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Mazurkiewicz earns lifetime achievement award

February 3, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The 10 years that Joe Mazurkiewicz served as the mayor of Cape Coral has only been the tip of the iceberg in regards to what he has done to make the city a place to live, work and play.

Last week, the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral recognized his lifetime of service to the community by giving him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, which was started last year, is given to a Chamber member who have given time, talent and money to make the city a better place. Mazurkiewicz joins former Chamber president Mike Quaintance as winners of the award.

"I was completely surprised and caught off guard. I was speechless for the first time in many years," Mazurkiewicz said. "I was honored and humbled to be recognized. It has always been an enjoyable experience to work with the great business leaders in Cape Coral to promote our community."

Mazurkiewicz moved to the Cape in 1968 and started his service with the city in 1972 as a Jaycee when he was 20 years old, when living north of St. Andrew's Church meant living in the boonies, where he bought a house.

"I was putting on Fourth of July, putting up Christmas decorations on Cape Coral Parkway, doing haunted houses. It was just part of my life after coming home from the University of Florida," Mazurkiewicz said.

Mazurkiewicz continued to work on the annual Fourth of July event off and on until the Chamber turned the event over to the city.

Mazurkiewicz is obviously most remembered for his decade long run as Cape Coral's mayor from 1983-93, the longest run of any mayor in city history (one most likely not to be broken as the city now has term limits). At 31, he was the youngest mayor in the country at that time.

He oversaw changes to the city's charter, the beginning of the city's utility expansion projects, the start of a booming population and the transition from the city being a bedroom community to one that is friendly to business.

Mazurkiewicz is a charter member of the Chamber, and was a charter member of the Leadership Cape Coral program in its inaugural class in 1993.

For the Chamber, Mazurkiewicz volunteers much of his time through its government affairs committee, community events and educational programs like Leadership Cape Coral, Junior Leadership Cape Coral, Advanced Leadership and the Community Trustee program. He was also its chairperson.

Among his other accomplishments have been to serve as executive director of the Council for Progress Foundation, past chairman for the Leadership Cape Coral Class of 2000, a board member with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and a board member of Gulf Coast Village.

He was appointed by former Gov. Charlie Crist to serve on the Florida Transportation Commission and is a Rotarian with the Cape Coral Goldcoast Club.

Mazurkiewicz is president for BJM Consulting, a firm that specializes in government activities.

"Joe is a shining example of someone who not only loves this community, but also has devoted his life to making Cape Coral a better place," said Donna Germain, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral. "We cannot thank him enough for all he does for our community and for the Chamber."

"He's had a significant impact and a lasting contribution on the business community," said Chamber chairperson Trish Lassiter. "He's brought leadership, inspiration and has influenced the community at large. He's our Father Time."



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