An Open Comment to New Councilman Jeremy Rodgers


I have a learned suggestion for Jeremy, I mean, Councilman Rodgers….

The picture on Facebook of being ‘embraced’ by Councilman Weinroth…and the convenient cross motions to appoint each other at the swearing ceremony is concerning for the optics produced and the perception assumed.

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When I was first elected to office in WPB, I thought it important to be liked and accepted by my peers….What a mistake….I quickly realized that my role, the critical role, was to be collegial with the other elected officials but not to let them ‘embrace’ me….

The healthy role, the only role, is to maintain independence and a healthy separation; to approach the council and staff with an inquisitive demeanor; and to take every vote with a resolve for and on behalf of the citizens who elected you, not the ‘players’ that are seeking your vote…..Do not go along to get along….you are already there… true to yourself and your instincts but especially be true to the sentiment of the residents. 

The electorate’s sentiment is what got you there….and is what will keep you there….

Al Zucaro

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Alfred Zucaro has resided in Palm Beach County since 1982 and has been a resident of Boca Raton since 2008. A graduate of Fordham University, he holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Economics. Mr. Zucaro attended Nova University receiving a Juris Doctorate Law Degree in 1986. He is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, practicing in the area of Immigration Law for the majority of his career. Currently he is manager/member of Palm Beach Investment and Finance LLC, a USCIS approved regional center identifying foreign investment leading to permanent resident status. Mr. Zucaro served as a City Commissioner in West Palm Beach from 1995 to 2002 and as the President of the City Commission in 2000/2001. He has also been a member of and/or served on the Economic Council, the Business Development Board, the Film and Television Commission, the Tourist Development Council, the Workforce Alliance and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Of particular interest is his founding of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, an organization that focuses on international economic development. Married to Yvonne Boice, they are avid world travelers having visited 6 continents and dozens of countries since their 2008 nuptials.


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