While many of us could choose to live anywhere in the world, we chose to live in Ocean Ridge because it is a small, welcoming and tightknit community. We love the beach, we love interacting with our neighbors, we love our freedom and we love our police force and safety.

I ask that we embrace these strong core values as we continue to transition to our “new normal.”

We have pulled together as a community. We have made meals and regularly check on our housebound and elderly neighbors. The Ocean Ridge Garden Club sewed and distributed over 350 masks to the town staff and the community at large.

Town staff have been dedicated and worked countless hours of overtime. And we have done our best to keep everyone safe and informed with flyer distributions, signage throughout the town and over 25 update messages to residents in the area.

We are grateful that Ocean Ridge — and the surrounding barrier island communities — have remained relatively healthy. Our long term, solid relationships with our neighboring elected officials have proven to be an asset during these uncertain times.

We are cautiously optimistic as we reopen our tennis courts, golf courses, clubhouses and community pools on a limited basis. Our beaches are now open also. Forced isolation is waning.

Yet, the need for social distancing, wearing face coverings and being a good neighbor is as important as ever. I ask all residents to remain vigilant and patient.

Our goal is and always will be the safety of our residents and staff. Be safe and be well.

Kristine de Haseth
Mayor, Ocean Ridge

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