Neighbors and Friends, 

I hope that my letter finds you in the best of health. For the last two years, we have been in a global pandemic, which has been quite challenging. All of us have had to adjust to a new way of life; attending meetings virtually, staying a considerable distance from each other and, staying home during some of our favorite times of the year. 

I want you to know how encouraged I am by your resilience and strength.

Rest assured that we will continue to fight COVID-19 together.  That is why I continue to speak regularly with our County Mayor, Michael Udine, to ensure that the City of Tamarac continues to receive our fair share of County resources. Through the collaborative efforts of the City of Tamarac, Broward County and CDR Maguire Health and Medical Services, we were able to launch a drive-thru testing site here in our very own city, which allows our residents to know whether they are affected by the terrible virus.  

The pandemic left many residents unemployed, struggling to pay bills, facing lingering health challenges and more. That is why I was compelled to distribute Thanksgiving Turkeys and Supermarket gift cards to residents who needed them. The initiative was funded by the City in partnership with Winn Dixie Supermarket that sponsored groceries and Tapatia Supermarket that donated gift cards. I also purchased gift cards from personal funds.

While the City paid for most of the initiative, I am glad the efforts took place.  This sent a strong message to our residents that we take care of our own in difficult times and that is exactly what we will continue to do as long as I am your Commissioner. To that end, if you know neighbors in need, please encourage them to reach out to my office. 

You have heard how passionate I am about transparency and accessibility; but actions speak louder than words. For this reason, I have launched my Mobile Office Initiative. On the 4thWednesday of every month, you can now meet me at Mainlands Park, 4509 Monterey Dr., Tamarac, FL 33319, from 4 pm until sundown. There we can discuss any community concern or compliment that may be on your heart, one-on-one. 

It continues to be my pleasure to represent you and your neighbors. 

Until next time, please stay safe.