Letter: LGWCD Is Out Of Control

Question: Why was a council with persons under investigation for tampering with the last election, among other questionable acts, allowed to select committee members?

It is a sad day for the Loxahatchee Groves equestrian community and for the future of all Groves residents. The April 21 town meeting showed us who runs Loxahatchee Groves: the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District. We were getting closer to a safe and maintained trail system, and the last meeting was a major setback.

A council with members being investigated for tainting the last election got to choose committee members for our finance and roads/trails committees. The people chosen to watch over our town finances were the wife of a LGWCD supervisor, the uncle of a councilman currently under investigation and another appointee seen lately on several occasions with a LGWCD supervisor/town vendor. Our roads/trails committee now has the girlfriend of a business owner who had a councilman’s campaign party, and two other people who have been on the committee in the past who have openly shown their allegiance to the mighty LGWCD. These two have not moved the trail system forward in the past. Unfortunately, we lost three dedicated committee members and upstanding residents of the community who served well on these committees.

I am sickened once again by the arrogance of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District and certain town council members who cannot see the big picture, and only think of themselves and how to stay in power.

I fully expect retaliation for this letter from some LGWCD board members and possibly a few councilmen. A fictitious code enforcement complaint was previously filed against me seven days after publishing a disapproving letter regarding the LGWCD in September 2013.

Residents of Loxahatchee Groves, please go to the May 5 town council meeting. They will be discussing a current councilman’s felony charges, which he did not disclose in his previous election packets. Yes, this is one of the councilmen currently being investigated for election tampering. Why is this person so hell bent on being on our town council? The foxes are guarding the chicken coop!

Phillis Maniglia, Loxahatchee Groves


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