Bury­ing util­i­ties just mak­ing a mess

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I am a res­i­dent of Palm Beach and live at the south end. I am ap­palled at what the town is do­ing to our prop­er­ties: dig­ging up great mounds of dirt in front of our build­ings, cut­ting un­der­ground phone and in­ter­net lines, break­ing wa­ter main pipes and gas lines and cre­at­ing power surges and power losses and not know­ing what they are go­ing to en­counter next.

It is out­ra­geous that this work is go­ing on. I am of the im­pres­sion that none of this work should have been started un­til the law­suits against the idea of an un­der­ground­ing project have been set­tled. The town is com­pletely ig­nor­ing this fact and go­ing ahead, not in­form­ing the public that the project is not yet a done deal un­til the law­suits are set­tled.

The town is also ig­nor­ing the fact that the south end is in the most se­vere flood hazard zone of its FEMA flood map area. Why is this project even be­ing done in a flood zone?

Money should be spent on our bat­tered beaches which have suf­fered from the hur­ri­canes, not for some­thing which the town feels will “look nicer” than the con­crete poles, which in­ci­den­tally have proved very re­li­able.

I say stop th­ese ma­chines from dig­ging up th­ese gap­ing holes in front of our once beau­ti­ful lawns, leav­ing un­sightly huge patches of gray dirt with three re­ally ugly large yel­low capped rub­ber pro­tru­sions stick­ing up in the mid­dle of it all.

Is what the town is do­ing right? I would ven­ture to say no.

BAR­BARA NEIMAN, PALM BEACH

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