Wes Blackman has lived in Lake Worth since 1992. During that time, he has lived in three distinct locations in the city and now resides in the historic College Park neighborhood. A native of Michigan, Wes is a certified urban planner and runs his own planning and zoning consulting firm. He is currently treasurer of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress and served as president of that organization on two separate occasions. Besides his planning background, Wes has extensive experience in historic preservation - working for ten years on the restoration of the Mar-a-Lago estate and its conversion into a private club. Wes received an award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for his efforts. When living and working in Michigan, Wes specialized in economic development and downtown revitalization. Most recently, in terms of city service, Wes served on the Lake Worth Planning, Zoning and Historic Resources Preservation Board for eight years, the last five as its chairman. He is also a Citizens Observer Patrol volunteer and a member of the local Lake Worth Kiwanis chapter.
“I just wanted to say I went last Friday night [2/7/14] to the, can't remember the name of it, but one of the many activities at the Artist Lofts downtown. And I have to say I'm very impressed with how the Artist Lofts have worked out. […] It really is pretty remarkable that you can actually create kind of little artist colony and seems to be a lot of energy with it, a lot of creativity, and I think it's quite an asset to our city. So kudos to all those involved in helping to make it happen.”
City of Lake Worth Commission meeting, 2/11/14
Minute mark on video: 12:30-13:18
Commissioner McVoy says:
"They haven't been saying lower my rates, they've been saying lower my bills."
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