t’s a New Year for all of us, and in Mesquite, it’s just the beginning of what I know will be an exciting and rewarding one.
Yes, 2020 was a year no one ever expected. Natural disasters one after the other. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and if that was not enough to try our endurance, more natural disasters. Politics on every level tested our reserve, but we survived, and will continue to because we have kept the faith, worked together as a community and of course, have remained Mesquite Strong. I believe we are still the fastest growing city in Nevada, and remain the second safest. With the excellent police and fire departments we have, we are the envy of all of Nevada. Home and commercial permits have done well this past year, and I expect 2021 to be even better. We have added more apartments and are completing a new commercial medical building. Panda Express has opened and is jumping with business. Over the past few years we have been in conversations with developers, both private and governmental and I think we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. If all goes as planned, 2021 should see a major, very unique development on Mesquite Blvd, something we have never seen before. In addition, Nevada Rural Housing Authority has plans for several major developments of workforce housing, senior housing, and mixed development. Being the eternal optimist I am, I’m convinced it will all happen. If Mesquite is to prosper and grow, well-planned development, both residential and commercial must happen. Of course, Sun City continues to grow and with natural gas being made available to them, they will grow rapidly. Speaking of natural gas, they are right on schedule on providing their service to our commercial and industrial areas. Sports for our youth should come back strong this year as the pandemic subsides. What we have been lacking is sports tourism for adults. We are now planning to construct state of the art pickleball courts that will attract adult players from all over. The game has exploded in popularity in senior citizen communities and Mesquite will be no exception. I might even have to start playing. With a growing population comes the need for more medical services and Mesa View is poised to provide them. They have opened a new Sleep Lab right at the hospital and Senior Life Solutions is a new program for Medicare patients designed to assist with any mental health needs that may arise due to life circumstances. In addition there are plans for Medical Oncology and Cardiac Rehabilitation services in the very near future. So, as we enter the New Year, I am more optimistic than ever about our future in Mesquite. Yes, we have had some serious bumps in the road like everyone else, but we have great people living here. We have a positive outlook on the future, we have weathered 2020, and we need to be thankful we live in this,” gem in the desert” as the place to be.
Mayor, City of Mesquite
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