The people of Loxahatchee Groves finally spoke on Monday.
Laura Danowski won the election to Seat #1 on the contentious and anachronistic Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) Board of Supervisors.
At last, the people have a voice on what has, for many years, been a good ol’ boys club, operating solely in its own interest at the expense of the town and its residents.
Can Laura get the recreational trails open, which, after 20-plus years of procrastination, the LGWCD has failed to do?
Can Laura break the unhealthy links between some members of the LGWCD board and the criminal on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council they went to extreme lengths to help get re-elected?
Can Laura clean up the disgusting canals? Can she ensure your road is graded regularly?
Can she put an end to the special treatment of friends, relatives and buddies?
The answer to all of the above is, of course, no. She’s one of five supervisors; the other four of which will do all they can to shut her out and safeguard the dodgy status quo.
Her first challenge will be to survive the barrage of meaningless inveiglement and obfuscation so often perfectly presented by Supervisor John Ryan, the rambling, self-appointed spokesperson for… well, everyone it seems.
What she will be able to do from the outset will be to ask questions:
Why has it taken so long to get the trails open?
Why are the canals so disgraceful?
Why are some residents favored over others?
Where does all the money go?
And, unlike the hapless residents who ask these same questions meeting after meeting, invariably met with patronizing nods, smug smirks and a platitudinous “thank you,” Laura will be able to press for and research the answers.
Tim Hart-Woods, Loxahatchee Groves