The constructive majority on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council has worked to organize our new town using a contract management company with resident committee oversight and input. Significant benefits have been obtained for residents. Examples are the new Palm Beach State College campus, establishing recreational/equestrian trails on up to 30 miles of canal maintenance roads, resurfacing three roads (Marcella, Compton and Bryan), having regular grading of other town roads, obtaining a new town office and meeting facility, obtaining commitments to improve the surface of South B Road and replacing the bridge over Collecting Canal, and installing a traffic-calming light on Okeechobee Blvd. — accomplishing all this while maintaining a responsible bank balance, incurring no town debt, and having the lowest property tax millage in Palm Beach County.
The council respects our rural town vision and legacy land usages. It has acted to improve PBSO services and to maintain water quality by prohibiting outside source manure dumping. Both council candidates seeking re-election — Ryan Liang and Ron Jarriel — have consistently voted as part of the constructive majority to obtain these benefits for all residents. Their opponents, Keith Harris and Virginia Standish, have in many ways been negative and divisive in their public comments at town council meetings and in letters to the Town-Crier.
The challengers have attempted to divide the town into equestrians and others, trying to persuade voters by stating that their opponents do not support equestrians or trails. Ron Jarriel and Ryan Liang support all of the residents of Loxahatchee Groves, not just the equestrians. Ron Jarriel and Ryan Liang have both been working diligently on the trail system while on the council. They have a clear understanding of all of the issues that must be addressed in order to have our trail system put into place. They have this knowledge because of the time they have spent on the council. Their opponents, unfortunately, have some misinformation on this issue.
Our town is at a point where we would be doing ourselves a disservice by electing unqualified or misinformed council members to take the place of council members who have given their heart and soul to our town and have extensive knowledge of the dynamics of how all decisions must be made.
Voters would be best served by re-electing Ryan Liang and Ron Jarriel.
Stephanie Rhoeder, Loxahatchee Groves