Mayor wraps up trip to Washington DC



Mayor Jeri Muoio points out how the proposed State Road 7 expansion runs through the city’s water supply

March 19, 2015

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Two days of Washington DC meetings between West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and almost a dozen offices and agencies wrapped up late Wednesday.

During a whirlwind 48 hours, Mayor Muoio met with several federal agencies that will play a role in deciding whether the proposed State Road 7 extension will be permitted.

She also met with several members of Congress, solidifying support for not only blocking the road, but also for getting critical federal dollars to pay for more firefighters, police equipment, and other city needs.

Mayor Muoio’s congressional meetings included U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, and Ted Deutch as well as Senator Bill Nelson.  Muoio also met with officials from Senator Marco Rubio’s office.

The Mayor also sat down with several agencies involved in evaluating any anticipated requests by the Florida Department of Transportation to extend State Road 7.  Those agencies included the Army Corps of Engineers, The Environmental Protection Agency, the  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Council on Environmental Quality.

“You can draft memos and send emails but nothing replaces the value of sitting across the table from the actual people responsible for evaluating State Road 7, looking them in the eye and making sure they clearly understand why the project is so dangerous to our water supply and wildlife,” said West Palm Beach Communications Director Elliot Cohen. “Mayor Muoio understands how important it is to maintain the personal relationships she has built in Washington DC over the past four years.”

Next week, Mayor Muoio heads to Tallahassee for two days while the legislature is in session for similar lobbying on behalf of the city.