Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This stinks! A commission spits in the faces of residents.

Our Friend, Lynn Anderson, in Lake Worth spent weeks in the hot summer gathering petitions for the referendum, and now has to put up with being insulted by the developer friendly commissioners. 

This is a nasty example of commissioners representing their own interests, not the residents. 

Hmmm, let’s think, why would the commissioners want this to fail? What do you think is in it for them? $$$$$$$$  

Write to the paper and the Lake Worth commissioners and let them know this stinks. (Also, leave a comment after this article at the Palm Beach Post)

Editorial: Lake Worth goes low in delaying height-limit vote

It’s not easy to rationalize postponing a vote that residents demanded, but some Lake Worth city commissioners seem to have found a way: condescension.

This summer, more than 1,700 of Lake Worth’s 35,000 residents signed a petition calling for a citywide vote on whether to impose new height limits on buildings. That’s enough signatures to require a referendum, but city commissioners get to decide when in the next several months the vote takes place.

The most logical and obvious choice is the Nov. 6 general election, when city elections are planned and the presidential election will ensure high turnout. But commissioners passed on that, deciding Saturday in a contentious 3-2 vote to hold the referendum in March.

Not only does this guarantee less participation, it will require a special election, which will cost the financially ailing city $30,000. The only reason commissioners gave: a November referendum would not have given voters enough time to educate themselves on the issue, which Commissioner Scott Maxwell claimed would be overshadowed by the presidential and congressional elections.

The suggestion that voters will be too overwhelmed to vote intelligently on a height-limit referendum is not only condescending; it’s disingenuous. Height limits are not health care reform. They are relatively simple propositions with fairly predictable outcomes. Three months is more than enough time for residents to figure out where they stand.

The referendum would ask voters whether to impose a 45-foot limit east of F Street and a 35-foot-limit to the west. City rules already limit heights on new buildings to 45 feet in the downtown entertainment district, but commissioners recently voted to allow buildings up to 65 feet east of Federal Highway along Lake and Lucerne avenues.

We see no need for voters to alter these height limits. A 65-foot building (about five or six stories) east of Federal Highway would not be out of character with the Gulf Stream Hotel and the condominiums around it, and limiting heights to 45 feet could needlessly discourage redevelopment. But residents are entitled to vote on the issue as promptly as possible.

The obvious reason for pushing the referendum down the road is that the commission majority — Mr. Maxwell, Mayor Pam Triolo and Commissioner Andy Amoroso — believes that it might pass in November but might not in March. Their delay shows cynical disregard for the public.
Andrew Marra
for The Post Editorial Board

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