Report: Delray Beach violated no laws...

Report: Delray Beach violated no laws in awarding contracts

There are 7 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 21, 2009, titled Report: Delray Beach violated no laws in awarding contracts. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The much-awaited report is out. An independent investigation found that city officials did not violate any laws when they awarded large bond underwriting contracts to firms that employed former County Commissioner Mary McCarty's husband, Kevin McCarty.

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Dog Beach

Jupiter, FL

#1 Mar 22, 2009
All this report proves is that Delray Beach is capable of purchasing a report that states that no laws were violated. To spend $20K and wind up with a report that says, "following one particular individual as he moved from one underwriting firm to the next because of his long-standing relationship with the City, is not in accordance with recommended best practices established by the Government Finance Officers Association" is an insult to everyone in Delray The Government Finance Officers Association? The what?

The simple truth is that following one particular individual as he moved from one underwriting firm to the next because of his long-standing relationship with the City is a violation of the City's own purchasing ordinance, which requires that bids from would providers be duly submitted and and which requires that City officials conduct bona fide review of those bids. The City's ordinance does not say that an acceptable criteria for selecting a bid is "we like the guy". CCNA (a state law that provides that architects can be selected this way) does not apply to bond underwriters. Violation of an ordinance is a violation of a law.

Delray should be embarrassed all over again by the result of this phony report!

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#2 Mar 22, 2009
Dog Beach wrote:
All this report proves is that Delray Beach is capable of purchasing a report that states that no laws were violated. To spend $20K and wind up with a report that says, "following one particular individual as he moved from one underwriting firm to the next because of his long-standing relationship with the City, is not in accordance with recommended best practices established by the Government Finance Officers Association" is an insult to everyone in Delray The Government Finance Officers Association? The what?
The simple truth is that following one particular individual as he moved from one underwriting firm to the next because of his long-standing relationship with the City is a violation of the City's own purchasing ordinance, which requires that bids from would providers be duly submitted and and which requires that City officials conduct bona fide review of those bids. The City's ordinance does not say that an acceptable criteria for selecting a bid is "we like the guy". CCNA (a state law that provides that architects can be selected this way) does not apply to bond underwriters. Violation of an ordinance is a violation of a law.
Delray should be embarrassed all over again by the result of this phony report!
I'm still peed off at the $50,000 dollars for that piece of "art" at Knowles Park. Not to mention the typo on the memorial in Veterans' Park.

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#3 Mar 22, 2009
Okay, that was a redundancy; $50,000 or 50,000 dollars.
My bad.
Corruption

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Mar 22, 2009
An "Independent Report." How convenient. Talk about continued corruption in this city, this is a great example of corruption and arrogance by officials.
Dog Beach

Jupiter, FL

#5 Mar 22, 2009
Corruption wrote:
An "Independent Report." How convenient. Talk about continued corruption in this city, this is a great example of corruption and arrogance by officials.
Corruption is right.

First they stepped around their own ordinance, which is designed to ensure that public money is not handed over to friends of the municipal officials. They side-stepped repeatedly...for years...it was the culture of the place.

Now they have spent more public money on a report that says that all that stepping around the law for the benefit of a friend is not a violation of any law.

It is outrageous!

Where is the State Attorney's public corruption investigator?
More Crime in Delray

Boynton Beach, FL

#6 Mar 22, 2009
What did you expect the report to say?
Look at the way the individual that produced it was selected. This whole situation doesn't pass the smell test.

It's time for Dave Harden, Joe Safford and a lot of other corrupt and unethical people in Delray Beach to say goodbye. But it looks like the commission will sweep this all under the rug.
geez

Miami, FL

#7 Mar 23, 2009
The right questions were not asked (IMO intentionally) of the investigator.

We all knew that NO Laws were broken, however, from an ethical standard, were there violations? Guess we will never know, since this question was lacking. I'm not surprised at all....it's business and politics as usual in Delray.

Hang your head low Delray, this shameful display of incompetance is exactly what you re-elected into office. Better get used to it!

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