Hillsborough honors former Tampa Tribune editorial writer Joe Guidry with inaugural conservation award
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Commissioners on Wednesday honored former Tampa Tribune journalist and editorial writer Joe Guidry with the county’s new conservation award.
A committee chose Guidry as the inaugural recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award last month because of his career advocating for the county’s natural resources and the environment through the power of the press.
A Tampa native and University of South Florida graduate, Guidry spent 45 years as a newspaperman in his hometown, first with the Tampa Times and then at the Tampa Tribune. In congratulating Guidry, commissioners credited his countless editorials for championing the clean up of Tampa Bay and pushing the creation of the county’s environmental lands preservation program.
Guidry continues to write on water issues for the Florida Aquarium.
In accepting the award, Guidry said he “can’t imagine a better job than writing editorials about what you care about in your hometown.” And while the Tampa Tribune editorial board was known as a conservative voice in the Tampa Bay area, he said proudly pushed back against claims that their environmental stances skewed liberal.
“I don’t think there’s anything conservative about squandering irreplaceable resources,” he said. Conservation, he added, “should be embraced by everyone, regardless of their politics.”
The county commission created the Hillsborough Forever award in January to annually recognize an individual or group who “exemplifies dedication to preserving the county’s natural resources.”
Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White instigated the creation of the award and said Guidry was a fitting first recipient.
“You have performed a great public service to our community and you meticulously with great insight and passion chronicled the importance of the environment and conservation in Hillsborough County,” White said.
He added: “We are so grateful for all you’ve done for Hillsborough County and Florida.”