Remembering Bob Bangert
Bob & Frankie Bangert
Robert Bangert was an avid environmentalist and a civic leader in St. Lucie County. Bob, who moved to Florida from New York in 1976, was a long-time activist not only during his tenure as president of the Conservation Alliance and his decades-long service on its Board of Directors, but also in his work with the St. Lucie Waterfront Council, on the County Environmental Advisory Board, and his advocacy for environmental issues around the state.
Bob was front and center in the direction and operation of the CASLC and he had a knack for detecting problems before they took full shape. That talent served the Alliance very well. His steady presence at the county commission meetings informed the priorities of the Alliance. A highly effective tool that Bob developed was a month-in-advance calendar of key issues that were to be taken up by the county or city commissions. We knew when to show up and make our voices heard!
Bob also helped institutionalize the Alliance with his marketing materials, including a comprehensive brochure listing our achievements and giant archival scrapbooks lovingly assembled by he and his wife, Frankie, that provide a sweeping history of the Alliance. He maintained his loyalty, kindness, and generosity to the Alliance to the very end. He and Frankie kept up with attending our meetings until well into their 90s. Bob passed away peacefully on April 15, 2019 at age 98.
To honor his decades-long contributions to the Alliance, we are creating a Bob Bangert seat on our Board of Directors. The person who fills this seat will pick up where Bob left off, and continue this vital function of ensuring that the Alliance can meet its mission.