Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This won’t take long. Doesn’t the Greater Bay plan in 2009 for our Lake Worth Beach look really good right about now?

However, the public was never allowed to see this plan. Why? Because a previous administration (see the “happy” photo below) thought they could come up with a better plan than Greater Bay did.

Because the contract with Greater Bay was broken that later cost the City a $1.6M settlement (how many potholes could that money have fixed?), countless bills for lawyers, embarrassment for the City of Lake Worth and “egg on our faces” as Mayor Pam Triolo, first elected in 2012, likes to say.

Note the location of Casino. The Greater Bay plan included a parking garage with a new pool facility to the north plus ample access for the handicapped and emergency/commercial vehicles.

The majority elected in 2012, Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso were left to pick up all the pieces.

In 2010–2012 “. . . it appears some corners were cut”, said the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post. You ain’t kidding.

When Commissioner McVoy comes knocking on your door asking for your vote again, just say “I think I’ll pass.

Commissioner McVoy, PhD (beaming, next to former City Manager Stanton) was once so pleased with himself. He was first elected in 2010. Are you ready to give McVoy a raise and 2 more years on our City Commission?


Anonymous said...

Did McVoy vote for the Casino contract?

Wes Blackman said...

McVoy was elected in November 2010. The Casino Construction Manager at Risk Request for Qualifications (RFQ) went out in September of 2010. The responses were due back in October 2010, so the ultimate decision on the contract would have been during the time after McVoy was elected and he was on the dais.

He was also involved in every design decision leading up to the beginning of construction in 2011. He was also there when the leasing decisions were being made and was in favor of separating the restaurant/bar to two different spaces, rather than a two story space and going with Johnny Longboats. They would have taken the second story too. That resulted in a change order and we still have the upstairs space empty thanks to Commissioner McVoy's decisions.

He was also famous for reviewing the business plan for the beach and saying that "even with the most conservative assumptions, we are still going to make money."

We all know how that came out.