Sunday, March 1, 2009

And another thing...

Apparently, the Mayor will be meeting with County Commissioner Vana, County Administrator Bob Weisman, County Parks and Rec Director and others on March 12. This to inform them of the city's progress on the beach redevelopment project. The Mayor discussed this during last Thursday's workshop meeting. Commissioner Lowe pointed out that the beach is in Commissioner Greene's District. The $5 million grant for the beach came through former Commissioner Newell's district, but Commissioner Lowe indicated that they will look to the Commissioner whose district it is in for direction and guidance. The Mayor seemed surprised by this.

Here we are playing out our collective fate in a familiar role. Comes now Lake Worth again - late, scattered, hat in hand, little to show and in no position to negotiate anything worthwhile on behalf of its citizens.

This scene repeated itself as late as last week when Commissioner Golden approached the County Commission asking to renegotiate the County water contract. What possible motivation would the County have to renegotiate a contract where the ink was barely dry? They had acted in good faith in performance of their duties under the contract. This request was rebuffed by the County Commission on a 3 to 3 vote - which points out the importance of who is going to be filling the currently vacant District #4 County Commission seat. Governor Crist is taking his time in making the appointment.

At some point we are going to have to come up with a better negotiating position than the equivalent to "I'm sorry teacher, the dog at my homework."

And why are soon to be former City Manager Baldwin and City Attorney Karns mute during public meetings? Have we ever thought that it might be better not to have them there at all as their silent presence lends tacit approval of what is transpiring before them.