Sunday, February 7, 2016

Good news about Brightline and future Coastal Link in Lake Worth (and note that Comm. Maier DOES NOT "sit" on the TCRPC)

There's real good news about the future of transit in Lake Worth (below) but first to clear up something very important. Commissioner Ryan Maier said the following at the City Commission meeting on Feb. 2nd:
"I sit on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council [TCRPC]. I've spoken about that many times." [quote made at the 8:50–9:00 mark in the video below]
Commissioner Maier is the City's liaison to the TCRPC. He is not a sitting member and has no formal role; he sits with the rest of the public at meetings there. Use this link to see all the members of the TCRPC and the list of alternates also. The next meeting, if you're interested, is TODAY (February 19th).

On the discussion that followed at the City Commission about Brightline (formerly All Aboard Florida) the vote taken was 5-0 to support rail transit going forward. You see, bipartisanship is possible here in Lake Worth. Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, Commissioners Andy Amoroso, Ryan Maier and even Chris McVoy all agreed on "WHAT IS POSSIBLE" and the bright future that the soon-to-be passenger rail project, Brightline, presents for city's like Lake Worth.

Another topic of discussion was the future "Coastal Link":
The Coastal Link will follow the Brightline service and link all of the coastal cities in Palm Beach County together. For instance, you'll be able to take the train from Lake Worth to West Palm Beach and then take Brightline to Disney, for example, or if you wish go to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.

On the subject of bipartisanship the city manager had a few words about that last year. The video below was taken at the extreme height of debate last year concerning the City's failed Casino business plan at the beach. Focus on what the city manager says starting at the 2:00 mark:
"Somehow just asking the question is taboo and I think that's what I keep hearing from people. Don't ask the question, "what is possible" in this city [Lake Worth]. Don't ask the question about what is possible, be it the beach, be it the road infrastructure. . ."—City Manager Michael Bornstein
Yes, every now and then cooler heads and reasonableness prevail and the City moves forward. Little by little. Don't get frustrated or down on LDub especially if you read the papers and watch TV news. Wonderful and exciting things are happening in Lake Worth now and into the future.

Unfortunately, at the City Commission meeting on February 2nd (following you know what) you had to hang around almost to the very end of the meeting to hear good news. I'm glad I was there to videotape this discussion/vote about Brightline and the Coastal Link.

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