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