Lake Worth passes settlement agreement for casino repairs

LAKE WORTH — The Morganti Group and REG Architects will continue fixing the Lake Worth Beach Casino at no cost to the city.

By a 4-1 vote, city commissioners tonight approved a settlement between the city and the two companies. The city’s experts will perform routine inspections and issue a certificate once the work is finished.

The work is scheduled to be completed by February 15.

“If this is successful, we will enjoy an improved casino,” said Glen Torcivia, the city’s attorney.

But Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, who opposed the settlement, was less than enthused.

“In my mind, you will never make this whole,” he said.

 

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.

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