The Palm Beach County Tax Collector told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday morning that Boynton Beach City Commissioner Christina Romelus‘ family business is in violation of county law in not having a county business license. Tax Collector Anne Gannon said she came to that conclusion after reading the Post’s story in Wednesday’s paper.
“I read your article regarding Commissioner Christina Romelus’s business. She does need a County BTR and a state license for her business. They are in violation of county and state law,” Anne Gannon wrote in an email to The Post.
Gannon’s staff contacted the Romelus family after notifying the Post. Romelus’ husband, Darren, showed up at the office to apply for the license about 1:30 p.m.
The Post reported in Wednesday’s paper that for four years, Romelus’ family business — described by her as a visual marketing company called Sky Administrations LLC — operated in the city without a business license. The Post raised the issue Friday and Romelus’ husband submitted paperwork to get a license on Tuesday.
The Post’s request also prompted city staff to review all commissioners to make sure they are in compliance with the business rules, said Andrew Mack, the city’s director of development.
Gannon said any home-based business is required to have a county and a city license.
Gannon also said Romelus is required to have a state license, and said it would likely be from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
However, when contacted on Tuesday, a DBPR spokesman said: “DBPR does not license or regulate the profession responsive to your request.”