Community, Events, Politics

The Loss of a Leader

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Walter “Skip” Campbell
Coral Springs Mayor
1948 – 2018

We at theParklander were profoundly saddened when we received the news that Coral Springs mayor,Walter “Skip” Campbell, passed away recently at age 69.

Mayor Campbell had been a friend and long-time contributor to our magazine since his election in 2014. His monthly column reminded us of the ‘goings on’ in our community, keeping us abreast and raising public awareness for the issues he felt so compassionate about. Under his leadership, the City of Coral Springs achieved gold-level certification for its commitment to protect and conserve natural resources. Coral Springs is one of only three cities in Broward County to accomplish such a feat.

Campbell spoke about his vow to providing a safe environment for students and educators, and how this issue rose to the top of his agenda after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy. “I want you to know from those of us who serve you from the City of Coral Springs, that the safety of our children is our number one priority,” he said. Campbell worked diligently with the police department to increase the number of school resource officers assigned to each public school.

Throughout his time in office, he remained fervent on important issues, everything from recycling to hurricane preparedness to business development. He prided himself on running a cost-effective government that was connected to its residents. When the new Municipal Complex opened its doors early this year, Mayor Campbell described it as a “one-stop shop,” housing the Chamber of Commerce, local elected officials’ offices, and all city services under one roof… perfect timing as the City of Coral Springs celebrated its 55th anniversary.

Prior to becoming mayor, Skip was a distinguished trial attorney who brought respect and integrity to each case he worked on. Additionally, he spent ten years in the Florida Senate helping to pass more than 100 bills benefitting children, families, and other worthy causes. Moreover, you could find him on the weekends coaching youth soccer or little league. Even his spare time was used to help others.  

Michael Goodrum, Coral Springs city manager, said of Skip, “He was a dedicated public servant, a man of the people, and a pillar of our community. While his professional accomplishments should be applauded, it is the family that he raised in Coral Springs that he treasured most. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children.”

Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother, as well as many extended family and friends.

Skip’s monthly column will be missed by all of us here at the Parklander. His impact has truly touched our community and brought about positive and much-needed change. Mayor Campbell created a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

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