Katie LaGrone, Investigative Reporter WPTV
Because of all the hot news lately affecting the publicity in our downtown regarding Dylan Harrison and his manufacture of illegal synthetic drugs, as well as all the reported problems at that downtown establishment, last evening Channel 5 West Palm Beach was on the scene in order to get an interview with Commissioner Andy Amoroso. It had already been reported previously by this blog on July 27 and later by a Miami television station, WPLG Miami, that Mr. Amoroso had accepted a campaign contribution from Harrison.
Amoroso is used to the "friendly" Lake Worth Herald sitting across from him throughout every meeting but last night Channel 5 took him off guard. Taking a few poignant questions from the news media was too hot to handle for Mr. Amoroso.
The chain of events went something like this:
Amoroso enters City Hall and is asked for a brief interview. He says "no" and hurries to his office shutting the door to the hallway so that Channel 5 cannot pursue.
Before the commission meeting begins, he exits his office area and he is asked again--
"Commissioner, why won't you talk to us?" asks Ms. LaGrone.
"I have nothing to say," says Amoroso.
"Commissioner, what is your relationship with the owner of the Kavasutra Bar?" asks LaGrone.
"There is no relationship," says Amoroso.
As we all entered the city hall chamber, we soon found out that there was a deletion to the agenda--Mr. Amoroso had deleted his request that the city pay for his air fare to New York City. This was not the day that Amoroso was in any mood to answer "hot" questions from the press or the public.