Lake Worth reaches settlement over casino building

LAKE WORTH — The city has finally reached a settlement agreement with REG Architects and The Morganti Group over the work that needs to be completed at the Lake Worth Beach Casino.

Morganti and REG will finish the balcony work at no cost to the city. The city’s experts will perform routine inspections and issue a certificate once the work is finished, the city said.

Commissioners are expected to discuss the deal at Tuesday’s meeting.

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.

In March 2016, 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.

The work is scheduled to be completed by February.