Hello, everyone. This week, I wanted to bring everyone's attention to a recent accomplishment by the city.
The city of Vero Beach was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Federation.
What's remarkable about this designation is that the city has received it for the past 32 years.
It takes commitment, dedication and a genuine caring for the environment to be lauded for this achievement for so many years.
The receive this, the city had to meet the program's four requirements: have a tree board, have a tree-care ordinance, have a annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per person and hold an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
This year, the city of Vero Beach, along with its Vero Beach Tree and Beautification Commission, planted trees at MacWilliams Park off Indian River Drive in Vero Beach.
But what made this event truly special is that the city included students from Beachland Elementary School in the event.
It's one thing to believe in protecting the environment, and taking the steps needed to do so; it's another thing entirely to show the future leaders of the community how the city does it.
That, to me, is the difference between a city that is going through the motions and one that truly cares.
I hope everyone had a Happy Arbor Day, and I look forward to seeing you at the next event Vero Beach has to offer.
Until next week, drive safe.
Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor for Hometown News and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.