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Commissioner’s Corner: Karalyn Woulas

I have just returned from an amazing trip to the beautiful, tropical location of El Salvador. I had the privilege of joining the non-profit organization, “Surfers Helping Kids – ShaKa” on this “surf and serve” mission trip. This organization is based in Cocoa Beach and lead by Pastor Mark Reynolds of the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach and the organization’s Board of Directors. Our week long stay was spent serving the poverty-stricken families with visits to a local orphanage, local families to help install water filters on their water sources, deliver much-needed groceries to local families, and to just spend quality time with these families and children.  It was all a very “eye-opening” experience.
 
 Amongst the surrounding beauty of this country, there exists the unforgettable reality of poverty in El Salvador that cannot be hidden from any visitor’s eye.  Among the posh residences and resorts that have been constructed,  are the one-room shacks composed of nothing more than corrugated sheets of metal built on foundations of old tires or cinder blocks.  In many cases, there was no running water to these shacks.  The residents had to lug 5 gallon containers of water from a shared community “tank” or water source back to these one room abodes that were shared by several multi-generational family members that many times consisted of extended family, where according to our living standards in the United States, was not fit for even one person.  The separation between the affluent and the poor was obviously quite large. 
 
An interesting observation that the group shared was that although these families were “poor” to our standards of living, they all seemed satisfied and happy with what they had.  If you asked them to, they expressed how they enjoyed their day-to-day work and only asked for prayers for the health of themselves and their families, despite the conditions that they live in.  The children were so grateful for everything that they received and were very polite and respectful to each other, to their elders, and to us as visitors.  Everyone was very welcoming and demonstrated a great deal of hospitality towards us.  I am so grateful that I was able to visit this country and experience all the lessons and beauty it has to offer.  At the same time, it definitely reminds me of how much I love and appreciate all the blessings that I possess at home, here in Cocoa Beach.  We are truly blessed to live in the United States to be able enjoy all the benefits and opportunities it has to offer.
 

El Salvador pics
Pictures from Commissioner Woulas's trip
El Salvador pics
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Group picture of El Salvador trip
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Take back

Health First is partnering with the Cocoa Beach Police Department in efforts to provide a save, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about medications and the potential for abuse. The public can turn in their unwanted, expired or unused medications to an on-site Cocoa Beach Police Officer, Cocoa Beach Citizen Volunteer or Health First representative for safe disposal anonymously.

 
WHEN:     April 28, 2018, Saturday
WHERE:   Cape Canaveral Hospital (Medical Plaza                                 entrance)
TIME:        10:00am-2:00pm

For more information, please contact Sergeant Manny Hernandez, 321-868-3307– mherndez@cityofcocoabeach.com


New hours

In order to serve Cocoa Beach residents better City Hall has new hours.  City Hall will open at 8:30am and close at 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.  This means the front doors will open 30 minutes earlier.
 

Cocoa Beach


BEN MALIK-  MAYOR, SEAT 1
          ED MARTINEZ– COMMISSIONER, SEAT 2
          KARALYN WOULAS - COMMISSIONER, SEAT 3
              SKIP WILLIAMS-  VICE MAYOR, SEAT  4
      MIKE MILLER-  COMMISSIONER, SEAT 5
    JAMES P. MCKNIGHT - CITY MANAGER

 

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