Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to the Palm Beach County Commission. A copy was sent to the Town-Crier for publication.
I am very saddened by your 6-1 vote to initiate the Minto West proposal. Saddened, but not surprised.
All the talk about capturing trips by creating employment in the central western communities is just plain buffalo chips. I am positive that you realize that creating a job for five nearby residents, you will also create jobs for many times that number that will come from outside the central western communities bringing traffic, traffic, traffic.
As to the intent of Minto, they insulted all of the existing residents out here in their first advertisement. They stated that they will “enliven and enlighten the western communities.” Wow, what a way to create friends and influence people!
Minto knew what they were buying — a property that was already vested in the Ag Enclave legislation and approved for 2,996 units. (Though Callery-Judge should have only received 2,303 — do the math!)
Why do you have a planning commission? They voted 11-0 to deny initiation and deny a “second bite at the apple.” If you’re not listening to them, disband them and quit wasting everyone’s time with the mere appearance of investigation, discussion and planning.
The Palm Beach County that you are creating is getting more and more vanilla daily — sameness everywhere and no alternate choices. I am very glad that I have no children to live in the concrete and asphalt jungle that you are creating.
I am from Oakland Park/Fort Lauderdale. I have lived in Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, and have been running from development for a long time. I thought I found peace on our five acres in Loxahatchee Groves — what part of Palm Beach County/South Florida do I move to next? Eleuthera?
Please tell this proposal no. Further, learn how to say no to developers and run your campaigns with less of their funds. It is way past time to go back to countywide elections, so six commissioners cannot ruin the district of the seventh.
Recall that I gave each of you a copy of Patrick Smith’s book A Land Remembered. It is clear that six of you did not read it, or if you did, you didn’t learn a damn thing!
Just say no. Put high density/intensity around major transportation corridors like the turnpike and I-95. It ain’t rocket science.
Dr. J. William Louda, Loxahatchee Groves