It was a bittersweet City Commission meeting on Monday night, as Commissioner Ted Mena took his seat on the dais for the last time. Mena did not seek re-election, and newly elected Tom Powers is set to replace him in Seat 5 at the next meeting.
“Commissioner Mena is a commissioner for the people,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “That’s how he’s been. He speaks from his heart.”
The Mayor also proclaimed Tuesday, November 4 as Ted Mena Day to recognize Mena’s achievements during his 4½ years on the Commission.
“He knows that I have the highest respect for him, that I will miss him and I will never forgive him for leaving,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said.
Mena gave a farewell speech, visibly choking up as he thanked his wife, Carolyn, and mother, Gladys, for their constant support and encouragement. While on the commission, Mena served as liaison to several City boards and committees, including the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, WorldFest Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, and Coral Springs International Partnerships.
“I will continue to work with the City as I have done for the last 20 years,” Mena said. “This is a special occasion for me, this is a special occasion for my family… I want to thank you for having the trust to vote for me 4½ years ago. I hope I didn’t let you down.”
City Manager Michael Levinson also thanked Mena for his service, noting his common-sense approach to government has benefited the entire community.
“I will miss you sitting next to me,” Levinson said. “I just want to say with all sincerity thank you very much for your sterling contribution to this organization and to our community.”
During the meeting, commissioners also proclaimed Coral Springs a Commit 2B Fit community, embracing the group’s commitment to health and fitness education. Students from local elementary schools explained to commissioners why the City should participate in Commit 2B Fit.