New Lake Worth commissioners stress working for all residents

New City Commissioners Omari Hardy (second from left) and Herman Robinson (second from right) were sworn in Tuesday afternoon. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — It’s official: Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson are city commissioners.

Hardy, 27, who will serve District 2 and Robinson, 71, a District 4 commissioner, were sworn in today by City Attorney Glen Torcivia  at a special meeting at City Hall.

Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, thanked his parents and sister and pledged to serve all residents.

“I believe it’s my job to represent this whole city,” Hardy said. “If you find I’m dismissive…or not listening, please let me know.”

He also thanked former Christopher McVoy for his service.

Hardy, who moved to Lake Worth three years ago, said his motivation to serve started about a year ago when he went to a Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association meeting and heard residents’ frustrations.

“I wasn’t sure how I was going to give voice to those frustrations.,” he said. “I hope to solve some of those problems that gave rise to those frustrations.”

He added that many city residents, especially those who live west of Dixie Highway, feel the government doesn’t work for them.

“It’s the responsibility of everybody on this dias to inspire trust and to bring information to the people,” Hardy said.

Robinson, a long-time community organizer who has served on several city boards, echoed Hardy’s comments, saying it’s important for the commission to work for all resisdents.

Building trust is one of the keys to doing that, Robinson said.

Robinson also stressed he wants to see the Gulfstream Hotel renovation project move forward.

“I’m just ready to get to work,” Robinson said.