Lake Worth approves another extension for casino ballroom repairs


A lawsuit over the structural problems with the Lake Worth Casino ballroom has been delayed … again.

City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting unanimously approved giving REG Architects and The Morganti Group until June 1 to come up with a solution to repair the leaks and drainage issues that have plagued the building since it reopened in 2013.

This is the fourth extension — called a tolling agreement — the city has given both companies. The agreement stops the clock on when the city can file a lawsuit, while preserving the city’s right to pursue legal action. The city has been threatening to do that for months against both companies as well as The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, the company with which the city secured a public construction bond.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, the most vocal commissioner on the constant delays, reiterated his “contempt” over how long it’s taken Morganti and REG to fix the problem.

“It really feels like we’re being jerked around on this project,” Maxwell said.

READ: Just over 100 Lake Worth residents lost power during weekend storm

The city hired REG in 2010 to design the new casino building and Morganti to construct it. The project’s price tag: $6 million.

The city has said it was seeking extending the tolling agreement because officials think a workable solution is within reach.

During a nearly three-hour meeting in November, REG and The Morganti Group made a presentation to commissioners on how the issues could be resolved, which included altering the floors to help with drainage and sealing the doors to prevent leaks.

Judy Wilcox, an engineer and one of the city’s experts, is expected to test the new flooring in the coming month, City Attorney Glen Torcivia told The Palm Beach Post.

Last year, Rick Gonzalez, REG’s president, acknowledged the building was in “horrible” condition when his company was awarded the contract. He said the best solution was to “bring back the essence” of the historical casino, adding how it sits in a harsh environment and is exposed to rain, sand and water.

Gonzalez said the building was an $8 million project done for $6 million.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Fire collapses roof of Boca Raton home
Fire collapses roof of Boca Raton home

A fire Sunday afternoon collapsed the roof of a home in the Vintage Isles neighborhood of Broken Sound, near Yamato and Jog roads, Boca Raton Fire Rescue said. Firefighters were called around 12:30 p.m. and found the family outside with a pet. The home was filled with smoke and the fire was pinpointed at the rear in the master bedroom, the release...
Honda Classic 2018: Photos of moments before, after Justin Thomas won
Honda Classic 2018: Photos of moments before, after Justin Thomas won

Justin Thomas’ playoff win at this year’s Honda Classic means a Jupiter resident will claim the trophy - and the millions of dollars of prize money - for the second consecutive year. Thomas and last year’s champ Rickie Fowler are not only friends, they’re neighbors. Fowler was there to congratulate Thomas after his drama-filled...
Hugh Grant pays tribute to former 'Notting Hill' co-star Emma Chambers
Hugh Grant pays tribute to former 'Notting Hill' co-star Emma Chambers

Actor Hugh Grant took to Twitter to mourn his “Notting Hill” co-star Emma Chambers, who died Wednesday at the age of 53. “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress,” wrote Grant, who played the brother to Chambers’ character in “Notting Hill.” “Very sad news...
Douglas High students come back to school; try to resume normalcy
Douglas High students come back to school; try to resume normalcy

The worst of it, for the kids, might have been seeing their backpacks, in boxes lining the hallways, for them to claim. Each bore a police tag marked “evidence.” On this warm Sunday, a day of the week when children normally aren’t at school, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High were allowed to come back onto the campus...
Teen in critical condition after nearly drowning in Tequesta
Teen in critical condition after nearly drowning in Tequesta

A Florida teenager is in critical condition after nearly drowning on Sunday. The 13-year-old was swimming with family and friends in Tequesta, across from Coral Cove Park, when he got caught in the current. A good Samaritan rescued the teen from the water and performed CPR until Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived. The teen was taken...
More Stories