We are at a crossroads in our village. Over the last several months, I have been at the front lines of a guerrilla marketing attack, bombarded by signs, accusations and negative letters to the editor, and full-page ads attacking my character and my work in the community.
Last week, Jackie Larson, a member of the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission, had a letter published asking for a show of hands of those who like the village the way it is and want it to stay that way. With that lead, I ask, how many of you know about a 6,000-square-foot, 24-hour gas station going on the corner of Royal Palm Beach and Southern boulevards? That the smallest residential size is 1,200 square feet, yet the council approved 782 square feet to be built behind Lowe’s? And that’s the plan for the vacant lot on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. just north of Winn-Dixie? The approval of single-family homes changed to multiple family on Pioneer Road? And yes, many of them will allow for Section 8 residents.
If you do want the village to stay the way it is, the council needs to change. Call the village office and ask for a copy of the candidates’ financial reports. Know who the candidates are indebted to and what our village will look like in five years. Please vote on March 15.
Selena Smith, Royal Palm Beach
Editor’s note: Ms. Smith is a candidate for Royal Palm Beach Village Council Seat 3.