Indian Trail Improvement District joins call for review of Westlake

The Indian Trail Improvement District has joined a call by Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay to have Gov. Rick Scott investigate the incorporation of Westlake.

“As the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors, elected to serve the residents with regards to drainage, parks and roadways of central Palm Beach County commonly known as The Acreage, we are extremely concerned about the circumstances surrounding the recent conversion of the Seminole Improvement District to Palm Beach County’s 39th municipality called Westlake,” board members wrote to Scott on Friday.

Board members raised many of the same concerns highlighted by McKinlay, who reached out to Scott on Thursday.

Westlake incorporated on Monday when the five votes in favor of conversion were certified by an elections canvassing board.

Minto Communities, the largest landowner in the Seminole Improvement District, backed incorporation, with its vice president, John Carter, saying the developer was having a hard time working with the county as it moved forward with plans to build 4,500 homes in the area.

McKinlay and the Indian Trail Improvement District have raised questions about the legality of the five votes in favor of the conversion plan.

“We respectfully ask that you investigate this issue to ensure the voting process was lawful and free of fraud and that it coincides with the intent of the governing special district conversion legislation,” Indian Trail board members wrote.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott