Saturday, August 5, 2017

First stealth meeting of Lake Worth’s C-51 Advisory Committee (CAC) is next Wednesday: Latest on the Blueway Trail.

Please share the details of this stealth meeting with Mayor Robert Shalhoub and everyone else you know in the Town of Lake Clarke Shores. Why is that important? That is explained in detail below.

Representing the City of Lake Worth at CAC (pronounced kack as in “cackle”) will be Water Utilities Dir. Brian Shields, P.E. Also in attendance will be Dr. Kim DeLaney, the Dir. of Strategic Development and Policy at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

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The first stealth meeting of CAC in the City of
Lake Worth is next Wednesday (August 9th) at
City Hall from 3:00

Why is this meeting stealth? Because. . .

  • There is no agenda as of Saturday, August 5th.
  • The meeting is not on the City’s calendar.
  • On the City’s website the CAC still doesn’t have a Commission liaison (still “TBD”?).
  • Although CAC was formed last year, the beat reporter from the Post has never once mentioned or even cited CAC, the Blueway Trail (news blackout remains in force), or even the name “Mark Foley” (a former 2-term City commissioner).

You’re wondering, “What is the CAC?”

The purpose of this committee to monitor and review the results of the State’s engineering and feasibility or any other subsequent studies related to the C-51 Canal. Resolution No. 56-2016 – effective November 1, 2016, created a five member committee composed of one member appointed by the Mayor and one member appointed by each City Commissioner.

The first thing CAC will need to address is choosing the Chair. Mr. Mark Foley is the obvious choice given his experience in government and his most recent accomplishment, saving Spring Baseball in Palm Beach County.*

CAC was created last year at the urging of Mayor Pam Triolo. It was a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Andy Amoroso dissenting. Two former commissioners, Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy, PhD (the latter is quoted below), both voted to create this board as well. If that vote were held after the elections last March the vote would likely be 4-1 or 3-2 against creating this board.

Why? The two main reasons are:

  1. The C-51 Canal is not within the municipal borders of the City, so therefore, has no jurisdiction whatsoever.
  2. Why create a volunteer board for something over which the City has no control? The City of Lake Worth doesn’t have a board addressing crime, the heroin epidemic or even proliferation of ‘sober homes’. Create a CDBG Board? Create a board to monitor the settlement with Morganti and REG at the Casino? Maybe create a board to review the creation of new boards?

Anyhow. . .

Why does Lake Clarke Shores Mayor Shalhoub need to be in attendance at this meeting next Wednesday?

The City of Lake Worth needs to know whether or not we need to prepare for an invasion. Mayor Shalhoub can do two things: try and quell rumors the Town of Lake Clarke Shores has, “Marauding bands of pirates, looters, and ‘bad people’ ” making plans to invade the College Park neighborhood in the City or agree to a treaty or enter disarmament talks to make an invasion impossible.

Further fueling the hysteria are suggestions the recent appearances at Lake Worth City Hall by Richard Reade, the village manager of Palm Springs and Greenacres Councilman Anderson Thelusme weren’t goodwill missions but reconnaissance to scope out the City’s defenses — and our will to fight and defend our City — if the Village of Palm Springs and City of Greenacres decide to form an alliance with Lake Clarke Shores.

This is all silly nonsense of course. Lake Clarke Shores is not going to invade Lake Worth.

This is just as silly as. . .
. . . critics such as a former commissioner, Chris McVoy, PhD, trying to describe impacts of the Blueway Trail on the City of Lake Worth, said “Hey, we were just thinking of putting I-95 right there.

*According to Post reporter Joe Capozzi: “Foley, 61, stepped up when the baseball proposal, originally involving the [Houston] Astros and Toronto Blue Jays, was dying in Palm Beach Gardens. He helped keep it alive by introducing the owner of a new team to a new site [now The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches], a site now in position to host spring training for the next 30 years.”