Friday, November 17, 2006

Optimism and Thanks for Unanswered Prayers

We are on a break from one of our sessions and I thought I would do a quick up-date on a nice visit I had before I left town. Last Tuesday, I happened to meet with one of the larger property owners on North Dixie Hwy and his son. We talked about many things, but the focus of the conversation was on the future of Lake Worth and what the City had missed as "opportunities" in the past. It was a very optimistic conversation about how the best is yet to come. He volunteered that it might be good that the City had missed opportunities for redevelopment in the past.

He noted that now, all the easy land in other municipalities had been developed and Lake Worth represented one of the last frontiers for a new phase of redevelopment. Just the kind of development opportunities that are contemplated in our revised Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations - things that are just breaking the horizon.

I thanked him for his optimism and enthusiasm and he definitely wants to be a player in the future - making a better Lake Worth.

So, the moral of the story is not to be dragged down in the negativity that tends to predominate many of our discussions - but to step back and really see where we stand strategically in the South Florida economy and the "cat bird" seat that we have for future, quality and sensitive redevelopment of our City.

There really is a lot to be thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving and Holiday seasons.

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