The All-America City Award, which Delray Beach has won twice, is given by the National Civic League annually to 10 communities in the United States. It recognizes those cities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.
On March 24, the boating community of Delray Beach organized a meeting at Veterans Park to come up with an improvement plan and a reasonable marina dock-fee increase for the city that would allow its current citizens to stay in their live-aboard slips and still provide the city with increased revenue.
That’s revenue the mayor and City Commission say they need for improvements on the Intracoastal Waterway seawall. The wall is in place to protect the homeowners of the Marina Historic District from rising water levels, not those floating upon it.
All attempts to oppose or discuss the city’s 60 percent increase have fallen on deaf ears. Since the imposed rate hike, five slips have vacated; 12 of the 15 others who at the meeting said they have plans to vacate at the end of their lease; and the so-called “waiting list” that was used to sway and threaten the current residents has mysteriously gone away.
The marina citizens, in keeping with the All-American City theme, are trying to do their part to come up with an uncommon result for their neighborhood. The question is, will the mayor and his city commission continue their arrogance and ignore citizens’ efforts or work together with them to tackle this growing community problem.
DAVE RINEBERG, DELRAY BEACH