The Wellington Village Council’s K-Park action was a disgrace, highlighting the voting members’ incompetence to act, and clearly displayed an arrogant disregard for the residents.
Each presentation had a land planner, landscape architect, building architect, marketing staff, audio-video staff and company management. Each presentation easily cost each bidder more than $100,000 to prepare. After three village meetings, last Tuesday’s meeting, and after over 350 residents show up for input, the council then stated that they never really wanted to sell K-Park, so “never mind.” Why put everyone through that process, time, expense and ordeal to ignore the entire issue?
Councilman Matt Willhite made it apparent that he had little concern for voter input during his comments. There were so many catcalls from the audience, the mayor had to stop the proceedings a number of times to muzzle the residents. Councilman Willhite said he didn’t want public pressure to influence the bidding process. This man is now running for Florida State House. A politician who clearly considers public pressure a nuisance and something that won’t change his thinking? Clearly he represents his opinion and not the voters. It’s very interesting that without public input, the three voting council members ranked the highest density project, with 11 units per acre, adding more than 700 homes onto the real estate inventory just as housing is starting to recover, as their number-one choice, but when the citizen input rejected the council’s selection, the council changed the entire process and slapped everyone in the face with a clear 2-1 “never mind.” Only Councilman John Greene wanted to hear from the public. The mayor clearly stated from the dais that he never wanted to sell K-Park from the beginning and Councilman Willhite clearly stated he didn’t care what the residents wanted. This vote clearly demonstrates just where the council dysfunctional incompetence resides. For the last few years, Wellington’s council has been a disaster. Now you can clearly see whom it comes from.
Victor Connor, Homeland