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Coronavirus Response Leads To Heated Exchange At Lake Worth Commission Meeting

LAKE WORTH (CBSMiami) – The city of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County says it will not shut off people's utilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The city's announcement comes after a fight at an emergency meeting Thursday, which is now getting a lot of attention.

City of Lake Worth Beach Commission Meeting March 19 2020 by City of Lake Worth Beach on YouTube

"This gentleman has turned off people's lights in the middle of a global health pandemic. That's what that gentleman did. And you think I'm disrespectful for interrupting?" Commissioner Omari Hardy could be heard saying during the meeting. "This gentleman has had the ability to do any number of things."

Mayor Pam Triolo eventually stopped the meeting after getting into that disagreement Hardy.

In a Facebook post, Commissioner Hardy said he does not regret the heated exchange.

"Sometimes you have to get into trouble to stand up for what's right - good trouble," he wrote.

Things got heated last night, but I don't regret a word. Not one. We could have directed the city manager to stop...

Posted by Omari Hardy on Friday, March 20, 2020

Days after the exchange, the city of Lake Worth Beach released a statement on their Facebook page that it would be suspending disconnections until April 30.

Statement Regarding Suspension of Utility Disconnections From the Desk of the City Manager There has been information...

Posted by City of Lake Worth Beach on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mayor Triolo is not commenting on the exchange.

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