Sandbridge Beach Civic League Newsletters
Letter from the President – December 2017/January 2018
As we enter the holiday season, we envision an end to the current year and look forward to the next. We have time to reflect with friends and family as we celebrate the holidays and enjoy the festivities. The season will change to winter and our long slumber will begin while we wait for the warmth of spring to arrive. I really enjoy this time of year. A wonderful season of celebration and remembrance, of warmth and forgiveness, of caring and tenderness, and a time to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. It is also a time for us to reach out to others and help them in their time of suffering and need. Unfortunately, the holidays aren’t always an enjoyable time for everyone, and we should show compassion for our neighbors in need.
Thanksgiving was wonderful this year. The brisk autumn air added a nice traditional touch to the holiday. Thank you to Mike Maloney and Fred Greene for getting the Christmas tree and decorations, and many thanks to everyone who came out and helped with setting up the tree and hanging the lights and decorations. It will be an amazing tree to light up the entrance to our awesome community. Hopefully, all the neighborhood boys and girls have been good this year!
While the children await Santa’s arrival, and we scurry about with our normal activities and now “extra” duties for the holidays, we also have to contend with our fine City Council’s decision to submit for consideration an ordinance that provides a solution that needed a problem and affects everyone’s personal property rights and civil liberties. This is terrible timing, is most likely purposeful, and requires our stern response. We don’t meet in December, because of the holidays, and won’t meet until after the Council makes its decision. More information about this is in this newsletter and available on our website. I know you’re busy, but if you care about this issue then you must get informed and involved – now.
Letter from the President – November 2017
It’s that time of year again when the air takes on a little bit of crispness and the leaves are starting to fall. School is in full swing, and the holiday season is fast approaching. Busy times are ahead for Sandbridge! Don’t forget about the Halloween party on Bluebill before the kids head out, and watch for those little ones in their spooky and adorable costumes. We’re having an election in November, and we have several local and state candidates on the ballot. Now is the time to make your voices heard and shape the future of our city and state leadership. I encourage every eligible voter to participate; even more so now that I will be working as an election official for the first time this year. Unfortunately, I’ll be working Ocean Lakes High School so I probably won’t see many of you at the polls.
Oktoberfest was a blast! We had a great turnout and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. Many thanks and much gratitude to Pat Burns for her work in organizing our flagship event for the past five years as she hands over the torch to Janice Lott. Also, special thanks to Jim Reeve and the rest of the Sandbridge Baja crew for their hard work and help hosting our fall celebration. We have the Fall Sandbridge Cleanup coming up in November, and I hope many of you will come out and help us maintain that Sandbridge pride in our neighborhood. There’s nothing better than meeting up with neighbors, cleaning up the environment and enjoying the great outdoors. To further enhance the experience, Boardwok will be catering our wrap-up party at the end of the cleanup. Many thanks in advance to Kevin Wong and his crew.
I appreciate everyone’s participation in our various community activities and I am thankful, grateful and proud to have you all as my neighbors. We are approaching that time of year when we give thanks for what we have, who we know and love, and what we have to accomplish. We all face challenges of a varying sort, but together we are strongest and can overcome almost any obstacle in front of us. We must continue to strive to work together and invite others to do the same. Through our collective efforts we can effect greatness in each other and our communities.
See you around the neighborhood!
Letter from the President – October 2017
Well, summer has officially left us and this has been an interesting one. I don’t know about you, but it seemed a little busier this year in our little neck of the woods. I was so delighted to see all the smiling faces of the people who were enjoying the surroundings that some of us call home every day. We also saw two new businesses open their doors in our community: Zero’s Subs and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Good luck, guys! Now, we turn our attention to fall and the eventual end of this rather busy hurricane season. Fortunately, we have been spared so far, but there are others who have been less fortunate in the U.S. and its territories. I would encourage you, if you have not already done so, to contribute or help in any way that you can to assist those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Councilwoman Barbara Henley graciously spent some time with us at our last meeting to explain all that is going on in Sandbridge. Hopefully, she managed to catch her breath after the meeting was over. Her session was very informative. We are going to be seeing a lot of activity in the coming months and year. We are slated to get a new bridge, an expanded roadway in preparation for Nimmo Parkway’s extension into SB Road, a repaved Sandpiper Road, a replenished beach, and some drainage relief. I know it seems like the city might not be doing much sometimes, but we’ll be seeing a lot of city workers and contractors in the future.
At our next meeting, we will be having some political candidates come out and speak to us about their positions on current and future subjects that concern our city and state. I would encourage you to attend this meeting and inform yourselves about the candidates’ positions. Only by being active and engaged can we ensure that our concerns are addressed (though not always relieved) and that we can make informed decisions when we vote in November. Many people have petitioned, fought for, and defended our civil rights and it would be a shame to squander those rights for any reason. It is our civic duty and responsibility to be engaged with our government “of the people, for the people, and by the people.” Best of luck to all the candidates.
I hope to see you (or have seen you) at Oktoberfest. Let’s enjoy the change of seasons and remember to always be kind to each other. Also, please remember that school is back in session, so be on the lookout for those yellow buses full of children.
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