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Melvin Cooper is working his dream job

His motto is to strive for excellence, not perfection

POSTED: December 13, 2013 5:32 p.m.

Melvin Cooper has a ritual. Every morning he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and makes two stops on his way into the Gainesville Parks and Recreation office. First, he stops at the dry cleaners. Then, he makes his way to a service station. After grabbing a copy of the day’s newspaper and a 24-ounce coffee, he spends a few moments driving around Gainesville making sure everything is in order at the city’s parks.


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