Message From the Mayor
Dear Citizens of Belleview,
I hope each and every one of you had a fabulous holiday season! Thank you to everyone who took the time to decorate your homes! They all looked so pretty, and I really enjoyed driving around to see all of them! It is people like you who make our city so awesome!
The year 2019 was a great one for the city of Belleview! We had a lot of exciting things happen, such as the opening of the new WaWa, the opening of Los Chilis Restaurant, and several new annexations. We also saw a number of improvements at the Belleview Sports Complex, which enabled both the Baseball and the Softball Leagues to host tournaments in our modest little city. Lake Lillian gained a brand new playground, and the city received a $300,000 Community Block Development Grant from Marion County, in order to build a brand new community center next to the splash park. This community center will boast not only a large meeting room, but a half basketball court, as well.
The city also received a grant from the Marion County Hospital District, in order to promote a number of health initiatives in the city. As part of the grant, the city was able to purchase and place brand new exercise equipment around Lake Lillian, hold several informative health fairs, provide for a number of free exercise classes, and even give away free fitness trackers to all participants. The free fitness classes include yoga and aerobics at the lake, free exercise classes at Phoenix fitness, and a weekly “walk with the Mayor.” The next health fair will be held on Saturday, January 18th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free health screenings will be provided, and it is not too late to receive your free fitness tracker! The “walk with the Mayor” takes place every Wednesday morning at 8:00 am. We meet at the big pavilion at the lake.
In other news, the city was able to tighten up our Internet Café Ordinance, providing for additional zoning requirements and additional security measures, in order to ensure the safety of both consumers and citizens. The city also had to place our residential solid waste collection out for bid, because our contract with Waste Pro ended on December 31st. After much deliberation, the city commission settled on Florida Express as the new waste hauler. Although the new service will cost citizens slightly more each month, the cost is much lower than it would have been to keep the same service with Waste Pro. Unfortunately, the cost to the haulers to provide this service has increased substantially since the last time the city bid this service. We realize that this is a big change for our citizens, and we ask that you please be patient with the new service. Please call 352-245-7021 with any concerns or issues that you may have. You can also call me directly at 352-789-7658.
In other news, the city’s Foodie Fests will be resuming this month! Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the dates and times! Our next regular city commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 pm, at Belleview City Hall!
Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski