Boynton Beach Board member resigns amidst accusations of racism

Cindy Falco-DiCorrado Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach Board member resigns amidst accusations of racism

Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a member of two of Boynton Beach’s city advisory boards, resigned via letter after residents accused her of making racist remarks during a recent city meeting.

Falco-DiCorrado vacated both of her volunteer posts on the city’s Community Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Arts Commission this past weekend.

The controversy was prompted by a December 5 commission meeting. Officials at the meeting were discussing the idea of becoming a “sanctuary” city. Falco-DiCorrado was in attendance as activists said they disagreed with the idea of the city adopting policies that aided undocumented immigrants.

One of the remarks made by Falco-DiCorrado involved Boynton resident Mathi Mugilan, to whom she requested, “speak better English,” according to witnesses.

The meeting’s comments led to an outcry for Falco-DiCorrado to resign. Boynton Bech Vice Mayor Justin Katz long with the city and several residents called for her to vacte her positions.

In a letter to the city clerk’s office, Falco-DiCorrado said her comments were “taken out of context.” She did not acknowledge the accusations as her reason for leaving, but instead attributed her resignation to a new career opportunity that would require too much time for her to continue in her board positions.

By request of Boynton Beach Commissioner Joe Casello, the commission had planned to address the issue at Tuesday’s meeting, but Falco-DiCorrado’s resignation rendered it unnecessary.

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