Palm Beach County commissioners got a sobering update Tuesday on efforts to revitalize urban areas along Okeechobee Boulevard and Congress Avenue.
The county had designed a 29-mile section of the county an urban redevelopment area with special rules and requirements designed to spur economic development.
But the Great Recession and ongoing storm water retention problems hampered redevelopment efforts, much to the chagrin of commissioners.
“The plan failed,” Commissioner Shelley Vana said. “It failed miserably in my district. If anything, we made it worse.”