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By Joelle Embres | Agent in Parkland, FL

Pompano Beach home giveaway put on hold

The city is having second thoughts about its plan to give away an $83,000 Leisureville home.

City Manager Dennis Beach put the drawing on hold Monday to get more "input and evaluation," city spokeswoman Sandra King said.

Among those left out of the loop were city commissioners, some of whom fired off emails to Beach after hearing Friday's announcement, Vice Mayor George Brummer said. One question that needs to be answered, which Brummer said was raised in an email from Commissioner Barry Dockswell, is whether the giveaway needs commission approval.

"The first I saw was their press release," said Brummer, who has no position on the giveaway. "I don't know enough about it."

The foreclosed home had been purchased by the city and fixed up using money from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Officials hoped the planned drawing would spark interest in other homes the city has rehabilitated for resale and attract more qualified individuals and families.

The city set no deadline for a final decision on the giveaway. Brummer said Beach has requested supporting information from staff to present to commissioners.

By Sun Sentinel

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