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Monthly Town Manager's Message

April 2018 Town Manager's Message

Thank you to the 902 Surfsiders who took the time to vote during the Town election. Voting is a privilege and the backbone of our democracy. Congratulations to the winning candidates who will lead our Town for the next two years: Mayor Daniel Dietch, Vice Mayor Daniel Gielchinsky, Commissioner Barry Cohen, Commissioner Michael Karukin and Commissioner Tina Paul (cover of this month's Gazette).

When it comes to making improvements and positively impacting our Surfside community, the possibilities are endless. However, change is not instantaneous nor can change happen without the support of dedicated volunteers. This is why we are thankful to our residents who volunteer their valuable time to serve on boards and committees, and to our elected officials who spend countless hours identifying civic needs and working towards a safer, brighter future.

As a beach town, we also are focused on ways to support the environment and to build a more resilient community. The Town of Surfside recently adopted an ordinance to ban plastic straws, which pose a threat to the ocean and marine life including our beloved sea turtles. Additionally, our annual Earth Day celebration will take place on April 22 (page 10) and we are once again joining the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation in April (page 3).

We encourage you to become involved in our community - you too can make a difference. Wishing you and your family a wonderful spring season filled with new beginnings.

– Guillermo Olmedillo, Town Manager