Defendants reviewed in Playhouse referendum
PALM BEACH, Florida: At a hearing on July 30, 2009, Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow heard arguments from Preserve Palm Beach attorneys, who insisted that in order for the proposed referendum language to be reviewed, some of the more than 800 voters who signed the petition must be named as defendants. Otherwise, the court's decision would not be binding to the town's electorate. A decision on the defendants has not been made, but is expected soon.
The hearing comes after Preserve Palm Beach submitted a petition, containing over 800 signatures, to save the Royal Poinciana Playhouse from demolition. The Town Council asked a judge to review the proposed ballot language after Town Attorney John Randolph cited vague wording that may conflict with state comprehensive planning law. The defendants listed are the Preserve Palm Beach group and founder Patrick Flynn. Without a judge's order blocking the referendum, the town will then have to place it on the ballot, allowing voters to have the final say on the issue.