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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Ned L. Siegel
Occupation: President, Siegel Group
Industry: Real Estate
Home: Boca Raton, Florida


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Whether this commercial developer does a deal under the name NLS Communities, SGS Communities or Blue Lake, Inc., chances are it will require some kind of special treatment. A controversial Delray Beach high-rise he pushed in ’99 exceeded local height rules and had three times the usually permitted density of units per acre. Critics of his 240-home Boca Raton development proposal said it would overwhelm already overcrowded schools. Siegel then gave $50,000 to the local school, whose principal said the money was to be kept quiet to avoid any appearance that Siegel was trying to buy support. Somehow, news of the gift leaked just before a hearing on Siegel’s rezoning request—which he lost by a single vote. Recently, Siegel and fellow owners of Boca Raton’s Blue Lake Corporate Center sought a special exemption to dodge millions of dollars in road impact fees that planners required as a precondition of their development of their property. After the city council rejected their exemption by a one-vote margin, Siegel’s group filed two lawsuits in an attempt to override the council’s vote (see Pioneer Mark Guzzetta).

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