Letter: Palm Beach Gardens officials disregarded residents on Shady Lakes vote

Palm Beach Gardens made changes to MacArthur Boulevard to help with speeding, pedestrian safety and traffic issues by Howell L. Watkins Middle School. City staff is working on a similar solution for 117th Court North and Shady Lakes Drive. Here are before and after pictures.

Palm Beach Gardens made changes to MacArthur Boulevard to help with speeding, pedestrian safety and traffic issues by Howell L. Watkins Middle School. City staff is working on a similar solution for 117th Court North and Shady Lakes Drive.

This is in response to “Gardens residents fuming after city paves way for road they oppose” (April 22). I would consider this an important issue: the question of creating a cut-through roadway through residential areas where none existed is one worthy of dialogue and debate.

The city of Palm Beach Gardens thought so little of this issue, they conducted a City Council meeting but did not post the meeting notice in the newspaper. They thought so little of this issue that they created a resolution at the end of the meeting — without notifying the public that a vote would be conducted, or mentioning this important fact in the agenda.

This very important meeting to the citizens was an insignificant issue to the City Council. It was so insignificant, the city only posted the agenda on a bulletin board within the city complex.

The question-and-answer meeting in regards to the preliminary sketches turned out to be an orchestrated sham. The City Council members did not have a dialogue with the citizens, but allowed concerned citizens to address their concerns to them for three minutes.

The issue of creating the cut-through roadway was based on a dangerous situation on 117th Street that has two schools. During school drop-off and pick-up times, the road is overwhelmed and does become dangerous.

That City Council meeting showed how much disdain the city has for any person or group who opposes them.

VITO DEFRANCESCO, PALM BEACH GARDENS