By Jennifer Levin, Commissioner
(Sunday, December 4, 2016) – This is my last article as your Commissioner. During the last four years, the Commission has approved “as of right” condominiums on the ocean and prevented or kept development on the west side of Collins to a minimum. We have voted annually to keep property taxes down and undertook a transportation study and cultural master plan for the City’s future. Gateway Park is now finished and soon so will be the bridge connecting 172nd and 174th Streets. While there is more to be done, I know that the City will continue on the correct path with the professional guidance of my fellow Commission members with whom it has been a privilege to serve.
Because of fond memories of fishing with my father, we now have a fishing tournament so other families may create memories, and my rescue Chihuahua inspired me to introduce an ordinance against selling pets from mills within the City.
I would like to thank Chief Maas and the Police Department for your outstanding work and for keeping us safe, Hans Ottinot for his legal guidance and wisdom and Chris Russo for his leadership and tirelessness in keeping the City running. Thank you, of course to the entire City Staff as well. All of you have been professional at every turn and a pleasure to work with.
Lastly, but most importantly, I would like to thank the residents for allowing me to represent you. It has been a real honor and one I shall always cherish.