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  Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 16:26:15 EST by admin

Opinion
by LynnA



CLOUDS OVER LAKE WORTH BEACH

In December 1999, the City passed Ordinance 99-37 which states that any contract over $15,000 must be sent out to bid. Time and time again, month after month, the City breaks its own ordinance. This City attorney does the same thing every time he files a law suit on his own. Why? Because he says he can because of the fee being under $15,000. I believe that what it says is that the law suit can be settled not initiated if itís under $15,000. He fails to mention the tens of thousands of additional dollars it will take in court to fight the citizens.

Mr. OíGorman, former director of the CRA and friend of our Mayor, needs to be on the bid system and the city needs to stop circumventing its own laws. In the past, the assistant city manager put Mr. OíGormanís requests on the Agenda. This time it is the Mayor. When does the sham stop?

According to the audit, bidding procedures are violated 5 out of 8 times. Change orders are constantly made and in one contract alone, change orders were 50 times the amount of the original contract.

The City does not listen to its auditors. Why do we pay them? The City needs to follow its own laws, not just the ones that are convenient. They need to fill in this loop hole that its own employees are abusing as well as the Mayor. This is not in the best interests of citizen taxpayers in Lake Worth. Tell that to the City Attorney.

We have asked many times. The Auditors have told the City. Start sending these things out to bid.

I noticed that Cory O'Gorman is coming back and asking for a 3 year contract with 15% raises each year (rather unheard of in todayís economy) on the beach redevelopment issue plus we pay for all out-of-pocket costs. There is not even a limit on these costs.

The beach project is in legal limbo. There are two law suits still in effect; one by two private citizens and the other by the City of Lake Worth against We Love Lake Worth and its members individually for wanting to put the issue on the ballot so that the residents can vote on what happens at their beach.

If it is so important to give Cory O'Gorman a three year contract such as this, then it is EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO INSIST THAT GREATER BAY produce its financing. Right now, the only thing that GB has done is to refurbish the pool. It cost us $24,000 more than expected and Greater Bay made money off of it. They didn't even put in a 3m board. Mr. OíGorman was in charge.

As both issues are lingering under a cloud here because of law suits, then Greater Bay must perform with their financing before approving Mr. O'Gorman's request for a monthly fee for three years. It seems that we will be paying PLACE Planning & Design whether he works or not.

Remember, there may NOT be a beach redevelopment if this goes to the voters. I have to wonder if this Commission is going to pull a Lois Frankel.

Lynn Anderson
6-30-08


 
 

 
 
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Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 17:54:19 EST
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Thanks, Lynn, for bringing this to the attention of those who care about our beach, which is everyone I know.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by SaveOurBeach on Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 18:21:34 EST
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Any updates on the law suits? These have been going on for some time. I want to save our beach from commercialization and hope you guys win. I would not mind a new bldg where the old one is now if that has to come down but I would rather see it down on A1A and keep the entire upper area a beautiful park and our parking across from benny's intact. Thanks for the fight.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 07:34:11 EST
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In April, City Manager Baldwin said that he would check within his staff who could take over any duties of O'Gorman. O'Gorman's contributions were terminated at that meeting after the pool was finished. They gave him $15,00 then. Three months later we never have heard a word from Mr. Baldwin until his recommendation NOW that Mr. O'Gorman get a 3 year contract.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 11:48:17 EST
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Do you think that something is going on that we don't know about? Law suit settled? What?




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by oscar_night on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 15:10:49 EST
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I have really had it with this commission. How much longer do we have to deal with the likes of those two men and Lowe?




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 @ 09:18:46 EST
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Dave Vespo blamed the law suit on the fact that Greater Bay has not come up with their financing. Well, Dave. He implied that it was the people behind the law suit that was causing this problem. Dave-Drop the law suit against We Love Lake Worth. That would be a great start in the right direction. Let us vote. You might find that you don't have to hire O'Gorman.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by hktorr (info@lakeworthfl.net) on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 @ 17:57:25 EST
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There are THREE commissioners, a CM, a Financial director and some department supervisors that are dealing with city issues as if they were personal investments. Hmm maybe they are? There are a myriad of ways to benefit and be difficult to trace.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 11:13:24 EST
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hktorr-
NO One would EVER deal this way if it was his own personal property. You would never be so willing to spend money like it was water. You would never give away a beach to a developer, encumber it for years and accept a site plan such as this. You would never change the zoning to commercial. What you would do is to maintain your property and ensure that it was a beautiful beach, leaving its natural beauty intact. At least that is what a sane person would do.

Now, if you did not care about an oceanbeach and only cared about money, then you would be very willing to chuck that all away. If Mrs. Rinaldi spoke for ALL the merchants the other night as she said she did, then it is no wonder why they are not doing better than they could. She, as an owner of one of the few places of lodging within this City (and where Greater Bay's Peter Willard stays when in town), I say to you if you are not making money, look for the real reason. It is not the beach and the fact that we do not have a shopping mall there. I recall that The Lucerne was going to be a cure all to drive business to downtown as well.

She said this is what the merchants want and what the residents want. I don't want it. I say to her as well as to the City government, drop the law suit and let the people vote on what WE WANT.

We know why you won't do that.





 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by SaveOurBeach on Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 09:16:42 EST
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So, the commission wants to go ahead with a site plan that we are fighting against. This is very cool, Mayor. You are going to have a lot of problems if you think you are going to get away with this. Vespo is up in November. Someone please step up to the plate and get this guy out. PLEASE. I'm trying to be nice. Now, conveniently, they blame it on a law suit for the reason they are where they're at. You are where you're at because of total neglect of our beach and casino property. You should be in jail.




 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by hktorr (info@lakeworthfl.net) on Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 10:20:39 EST
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Lynn,
ďDonít shoot Frank itís JesseĒ! Iím with you girl! Maybe you misunderstood my post? My feeling is that SOME city officials and supervision benefit from these expensive deals being made. This is why I referred to them treating it as their own personal investments. They spend our money and reap the rewards. Some say follow the money, but it is more complicated than that.

When it comes to payment for corrupt services it can come in many forms not only cash; i.e. promise of a lucrative job, a contract awarded to a friend (who in turn will reward a benefactor), off the book services, etc. The chance of us finding cash in a freezer is slim, but not improbable.

Political positions by nature breeds corruption. This does not apply to all who enter the political arena but I ask you why anyone would pay thousands or millions of dollars to win an election to an office that pays a pittance of this investment? This is happening not Only in Lake Worth but in the USA as a whole.

As far as the e-mails, letter, phone calls to the city it is definitely a show of unity but when they go unanswered or ignored as many of mine have itís time for the contemplation of alternative forms of civil and lawful insurrection.

BTW/ I donít want it either!





 
 

 
 

Re: Clouds over Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 14:41:45 EST
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Hktorr-I knew what you meant. That was written for the guy who didn't! LOL




 
 

 
 
 
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