Wellington Planning Board Gives Approval for the Global Dressage Festival 'Equestrian Village'


"After nearly seven hours of discussion that ran until early Thursday, plans allowing for an equestrian arena, hotel and shops at a key corner of Wellington's Equestrian Preserve head to the Village Council." reported Mitra Malek, The Palm Beach Post. In a meeting with over 200 in attendance which was adjourned at 2AM Thursday morning, the village's planning, zoning and adjustment board in a split vote recommended approval of land-use and zoning changes, along with conditional uses, for 59 acres at the northeast corner of Pierson Road and South Shore Boulevard. Equestrian Sports Partners — in particular Mark Bellissimo, who heads the festival — made a moving case for construction of what his group has pitched as an "Equestrian Village" meant to increase Wellington's profile as a worldwide equestrian destination and be a draw for the everyday person who hasn't had much exposure to equine sports.
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