Mayor takes questions from a full house

First neighborhood Mayor Muoio Town Hall

meeting allowed residents to ask about all the

hot topics directly to the Mayor, her staff, and

their own commissioner.

 

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio held her first in a series of open town hall meetings last night at the South Olive Community Center. The meeting was part of her “Open Access” campaign which includes town hall meetings, twitter chats, and visits to neighborhood coffee houses.

The hour-long discussion covered such issues as public safety, economic development of the Dixie Highway corridor, the new city budget, and Digital Domain among many others.

A full house of approximately 40 residents spent over an hour discussing issues with the Mayor as well as with several members of the city’s staff. Also on hand to answer resident questions was Police Chief Vincent Demasi, Executive Director of Economic Development Alan Durham, and Director of Public Works Danielle Slaterpryce.

District 5 City Commissioner Shanon Materio was also at the town hall meeting to address resident concerns and answer questions.

In addition to topics involving neighborhood quality of life, the mayor herself also brought up the topic of Digital Domain.  While a few residents had specific questions regarding the agreement between the media company and the city, not one expressed any serious concerns over how it is being handled.

The Mayor explained how right now both she and her staff need to be extremely careful about what is said publicly about the story until a bankruptcy judge rules on several issues that could affect the city’s efforts to reclaim the land given to Digital Domain.

On September 10th, city staff members as well as a member of the City Commission met with former Digital Domain executive John Textor.

It was one of several meetings and/or conversations with various individuals involved in the developing Digital Domain situation as the city attempted to gather as much information as possible about how the company’s situation might affect the city.

Right now, the city remains part of a complex legal bankruptcy process.  During Wednesday’s news conference, Mayor Muoio explained that to publicly speculate, pre-judge, or comment on the process would not only be irresponsible, but it would undermine the city’s ability to properly protect the city’s investment.

She explained the tough balance between keeping the public informed, and protecting the city’s interests, and said this is especially true when dealing with a story that involves many people staking out their own interests in two states.

Both the Twitter Town Halls as well as “Morning Joe with Mayor Muoio” will be held monthly.  The neighborhood town hall meetings will be as scheduled. All events will be spread across different sections of the city. Here are the dates for the first month of the new effort:

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Twitter Town Hall
Sept. 24 @ 7pm
@westpalmbch
#askmuoio

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Neighborhood Town Hall
Oct. 2 @ 6pm
Baywinds Clubhouse
City District 4 (western areas)
5200 Baywinds Drive

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Neighborhood Town Hall
Oct. 10 @ 6pm
Gaines Park
City District 1 (north end)
1501 N. Australian Avenue

Additional dates for all the events, as well as for the two remaining commission district town halls will be determined as details are confirmed. All updates on new events will be posted on the City’s website and social media sites.