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Birth Month Flowers 
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Birthstones  
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Astrological Chart 
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Astrology - 12 Houses 
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Open To See Events and Other Special Days Celebrated this Month

July


Birthstone - Ruby
Astrological Signs - (Cancer, 6/21 to 7/21) thru (Leo, 7/22 to 8/21)


Flower of the Month - Larkspur

Quote


"July is hollyhocks and hammocks, fireworks and vacations, hot and steamy weather, cool and refreshing swims, beach picnics, and vegetables all out of the garden."
- Jean Hersey


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National Hot Dog Month
National Blueberry Month
National Ice Cream Month
National HIV Awareness Month
National Park and Recreation Month
Social Wellness Month


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July Calendar

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3rd
Bashes - Senior 10% Discount
Ballots mailed for Sedona and Arizona Primary on 7/30/24
Early Voting Starts

4th of July
Happy Independence Day!
Happy Birthday America

5th
New Moon 15:57

13th
1st Quarter Moon 15:48

20th
Moon Day
Early Voting Ends

21st
Full "Buck Moon"

27th
3rd Quarter Moon 19:51

National Day of the Cowboy

30th
Arizona Primary
&
Sedona Elections for Mayor and Council Persons

Names of Monthly Full Moon



Happy Birthday Song!
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Select the link below to watch an amazing birthday video by Paul McCartney that will put a huge smile on your face! Crank up the volume! It is your special day!!!


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Parks and Recreation 2023 Events and Programs Calendar


Many events and programs that have been postponed or cancelled are in the process of reassessing the health and safety needs of the community. Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for further updates.
Also check with other organizations not affiliated with City of Sedona for more information and future status of respective events and programs.

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Parks and Recreation Office
525 Posse Ground Rd., Sedona AZ 86336: (928) 282-7098
Parks Maintenance Office: (928) 203-5057
Email: SedonaRec@sedonaaz.gov
Report maintenance issues or concerns using Sedona Citizen Connect



It is the mission of the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department to provide diverse year round leisure opportunities.
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There are programs for all people. You can check out the facilities here.

Calendar of Events

Sports, Classes, and Camps

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The links below are not affiliated with the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department but are available to the residents of Sedona.

AYSO (Soccer) website - (888) 808-5354

Cub Scouts email

Sedona Little League -
Email Coco Minner, (928) 302-8699

Sedona Swordfish Swim Team

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Schedule and Information

Splash Pad: The splash pad located at Sunset Park is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30.  Water features are activated on a timer with the push of the button. 

Adult Summer Softball League:  Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the disposition of Summer Camps in Sedona. 

Summer Camps:   Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the disposition of additional Summer Camps in Sedona. The current sports, specialty classes and programs are listed below. Updated 2/01/23

—-PARKS AND RECREATION CALENDAR—

FIND ALL AVAILABLE SPORTS HERE

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Sedona City Parks**

**Camps and Classes**


Challenge Soccer Camp

Lifeguard Courses

Open Gym: Pick-Up Basketball & Volleyball


 


 
Tennis: Private Lessons

Trails, Hiking, and Biking

Ultimate Frisbee


Yappy Hour


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International Dark Sky Communities

The Verde Valley is Dark Sky Compliant

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Sedona ~ Village of Oak Creek ~ Cottonwood ~ Camp Verde

These communities are Dark Sky compliant.


Dark Sky Issue
Summer 2024

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Looking For A Trail That Meets Your Needs?


Below you will find a link that will help you decide on a the right hike for you. There are sliders for Popular to Hidden Gems - Easy to Difficult - Flat to Elevated - Quick Jaunt to Full Day - Worth A Look to Great Views. After choosing your preference, you will see trails that match your criteria with a percentage (top right of image). Enjoy your hiking experience!
Here is the link for
Sedona Trail Finder.

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https://www.sedonaaz.gov

City of Sedona - 2023 City Accomplishments and Fiscal Year 2025 City Council Priorities
See the Youtube presentation with a link below through YouTube


Link for YouTube Video for City Accomplishments and Priorities


Post Date:
02/15/24
SEDONA, Ariz. –


First, City Manager Karen Osburn provides an overview of City staff's accomplishments from last year. Then hear Mayor Scott Jablow list City Council's priorities for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 2024 to June 2025). From traffic to housing and everything in between, find out what work has been done and what is planned for the year ahead.


Transcript Timeline for Video

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parking garage was completed and city
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council directed staff to move forward
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with finalizing the design and cost for
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a new structure our trail head shuttle
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program is a resounding success with
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more than half a million boardings in
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the first 18 months of operation
1:30
staff also worked hard on the
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development of a curb to curb on demand
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ride share service expected to launch in
1:37
mid
1:39
2024 the city also launched a new
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in-house fullservice tourism Bureau and
1:45
in doing so created a new website Scenic
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sedona.com created an 11 member tourism
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Advisory Board launched a winter
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destination marketing campaign and
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kicked off a year-long process to
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develop a tourism strategic plan a
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branding effort and a marketing plan and
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Associated marketing campaigns for
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summer of
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2024 future tourism efforts will include
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not only destination marketing but a
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focus on responsible tourism management
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and environmental stewardship the safety
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and well-being of Sedona residents is
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always a high priority for city council
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and City staff we completed the
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evacuation and re-entry plan in May
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which assigned each home and Business in
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Sedona to one of 12 zones this will Aid
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communication during emergencies and if
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necessary facilitate orderly evacuation
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and re-entry make sure you know which
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zone you're in by visiting Sedona
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a.gov evacuation Workforce housing and
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short-term rentals remain hot topics for
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residents and businesses alike several
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affordable and Workforce housing
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projects are in development including a
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30 un apartment complex on Shelby Drive
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called The Villas on Shelby additionally
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in 2023 10 residences participated in
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the city's voluntary deed restriction
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program to keep their homes from
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becoming short-term rentals in the
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future four homes were converted from
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short-term rentals to long-term rentals
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through the rent local program and two
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more loans were issued to local workers
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for down payment assistance each an
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important step towards making Sedona a
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more accessible place to both live and
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work our sustainability program
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continues working towards meeting the
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city's carbon emissions reduction goal
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of 50% by 2030 2023 saw the completion
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of the urban heat island mapping report
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and expansion of the Community Food
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scraps composting program our ways
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diversion efforts now total more than
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10,000 lb of food scraps 100,000 lb of
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hazardous waste and 4,000 cubic yards of
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yard waste diverted from local landfills
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in 2023 City staff conducted extensive
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Outreach in support of the Community
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Plan update efforts included more than a
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dozen meetings of the plan Sedona
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citizen workg group a housing forum
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community housing workshops and a Sedona
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plan partner meeting with area agencies
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and
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organizations the concept and design for
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Ranger Station Park was completed in
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early
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2023 followed by grading the site for
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proper drainage driveway access parking
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sidewalks and grass were then added
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Landscaping continues in 2024 and the
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children's playground is scheduled for
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installation in Spring
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with the goal of deploying improved
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Broadband services to Sedona we
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solicited proposals from several
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internet service providers to install
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fiber to homes and businesses throughout
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the city and we've positioned ourselves
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to partner with one of them to secure
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bead grant funding from the federal
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government these are just a few of the
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many accomplishments of 2023 there is
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still much to be done and City staff
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look forward to continuing to serve you
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in 2024 thanks for watching now here's
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mayor
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jablo hello I'm Scott jablo the mayor of
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Sedona the city held its annual policy
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setting meeting in mid December where
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Council works with City staff to
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prioritize projects for the upcoming
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fiscal year during the annual budget
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process based on proposals by staff
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Council will decide which priorities get
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funded and for what amount in order to
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further the city's agenda it's common
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for projects to carry over from the
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current fiscal year so many of the
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priorities for fiscal year 2025 may
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sound familiar we continue to execute
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the transportation master plan by
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developing and completing projects that
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help mitigate traffic look for more
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progress in fiscal year 2025 as we
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complete the Forest Road connection to
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89A build out Shar use paths and
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potentially build the parking garage in
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uptown as Karen said our shut buses are
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a huge success with more than a half a
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million boardings and Counting the
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shuttle system will expand in fiscal
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year 2025 with the addition of on demand
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curb to curb service called Sedona
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connect which means you'll be able to
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call for a ride to and from anywhere in
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the service area for a small fee more
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and more sedon can no longer afford to
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live here and our businesses are
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struggling to find staff the city
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continues to pursue de developers and
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projects that provide affordable housing
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for our residents there are nearly 600
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affordable units currently in discussion
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to determine feasibility including like
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Karen mentioned the Villas on Shelby
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which will hopefully be opened and ready
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to rent in Fall of
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2025 and additional opportunities
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including the building of units at the
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cultural park as part of the city's
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sustainability efforts council is
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focused on specific actions required to
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execute the climate action and Municipal
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sustainability plans last year's heat
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island mapping report confirmed that
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certain areas like Uptown and the center
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of West Sedona are more than 9° hotter
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than other areas in Sedona known as an
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urban heat island for fiscal year 2025
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staff will Implement realistic heat
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reduction Solutions as approved by
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Council in fisal year 2025 the city's
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lobbyists will continue advocating at
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the state level for Meaningful local
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control of short-term rentals in the
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form of a limit or cap on the number of
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rentals allowed within the city limits
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the number of short-term rentals in the
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city flattened in 2023 after many years
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of increases and short-term rental
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occupancy dropped from 39% in 2022 to
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34% in
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2023 Council will be watching to see if
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these Trends continue our new tourism
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Bureau is off to an impressive start
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moving forward City staff will begin
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executing in the Strategic plan and
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continue to market during need periods
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with targeted responsible visitation
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messaging while managing the impacts to
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our infrastructure and neighborhoods
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city council along with the new tourism
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Advisory Board will help guide the
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process and we're all looking forward to
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seeking balance between the tourism
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economy and the quality of life there
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are two uses in process at the cultural
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park right now and ultimate buildout of
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the cultural bought property will be
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determined through extensive public
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Outreach that will result in a
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conceptual master plan acquiring the
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airport from yaai County continues to be
9:09
assessed in order to have greater local
9:11
say in decision making about development
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on the Mesa Council will receive regular
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updates as staff explores benefits and
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drawbacks of the airport acquisition and
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Council considers next steps in the
9:24
process Sedona needs better internet
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service than what is currently available
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not only to serve its residents but to
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also attract the types and caliber of
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businesses that will help strengthen and
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diversify sedona's economy efforts will
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continue this year to secure a qualified
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internet service provider to provide
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highspeed internet to every home and
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Business in Sedona as you can see your
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city council remains committed to
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improving the quality of life in Sedona
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by prioritizing the efforts I've
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outlined here please look for updates as
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all these projects progress over the
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next year thanks for
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watching



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Sedona Headline Links

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Text to 911


SEDONA - October 2020 - If your mobile device has the function for texting, you can now text to report an emergency. Verde Valley dispatch centers now have the capability to receive and respond to text.

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City of Sedona - City to hold city council and mayor elections


Post Date: 11/02/2023 on
City of Sedona Website

SEDONA, Ariz. –
The city of Sedona will conduct its 2024 primary election on Tuesday, July 30, 2024, and its General Election, if necessary, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2024.

NOTE: July 30, 2024 is the Primary election for the City of Sedona.

If a candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast at the primary election, they will be elected to the office for which they are a candidate, effective the date of the general election. A general election is only required if the offices are not filled at the primary election.

The new city council members will be seated between Nov. 25, 2024 and Dec. 10, 2024.
The following seats are available: three council seats for a four-year term, and the mayor’s seat for a two-year term. The monthly compensation is $550 for councilors and $800 for the mayor.
To be eligible for city council, a candidate must be a qualified elector at the time of election, be at least 18 years of age on or before the election, have resided within the Sedona city limits for one year preceding the election and have had his/her civil rights restored if the person has been convicted of a felony.
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Please contact City Clerk JoAnne Cook at 928-282-3113 or
jcook@sedonaaz.gov for more information.

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Is your home FIREWISE?
Go to www.firewise.org to assist you in making your home FIREWISE. It will help you to stay safe from wildfire. Visit that link of call the Sedona Fire District at 928.282.6800 for more information.


Sedona Food Bank continues to help end hunger


SEDONA, Ariz. 12/01/22 – The Sedona Food Bank continues to assist community hunger needs and help keep the Sedona Food Bank shelves stocked. Bashas' will host a food drive at the See's Candy trailer from December 9th thru December 24th.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11a to 4p and Sundays 12 noon to 3p.

Other Donation Barrel Locations can be found on the website —>
Click Here.

Desired food donations include non-expired items such as cereal, canned soup, peanut butter, brown rice, pasta, bottled and canned sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, broth and stock, and condiments.  

This is an Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Program learn more at this link —>
Click Here.

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Sedona - October, 2021


Dining - Restaurant Information


Restaurants are open for dine-in if they choose to have service. The link below will provide a list of restaurants with hours of operation as well as food service options. There is a phone number and Web information. SCR means that the establishment has taken the Safe.Clean.Ready Pledge.

Holiday Dining is also listed in the link below

Find Restaurant Information Here


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