INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Indian Rocks Beach City Commission recently presented former commissioner Ed Hoofnagle with an award recognizing his many contributions to the community.
The presentation took place at the September 13 commission meeting, where Mayor Cookie Kennedy highlighted Hoofnagle’s professional background as well as his community efforts, including leading the annual Oktoberfest committee for years and participating on the board for six years.
“It’s a very special night as we pay tribute to our former commissioner, Ed Hoofnagle, who I adore,” Kennedy said, noting that Hoofnagle has been a successful businessman for more than 40 years after graduating. from Syracuse University.
“The first time I ran for mayor, Ed ran for commissioner, and he was commissioner for six years and he was a tremendous advocate for the community, him and his wife (Julie)” , she said. “We appreciate you so much.”
Kennedy then presented Hoofnagle with an award featuring an inscription that read in part, “In recognition of selfless and dedicated service to the community.”
“Thank you very much,” said Hoofnagle, who served on the city commission from 2016 to 2022. “It really means a lot.”
But when the mayor said she would like to see him back on stage one day, Hoofnagle, who decided not to run again this year in part to spend more time with his family, replied: “I don’t know. , we’ll have to see!”
After the meeting, Kennedy spoke about the decision to honor Hoofnagle.
“He’s a special commodity at Indian Rocks Beach,” she said. “As soon as he and Julie moved here, they became part of the community, joining IRB Action 2000 and helping the Beach Art Center. And they didn’t have to do it, but they accepted it. They are both amazing community assets and we wanted to recognize that.
Asked about his comment on Hoofnagle running for office again, Kennedy said: ‘I think he likes being away (the commission) but I can’t wait for him to come back because he’s thoughtful, he does his homework and if he hears information on a subject he did not know, he will change his position. And I appreciate that, because that’s what I do and what I think every good leader should do.