Neighbors, officials joining in annual crime awareness night

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

National Night Out — an annual opportunity for residents to interact with their neighbors, elected leaders and law enforcement personnel — is scheduled for Tuesday, and locals have a wider variety of locations to choose from than ever before. 

This year’s National Night Out will feature more than 30 neighborhood sites within city limits and nearly a dozen in the county, with activities scheduled at various times throughout the evening.

Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive intends to visit as many sites as possible.

“I am just amazed we have 35 sites, and I’m just so pleased about that,” Olive said. “This is an opportunity for all residents to meet and get to know law enforcement personnel, fire personnel and elected officials.”

City residents need to know that members of Sanford City Council are approachable, she said, and they are public servants first, elected officials second.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to meet with them and say hello,” Olive said.

Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks also plans to attend as many events as possible and said he enjoys socializing with his neighbors.

“We [have] some great people in this community, and the benefit for me is getting to sit and enjoy fellowship with the people,” he said.