It seems that a virus is hitting Palm Beach County private golf communities where it is becoming an acceptable practice for developers to purchase private golf courses, destroy them and then apply for rezoning, which destroys the lifestyles of the existing communities. Palm Beach County commissioners do not show concern for the welfare of the public unless it is their district. Words such as “perpetuity” written in deed restrictions mean nothing to the commissioners except for government properties.
It is incredible that the main requirement for commissioners to rezone any land is a “proper application.”
With the exception of Commissioner Jess Santamaria, the board has established a precedent of following their special interests, and double standards is becoming an acceptable practice.
It puzzles me the duality of Commissioner [Paulette] Burdick, who so fervently supported Century Village residents, who are her constituents, in opposing the application for development of a closed golf course. However, she approved the application submitted by the developer for Mizner Trail, where the residents are not part of her district. The same situation happened with Commissioner [Steve] Abrams, who voted in favor of the developers to rezone Century Village but opposed rezoning for Mizner Trail, which is his district.
Why is there a double standard with these commissioners?
Aren’t they supposed to represent the majority of the people? Why are they representing the developers?
And worse… why is no one accountable for changing residents’ quality of life?
This is a wake-up call! We, the people, must recognize that unless we replace them, we will continue to pay the price.
Shelly Kalef, West Palm Beach