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Sam Bailey

Board Member

Sam Bailey - PURRE Board Member

Bailey was born and raised on Sanibel, where his family history dates back to the late 1800s. In addition to being an island son, Bailey was also an accomplished athlete and professional football player in the 1940s and later went on to serve as an award-winning coach at the University of Tampa. Some of Bailey’s longest and closest friends include former Florida Governor Bob Graham, former Sanibel Mayor and U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, NBC newsman Willard Scott, NFL coach John Rauch, Tampa Tribune sports writer Tom McEwen, and photographer Charles McCoulough.


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"We must build a peace in South Florida - a peace between the people and their place, between the natural environment and man-made settlement, between the works of man and the life of mankind itself. "
~ Florida Gov. Reubin Askew ~