It’s the end of another season, so we have decided to take a look back at some of the highs and lows of the season.
But first, let’s get this lemon of lemons out of the way:
Lemon: Since March, 18 people in town have been diagnosed with COVID-19 disease, leading to two deaths, and the pandemic has led to an almost total shutdown of life as we know it.
OK, now let’s back to the rest of the season.
Laurel: The Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center opened Dec. 6 to huge public acclaim. Applause should go out to everyone who made it possible and for not giving in to the initial backlash.
Laurel: In April, some 2.3 miles of beach, including Midtown Beach, was renourished with the federal government paying most of the cost.
Lemon: To some of the bike riders on the Lake Trail who forced the town into enacting stricter rules to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
Laurel: The Kravis Center's improvements to its complex, including a bigger Dreyfoos Hall lobby, new traffic patterns, a new valet garage and a new speedy ramp to the fourth floor of the self-park garage. It was a beautifully done job that will serve the community well for years to come.
Lemon: The Four Arts' response to the protesters who disrupted Jamie Dimon's February talk. The Four Arts decided to restrict admittance to its signature Tuesday afternoon Esther B. O’Keeffe Speakers Series, at least temporarily.
Laurels: To Judy Mitchell, who plans to retire as head of the Kravis Center at the end of the year. She might be the smartest as well as the most clear-headed and diplomatic executive in the cultural sector.
Laurels also go out to Town Council member Lew Crampton, who has retired from the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium. He did a fine job in making it such a strong attraction.
Lemon: To the 11th-hour effort by those on South Lake Drive to change the Town Marina project. While they had legitimate concerns, trying to rework the project right before approval (and thus possibly jeopardizing the needed permits) came way too late.
Laurel: To the Norton Museum's new artist residency program, which uses the rehabbed cottages it owns on Cranesnest Way. The program should serve the museum well for many years to come.
Laurel: To the town leaders for their quick and thoughtful response to the coronavirus outbreak. They showed real leadership that everyone should applaud, outperforming state and national officials by a wide margin.