Estero Community Planning Panel
(12/15/1946 – 10/23/2005)
David Graham, an Estero
resident, was well known for his leadership on a wide range of community issues,
particularly in building regional consensus, environmental stewardship and
raising the bar for development in the communities he worked in.
David was the type of committed leader
whose very participation and dedication inspired others to excel. He stood
firmly on his principles and ideals and humbly led by example, always
attributing his own success to others. David was a founding member of the
Estero Community Planning Panel and was instrumental in the creation,
negotiation and adoption of the Estero Community Plan, the Estero Design Review
Committee and the Corkscrew Overlay. David consistently challenged the
development community to exceed previous standards and prided himself on raising
the bar for development throughout the region.
He was named
Lee County's Citizen of
the Year in February 2005 for his work with a long list of community
organizations devoted to land stewardship, responsible development and improving
the quality of life in Southwest Florida
and was a recipient of the Pathfinder Award from the Southwest Florida District
Council Urban Land Institute.
continued to create high standards in the development industry for community
participation and outreach, environmental preservation and sustainability,
project design and regional benefit. He consistently thought of new ideas
for making each development special for the greater community, either through
solving regional issues, preserving more land, or building a stronger consensus.
He set a standard in Southwest Florida that has made this area a better place...