Crime & Economic Growth Dominate City Summit
WEST PALM TV 18 CARRIED THE MEETING LIVE AND WILL BE RE-AIRING THE MEETING.
October 24, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Cooperation, crime and economic development were the three hot topics at Thursday’s Sister Cities Summit meeting.
Elected leaders and staff from the cities of West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Mangonia Park and Riviera Beach spent several hours around the table Thursday discussing issues and problems all the cities share.
Among the hottest topics was public safety, and specifically the 45th Street Flea Market. The market has been the site of several violent, high profile crimes involving weapons and drugs.
The market is located on the border between West Palm Beach and Mangonia Park, but is also frequently visited by residents of Riviera Beach, as was pointed out by Riviera Beach officials.
Several elected leaders called for the market to be shut down, while others urged the cities to find a solution that would keep the doors open.
All the cities agreed that the market is an example of how the cities can more closely work together to address an issue that affects them all.
Another issue that affects all the cities, said Lake Worth officials, is economic development. Lake Worth’s city manager called on all the cities to take a more active role is business recruitment, rather than waiting for a call from the county’s Business Development Board.