Mound House, the Town-owned historic property at the end of Connecticut Street, received a contribution in the form of a financial arrangement to develop a room within the the oldest standing structure on Estero Island,. The donation will aid in getting the full property open sooner and the mission in restoring the home to its original 1921 grandeur using Florida's historic preservation standards.
On Monday evening, former Town Mayor Dan Hughes was recognized for offering to cover the costs in the construction of a period room.
"He made a very generous offer," said Stewart. "We pledge to honor the accomplishment of this based upon the very generous donation. It is an extremely kind gesture."
Former Beach Mayor Dan Hughes (front row, blue shirt) takes a photo with members of Friends of Mound House, Town Parks & Recreation staff and current Council members. His large contribution will create a period room in Mound House.
It was reported that the contribution is worth more than $10,000 monetarily.
"This gift reflects my dedication to the enhancement and development of the Mound House as a coastal education historical site," said Hughes, who was mayor when Mound House was acquired.
Hughes praised the current Council and the most recent Council for their vision to expedite the Mound House project, one that has taken 13 years.
"You have really moved things along," he said. "I commend you on your effort to complete the renovations."