Post endorsements for Jupiter Town Council
More and more, issues in Jupiter are tending to coalesce around one topic: traffic.
Residents passed a $20 million open space bond referendum last year (although none of it has been spent). The town scored a major win attracting Beacon Pharmaceuticals. And its long, drawn-out battle with Harbourside Place appears to be on hiatus as it awaits a federal appeals court ruling.
To be sure, there are growth and other issues. But for the most part, community leaders and Town Council members tend to debate how to move people around perennially clogged traffic arteries like Indiantown Road and tourist destination routes like A1A. (The former for commuters, the latter for visitors.)
For these debates, it's always good to have a pragmatist in the mix on the city dais. The Palm Beach Post is again endorsing Wayne R. Posner to retain his District 1 Town Council seat for his continued focus on time, tax dollars and efficiency when dealing with issues.
Vying for his second full term, the 70-year-old retired general contractor has established himself as a government waste fighter who is not afraid to make tough choices. A vote to approve a three-story storage facility on Indiantown Road was one such "tough choice" he told the Post Editorial Board. "I wasn't happy with it, but I saw it as a traffic mitigator," he said, "certainly compared to other options available to the developer. This was a good compromise."
His challenger, 32-year-old firefighter/paramedic Cameron May, disagrees and characterized the vote more as giving in to the developer to add traffic to an already congested road. May, a lifelong Jupiter resident, said he's running "to fight dense over-development" that has "taken off at an accelerated rate."
He points to the noise issues with Harbourside Place, for example, that eventually spilled over into divisiveness among residents over the proposed Love Street project.
We understand May's concern over a changing landscape, especially through the lense of the Harbourside development. But we believe that's where Posner's knowledge and experience regarding building and development is an asset. He worked with the Town Council to greatly reduce the size of the Love Street project.
Moreover, he is pushing for the county to finish a study syncing traffic lights for flow along the Indiantown Road corridor -- because it is a county road.
The Post recommends retaining Posner for a second full term.