Waking Up Is Hard To Do

“As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep.”

G.K. Chesterton

Fatigue has fallen on our community…

Many in town kicked back and put their feet up a long time ago. They seemed to think someone else would keep watch for them. As a result, some in Lake Park’s leadership have taken advantage of the lack of scrutiny and are literally “selling out” numerous streets where we live right out from under us. Now we have a lot of work to do (and in a hurry)!

The latest battle for the street (Lake Shore Drive) is on. Are you going to finish your nap and hope someone else has it covered and hope it all turns out alright, or are you going to come armed with facts and the power of your voice and your presence to make sure you as a resident have a say in the future of your street? It’s time to beat back the fatigue that has fallen on our community and beyond. We can’t afford the luxury of slumber or relaxation 24/7. It’s time for everyone to get off their backsides. We need each of you on guard duty tonight!

Eternal vigilance is the price for maintaining the liberty we have known. How much do you value that liberty, really? Enough to make a move off the couch and over to town hall? The faithful few who’ve been holding the fort need you to show up and provide some much-needed back up. It’s time to snap to, and quick. This is the final hour.

Speak out tonight

The three public hearings on this matter, which begin tonight at the Planning and Zoning Meeting, are the process by which your viewpoint will be heard. If you do not speak out tonight and at the following two public hearings, then you can kiss any say you have in the matter goodbye.

The alarm is sounding

This is it. The town isn’t going to alert residents any more than they legally have to; they didn’t even announce these important meetings on their website home page. They would love for you to stay home in your P.J.’s and veg out. If you do, they can “move forward” unchallenged.

So we’re shouting the warning right here, right now, asking that you in turn to alert your neighbors. It’s time for you to stand guard over the street where you live. Yes, you. And bring a friend while you’re at it. This is your opportunity to make a difference in your neighborhood.

If you haven’t collected your thoughts on this Marina Village/Lake Shore Drive land use issue yet, please take some time today to do so and then arrive ready to speak out tonight regarding the site plan and PUD Application by Leasing of South Florida, Inc. at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Chambers. Please see Friday’s posting for more information on how you can be sure your viewpoint is adequately heard at this quasi-judicial hearing.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

If you would like further information or would like to discuss this issue before the meeting, please contact Brent Headberg by email at brenthg@yahoo.com or by phone at (561) 315-4801.   

Sitting home and watching this play out on TV won’t do. Those in leadership need to see and hear from you.

Also, please come a few minutes early to fill out a pink comment card so you can be called on during the time allotted for public comments. The cards can be found on tables at both sides of the room and are to be turned in before the meeting begins.

Waking up IS  hard to do, but it’s not too late to wipe the sleep from your eyes and get moving. It will be well worth it when you see the story of your town, your neighborhood and the street where you live turning around because of your efforts.