Wednesday, July 19, 2017

From last night’s City Commission meeting.

There’s big news.

Remember “Discussion with REG Architects, Inc., and The Morganti Group, Inc.,” vis-à-vis the “tolling agreement” at our City’s Casino at the Beach?

[Timeline below, early 2013–June 6th, 2017.]

At the end of this blog post is an update we’ve all been waiting for a very long time.

Remember, a tolling agreement is an agreement to waive a right to claim that litigation should be dismissed due to the expiration of a statute of limitations.

From September 17th, 2015 on this blog:

“Rain is not very kind to our Casino building. You would think a structure constructed next to the Atlantic Ocean in a sub-tropical climate would be built to standards to withstand a storm. But it’s not. Fortunately, the structure was spared last year [2014] being tested by hurricane-strength winds but did go through some heavy rain events [in 2015] and it failed the test miserably.”

Rain causes leaks at Lake Worth Casino building”.
Remember this news report on NBC5/WPTV in September 2015?
Timeline. February 15th, 2015: Item 12A on Commission agenda, “Declare REG Architects, Inc., The Morganti Group, Inc., and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in default.”

March 2nd, 2016: “City Commission meeting regarding the default declaration for the Casino construction problems.”

October 31st, 2016: “Discussion with REG Architects, Inc., and The Morganti Group, Inc., on their proposed fixes at the Casino Building.”

January 24th, 2017:Item 9G. Extension of Tolling Agreement with REG Architects, Inc., and The Morganti Group, Inc.”

June 6th, 2017, at the City Commission during public comment. A concerned citizen did research and compiled a list of dates when the tolling agreement was a subject of discussion at the Commission, vis-à-vis the construction problems and continuing issues with the City’s Casino at the Beach:
  • Early 2013
  • November 2013
  • August 2014
  • September 2014
  • May 2015
  • Late 2015
  • February 16th, 2016
  • March 1st, 2016
  • March 22nd, 2016
  • June 7th, 2016
  • November 3rd, 2016
  • January 24th, 2017
  • May 16th, 2017
  • June 1st, 2017: the latest tolling agreement extension agreement expired.
The previous Casino structure prior to the newly ‘renovated’ one we have now at the Beach:


City Attorney Glen Torcivia, near the end of last night’s Commission meeting, said something like “tied up with a bow”. At the City Commission meeting on August 1st, Torcivia is going to provide the details, this issue with the Casino complex construction and “tolling agreements” is finally coming to an end with a settlement!

Torcivia, by the way, looked quite pleased and very confident delivering this update. Stay tuned, as they say.

Peggy Fisher will be very happy as well.