Monday, May 22, 2017

Lake Worth City Commission meetings: “[W]hen a lot is said, but nothing is accomplished”?


“The City Commission: A rum-drenched cocktail best ordered before or after one of those contentious commission meetings when a lot is said, but nothing is accomplished. Drinking it before the meeting could make the experience more palatable. Downing it after will make you forget everything you’ve witnessed. Forever.

—Excerpt from City of Lake Worths beat reporter at the Post in a story titled, “Signature cocktail ideas for Lake Worth’s new speakeasy” at the Grand Opening of C.W.S. Bar + Kitchen (522 Lucerne Ave.) in May of 2016.


First, what purpose was served by making a business opening political? Or was the reporter referring to two former commissioners and all those contentious 3-2 votes? The two “Nays” almost always a certainty when it came to issues important to our business community? For more about that see the video below.

It’s true. Following last Tuesday’s City Commission many in attendance probably thought about going to C.W.S. for a “rum-drenched cocktail”. The first half of that meeting was excellent if you recall. But then came the “Crash and Burn”, turning that meeting from one of the Best Of The Best into one of the Worst Of The Worst.

Did you know there is actually a cocktail called the Crash and Burn? There is:
  • 1 small scoop ice
  • 2 counts blackberry brandy
  • 2 oz Rose's® lime juice
  • 2 counts light rum
  • 2 counts creme de noyaux
  • 3 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 2 counts dark rum (Myer's)
  • 2 counts triple sec
  • 3 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 counts Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup
  • float 151 proof rum (Bacardi)
  • 2 counts banana liqueur
  • 2 oz pina colada mix
Also in early 2016, just prior to the Grand Opening of C.W.S.,  there was much discussion in this City about all the headwinds those in the business community face. One of the most vexing issues was why three electeds on our City Commission were willing to “walk the walk” with our business community but two other electeds, over and over again, refused.

Maybe this is what the reporter was alluding to when he wrote:
“. . . those contentious commission meetings when a lot is said, but nothing is accomplished.”
This all came to a head in January of 2016 when a Downtown businesswoman came to a City Commission meeting and, if you recall, she created quite the stir here in this City.

Meet Michelle Silvestre:



No doubt during this public comment last year at the City Commission some on the dais had their minds on a “rum-drenched cocktail” afterwards.

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