The Community Relations Division keeps you informed on city events, projects and initiatives. We hope you are among the thousands who follow us on our social media platforms. Congratulations to those who have won cool Coconut Creek prizes through contests on Facebook and Instagram, and thank you to our followers who have shown their love for the city by using #mycoconutcreek on Twitter.

You’ve probably seen the decorated CreekTV van throughout the city. Our two-person crew is responsible for managing the award-winning hometown station that can be seen on Comcast Channel 78 or youtube.com/creektv. We are always looking for interesting local stories. If you have one, send the details to ylopez@coconutcreek.net.

We invite you to join our Citizen’s Academy. It’s a nine-week program held in the fall where residents learn how the city is run through classroom and hands-on instruction. So far, 317 citizens have graduated from the class. Learn more at coconutcreek.net/academy.

We have partnered with Nova Southeastern University to offer the Coconut Creek Culture Series, free monthly lectures covering interesting topics such as wellness and history. Mark your calendars for the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We meet in the Commission Chambers (4800 W. Copans Road).

Have you noticed all the banners while walking or driving? Those are designed and produced in-house. We print material as small as 2 by 2 inches to as large as 9 by 9 feet.

The Community Relations Division also is responsible for logistics for ribbon cuttings and grand openings, graphic design, website updates, Cocogram (our weekly e-newsletter), media relations, a speaker’s bureau, photography assignments, Speak Up Coconut Creek (our online residents forum), articles for Coconut Creek Lifestyle and promotion of city happenings.

If you have any questions, feel free to call 954.973.6722.

BuchterThe end of an era

It’s with great sadness that we say farewell to John Buchter, who worked in the public works department and community relations’ sign shop and is retiring after 27 years. We wish him the best in his next chapter in life.

“John, it has been a pleasure working with you for the past 13 years. After your 27½ years with the city, you are well-deserving of a long, relaxing and enjoyable retirement! Good luck, my friend.” —Gregg Oldberg

“I wish you well in retirement. You’ll surely be missed. I’m not sure what I will miss more: your presence in the sign shop or your amazing gourmet lunches that you would provide for the department. You’re quite the chef, my friend. My best to you and your wonderful wife, Angie.” —John Hartzell


“What can I say about John? He was the man known as ‘such a nice guy.’ He’s caring, dedicated, thoughtful, considerate and very sweet. He always gave us little Christmas gifts out of the kindness of his heart, even though we weren’t exchanging gifts. But he’d always say, ‘Ah, it’s just a little something. Merry Christmas.’ ” —Kathy Ecklond

“Buchter, it was a true pleasure working with you. Your willingness to always get the job done, no matter the challenge, was beyond commendable. We could always count on you.”  —Yvonne Lopez