As outgoing Mayor Ted Weill handed over the City of Rancho Mirage’s reins to incoming Mayor Charles Townsend, he reflected in his last official “Mayor’s Message” on all that’s been accomplished in the last year in my beloved home town. And let me tell you, the list is quite impressive to say the least.

Ted—who returned to being a City Council member on April 20th—began by commenting on the opening of Rancho Mirage’s first dog park last November. Located on Key Largo, south of Dinah Shore Drive, it boasts 4.5 acres with separate play areas for small and large dogs, not to mention shaded seating, a walking path, and stunning views.

Then there’s the current construction of the Rancho Mirage Observatory. With its research-level telescope, it will be the first facility of its kind in the Palm Springs Valley. Scheduled to debut in January of 2018, this exciting venue will be adjacent to the west entrance of the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

Speaking of our library, not only is it celebrating its 20th anniversary but it’s the home of the ever-increasingly-popular Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, whose fifth iteration will unfold January 24 and 25, 2018 with some 80 authors delighting thousands of readers day and night. Festival founder Jamie Kabler was featured on the cover of the fourth edition of our city’s signature publication, R/M Magazine, which spreads the word on all the best Rancho Mirage has to offer.

That best includes such upcoming 2018 special community events as the 17th Annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, the 11th Annual Rancho Mirage Speaker Series, and the Third Annual Music in the Park Series held at the state-of-the-art Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.

Ted also singled out the recent and ongoing transformations of our two key outdoor malls, dining-entertainment-retail complex The River, and the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center—both of which are on Highway 111 at Bob Hope Drive.

“I extend my very best to our Mayor Pro Tem Charles Townsend,” concluded Ted. “I know that Charlie will make an outstanding mayor.”

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