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Florida Supreme Court refuses review of Preserve Palm Beach appeal

May 18, 2011 01:35PM

The Florida Supreme Court will not review a December appeals court decision to rule two referendums related to Royal Poinciana Plaza unconstitutional, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The referendums, proposed by political action committee Preserve Palm Beach, were designed to protect Royal Poinciana Playhouse from demolition. If passed, they would have made it impossible to make changes to the 1979 property-use agreement between the town and the owners of Royal Poinciana Plaza without voter approval.

The referendum would also have incorporated two provisions from the agreement into the town charter, forbidding new construction at the plaza and stipulating that the playhouse be used only as a performing arts venue.

Robert Hauser, Preserve Palm Beach’s attorney, said he was not surprised by the decision but may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

The town can now focus on its other legal battle with Preserve Palm Beach, battling a referendum that would require voter approval before publicly accessible, group-use landmarked buildings could be demolished. [Palm Beach Daily News]