Monday, September 26, 2016

At some point Lake Worth has to answer that question once and for all: "What is possible in this City?"

"Somehow just asking the question is taboo and I think that's what I keep hearing from people. Don't ask the question, 'What is possible in this City?' Don't ask the question about what is possible, be it the beach, be it road infrastructure. . ."
—Quote by City Manager Michael Bornstein at City Commission meeting on July 30th, 2015.

You can hear Bornstein for yourself in the video below at the 2:00 mark. This discussion had to do with the previous City Commission and their flawed business plan for the Casino complex and pool. Since that time many more disturbing facts have been uncovered about what occurred in 2008–2010:
Fast forward to March 2016, following the municipal elections Bornstein wrote the following in Worth Noting, the City's newsletter.* Here is an excerpt from the article:

     "City elections are over, the results are in, and now we move to the next chapter.
     The Mayor and Commissioners have wasted no time in laying out several ambitious items for the City staff to get to work on. Along with the ones we are currently implementing, the new list of projects will take a lot of effort and will require everyone to work together to ensure the best outcomes. Therefore, in the coming months, Lake Worth will be a place alive with activity and debate. We will be a community striving to explore exciting and wonderful opportunities and resolve longstanding and difficult problems. I encourage you to get involved and help create the best version of Lake Worth possible."

Bornstein writes that the "Mayor and Commissioners [emphasis added] have wasted no time in laying out several ambitious items", and Lake Worth will be a community working to "resolve longstanding and difficult problems." He's being very generous. The only ones on the City Commission sticking their necks out are Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso.

Keep this in mind leading up to the November 8th referendum to fix our roads and then the March 14th elections in 2017. We're at a pivotal point in our City's history when the answer to the question, "What is possible in this City?" will either be answered or the problems just "kicked down the road", just like what's been going on in this City for far too long.

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