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.
"Your commitment and the commitment of the people in the City to be able to do these infrastructure projects will play well when we are able to bring a project before the legislature. Asking the legislature for all the money to do a project almost never works. The City has to have skin in the game too. And so the large commitment you are talking about making, if that moves through, I will then be able to go to the legislature and say 'the citizens of the City have made the commitment to do it,' now it's up to us to try to find a way to help." -- State Senator Jeff Clemens, June 17, 2014, Lake Worth City Commission meeting commenting on the LW2020 Bond vote on August 26.
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