Community members take part in Mayor Steven Grant’s first mayor’s town hall meeting Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Carolyn Sims Center. (Staff photographer Damon Higgins)
Mayor Steven Grant will host a Town Hall meeting Monday (today) at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd. For information, contact Eleanor Krusell at 561-742-6010.
Also, this month’s first City Commission meeting has been moved from Tuesday to Monday (today) because commissioners are traveling to Tallahassee on Tuesday for Palm Beach County Day. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Here’s what happened at the first mayor’s town hall:
Boynton mayor’s meeting highlights need for social growth, mentors
This is Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant’s first hurricane while living in Florida, and he’s advising residents to “expect the worst and hope for the best.”
The Post spoke with him after 1 p.m., about when the first bands of Hurricane Matthew reached Palm Beach County, and at that time he said: “Now’s the time to be in the place that you need to be in.”
Stay up to the minute with The Post’s Hurricane Matthew coverage here.
Grant will be at the city’s Emergency Operations Center at the fire station on High Ridge Road along with other officials. They got there at noon.
“We will be giving people a lot of instructions over the Internet,” he said. “Check the radio if you have it.”
He said residents living east of Federal Highway should think about going elsewhere.
“Right now we don’t know how bad it’s going to get,” he said. “I hope everyone is staying safe, has supplies, and I want to remind everyone to go inside.”
Steven Grant, 33, is the new Boynton Beach mayor.
When reached by phone Tuesday night, Jerry Taylor, 80, said: “It’s over. He won.”
Taylor, who was seeking his sixth term as mayor, said he doesn’t plan to run again.
“I was honored to serve the city for 13 years. I did my best and I hope the city moves forward,” he said.
Grant, when reached by phone, was celebrating at the Twisted Fish.
“A lot of people didn’t give me any sort of chance in the beginning and I was able to prove them all wrong,” Grant said.
As of 9 p.m. Grant had 2,538 votes and Taylor had 1,906.
Check back for more information on this breaking news story.
It’s early in the night but so far Steven Grant has a lead over incumbent Jerry Taylor, 80, in the race for the
Boynton Beach mayor’s seat.
Grant, 33, has 1,808 votes compared to Taylor’s 1,513.
This update is from numbers posted at about 8 p.m.
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