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Longboat Key stages Ron Johnson art exhibit

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Ron Johnson's lifelong passion was photography. He participated in every Town Hall art exhibit after his two terms as mayor.  
by: Terry O’Connor News Editor

A Town Hall art exhibit commemorating the late Ron Johnson’s life and contributions to Longboat Key is on display throughout December.

Johnson, 84, died June 27.

After retiring to Longboat Key, Johnson volunteered with many nonprofit agencies, including Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key Kiwanis Club, Longboat Key Garden Club and the Public Interest Committee.  

“He served in leadership capacities in all these, and made each a stronger entity for his involvement,” said Susan Phillips, the top aide to Town Manager David Bullock.

Johnson was also a member of the Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board, and served two terms as mayor on the commission. Challenging issues under his watch included beach projects, Ringling Bridge replacement, the first townwide canal dredging, facilities replacement and Tennis Center construction.

His lifelong passion was photography. He participated in every Town Hall art exhibit after his terms as mayor.  

“His wife Jinny, eight daughters, and sister, Eileen, were the central focus of his life,” Phillips said. “He will be remembered and missed by all who met him. We are honored to share some of his favorite photographs.”

Information: Contact Susan Phillips, assistant to town manager, at 316-1999, ext. 1212, or [email protected]


 

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