When the smoke cleared the fire was burning...
Linda Trischitta’s article in today’s paper, Local section pg. 3 titled “Deerfield Beach: Campaign donations muddle winning pier restaurant bid” starts out -
DEERFIELD BEACH - The winning bidder for a restaurant lease on the city-owned pier did not declare that he had given campaign contributions to the mayor and a commissioner, which could prompt the city to throw out the bids and start over. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/deerfield/sfl-deerfield-pier-bids-082409,0,5545371.story
The commission was told at last night’s budget hearing that they have 3 choices, they can start all over putting out for new bids, they can toss out J.B.s and award the contract to the second choice, or they can let J.B.s fix their bid.
Not too hard to guess what they are going to do as Sylvia quickly asked, “What do we have to do to pick the third choice”?
Trischitta ends her article with a quote from the current restaurant manager -
"If politics ran the way it was supposed to, their application should have been thrown out because it wasn't complete, but we all know that's not how the political machine works," Weinstein said".
The contract will be discussed at the next commission meeting.