Kudos to County Commissioner Jess Santamaria for being a spokesman for the people.
At the Palm Beach County Commission meeting on Jan. 30, Mr. Santamaria was the only commissioner who spoke for the residents of The Acreage in their protests against encroaching development.
To paraphrase, he said the people of The Acreage are having big government and special interests decide what is best for them, namely unwanted development. It is being pushed upon them whether they like it or not, being told the developers are there to serve the residents and improve their lives. He acknowledged that while only a half-dozen people spoke in opposition to the pending development on Northlake Blvd., the opinions voiced were the opinions of the majority of the residents.
Mr. Santamaria is a lone warrior for the people. He speaks for the people, not the special interests. Unlike the other commissioners, he does not ignore the public input. He has been a champion of the people of the western communities and he will be sorely missed when his term is completed.
Janice Sommer, The Acreage