Pio Ieraci, longtime Fort Lauderdale leader, dies of COVID-19 at 58

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

A powerful Fort Lauderdale beachfront community has lost its charismatic leader with the eagle eye for detail and the “force of nature” to get things done.

Pio Ieraci, longtime president of the Galt Mile Community Association, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday from COVID-19. He was 58.

“He was on a ventilator for 14 days,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said. “It’s a terrible shock to the community. It’s a real loss. Our heart goes out to his family.”

Ieraci spent 30 years as president of the Galt Mile Community representing the interests of 30 oceanfront condos and 16,000 residents.

A stickler for details, the Canadian-born Ieraci was a unique blend of businessman, family man, diplomat and village shaman, according to his online bio.

Vice Mayor Steve Glassman, who became fast friends with Ieraci after meeting him 20 years ago, was reeling from the news.

“I’m in shock,” Glassman said. “He’s been president of the Galt Mile Association forever. He’s been such a force of nature when it comes to community activism. He’s so involved and so caring, always out there and so involved. And a strong advocate for protecting the barrier island.”

Ieraci leaves behind a wife, son and daughter.

He would have been 59 on Jan. 10.

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Susannah Bryan can be reached at 954-356-4554, sbryan@sunsentinel.com or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan