The clear choice for voters in Loxahatchee Groves’ Seat 2 town council race on Tuesday is incumbent Jim Rockett.
Mr. Rockett, elected in 2010, is challenged by Todd McClendon, who started the petition drive to keep Palm Beach State College from building its fifth campus on Southern Boulevard. “Everything is revolving around the college right now,” Mr. McClendon said at a forum. “I am for what the majority of the people want… and for letting everybody vote to find out what they want.”
Residents, though, had more than a year to tell councilors and the college what they want during many public meetings. Only after this open process did the council approve the land-use changes allowing PBSC to build.
Mr. Rockett, who voted in favor, said the college does not conflict with Loxahatchee’s rural character, and revoking its approvals would jeopardize the town financially. PBSC spent $4 million on land and has said that it would sue to get back the public money if it is not allowed to build. “I will work tirelessly,” said Mr. Rockett, “to protect the town from the enormous financial risk associated with the initiative to undo the approval granted to the PBSC.”
Mr. McClendon’s beyond-last-minute effort to undo what the council has done suggests that he is ill-equipped to handle town affairs efficiently. Mr. Rockett has shown stable leadership. Voters should give him another three years.
for The Post Editorial Board