A Message from Commissioner Joshua Simmons
Dear Coral Springs,
I am writing to you today to share my thoughts and feelings with you. It has been a rough couple of months, and for many people, the rest of the year will continue to be rough.
It has been hard to see the number of lives lost due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Families have been unable to grieve the loss of their loved ones properly, which is a tragedy of its own. I don’t care about the media, and I don’t care about the political arguments that have dominated social media. I care about you.
I care about every person that calls Coral Springs home. It is my love of you that spurred me to write this open letter. Many of you have expressed to me your frustrations with the shut down of businesses and our previous way of life. I want you all to know that I truly understand those frustrations. I know that our business community is suffering in innumerable ways. We desperately need and want our business community to bounce back.
Most of you have done an amazing job of shifting your lives to self-isolate and socially distance yourself. You have no idea how proud I am of you because you all showed Florida that you took this virus seriously and that you wanted to do your part as a good neighbor. I miss outside, and I miss seeing all of you enjoy living in Coral Springs.
Now, it is clear that the wheels of reopening have gained a considerable amount of steam. Broward County will soon establish reopening procedures, and our time apart will slowly come to an end. I will not tell you how you should live your life moving forward, but I will ask you for a few favors.
Covid-19 is still a major threat, and I am asking you to keep taking this virus seriously. You may be done with Coronavirus, but it still a problem, and it is not done with us. I need you all to continue following all CDC guidelines and recommendations. Please continue to listen to medical professionals and public health experts as they have the requisite expertise to keep us informed. Also, please do not rush to attend large group gatherings until it has been advised to do so by the CDC.
Ultimately, I am asking you to exercise patience and allow the process to work itself out. I want you to enjoy being out and about, but I also want you and your family to be safe. I believe in you, and I can’t wait to see you all in the City.
Commissioner Joshua A. Simmons