Message From the Mayor

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

I am very excited to announce that I will be holding a weekly “Walk and Talk with the Mayor.” This program is part of the city’s ongoing health initiatives, sponsored by the Marion County Hospital District. Each Wednesday, I will be meeting interested citizens at the big pavilion at Lake Lillian. We will walk between 1 to 2 miles, using this opportunity to engage in healthy exercise, while also answering questions and getting to know each other better. The next “Walk and Talk with the Mayor” will take place on Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 PM. The following Wednesday, we will meet at 8:00 AM, and we will alternate mornings and evenings thereafter, to better accommodate everyone’s schedule.

On Saturday, September 14th, from 10:00 to 2:00 PM, the city will be holding its inaugural health fair. This is the kickoff to our health initiative, and you will receive more information on how to earn your free fitness tracker. This event will feature free activities such as cooking demonstrations, fitness in the park classes, a health bazaar with health related vendors, a healthy food court, and free health screenings. Also, join us on the second Saturday of each month for a free yoga and fitness class. The next class will be held on September 14th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Lake Lillian Park.

I hope everyone is enjoying our brand new playground! It is located right next to the Splash Park, at Lake Lillian, and provides fun for all ages. The city is currently looking into providing shade covers over the playground, as we had to, unfortunately, cut down the nearby shade tree, due to disease. The Splash Park and playground are open year round, from dawn to dusk, at no charge.

In other news, I am planning to attend the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference later this week. The League of Cities provides a plethora of services and information to Florida cities, and each year they hold a conference, offering workshops on a variety of relevant topics. This is a very useful way for your elected officials and city staff to stay abreast of what is happening around the state and the nation, in order to better service the citizens of Belleview. I will provide a detailed report of the workshops and events that I attend during the conference, in my next article.

Keep an eye out for our next quarterly city newsletter. This will be included with your September utility bill. The newsletter will provide important information and items of interest from each of our city departments.

Please join us for our next regular city commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 PM at Belleview City Hall. At this meeting, we will be discussing potential changes to our current animal control ordinance, as well as other items of interest.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski