Letter: Fred Pinto The Best Choice

Municipal elections for Royal Palm Beach are coming up on March 15 and there is no better choice for mayor than Fred Pinto. Fred has served on the Royal Palm Beach Village Council for 14 years as a councilman and vice mayor and has always demonstrated his caring and concern for our village and for those of us who are lucky enough to be its residents. His actions on the council have been the result of careful analysis of the needs of our village and residents, and his ability to compromise when appropriate has resulted in, among many things, Royal Palm Beach being named “one of the 10 best cities to live in.”

Fred was instrumental in making the wise business decision that our village needed to get out of the water business. Royal Palm Beach’s water service district, which extends well beyond the village’s boundaries, was sold to Palm Beach County with the provision that Royal Palm Beach gets 10 percent of every dollar that the county takes in for providing water to the area. Few investments today pay that kind of return! A more recent smart business transaction in which Fred played a major role was the sale of the former wastewater treatment plant property to a developer paying a large price. Clearly, he has very good business acumen, which has benefited our village in terms of being debt-free, our residents whose taxes have remained level and our village’s national reputation as a great place to live and bring up families. In addition to his ability to make good business decisions for us, Fred is an ardent advocate for children. He succeeded in increasing the number and dollar amount of scholarships for high school graduates and assured that Royal Palm Beach High School students would be among the recipients. He has also coached youth baseball.

Finally, throughout his service on the council, Fred has been able to work well with the other members and, in the instances of disagreement, has been able to reach compromise in a peaceful, civil manner. This is why I believe that he is the right person to be the next mayor of Royal Palm Beach.

Arlene Olinsky, Royal Palm Beach