flock.
The award is not given every year, but is reserved for a public servant at the regional or state level whose work exemplifies the high level of commitment to growth management and the philosophy of negotiation for which Bill Sadowski, the former Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, was known.
“1000 Friends of Florida hosts the Better Community Awards program to showcase Florida's leading citizens, public servants, programs and communities that are contributing to an enhanced quality of life in this state,” said Charles Pattison, President of 1000 Friends of Florida. “We were especially pleased then to be able to recognize the many, many fine efforts of Colonel Pantano in making Everglades restoration a reality.”
Release no. 12-002