PRESENTATION OF A PROCLAMATION TO AL SUNSHINE ACKNOWLEDGING HIS 40 YEARS ON THE AIR IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Diaz asked Mr. Al Sunshine to come forward. He said that Mr. Sunshine had covered major news stories throughout the years with insight and wisdom, and as such, he had been an asset to South Florida. Commissioner Diaz noted Mr. Sunshine came to South Florida in 1968 to study marine biology at the University of Miami, but was bitten by the journalism bug. He stated that since 1972, Mr. Sunshine had been on the airwaves. Commissioner Diaz thanked him for his excellent investigative news stories.
Mayor Gimenez read the plaque proclaiming Tuesday, July 16, 2013, as “Al Sunshine day.” He congratulated Mr. Sunshine.
Mr. Sunshine said that for 40 years he had been able to document the growth of this community, and the changes that had occurred in one of the foremost international capitals of the world. He noted there had been some difficult times; but more importantly, there had been the opportunity to work together to solve some issues affecting homes and families in this community. Mr. Sunshine sated that with the help of this Commission, notable progress had been made with regard to consumer protection laws, and food safety ordinances. He noted an opportunity existed for the political representatives and the media to be responsive to the needs of the community, to work cooperatively to move into the 22nd century, and propel this community to more national prominence. Mr. Sunshine emphasized that his work in this community was far from being over.
Chairwoman Sosa expressed the community’s admiration for Mr. Sunshine and thanked him for the years which he spent helping others.
Commissioner Bell thanked Mr. Sunshine for exposing issues that needed to be exposed, and for looking out for the consumer.
Office of the Chairperson
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