When Irene passed by us this Hurricane Season, we lucked out but it managed to wipe away all the turtle nests on our beach. All of us who are environmentally conscientious and care, are going through discussions about turtle lighting at the Lake Worth beach. For some reason, turtle lighting was overlooked on the beach re-development plan. How could that be? Those we hired now want $2 to $3 million dollars more and the city manager wants to give the very guy, Michael Singer, a Contract, who has worked on a volunteer basis after his initial fee and was the one who designed the beach redevelopment plan without the proper turtle lighting.
The Loggerhead has been listed as a threatened species for over 30 years. It's classification has now been reviewed by the NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have now listed it as "endangered."
We must get this turtle lighting straightened out. Apparently the reason why it was missed is the fact that the City did not consider that another tenant in the Casino might want later hours as John G's was always breakfast and lunch. It just never dawned on anyone that John G's would get fed up and leave town. The City told them that they would not help with the build-out, that it was their expense. Then what happens after they pull out?... Staff changes the rules and we ARE paying for part of the build-outs. This was NOT part of the original Plan but the City in all its fear of not getting tenants, changed the rules unbeknown to the public or to the City Commission. We all learned about it one day at a workshop--vanilla and black boxes, whatever in the hell it all meant. The Commission just went along. The self-serving Realtor even made a statement in the PBPost that we should help in the build-out. Who in the heck asked him for his opinion? We will pay this guy a commission for our own tenants to come back and lease. We do the dumbest things.
The solution could be to limit evening hours or perhaps find that national chain restaurant that would pay for the lighting. Or, kick them all off our beach not allowing them to dig one hole, and find someone who will work within our parameters for $5 million. We don't need to spend one dime moving parking lots around and losing all that upper level as well as decal parking a Cara Jennings and Rene Varela idea.
P.S. I was at John G's for lunch yesterday at their new location in Manalapan. Here is a business that was with us for 37 years and we kicked them to the curb giving a total stranger, Johnny Longboats, a better deal than was offered to them. Not a nice thing to do to friends. And you wonder why people don't want to come to Lake Worth.