September 20, 2012
Yesterday, the City of West Palm Beach confirmed there was a meeting held September 10, 2012 between the City and John Textor, formerly with Digital Domain.
The meeting included West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, City Attorney Claudia McKenna, CRA Executive Director Kim Breisemeister and John Textor.
It was one of several meetings and/or conversations with various individuals involved in the developing Digital Domain situation as the city attempted to gather as much information as possible about how the company’s situation might affect the city.
As the city worked to get as much information about what happened to Digital Domain, and how it impacts our city, it was entirely appropriate and responsible to meet with all the individuals who were involved in order to best protect the city.
Members of the media have asked to be told exactly what was said during the meeting.
Right now, the city is part of a complex legal bankruptcy process. As was explained to those same members of the media during Wednesday’s news conference, to publicly speculate, pre-judge, or comment on the process would not only be irresponsible, but it would undermine the city’s ability to properly protect the city’s investment.
It’s always a tough balance between keeping the public informed, and protecting the city’s interests. This is especially true when dealing with a story that involves many people staking out their own interests in two states.
In order to ensure that nothing jeopardizes the city’s efforts in court, all three individuals from the city who attended the meeting will, for now, hold off on discussing it.
It is the city’s hope that our residents understand the city’s position, and understand the city’s top priority remains how to best protect the interests of our taxpayers.