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Top cop — Sgt. Tom Dipolito was recognized as the Lantana Police Department’s Employee of the Year for 2023 during the Town Council’s Feb. 12 meeting.

“In addition to his detective bureau case assignments, Sgt. Dipolito has been instrumental in researching, gathering data and implementing several large-scale projects for the Police Department,” Police Chief Sean Scheller said to Dipolito, who was promoted to sergeant last year.

Support for the Fishing Derby — In a nod to the Lantana Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council agreed to waive rental fees for the recreation center and for the permit to install a tent for the Fishing Derby. The derby, an annual event sponsored by the chamber, takes place May 4, with activities spanning the entire week. The charge to rent the center is typically $25 on weekdays and $75 an hour on weekends and holidays.

Two new trucks — The Town Council authorized the purchase of two new vehicles for the Public Services Department— a 2024 Petersen TL-3 grapple truck for grounds maintenance and the parks and recreation divisions, and a 2024 Altec AT238P bucket truck for putting up banners, building maintenance, maintaining decorative lighting, holiday decorations and trimming trees.
Cost of the grapple truck is $216,405; the bucket truck is $156,812. The funds will come from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Shropshire promoted on Planning Commission — Former Town Council member Ed Shropshire has been appointed to a voting seat on the town’s Planning Commission, moving up from his alternate position. The council chose him to replace Veronica Cobb, who was appointed to the commission in September and resigned less than two months later.

— Mary Thurwachter

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