Palm Beach County CVB to remain privately run

Palm Beach County Commissioners unanimously voted down a proposal to take control of the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the wake of an embezzlement scandal last year.

The scandal led to the resignation of the CVB's president, Warren "Mac" McLaughlin, and its vice president of finance and administration, Lee Davis.

Resignations were tendered after it was discovered that the CVB's controller, Donna Duffer, had embezzled $1.5 million over three years without being caught.

The county commissioners had publicly considered having the local government take over the bureau's tourism promotion functions.

But when the question came to vote in Tuesday's meeting, all six commissioners voted to keep the agency running under its private, nonprofit status.

The commission delayed, however, its decision on whether to take over operation of the county's convention center until officials figure out how the county would administer convention center sales.

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