Saturday, November 5, 2011

Revelations from last Thursday's special Commission Meeting on Casino tenant leases...

  • Construction stopped for past three to four weeks at a cost of $700 to $800 a day.
  • City Manager tells no one on the Commission about delay and associated cost before Thursday night.
  • Construction not stopped at south end of building.
  • Apparent contradiction about delay cost being assessed by Morganti and construction continuing unexplained.
  • Construction stopped due to delay in determining whether we are going to have one, two story restaurant (Johnny Longboats) or two separate restaurants on the first and second floors.
  • Probable name for second floor, stand-alone restaurant:  "L'Rance de Annabeth Dee-lites"
  • Cost of hole in the floor to accommodate two story restaurant around $35,000.
  • A 2 a.m. closing time will change the character of the beach "park."  Does this mean "sun up to sun down?"
  • Conflict in closing hours among the Commission and overall "commercial-ness" of the project will subject a complete review of the business plan - to come in the future - time uncertain.
  • Mr. Banting of Anderson/Carr, official leasing broker for the property, said that he understood why no one else responded to the RFP.  The City of Lake Worth is impossible to work with.
  • Mr. Banting of Anderson/Carr asks where new broker was when RFP was issued, defends Mr. Snitkin as doing everything he can do to find tenants - according to previous direction given by the Commission.
  • Johnny Longboat's chances of walking away at this point: 99% according to Mr. Banting.
  • Commissioner McVoy's introduction of NEW broker recalls the bringing in of Straticon and their claim that the building can be saved.
  • Commissioner McVoy's introduction of NEW broker shows no respect for RFP process and the work of official broker.
  • The faithful - Lawrence McNamara, Annabeth Karson, Lynn Anderson, Commisssioner McVoy vow to carry on how they have gotten "this far."
  • "This far" means: Not saving the building from demolition, expensive Greater Bay lawsuit which could result in large multi-million judgement against the city, losing legacy/destination tenant John G's, pulling money from no visibly provable fund with no end financing, end financing would include the pledging of other city revenues to secure a loan, pretending the project is a rehabilitation when it is new construction, not checking on the soundness of the seawall that will protect the unfortified foundation of the new building, building seaward of the coastal construction control line, ignoring impact of earlier closing times on parking revenues, not having a clear understanding of when turtle nesting season is or how this project will impact them differently than the other building, favoring previous tenants that have contributed to seated Commissioner's campaigns, delaying the project due to indecision, further cementing the impression that the City of Lake Worth is anti-business and cannot be trusted.
  • Maxwell's request to reschedule meeting to a future date proven correct.
  • Did I leave anything out?