Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: Approve much-needed road repair bond in Lake Worth | www.mypalmbeachpost.com

MUST READ. I can't say much more than that. The Post comes out strongly in favor of the bond issue, while pointing out some caveats. Even with those, the editorial board comes to the correct conclusion. Click title for link. From the article:
But to prosper, the city needs to fix itself, and the cost of doing so will only grow if repairs are further delayed. The price tag for bringing Lake Worth into the 21st century is staggering, but this is a testament to just how long previous commissions have ignored the city’s basic needs. No one should expect road and sidewalk repairs alone to usher in a renaissance, but it is difficult to imagine one happening without them.
In addition to neighborhood repairs, the city plans to make important sewer and road upgrades along Boutwell Road in the city’s Park of Commerce. These are vital to attracting new businesses to the under-utilized stretch of commercial land, which has been neglected for decades and, consequently, has attracted virtually no private investment.
In a way, it’s a microcosm of a city that possesses so many attractive assets — a charming downtown, a public beach, waterfront parks, historic neighborhoods brimming with Old Florida charm — and yet has failed to improve its residents’ lives by fumbling or ignoring the hard decisions. This vote is a chance for the city to turn that disappointing history on its head.