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Riviera Beach Police Department has mold, Palm Beach Co. Police Benevolent Association says

Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 18:45:12-04

The Riviera Beach Police Department complex has mold, according to the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.

It said it was alerted to the problem by its members.

According to the association, there is a "great deal of mold in various places throughout the building."

The PBA said the city manager is committed to resolving the issue.

The PBA said it has told members to limit their exposure in the building until it is fixed and wear surgical masks if necessary. And while the association says the city is taking steps to address the problem,  the PBA president said that he believes there might be an even bigger issue with the complex.

“They’re concerned and they want it fixed. If they’re going to have to work in that building in the City of Riviera Beach, they want that mold fixed. And I think the only way to fix it yeah you can clean it up but you have to fix the problem where are the leaks coming from. Like I said I believe they’ve got a sick building," said Palm Beach County PBA President John Kazanjian.

The city council chambers alsohasa mold problem as does the Riviera Beach Public Works Department.

Late Friday afternoon Riviera Beach City Manager Jonathan E. Evans issued this statement:

Earlier this week a decision was made regarding the detection of mold and inferior air quality in the City Council Chambers. That decision was to immediately close the City Council Chambers until the issue could be corrected. Earlier in the year, there were concerns about the effects of water intrusion in the main building of the Riviera Beach Police Department. However, Several corrective actions have been deployed within the structure to address those concerns. The recently circulated photos of areas within the police department included areas where the remediation work has been completed. It has always been and will continue to be our principal focus to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and the general public without compromise. The city is currently undertaking corrective measures to mitigate against water intrusion, and other remedial tactics will continue to be ongoing.