Editorial: In Lake Worth, vote Triolo for mayor, Malega for commission

MAYOR: In the nearly 6½ years that Pam Triolo has been mayor, Lake Worth’s taxable valuation has risen from a total of $990 million to $1.6 billion.

Long-neglected streets, water and sewer lines have at last begun to be upgraded thanks to a voter-approved $40 million bond issue. A solar farm is producing 2 megawatts of power on a former landfill, one reason the city-owned utility’s notoriously high electric bills are dropping a bit. “We’re now 18 cents cheaper than FPL for residential,” she boasts.

Now that these and other projects are underway, Triolo says, “I’d like to see that they get done, and done properly.” She’s earned that chance.

Triolo, 50, who runs her own advertising, marketing and public relations firm, has demonstrated an ability to push the city forward despite its reputation for fractious politics — no small feat.

When she took office in 2009, the city had more than 2,200 vacant, foreclosed and abandoned properties. With new codes enacted and enforcement improved, there were fewer than 500 in 2017.

Crime rates, fueled by the heroin epidemic, too, have improved. The latest figures for the first six months of last year show a 13 percent drop.

Triolo is opposed by Drew Martin, 64, an environmental activist and former member of the Palm Beach County Soil and Water Conservation District. He ran unsuccessfully for the County Commission two years ago.

CITY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 1: Incumbent Scott Maxwell, 59, has held this seat for nine continuous years, and for two years before that. It’s time he made way for a challenger with fresher ideas.

Sarah Malega, 42, is a gym owner, personal auto shopper and neighborhood activist who said she twice voted for Maxwell, only to be disappointed in his responses to such intensely local problems as run-down properties and too-few stop signs.

As a business owner, she backs “smart business growth.” And she thinks systematically. For instance, she suggests two specific improvements for code enforcement: upgrading archaic software, and hiring four part-time officers to handle simple problems such as a mattress on a porch, freeing full-time officers to delve into more serious complaints and occupancy inspections.

In the March 13 election, we endorse Triolo and Malega.


Read all of the Post’s endorsements online at www.MyPalmBeachPost.com/2018-endorsements .

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Get me back my turkey

Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day that his favorite turkey had been stolen. He called his sons together and told them: “Boys, we are in great danger now. My turkey’s been stolen. Find my turkey.” His boys just laughed and said, “Father, what...
Opinion: A parable of self-destruction

EASTER ISLAND — This remote speck in the South Pacific is famous for its colossal stone statues, nearly 1,000 of them towering over the landscape like guardians. Who built them? How did they get there? And who fitted some of them with giant red stone hats weighing up to 12 tons each? When I was a kid, a huge nonfiction best seller by Erich von...
Opinion: Women promise to storm the swamp

How many times have we heard that this is the year of the woman? Let’s just say, several. Each decade for the past century or so seems to have presented a fresh feature to justify yet another proclamation of historic import. From suffrage (1920) to the pill (1960) and to legalized abortion (1973) to Gloria Steinem and Ms. Magazine (1972) to &ldquo...
Editorial: Despite new law, Florida needs bigger commitment on opioids
Editorial: Despite new law, Florida needs bigger commitment on opioids

With plenty of pomp, Gov. Rick Scott came to Boca Raton on Monday to ceremoniously sign a high-profile bill designed to prevent Floridians from getting hooked on opioids. If only this new law were anywhere near as powerful as the addictions it hopes to combat. Although the governor last year declared a public health emergency, the reality is that he...
Letters: Jupiter, developer insult our intelligence

Jupiter, developer insult our intelligence Thousands of residences have been built in Jupiter over the past two decades, and not once can I remember the subject of “cheaper” new construction being addressed. I refrain from the overused terminology of “affordable” housing since all homes built are affordable to someone &mdash...
More Stories