Broadway Avenue crime spilling into nearby neighborhoods

'Drug dealers and prostitutes hang out in a vacant lot,' resident says
Posted at 10:28 PM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 23:54:40-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The police chief, residents and business owners were all in the same room Wednesday looking for solutions after requesting a meeting with West Palm Beach's top cop.

"We called y'all. It took some time to get there," one woman said.

Another was looking for other solutions to fighting crime.

"It has to change," she said.

One woman was simply scared.

"I don't want to end up in the lake," she said.

These people are tired and are sharing frustrations within their own West Palm Beach neighborhood.

"The drug dealers and prostitutes hang out in a vacant lot," one man said.

Many in attendance said their concerns are centered on Broadway Avenue.

While the city of West Palm Beach reported an overall decrease in its crime rate in the latest statewide stats, residents like Dwayne White said that's not the reality he's facing. White brought his concerns to West Palm Beach Police Chief Frank Adderly.

"I can't confidently tell my wife and kids to go out at night and go for a walk," he said.

Adderly said the Broadway corridor already has his attention as his officers are actively working the area.

He said they've made 53 drug arrests and 52 more arrests for prostitution since January.

"To see from the residents' perception as to how effective our responses are gives us another way of evaluating our successes," he said.

Adderly will meet with the residents again in the Broadway area on Dec. 8. At that time, he'll give them updates on the moves the department has made to curb crime in that area.