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... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
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  On File: THE BEACH PETITIONS - The arduous journey by Lynn Anderson
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 @ 08:27:44 EST by admin

Lake Worth
On June 5, 2007, on a simple majority vote of the City Commission, 3 ordinances were passed in order to change the zoning at our beach from Public Recreation and Open Space to Beach and Casino, a zoning that would allow for development so that the Cityís chosen developer, Greater Bay, LLC would be able to develop a 50 foot building on the dune across from Bennyís and control our beach park for 20 plus years. The new zoning allows up to a 60 foot high building. This went around the spirit of the Beach Protection Amendment that was passed by 84% of the voters in 2004 by the City concocting a lease for 20 years minus one day. We the people spoke on every occasion possible to let them know that we did not favor this plan and asked that we be allowed to vote. This was denied. Should something as important as this have been decided by only a simple majority? Two commissioners said that this was a bad deal for Lake Worth.

We Love Lake Worth, Inc., a political action committee, was formed and met with the City Clerk on June 6th, the day after the Commissionís vote, to advise her that it was going to do a referendum on the beach initiative. The PAC was told that they could not start until such time the ordinances were signed by the Mayor, Jeff Clemens. Mr. Clemens finally signed the ordinances on Friday, June 8th around 4:30 pm (3 days after the fact) but the date of the Ordinances never changed from June 5, thus the PAC lost 3 days of its 30 day legal period. The PAC then had to make copies of each ordinance and attach them to each individual petition blank. They started the petition drive on Sunday, June 10th (Phase 1) and they handed in signed petitions to the Supervisor of Elections on July 5th, a 25 day campaign. The PAC along with many volunteers, collected signatures of registered voters during temperatures in the high 90's on most days, high humidity and a month where half the voting public was away up North or on vacation. The first phase was counted by the Supervisor of Elections office. The City was notified of the deficiency of qualified voters who in turn notified the PAC. It then had 10 days to make up the deficiency, Phase 2.

The signed petitions from Phase 2 have now been turned in to the Supervisor of Elections. In total for both phases of the campaign, the PAC collected over 3,400 signatures of Lake Worth residents who are in agreement that the beach should remain a beach park with no further commercialization. The consensus overall was to refurbish the building, if possible, as well as the property. One of the main questions was why hasnít the City of Lake Worth maintained its property? Why have they let it deteriorate to any degree much less to its total overall neglect? Why did 3 commissioners vote to turn it over to a developer? What did they personally get out of this? Why didnít they let us vote? Why did they write a lease for 20 years minus one day? We could not answer any of these questions. The electorate to whom we spoke and met, do not want a shopping plaza at our beach and they agreed with us that this is a beautiful piece of natural oceanfront property and it should remain in as much of its natural beauty as possible going forward.

We expect the City to continue to spend our tax dollars to promote this unwanted commercialization of our beach and to spend our tax dollars by hiring outside attorneys to fight its own citizens. We also expect those backed by developers with untold resources will again distort the truth and attempt to confuse the voting public as they did with the SuperMajority petition. When so many people have spoken out against changing the zoning and giving control of our beach to a developer by signing the petitions, the City should vote now to allow an election and the petitions to be placed on the ballot as soon as possible.

We now have over 3,400 people who agree with Commissioner Jennings, Commissioner Golden and with We Love Lake Worth, Inc. that this is a bad deal for Lake Worth and something that they do not want. It is time now for the City to listen. Take it to a vote.

L. Anderson


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Re: THE BEACH PETITIONS - The arduous journey by Lynn Anderson (Score: 1)
by oscar_night on Friday, October 05, 2007 @ 14:19:21 EST
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The City did as you expected it to--filed suit on Aug 15th. What is happening with that suit?


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