Boynton Beach Plans Legacy Project Amidst Community Concerns

In a recent meeting of the Boynton Beach City Commission, the most notable discussion centered on the city’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), where the Hester Center project was described as a “legacy project. ” The CIP presentation, delivered by Mario Guzman, Director of Public Works, outlined the city’s comprehensive plan for infrastructure and development projects, including the allocation of funds and the importance of pursuing grant opportunities. The meeting also included robust public commentary on a range of issues, from concerns about the potential health risks of street lighting to allegations of corruption and bias among city officials.

The Hester Center project was a focal point of the CIP presentation, with the city manager providing an estimated completion date and discussing challenges related to supply chain issues. The project was highlighted for its potential to define the city and benefit the community.

In addition to the Hester Center, the presentation covered a variety of small projects such as the EcoCenter, fire station improvements, and roadway enhancements. The importance of these projects was emphasized, particularly in light of the need for additional funding. The selection dynamics and condition of city-owned roads were also discussed, with an emphasis on the impact of road paving on road usage and the need for traffic calming measures.

Public comments during the meeting addressed a variety of concerns. A resident questioned the color of street lights in the Northwest 11th Avenue area and their potential health implications. This prompted a broader discussion on the need for consistent lighting throughout the city. Other community members raised issues ranging from the fate of donated trees to the desire for safer parking on narrow roads.


One of the more controversial topics brought up by the public included allegations of sexual activity involving government officials and concerns about the LGBTQ+ community’s impact on society. A speaker criticized the handling of an investigation, citing perceived discrepancies in the process. The public comments portion also featured strong opinions on issues such as public health, transparency, community representation, and social and cultural matters.

The meeting took a contentious turn as several speakers expressed frustration with city officials, including accusations against the city manager and city attorney of bias and creating a hostile environment. An education and civil rights activist called for action against racial discrimination, and others echoed concerns about bias and unfair treatment. One speaker vouched for the presumption of innocence, emphasizing the need for unbiased investigations into certain city officials.

A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to addressing the comments and concerns raised by the public. The commission engaged in discussions on these matters, though the specifics of their responses were not detailed in the summary provided.


In addition to the public comments and CIP presentation, the meeting included a discussion about an interlocal agreement regarding a pilot rideshare program, which Commissioner Hay pulled for discussion. Details about the program’s start date, vehicles, and potential expansion were sought, with the staff providing information about the budget, charging stations, and ride fares. The program aims to enhance transportation options within the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district and potentially beyond.

The commission also approved an ordinance to repeal segregation laws in the city and debated the scheduling of future meetings. It was decided that the March 19th meeting would be canceled due to the primary election, and its items would be combined with the April 2nd, 2024 meeting.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Ty Penserga
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