Observer Corps June Reports

If you do not see your municipality listed below, we probably need your help! Many members are away visiting and vacationing over the summer. Please lend us a hand.

 

Arlene Ustin attended the Delray City Council meeting, and reported that it was, “Quite wonderful.”

  • The city was recognized as an “All American City” because of the kids’ summer programs.
  • A proposal for $27K lifeguard tower updating was approved.
  • A test “Ambassador Program” was discussed.  The ambassadors wear yellow shirts to assist people from 6 AM to 11 PM.  The Delray Development Authority challenged the program’s $290K fund increase to double the staff, saying they should focus on other problems in the area, like discouraging drug use and crime.
  • A redesign of the seawall and docks was also discussed.  Sea level rise is not happening only in Delray and raising the sea walls may result in flooding neighbors, but someone has to be the first to start preparing for the future.
  • Introduction of a “Welcoming City Resolution,” similar to West Palm Beach.

 

Palm Beach Gardens City Council meeting was attended by Katie Gettinger, Keeter Martinson and Joyce Sullivan.

  • Representative Rick Roth gave a legislative session update.  His report was basically the opposite of what the representatives said at the Legislative Review. It was all was positive.
  • 2016 financial audit report resulted in AAA bond rating by Fitch ratings.
  • Approved $668,000 in architect fees for City Hall expansion, using sales tax increase funds.
  • Approved a resolution opposing conversion therapy.
  • Approved a resolution opposing exotic animals in circuses.
  • Started the ball rolling on a Charter Review Committee.
  • Gander Mountain has been bought by Camper World, and the store on Northlake will close unless they can sell campers in the parking lot.

 

Jupiter Town Council meeting was attended by Katie Gettinger.

  • Debate over Inlet Village Zoning.  Guanabanas road, redeveloped with median, 2 lanes to slow traffic.  Residents said they are OK with the amount of traffic in order to keep the “feel” of the area.  If the level of service on that road had been accepted, there could not be any more building, and there are many opportunities.
  • Workforce Housing Fund – what to do?  Builders contribute to the fund in lieu of building workforce housing, but then there is money and not enough housing.
  • Overall, lots of discussion, not much voting.  All five members of town council are white males.

 

Green Acres Town Council was attended by Lorraine Giddens-Smith on 6/19.

  • Sierra Club spoke asking support for Paris Agreement.
  • City attorney presented changes of positions, changing length of term from 2 years to 4 years.
  • Conversion Therapy Ban ordinance requested to be drafted.
  • Update on medical marijuana, the city cannot be a dispensary.

 

The next Observer Corp meeting will be July 27 at 1:00, before the Advocacy Group Meeting.