Mayor Fred Cleveland kicked off last night’s City Commission meeting by reading a proclamation recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the City of New Smyrna Beach.
“Human trafficking,” “trafficking in persons,” and “modern slavery” refer to a $32 billion global criminal enterprise involved in recruiting, harboring, and transporting an estimated 40.3 million people for sex trafficking and compelled labor.
“This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims not only around the world, but in our neighborhoods,” read Cleveland. “More awareness and education are crucial to eradicating human trafficking in our communities, state, and nation.”
“The City of New Smyrna Beach has a strong commitment to social justice,” he continued. “I reaffirm this city’s commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that assists victims of human trafficking and urges its residents, agencies, and champions to support efforts and action to end human trafficking.”
In other action, highlights included:
- Hearing presentations by Fire Chief Shawn VanDemark and Deputy Police Chief Eric Feldman about their departments' performance, strategic issues, funding requests, and more. Watch video replay of this budget workshop at https://bit.ly/3WDFrKf
- Hiring GAI Consultants, Inc. to review the airport’s voluntary noise abatement program and identify opportunities for noise reduction
- Approving The Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade 2023 for Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. along Atlantic Avenue, Flagler Avenue, and Pine Street
- Reestablishing a Parking Task Force made up of Canal Street and Flagler Avenue business owners and residents to evaluate parking issues and recommend improvements
- Approving an ordinance allowing 6-ft. tall fences in secondary front yard setbacks
Would you like to know more? Watch video replay of this meeting at https://bit.ly/3XQZ2aC and contact the City Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or 386-410-2630.
From left, Zone 1 Commissioner Valli Perrine, Deputy Police Chief Eric Feldman, Victim Advocate Fonda Mrnacaj, Office of Child & Family Well-Being Northeast Region Circuit 7 Community Development Administrator Christina "Christy" Gillis, Zone 2 Commissioner Lisa Martin, Zone 4 Commissioner Randy Hartman, Mayor Fred Cleveland