Thursday, August 11, 2016

BREAKING NEWS—Press release: "Court rules in favor of Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel project"

August 11, 2016 – Lake Worth, Fla. - The City of Lake Worth has prevailed in defending the zoning of the Gulfstream Hotel.
     The three-judge Appellate Panel of the Circuit Court unanimously issued a ruling that states: “The Petition for Writ of Certiorari is DENIED.”
     The decision is the Court’s rejection of an effort that would have resulted in thwarting the revitalization of the Gulfstream Hotel and the 12-block surrounding area known as Lake Worth’s Hotel District.
     In February, the City was challenged by three citizens about whether construction of a 65-ft new building expansion of the Gulfstream Hotel was in compliance with Downtown height limits.
     The ruling, allows the $70 million project, owned by Hudson Holdings, to move forward with their construction.
     City of Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo said she is thankful for Judges’ decision.
     “This community has longed for the reopening of our beautiful, historic hotel and this decision now clears the way,” said Mayor Triolo.
     “The Gulfstream Hotel will revitalize the community and serve as a catalyst in our Downtown, to bring in much-needed tourism for our businesses and great lodging for the friends and relatives of our residents.”

Enjoy the video below of 22-year-old Ariana Peters at the Lake Worth City Commission on January 5th, 2016, giving testimony why she believed the Gulfstream Hotel redevelopment would be so positive for the City of Lake Worth. At the 1:00 mark she says:

"I believe the Gulfstream project is not only the right step but also a very crucial step in the right direction. I thank the board for their consideration of this project and I'm looking forward to the re-opening of this great landmark bringing people to Lake Worth who have always been hesitant [emphasis added] and to finally showing off our town's incredible Downtown and one of the best assets Lake Worth has to offer. Thank you." [standing applause follows]