PBSO: Drug overdoses trending down in Lake Worth

Jan 16, 2018

City Commissioners met tonight and here’s a brief synopsis on what happened. 

1. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain Todd Baer made his quarterly report, saying the city had a total of 565 drug overdoses within city limits in 2017. “Good news is, although there was a slight uptick in December, (this) has been trending down,” Baer said. “ Hopefully all the things we’re doing is working... we’re seeing some good trends with unscrupulous sober homes closing and some moving.”

 2. Brian Shields, the city water utility director, updated the city’s $40 million Neighborhood Road Program. All year one projects have been designed and permitted with all construction projects awarded. The first year’s budget is $15.2 million, with expenses at $13.8 million. Shields is asking all residents to be patient during the process. “Heavy construction work,..is a disruption to daily life,” he said. “There is going to be some pain.”

 3. Commissioners unanimously declined to amend the city’s rezoning map for 18 South Palmway from medium density multi-family to residential zoning district. On Oct. 4, applicant Mary Sisoian received approval for a Bed and Breakfast from the Planning and Zoning Board for the location. But Sisoian wants to use the property as a hotel instead of a Bed and Breakfast to sell wine and liquor. “It’s a small place, there is a concern things might go further than what we’ll allow,” Commissioner Omari Hardy said. “Now we have to be tasked to follow up to make sure this doesn’t occur. This is another can of worms and I don’t see a huge benefit.” 

Sisoian disagreed: “This is something positive, something happy. We need more of that in Lake Worth.”

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