It appears that the tea leaves have been read and tomorrow evening Maria Davis will no longer be the Town Manager for Lake Park. While I support the change in leadership at Town Hall, personally and professionally I am saddened.
Maria Davis is my friend and she will be my friend after this debacle is over. While I do not support her decisions that led up to this final outcome, I am confident that her successes and positive contributions to our Town will be her long-term legacy.
Shortly after I filed to run for Commissioner, I met with Maria. While I knew she would not vote for me in that first election, we became friends. We found that we had a shared vision on many levels for our Town. As our friendship has grown over the years I have found Maria to be a confidant, a debate partner, a practical joker who gives as well as she gets and a steadfast friend.
Not long after my election, Maria lost her mom at a time when my own mom’s health was faltering. Not many months later my mom passed away. Maria Davis was one of the first people to contact me, she comforted me on dark days, she helped me walk through the grieving process and I will always owe a debt of gratitude for her compassion.
As a professional, Maria Davis is a passionate forward thinker who is steadfast in her views. While I have not always agreed with Maria, I have learned that she strongly believes that she has done what is best for the Town on Lake Park during her tenure.
Maria and I have debated, argued and argued some more on many occasions. While we will never agree on certain issues, I know and appreciate that she would follow the lead of the Commission even when it wasn’t always what she believed should be done.
With all this said, tomorrow night I will support a change in leadership at Town Hall. As I said in my original call for resignation, it is in the Town’s best interest.
For too long our community has fought this fight in the name of statesmanship and concern for the community but in reality often times the fight has been over political payback. The game has been played on both sides and now it is time for this to STOP!
Our community needs to heal, we have to find a way to work together and move the Town forward. We cannot afford to continue to fight petty fights. We can no longer afford to be against everything without helping to be a part of the solution.
As a community we can no longer afford for the majority to sit back and let things happen while a vocal minority fights every move Town Leadership makes. We are at a pivotal point in our communities future…. where will we go?
I think tomorrow night your elected leadership has a choice to make, do we begin to heal our Town or do we continue to split the Town apart? Will your elected officials act with a lynch-mob mentality or will we work to move beyond this black eye on our community quickly?
It is my hope and prayer that we will work towards healing our Town and get this behind us quickly so that we can move towards the important issues that face us all.
As we move forward past this situation it is imperative that ALL of us get involved and make our voices known. If I do something you don’t agree with I need to hear from you. I want to hear from you. I expect to hear from you!
It is time to get involved, we now find ourselves at a cross-roads. We will now begin the search process for a new Town Manager. We are competing against North Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth who are all looking as well.
I think it is important that the community comes forward to express your opinions on what we should look for in a new Town Manager. What characteristics should a new Town Manager posses, what vision should the new Town Manager have? Before we begin the search process I think it is important for our elected officials to express a vision for the Town. It is important for our community to come together and express a vision as well.
Your voice is needed, we are stronger together than we can ever be apart.
Get involved, make your voice heard we need all corners of our community to speak up. The historic homes of central Lake Park, the western dwellers along Congress, Lakeshore Drive condos, everyone….. we all have a voice that needs to be heard…. now is the time, will you step up and be part of the solution? Lake Park needs you, we are at a cross-roads.