Friday, December 18, 2015

"Hmmm, I heard about a re-zoning issue in Lake Worth. Where is that property? Is it the entire downtown or a small area?"

[Am very happy to report this post below is getting a tremendous amount of attention. In conjunction with this, the since-debunked claim of "overwhelming" support against this zoning request by Commissioner Ryan Maier is also worth a read. Enjoy!]

Good question. And the answer is it's a very small area. The re-zoning that was a topic of discussion and an eventual 3-2 vote in favor (Yes: Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso; No: commissioners Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy) refers to a part of one (1) city block (the block our City's historic Gulf Stream hotel occupies).

Here is the block in question:
Note the white box with the "X". Above the white box (north) is a vacant lot and east of that vacant lot is the Gulf Stream hotel.
Above is a city-wide Lake Worth zoning map. The white arrow points to a tiny white dot. That is the area being considered for re-zoning for an additional 20' of building height.
Note that commissioners Maier and McVoy claim that an extra 20' of building height next to the Gulf Stream hotel will have a negative impact on the citizens of Lake Worth.

Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Maxwell, and Commissioner Amoroso disagree.

What do you think?