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CLT dedicates bench, plants magnolia tree in memory of Phillip Rosenberg

June 12, 2019
Special to The Eagle (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

A few members of the Calusa Land Trust assembled at St. James Creek Preserve last week to dedicate a southern magnolia tree and a bench in memory of long-time Calusa Land Trust member Phillip Rosenberg.

"The bench was an Eagle Scout project that we installed a plaque with Phil's name and the southern magnolia tree came from JMC Landscaping on Pine Island," CLT member John Kendall said. "Greg Lambrecht and I have been friends with Phil for many years and we wanted to do something in Phil's memory."

The southern magnolia was chosen because it is a fast growing tree and can grow up to 120 feet tall. It has large green leaves and when in bloom in early spring produces large 12-inch, white, showy, lemon-citronella scented flowers.

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Seated are Joan Rosenberg and Calusa Land Trust president Robert Ballard; standing are CLT members John Kendall and Greg Lambrecht.

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Rosenberg and his wife, Joan, arrived from California on Pine Island in 1992. Phil was a self-trained "computer geek" and utilized his skills to assist many people and organizations on the island including the Pine Island Garden Club, St. James City Civic Association, Bobby Holloway Memorial Fishing Tournament, Pine Island Library and particularly the Calusa Land Trust.

The Rosenbergs were awarded the Al Mills "Citizen of the Year" Award in 2014 by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. Phil Rosenberg lost his battle with cancer on March 8, 2019.

"Phil was so active in so many things," Kendall said "He was also such a great friend of the island I guess we wanted to perpetuate Phil's memory. Not something big and splashy because Phil wouldn't have wanted that. I think this is perfect."

 
 

 

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