Pahokee City Manager Williamson answers queries

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson responded to the newspaper’s questions on Monday regarding the recent firing of the city attorney and several other events in the city.

Gary Brandenburg

Asked to comment on each topic covered in the related stories on Pages 9, 31 and 32, his answers, sent by email, were as follows:

• On the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General’s May 6 report: “No comment.”

• On the firing of the city attorney April 23: “No comment. He is a chartered officer that works at the will of the elected body and citizens.”

• On the issues former City Attorney Gary Brandenburg raised in his report dated April 22: “Sorry, no comment. (No report was officially presented.)”

• On the project that has taken place at the old hospital on Mr. Brandenburg’s initiative: “(Administrative exploration of future development was a vision goal and remains as such; no current project is occurring.)”

• The ongoing marina projects and their current statuses. “No current/ongoing projects are occurring at this time. There are plans for remaining small item repairs in the near future via bid, but they will not affect any operations of management of the marina.”

• The dangers posed by the receding water level in Lake Okeechobee to the waterfront park facilities and/or to owners of private vessels docked at the Pahokee Marina: “Not an expert on this question, but from other experts in the field, the city has been advised lower levels affect or create difficulty for passage by boaters and for mooring at marinas. In addition, experts in the field have indicated lower levels will have a direct effect on the wildlife that’s popular in this region. From a city viewpoint, the lower levels will severely put a strain on economic viability of cities around the lake that rely on eco-tourism and the ability to promote the Glades cities.” (To see boats endangered by low lake level visit .)

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