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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR ON DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME PROGRAM

The Library’s Drag Queen Story Time program has been in the news lately and we are aware of two out-of-state organizations that disagree with the concept.  I want to assure you that the City Commission is unanimously supportive of the program, as are a majority of residents and we will not be influenced by outside organizations that do not share our values. 

The articles in the press state that there may be protests from these outside organizations at the next story time program.  I want to assure you that the Public Safety Department is taking these protests very seriously and have coordinated with neighboring police departments to ensure an appropriate response.  Peaceful protests are an American right and we will recognize their right to protest while maintaining a safe and secure environment for children to participate in the story time program. 

At the same time, we encourage our residents not to engage with these organizations as that just adds to the vitriol and that is not reflective of the tolerance our community embodies.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019.

Your Mayor,

Bob Paul