Kate Perez: Candidate for Titusville City Council Seat 1

I am a longtime environmental activist for low impact development in Titusville. I was part of the Titusville Tree Team that attended City Council Meetings for 2 and 1/2 years, asking the City Council to enact a Tree Ordinance to protect large, heritage trees and a portion of Titusville’s Tree Canopy for life-saving shade, esthetic appearance and filtration of polluted storm water before it enters the Indian River Lagoon.

I have volunteered at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Titusville’s Enchanted Forest for many years. I ran the Silent Auction at the Titusville Birding Festival for several years, along with my sister, Kris. The money raised went to local environmental causes such as the Enchanted Forest. I have also spoken at City Council meetings against the paving of Parrish Park which would preclude the use of that area for wind surfers, local residents with jet skis and small boats and damage an important breeding ground for the horseshoe crabs.

I have spoken at the meeting against $34,000 worth of plastic plants for downtown Titusville, as well as a dangerous concrete smashing plant near the Indian River Lagoon and within 600 feet of homes along the river. I also volunteer at the Titusville Boys and Girls Club, Food and More – an organization that feeds Title-1 children during the summer, Nature-Tribe.org, Speak Up Titusville – Right to Clean Water, First United Methodist Church of Titusville, NASA Kennedy Space Center (Docent), Air Force Missile Museum (Docent), the Titusville Follies (video editor) and am a proud member of the Titusville Elks Lodge 2113. I believe that Titusville deserves Low Impact Development to preserve our natural resources and failing infrastructure.

For too long, developers have had a powerful sway over our city leaders. We can have development that beautifies our city and enriches the lives of our citizens, but we have to elect people with the courage to fight for this end. I strongly support our local police, firefighters, teachers and medical workers. I will do all I can to support their efforts to keep our citizens safe.

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I speak fluent Spanish and started a free English class for citizens who moved here after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. I was a computer programmer / Systems analyst at the National Institutes of Health and later ran a successful farm business for 10 years. I continue to do free computer work for many Titusville organizations. If elected, I will work hard for all of us to have a better future.

Please contact me through my website at www.Kate4Titusville.org

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