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Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 12:30 am

   The City Hall was filled with well-wishers as City Clerk Jennifer A. Evelyn read Resolution 18-09 certifying the January 23, 2018 election results that returned Mayor Otis Wallace and Commissioners Roy Shiver and Eugene Berry to office. The resolution was approved and received enthusiastic applause. The Honorable Judge Diana Gonzalez-Whtye of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida congratulated the three men. She swore in the mayor, then the two commissioners. With the highest number of votes, Shiver also assumes the dual role of Vice-Mayor for two years.

   In a brief few minutes before the meeting, Mayor Wallace reflected on the election. “The people of Florida City have once again spoken as to leadership and going forward. I am pleased and honored to once again serve as Mayor. I am also excited to serve with two experienced commissioners and think the future is bright for Florida City.”

   Mike Floyd, whose son, Matt, is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Redland was on hand in his son’s absence. “I’ve been here about a year-and-a-half. I love Florida City and Redland. My son has gotten to know the Mayor and Commissioners very well and I’m glad to be here as a part of this.”

   Greer Davis Wallace who has been by her husband’s side since he was first elected in 1984 was not surprised he ran unopposed. “I am proud of the citizens of Florida City for recognizing the work these men have done and their dedication to the good of the city.”

   Shiver, first elected in 1962 and Berry in 1986, have seen the changes over the years as new residents and businesses continue to find Florida City a welcoming home. From the state-of-the art K&G Cycles grand opening not quite a year ago to the always crowded Texas Road House Grill, the range of companies brings added dimensions which in turn bring jobs and opportunity to the community.

   After Mayor Wallace thanked Commissioner Sharon Butler for her term as Vice-Mayor and Commissioner Avis Brown for her support, he reiterated the theme familiar to those present. “We are going to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.”

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