Message from the City of Coral Springs Commission
It is hard to believe another year has passed, as we move into 2019 and reflect on the past year, it is impossible to do so without great sadness and grief. The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, which ended the innocent lives of 14 students and three educators, and wounded countless others, shook us all to the core. Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate the love and affection we have for one another, instead it was a shattered by hate and horror. Our intent to reflect on this tragedy is not to relive its reverberating effects on our community, but rather shine a light on the kindness and compassion of our residents, businesses and people from all over the world in the aftermath of February 14.
From the moment tragedy struck our community, we witnessed businesses and residents coordinate food deliveries to grief-stricken families, memorial scholarships formed and fundraisers in memory of lives lost. Teenagers, parents and educators took their anger and frustration and turned it into action, with peaceful marches and demonstrations.
The Coral Springs Museum of Art hosted art therapy sessions for students and teachers to serve as a safe space to heal. This therapy, led to the application and approval of a $1 million-dollar art grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Cities of Parkland and Coral Springs to create several art projects focused on - Healing After Gun Violence. The temporary public art projects will address important civic issues and demonstrate an ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. The Power of Art represents the unity of our cities coming together, while promoting our hopes for healing now and in the future.
Undoubtedly, 2018 was a difficult year and tragedy struck again when on October 23rd we suffered a devastating loss with the sudden death of Mayor Walter "Skip" Campbell. A true statesman and pillar of the Coral Springs community, the passing of Mayor Campbell is something we continue to deal with emotionally and professionally on the dais. His passing has forced us to make difficult decisions going forward. As a Commission, and as dictated by our City’s Charter, we must hold a Special Election to fill the Mayoral vacancy. Working with our City Clerk and the Supervisor of Elections, we have decided to host the election on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
It is important that with reflection comes foresight, so as we look to the future of 2019, we look forward to the many great things that will take place in the City of Coral Springs. These include exciting events which take place right on the Great Lawn of City Hall like Jazz festivals, the Farmers’ Market, Food Truck series and family-friendly concerts. The demolition of the Financial Plaza and revitalization of Downtown Coral Springs is expected to start in February.
The Bloomberg philanthropy art exhibit grand openings, the 4th of July celebration, continued sports league tournaments and so much more is what makes our City such a wonderful community to call home. As we look toward the future, our City will welcome a newly elected Mayor, who will certainly provide new leadership and vision for the City and its residents.
On behalf of the City of Coral Springs, we wish you all a very safe and prosperous New Year.
Lynne Martzall, Writer/Media Relations Coordinator
Writer who specializes in highlighting issues, solutions and day-to-day operations of city-government.
A 20-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and public safety campaign implementation. During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.
In 2014, Lynne joined the Coral Springs Police Department serving as the social media coordinator. Read more >>>