In case you haven’t heard our big news, Flower Mound recently had its Standard & Poor’s (S&P) General Obligation bond rating upgraded from AA+ to AAA, the highest possible rating. S&P cited the Town’s strong local economy, sound financial performance and policies, and strong management as top reasons for the change. S&P specifically added that the new rating reflects the “very strong” economy in Flower Mound, which is comprised of residential development as well as growth in the retail, restaurant, and manufacturing sectors. The importance of this upgrade will be realized as we move forward with future projects, allowing the Town to secure favorable financing and making sure tax dollars are wisely spent.
Many residents have been asking about all the activity going on at Highlands Plaza, the site of the Flower Mound Academy Sports + Outdoors on FM 407. ModMarket, Smashburger, and Jersey Mike’s will be opening new restaurants at this location. If you’re a fan of healthy eating, check out ModMarket (http://modmarket.com). Ours will be the first location outside of Colorado. ModMarket is known for serving healthy, locally-sourced organic foods while providing a variety of menu options for gluten-free diners, vegetarians, and vegans. These three restaurants are scheduled to open in 2014. If you would like to learn about other new businesses coming to Flower Mound, please visit www.flower-mound.com/newbusinesses.
The arrival of warmer weather and daylight saving time gives us a chance to get out of the house and into the community. It gives a chance to reengage with our neighbors and friends. In Flower Mound we have many community support organizations that provide residents the opportunity to engage and get involved. A short list of these include; CCA (Christian Community Action), CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), Denton County Friends of the Family, Humane Society of Flower Mound, Flower Mound Rotary Club, Flower Mound Summit Club, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, The Mound Foundation, Winning the Fight! – WTF, and Women of Flower Mound.
While each organization is unique, they share a common purpose, to make the communities they serve better. They also provide an outlet for residents to plug in and become more involved. Check them out and find out how you can help. As you check them out, also look at all the local businesses that support them. I can’t think of a better way to thank these businesses than by offering them your support and patronage as well. The Town website is a great resource and lists many of our local arts and social services organizations at http://www.flower-mound.com/index.aspx?nid=108.
Another great place to get involved is the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, particularly if you’re a local business owner. For the second year, the Town and Chamber have partnered to provide the 2014 Leadercast simulcast. This will be at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church (6101 Morriss Rd.) on May 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Leadercast is a one-day, leadership conference held in Atlanta and broadcast live around the world. Former First Lady and Dallas resident, Laura Bush will be speaking as well as Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and award-winning journalist Malcolm Gladwell. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, please visit www.leadercast.com/location/flowermound.
The Town has many other special events coming up this spring that will provide lasting memories for the whole family, such as the Easter Egg Scramble on Saturday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Jake’s Hilltop Park, 4975 Timber Creek Rd. I have heard there will be lots of candy for the children and even an appearance by the Easter Bunny; so parents, be sure to bring those cameras! If your children would rather jump in the pool to find Easter Eggs, then be sure to check out the award-winning Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd.
One event that you won’t want to miss is the Sunrise Service on the Mound. Every Easter morning, just before sunrise, the Mound Foundation, Summit Club and Women of Flower Mound welcome residents and host a Sunrise Service on the Mound. This year, RockPointe Church will be conducting the service. More information about these and other upcoming Flower Mound special events is located at www.flower-mound.com/specialevents.
Bryan Webb serves as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in Place 2 on the Flower Mound Town Council.