Last week in the Town-Crier’s opinion section, Mark Bellissimo made some remarks that could lead some to believe that Wellington is not “one” as a community.
He stated that he would like to see an end to divisiveness and a beginning of unity in Wellington, and announced the creation of One Wellington, a charitable group he founded.
As Wellington’s mayor from 2000-08, a 31-year resident and currently the executive director of the Wellington Preservation Coalition, I know there was and always will be only one Wellington that I continue to serve. While I may not share his view of Wellington being divided amongst itself, with an anti-business attitude and low morale among village workers, I support his intentions to help our community.
Our goal is the same, and that’s to help Wellington retain its place as one of the best places to live and work in the United States. It stands to reason that if One Wellington and the Wellington Preservation Coalition share a common mission to promote unity, then we should be able to work together to achieve it.
Since its inception, the Wellington Preservation Coalition has been a unifying force in the community. We support a variety of groups and events, among them the Wellington Chamber, Central Palm Beach Chamber, Arthur Marshall Foundation, 1000 Friends of Florida, the Sierra Club, Wellington American Legion Post 390, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Field Hockey Tournament, the Wellington Fall Festival, all amphitheater programs, and the upcoming Wellington Community Fitness Run/Walk. We’re also a diamond sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club Dinner-Dance and members of the Wellington Art Society.
While we continue our community involvement, we look forward to supporting equestrian and other village activities that all residents of Wellington can enjoy.
Mr. Bellissimo called for an end to wasting money and resources on litigation disputes. It is now time to tear down the litigation walls that exist and concentrate on building a better community together. He also wrote about building bridges. Assuming that the Wellington Preservation Coalition is on one side of the divide and he is on the other, we will gladly meet him in the middle.
We recognize that Wellington is a community of many voices and different opinions that need to be heard. That is why we are involved in forums that bring together residents and community leaders to discuss concerns and ideas.
That being said, the Wellington Preservation Coalition invites “One Wellington” and everyone interested to join us in promoting open, factual and respectful dialogue about issues that could impact our communities unique quality of life.
Let’s work together to “Preserve our Wellington.”
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