Dressed un-legislatively in a T-shirt, shorts and boat shoes, Lantana Mayor David Stewart made an impromptu visit to the April 23 meeting of the South Palm Beach Town Council.
“I just wanted to thank your city,” Stewart told council members. “With the bridge situation, both cities have had to work together.”
Specifically, he was pleased that South Palm Beach police responded to a call in his Hypoluxo Island neighborhood to check on an elderly resident who didn’t answer the phone when her son was away.
Lantana and South Palm Beach have a mutual aid agreement to cover Hypoluxo Island while the East Ocean Avenue bridge is under construction. Stewart confirmed that the bridge is scheduled to re-open by Dec. 1, “if we don’t have hurricanes or other drawbacks.”
“I shouldn’t say this but sometimes I think (South Palm Beach police) have been more responsive to calls than I think our department is,” he said.
There is good reason for that. According to Google Maps, Stewart’s home is one mile (four minutes) from the South Palm Beach police station but, with the bridge closed, seven miles (18 minutes) from the Lantana police station via the Lake Worth Bridge.
“When something like the bridge (closing) happens, it’s good to have cooperation,” Stewart said.
— Tim O’Meila