Anthony Fritz, one of Westlake’s founding city council members, resigned on Tuesday in letter addressed to the new town’s mayor.
“Mayor,” Fritz wrote in the undated letter. “This letter serves as my formal notice of resignation from the City Council of the City of Westlake effective immediately. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the City of Westlake.”
The letter, stamped as being received on Tuesday, was sent to The Palm Beach Post on Thursday by the manager of the Seminole Improvement District, which, with the votes Fritz and four others, was converted into Palm Beach County’s newest city on Monday.
Fritz, 27, has an extensive arrest record and is currently in jail in Belle Glade on a charge of battering his live-in girlfriend.
Minto Communities, the developer who plans to construct 4,500 homes in Westlake, has supported incorporation, which has drawn opposition from area residents and some county officials.
Efforts to reach Fritz or any of the voters or council members involved in the founding of Westlake have been unsuccessful. Minto, whose vice president was quoted in a statement announcing the city’s incorporation, did not respond to requests for information about the voters or council members.
The Seminole Improvement District manager, Ken Cassel, also did not provide information about those involved in the incorporation when asked on Wednesday.