By Coral Springs Mayor, Scott Brook
I hope this finds you and your family in good health and good spirits. These are tough and unusual times. However, we are getting through this together! As of this writing, our City has opened up the parks and many activities, in groups of 6 or less, are allowed. I am excited to play singles tennis soon! We have decided to allow for this first phase of opening up our City as the numbers have guided us to do so safely while still mandating social distancing and other requirements. Here is our website for the latest information on Covid-19 restrictions – www.CoralSprings.org.
Your Commission has continued to meet virtually ever since I requested an Emergency Meeting on March 13 and declared the State of Emergency in our City. Protecting the health and wellbeing of our residents has been and will continue to be our central focus until we have managed to mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please understand that this is a work in progress. We will continue to monitor the numbers closely and make necessary adjustments as we go.
We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. On the first Wednesday, we meet at 9 am. On the third Wednesday, we meet at 6:30 PM. Residents may always view the agenda prior to the meetings and give input at the meetings.
As a precaution, we limit the number of persons in chambers in accordance with social distancing recommendations from the CDC. To accommodate guests, we will utilize an overflow area located on the City Hall Lawn. Residents who wish to address the City Commission may submit a written request to the City Clerk prior to the Commission meeting by filling out the form online or by calling in during the meeting to 954-344-5900.
In our first meeting this month, there will be two proclamations made regarding National Mental Awareness Month and the National Day of Prayer. Residents are invited to watch. Meetings are live-streamed on CityTV, Blue Stream Channels 25, 25.2, 725, and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99.
This month and the proclamations hold special significance at this time. Many people are more anxious than ever. Many people are being led by their fear. As your Mayor, I urge residents to turn to others for help and/or turn to your higher power. One of my favorite expressions is “Faith over Fear.” Our City has engaged in the Practice of our National Day of Prayer for years and it is a great way for our everyone to celebrate our diversity and seek comfort and peace as a Community.
Sadly, another unselfish soul was recently lost to suicide. His and his family’s loss is tragic. This is a time for everyone to put aside their negative judgments about others’ need for mental health assistance and eliminate the stigma. During this month, I urge you to learn as much as you can about Mental Health and Mental Wellness and join me in my quest to reach the tipping point in our NW Broward Community so that no one has to be silent about their anxiety, depression, or any other ailment.
May God Bless you, your family and our NW Broward Community. Stay Safe. Stay Informed. Stay positive.