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The City of New Smyrna Beach has begun a quest to develop a 25-year vision, and community members are needed to help to develop the plan.
Dubbed "Charting our Course: NSB 2039," a key component of the initiative includes using public input as a rudder to steer the planning process.
"The city stays quite busy dealing with projects and day-to-day operations," said New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer, in a news release. "We need to plan ahead -- far ahead -- to position ourselves for opportunities to come. To have a successful and well-rounded approach to our future, we need a wide-range of public input."
The city will launch its initiative from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
"During the first public meeting, citizens will be asked to rank and provide input on future citywide priorities and identify issues of broad concern," said Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach city manager, in a news release.
Residents also will help to prepare the community for opportunities and challenges that may occur in the next 25 years.
To ensure all residents of the city have a voice, city staff are hitting the streets this month to survey citizens on their priorities, Ms. Brangaccio added. Staff also will survey attendees at the Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7-9 in Pettis Park. Additional survey opportunities are being scheduled.
Once survey response trends have been identified, topics will be narrowed for a more focused discussion from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Brannon Center. Rebecca Ryan, nationally renowned futurist will lead the forum and subject matter experts will work with break out groups to draft a course for the city. For more information, call (386) 424-2132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.