Upbeat State of the City contrasts with mayor’s ‘dark times’ holiday remarks
The State of the City address covered municipal successes and outlined initiatives in front of a supportive audience at the Santy Auditorium.
Beerman, though, did not return to the subject of the holiday message in December. The mayor in the December remarks, delivered during a Park City Council meeting, said the U.S. is amid a time of darkness. The December statement was made prior to the announcement of a formal State of the City address, and it did not cover the range of issues raised on Tuesday.
The holiday message was delivered shortly after he attended a menorah lighting as the Jewish faith celebrated Hanukkah, sometimes called the Festival of Lights. Beerman at the December meeting said, “and as a metaphor, as we’re approaching the longest day of the year, and we have some dark times going on in our country, I think we need to keep that hope and that light alive.”
He did not provide details during the remarks and declined to elaborate afterward. The statement regarding “dark times” did not refer to Park City itself as the mayor indicated at the time good things happened in 2018 in the community and he looked forward to 2019.
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