By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage - The Delray City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone selling the Arts Garage’s home base for two months, giving the venue a reprieve from relocating or even closing.
Faced with an overflow crowd of arts patrons ready to speak at a public hearing, a box with 1,800 petition signatures and a lose-lose choice, Mayor Thomas Carney proposed delaying action until April 16 – suggesting that two parties interested in buying the property are willing to explore a compromise.
Commission members were visibly relieved at Carney’s suggestion because they feared choosing between endangering the arts venue that many personally support or risk losing the national headquarters of a personal injury law firm that wants the space for expansion – with the promise of scores of new jobs.
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