Letter: Louda On Lox Groves Election

A month or so ago, Ron Jarriel asked me to support him. At that time, I told him that I wanted to hear all candidates before deciding.

At the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association candidates forum on Thursday, Feb. 22, I did hear from all candidates.

Neil O’Neal appears to be a great young man but has a very short track record in the Groves. Phillis Maniglia, a Realtor, has become politically active lately. However, when she stated, without being asked, quite clearly that she was in favor of Commercial Low on Okeechobee, my mind was made up. I’m going again with Ron Jarriel.

I and many others of us who have been here for decades worked long and hard on the Loxahatchee Groves Neighborhood Plan and then on the town’s incorporation. Evolving from many very well-attended forums, our stand has always been no commercial on Okeechobee Blvd. Commercial Low allows a great many things to be built. These include, but are not limited to, adult entertainment, automobile repair garages, bars and taverns, convenience stores, theaters, gas stations, liquor stores, retail stores and a whole host of other commercial (Section 25-010, Loxahatchee Groves ULDC).

Ron Jarriel and I have had minor differences in the past, but he has got my vote in this election.

Bill Louda, Loxahatchee Groves