Letter: Loxahatchee Groves Is A Mess

The Facebook page called Town of Loxahatchee Groves (a closed group) is like a sewer full of crap being spewed over Loxahatchee Groves. Some people who are still complaining about North B Road have not signed and sent the paper in for paving! Permission for drainage is needed. We have to work together.

People are blaming the town for the condition of the dirt roads. The town has had control over North B Road and other dirt roads for about 6 or 7 months. The amount of fill and rock North B Road is missing didn’t disappear in that 6 to 7 months’ time. There hasn’t been any substantial amount of fill put on North B Road from Okeechobee to North Road to raise the road up in years, yet we have paid assessments year after year to the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District for roads and canal maintenance.

Compound that with the water control district’s inconsiderate, reckless disregard for the residents on dirt roads by selling the much-needed equipment that was still good enough to use until things got going with the town taking responsibility, and we have this mess.

The night the water control board made the decision to sell the equipment, the board wasn’t interested in finding out how much money it would cost to repair the grader that just didn’t go in reverse. They just voted to sell the stuff. The grader did go forward. The taxpayers paid for the equipment, and the water control district board — people who are supposed to put our best interest first — sold the residents down the canal.

Grass is dead from spraying the canal banks, and the banks are falling in. That is something we will have to spend money to dig out again. Dead grass doesn’t hold the banks. The water control district has been collecting the money, and look at the mess we are dealing with now.

There are posts about people wanting the water control district to spend $27,000 for easements most people thought the water control district already owned. There are some residents along North B Road on the west side who have maintained up to the canal bank, and some beyond, for many years and should own up to the canal for maintaining it all these years. That money should belong to the roads.

There have been enough poor decisions to go around. The town has not collected money yet for the dirt roads, like the water control district has in the past. We have the result of a hurricane without the wind damage. More rain is coming. No more procrastination. Sign the paperwork and send it to me in the self-addressed, stamped envelope you were provided.

Marianne Miles, Loxahatchee Groves