Seacoast Utility Authority replaces aging headquarters with $21 million campus.
When you turn on your faucet, you expect water tocome gushing out. When you flush your toilet, you expect the water to go swirling away.
In Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, North Palm Beach and Juno Beach, that has meant relying on the Seacoast Utility Authority, housed for decades in its low-slung, aging headquarters next to the water plant on Hood Road.
Seacoast remains, but after 40 years its headquarters are gone.
In April, the utility started in 1955 by Lake Park and Palm Beach Gardens founder John D. MacArthur completes its move into a stylish series of blue buildings accented by brown stone that nearly doubles its space, protects against hurricanes and modernizes meeting rooms, warehouse space and labs.
County Commissioner Robert Weinroth raised the prospect Thursday during a discussion of creating bus lanes on major roads at the monthly meeting of the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency board, which is made up of 21 elected officials, including five county commissioners.
Palm Beach County’s threat to go after developers ups ante in road impact fee dispute with Palm Beach Gardens.
A long-simmering city-county feud spilled into the business community Tuesday as Palm Beach County commissioners weighed a proposal to slap liens on Palm Beach Gardens developers for failing to pay fees they say they’ve already paid.
At issue is continued growth, business representatives said. If developers following city rules are punished by the county, they’ll go elsewhere.
“This will create a black eye for us,” said Michele Jacobs, president and chief executive of the influential business group, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.