Martin growth debate energizes first Jupiter Island candidateDecember 9th, 2011 by Post Staff
Palm Beach Post Opinion columnist Sally Swartz notes that Jupiter Island, where residents in one of America’s richest ZIP codes once loved living in splendid isolation, made history this week.
Island Town Commissioner Anne Scott filed to run as a Republican for the Martin Commission seat now held by Patrick Hayes — the first Island resident ever to enter a county race.
Sally writes in her column that Ms. Scott, who used to be a judge in Illinois, wants to be a commissioner for the same reason she became a judge. “Who would not want to be the one who makes sure things come out the right way?” Ms. Scott asks.
The “right way,” Ms. Scott said, is following the county’s protective growth plan, which has saved Martin from the sprawling development that afflicts its South Florida neighbors. The commission majority — Commissioners Patrick Hayes, Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi — frequently vote to make deals with developers rather than follow the plan.
You can read Sally’s full column here.