Commission News

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)

City Commission Meeting - May 16, 2022

Public Works Staff with Mayor Ayoub for Public Works Week 2022Public Works Week May 15 – 21, 2022

At Monday night’s City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and City Commission recognized May 15 through May 21, 2022, as Public Works Week recognizing the contributions that public works personnel make to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life each and every day.  

Please join us in celebrating the Safety Harbor Public Works Department!

Pictured L to R – James Ryan, Streets/Stormwater Supervisor; Pasquale Carelli, Water/Wastewater Foreman; Sherry Kennedy, Sanitation Supervisor; Renee Cooper, Public Works Director; and Mayor Ayoub



Wes Elliott with Mayor Ayoub Years of Service AwardWes Elliott, Library - Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Wes Elliott who was recognized at Monday night’s City Commission meeting for completing 25 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Wes, 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 – Wes Elliott and Mayor Ayoub





Wes Elliott, Chris Palmieri Employee of the Quarter, with Mayor AyoubChristopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter – 1st Quarter 2022

Congratulations to Wes Elliott from the Library for being named the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter - 1st Quarter 2022. Wes was recognized at the May 16, 2022, City Commission Meeting and was nominated by his co-workers for being the “go-to guy,” reliable, dedicated, and always taking the initiative to help out whenever needed. Way to go, Wes! 

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 – Wes Elliott and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - May 2, 2022


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ProclamationAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Proclamation

At the May 2, 2022, City Commission meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners recognized May 2022 as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate the many contributions of Americans who are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent representing more than 20 million Americans across the United States.

Pictured L to R – Diversity Advisory Board Chair Lewis Ponds, Jr. and Mayor Ayoub






Mental Health Awareness Month ProclamationMental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

The Mayor and City Commission recognized May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness month in an effort to call upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools in Safety harbor to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and the steps our citizens can take to shine a light on mental illness, fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care. 

Pictured L to R – Recreation Superintendent and Strategic Planning Health Committee Member – FRPA Shannon Schafer and Mayor Ayoub




Sri Chinmoy Oneness–Home Peace Run DayRecognition of Sri Chinmoy Oneness–Home Peace Run Day

At the May 2, 2022, City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners recognized May 4, 2022, as Sri Chinmoy Oneness–Home Peace Run Day to help promote international friendship, understanding, and world harmony through support of the global Peace Run and participation in the holding of the Peace Torch.







Mayor Ayoub Appointed VP/Treasurer of the Mayor's Council of Pinellas CountyMayor Ayoub Appointed VP/Treasurer

of the Mayor's Council of Pinellas County

Congratulations to Mayor Ayoub on his appointment to VP/Treasurer of the Mayor’s Council of Pinellas County on May 4, 2022!

Pictured L to R – St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, Largo Mayor Woody Brown, Mayor Joe Ayoub, County Commissioner Renee Flowers, and South Pasadena Mayor Arthur Penny





Professional Municipal Clerks Week Professional Municipal Clerks Week

The Mayor and City Commission recognized May 1 through May 7, 2022 as Professional Municipal Clerks Week, sponsored by the Internal Institute of Municipal Clerks to recognize the vital role and contributions City Clerks provide in serving local government and their communities.  

Pictured – The City Clerks of Pinellas County at the Mayor’s Luncheon on May 4, 2022. Safety Harbor City Clerk Rachael Telesca pictured center right.

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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.