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Hallandale Beach State of the City - Part 3: In next six years, this will be a world class park system • FINAL OF A THREE PART SERIES By Mayor Joy Cooper HALLANDALE BEACH - Over the next six years, we will be implementing an aggressive plan to build a world class park system. This past election, our voters supported a bond to secure our future of our parks for generations to come. This Sunday, we will be opening South Beach Park. We are currently working on OB Johnson Park design and will begin design on Bluesten Park and then Golden Isles Tennis Center. The next phase will include: Sunrise Park, Ingalls Park, Historical Village and Chaves Lake Park. As our city moves forward, growing a promising future, my colleagues and I have not lost sight of the importance of having a great educational system. Our children are our future! We have been working very closely with our principals, parents and school board to ensure our children are afforded the same amenities and resources as other schools in our district. We fought for middle school and that became a reality. For over 5 years, I have envisioned creating a K-8 campus. Through

the hard work of likeminded citizens and parents combined with the support from our school board, this vision is closer to a reality. Just last night, the school board met with all stakeholders to present a facility swap between Gulfstream Middle and Hallandale Alternative. Our schools are not only about buildings but educating our children to be competitive in this new technically advanced society. All of our schools continue to be rated high. Even with constant changes in testing and rating systems, Hallandale Elementary is a B, Gulfstream is an A and Hallandale High School is an A once again! Our Hallandale High School Principal was just named one of the finalists for principal of the year! Our principal and teachers are the true unsung heroes of our city. If you can sup-

port our schools, they can always use volunteers and mentors. If you cannot not donate your time, donate financial resources. Our children all deserve a safe, fun city to live in, but most importantly, a great education. I have the humbling honor of being Hallandale Beach’s Mayor. I often get asked, how do you do it? Why do you do it? How do you deal with the politics? I often answer; I really do not like politics, I love helping people and I love working to make our city even better than it is today. For me, it is not about politics, it is about people. It is about progress! It is about results. I would like to leave you with this thought from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties that tempt you to believe that your

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critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end, requires courage.” In our case, it takes the courage of our progressive and innovative commission and staff to remain focused on the mission and goals. As the saying goes “Life

is not a sprint, it is a marathon.” Just wait unit 2016! Thank you Hallandale Chamber for allowing me this opportunity! As always, please feel free to contact me any time with your questions, concerns and

ideas on how to make our city a better place at my office: (954) 4571318. On my cell/text at: (954) 632-5700. Or visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.co m. If you are heading out of town and want to stay connected to our city issues you can sign up for my weekly update.

Hallandale Beach CRA honored with the Smart Growth Award of Excellence

The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency was honored Monday night with the Smart Growth Award of Excellence for innovation in helping residents transition from rental from homeownership. In Phase I of the HBCRA’s In-Fill Housing Project, eight families completed the transition to homeownership. The City built new two-and-three-bedroom homes on formerly vacant or rundown properties, worked with potential buyers to ensure that met loan qualifications and demonstrated the ability to make mortgage payments. In on the presentation are, from left, HBCRA Board of Directors member Michele Lazarow, HBCRA staff members, Diana Wolfson, Lina Duran, Carolyn Smith, Rosana Cordova, of Cordova Rodriguez & Associates, who presented the award, HBCRA Board of Directors member Keith London, HBCRA Chairman of the Board Joy Cooper, HBCRA staff members Lovern Parks and Sharee Haynes-Dyer, HBCRA Director Daniel Rosemond, HBCRA Executive Director Renee C. Miller and HBCRA Board of Directors members Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders. (Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations).

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