The Lake Worth Sailing Club wants to use and manage the Snook Island dock in Lake Worth Beach. So the club started a petition.
LAKE WORTH BEACH - It’s been a year and a half since Ted Johnson and the Lake Worth Sailing Club began lobbying the city to manage or use some part of the Snook Islands docks.
The club would like to anchor a yacht at the dock and serve as a sort of welcoming committee, managing and monitoring visiting boats, he said.
"The idea of being on the docks is to be the eyes and ears of the city," Johnson said.
Instead, the club’s 26-foot yacht waits - moored outside a member’s home. And after the city commission refused to discuss idea at a recent meeting, Johnson is more determined and is back to scheduling meetings with the city manger.
"We’re in limbo," he lamented. "We’re stuck on a mooring we can’t get to. We’re just a few old guys."
Johnson said he created a petition over the weekend on behalf of the club and as of Monday afternoon it had 80 signatures.
Johnson said he plans on sending it to city officials as a show of public support for the idea. At this point, Johnson said the issue would be more simply handled by the city, not the commission.
Commissioner Herman Robinson. who is a member of the sailing club, is OK with the idea of the sailing club managing the dock, but said it would have to pay dock fees.
Robinson said he believes that the docks could be making a profit. He said he would like to rent out the spots, making some sort of money.
Robinson and Commissioner Omari Hardy wanted to discuss the dock situation, but Commissioner Andy Amoroso tabled it.
"It was a disappointment, just like those empty slots," Robinson said.
Amoroso said that during the past few months "people were complaining that residents were docking their boats there. That’s not what it’s for. It’s not for overnight docking."
He added the dock has to be used by the public because it’s paid for by grants. He wants to have more information on the subject before discussing it with the public.
Amoroso said there’s no need to rush things, adding that the bringing up the conversation without all the facts wouldn’t be in the best interests of the public.
He said he’s all for doing something with the docks but "we need to have a funding mechanism. I am a budget man."
The resolution was tabled for six months, but Hardy said he and Robinson want a discussion to happen sooner.
"I will be bringing it back," Hardy promised.
Johnson said he knows it will take a while to pass any sort of resolution regarding the dock.
"I’m hoping it’s within my lifetime."