Becky Tooley was selected mayor in March 2017. She was elected to the city commission in 2001 and re-elected in March 2004, 2007 and 2011. She represents District A, which encompasses the area south of Coconut Creek Parkway to the southern boundary of the city, and the west side of Lyons Road to just south of Sample Road.

Happy New Year, Coconut Creek. I hope your holiday season was spent with lots of happiness and good memories with your loved ones. As 2018 begins, we are setting up events and projects to make this an exceptional year for our community.

We are planning an amazing concert Jan. 12, called Jazz Under the Stars. Take a seat in the courtyard at City Hall (4800 W. Copans Road) and enjoy live music. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, and there will be plenty of food trucks. The event, which celebrates the end of our 50th anniversary, will run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Perhaps make it a date night or maybe girls’ night out.

Don’t miss our family gathering Jan. 20 for this month’s Movie in the Park: “Sing,” a computer-animated musical film. Blankets, chairs and coolers are allowed, but please leave the pets at home.      

I’d like to keep our residents and business owners informed about some of our initiatives in fiscal year 2018: make improvements to our E-911 dispatch services; pursue a high-quality, organic grocery store; continue developing the MainStreet area; develop and implement a residential neighborhood watch program; conduct fire safety demonstrations at all elementary schools in Coconut Creek; initiate a teen summer camp program; host an art show for the special-needs program; complete renovation of Windmill Park; and research traffic-calming needs throughout the city.

Building upon the success of the Hampton Inn and Suites, the developer is constructing Creek’s second hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott. The six-floor building will have 105 guest rooms and is expected to create approximately 40 jobs. Also, Gupta Medical Center will be located in the Banyan Square Plaza and will provide specialized medical care, and Clarity Pointe Memory Care Facility will house 84 residents and create about 70 new jobs.

The city has experienced growth exceeding 2 percent annually for the past several years, and that trend is expected to continue. Economic and sustainable development efforts are still a priority and have resulted in positive financial, environmental and employment outcomes. The city continues to be a leader in green initiatives. We maintain gold certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition and certification in the Sustainable Communications Program by Audubon International. We are also a Certified Wildlife Community by the National Wildlife Federation and have Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation.

This is just a handful of what’s happening. You can find all of our accomplishments and upcoming programs in our budget book that is found on our website (coconutcreek.net). Or you can join thousands of our friends and stay posted on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn).

As you can see, Coconut Creek is progressing as a well-managed and thriving community with a hometown feel. I continue to thank our department heads and staff for their enduring dedication and vision. I look forward to the great year ahead of us.

I’ll see you around town, Creek.