(Only by imagining the future can a community figure out how to get there. And that’s just what we’ve done together as a community in Atlantic Beach. A comprehensive, collaborative four-month visioning process facilitated in large part by Atlantic Beach resident Linda Lanier concluded on Dec. 13, 2021, when the City Commission adopted this 2040 community vision statement.)
In Atlantic Beach, we have a strong sense of belonging and safety. Our citizens and government care deeply about community character, and we understand that unified support is required to preserve it. We are graced with the functional beauty of our beach, our marsh, and our tree canopy. Our shady streets and multi-use paths connect our welcoming neighborhoods and vibrant local businesses. Our city supports our diverse, multigenerational, socially linked community with green spaces, active lifestyles, parks, and programming.
City staff distributed a questionnaire in utility bills, at all committee and advisory meetings, city commission meetings, on the city’s website, newsletters, social media outlets, and at the customer service counters. The goal was to gather thousands of ideas from every neighborhood and business in Atlantic Beach. And in the end, nearly 800 questionnaire responses were submitted.
Staff gathered citizens’ answers and identify the most prevalent themes and compelling ideas. Members of the City’s committees and advisory boards were then called upon to assist staff in reality testing and prioritizing the themes. Then, the City Commission put the finishing touches on the community vision statement.
It’s really nice finally having a vision.
We hope our community will continue to be engaged so that, together, we remain fairly focused on the future.
Question 1 responses
Question 2 responses
Question 3 responses
Question 4 responses
Question 5 responses
Board and committee member survey
Proposed vision statement
For information on the City's community visioning project, visit www.coab.us/vision; or contact Deputy City Manager Kevin Hogencamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 247-5804.