ARTS GARAGE LOCATION IN JEOPARDY!
On February 12, 2013 hundreds of you came together to show your support for arts and culture in Delray Beach. Thousands more of you signed petitions and made calls. Ours was a positive movement intended to do nothing more than encourage our city commissioners to do what is in the best long term interest of Pineapple Grove Arts District, Delray Beach and Arts Garage.
Since that date, there have been some questionable and untrue accusations made. Most recently, Howard Kanner of the law firm Kanner & Pintaluga made a statement accusing Arts Garage and the CRA of excluding the firm from talks about the disposition of the property, commenting: “It’s so bizarre the way this is all being done… It’s all being done behind the scenes between the Arts Garage and the CRA.” (Sun Sentinel, 2/27).
These statements are entirely untrue, and are counter-productive and indeed harmful to the process of resolving this issue.
Our motives and actions have been clear and single-minded from the start; we only wish to enhance the cultural landscape of the city and of the region. Mayor Carney has advanced a proposal to split the property that is anything but ideal for either party. However, per his request, the CRA and Arts Garage addressed this proposal at CRA special open public meeting called last week to satisfy the Mayor’s tight time frame.
The CRA and Arts Garage have responded to all requests made by the city commission and the Mayor in an open and transparent fashion. We are not out of the woods yet. Please stay tuned as we at Arts Garage wait to find out if we can keep our home.
Your passion fuels ours. Thank you!!!
I strongly believe Arts Garage is the highest and best use of this space. The economic impact of this arts organization is far greater than the projected benefit of office spaces, especially with respect to our entire community. Arts Garage patrons, who otherwise may not come to Delray Beach, frequent and support other local businesses, including city parking, restaurants and retail establishments. Arts Garage also enhances Pineapple Grove by offering vibrant activities at all times of the day and into the night.
I believe Arts Garage brings both tangible and intangible benefits to Delray Beach that can best be developed and amplified if it stays in its current location. It has proven its viability as a cultural asset and is poised for an even brighter future.