Sunday, September 27, 2020

COLLIER COUNTY CREATES NEW COMMISSIONER PORTRAIT GALLERY

The Collier Board of County Commissioners has completed the first phase of the creation of the Collier County Commissioners’ Portrait Gallery.

Under the direction of the current commissioners, county staff had 15 of 59 former Collier County Commissioners portraits reprinted, reframed and rehung in the hallway adjacent to the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112.

The first phase of the project includes those commissioners who served from 1923 to 1953 and were elected at-large. A selection of historical events of the period, provided by Collier County Museums Director Ron Jamro and is posted alongside the portraits, includes the May 8, 1923 creation of Collier County as the state’s 62nd county by the Florida Legislature and the April 26, 1928 opening of the Tamiami Trail to traffic in the Everglades.

New lighting was also added to enhance the display.

“This is an incredible display of our history,” said Commissioner Penny Taylor. “The collaborative effort of our staff has really made this display an important focal point for all who come to the Board of County Commissioners chambers, reminding those who have business before the county of the great work that has done by these previous boards.”

The remaining commissioner portraits are being prepared and will be added to the gallery in the near future.

For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-8383.

 

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