Commission News

City Commission Meeting - August 16, 2021

30 Year Service Award for Firefighter/EMT Holly Warkenthien with Mayor AyoubHolly Warkenthien Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Firefighter/EMT Holly Warkenthien who was recognized at the August 16, 2021, City Commission meeting for completing 30 years of service at City of Safety Harbor!

Congrats, Holly and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens!

 Pictured L to R – Holly Warkenthien; Mayor Ayoub





Junior Mayor Clayton being Sworn In with Mayor Joe Ayoub with Commissioners on daisJunior Mayor Clayton Bram Broughton

At last night’s City Commission meeting, Clayton Bram Broughton was sworn in by Mayor Ayoub as Junior Mayor for the months of August and September, 2021.

Clayton's philanthropic ways and kind character has earned him the title of Junior Mayor. He is responsible for providing freshly baked cookies for seniors, delivering nutritious meals to the FL Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, and devoting his time at the Safety Harbor Children’s Theatre. He is passionate about helping those in need and providing a better place to live for children, teens, and seniors of Safety Harbor. Clayton is a model volunteer, student, son and citizen of Safety Harbor and has a promising future ahead of him.

Way to go, Junior Mayor Broughton!

Pictured L to R: Commissioner Steingold, Vice Mayor Besore, Junior Mayor Clayton, Mayor Ayoub, Commissioner Diaz

City Commission Meeting - August 2, 2021

Chris Palmieri Employee of the 2nd Quarter Doug Smith with Mayor Joe AyoubChris Palmieri Employee of the Quarter - 2nd Quarter 2021

Congratulations to FF/PM Doug Smith on receiving the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter. FF/PM Smith is an avid fitness trainer and has recently taken on the project of redoing the fire department gym . This includes new flooring, painting, and updating the equipment. All this work has been done by Doug and the other firefighters assigned to station 53.

Pictured L to R -  Doug Smith, Mayor Joe Ayoub





City of Safety Harbor Summer Intern Spencer Greenwood with Mayor Joe AyoubCity Intern Recognition

At the August 2, 2021, City Commission meeting, City Intern Spencer Greenwood was recognized for his contributions this summer. Spencer spent time with each Department city-wide, and was able to learn of the internal processes of local government. Congratulations, Spencer! We look forward to the amazing things you will accomplish and best wishes on a bright future!  

Pictured L to R -  Spencer Greenwood, Mayor Joe Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - July 21, 2021

Employee Years of Service Awards

At the Commission on Monday, July 21, 2021, City employees were recognized for their years of service. Librarian II Mallory Cyr has been with the Safety Harbor Public Library for 10 years, and Streets/Stormwater III Dave Volante has been in Public Works 5 years.

The City appreciates their years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City of Safety Harbor.


Ten Years of Service Award Mallory Cyr
Five Years of Service Award Dave Volante

Mallory Cyr (Librarian II) with Mayor Ayoub

Dave Volante (Public Works) with Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - June 21, 2021

Jeff Bronson, retired Personnel Review Board member, receiving Key to the City from Mayor AyoubMr. Jeff Bronson Receives Key to City of Safety Harbor

Mr. Jeff Bronson retired from the City’s Personnel Review Board this month after serving since August 23, 1994 (that’s 27 years), the longest serving Personnel Review Board Member.  Mr. Bronson has been a resident of Safety Harbor for 39+ years, along with his wife Barbara, who is a lifelong resident.  Mr. Bronson is also a retired Sergeant from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office where he served for 31 years.  

In recognition of Mr. Bronson’s dedication to Pinellas County, specifically his volunteer work in Safety Harbor, he was presented with a key to the City of Safety Harbor at last night’s City Commission meeting.  

Thank you, Mr. Bronson for your commitment and support to the Staff and Citizens of Safety Harbor!

Pictured L to R – Alexandra (daughter-in-law); Ryan (son); Barbara (wife); Mr. Jeff Bronson; Jeff II (son); Rosali (granddaughter); and Mayor Ayoub.


Jensen Perry with Mayor Ayoub receiving Years of Service AwardJensen Perry Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Jensen Perry who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for completing 10 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Jensen and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens!

Pictured L to R – Jensen Perry (Administrative Coordinator - Finance); Mayor Ayoub





Renee Cooper with Public Works Staff and  Mayor Ayoub receiving Years of Service AwardRenee Cooper Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Renee Cooper who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for completing 5 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Renee and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens! Renee’s management team attended the meeting to show their support.  

Pictured L to R – Pasquale Carelli (Water/Wastewater Foreman); James Ryan (Streets/Stormwater Supervisor); Brad Collins (Water/Wastewater Supervisor); Renee Cooper (Public Works Director); Mayor Ayoub; Sherri Kennedy (Sanitation Supervisor); Sasha Binzel (Administrative Services Manager); and Kevin Magamoll (Fleet Supervisor). 


Park and Recreations Month Proclamation PresentationNational Park & Recreation Month Proclamation

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members Michelle Brennan, Kristen Turzak, and James Poulter accepted the National Park and Recreation Month Proclamation at the June, 21, 2021 City Commission meeting. Each year the National Recreation and Parks Association celebrates July as Park and Recreation Month recognizing the many values and benefits of parks and recreation.

Pictured L to R - Michelle Brennan, Kristen Turzak, Mayor Joe Ayoub, and James Poulter


City Commission Meeting - June 7, 2021

Junior Mayor Brody B. with Mayor Joe AyoubJunior Mayor Brody Barnhisel

At last night’s City Commission meeting, Brody, Barnhisel was sworn in by Mayor Ayoub as Junior Mayor for the months of June and July, 2021.

The City of Safety Harbor recognized Brody for his contributions to “Play on the Bay – Every Kid Plays” Toy Box installation at Waterfront Park to benefit children who come to play in the City.

Way to go, Junior Mayor Barnhisel!






City Interns and Intern Program Coordinator with Mayor Joe AyoubCity Intern Recognition

At last night’s City Commission meeting, City interns from Pinellas County Schools were recognized for their contributions this past year. Congratulations to them all, and we look forward to the amazing things each will accomplish and best wishes on a bright future!  

Pictured – L to R -  Dr. Mary Black (Program Coordinator – Executive Internship Program at Pinellas County Schools); Kaitlyn Doukas (City Intern); Sophia Orbesen (City Intern); Mayor Ayoub; Max Kobs (City Intern).


Safety Harbor Diversity Advisory Board accepts Pride Month ProclamationJune 2021 - Pride Month (LGBTQ+) Proclamation

At last night’s City Commission meeting, members from the City’s Diversity Advisory Board accepted a proclamation from City Commission recognizing the month of June, 2021 as Pride Month (LGBTQ+) to acknowledge the history of prejudice and discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary individuals, and as an opportunity to celebrate the advancements of the human rights and LGBTQ+ rights movements.  

Pictured – L to R – Sandra Mejicano (DAB Vice Chair); Kayla Witeck (DAB Board Member); Lewis Ponds, Jr. (DAB Chair); and Mayor Ayoub


City Manager Spoor with Mayor and Commission Accepting AwardsCity Manager Spoor Award Presentation

City Manager Spoor was presented with the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) 2021 Professional Management Matters Award for fostering representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.  

City Manager Spoor also received the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero Award for his advocacy for municipal home rule leading up to and during the 2021 legislative session.  

Congratulations, City Manager Spoor!

Pictured – L to R – Commissioner Steingold; Vice-Mayor Besore; City Manager Spoor; Mayor Ayoub; Commissioner Diaz, and Commissioner Merz

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The Safety Harbor City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 PM in the Commission Chambers located at 750 Main Street.