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Growing area of Palm Beach County could become newest city

Indian Trail Improvement District discussing incorporating
Posted at 10:57 PM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 23:30:35-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Kevin Bedsworth listened intently to a proposal to once again incorporate the Indian Trail Improvement District, an area that includes The Acreage.

"We're curious about how it could affect the rules and regulations for our neighborhood," he said.

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Several groups have looked into the idea of incorporating but this is the first time the improvement district has proposed it.

At a meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, the discussion focused on reviewing a proposed charter, the next feasibility study and possible incorporation.

"I've been a resident out here for over 15 years and I'm a supporter of incorporating," Cheryl Leslie said.

Within the preliminary charter, the boundaries of the municipality are roughly 27,000 acres an 40,000 residents. Among the decisions that would still need to be made would be a name, some proposing the village of Indian Trail others preferring Loxahatchee.

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The charter said the municipality would continue to contract with Palm Beach County for essential services.

"The MSTO for fire will stay in that and with (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office). We'll contract with PBSO," committee member Betty Argue said.

The committee must present its proposal by September to the legislative review committee. If the charter meets all requirements, they will submit their final proposal to the state by January.