December 2017
Palm Beach County District Six

Commissioner McKinlay Selected as Mayor

I am excited to serve as the next mayor of Palm Beach County! 

On November 21, I was unanimously selected by my colleagues to serve in this role.  I thank them for the trust they have placed in me to represent our beautiful county. 

I intend to use my tenure as mayor to continue solving the most pressing issues facing Palm Beach County and striving to make our county better than ever. The opioid epidemic, affordable housing, economic development in the Glades, protecting the environment and agriculture--these are all issues that I will keep at the forefront over the next year.  

Finally, I want to wish everyone happy holidays and a wonderful new year! 

Substance Abuse Coalition Community Champion Award 

Mayor McKinlay received the Substance Abuse Coalition's Community Champion Award at their Coalition Awards Ceremony on October 27.  The Coalition recognized her for being at the forefront of advocating for addicts' rights.  Mayor McKinlay is honored to have received this award, and she will continue to work hard to fight substance abuse in Palm Beach County while recognizing the rights of those who are battling to overcome their addictions.  

Climate Leadership Summit 

Mayor McKinlay participated on the Mayors Panel at the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Fort Lauderdale.  The theme this year was "The Business of Resilience." It is imperative that cities and counties in South Florida prepare now for potential rising sea levels to ensure that residents and businesses continue to thrive in the decades to come.  Mayor McKinlay joined her fellow mayors in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties in signing a statement pledging to collaborate on regional economic resilience measures.  Mayor McKinlay is particularly concerned about the impact of climate change on agriculture, which can be impacted by new invasive pests and diseases and changing patterns of rainfall and temperature.  

Pond Cypress Tour 

Mayor McKinlay joined her aides, staff from the Department of Environmental Resources Management, and West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio on a swamp buggy tour of Pond Cypress Natural Area.  Pond Cypress is a 1,737-acre western portion of the historic Loxahatchee Slough that has been saved from development.  The area, located on the east side of SR-7 north of Okeechobee, includes mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, dome swamp, depression marsh, and strand swamp ecosystems. One of the many highlights of this trip were sighting multiple bald eagles! 

Loxahatchee Groves Campus Time Capsule

On November 27, Palm Beach State College held a time capsule burial ceremony at its Loxahatchee Groves campus.  The time capsule will be opened on November 13, 2047.  The capsule includes photos of faculty and staff, news articles, brochures, the history of the campus, and handwritten notes from present-day students.  The students in 2047 will have an exciting history to explore! 

Mayors and Managers Roundtables

Mayor McKinlay recently held two roundtables, one with the mayors of District 6 and another with the managers of the municipalities and special districts in District 6.  During these meetings, Mayor McKinlay listened to the needs of the municipalities, what new initiatives they are undertaking, and invited county staff to attend to ensure that any issues where the county could assist could be swiftly addressed.  Thank you to all the mayors and managers who participated--this is a perfect example of how local government works together for the benefit of residents! 

Glades Art Projects Win Grants  

Two art projects focused on the Glades region recently received prestigious Knight Arts Challenge grants! Sofia Valiente received $75,000 for her Foreverglades project, and Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas received $30,000 for their Glades Media Partnership.  The former project will allow Ms. Valiente to create a photo book and exhibition exploring the history of the Glades. The latter project will document Pahokee through the lives of four high-school students growing up there, and it will also allow a media literacy program to be piloted at Pahokee High School.  

For the past ten years, the Knight Arts Challenge has funded art projects that seek to enrich and engage communities.  This is the first time that the Glades has had projects funded, and they are the only projects in Palm Beach County to receive grants this year.  

Congratulations to these talented artists, and Mayor McKinlay thanks them for recognizing the Glades through their art! 

Stuff-the-Bus Toy Drive

Palm Tran and the Palm Beach County League of Cities recently undertook a successful toy drive to stuff a Palm Tran bus full of toys for underprivileged children in our community!  The first Stuff-the-Bus toy drive distributed toys to children in Belle Glade, South Bay, and Pahokee.  Thank you to everyone who donated to make this a joyous holiday season for children in the Glades!  

Melissa McKinlay
(561) 355-2206
mmckinlay@pbcgov.org

Kelley Burke
(561) 355-2206
kburke@pbcgov.org
Joseph Sophie
(561) 355-2206
jsophie@pbcgov.org

Lisa Wilson
(561) 996-4814
awilson1@pbcgov.org
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2976 State Road #15
Belle Glade, FL 33430
(561) 966-4814

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