Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Why it’s very important to pay attention to what’s happening at the TCRPC.

Once again, the “Myth-Makers” are at work.

  • Did the City remove mangroves along the Bryant Park seawall?
  • Did the City remove mangroves from the municipal golf course?
  • Is the “Living Shoreline” a City project and the responsibility of the City to maintain?
The answers to those questions are below.

But first, the next Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) meeting is this Friday. For more about that scroll down for the blog post titled, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, or use this link.

Several years ago — just by accident — it was discovered some in the environmental community and even a former Lake Worth commissioner used these meetings to get information “into the record” that was absolutely false about our City of Lake Worth. The effect this had on our City is difficult to gauge but it certainly did, in some people’s minds, make the City Commission and staff look irresponsible and seemingly uncaring about the environment.

For example, is it true, as Drew Martin said at a TCRPC meeting that:

“. . . the City stopped a 600-foot planting of mangroves along Bryant Park, leaving just the seawall and riprap and that it also took out 1,500-feet of mangroves along the golf course shoreline.”

NOT TRUE.

Read more about this in a blog post titled, “The TCRPC and remember the topic of mangroves along Lake Worth’s Intracoastal?

Aerial view of Lake Worth municipal golf course, 1973. Note “gaps” along shoreline for a view of the Intracoastal waterway.
Volunteers made mistakes and planted mangroves in the wrong locations along the Intracoastal and those had to be removed by the County with a County permit.

You can also read more about the “Living Shoreline” off Bryant Park in the Intracoastal (aka, “Lake Worth Lagoon”) using this link. That project IS NOT the result of any City board despite what you may have heard. Here is an excerpt from this blog (cited in the link above):

Rob Robbins, Director of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, gives an update at the City Commission meeting last night. He highlighted a future "living shoreline" project along the Bryant Park seawall, which will involve the Michael Singer Group. You might recall that group was involved in the design of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront and also our beach project site plan.

The City of Lake Worth has very little control over what happens in the Intracoastal without going through the County first for approval. One exception may be the derelict boats that were removed some time back. The boat ramps in Bryant Park are also controlled and maintained by the County. That’s not to say there weren’t efforts at lobbying for the “Living Shoreline” in Bryant Park but it is not a City project — it’s a county project.

Below is part of a press release from the City two years ago. Click on image to enlarge:
Oh. And by the way, despite what you may have been told, our municipal golf course CANNOT and WILL NOT be sold to developers. Why? Because it’s deed-restricted land and can never be sold. 

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