City commissioners voted Monday to start talks with a developer who plans a medical center at West Palm Beach’s long-vacant “tent site.”
The vote followed a contentious meeting where they heard two separate proposals, got a surprise pitch from a third suitor, and heard impassioned pleas from area hospitals who fear competition.
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The West Palm Beach City Commission took the following action at Monday’s meeting:
Bins:Approved on first reading a ban on clothes donation bins. A second and final vote is set for July 21.
Parking: Approved dedicating 55 spaces in the city’s Evernia Street garage for at least the next decade to developers of the planned hotel at 302 Datura St. Developers will pay half regular rates for the first year, full rates after that.
Arrest: Approved $115,000 to settle a claim by Glenn J. Timmons that police unlawfully detained and arrested him in April 2013.
Pipe: Will spend $500,000 to repair the water main at Bradley Place in Palm Beach.
Library: Donated $60,000 to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach to restore stone, wood and carpet flooring and replace furniture in the KidSpace.