Going viral at this time seems to be the norm when you put Coronavirus at the forefront of your post, but the events that took place at the City Commission of Lake Worth Beach meeting has exploded online.
Commissioner Omari Hardy shouting at Mayor Pam Trilo has become the talk of the internet. Hardy became irate over an argument of whether the Mayor Trilo and City Manager Michael Bornstein responded effectively to the COVID-19 outbreak. He cited that Bornstein should not have had the emergency powers he exercised before the city has formally declared an emergency. Hardy also deemed the mandates made by Bornstein as ineffective and negligent to the people.
"This is a banana republic, is what you're turning this place into with your so-called leadership," Hardy shouted at Mayor Triolo. "We should have been talking about this last week. We cut off people's utilities this week and made them pay what could have been their last check to us to turn their lights on in a global health pandemic!"
Bornstein retorted in a statement to Florida newspaper The Palm Beach Post. "I have the authority to temporarily change and adjust operations especially during an emergency,"
Mayor Triolo also stated that "in situations like this," it traditionally falls to the city manager to step in and manage the crisis while the commission and mayor play a more supportive role.
Hardy contests this and has repeatedly asked for an emergency meeting to address the allocation of powers, but Bornstein has denied his request. The commission did finally meet on Thursday, but the meeting abruptly ended after the incident in the video.
The whole meeting can be seen below, the incident is at 1:30:00 in the video.
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