The City of DeFuniak Springs will be joining cities throughout the state in celebrating Florida City Government Week, October 17 – 23, 2022.

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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 theiractive involvement. The theme “My City: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It” will guide this year’s activities.

Events planned for the week are (list activities, dates, times and locations).

Florida City Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, is a weeklong celebration that raises awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents. The League is the official organization of the municipal governments in Florida.

Activity Schedule

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Town Hall Meeting, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Mayor, City Council and City Manager invite all residents to the Town Hall meeting which will be in the main room of the Community Center. The Mayor and Council will be sharing with the audience some of the challenges the city is facing as well as proposed projects that are in the works. We would love to hear from our guests as to their opinions and ideas of what they would recommend, change, or leave as they are. Your suggestions and questions are welcome. We look forward to your input. There will be light refreshments served.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – Open House of the New City Police Head Quarters, 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Chief James Hurley welcomes all citizens to stop by the new location of the City Police Head Quarters located at 99 S 18th Street between the hours of 11:00AM and 3:00PM. The Police Department will be giving tours of the new facility and will serve hot dogs to all visitors. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – Open House of the New City Hall and Showcase the City, 4:00PM – 7:00PM

Welcome to the Open House at the new location of City Hall at 1350 Baldwin Avenue. Come by and meet city staff, city manager, Mayor, and elected officials. See the locations of each department and the new city council chambers.

Each department of the city will setup in the new City Council Chambers and will highlight the daily activities of their department. This will be an excellent opportunity to visit with staff, ask questions and get to know about services the city offers to the public. There will be light refreshments served.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – Educational Class about Magnolia Cemetery, 5:30PM

During the Open House at the new location of City Hall, 1350 Baldwin Avenue, Cemetery Coordinator Christopher Mitchell will be holding an educational class showcasing the Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell invites anyone who is interested in learning all about Magnolia Cemetery and all about what you need to know but do not know to ask. This special session will begin at 5:30PM in the training room.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – Park Plans and Trail Talks, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

This workshop is for all citizens who like to be outdoors and who would like to participate in discussions about our city parks, paths, and trails and who would like to share ideas on how to enhance our parks and trails (biking, walking). There will discussions about outdoor recreation and how to enjoy your time in the outdoors. This workshop will take place at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 96 Circle Drive.

The City Beautification and Tree Board and Justin Baldwin from the Office of Greenways and Trails have partnered with the City of DeFuniak Springs to bring awareness to our parks and paths within the city. Citizens will learn what Greenways and Trails is all about as well as how they can help us bring more awareness to our parks and the benefits of outdoor activity. There will be discussions about park plans and how we can work together to bring beauty and enjoyment to our parks. There will be light refreshments served.

***Special note: There may be more than two board members of the City Beautification and Tree Board present at this workshop. ***

Thursday, October 20, 2022 – “Buried American History” Walking Tour Magnolia Cemetery at Dusk, 5:30PM -7:30PM

“Buried American History” Walking Tour – AT DUSK! – Take a tour of America’s buried history at Magnolia Cemetery starting at dusk – a time when the cemetery traditionally closes! This rare opportunity (just around the corner from Halloween) provides an up-close look at significant gravesites of Americans who have impacted our lives.  The Cemetery Coordinator (a.k.a. “The Caretaker”) will be adorned in Victorian-era clothing to escort you through the darkness with a lantern to the gravesites of a slave from West Africa; a Florida governor; a consul general to Edinburgh, Scotland (believed to be the setting of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde); and one of Robert Ripley’s favorite American oddities. Interesting tidbits along the way to each gravesite. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your own flashlight for your own walking safety. The cemetery grounds are mostly flat surfaces throughout however one needs to beware of strange things protruding from the cemetery grounds. This is a free event. Register by email to Cemetery Coordinator Christopher Mitchell at [email protected].

There will be light refreshments served at 5:30PM before the tour begins at 6:00PM.

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