About

Family

I have one son, Jake, born and raised in North Port, owner of White’s Diesel Performance located in Nokomis that he established on his own in 2012 (when he was 20 years old), which today has four full-time employees.

Background

  • I was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Kean University, BA Education.
  • Moved to Sarasota County and then settled in North Port in 1990.
  • High school algebra teacher (Irvington High School, NJ, Port Charlotte High School), Elementary teacher (Vineland Elementary, Englewood).
  • Retired in 2018 after 36 years of teaching, 29 years with Charlotte County Schools.

Memberships/Recognitions

  • Board Member, non-profits: Manatee-Sierra Club, Lemon Bay Conservancy, People for Trees (chair since 1997), Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Leadership Team for the Osprey Junction Trailhead Friends of the Legacy Trail
  • Advisory Board Member: North Port Beautification & Tree Board & Citizen Tax Oversight Committee, Sarasota County Historical Committee
  • Member: Friends of the North Port Library, Friends of the Shannon Staub Library, North Port Kiwanis Club
  • Awards: Sarasota County Environmental Education Award, Keep Sarasota Beautiful Awards (4), Sarasota County Beautiful Neighborhood Improvement Award, Control Growth Now Citizen of the Year, North Port Greenest Citizen, North Port Citizen of the Year
  • Charlotte County Public Schools Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Activism

I founded People for Trees, a non-profit native tree advocacy group in 1997 due to the growing concern about the loss of our native tree canopy due to the clear-cutting of sites for development. The group provides community outreach programs to clubs, and schools, hosts annual events, and has planted hundreds of trees throughout North Port’s schools, parks, public spaces, and into communities beyond.

In 2002, I formed a Political Action Committee, “North Port Citizens for Tree Protection” and used the citizen petition process to place a referendum on the ballot for voters to decide to add tree protection standards to the City Charter.

I convinced the North Port City Commission to amend the residential zoning code in order to allow home bakers to operate when the Florida Cottage Food Law was established in 2011.

And most recently, I rallied the people that included those from outside the city limits to convince the North Port City Commission to not disband the city’s Tree Advisory Board.

Community Roots run deep!

Finding that North Port was seriously lacking activities for toddlers, in 1993 I established a Saturday “Mommy and Me” program at the North Port Library which evolved to include an annual Halloween party that continued through 2001.

As chair of People for Trees, I collaborated with the City of North Port to plant over 300 street trees along N. Salford Blvd. (2008-2009, and then planted over 50 trees at all of North Port’s schools to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary (2009).

Through People for Trees, I spearheaded the establishment of the Commemorative Tree Walk (2003) along Tamiami Trail in North Port to showcase Florida-friendly landscaping choices and native trees which was supported by a grant from the Gulf Coast Foundation of Venice (then called The Venice Foundation).

I coordinated the efforts to create a Tree Garden and Florida-friendly garden area at Lamarque Elementary,  Florida-friendly landscaping at the entrance to the North Port Post Office, a “Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue” garden at Veterans Park North Port.

I continue to chair and organize the annual Tree Fair (since 1999) and Tour de North Port bicycle ride (since 2010) and began “The Eco-Kids Club”, an environmental club for children (1999), all sponsored by People for Trees, which also included organizing an annual event “Eco-Kids Blast!” in Dallas White Park.

I continue to coordinate kayak outings on the Myakka River and area creeks, and lead hikes along the Myakkahatchee Creek in order to encourage people to explore our beautiful, natural settings and discover the untamed Florida for themselves.

Business

I partnered with the North Port Chamber of Commerce to create a newcomer’s service, “Welcome to North Port” (1992)

In 1994 I retrofitted a post office vehicle for a neighborhood ice cream truck, Mom’s Ice Cream

In 1996, I established “The Coffee Café” in North Port (1996) that featured gourmet coffee, homemade pies, and local folk singers.

Today, I continue to operate “Pielicious Bake Shoppe” selling homemade pies under the Florida Cottage Food Law and I have been a vendor at the Englewood and Punta Gorda Farmer’s Markets as well as festivals such as the Lemon Bay Historical Society Cracker Festival, and the MangoMania and Strawberry Festivals in Cape Coral.

Other Interests

Hosting Junior Chef Cooking Classes and Summer Camps for children.

On occasion, I play with the “Guitar Army” at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda.

I recently authored a children’s book, “The Adventures of Cowboy Jake”, that celebrates a child’s imagination as well as the natural outdoors of Florida,  donating the book after doing author reads at area preschools and libraries.

Checks payable to:

Alice White Campaign for SCC District 5
3597 Froude St.
North Port Fl 34286

Paid for and approved by Alice White, Democrat for Sarasota County Commission, District 5.