(West Palm Beach, FL) – After months of ongoing discussions between the City of West Palm Beach and Florida State University, the City on Monday is expected to take the first major steps towards ensuring FSU remains in the City.
On Monday, the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is expected to move forward on plans to locate all FSU operations and personnel into City Place, and is expected to authorize the City to negotiate the terms of a new lease that would keep FSU in place through the end of their academic year. The exact amount of the lease will be determined by the negotiations.
“This is the first major step we’re taking since this whole story unfolded in September. We are sending a clear signal that we are standing behind FSU, and what we know FSU will bring to this city,” said West Palm Beach spokesman Elliot Cohen. “From day one, locating FSU in our city was intended to spark new jobs, and a new industry. That is what this remains all about, and we are excited that we’re now making giant strides towards that goal.”
Monday’s actions follow months of discussions between the City and FSU regarding their ability to remain in West Palm Beach. Throughout the last several months, FSU has remained open and classes have continued uninterrupted in West Palm Beach. Monday’s vote will be a major milestone in ensuring that continues.