Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina Delivers His Mayor’s Message for May

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Palm Bay Police conducted annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring Officers Grogan and Johnson

Mayor Medina speaks at the Roberto Clemente Walker Baseball/Softball Complex renaming and dedication ceremony on April 15, 2021. (City of Palm Bay image)

Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medine ‘Mayor’s Message’ for May

I’d like to begin this month’s Mayor’s Message by congratulating my fellow Palm Bayers on winning the prize for most participants in the 2021 Trash Bash.

I’m #PalmBayProud to say that our community showed up to help clean up our community and make our city even better.

On April 15, the City of Palm Bay hosted a dedication and renaming ceremony for the Roberto Clemente Walker Baseball/Softball Complex and the Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron baseball fields.

As a boy, I was inspired by Roberto Clemente’s groundbreaking career and dedication to service.

As your Mayor, I was humbled to be joined by Roberto’s sons as we commemorated the legacies of some of baseball’s greatest players. A special thank you to the family of Sam Lopez for joining us – the event would not have been possible without him. Play ball Palm Bay!

On April 23, Chief Moya led the men and women of the Palm Bay Police Department in the annual memorial and wreath-laying ceremony honoring Officers Grogan and Johnson, who lost their lives in the line of duty 34 years ago. The sacrifice that those brave officers made on that day is part of the foundation on which our great city is built.

I want our brave officers to know that we will have your six as you continue to protect and serve our community.

That weekend, I had the honor of joining my colleagues West Melbourne Mayor Hal Rose and Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey at Judge Alli B. Majeed Day for a celebration of the game of cricket.

The Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association hosted cricket players from all over at our very own Fred Poppe Regional Park in northwest Palm Bay.

Mayor Medina at Judge Alli B. Majeed Day on April 24, 2021. (City of Palm Bay image)

Mayor Medina at Judge Alli B. Majeed Day on April 24, 2021.

The Palm Bay Public Works Department has been hard at work with the $150 million GO Roads paving program. More than 143 miles of roadway were completed as part of the Phase One projects, and the Phase Two paving projects are well underway.

Once complete, the Year Two paving projects will account for more than 200 miles of newly paved and reconditioned roadway throughout Palm Bay.

In March, City Council approved a new set of projects for Phase Three. These projects are currently being planned and engineered by staff. The GO Roads paving program, in conjunction with the City’s stormwater program, represents a meaningful step in addressing the City’s long-neglected municipal infrastructure.

It may be hard to believe, but the start of hurricane season is just a month away. As Floridians, we know that tropical weather is an unfortunate, but inevitable part of life. When it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms – it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”.

This hurricane season, I’d like to encourage all Palm Bayers to have a plan in place to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared. The City of Palm Bay offers useful resources to help you prepare for hurricane season.

Visit www.pbfl.org/hurricane or pick up one of our free hurricane preparedness guides at City Hall today to learn how to build a hurricane kit, home preparation tips, evacuation and shelter info, and how to stay informed before, during, and after a storm.

Remember, when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes – plan, don’t panic – and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that you’ll be ready the next time a storm hits.

Mayor Medina and Police Chief Nelson Moya at the Fallen Officer Memorial on April 23, 2021. (City of Palm Bay image)

During the month of May, the City of Palm Bay will recognize Small Business Month, as well as Economic Development Week from May 9-15.

During that week, we will also observe National Police Week recognize America’s law enforcement community and recognize officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

On May 15, we will celebrate Armed Forces Day in tribute to the military personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Finally, I’d like to point out that the first week of May is National Public Service Recognition Week, where we celebrate those who serve our country as federal, state, county, and municipal government employees.

I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our City of Palm Bay employees who work tirelessly to provide our community with critical municipal services, support, recreational offerings, and initiatives.

Over the past year, your City of Palm Bay staff met the challenges of the pandemic head-on, overcoming obstacles to serve.

Mayor Rob Medina

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