Message From the Mayor
Dear Citizens of Belleview,
I have some exciting news to share! The Belleview Rookie All Star Baseball team was undefeated in the Rookie Qualifier this past week and will be going to the state tournament in West Palm Beach! This is the very first time a Belleview Rookie team has made it to the state tournament! Congratulations and good luck to these committed little boys!
In other news, the city commission held a strategic planning workshop several weeks ago. Our city administrator reviewed the last year or so of progress that the city has made. Some of the exciting things that have happened in Belleview include the city regaining control of the community centers, in order to provide greater access to all of our citizens, as well as the approval of the master plan for the Lake Lillian Park. The city will be turning the old public works building into a new community center, building a basketball court and playground near the Splash Park, and adding picnic tables to the covered area near the Splash Park. The two existing pavilions around the lake recently received new roofs, and the city purchased the run down house behind the playground, with the intention of demolishing it to provide more park space.
We will be receiving a grant from FDOT to beautify the medians on 441, which will make our city look much more attractive. We also recently painted the water tower, which is a big aesthetic improvement. The city is growing, as well. The commission approved incentives to properties along the south Hwy 441 corridor, in order to encourage annexation. We also received $300,000 from the State of Florida in order to do a feasibility study on hooking residential properties in our water/sewer service area on to city water and sewer.
The commission also approved a corridor study conducted by the Transportation Planning Organization. Improvements will be made to Hwy 441 in the year 2020, designed to improve safety. Some of these improvements include much needed crosswalks. On the topic of safety, the city also plans to move forward on installing sidewalks on SE 102nd Lane, behind Kmart and Publix.
The city will also soon have an electronic marquee in front of city hall, in order to keep our citizens better informed! Furthermore, we will be working on the grotto area behind the old public works complex. In case some of you aren’t aware, there is a large sinkhole area on the far end of the park, which has many interesting Karst topography features. We plan to turn this into an educational opportunity for citizens and tourists alike!
We discussed a number of other projects, as well. The minutes from the meeting can be accessed utilizing our new Belleview app! Just download the app from the apple or android store and click on the commission icon to view the minutes from this workshop.
I hope to see everyone at our next regular commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:00 PM. The July 4th meeting has been canceled due to the holiday.
Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski