Seven years ago, a coalition of Riviera Beach residents demanded a state audit of their city. Their gripes were out in the open, and their case was credible.
A big gripe concerned the community redevelopment agency, whose auditors concluded was in “deteriorating financial condition.” The agency had run a $6 million deficit, didn’t have money to pay $7 million in loans and was disputing $2 million in consultants’ fees. Among other problems in Riviera Beach was a mysterious $200,000 operating deficit at the city’s water park.
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