Vote gives Riviera CRA boss more time
RIVIERA BEACH — Floyd Johnson bought another month in his post as the city's beleaguered community redevelopment agency executive director.
The CRA board voted 3-2 Wednesday to keep Johnson on for another month while they determine what goals to establish for him. Initially, the board had been poised to allow Johnson's $165,000 contract to expire Aug. 31, but board member Vanessa Lee switched her vote on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, Lee led the charge to oust Johnson.
Along with Lee, CRA board member Liz Wade and Chairwoman Ann Iles voted for Johnson on Wednesday night. CRA board members Jim Jackson and Norma Duncombe dissented.
Johnson has been at the CRA's helm since August 2004. At the time, he inherited a financially strapped agency that had no clear plans for redevelopment.
A former U.S. Marine Corps captain, Johnson has spent most of his professional career as a government administrator. In 1982, he became the first black appointed Broward County administrator and had stints as city manager in Richmond, Calif., and Fort Lauderdale.
In Riviera Beach, supporters hailed Johnson for getting the city's two major redevelopment projects off the ground. Under Johnson, Viking Inlet Harbor Properties began negotiations to develop 400 acres of mostly blight along the Intracoastal Waterway and Catalfumo Construction pursued developing the Ocean Mall on Singer Island.
In the next 30 days, the CRA board is going to schedule a workshop to determine what Johnson's goals should be and whether to extend the contract for another year.
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