Rec cen­ter fund­ing plan moves for­ward

Coun­cil chips in $3.7 mil­lion af­ter group cer­ti­fies $3.9 mil­lion gift.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By IAN CO­HEN

In a Town Coun­cil up­date on the pro­posed Mor­ton & Barbara Man­del recre­ation cen­ter, Friends of Recre­ation an­nounced it had reached its fundrais­ing goal, and the town de­cided how it would pay for its por­tion of the fundrais­ing.

Matthew Smith, chair­man of Friends of Recre­ation, told the coun­cil Tues­day that the group had raised more than its $3.7 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal — just un­der $3.9 mil­lion.

More than half of that to­tal came from three donors, Smith said, in­clud­ing two $750,000 do­na­tions — one each from the Smith fam­ily and bil­lion­aire Ken Grif­fin. The third donor was not named.

Soon af­ter Smith’s up­date, the Town Coun­cil — on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Jane Le Clianche — ap­proved $3.7 mil­lion to be pulled from the town’s ex­cess re­serves in its health in­surance and risk funds to pay for the town’s por­tion of the project.

The coun­cil voted 4-1 to ap­prove the ex­pen­di­ture. Julie Araskog, the only coun­cil mem­ber who voted against the

Smith Head of Friends of Re­cre­ation re­ports goal sur­passed.

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