By Cindy Jackson
July 19, 2019 2:00 p.m.
Smokey the Bear made a guest appearance at the July 17, 2019 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners as August 9th, 2019 represents the day he celebrates his 75th birthday. As noted in the resolution delivered by Commission Chair Justin Taylor, the Smokey the Bear wildfire prevention campaign is the longest running public service campaign in U.S. history.
Also noted was the fact that in the last five years, the Florida Forest Service Wildland Firefighters have responded to over 228 wildfires in Nassau County that burned 1,670 acres.
Editor’s Note: Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Cindy received her BA in Political Science from Dickinson College. Upon graduation, Cindy began her career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and director. She later became a part of the public relations and lobbying team of the American Iron and Steel Institute and served as director of the office of state legislative affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Cindy was involved in economic development with the state of Maryland, and served as executive director of Leadership Washington County. As a community volunteer, Cindy participates in numerous volunteer activities serving as a member of Sunrise Rotary, and as board member of Cummer Amelia Board of Directors.