A Holiday Message from Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE
From Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler
The holidays are truly a joyous season filled with family, friends, and faith, and a great time to come together as a community. As we gather to share special moments, to continue time-honored traditions, to reflect upon our many blessings, and to look ahead to a new year filled with promise and opportunity, we also need to pause to remember the sacrifices being made by our men and women in uniform, particularly those stationed far from home protecting our nation and preserving our freedom.
During this season of hope and joy, we are grateful to our neighbors for their passion, participation, and significant contributions to the incredible progress and advancement of our City. We offer our sincere thanks to each and every City employee for their commitment, dedication and unwavering service, and we express our deep appreciation to our Police, Fire-Rescue, and public safety personnel who put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety and protection of our residents and visitors.
In the spirit of holiday giving, we commend everyone who is making a difference in the lives of others. From our Police Department’s Cops for Kids Toy Extravaganza, our Fire-Rescue Department’s Holiday Toy Drive, and our Adopt-A-Neighbor program, to our homeless assistance initiatives and countless volunteer activities, our community is spreading goodwill with open arms and generous hearts.
As the New Year approaches, it is truly an exciting time to be in Fort Lauderdale. Our quality of life is unmatched. Our economy is strong. Property values have risen for six straight years, unemployment (3.3%) is at its lowest level in more than a decade, and tourism is flourishing. Crime rates are down, private investment is surging, the marine industry is thriving, and we have the lowest millage rate among the 25 largest cities in Florida. A $49 million beach improvement project that features two new waterfront parks is underway, a $25 million marina complex is being planned for our world famous beach, over 20 infrastructure projects are moving forward in every corner of our City, and another $200 million in planned infrastructure investments are on the way.
As we look forward to new and exciting opportunities that lie ahead, we remain steadfast in our commitment to leave no neighborhood behind, and we remain passionate about working cooperatively with all of you to make Fort Lauderdale the best place to live, work, play, visit and raise a family.
Please accept our warmest wishes for a holiday season filled with love and laughter, for wonderful memories, and for a happy, healthy, and successful New Year.
May God bless you, your families, and our great City of Fort Lauderdale.
John P. “Jack” Seiler