During a Lake Worth Beach city commission meeting this week, Commissioner Omari Hardy lashed out at Mayor Pam Triolo over the city’s response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“Thursday night’s Lake Worth Beach city commission meeting turned into a screaming, name-calling, finger-pointing affair between Commissioner Omari Hardy on one side and Mayor Pam Triolo and City Manager Michael Bornstein on the other,” The Palm Beach Post reports.
Hardy first called out Bornstein for shutting people’s electricity during the crisis.
“Bornstein acknowledged during the meeting that 50 customers had their power turned off on Tuesday, a day before the city released a statement that shutoffs were being discontinued,” the newspaper reported.
That’s when Mayor Triolo tried to end the meeting, but Hardy wasn’t finished.
“You call me disrespectful because I’ve interrupted people. But this gentleman has turned off people’s lights in the middle of a global health pandemic. That’s what that gentleman did,” Hardy said. “And you think I’m disrespectful.”
“This is a banana republic is what you’re turning this place into with your so-called leadership,” he continued. “We cut people’s utilities this week and made them pay — with what could have been their last check — to turn their lights off in a global health pandemic. But you don’t care about that! You didn’t want to meet!”
Take a look at the altercation in the video clip below: