Monday, November 9, 2009

E-mail from concerned citizen re Publix:

Mr. Holihan,

Thank you for all you have been doing to bring Publix to our downtown Lake Worth. I have been in Florida since the 1960’s and have always shopped at Publix. I have consistently found Publix to be competitive, have customer service at the forefront of their platform and have appreciated the extra effort all the employees and stores make during hurricanes.

As an Energy Code Compliance Specialist and a state certified Energy Rater, I am particularly impressed with the company’s commitment to GREEN. Therefore I am extremely distressed to hear that some of our Lake Worth City Commission is attempting to stop this project by demanding a LEED Certification for this project and other minor issues. These objections are just another example of tactics to keep good things from good people by a few of our elected officials.

It saddens me to think that some of the commission is considering turning away a company that is rated as one of the best employers in the State of Florida; a company that is a leader in environmental concerns and that would provide a substantial tax base and a large number of job opportunities to our city.

Our Lake Worth commissioners are supposed to represent the opinion of the citizens of Lake Worth and I can tell you that the citizens want Publix in our downtown. We want a place to shop and a place for our friends and family to work close to home.

I sincerely hope that our commissioners will put their personal feelings aside tonight when the vote comes before them. I want them to see all of us citizens who want to eliminate blight, have our town be prosperous; and our downtown and commercial corridors filled with successful businesses.

Again, a very sincere Thank You for all of your efforts and hard work. I hope you are not deterred by the vote this evening. We appreciate your consideration of a partnership with our City and the CRA.

Respectfully Yours,

Karri Casper