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I started Paws on the Avenue 23 years ago. When I opened in 1999, the Gulfstream Hotel was open and we stayed open daily until 9 pm because of all the foot traffic it brought to our door.

Since the Gulfstream closed we have had to scale back our hours to 7 pm during the week. I chose Lake Worth Beach to open my business because of the small town feel and pet friendly atmosphere but I also saw the potential for growth.

I have seen commissioners come and go over the years kicking the Gulfstream restoration down the road. Enough of this. This should be a unanimous vote and everyone should support the Gills wholeheartedly and give them what they need to begin the restoration. The taxpayers want and need this.

Please don't tear down our history.

I think it’s important that we hold on to some of our older historical buildings , the structure is magnificent in itself . The way things are just torn down for profit is a discredit to everyone

My husband and I bought our 1st property in Lake Worth more than 15 years ago. We imagined that someday the town would emerge as a reinvigorated beachside town worthy of everything its prime location has to offer. We invested in multiple properties over the years. At one point we owned two of the cottages featured in the “Cottages of Lake Worth” and one was even featured in Architectural Digest. We put our heart and soul into each of them, leaving each one better than we found it. These homes and the town itself became a huge source of pride for us. Our friends came to visit and saw what we did too. But over the years we have seen too many businesses and restaurants come and go. And too many ridiculous arguments over any development. The city lost its shine for many. Why? I am sure there are lots of reasons. But there is one fact that can’t be disputed. The Gulfstream Hotel, a historic gem, deserves to be restored. It simply can not languish any longer. It will represent a rebirth for this town. New businesses will invest, families will flock here to enjoy what we have always seen…a perfect beachside town. Don’t we want people to see this too? Lake Worth deserves to shine and the Gulfstream does too. To the people trying to make this project happen thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless efforts. We so appreciate you seeing what so many of us do too.

I would like to see the Gulfstream Hotel go through.

I am here tonight to witness the successful conclusion of an agreement between the City of Lake Worth Beach and Restoration St. Louis to move forward immediately with the development of the Gulfstream Hotel property. The people of Lake Worth Beach are ready to go. Restoration St. Louis is ready to go. Now we need the Commission to vote YES today, August 25th, 2022. Any further delay is unreasonable. Do your job now!

I’m a new Lake Worth resident it’s so happy to live here. Unfortunately every time I pass the Gulfstream hotel the beautiful historic structure is sitting there rotting
I totally support the new developer and the plans that they have drawn up to bring this gem back to life. We need to move forward once and for all or else the wrecking ball will take it. I also believe this would be a great opportunity for employment within the surrounding area.

We have to believe the majority of the citizens of Lake Worth Beach have spoken on their desire to have the Gill's develop the Gulfstream Hotel,they have a track record on historical restoration and we have to believe that they have no hidden agenda and truly love our city.If this project fails we will have one more empty lot in the city and the naysayers will continue to call our beloved city "Lake Worthless"! Let's do this!

Thank you,Debra and Kevin Brennan

Affordable housing and the Gulfstream redevelopment is two totally different issues .......Get the Gulfstream done will help with Affordable housing.......

The city residents voted years ago overwhelming that they wanted to see the Gulfstream restored. Now do your jobs and support your community, get this project moving!

It is time for our leaders to look to the future and not be reactive to our current situation. The city has little control on housing prices but can look to increase employment opportunities and expand future tax base to help create the city we all want. If the city wants to help their citizens in this high inflation environment where 1 out of 6 citizens are behind on their utility bill, impacting financial assistance to those in need would be a good place to start.

Honorable Mayor and Commissioners,

Vote tonight to approve this next step for the Gulfstream Hotel restoration project. Completion of this important project will crest jobs, revitalize our downtown area and reopen the historic hotel for visitors and residents to enjoy. Please do the right thing for Lake Worth Beach residents and business owners.

I support the Gulfstream Hotel project and want to see the City support it, too.

My name is Ellen Negley. I'm a watercolor artist and my husband and I moved to Lake Worth Beach 7 years ago with the hope that all the creative energy in this town would one day find forward momentum and Lake Worth Beach would no longer be known for high crime and faulty electricity. Instead it would become all that it could be....unique, eclectic, artistic and most importantly, financially stable.

As an artist, my small business is completely dependent on new residents and tourism....people that vacation in Florida and want to take a piece of our heaven home with them. I'd like to open up a gallery in downtown Lake Worth Beach but for now I won't because Lake Worth Beach doesn't draw the kind of people that I would need to support my business. But you know who could change all that? The Gills and the Gulfstream Hotel.

The Gulfstream Hotel would bring a constant flow of visitors to our community that would support artists like myself. Every small business in the downtown corridor would reap the benefits of this project. The tourism generated by the Gulfstream would bring the needed stability to our downtown. How long do we have to watch the revolving door of businesses starting and then failing six month later?

My husband and I have put our hearts, souls and money into restoring our home. I was part of the Free Little Art Galleries initiative. My artwork filled the walls at the Hatch for Island Fest. We support our downtown businesses weekly. It feels like we've done our part. It's your turn to make a difference. The Gulfstream is that difference.

Thanks for your time.
Ellen

I am a Lake Worth resident and would like to comment on the Accessibility of Beach Services Agreement. I feel that we should include some language that indicates that in no way will future contract amendments impact public access to the beach. The current agreement indicates that each time the vendor contract expires, the hotel can ask the City for additional services. If these services create a larger footprint on the beach (for example more chairs, etc), this has the potential to decrease the amount/surface area of beach available to the public. It is unreasonable to expect residents to constantly have to follow the vendor contract schedule to make sure our beach does not end up increasing services to the hotel while decreasing public access. We will likely be having this same discussion in one year when the current vendor contract ends if no language is added to the agreement. I would like to say that I enjoyed the Gulfstream when I first moved to Lake Worth and have always wanted it to reopen. That said, we as a community are giving more than our fair share. The community should feel comfortable that one of our most treasured assets “the beach” will not be negatively impacted by private business.

Bo Allen

33460

Mayor & Commissioners,
This project and the development of the Gulfstream Hotel property has the overwhelming public support. The benefits to the City are both economic quality of life related. The increase in taxes collected paired with the utility usage might even give the City funds to build a pool at the beach, note to Commish, it takes more than talk, if you "really" want a community pool build, you'll needs to find the funding, it's right here! The citizens voted overwhelmingly for the height variance and we want this project approved. Please vote for your constituents and not the no growth anarchist that seem to be telling three of you what do do.

I was born and raised in Lake Worth beach. Now that I am 19 and about to start my 2nd year of college, I truly cannot believe I have never been able to step foot in the Gulf Stream hotel. I never got to see where my parents spent their wedding night. I have been robbed of the opportunity to enjoy a luxury hotel in my own town. That said, I fully support the final items related to the Gulfstream Hotel restoration and vote to move this project forward as each of you have verbally indicated you are in favor. Let your actions match your words. This project is too important for us to lose .

I would like to add my support for the City Commission to approve the Economic Development Incentive Agreement for the Gulfstream Hotel, that come before it tonight.

The residents and stakeholders of the City of Lake Worth Beach have overwhelmingly voiced their support for the Gulfstream Hotel to reopen, and the comparatively small incentive package compared to the large economic impact to the City, that the Gulfstream Hotel will bring.

The analysis is crystal clear of the tremendous positive impact to the City. It is time to move this forward.

Thank you.

We fully support whatever is required to facilitate the renovation and rejuvenation of the gulfstream hotel. I have been a resident since 2005, and owned more than one property. It was the city needs to move ahead. Please make this happen.

Along with the vast majority of Lake Worth taxpayers, I urge you commissioners to fulfill your promises to ease the Gulf Stream project into production, at long last. As has been amply demonstrated, the reborn hotel will be a boon for our town, bringing jobs and also customers for our existing businesses. Please, let’s get this done!
Thank you.

I hope the city makes the right choice and votes in support of this project. It can only bring more jobs, tax revenue, and we would have a historical building brought back to life. How could you vote it down.

Dan Volker

33460

I believe critically important information is missing from the town's collective knowledge base --- The town is collectively UNAWARE that Lake Worth Beach could be a world-famous Scuba Dive and Snorkel Destination.
This means tens, or hundreds of millions of dollars, should be pouring into Lake Worth Beach right now. This money would be pouring in right now except for the failures of past Commissions on recognizing the enormous natural resource they have. Next month I will be acquainting the Commissioners with the PROOF of what I am suggesting here.

The take-away for today... is that the Gulfstream should become a MASSIVE CONDUIT to funnel State and County Tourism Dollars into, as well as to represent a foundation for a very large influx of Dive Tourists, directly into the town's entertainment district economy, and this should be with practically no increased traffic by rental cars, as Dive Tourist do not typically desire a car at Dive Resorts... Very easy solutions for them will be presented. THE GULFSTREAM WILL MAKE LAKE WORTH SO MUCH MONEY THAT THE HUMAN SERVICES THAT SEVERAL COMMISSIONERS ARE FIGHTING FOR -- WILL BECOME EASY TO ACHIEVE AND ENTIRELY PAID FOR BY THE ECONOMY THE HOTEL WILL GENERATE.

I have not seen the good or bad in the contracts, so I have no knowledge of what several commissioners are attempting to protect us from.
I am sure they are trying to protect us....
Whatever good or bad, the potential economic benefits need to be considered WITH the other issues.

Gulfstream Hotel - a significant part of our history and an opportunity to have an influential impact on our future; either positive or negative.
The existing structure lying dormant has become a burden on the city and will detract from our image as we move forward. Restoration will provide employment, financial support to our community, enhancement of our image and restoring a beautiful historical building.
We can not abandon our future and ignore the benefits of creating an opportunity in which all in the community will benefit .
Approve the Gulfstream restoration - it is good for the community and good for you.

It is time to move forward with this project. The stalling by some of the commissioners needs to stop and they need to look at the benefits increased revenue will bring to the city of lake worth. You can’t build a better infrastructure without a financial base.
The reopening of the Gulfstream will be a boon for business owners and revitalize a depressed downtown area.
Please move forward and put the entire community and businesses before your personal desires.

I started Paws on the Avenue 23 years ago. When I opened in 1999, the Gulfstream Hotel was open and we stayed open daily until 9 pm because of all the foot traffic it brought to our door.

Since the Gulfstream closed we have had to scale back our hours to 7 pm during the week. I chose Lake Worth Beach to open my business because of the small town feel and pet friendly atmosphere but I also saw the potential for growth.

I have seen commissioners come and go over the years kicking the Gulfstream restoration down the road. Enough of this. This should be a unanimous vote and everyone should support the Gills wholeheartedly and give them what they need to begin the restoration. The taxpayers want and need this.

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