Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quite the stir was created yesterday.

The blog post title was: “For many residents of Lake Worth topics like the Beach, Casino, and pool are esoteric, mundane, and irrelevant.”

“The People” spoke last November 8th—“Get rid of the potholes, we want our roads and sidewalks fixed”—they spoke overwhelmingly, so loud and so clear they got the attention of Rick Christie, the editor at The Palm Beach Post (see his words below).

The images below are from 2016, a mailer sent to residents leading up to last November’s Neighborhood Road Bond referendum:

Many voters didn’t “Miss It!”. Many of those voters live every day with substandard streets and broken sidewalks their children have to use every day walking to school.
Don’t get “Tired” of the big issue: “the condition of your neighborhood roads”. Many who voted last November couldn’t afford $4 parking and $2 for each kid to go swimming at our City’s pool.

Rick Christie is The Editor” with the big office at the Post, not to be confused with the rank and file who have a title “editor” on their ID badge. Below are two excerpts from this blog post posted soon after last year’s November elections, from a commentary by Christie titled, “Words to remember. Copy & paste, send to the printer, and worthy of framing”:

“Lake Worth is poised for some major upgrades following residents’ approval — by a whopping 69 percent [emphasis added] — of a $40 million road repair bond; and a little help from the sales tax hike.” . . .

“But the other reason city residents may soon be dancing in those repaired streets is because of the penny increase in the sales tax. Part of the proceeds — about $540 million — over the next decade will be split among the county’s 39 municipalities.
     That could be another $10 million toward roads, parks and other infrastructure repair in the city. While officials in cities like Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton snubbed the sales tax largesse, Lake Worth did no such thing. And residents should reap the benefits.”

And don’t forget the observations from the Post editorial board from back in 2014 about how badly a previous City commission neglected the needs of so many neighborhoods, “[T]his is a testament. . .”:

It was left to Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso—the majority elected in 2012—to put this City back on track. While the roads in the City crumbled the previous administration wasted millions of dollars on “shiny objects”.