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DELRAY Seaside, Fla. — A nonprofit is left pondering why their lease agreement has been stopped with the metropolis of Hold off Seaside.

Town leaders voted Tuesday night time to conclude the lease with the corporation that assists operate Old School Square.

However, the founder of the historic site claimed they had no thought this was coming.

Frances Bourque helped generate Old University Square immediately after the metropolis took about the historic university buildings in the 1980s.

“If we had a Central Park in Delray Beach front (Outdated College Sq.) would be the Central Park,” Bourque explained.


Frances Bourque discusses the disappointment concerning the termination of the Outdated School Sq. lease.

About the a long time, the pavilion has been household to functions and concert events, like recent sellout shows for musician Jimmy Buffett.

The metropolis commission voted 3-2 to end the lease agreement with the nonprofit that operates Outdated College Sq. following an audit located them not to be compliant.

“Frankly we were blindsided,” Bourque reported.

She claimed they ended up informed they essential to submit paperwork to the town and have been functioning with metropolis personnel for the previous thirty day period to do so.

“We straight away tried using to become compliant,” Bourque claimed.

She claimed she experienced no strategy the fee was to the issue where they would stop their a long time-lengthy partnership.

“I really don’t have an understanding of how we bought from A to Z with none of the letters in between,” Bourque reported.

Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson made the movement to terminate the lease for the duration of Tuesday’s assembly.

Delray Beach Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson

Town of Delray Beach

Delray Seashore Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson speaks about ending the Aged University Square lease with the nonprofit.

“Recently it seems the specifications on their portion were not becoming satisfied,” Johnson claimed.

She stated after understanding about Outdated University Square not turning in modern audit experiences and renovations that were commenced on sections of the property devoid of metropolis acceptance, she felt it was time to transfer on.

“It didn’t just start yesterday. It has been a sample for a handful of yrs now,” Johnson said.

Bourque stated they have complied with their lease and even spoke with the town attorney to see if alterations could be created.

On the other hand, the city commission’s vote will give created observe to the nonprofit that their lease will end in at least 180 times.

“I hope I wake up tomorrow, and this will be a lousy dream,” Bourque claimed.