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Letters to the Editor

Monday May 14, 2007

Redevelopment a passion of Riviera board, residents

In response to the editorial, "Ocean Mall: What now?" (May 9), the ball is now in developer Dan Catalfumo's court. He can either honor his contract with the city and develop the retail section of the Ocean Mall and build a five-story hotel, or he can attempt to sell his lease back to the city. Rest assured, the majority of the council is committed to it and the community organization within the city will make sure the council enforces the lease.

Second, at least two Riviera Beach residents who are on record regarding the Sands Hotel proposed project include Councilman Jim Jackson, who is in favor of the concept, and me, chairwoman of the Public Beach Coalition, the group that "campaigned against Mr. Catalfumo's project."

Redevelopment continues to be the passion for the majority of residents in Riviera Beach. The master developer-elect, and a very large landowner in the community redevelopment area, have begun discussions with the council. For the first time in a very long time, the discussions are not adversarial. With the majority of the council, the developers and the residents all working together, I am confident that the tide is changing in Riviera Beach. For the first time in many years, people are excited about the future of our city.

DAWN PARDO, Chairwoman

Public Beach Coalition

Riviera Beach

LETTER AS ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED

In response to your editorial “Ocean Mall:  What Now”; a few of your accusations are worthy of a response.

 First of all, the ball is now in Mr. Catalfumo’s court regarding the Ocean Mall.  He can either honor his contract with the city and develop the retail section of the Ocean Mall and build a 5 story hotel, or he can attempt to sell his lease back to the city.  Rest assured, the majority of the council is committed to it and the community organizations within the city will make sure the council enforces the lease.

 Secondly, two Riviera Beach residents are on record regarding the Sands Hotel proposed project:  Councilman Jim Jackson who is in favor of the concept, and me, Chairwoman of the Public Beach Coalition – the group that “campaigned against Mr. Catalfumo’s project”.  If you recall, my statement was “We’re not willing to do anything until we have The Ocean Mall under our belt” (“24 Story Singer Island Hotel Proposed – April 23, 2007).  If you interrupt that statement as being supportive, then you are sadly mistaken. 

 Lastly, redevelopment continues to be the passion for the majority of residents in Riviera Beach.  The Master Developer-Elect, and a very large landowner in the CRA have begun discussions with the council.  For the first time in a very long time the discussions are not adversarial.  With the majority of the council, the developers and the residents all working together, I am confident, that the tide is changing in Riviera Beach.  For the first time in many years, people are excited about the future of our city.  Team work makes the dream work and we are all committed.

 With that said, if anyone should feel deceived it should be the people who subscribe to your propaganda on a daily basis. 

 Dawn Pardo, Chair

Public Beach Coalition