Recall of the entire Riviera Beach City Council: Press Conference To Be Held

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) --- A Recall of the entire Riviera Beach City Council has begun based on the failure of each Councilperson to demand that a competitive process to lease the City marina for an industrial megayacht repair facility take place prior to voting to allow Viking Developer, LLC, the City marina master developer, to sublease 40% of the City marina to Rybovich Riviera Beach LLC.

A press conference will be held in front of Riviera Beach City Hall at 3 PM on Thursday to

announce the formal filing with the City of Riviera Beach, Office of the City Clerk, the Statement of Grounds for the recall of the entire five member Riviera Beach City Council.

The five Councilpersons subject to this recall effort are Chairperson Dawn S. Pardo, Councilperson Cedrick A. Thomas, Councilperson Billie E. Brooks, Councilperson Shelby L. Lowe and Councilperson Judy L Davis.

The five Councilpersons met the municipal recall requirement pursuant to Florida Statute 100.361 (d) 1. Malfeasance.

These five Councilpersons voted to allow the marina master developer to sublease 40% of the marina for a megayacht repair facility without going through a competitive process that would have given other companies the opportunity to compete for this unique public space, to the substantial detriment of the taxpayers and residents.

Residents are angry and frustrated by the prospect of losing the historic 100% public use of the marina by means of an RFP process that was legally flawed and designed to benefit two large corporations, at the taxpayers' expense.

First, leasing the marina as proposed is contrary to the will of the people, as evidenced by the 5600 plus signatures that forced the Council to add the referendum prohibiting leasing of the marina to megayacht facilities on this November's election ballot.

Second, although the Council raised taxes on its property owners last month, it nonetheless voted to lease the marina to a megayacht company at a ridiculously low rate, which resulted from a noncompetitive procurement process.

This lease will reduce the current recreational dry and wet slips by over 80% and the lease revenue will be substantially less that what is generated by a wholly public recreational marina.

This Council has not listened to the residents who have consistently voiced their opposition to the lease of the marina.

A recall of City Hall will change that.

The Chairman of the Recall Committee is Mr. John Beaty, a resident and homeowner in Riviera Beach.

Mr. Beaty is being assisted in the recall by Mr. Fane Lozman who successfully fought Viking in 2006 from leasing the entire marina and using eminent domain in violation of the newly enacted State eminent domain law, to take numerous private residences and businesses for a flawed redevelopment of the City's waterfront.