Well, this time the city actually outdid itself with 22 items on the Consent Agenda...4 short of a complete alphabet.
July 18 Agenda
One of the more interesting items on the Consent Agenda is the approval of the naming rights on the property known as the "Steinhardt property." No discussion on this--just pushing items forward in this "transparent" city environment.
A little background:
Originally leased to Marshall, owner of the Gulfstream Hotel back then,
who flipped the lease to Milton Steinhardt--submerged land was leased from the
City of Lake Worth in 1967 on a 99 year lease. He wanted to develop
five, 10 story condos on three man-made islands at the southeast end of
the Intracoastal Waterway bridge across from the Lake Worth beach. He
also sought federal permits to build a boat marina at the site. The City
applied for the permits on his behalf in order to bring some sort of
clout to his requests and to possibly speed it along.
paying $6,000 a year to the City of Lake Worth and after Save the
Waterfront and Town, chaired by Laurence McNamara along with other members, one of whom was the late Peter Timm, went out on a petition in 2005, Steinhardt's dream was soon ended in spite of elected officials such as the then mayor, Rodney Romano, trying to keep it off the ballot. Eventually, the PAC got it on a March ballot and won at the ballot
box on a Public Land/Public Vote Charter Amendment with 60% of the vote.
Betty Resch, former City
of Lake Worth attorney represented the Steinhardts and came before the
City Commission some years ago and asked for an extension of the
Lease. On first vote, Romano, McKinnon and Burns voted FOR the
extension. At the next regularly scheduled meeting, McKinnon brought it
back on the Agenda and switched his vote to "no." Steinhardt lost again
on a 3/2 vote.
The heirs eventually terminated the lease with the city and the city accepted (they owed a bunch of money to the City of Lake Worth) after their dream of development was shattered.
Read my blog of January 6, 2014. They don't deserve their name on this property as they never owned it.