August (2016) primary races already shaping up for Martin Commission


Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: After four years of a new commission majority, some in the business and development community want change. The new majority put teeth back into Martin’s protective growth plan, reined in a wildly out-of-control Business Development Board and stopped a plan to build a customs facility at the airport that looked like a money pit for taxpayers. The majority slowed the Community Redevelopment Area gravy train that benefited a few at the expense of the many.

The District 5 (Palm City) race has two development-friendly candidates so far — incumbent Commissioner John Haddox and former commissioner Ed Ciampi. Haddox ran as a friend of the environment and proponent of making developers follow the rules. But over the last four years he has switched sides. Now he votes with longtime developer pal Doug Smith.

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