The City of Riviera Beach held a Special City Council Meeting on Aug. 28 at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center to discuss three agenda items: the status of city hall and public works, the plan and use for the 15th Street property and actions received to administrate all city affairs. These topics were up for discussion following the closing of the City Council Chambers and the Public Works Department after mold was discovered in the buildings earlier this month. Mold was also found in the Riviera Beach Police Department building last week.
Community members showed up in drones to attend this special meeting after an anonymous flyer (shown below) called it “a conspiracy to fire the city’s new city manager.” Residents rallied to show their support of City Manager Jonathan Evans during public comments.
Riviera Beach Resident Bonnie Larson said, “Mr. Evans has done more than anyone in the last 15 years.”
Councilman Terrance Davis said, “When we have something so critical it is very important that we work as a team.” Davis said this and transparency were his main reasons for calling the special meeting.
Mr. Evans said that a meeting with all council members to discuss the next steps of the above agenda items is scheduled for Aug. 29. He also said that in the next 10 days he will have a written plan of action completed and distributed to his colleagues.
Mayor Thomas Masters called Mr. Evans “competent” several times throughout the meeting and asked for a vote of confidence in support of Evans, but the council declined to bring it to vote.