Palm Beach County execs vote down proposal to take over CVB

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Palm Beach County (Fla.) Commissioners unanimously voted down a proposal to take control of the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the wake of an embezzling incident in November 2006 that led to the resignation of the CVB's previous president, Warren "Mac" McLaughlin, and its vice president of finance and administration, Lee Davis.

The resignations took place after it was discovered that the CVB's controller Donna Duffer had admitted to embezzling $1.5 million over three years without being detected.

In the wave of outrage following the discovery of the embezzlement, county commissioners had publicly considered taking control of the agency. But when the question came to vote in a meeting Feb. 27, all six commissioners voted to keep the agency running under its private, nonprofit status.

The commission delayed, however, its decision on whether or not to take over operation of the county's convention center until officials figure out how the county would administer convention center sales.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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