Voters block Rybovich marina deal

Published online: Nov 04, 2010 News Trade Only Today
Viewed 591 time(s)

Voters this week Riviera Beach, Fla., approved the citizen-initiated referendum on the future of Riviera Beach city marina, giving the Citizens Task Force a victory in its fight to block a city plan to lease part of the marina to Rybovich.

The ballot question calls for a change to the city's charter and was approved with 52 percent of the vote, The Palm Beach Post reported.

The charter change prohibits "industrial commercial boat repair operations" at the city marina, a reference to the city's plan to lease the southern part of the marina to Rybovich for 25 years for a megayacht service yard.

In a lease the city council approved Sept. 15, the boat company agreed to pay $581,040 annually, or $14.5 million over 25 years, plus property taxes estimated at $150,000 annually, for use of the marina property.

"It's over," mayor Thomas Masters told the newspaper, referring to the plans for a megayacht service yard at the marina. "The people do not want their marina industrialized. Rybovich should respect the will of the people."

The charter change could face legal challenges. Part of the measure calls for the marina properties, including the Spanish Courts Motel property, to be owned, managed and operated solely by the city. The city's Community Redevelopment Agency, not the city, owns Spanish Courts. The city also must determine what the wording means for current uses at the marina.

Fane Lozman, a former marina resident who has been in several legal battles with the city, financed part of the Citizens Task Force campaign. Rybovich paid for advertising encouraging people to vote "no" on the ballot question, the newspaper reported.

Click here for the full article.

You May Also Be Interested In...

March 30, 2015

The Mini Bike Is Back!

The Downtube Mini Shimano Nexus 8SP Folding Bike has answered the call of demand and is back on the market!
March 25, 2015

Restored To Her Glory

If you’re interested in restoration stories, you don’t want to miss this one—which involves a little history lesson to boot.
March 19, 2015

Why You Should Keep Your Smoke Alarms Up To Date

If you want to hear a good argument for keeping your smoke alarms up to date onboard, check out this man’s story according to Cambridge News.
March 11, 2015

Unmanned Houseboat Drifts 165 Miles

You’ve heard of runaway dogs, but have you ever heard of a runaway houseboat?
March 04, 2015

Lake Norris Update: Twin Cove Marina Is Seeing Great Progress

In an admiral show of resilience and dedication, the heavy winter damage at Twin Cove Marina, Carryville, Tenn., is already being tackled by cleanup crews.
February 24, 2015

Norris Lake Boats Suffer Severe Winter Damage

We have sad news—several boats and docks collapsed under the fury of a winter storm in the Norris Lake, Campbell County, Tenn., area this Saturday.
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!