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Nonprofit seeks meeting with Delray Beach city leaders concerning Old School Square

'Anything that needs to be clarified, give us that moment,' founder says
Old School Square in Delray Beach
Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 17:16:34-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The nonprofit that runs Old School Square in Delray Beach is asking the city for a meeting after leaders took a surprise vote in August to end its lease agreement.

The leaders of Old School Square have said they were blindsided by the 3-2 vote.

Since then, there has been public outcry and questions over the decision.

Frances Bourque founded Old School Square in the 1980s.

Frances Bourque, founder of Delray Beach's Old School Square
Frances Bourque makes a plea to meet with Delray Beach city leaders concerning Old School Square.

She said they feel a decades-long relationship with the city should warrant a meeting with leaders to discuss any issues.

"I don't know why it has to be this way," Bourque said. "I did not spend almost 40 years of my life to walk into something that has become so disappointing."

Last month, a city audit report showed the organization was not in compliance with certain records outlined in their lease agreement.

Below is the letter sent to the city on Monday:

But Bourque argues they never had an opportunity to discuss any issues in the report.

"Anything that needs to be clarified, give us that moment," Bourque said.

A letter was sent to city leaders Monday asking for a public workshop or meeting.

"There really hasn't been any movement to visit with us on any issue," Bourque said.

Delray Beach Commissioner Ryan Boylston
Delray Beach Commissioner Ryan Boylston says a workshop concerning Old School Square could be beneficial.

City Commissioner Ryan Boylston said a workshop would be a place for the city to be transparent in its decision and set a better precedent for any future issues with long-standing organizations.

"This would send a pretty strong message to that. Even when things don't seem to be going the right way for the relationship, we can still sit down at the table and discuss things," Boylston said.

During Tuesday night's commission meeting, Old School Square should come up during the discussion, with the city manager providing an update to the commission on who could potentially take over the property.