Friday, February 19, 2021

Florida Petition: Don't abandon bridle trail in Palm Beach Point Petition

TO: Wellington Florida Village Council and ACME Board

We, the undersigned property owners, tenants and equestrian trainers/riders of Wellington, hereby petition ACME and the Village of Wellington (VOW) to deny all applications to abandon the Lake Worth Road Right of Way (LWR ROW) located within Palm Beach Point (PBP) and to deny all applications to give title to the land to the abutting property owners. Also,

We hereby request that the LWR ROW be incorporated into the Village Bridle Trail System.

Why is this important? Reason: The Lake Worth Road Right of Way on the North side of the C-24 Canal in Palm Beach Point has been used by equestrians in Wellington for at least 32 years as a bridle trail. It is openly used by all equestrians in Wellington, not just those in Palm Beach Point. The Equestrian Element of Wellington’s Comprehensive Plan has always placed a high value on adding bridle trails, not eliminating them. Abandoning this trail would allow adjacent property owners to fence off public access, which would be devastating to the entire equestrian community now and to the future.

The LWR ROW Bridle Trail in Palm Beach Point is one of the most unique and desirable publicly accessible trails in all of Wellington due to its generous one hundred twenty foot width (120’) and its extraordinary one half mile length. It enables equestrians to work their horse at any gait, including a full gallop, on both the straightaway, in a circle, figure eight or other training pattern. It also allows riders to safely pass while traveling in opposite directions. The highly unique 120’ width also helps maintain the rideable grass surface since traffic is spread over a very large area. Most of the public trails in Wellington are much narrower which decreases rideability due to the greater wear generated by more traffic over a lesser area.

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