A life framed by love for community

Former Planning Commissioner Anne Madden leaves a caring legacy

Ann MaddenIt is with heavy heart that we share the passing of Anne Madden on May 28, 2015. “Anne proudly served as a Planning Commissioner from 2001 to 2005,” said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Planning Commission. “She cared so much about her community – Ruskin and all of Hillsborough County. Making this community better was always her focus. She brought enthusiasm, dedication, and an incredible work ethic to her time on the Planning Commission.”

Following her service to our country in the military, Anne continued to serve as an advocate of the SouthShore community and all of Hillsborough County as a member of numerous civic and county organizations. She was the owner of Frame Crafters and the Blue Ibis Art Gallery in Ruskin for 16 years.

As a Planning Commissioner, Anne also served as our representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation. An active participant in each planning initiative for the SouthShore area, she was involved in local community plans and most recently a transit circulator study. Eager to share her passion for planning with her local community, she beamed when interactive planning displays were represented at local events like the Family Salsa Festival, Seafood Festival, and Ruskin Tomato Festival. She also served on the HART Board, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the SouthShore Arts Council, and on the Board of Directors of the SouthShore Roundtable and the South Bay Hospital.

We will greatly miss her smiling eyes, sense of humor, warm heart, and passion for art, children, the disadvantaged, and planning for a brighter future. We are quite certain this community is a more beautiful place, because of the legacy Anne Madden has left for future generations.