Monday, April 17, 2017

Hudson Holdings’ public meeting held at our Lake Worth Beach in 2015: “Better Beach”? “Better Lake Worth”? “Better Life”?


“Our plans are to rehabilitate this hotel [and] bring it back to its historic significance in the public areas, the lobby, corridors etc.,” said Steven Michael, principal of developer Hudson Holdings during a tour Friday. “We’ll do a complete rehabilitation of the whole building from top to bottom.”
—Quote from this article in the Sun Sentinel datelined April 14th, 2017.

In the article cited above it’s all about the Gulfstream Hotel and a “complete rehabilitation”. There is no mention of the Beach. And there was no mention of Code Enforcement either. Draw your own conclusions. Below is a very short video, only 24 seconds long, everyone should watch.

Following that public meeting at the Lake Worth Casino on August 24th, 2015, Hudson Holdings did receive much “open and honest feedback” from the public (see image below).

The public came, they listened, and then they said: “NO. Leave our Beach alone.”

Following that meeting — held 20 months ago — Hudson Holdings then wrote they were, “hard at work refining a proposal that we believe will work for everyone . . .”, because their idea for a “Better Beach” was rejected by the public.

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Then, 1½ years later, on January 17th, 2017, an excerpt from an article in the Post titled, “Real estate company considers selling historic Gulfstream Hotel in Lake Worth”:

 . . . City Manager Michael Bornstein, who called Hudson Holdings’ decision a “huge” disappointment, disputed Michael’s characterization, saying more than $100 million worth of new private investment and projects are underway in Lake Worth.
     “This is from a city that seven or eight years ago had no commercial permits pulled to now over $100 million,” Bornstein said. “(Michael’s comments) don’t match up with the realities.
     Bornstein also pointed out Lake Worth has $116 million in upcoming infrastructure improvements, including road, sewer, water and electric work.

The public was listening to Hudson Holdings back in 2015. Then Hudson Holdings asked the public to come out and speak.

And the public did. In big numbers. They came and kept on coming. Crowds of people in cars and on bikes and by foot over the bridge. And they spoke at our Beach. And when the public speaks you need to take the time and energy, and try to listen, and try to understand what they have to say:

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