Letter: Move Forward With Current Lox Council

Loxahatchee Groves’ town management and town council changes in 2019 have provided a renewed town to act for the benefit of landowners and residents. On March 17, Loxahatchee Groves voters have an opportunity to re-elect David Demarois to the town council. Dave’s recent mailer recaps his public service responsibilities and accomplishments in Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, as a PBSO reserve deputy, as a supervisor of the now-dependent Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District and currently on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council.

Town council members provide oversight of town management and operations — and need to be willing to raise questions and concerns to get positive and constructive results that are affordable. Growth and change in and around Loxahatchee Groves are continuing. Many are opportunities that involve pros, cons and costs for landowners and residents.

During his current town council service, Dave has supported the long-overdue change in our previous town manager and certain staff members (especially code enforcement); supported the election of three stronger town council members last year; supported increased road maintenance and drainage (including additional field personnel and equipment); supported the consideration and implementation of Office of the Inspector General recommendations for improvements in town procedures; supported continuation of the PBSO contract to provide necessary police services; supported the use of town advisory committees to study and recommend updates and improvements in the town’s policies and services to landowners and residents; supported town emergency reserves and a backup bank credit line; and supported improvements to the town’s web site and other town communications with residents.

Dave’s family has lived in Loxahatchee Groves since 1986. He respects our rural lifestyle, the many home-based businesses and the agricultural/equestrian businesses that utilize our relatively large land parcels without opening the town to urban sprawl. Dave is available and listens to resident concerns and reviews them with town management for appropriate action that is affordable. Dave is positive, optimistic and realistic in working with the town manager and other town council members.

Please consider and vote for David Demarois on March 17.

John Ryan, Loxahatchee Groves