Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Notes from District 3 County Commissioner Dave Kerner at the Parrot Cove meeting in Lake Worth.

Is the Lake Worth Casino, Beach and pool complex in Commissioner Dave Kerner’s district? No, it’s not. The Casino is in District 7, represented by County Commissioner Mack Bernard. District 7 in Lake Worth is north of Lantana to 6th Ave. South with a small area along the Intracoastal to the Robert A. Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge.

This meeting was on Monday, Feb. 20th, about 40 of the public in attendance at Believer’s Church. The notes below were compiled by Deb Null, on the Board of Directors of the Parrot Cove Neighborhood Assoc:

Special Guest: Dave Kerner, County Commissioner for District 3

His father was a Lake Worth police officer. Commissioner Kerner was previously a member of the Florida House of Representatives and practices civil law in West Palm Beach. The district he covers is from State Road 7 east to a large portion of Lake Worth (including west of the Lake Worth Bridge) and reaches south to Boynton Beach and north to Lake Clark Shores. [Use this link to see the District 3 map.]

There are 7 Palm Beach County commissioners. The County is the largest in the state by square miles.

One of the biggest challenges now is dealing with sober homes and the heroin epidemic: trying to get more money to support PBSO and Fire Rescue.

Turbines for energy: Ocean energy generation is possible and Lake Worth is being considered for this project due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream current, having its own electric utility, and a former outfall pipe into the ocean that could be used to house the conduit for energy generation equipment.

The state is more powerful than local governments now. For example, there is a new city in Palm Beach County called West Lake, its own incorporated community near The Acreage. Developers went to Tallahassee and got approval to become their own municipality. This was seen as an end-around.

Other issues:
  • The Lantana Airport is severely affected by President Trump’s visits to Palm Beach County and need to find a way around this situation.
  • Looking for incentives to bring more industry to the County.
  • The Lake Worth municipal pool: Are there funds for that? Will look into that.
Thank you Deb Null for taking these notes to share with the community.