property (ies) owned by the City/CRA and made a part of this RFP are
currently occupied by both commercial and business tenants and some
transient and live aboard recreational boater tenants. It is the intent
of the CityCRA to vacate these tenancy upon reasonable notice, including
the expiration of existing leases or rental agreements, in order to
deliver the Marina Property and Spanish Court to the successful Proposer
without further responsibilities for residential or business relocation.
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During Council discussion, questions were asked if this section
pertained just to the wet slips or the wet slips and the Tiki. Messrs
Johnson and Wilkins said it was their intention for it to mean just the
wet slips. All on council agreed that the city council should have say
over the restaurant.
After the discussion was completed, Shelby Lowe made a motion to accept
the RFP as presented. I amended his motion by excluding an exhibit that
showed Cracker Boy as a developable parcel and I asked that the above
section be amended to say it does not include leases approved by the
city council. Vote passed 5-0. I put “not include leases approved by
the city council’ because I did not want the developer to have control
over the restaurant property lease. My thinking was I wanted the
‘sweetheart’ deals at the marina to stop! The City must start getting
its fair share!!!
I campaigned on No More Business As Usual – Bringing Leadership and
Integrity to Riviera Beach. I stand by that. I purposely removed The
Tiki from the RFP document because I want to be certain that The Tiki
pays its fair share to the City of Riviera Beach. The City staff is
currently in the process of renegotiating a new lease with The Tiki. I
will fight to make sure the City gets its fair share. By the council
renegotiating the lease and not the successful Proposer, we will be
certain that we get the best possible deal so we can continue to provide
a better quality of life for all of our residents.
The council does not negotiate leases with the commercial businesses in
the wet slips nor do we negotiate leases with the live aboards. Our
Marina director does. The language in the RFP makes certain that the
Proposer does not come in and clean house. We will make sure the live
aboards and commercial lessees are treated fairly, and given ample time
should they need to be temporarily relocated because of the
redevelopment of the marina. The timetable in the RFP states the CRA
wishes to have a DDA signed by early December. We still have to have
comp plan changes – 18 months. Building Permits – take a guess - and
most importantly, financing has to be obtained. We are still a long
time away from anything happening at the Marina. If we decided not to
have the language above in the agreement, the builder that signs the DDA
could come in and kick everyone out immediately. This council will not
let that happen.
Mr. Lozman knows all of this. He conveniently wants the good old boy
system at the Marina to stay in place Shame on him for purposely and
deliberately distorting the truth.