Todd McLendon is running against Jim Rockett for Seat 2 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council based on a mix of misinformation and fiction. Unfortunately, McLendon’s misguided policies won’t do anything for our town except waste our tax dollars, cause unproductive internal dissension, prevent/delay needed road improvements, and give our town a bad name.
Consider McLendon’s campaign to stop Palm Beach State College from locating at Southern Blvd. and B Road. As stated in the Town-Crier editorial of Nov. 30, “Not only is [this initiative] poorly timed, but its intentions are misguided — and the consequences could be disastrous.” The editorial goes on to say, “Town officials are worried the petition will affect their relations with the college, which could be left holding a $4.5 million parcel of land and nothing to do with it, should the petition succeed. And if that were to happen, it’s likely that cost would ultimately be passed on to Loxahatchee Groves taxpayers.”
The attorney for the college, in a letter to the town, confirmed this, indicating that McLendon’s initiative and referendum violates several Florida statutes and that the town will indeed be held accountable for the $4.5 million that the college paid for the land subsequent to the town council’s approval. Did you know that $4.5 million is equivalent to 22 years of the property taxes we all pay to the town?
Virtually all elected officials, community leaders, attorneys and professional planners who have weighed in on the issue agree. Nevertheless, Todd McLendon continues to defy logic and to come up with even more misleading and destructive rhetoric. Clearly he is not listening to the facts. It is now up to the voters of Loxahatchee Groves to set him straight by re-electing Jim Rockett on March 12.