City Looks At Annexing Portion of 45th St. Flea Market
March 24th, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The city of West Palm Beach is looking into whether it could and should annex a portion of the 45th Street Flea Market that is currently not inside the city limits.
The idea came up during Monday’s City Commission work session. Currently, about 75% of the flea market property is located inside the city of West Palm Beach. The remainder is located inside the Town of Mangonia Park.
The flea market has been the focus of ongoing operations by the city’s police and code enforcement departments as a result of what the city has called serious security concerns caused by the market owner’s deficient security plans.
The idea was brought up as part of a discussion exploring whether having 100% of the property inside the city of West Palm Beach would increase the value of the property, making it more attractive to a potential buyer.
“My gut tells me that the property would become more attractive for sale, and I suspect there are people looking to purchase it,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.
The idea was brought up by Commissioner Sylvia Moffett. Commissioner Keith James asked whether annexation would help achieve whatever goals the city has for the property.
“Where does this get us,” asked James. “I am not sure this gets us to where the community wants us to go. You will need to convince me that the end game justifies the effort.”
While the exact details on whether it can happen will be looked into, the preliminary discussion indicated that it would most likely need to be a group decision that would include West Palm Beach, Mangonia Park and the property owner.
“We need to see if Mangonia Park is interested,” said Commissioner Ike Robinson.