Paul R. Shalhoub currently serves on the Lake Clarke Shores Code Enforcement Board, is chairman of the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee and, perhaps just as importantly, is a longtime member of the Annual BBQ Committee.
He believes he can be a more effective advocate for Lake Clarke Shores’ roughly 3,500 residents by sitting on the town council. We agree, and recommend him for the Group II seat.
Shalhoub, whose name is well-known in the town as his father is a longtime councilmember and currently serves as mayor, says he would like to see the council operate a bit more effectively in dealing with issues. He cites, for example, his work pushing the code enforcement board to reduce the amount of re-occurring cases coming before it. He would like to take that to the next level by seeing the council update the town’s codes and ordinances to maintain the small enclave’s beauty and charm.
The 35-year-old attorney would also work closely with other local governments on the Blue Way Trail/C-51 Canal Project “to give Lake Clarke Shores access to the water.”
“The council is typically too slow at attacking these issues,” he said. “Members need to be out there in the community working.”
Shalhoub is looking to unseat Malcolm K. Lewis, a 28-year member of the council and former mayor. Lewis did not interview with the Post Editorial Board.
Town Councilmen Gregory P. Freebold, did not draw a challenger, and was returned to the Group I seat.
Palm Beach Post endorsements for the March 14 municipal elections will be posted online throughout this week on a city by city basis. They will be published in total in the Sunday, March 12, print edition.