Mayor Muoio Questioning New State Road 7 Sign
March 5, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – “We were really quite shocked to see it there since they are no closer to building that road than they were two years ago.”
So said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio who is wondering, along with many others, why a new sign has appeared alongside Northlake Boulevard announcing the future expansion of State Road 7.
“We believe the county put it up. We don’t know why. We don’t know under whose direction. It certainly has gotten people riled up,” said Muoio
Mayor Muoio’s comments were made during her weekly meeting with members of the media.
WATCH HER COMMENTS ON THE SR 7 SIGN HERE:
For years the City of West Palm Beach has opposed the extension of State Road 7 over fears of significant impact to both the city’s drinking water supply as well as the ecosystem located in the Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve. The proposed road extension would run right through the heart of the nature preserve which is the source for drinking water in the city.
Federal agencies have studied the impact of the road expansion, and determined it would have a serious negative impact on the area. Both the Army Corp of Engineers as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oppose the project.
There have been no new developments in the controversy, and nothing has happened recently to indicate the expansion is moving ahead, leaving city officials scratching their heads wondering why the county put out a new sign.
Mayor Muoio has instructed staff to contact the county and find out why the sign was put up. So far the county has not returned the city’s calls.
“We are trying to track down how the sign got there and why it was put up now,” said Muoio.