Mayor James J. Lawrence Memorial Page

The Town of Indian Shores sadly announces the passing of our beloved Mayor James J. Lawrence, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret. on December 26, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Alice Lawrence; his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Jennifer Lawrence and grandchildren Cassidy and Gage; siblings Robert Lawrence, Gini Boughner, and Pati Evans; and much-loved dog Billy.

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He is best remembered for his love and dedication to the U.S. Air Force and the Town of Indian Shores. Some of his noteworthy achievements include:

  • Retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. He was a command pilot with over 6,500 flying hours and served as a pilot in every U.S. conflict from Vietnam to Gulf War I.
  • He served the Town of Indian Shores since 1998 on various committees, as Vice Mayor and most importantly as Mayor.
  • He led efforts for the construction of the Town's $4.5 million Municipal Center.
  • Oversaw the completion of a $6 million utility under-grounding project on Indian Shores' Gulf Blvd.
  • Led the effort to negotiate a $35 million interlocal agreement with Pinellas County for the Gulf Beaches Beautification Project for Indian Shores and 10 other beach communities.
  • Oversaw the construction of a new Pavilion and Playground for $250,000.
  • Drove the effort for a Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue Fire Station 26 at the Municipal Center to improve EMS response time for the district.
  • Conceived the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival which has become a popular event in the Town.
  • Partnered with the Indian Shores Property Owner's Municipal Center Memorial Brick Paver Program.
  • Supported the establishment of the Town Community Garden.
  • Supported the establishment of an art gallery in the Municipal Center.
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Mayor James J. Lawrence has gotten his wings back and is now free, flying the skies of the great blue yonder!
Mayor James J. Lawrence, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.