Although unfortunate, it seems like the lack of leadership in Washington has made its way to Wellington. Since our last election, all that has come from the Wellington Village Council has been acrimony, excess litigation, staff bashing, and attacks on the business and the equestrian community.
Resident dissatisfaction with the council and the village has led many in the community to want to de-annex from Wellington. On top of the that, our mayor and one councilman have been under investigation by the ethics commission for accepting large amounts of cash from influential residents with hopes of getting their way on many issues affecting the village.
Just like our country, Wellington was blessed with outstanding leadership in the early years of its existence. mayors Foster, Wenham and Priore, and managers Lynn and Schofield, did an outstanding job leading this village to be one of the premier communities in Florida. Even though there were differences on many issues, they all put aside their personal desires and worked together in a spirit of compromise to do what was best for the village.
Since being elected, none of the current council has forwarded their vision or strategic plan for the village. No direction or new initiative (except the community center and tennis center) has been brought forward to bring the residents together in a positive way and to look at keeping our community as an outstanding place to live both now and in the foreseeable future. Let’s get rid of the big money politics that has corrupted Washington, and has now affected our small community as well. Hopefully, the village can return to the positive and resident-driven government that made it great in the early years.
Steve Haughn, Wellington