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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Hudson Holdings gets final OK for $60 million Gulfstream Hotel project

LAKE WORTH — The Gulfstream Hotel is coming back from the dead.

After a marathon discussion, the Historic Resources Preservation Board by a unanimous vote at a special meeting tonight, approved Hudson Holdings‘ major site plan to restore the historic hotel, built in the 1920s, to its former glory.

Vice Chair Darrin Engel had to recuse himself because of a conflict.

The Gulfstream Hotel located at 1 Lake Ave in Lake Worth.
The Gulfstream Hotel located at 1 Lake Ave in Lake Worth.

City Commissioners have already approved key zoning changes to move the $60 million project forward. Tonight’s vote by the Historic Resources board represents the final vote Hudson Holdings needed before starting work on the 91-year-old hotel.

During presentations by the city and representatives for Hudson Holdings, everything from landscaping to where the buildings will be situated to how overflow parking will be addressed, were discussed.

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$60 million Gulf Stream project up for final vote tonight

LAKE WORTH —  Psst….got a second?

The Gulfstream Hotel located at 1 Lake Ave in Lake Worth.
The Gulfstream Hotel located at 1 Lake Ave in Lake Worth. 

Let me tell you something. Perhaps you’ve heard. Maybe not. A Delray Beach developer — Hudson Holdings — wants to restore the Gulf Stream Hotel to its heavenly grandeur for roughly $60 million.

The City Commission has already approved key zoning changes to allow the project to inch forward, a move that pleased many growth-seeking residents while irking those who fear the project will ruin Lake Worth’s small town charm.

The final vote comes tonight from the city’s Historic Resources Preservation Board at a special meeting scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Up for discussion: the site plan. If approved, Hudson Holdings says the hotel can be restored within 15 months.

Still, there’s a little lawsuit issue that needs to be resolved. Three residents — including former commissioner Jo-Ann Golden — recently sued the city, claiming commissioners were in violation of the city charter that states building heights can exceed 45 feet.

The city, however, says it’s confident the suit won’t slow — or derail — the project.

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