It looks like Wellington residents are going to have to wait a little longer for the traffic circle at Fairlane Farms Road and Stribling Way.
An issue with FPL has delayed the project at least three weeks, according to a memo from Village Manager Paul Schofield. A temporary three-way stop sign is in place now while crews work on the $550,000 project.
The work is now expected to be finished in mid-to-late September.
GREENACRES — The company that’s building a Nissan dealership on Lake Worth Road will find out tonight if it will get a variance to also build a three-story parking garage, a move several neighboring residents don’t like.
The four-member Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals is scheduled to vote on the request at City Hall at 7 p.m.
Last July the board gave Automotive Services a variance to build a 46,764-square-foot dealership on six acres, 350-feet east of the E-3 Canal. City code states 7 acres is needed to build a dealership on the site.
But some residents who live near the planned dealership claim Automotive Services has duped the city into getting variances it doesn’t need so it won’t have to buy additional land.
“This whole thing started with a lie,” Joseph Wagner, who owns a little more than 2 acres behind the planned dealership, told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. “They told the city they tried to get the land from me and that I turned them down, but they never tried to buy the land. We’ve been trying to sell the land for 15 years.”
Wagner said the company has made no attempt to buy his land, which has been in his family since 1949.
The developer needs the additional variance because the planned garage exceeds maximum lot coverage. Code allows for 30 percent lot coverage. Automotive Services is proposing 35.5 percent.
A chance to meet the Village Manager and talk Wellington is coming up.
A coffee event with Wellington’s Village Manager Paul Schofield will be held at the old Wellington Mall Thursday at 10 a.m. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and talk about Wellington’s future.
Schofield signed a new five-year contract last year.
Wellington looks like it’s going to have a long council meeting Tuesday night.
The village council will be talking about whether to add fluoride back into the water — a topic that has the community largely divided. Fluoride has proven to be good in preventing cavities and strengthening teeth, but some groups have opposed it saying it has other unintended consequences.
Everyone who shows up will have three minutes to speak if they wish to give council their thoughts. Anyone with a strong opinion who can’t make it is asked to send in their thoughts before the meeting.
You can find more information on the village’s website.
A group of Wellington equestrians is forming with the hopes that they can positively impact horse-related policy decisions in the future.
The Wellington Equestrian Coalition is getting started with a Facebook page and the group is looking for new members to get in from the start, said Dean Turney, a lobbyist who works with businessman Mark Bellissimo.
“People want information and they want to express ideas,” Turney wrote in an email. “That is the platform the Coalition provides.
Anyone interested in joining should contact the group through the Facebook page.
An invasive reptile has made it’s way to Florida and Wellington residents should be on the lookout.
Nile Monitors can grow from three to five feet, and they are a danger to pets. The creatures are native to Africa and have no predators in the Florida ecosystem. Experts said they may be especially prevalent near the C-51 canal.
Wellington and researchers at the University of Florida are teaming up for an awareness campaign. Anyone who sees one of the animals is asked to take a picture and call the invasive species hotline at 1-888-IVE-GOT-1.
Temple B’nai Jacob, 12794 Forest Hill Blvd, has hired it’s first full-time rabbi as many conservative temples are downsizing or closing their doors, according to a news release. David Sislen will begin at the temple on July 1.
Sislen started in Washington D.C. and has served as a rabbi in congregations in Maryland, New York and Florida.
A Wellington man has biked more than 1,100 miles month to raise money for children’s cancer research, and a local restaurant is joining in the effort.
The Grille will be holding a four-course dinner Saturday night, and $5 of each purchase will go directly toward Jack Mancini’s work with the Great Cycle Challenge. He has already raised more than $10,000.
Mancini, a Wellington photographer, has set a goal of 1,500 miles by the end of the month. He ranks #1 in the state and #5 nationally, according to the website.
The four-course meal will cost $39, and the event begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. They can be made by calling 561-793-2110.