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Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Minnetonka Beach

The City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach, MN

Joe Pagano

Mayor of The City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach

Pledge Summary

Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota is a community of approximately 540 residents and 280 homes located west of Minneapolis on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. As a lake community we are very mindful of the importance of being responsible stewards of our environment so we can preserve the beauty of our lake and community. We are on a journey to revive and restore our community parks with native plants and gardens which are both beautiful and provide an ecosystem for beneficial insects and wildlife. Monarch butterflies are important pollinators which we are trying to support with the planting of milkweed and nectar producing plants. We signed the Mayor's Monarch Pledge in 2021 and would like to renew that Pledge in 2023 to further engage our residents in building a more pollinator-friendly habitat throughout the Village.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.