Is Lake Worth closer to fixing the nagging casino issues?

The city is still looking for answers to fix the Lake Worth Casino mess.

The city is still looking for answers to fix the Lake Worth Casino mess.

LAKE WORTH — There’s been a soap opera playing in City Hall and its backrooms the past few years called “As The Casino Turns.”

Since the Lake Worth Casino reopened in 2013, the historic building has been riddled with nagging issues — leaks, water intrusion, bad drainage.

The city has threatened to sue the companies involvedREG Architects and The Morganti Group — but recently gave them until Oct. 7 to fix the mess.

At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, commissioners were updated on the progress.

Rick Chaves, the West Palm Beach attorney working with the city on the issue, said REG is testing a waterproofing solution on a small portion of the building. It will take 30 days to determine if that process will work.

“Progress is being made,” said City Attorney Glen Torcivia. “Is it at lightspeed? No.”

That answer didn’t satisfy Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, the most outspoken commissioner on the casino’s woes. If the technique doesn’t work after 30 days, Maxwell said on the 31st day, the city should finally sue.

“I’m tired,” he said. “It’s a freaking circus.”

Mayor Pam Triolo said since the city gave the companies a deadline, it should stick to that deadline.

“We haven’t exhausted (this) opportunity to fix it,” she said.

City Manager Michael Bornstein said staff is stuffing towels under the doors to stop the water from intruding into areas where the cracks in the floor exist.

“If they solve the issues with the balcony and the doors, those issues should go away,” Bornstein said.

But he added that if the solution does work, it will have to be brought to the commission for approval since that solution wasn’t part of the original design.

“There could be cost differentials,” Bornstein said. “It’s not just find a solution, fix it and everybody is going to be happy.”

Still, Maxwell was far from pleased.

“Sounds like to me, we will be pussyfooting around with you folks for quite some time,” he said.