Lake Worth Mayor: ‘We have truly turned the corner’

Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo tells residents and staff the city is on the upswing at her State of the City Address. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo tells residents and staff the city is on the upswing at her annual State of the City Address Tuesday night. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Despite still facing serious challenges and dealing with years of benign neglect, Lake Worth is a city on the upswing, one that is finally ready to put a 30 year downward trend in the rear view mirror, Mayor Pam Triolo said Tuesday night during her annual State of the City Address.

“We truly have turned the corner,” Triolo said during her 35-minute speech at the Lake Worth Casino ballroom.”We’re going in a new direction…many good things, record-breaking things are happening.”

Triolo pointed to several projects, including the $40 million road project that is scheduled to start in the spring, the new solar panel energy field that will be unveiled on Feb.28 and one the city said will generate enough clean energy to power more than 250 homes and reduce carbon emissions by four million pounds.

She also referenced the LED street lighting project that has city crews replacing more than 4,000 city lights with energy efficient LED bulbs.

Lake Worth said it’s only the third Florida city to build a solar farm.

“The new Lake Worth is a city that embraces the future,” Triolo said.

One of the biggest problems facing the city — and Palm Beach County — is the heroin epidemic.

“It’s ravaging lives across our nation and it is no secret that we are seeing it play out on our streets,” Triolo said.

Last year Lake Worth added five more Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies to help fight the war on drugs.

“The old Lake Worth would have considered dumping the sheriff’s office contract, not expanding the number of deputies,” Triolo said.

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