Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters unveils new 'stop the violence' plan, residents question action
Mayor says community will see action in weeks
11:44 PM, Aug 22, 2013
5:05 AM, Aug 23, 2013
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- - After three killings in just a few weeks time, Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters is so concerned about the uptick in violence he is unveiling a new plan to stop future violence.
The plan was outlined in ten bullet points.
The mayor called for a month of prayer, crime watch groups, door-to-door canvassing, a gun buy-back program, metal detectors in schools and using ex-offenders to broker deals with gangs.
"They just want to be voted in because everyone that's got up there, the violence hasn't stop. Still the same thing," said Helen O'Neil who has called Riviera Beach home for three decades.
When asked about what would be different this time and if this latest press conference was just talk, Mayor Masters appeared defensive.
"You tell me. What do you think? What kind of question is that?" said Mayor Masters. "What do you think? Why would you ask me that? Do you think I would come here just to talk?" I'm not coming here for frustration, I'm coming here to tell you what we're going to do."
The mayor went on to say he will also hold ex-offender job fairs.
"People want a mayor who is going to stand with the people. They don't re-elect mayors to talk," said Mayor Masters.
O'Neil like many other in the community, will not be holding their breath the new plan will work.
"It's worth a try. It's worth a try. Anything is worth a try right now," said O'Neil.
Records indicate Masters held at least six similar "stop the violence" meetings in 2012 and has held as many as six similar events in 2013.
Mayor Masters said the community will start seeing the action he is talking about in just a few weeks.