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A Season of Service

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor

(December 4, 2018) – I want to first express how honored I am to serve as your mayor for another four-year term. Our City has seen tremendous growth and development in recent years with the support and leadership from the City Commission and City Staff, and I look forward to the strides we will make in the years to come.

As we approach the final days of 2018, we welcome the joy and spirit that the holidays bring. It is easy to get caught up in the season, often forgetting the true purpose of the festivities, to give back to others. There are countless opportunities for you to make a difference this holiday season both in our region and our state. Our community extends beyond City borders, and we can all make meaningful contributions to those who are most in need.

Though hurricane season officially ended on November 30, there are still cities facing the long-term impacts resulting from Hurricane Michael in early October. Shortly after the storm I personally visited the Panhandle to check on OneBlood’s team in the region. The devastation is dramatic and extends far inland affecting many areas that have never experienced a major hurricane. If you are in a position to do so, I urge you to make contributions toward the relief efforts. With homes destroyed and families displaced, our fellow Floridians deserve to have a jolly holiday season amid stressful and troublesome times.

Giving back to the community can also mean more than solely monetary donations. There are numerous organizations and non-profits in our area that are seeking volunteers. From serving meals to donating clothing or toys, you can always find an organization in need of assistance this holiday season.

Another way to make this a ‘season of service’ is to help out your neighbors. Whether in your condominium building or down your street, reach out within the Sunny Isles Beach community to aid and assist. Help an elderly resident to complete a chore or carry shopping bags, welcome a new family to your neighborhood, or simply smile and wave hello.

This season, a little can go a long way. I wish everyone a safe and happy holidays. See you all in the New Year.