Forging forward!

Forging forward!As we saw the sun set on 2012, we can be proud as a community for all the good we have received and the great things that have been accomplished. The train of 2013 has left the station on its journey, and I am confident that the ride will be a good one for West Park. There will be some curves and bumps but the destinations along the way will be ones of success and greater community achievements.


As I look back at the past year, West Park is a better place to live and enjoy. So thank you for another outstanding year. To all of our residents who volunteered and put in hundreds of hours on our committees:Thank you! We couldn’t accomplish all that we did, and be the city we are, without your efforts. I know 2012 was a busy year for many of you, with numerous meetings, family commitments and events, but you’ve made the City better.

And to all the residents who came forward to talk with all of us on various issues, oneon- one and at our commission meetings: Thank you for all of your input. We represent you and need your thoughts and ideas to serve better.

To the entire West Park City Staff—thank you for continuing to make us a great city!


We all know that the past few years of economic struggles have presented all of us – in every family, in every neighborhood – with unprecedented challenges and difficult decisions.

While the hardships of previous years will likely continue into 2013, I am proud of where West Park is today.

We have not been content to tread water or sit idle. Instead,we have continued to work to develop our economic base, strengthen our neighborhoods and create new opportunities for all children. Wisely we have remained steadfast in our commitment to transforming West Park into one of the most vibrant, innovative and sustainable cities in Broward County.


Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”

That time is now. The time has come to ask ourselves:

• What is the best path forward for the City of West Park?

• As a community in a changing economy, what services, and at what level, do residents expect from their city government?

• How can we better engage our businesses, engage our neighborhoods, and engage our residents?


Together, over the next 12 months, I look forward to asking and answering those and many other difficult questions with all of you.

This is a time to reassess, re-calibrate and fundamentally rethink the way in which our City serves its people.

We can address our residents’ needs by becoming better, faster and stronger and by doing so we will deliver a world-class city where everyone matters.

We will embrace the opportunities and challenges that the new year will bring.

We will continue to be accountable and fiscally responsible.

We will continue to focus on the key services and infrastructure that are so important to our residents.

We will continue to act in the interests of the community by encouraging a very productive year ahead.

As we leave the station and embark on the journey of the New Year, I am ever so optimistic!

For 2013, I look forward to continuing to work together with the Commission, staff and residents as a community in an effort to make West Park a place which never stops striving to be the best it can be- the CITY OF POSITIVE PROGRESSION.

Remember to contact me at City Hall with your ideas, suggestions or concerns.

I represent you and appreciate your input into the continued success of our beloved city. at (954) 889-4164 or email

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