Thursday, December 17, 2015

Latest pitch from the Post: "Planned bike trail meets little resistance from residents" in Lake Worth

This stretch of 5th Ave South is an "unimproved" road within Lake Worth, a city in Palm Beach County right across the bridge from one of the wealthiest towns on the Planet Earth: the Town of Palm Beach. Think about that for a moment. But there were still some residents near this proposed bike trail that had "concerns", such as this quote from the article:
“When I bought my property in 1994, the city was going through a low-funding period and they stopped mowing the alleys and side streets. This could happen again. [emphasis added]
Another asteroid could hit the planet again, too. Or another Anarchist could get elected to the City Commission and then forget about any more infrastructure improvements to any City streets—period. Thankfully, one of the NAPC presidents was at the meeting and below is an excerpt from the opening of the article by the Post's Kevin Thompson:
     While there were some concerns about a planned 1,500-foot bicycle and pedestrian trail along an unpaved section of 5th Avenue South, the project met little resistance from the dozen residents who attended Monday’s open house to discuss the plan.
     “Right now our kids don’t have a safe place to walk and it’s a real problem [emphasis added],” Sarah Parr, president of the Royal Poinciana Neighborhood Association, said during the 45-minute meeting at City Hall. “Ninety percent of the people in our community walk, bike or run.
Also in the article, and completely off the topic of 5th Ave South, was a resident who brought up bike lanes for Lake and Lucerne avenues in the City. Those roadways are owned and maintained by FDOT just like Dixie Hwy and Federal Hwy are not controlled by the City of Lake Worth.

The City's Director of Public Services, Jamie Brown, was in attendance at the meeting and so was City Commissioner Andy Amoroso and both are quoted.

Sarah Parr has a real good, positive attitude about this project and is quoted saying in the article, “This project is 90 percent positive and 10 percent of some glitches that need to be worked out.” I'm very happy for the people in this neighborhood and so should the entire City. They need this project, they deserve the help, and it's about time the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" game is put to rest. It's this response, always looking at failures in the past to City initiatives, that's caused the state of blight in so many City neighborhoodsthe paralysis by analysis—the never-ending back-and-forth that stalls things from happening at all.

Get excited for Sarah Parr and her neighborhood!

If you have more community news in the City of Lake Worth, suburban Lake Worth (including Palm Beach State College) and Greenacres here is how you contact the Post reporter:
Twitter: @kevindthompson1