POINT OF VIEW: Learn truth about CRAs, what they mean to communities

    12:21 p.m Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 Opinion

Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) have recently drawn increased attention following proposals in the Florida Legislature seeking to enact crippling limitations on these organizations. With CRAs under heavy scrutiny, it’s difficult to distinguish reality from the misinformation being spread.

Here’s the truth about CRAs:

Restoring or repurposing historic areas adds to the community’s character and keeps its culture and history alive.

Lake Park’s CRA is implementing projects that will en­courage economic growth and transform the lives of residents for the better. For example, streetscape improvements made along Park Avenue and 10th Street have greatly enhanced the area and are helping to bring in new businesses and customers.

The alleged isolated abuses of a few CRAs are not enough to warrant an attack on all existing organizations, but that is exactly what proposed measures in the House and Senate aim to do. Without CRAs, the progress that Lake Park and other communities have made will be severely affected.

CRAs provide the building blocks for a more stable, vibrant and safe community for all citizens. Simply put, redevelopment works. It is vital for Lake Park citizens to call on state lawmakers and urge them to protect our CRAs and, in turn, our future.


Editor’s note: Michael O’Rourke is the mayor of Lake Park and chairman of the Lake Park CRA.