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Boardwalk Cafe Battle Continues

Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy didn’t leave during a public meeting at the cafe on Dec. 3 after Boardwalk Cafe owner George Foulidis threatened to call the police. Levy stayed and the police were not called. She writes: It was advertised in the councillor’s newsletter as an “open house” to give Beach residents a look at the renovations Boardwalk Cafe owner George Foulidis will undertake to honour the terms of his controversial 20-year lease with the city. But when I arrived at the Boardwalk Cafe Saturday afternoon with Toronto Sun photographer Ernest Doroszuk in tow, Foulidis had other ideas. The Tuggs owner told me I was not welcome and demanded that I leave. When I insisted I had a right to be there — that his was a public lease to occupy public land and that Mary-Margaret McMahon had called a public meeting — he threatened to call the cops. I refused to budge. While he did not call the cops, his brother and other associated hangers-on kept a close eye on me. He also threatened to call the police if Doroszuk took any further pictures or video footage. It made absolute sense for me to be there considering I’d been following the fortunes of the 20-year sweetheart deal awarded to Foulidis under a cloud of controversy in June of 2010, as well deposed councillor Sandra Bussin’s frenzied efforts to stickhandle the deal through council. That deal — which may in part have been responsible for Bussin’s demise at the polls in October 2010 — awards Foulidis the exclusive rights to sell beverages and food at the Boardwalk Cafe, the D.D. Summerville pool, Kew Beach concessions, as well as the parklands at Woodbine Beach, Ashbridges Bay, Beaches park and Kew Gardens park — all for rent of $200,000 annually, plus a $10,000-a-year sponsorship fee. The rent rises in $25,000-a-year increments every five years. In exchange, he indicated he’d make $2.1-million in capital improvements to the Boardwalk cafe and the concessions. But there is no deadline stipulated in the lease for their completion. Foulidis has also not opted to drop his lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford  Read More…


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