By: Jen Russon
In this month’s State of the City presentation, Mayor Scott J. Brook spoke about improvements and initiatives everyone, from residents to small business owners, can look forward to in the months ahead.
“Last year, regardless of the challenges related to COVID-19, my fellow commission and city staff remained committed to excellent public service,” he said.
Mayor Brook proudly emphasized the 545 brand new businesses they welcomed during the ongoing pandemic and spoke about the launch of ‘Buy Local Coral Springs,’ co-sponsored by the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Mayor Brook said the improvements at Kiwanis Park would include not just a new fire station but an elevated walking path through the wet hammock in the back of Safety Town.
The mayor added nature lovers and cyclists would also fall in love with Sawgrass Trailhead at Atlantic Boulevard, and next week, the city will finally debut a decade-long effort to unveil a new and improved, user-friendly website.
Next, Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons touched on major milestones in cultural diversity, not only as being named the first Black vice mayor of the city but welcoming the newest city commissioner, Nancy Metayer, who made history as the first Black and Haitian woman to serve with him on the dais.
Commissioner Shawn Cerra followed by giving specific details on the ‘Neighborhoods with Integrity’ initiative that offers grant opportunities and connects residents ‘block by block,’ with installations of new turf fields and a giant splash pad at Betti Stradling Park.
Cerra reminded viewers that on May 15, the first inaugural chess championship would take place.
Commissioner Joy Carter joined him in with happy reminders, like the final razing of the old financial building on Sample and University by May when retail, hotels, and restaurants come to life at Cornerstone this summer.
Carter said the covered bridge, the first structure to be built in Coral Springs, is finished and ready for visitors, and added the local history museum reopens to the public in July, opening the door to the mayor’s final comments as he wrapped up the state of the city.
“We are very excited to be part of a better, brighter Coral Springs, and we have so much to look forward to,” said Mayor Brook.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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