The news keeps rolling in, and for Riveria Beach Commissioner :CT:, it ain’t good.[cleeng_content id=”633505344″ description=”Why stop now? It’s just getting interesting!” price=”0.99″ referral=”0.10″]Oh, and by the way, Thomas is a card carrying member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (aka The Cabal).
According to my sources up in Palm Beach County, their OIG has decided to open an investigation into the “Tiki Bar.”
What tiki bar you ask?
Good question … here’s a 2008 article from the New Times.
Nightclub owner Michael Goelz says he received an unusual request from Riviera Beach Commissioner Cedrick Thomas when he requested a meeting about his plan to take over the city marina’s popular tiki bar.
It involved nudity, the businessman says.
“He asked me, ‘How much do you want to spend on the tiki bar?’ ” says Goelz, who has been aggressively pursuing the lucrative tiki bar lease with the city. “I told him north of $25,000 a month. When I said that, his eyes opened up like flying saucers, buddy. We exchanged cell phone numbers, and I suggested we meet at the Cracker Barrel.”
This conversation allegedly took place in the city parking lot after a City Commission meeting in April.
Goelz’s offer was significantly higher than the city’s deal with the current leaseholder of the Tiki Waterfront Sea Grill at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina. “That’s when [Thomas] said, ‘We need to meet in a place where you’re going to be able to get naked, so I can check to make sure you’re not wearing a wire and we can talk about the tiki bar,'” Goelz says.
Goelz, who owns Mr. G’s Rock Bar & Grill in West Palm Beach, says he assumed the commissioner had illicit aims. And he says that he’s heard such things before (in fact, Goelz served probation in a 1991 racketeering and unlawful-compensation case in Broward County).
But Thomas, who’s chairman of the city’s community redevelopment agency, denies that he ever said anything about stripping down or a wire when he spoke with Goelz that night.
He responds to the allegation with pique. “Why would I risk my life, my career, on somebody who is trying to do something in the city?” the 31-year-old politician and former cop asks. “I have one vote. You need at least three. I’m the one he feels like he can pull straws on right now, and after me it will be someone else. I’m very tired of this.
Can you, one time, just one time, give the elected official the benefit of the doubt? Somebody stops me in the parking lot, I say yes I’ll meet with him. I’m too accommodating because I’m trying to be fair, and all it does is get my name run through the mud. I know one thing: I am never going to talk to anyone ever again without someone else there to listen.”
Interested in reading other Thomas/tiki articles? We’ve included a nice collection for your enjoyment.