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    Posted December 11, 2008 by
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    Lake Worth, Florida
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    Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment Plan

     
    Lake Worth, Florida - The Lake Worth City Commission held a special meeting Wednesday night to review the proposal by Straticon Construction Services to renovate the existing Lake Worth Beach Casino building. The new proposal was brought forth after the Commission voted to break its deal with Greater Bay Construction of Tampa, Florida last week. Straticon presented a lengthy presentation explaining its testing methods, structural findings, and total cost. We have included a video of parts of that presentation below. They concluded that the building needed extensive work. The total cost to just renovate the building would be 9.8 million dollars. This estimate did not include the boardwalk, parking, or infrastructure needed to complete the project. The commission wanted to fast track Straticon's proposal without sending the project out to bid. City staff quickly interjected that this would be a violation of Florida biding law. Com. Suzanne Mulvehill then suggested that it would be "ok" for the commission to break the law to fast track the project. This is significant because Mulvehill took thousands of dollars from beach tenants during her campaign. Mayor Jeff Clemens asked if the building departments March 31st deadline for vendors to leave the building could be considered an emergency and allow the city to bypass Florida bidding laws. Again, city staff has to demand that the commission send the project back out bid. The meeting concluded with commission voting to spend $50 thousand dollars on a feasibility study as to how they would finance the project and an RFQ for an engineering or architectural firm to design the project. Initial estimates put the total project near 20 million dollars. (Photo 1 Straticon Plan) (Photo 2. Com. Cara Jennings) (Photo 3 Com. Suzanne Mulvehill) (Photo 4 Lake Worth City Commission)
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