Commission News

City Commission Meeting - September 6, 2022

Janet Hooper Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center Retirement with Mayor AyoubCity Recognizes Janet Hooper – Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

The City recognized retired Executive Director of the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Center, Janet Hooper for her many accomplishments and philanthropic efforts over the years, which touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of people throughout her career and time spent volunteering in various capacities.

Pictured: Janet Hooper and Mayor Ayoub






Hispanic-Latino Month 2022 ProclamationHispanic-Latino Heritage Month Recognized by City Proclamation

At the City Commission Meeting, Mayor Ayoub and the Commissioners recognized September 15, 2022, to October 15, 2022, as National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month to celebrate the rich cultural traditions and honor the significant achievements of our Hispanic and Latino American Communities in Safety Harbor.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic-Latino Heritage month from September 15th to October 15th by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  The September 15th date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th , respectively. Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza, which is October 12th also falls within this 30 day period.

Pictured L to R: Robert Dooley (Diversity Advisory Board Member), Mayor Ayoub, and Priscilla Velez (Diversity Advisory Board Member)

City Commission Meeting - August 1, 2022

Employee of the Quarter Jillian Cook with Mayor AyoubChristopher Palmieri Employee of the Second Quarter 2022

Congratulations to Jillian Cook (Recreation) for being named the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter 2022. Jillian was recognized at the City Commission Meeting and was nominated by her co-workers for exemplifying the saying – “let what you love be what you do.”  Way to go, Jillian!

The Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter Program was established in June of 2018 in memory of City Employee, District Chief Chris Palmieri. Throughout the year, we remember our friend and co-worker, and the example he set as a positive and committed employee of the City of Safety Harbor, which is the true meaning behind our Employee of the Quarter Program.  

Pictured L to R: Taylor (Jillian’s husband), Jillian Cook (Recreation Program Supervisor), and Mayor Ayoub




Jon Byrd with Mayor Ayoub and Public Works staff for retirement recognitionLift Station Mechanic Jon Byrd Retirement Recognition

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Jon Byrd (Life Station Mechanic), on his retirement after 31 ½ of service to City of Safety Harbor. Jon was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting. Congrats to Jon, we wish him all the best!

Pictured: center Jon Byrd with Mayor Ayoub and Public Works staff

City Commission Meeting - July 21, 2022

Leisure Services staff and teen leaders with the City Commission for Park and Recreation MonthAt Monday night’s City Commission meeting, the Commission recognized July as National Park and Recreation Month. This year, Park and Recreation Month is all about celebrating the professionals who build strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. Every day, park and recreation professionals rise up for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.

The Leisure Services team also recognized the Department’s Teen Leaders who have helped throughout the summer, working hard with instructors and staff to make our Summer Camp program a huge success!

City Commission Meeting - June 20, 2022

Bill Feihl Years of Service RecognitionBill Feihl (IT) Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Bill Feihl who was recognized at Monday night’s City Commission meeting for completing 5 years of service at the City of Safety Harbor! 

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

Pictured L to R – Bill Feihl (IT) and Mayor Ayoub






Firefighter Swearing In CeremonySafety Harbor Fire Department Swearing In Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating Safety Harbor Fire Department employee Julio Marty-Castillo  who was officially sworn in to service at Monday’s City Commission Meeting.

Mayor Ayoub facilitated the Oath of Office, and Julio was pinned with a Safety Harbor Fire Badge.

Congratulations, Julio, and welcome to the Safety Harbor Family!

Pictured L to R – Julio Marty-Castillo, Mayor Ayoub, Fire Chief Stefancic





Terry Prockno Public Works Retirement RecognitionTerry Prockno Retirement from Public Works

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Terry Prockno from Public Works on his retirement from the City of Safety Harbor.

Terry was recognized at Monday’s City Commission meeting. Congrats to Terry and his family, we wish him all the best!

Pictured: Terry Prockno (Center Right) with Mayor Ayoub, and Public Works Staff







City Intern RecognitionCongratulation to City Interns

At Monday’s City Commission meeting, City interns from Pinellas County Schools were recognized for their contributions.

Congratulations to them both, and we look forward to the amazing things each will accomplish and best wishes on a bright future!

Pictured: City Interns with Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - June 6, 2022

William Blackshear Commission Chambers Dedication ProclamationCommission Chambers Dedicated to William Blackshear

At the June 6, 2022, City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners formally named the Commission Chambers - William Blackshear Commission Chambers - in dedication to former Safety Harbor City Commissioner Mr. William Blackshear who was the first African American elected official in Safety Harbor, Pinellas County, and the State of Florida. Mr. Blackshear passed away last year, so his daughter and son-in-law Jackie and Harry Williams were in attendance to accept the dedication proclamation.






Years of Service Awards for Firefighters Healy, Smith, and Hans

Years of Service Awards

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Joseph Hans (Fire Captain – 20 YOS), Amber Healy (Firefighter/Paramedic – 5 YOS), and Mr. Doug Smith (Firefighter/Paramedic – 5 YOS) who were recognized at the June 6, 2022, City Commission meeting for completing milestone service at City of Safety Harbor! 


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

Pictured L to R: Amber Healy, Doug Smith, Mayor Ayoub, and Joseph Hans



Diversity Advisory Board Member accepting Pride Month Proclamation from Mayor Ayoub

Pride Month (LGBTQ+) Proclamation

At the June 6, 2022, City Commission meeting, members from the City’s Diversity Advisory Board accepted a proclamation from City Commission recognizing the month of June 2022 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: Lewis Ponds (DAB Chair), Sandra Mejicano (DAB Vice-Chair), Randi Latzke (DAB Member), and Mayor Ayoub



Alzheimer's Awareness Month Proclamation

Alzheimer's Awareness Proclamation

At the June 6, 2022, City Commission meeting, members from the community accepted a proclamation from City Commission recognizing the month of June 2022 as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Alzheimer’s Association to “Paint Safety Harbor Purple” and encourage Safety Harbor businesses to incorporate purple in their lighting, drinks they serve, etc. to help bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease.


Pictured L to R: Susan Petersen (Safety Harbor Chamber), Mayor Ayoub, and Steve Olson (Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors)

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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.