The Florida State Parks Foundation recognized Johnson Engineering as the recipient of their 2018 Corporate Excellence Award. The award recognized our employees for their outstanding volunteerism to ensure the preservation and well-being of Lovers Key State Park.
For 15 consecutive years, Johnson Engineering employees have volunteered their time for the company’s annual cleaning and fixing up of Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park, the park which bears our founder’s name. This is an opportunity for our employees to make a difference in the community, while also paying tribute to our company founder, Carl E. Johnson.
Johnson Engineering’s Coastal Cleanup began in 2003 in honor of Carl E. Johnson, whose efforts in the late 1960s played a major role in making this popular recreational area a reality. He helped get most of the land donated from several large landowners, surveyed, and designed the road connecting the islands with a causeway from the south end of Fort Myers Beach to Bonita Beach. Today, Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park has become a world-famous tourist destination and is ranked second for having the greatest economic impact on the local community, bringing in $75.5 million per year. It was also once voted as one of Florida’s Best Beaches by the Travel Channel.
The volunteer efforts help keep the park looking its best for the visitors it attracts worldwide. Teams dedicate a Saturday morning to cleaning and fixing up numerous areas throughout the park including replacing shell walkways, replacing wheelchair ramps with composite boards, painting, constructing rope fencing, building trash receptacles, removing exotic plans, and trail trimming.
This annual event’s volunteer efforts were previously recognized by The Friends of Florida State Parks with the Outstanding Volunteer Team of the Year Award for exceptional service and support.
For more information, contact Juli Kern at (239) 461-2424 or [email protected].