Thursday, February 10, 2011

One of the continuing myths of this regime...

Is that economic prosperity in Lake Worth relies solely on corporations landing in the Park of Commerce and with a rejuvenated Casino building.  The Mayor told us last night that "We are well on our way with the Park of Commerce."  I will grant that progress is being made, but as described here on these pages, any corporation landing in the Park of Commerce will be at least 5 years out - if it is meant to be successful.  Sure, it can be quicker if you allow smaller users of land to chop up the "park" - but then you wouldn't get the ultimate economic benefit of the availability of larger tracts of land this far east in Palm Beach County - near established transportation corridors with mass transit options.  Infrastructure improvements to the tune of $7 million are needed which involve storm drainage and roads.  Those will not be built tomorrow.  There are other impacts outside of the "park" that will involve other neighboring jurisdictions - perhaps the same ones that are suing us over our sewage billing practices.

The Casino building is about a 35,000 square foot building and it looks like the same tenants will be given preference due to promises made as part of campaigns.  What measurable economic impact this will have is questionable when looking at a citywide or county wide basis.  It's not like we are getting a beach - we are getting a new parking lot(s) and a new building (as it turns out.)  How much economic spin-off after the first two or three years is in question.

The downtown's now CRITICAL parking problem is un-addressed - as is any other area of the city including South Federal Hwy, Dixie Hwy and the area between the tracks and the traffic circle along Lake/Lucerne Avenues that is in dire need of redevelopment.  I guess not having reliance on the construction industry, another mention by the Mayor last night, means a de-facto construction moratorium?  Until then, we will celebrate the opening of a new sports bar in an existing retail building west of I-95 along 10th Avenue North as evidence of economic development.

6 comments:

Lynn Anderson said...

Wes, You need to be recognized as the Master of Sarcasm. No one does it better than you. And I say that without the least bit of sarcasm. The Mayor touched on the accomplishments going with a totally different theme than last year's "we are one hurricane away from bankruptcy." He made the right speech at the right time.

Wes Blackman said...

Whatever sarcasm that you detect is only based upon your interpretation. The realistic assessment of our situation that I portray is akin to the little boy saying that the Emperor has no clothes - denial is not only a river in Egypt, it lives in the minds of our leaders in Lake Worth.

Mary Lindsey said...

See Wes, That's why yours was awarded the Best Blog by New Times Magazine. You are indeed the Master!

Anonymous said...

The road to economic prosperity in Lake Worth needs to start with leaders that understand what it takes to be succesful. Somehow I'm not inspired or confident that a woman who lost her home to foreclosure, a woman that is so out of touch with the residents she said we all need to get used to living on a ghetto, or a Dr. who went around getting a petition signed that he had absolutely no understanding of or a city manager that was hired by our "progressive" commissioners because she is a freak show and not her credentials are the people that can lead.
Wes is it sarcasm when you point out the city claims it's broke but is spending $6 million on a building without a plan?

Anonymous said...

It seems the more she writes the further she gets from the facts.
I know the economy of the U.S. is in terrible shape. I know the unemployment and the foreclosure figures. Maybe she can explain how out of 38 communities in Palm Beach County Lake Worth has had the greatest drop in property values in all of them. Our little city with It's beach,It's intra coastal golf course, It's parks and It's Quaintness.Has lost more in property value than Belle Glade, Pahokee and Riveria Beach.
We will not have people wanting to move here to live and certainly not to do business in the Park of Commerce,They can go any where and pay less in utility bills.The Park Of Commerce, we have been planning for ten years and still lacking any infra structure. The speech the Mayor gave was just so much more fantasy,not a speech for this time. What we need to hear is the true financial STATE of The City and how are we going to make up our deficit. Not we are going to reduce our utility bills, from a Mayor who ran on forensic audit of the utility and has never mentioned it again.
Mr Mayor do you realize every dollar you reduce our utility bills takes a dollar from the general fund? Please tell us how you are going to pull off this slight of hand?


Loretta Sharpe

Anonymous said...

Just shows you how out of touch both the Commission and local cryers continue to be. This City is struggling due to lack of investment. No one is coming! Why you ask? Not enough room here to explain!But it begins with the know-nothings who do all the influencing of the clueless commissioners and the City manager who knows nada about economic development.