Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving! There are many holiday events coming up in our beautiful little city. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold their Kringle Christmas event on Saturday, December 1 beginning at 10:00 AM. This event is geared towards children 7 and under and will feature a visit from Santa Clause, special gifts, snacks, and fun activities for kids. Later in the day, beginning at 3:00 PM, please join us at Lake Lillian for the annual Light up Lake Lillian Event, sponsored by Belleview Heating and Air. This event will feature food vendors, crafts, activities, and the grand finale of the lighting of the Christmas lights! In addition, the annual Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 PM, on 441, from 110th street to Robinson Road.

In other news, the City Commission will be voting on the possibility of allowing fishing at Lake Lillian for all ages. Currently, only children and seniors may fish at the lake. If this ordinance is approved, anyone with a valid fishing license or exemption will be allowed to fish at Lake Lillian. We are also in the beginning stages of planning for our next children’s fishing tournament. This will be tentatively held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. I will keep everyone posted as details become available.

In other events, the American Legion Post 284 will be sponsoring a 5K race in order to raise money for youth sport programs for lower income kids in our community. The 5K will be held on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 8:00 AM. Please call 352-400-1729 for more information.

The City Commission is also continuing to tweak our new internet café ordinance. The city is aware of the many concerns surrounding these establishments, and we are working diligently to ensure that every safety precaution possible has been put in place. There seems to be some confusion as to the legality of these establishments, but please be assured that no illegal establishments are currently operating within the city limits. If they are open for business, it is because they meet the current legal requirements of Florida Statute.

I will also be representing the citizens of the city of Belleview at the upcoming legislative delegation meeting, to be held on December 6th. This is our opportunity to petition the State of Florida for money for much needed projects that the city would otherwise be unable to afford to fund. I will list our requests for your information, once they have been approved by the City Commission.

The city of Belleview is still looking to fill a few more seats on our Youth Commission. If you know a teen in 9th through 12th grade who is in public, private, or homeschool, who is interested in learning more about local government, please have them visit www.belleviewfl.org or call Peggy DeGennaro for more information.

Please join us for our next City of Belleview regular commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, December 4, at 6:00 PM

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski