After months of discussion and several marathon meetings, the Winding Trails equestrian development project got its final approval Tuesday night at the Wellington Village Council meeting.
The council unanimously approved the project 5-0. Ward Real Estate is planning to build nine large-lot equestrian estates including barns with owners apartments and groom’s quarters on the defunct Wanderers Executive Course.
Similar to previous meetings, dozens of residents came to Village Hall to speak for and against the project. Since the last meeting, the Wards have made several changes to the project including changing entrances to enhance safety, a previous concern of the council.
Patricia Holloway, one of the developers, said a strong majority of Lakefield South residents now support the project. The speakers at the meeting were still largely split.
That was enough for the council.
“I feel very secure with the decision that this is a safe project that will work well for this community,” Michael Drahos said.
Ward Real Estate will plan to begin construction on lakes in the coming months and build the barns as they sell.
The $30 million Dr. Dennis P Gallon Campus in Loxahatchee Groves is holding its grand opening Tuesday at its site just off Southern Boulevard. There will be a reception, ribbon cutting and campus tours.
The focus will be health and science technology programs and general education to start, but officials are hoping to add more disciplines and 11-13 buildings in the years to come.
Wellington High School will be dedicated to raising money for the kids on Saturday.
Student Government is hosting even event called “FTKarnival (For the Kids)” Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater to raise money for the school’s Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network. The goal this year is to raise $50,000.
There will be performances from WHS step team, majorettes, dance company and dance team, the Wellington Landings majorettes, the Wellington Elementary Strings and Majorettes, Panther Run’s Calypso Cats Steel Drums and New Horizons Elementary School’s Flamenco Troupe.
There will also be food trucks and a bounce house.
Royal Palm Beach will be bustling with western themed activities at its annual West Fest.
Commons Park will be home to the festivities, which will include concerts, carnival rides, crafts, vendors and more throughout the whole weekend. It kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. There is parking on site but people are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool.
Fresh off the Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival of the last two weekends, the Wellington Amphitheater will be getting back to its typical programming this week.
Thursday will have a Food Truck Invasion and a concert by “Whitestone,” which will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The five-piece band has been performing for more than 40 years and typically plays older rock-and-roll songs. Food trucks will be on site from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
The venue will host a showing of “Pete’s Dragon” at 7:30 on Friday night. The Disney film is rated PG, and the run time is one hour and 43 minutes.
As always during the winter months, the Wellington Green Market will take over the amphitheater on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Developer Mark Bellissimo has submitted revisions his plan for a new equestrian zoning district that would allow him to build hotels in what is now the equestrian preserve.
Revisions are typical after the village staff goes through the plan and gives its initial feedback of what could work and what won’t. Bellissimo’s plan is to remove the current zoning of his equestrian venues and replace them the new commercial distinction, which would skirt the referendum that passed last year banning hotels, motels and apartments from the area.
Bellissimo has long contended that hotels are vital for the equestrian properties, but many others, like Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his family, think over-development of the preserve is bad for Wellington.
Initially, Bellissimo was hoping the project could be in front of the village council by the end of this month, but it still needs to go through all the boards and committees once village staff is finished with it.
The international observance started in Canada when a teen boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink to make a statement and to stand up for others. The Literacy Coalition is calling upon organizations, schools and businesses across the county to wear pink on Wednesday in support of bullying prevention programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), one in three students say they have been bullied at school. However, school bullying-prevention programs can decrease bullying up to 25 percent, according to DHHS.
This year’s theme for Pink Shirt Day is “Gratitude is the Attitude.” Pink Shirt Day celebrations will be held at several locations, including Greenacres Youth Programs, 501 Martin Avenue from 2;40 to 4:30 p.m., where children will be greeted by Mayor Sam Ferreri, receive snacks and play games.
Wellington is seeking early sign-ups for its International Coastal Cleanup, one of its biggest volunteer projects of the year, which is scheduled for April 15.
Volunteers will pick up trash along Greenbriar Boulevard and Greenview Shores Boulevard, and also the Folkestone/Yarmouth community. To sign-up, people can visit the Wellington village website at wellingtonfl.gov and fill out an application form.