Like many people from up north, Joshua Rydell came to South Florida to escape the snow. Besides the sunshine, he also found the perfect place to raise a family with his wife, Jamie.

“From the day I moved to the city, I realized this is a community that has a small-town feel in a very large county,” Rydell says.

“People know their neighbors, the community comes together for events, and there is always something interesting going on.”

Rydell’s love for the city grew into community involvement; he was elected commissioner of the city’s District E in 2015 and was selected vice mayor in March 2016 and March 2017.

Rydell speaks to residents at a community meeting

Recently, Rydell was selected by other city commissioners to become mayor. While his responsibilities will remain the same as a commissioner, Rydell will serve as the official face of the city at local and statewide events. At 36, Rydell is the youngest mayor in the city’s history, and he looks forward to his two young daughters learning about how he shaped the community for the better.

Coconut Creek Lifestyle asked Rydell, an attorney with his own practice, a few questions for readers to get to know him better.

What are some of your favorite Creek hangouts?

You can usually find my family and I in one of the great establishments in the Promenade. We make it a point to always support our local businesses. I have to give a special shout-out to our regular breakfast spot at Big Bite Bagel, where my daughters will usually be eating a Mickey Mouse pancake.

What improvements would you like to see happen in the city in the near future?

I am looking forward to the addition of two splash pads at our Recreation Center and Community Center. Being the father of two little girls, I love seeing continued additions to our city that accommodate our young families.

What are some issues Creek is facing that are especially important to you to address?

When I was elected in 2015, I campaigned for smart growth and controlled development. I will always fight for our community to prevent overdevelopment and to maintain our quality of life. I will also fight for Coconut Creek with any issues dealing with Monarch Hill Landfill, [and I’ll do] all I can to ensure the safety of our residents.

Is there anything else you’d like Lifestyle readers to know about you?

I truly enjoy serving the residents of the city. I want our community to know that I am accessible to them with any of their concerns. My cellphone number is 954.856.8015. I will always be available to our residents for anything they need, and, if I can’t help, I will find someone who can.