Posted on: October 21, 2019

AB’s City Government Week to feature ‘Government 101’, essay contest


The City of Atlantic Beach will join cities throughout the state in celebrating Florida City Government Week Oct. 21-27 with a variety of initiatives, including an essay contest, an Atlantic Beach Government 101 overview and Q&A session (on Nov. 4), and a board and committee member appreciation reception.

Florida City Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, is an annual weeklong celebration that raises awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents. Because city government is the government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents, it is important that residents understand how their city operates, the services it provides, and the importance of their active involvement. The League of Cities is the official organization of Florida’s municipal governments the City Government Week theme is “My City: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It”.

Here are Atlantic Beach’s 2019 Florida City Government Week initiatives:

  • City Government Week proclamation. Mayor Ellen Glasser will proclaim Oct. 21-27 as Florida City Government Week in Atlantic Beach and encourage all citizens, city government officials and employees to participate in events that recognize and celebrate local government.
  • “If I Were Elected Mayor” essay contest. Atlantic Beach seventh-graders will be encouraged to share their thoughts on paper about how they would make a difference as mayor and how home rule helps make Atlantic Beach a great place to live. The contest kicks off Oct. 21 and the entry deadline is Jan. 17, 2020. Entrants are encouraged to also participate in the simultaneous statewide Florida League of Cities contest. For information, email or call (904) 247-5804.
  • Facebook campaign. The City of Atlantic Beach will publish “Did You Know, AB?” a weeklong Facebook campaign with the hashtag #FLCityWeek, providing key facts and interesting tidbits about local government.
  • Tip a Cop. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Atlantic Beach will host “Tip a Cop” for Special Olympics from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jumpin’ Jax House of Food, 1021 Atlantic Blvd.
  • Volunteer appreciation reception. On Thursday, Oct. 24, the City of Atlantic Beach will honor residents who serve on various boards and committees with an appreciation reception at Adele Grage Cultural Center.
  • Sea & Sky Spectacular. On Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27, the City of Atlantic Beach is joining Naval Station Mayport and the cities of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach in co-hosting existing air acts and military demonstrations highlighted by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Visit for info.
  • Atlantic Beach Government 101 Overview and Q&A (on Nov. 4). What does it take to run a city? What do the city departments do? What is the council-manager form of government? The City of Atlantic Beach is continuing its program to encourage residents to learn the answers to these questions -- and to ask plenty of questions of their own. The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. at City Hall. (This event was originally scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 23, but each of the participants requested that a night session be held, instead.) To participate, please register in advance (by Nov. 1) by emailing or calling (904) 247-5804.
  • Atlantic Beach Government 101 Speaker’s Bureau. The City has a program that makes city leaders available to speak to school classrooms, student government associations, civic organizations and other groups upon request. To request a speaker, email or call (904) 247-5804.

Questions? Email or call (904) 247-5804.


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