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Past issues of “Community Bright Spots!” have focused on architecture, parks, nature, art, and recreation. Each post encouraged (hopefully) readers to pause and reflect on the beauty and positivity within their neighborhoods, on their daily walks, or the view from their window.
This post focuses on another type of bright spot: a long-time community organization dedicated to community enhancement through education and deliberative dialogues.
In January of 2004, Beaches Watch came into existence. Meeting at Fletcher Senior High School (another Community Bright Spot!), the organization was launched. Those gathered had a simple mission, “to monitor and improve the quality of life for the beaches.” (Minutes of January 28, 2004 meeting).
Today the mission reads:
Beaches Watch is a non-partisan nonprofit civic organization whose mission is to promote educated and productive citizen involvement in local and state government decisions that affect the future of our northeast Florida beaches communities. (See Beaches Watch.)
This organization continues to promote sharing and discussing factual information in a civil and uplifting format. In an era that witnesses yelling, booing, and shaming, Beaches Watch stands tall and continues to travel the high road. One might even make the point, that this organization’s membership supports the high road so that others may travel it, as well. Providing light rather than throwing shade.
I have had the honor to serve on the Board of Directors for the past three years. (This year marks my final year on the Board.) I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and serve my community.
Enjoy your week. And remember to stop and appreciate your Community Bright Spots!
And if you’d like to hear about bright spots from the mouth of a dog, check out Roxie’s bi-weekly blog. WOOF!
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