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The new Oakland Park Commission was sworn-in Wednesday night.

Mayor Jane Bolin and Commissioners Michael Carn, Aisha Gordon and Mitch Rosenwald took their oaths of office on the steps outside of city hall before the meeting. Commissioner Matt Sparks joined the governing body remotely.

“The third time's the charm,” said Rosenwald, a Barry University professor elected in his third attempt at public office. 

Rosenwald thanked his partner Ted White for his love and support, predecessor John Adornato for his commitment to LGBT rights and out-going Commissioner Tim Lonergan for being a role model for public servants. Rosenwald promised to “listen attentively and act expeditiously,” stating he was intent on bringing a social worker’s perspective to the commission.

Sparks, re-elected to his second term, pointed out coronavirus numbers were going up and asked that people rethink holiday plans.

“Would you rather visit family this year or see them next year?” Sparks asked.

Sparks suggested residents shop locally on Black Friday. 

“Help businesses survive during these difficult times,” he said.

Bolin thanked candidates Steven Arnst, Grecia Rivas-Smith, Robert Thompson and Scott Herman for offering themselves to serve the city and asked them to stay engaged. 

Carn will serve as vice mayor and mentioned he had already taken a new business call from the owner of Funky Buddha Brewery. Sparks referenced a call from the Buddha as well. 

In her comments, Gordon quoted the late South African leader Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it's done,” she said. 

The next commission meeting is Dec. 2.


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