Mayors plan to tackle key issues in year ahead
Friday, 13 January 2017 15:38

Jan EngorenSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel


Boynton, Wellington, Lake Worth mayors talk priorities

As the new year kicks off, the mayors of Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Wellington are looking ahead to issues facing their areas. They recently talked about efforts to fix infrastructure, make neighborhoods safer, sober home issues, historic preservation and equestrian community needs, among other topics.

Boynton Beach - Mayor Steven B. Grant

What do you see as the top three issues facing the city this year?

I'm really excited about our proposed Town Square project to revitalize the downtown area, moving forward, the completion of the Boynton Beach Marina, and the City Commission working together to make the city a safer and healthier place to raise our families.

In September 2014, the [Community Redevelopment Agency] put forth a proposal to create a district-wide approach to historic preservation and economic development. We're looking to determine the space needs for a new City Hall and the potential redevelopment of the old Boynton High School. We're working with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to create a concept for redevelopment.

The Town Square project encompasses 18 city-owned acres and is key to the revitalization of the downtown area. Possibilities include a new City Hall, a renovated old high school, making the library accessible to pedestrians and using the current City Hall site for a new mixed-used development.

The Boynton Beach Marina is currently in the third phase of redevelopment and is an integral part of the Boynton Beach Downtown Master Plan.

When completed, the marina will include an open waterfront with green spaces with seating areas for people to wait to board their fishing or dive charters or to relax and watch the boats.

Our goal is to create an attractive, functional economic driver that will offer tourism opportunities and enhance visitors' overall experience of the city.

In Boynton Beach, there is a constant conflict between development interests and residents who would prefer to keep the city as is. How do you find a balance between progress and the status quo?

In order to build a better Boynton Beach, there needs to be smart, prescriptive growth. This means that the city cannot grow too big and too fast. The City Commission needs to weigh all aspects of development including economic, city services and quality of life for our current and future residents.

What is your vision of the city for the future?

To become a family-friendly, farming, fishing city for the 21st century.

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