By Mary Thurwachter

    Last year, Lantana completed a drainage and paving improvement project for the parking lot at the beach. This year, new light poles will be added.
    At the Dec. 18 Lantana Town Council meeting, a $48,000 contract with Municipal Lighting Systems Inc. for 16 new light poles and fixtures was approved.
    The rusty old poles, which had to be removed for the paving project, couldn’t be reused, said Town Manager Deborah Manzo.
    Operations Director Mike Greenstein said the new poles will be a similar design to those installed on Ocean Avenue with the new bridge, but more energy efficient.
    The new fixtures will also be sea turtle friendly, Manzo said.
    In other action, the council voted to spend $29,440 to repave a section of the Third Street parking lot north of the Benny’s Restaurant parking area and near the town library.
    Council members debated whether the money should be spent on the lot.
While it needs repair, Mayor Dave Stewart said it serves little public purpose since the bowling alley closed and has been used by neighbors for car repairs.
    There was some discussion about putting in some type of parking meters, and town staff will look into options.
    The repaving will be done by M&M Asphalt Maintenance.

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