BY JEFF LEVINE, POMPANO! MAGAZINE EDITOR-AT-LARGE; POMPANO NEWS/OPINION COLUMNIST
POMPANO BEACH STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Rex Hardin will give the annual Pompano Beach overview on February 24th at the Marriott. He will talk about the city’s progress over the past year and where he sees us going in the future.
Two issues I personally would hope to see addressed in detail during the State of the City address:
- TRAFFIC- the City needs a comprehensive plan to address the rapidly increasing time it takes to get across town. Traffic congestion will only get worse as more and more new residences are completed. (By our count, there are over 10,000 new units planned for Pompano Beach in the coming years). A wide-ranging plan that legitimately tackles this problem is essential. So far, the City has not shown much vision on meeting this challenge.
- LIVABILITY VS GROWTH- The CRA and the City have done a tremendous job in attracting new construction. Some would say too good. We’ve seen the City Commission address this in several specific cases including the McNab Park complex and the Hidden Harbour development; attempting to meet both developers and residents needs by forcing compromises. So far, so good but this is an issue that is not going away. The number two natural resource of Pompano Beach is our blue skies. (Beach and Ocean are #1, duh). We need to balance the desire for growth with making sure this still feels like a beach town. The case by case compromises have been a good start, but we’d like to see a broader vision to make sure we don’t lose what has made Pompano Beach a terrific place for over 110,000 people to call home.
POMPANO BEACH STATE OF THE CITY:
Presented by the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce
Location: Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa, 1200 North Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach, Fl. 33062
Date/Time Information: Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Contact Information: 954-941-2940 or the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce
Fees/Admission: Individual Registrations $25, Walk-ins $35. Go the the Chamber website to purchase tickets.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author and are not necessarily the official viewpoint of Pompano! Magazine.
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