Mayor's Monthly Column

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Happy 2018! 

The beginning of the New Year is a perfect time for us to reflect on the previous year and to determine our resolutions for the upcoming year. Whether it’s spending more time with the family, learning a new skill, adopting a healthier lifestyle, or volunteering and helping in our community, Wellington offers numerous programs, opportunities and activities that will help you keep those resolutions. 

One very serious resolution we all must make is to promote safety and educate ourselves about crimes of opportunity.  Wellington has been focused on home security tips and has been spreading the message through our Wellington TV channel, social media, and our newsletter - “Don’t become a victim of a crime of opportunity.”  We want to remind residents to:

  • lock doors, including garage and sliding glass doors
  • arm security systems
  • report suspicious activity to PBSO immediately 

Please watch our very informative Public Service Announcements available on our YouTube page:  We work with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to provide timely information and encourage safety throughout our neighborhoods.  

To further our efforts, Council and staff will continue their business safety walk & talks, visiting local businesses to discuss safety issues and concerns.  We appreciate your continued efforts to keep our Village safe, and look forward to working with you. 

Wellington’s Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs and activities for the entire family.  We are starting the year off with a number of family-friendly events. On Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th, come out and show support for our local artists at Art Fest on the Green at the Amphitheater.  This is a free event which features music, food vendors, and one-of-a-kind art pieces. 

Enjoy ongoing free entertainment at the Wellington Amphitheater with live concerts, movie nights, and local singers.  Our Thursday night Food Truck Invasion continues this month with live music at each event. For more details, view our January schedule here:

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The Father Daughter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd  from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale at Village Park now.  Tickets are $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple.  Additional tickets may also be purchased at a cost of $20 per resident and $25 per non-resident.  

 If one of your resolutions is to get outside, stay active, and have some fun, spending more time at our wonderful local parks will keep you on the right track. Nature lovers can enjoy seeing dozens of animal and plant species at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary or exploring the trails at The Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat (Section 24). Don’t forget to stop by the many learning centres in the Preserve, as well as the six story observation tower. 

Open Gym at Village Park is available to residents and non-residents. Make sure you register to participate. There are also numerous athletic programs for our younger residents including basketball, softball, soccer, Taekwondo, and many more. You can find more information and register for many programs on our website

On behalf of Council and staff, I wish everyone the best for 2018.  There is so much to look forward to as we kick off this New Year; I encourage you to participate in our quality, fun, family-friendly events, and to stay active in our Great Hometown.  It is an honor to serve and work with you, and I can’t wait to see everyone around the Village this year and at all our upcoming events.