As a 40-year resident of Loxahatchee Groves, I am disappointed in the continuing untruths spread by certain individual residents in our town. Charges that the town and Underwood Management Services Group misused public funds is untrue. Each year, our audits have come through clean and proper. Ironically, the same cannot be said about previous water control district boards. I have personally met with the Office of the Inspector General after each of the many frivolous accusations made by a few town residents, and the OIG has found no wrongdoing and has no issues with our town.
To blame the town for failure of roads after Hurricane Irma is unfair. The water control district received considerable amounts of additional funds from the town over the past 12 years, yet only graded the roads, not replacing rock or improving drainage. When Irma hit, our “lowered ditches” (aka B Road, E Road, etc…) filled with water with no place to go and, therefore, failed.
I do agree we are at a very important time in our town. We now have a new manager and need to support him with the best council possible. That is the reason I support Todd McLendon and Anita Kane for re-election on March 12.
It has been a true privilege and honor to serve our town as mayor for the past 12 years. Please join me at the polls and vote.
Dave Browning, Loxahatchee Groves
Editor’s note: Mr. Browning has served as mayor of Loxahatchee Groves since incorporation. He is retiring from the council this year.