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Open letter to the BocaWatch reader(s) and follower(s):
City Council Members
City of Boca Raton
As chairman of the committee that gathered 1,728 + Boca Raton citizen signatures on the initiative petition and on behalf of those citizens, we object to the position stated by Councilman Weinroth regarding Ordinance 5356, the city of Boca Raton Question on the ballot, at the October 13, 2016 City Council meeting.
Proposed Ordinance 5356 serves to protect city owned lands from commercial development and exclusionary, multi-year leases while allowing concessions as they are allowed currently in water-front parks; to wit: Gumbo Limo, Spanish River and the Pavilion. The people deserve concessions that suit the needs of all people. The Committee will not accept any other interpretation. The Council represents the people.
Below are videos of City executives relating to the acceptability of concessions. Deputy City Manager George Brown along with Senior Staff person, Ingrid Allen both stated on the record that the City Council has the authority to decide on the implementation of the Ordinance.
In their words this can”Include concessions allowing for paddle board, kayak, canoe and other sports equipment rental along with food concessions.”
Board Certified Attorney Ralf Brooks, the attorney who drafted the ordinance language, outlines, with particularity, the options the City Council would have at its discretion when the ordinance passes. Further, the City Attorney also stated that Council can modify or adjust the interpretation and implementation to suit and protect the City while honoring the expressed intent of the people.
So, it is unacceptable for Councilman Weinroth to blatantly misrepresent that the ordinance is restrictive on the peoples’ right to enjoy the recreational benefits of land they own. His individual choice of a restaurant taking up 70+ percent of the land area in question is the most restrictive single use. Of course, he is free to vote his one vote as a resident whichever way he wants.
Below, for your convenience, are the videos in support of the Petition committee’s position. We hope the press will view these videos an realize that Mr. Weinroth misrepresents the facts and, in fact, lies to the people he serves.
Brown & Allen
PS – Robert Weinroth wants a restaurant on a single piece of city owned property known as the Wildflower. Yet, he will forsake all the waterfront parks and chooses to support the Chamber of Commerce in its stated directive: “Monetize all of our waterfront parks starting with the Wildflower property and taking each additional park on its own merits”. So says Jerry Fidele, President of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Please do not sit back and allow these people to take the citizen owned land that makes Boca great. We can and will “Have our parks and eat there too” but not by selling them to developers.
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE….VOTE YES for the Boca Raton Question on November 8th