Lawsuit over Lake Worth Casino building put on hold…for now

The Lake Worth CasinoLAKE WORTH — City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting delayed finding three parties in default of their contracts over the Lake Worth Casino building in the hopes that a costly lawsuit can be avoided.

Commissioners were poised to declare REG Architects, The Morganti Group and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in default until City Attorney Glen Torcivia said recent negotiations have been somewhat successful.

“There has been a lot of progress,” Torcivia said. “There has been some proposed solutions that may bear fruit.”

A default decision was delayed until March 22.

In June 2010, the city hired REG to design the new casino building. Five months later it tapped The Morganti Group to build it, while securing a public construction bond for its work with The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania.

When the building, which cost $6 million, was opened in 2013, it was riddled with issues, including water intrusion, bad drainage, leaking and rusting.

The city withheld final payment and hired construction attorney Michael Kennedy of Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens & O’Connell to help resolve the issue.

“It’s taken three years to fix minor issues,” Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said. “I find that unconscionable.”

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