Becky Tooley 2I remember my grandmother telling me that the older you get, the faster time passes. She was right. Summer went by in the blink of an eye, and classes begin Aug. 21 for Broward County public schools. I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and that the teens who had summer jobs learned a lot and saved some of their earnings.

I would like to remind all residents to use caution in school zones. Pay attention to where they start and where they end. The Coconut Creek Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be highly visible during the first couple of weeks of school to enforce safety measures, which include parking in designated areas and not texting while driving. Please stay off your mobile phones, as some kids will be walking and biking to school. You can help keep all of our kids out of danger. I wish all students great success this school year.

During the first week of August, the city commission will work on the final budget for fiscal year 2018. Staff members have been preparing it since January, and we held a town hall budget meeting in June to gather feedback from residents. I would like to thank our award-winning Finance Department and all department heads for their hard work in ensuring that the city remains fiscally strong. It is not easy to spread the finances to cover the wish lists of all of the commissioners, city departments and residents. I had a bigger list this year than ever before. I already know that I am going to have to compromise, and that’s OK, as long as we keep emerging as one of the best-run cities in the country.

On Sept. 9, our Parks and Recreation Department will host Worldwide Day of Play from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Coconut Creek Community Center. It is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off their television, put down their electronic devices and play, especially outdoors. The event is free for participants 5-11. You can find details on our website, at coconutcreek.net. Let’s have a record number of people come out to play and exercise. Hope to see you there!

We are in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, and I trust that you have prepared for the possibility of a storm hitting South Florida. I’ve completed my preparations, including cleaning my shutter tracks. Please don’t get caught unprepared at the last minute. Find tips at coconutcreek.net/hurricane.

Many residents have asked me how to sign up to have their area sprayed for mosquito control. Make a request by visiting broward.org/streets/mosquito/pages/default.aspx or calling 954.765.4062.

I’ll see you around town.