To prevent the City from moving forward with plans to allow the use
municipalproperty for commercial boat repairs, the Task Force successfully placed a charterquestion on
ballot for the November 2, 2010 general election. The charter questioncalled for an amendment to Article VII, section 3.5
the City's charter.The charter amendment,
prohibited the use
the municipal marina foranything other
municipal and public uses, and specifically prohibited use
municipal property for an industrial commercial boat repair operation. The charteramendment was approved by the voters in the November 2, 2010 general electioneffectively accomplishing the goal
the Task Force.The City, and the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, challengedthe charter amendment in circuit court on numerous grounds.
See, Riviera BeachCommunity Redevelopment Agency
Riviera Beach Citizens Task Force et al,
CaseNos. 2010 CA d24434 AH and 2010 CA 024452 AH. The City's challenge to the charteramendment was unsuccessful leading
appeal to the Fourth District Court
Appeal.Ultimately, the Fourth District likewise rejected the City's challenges to the Task Force'scharter amendment.
Riviera Beach Citizens Task Force,
DCA 2012).On January
2011, before the Fourth District decided the appeal in
Riviera Beach Citizens Task
the City held a closed doorexecutive session to discuss the appeal and to discuss the City's challenge to the charteramendment.
this action, the Task Force alleges that the actions taken by members
the City council at this January
meeting violated Florida's Sunshine Law. Thegravamen
the Task Force's allegation is that the City council began a surreptitious plan2