City Council Member Weinroth, A Stranger to the Truth!

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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.

Weinroth

https://youtu.be/wY4oYjZZS2Q

Brown & Allen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=y3ii1RvndHs&app=desktop

Ralf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iCNOqJ3V9k&feature=youtu.be

Diana

https://youtu.be/LZPk2cW5mnY

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

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Nancy and James Hendrey arrived in Boca Raton 32 years ago as IBMers. From Hawaii to Dallas to Atlanta and Boca, for them, IBM meant "I've Been Moved". In 1988 they chose to leave IBM management and take an employee "buyout" and start their own business. Twenty-five years later they chose to retire and stay in place. "With our previous experience as teachers, sales professionals, product developers, advertising managers, small business owners and real estate developers, we both have unspent energy, especially when it comes to protecting the city we love."

1 COMMENT

  1. I and my entire family have lived in and out of the City limits of Boca for 35yrs. I’ve worked at the same law firm on Federal for 33yrs. I will be listing my home and plan to move to Boca Square in the spring. At least then I can vote. Mr. Weinroth and whomever else helped ruin downtown Boca need to go. He in particular needs to go and be reminded he serves the people. I commented on recent Sun Sentinel article this week and hope that others pile on and another effort to be heard. Thank you for all of your hard work. Without you, we would have lost very important land to development.

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