Civic Association survey addresses future of commerce on the island
The future is in your hands. At least, the future of the Palm Beach business community. Do you support town businesses? What’s your opinion about Worth Avenue, filling store vacancies on South County Road or the resurgence at Royal Poinciana Plaza? Does the development and the feared increase in traffic in West Palm Beach help or harm it?
The Palm Beach Civic Association wants your opinion. It has taken a proactive approach to the issues affecting island businesses with an online survey, which the organization has sent to roughly 4,000 email addresses.
The survey contains 18 multiple-choice questions about the local business community, as well as 10 questions seeking demographic information. The survey grew partly from a February workshop, when town officials and business leaders discussed challenges facing local businesses. That workshop, spearheaded by Town Council member Julie Araskog, came out of a survey the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce did recently.
With the two surveys and the workshop, it seems as though residents finally are paying attention to the business sector.
That hasn’t always been the case. Since the 1970s, some in this protective town have viewed businesses as annoyances because they brought out-of-towners here, increasing traffic and creating parking problems. In turn, the Town Council has historically taken a more hands-off approach when it came to local commerce.
Possibly, the tide is turning, and it is up to the association and Town Council, among others, to put what’s gleaned here to good use.
How will the business community look in 10 years, 15 years? How will e-commerce affect it? Should the town try to attract more visitors here to help support it?
Now is the time to have your voice heard. The survey can be found at palmbeachcivic.org.