Sunday, March 1, 2015

[UPDATE] Lake Worth candidate Ryan Maier—doubling down on The Big Lie—Watch this 1 minute video

This short video is getting a lot of attention.

There's another chance tomorrow for Ryan Maier to set the record straight.

The Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC) is having a candidate debate at the Lake Worth Playhouse. I will be there tomorrow night with my camera taking video if you cannot make the Forum. Check back early next week for the videos.

And, as always, thank you for visiting my blog. 

Question for Pastor Mike Olive of the Common Ground (no 's') Church

What's your answer to this question posed by a self-described 'reporter' in Lake Worth who wrote this headline on February 20th:

"Is the City of Lake Worth cracking down on Christianity?": Yes or No? 

A reader of my blog called me today with this interesting observation: if Lake Worth is "cracking down on Christianity" then why are so many voting locations in Lake Worth at churches and religion-friendly locations? Note the highlighted voting locations on a flyer from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections:
And now that I'm on the subject, what does Pastor Olive think of Margaret Menge's 'news story' being picked up around the country with titles like:

"Lake Worth Florida is a God hating City":
And what of Kathleen Walter at Channel 12/WPEC and her headline with the words: "War On Religion?":
Now that our City has received this undeserved black eye it will be up to the rest of us to repair this damage done to our City's image and reputation. Lake Worth is one of the most open, accepting, and tolerant city's in the entire State of Florida—the City and its people don't deserve this.

Trolley's coming to Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach?

Eliot Kleinberg at the West Palm Beat blog has this news about more trolleys possibly coming to our neighbor to the north:
     West Palm Beach envisions a free north-south trolley along Dixie Highway.
     Commissioners, sitting as the board of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, are set to vote Monday to ask the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization for a “Local Initiatives Program” grant for the buses.
     A staff memo for Monday’s CRA board meeting doesn’t give any dollar figures.

Misinformation and Disinformation in the City of Lake Worth: Manipulating the Public

Read the truth about crime in Lake Worth—what the critics of PBSO don't want you to know. 

A lot like cellophane...

Coming tomorrow (Monday night, 3/2) at the Lake Worth Playhouse...

For more information please visit the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC) website here. The NAPC also has a Facebook page where you can find more information. 

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. 

Stanton (former Lake Worth city manager) has her own PD in Greenfield, CA: Maybe they need the Sheriff to help?

Before we get to the tiny city of Greenfield, did you know that the crime rate in the City of Lake Worth dropped in 2014? It did and you can read about that here. Now to the City of Greenfield:

The former Lake Worth city manager, Susan Stanton (who was fired three years ago), is now the city manager in Greenfield, California. Greenfield is about one-half the population size of Lake Worth. Stanton always wanted to get rid of the Lake Worth PBSO to have her own police department. Stanton now has her own police department in Greenfield, CA. Surprisingly, despite having her own PD, Stanton has a crime problem in her city of Greenfield, CA. I bet the scanner in her office is busy. This partial list of crimes occurred in Greenfield, CA, over a period of 13 days (2/15 to 2/27):

Breaking & Entering

Theft of Vehicle
500 Block PALM AV

Breaking & Entering
500 Block PALM AV & 5TH ST

600 Block WALNUT AV & 7TH ST


Breaking & Entering
1000 Block GAVILAN DR & 12TH ST

Assault with Deadly Weapon
800 Block MAPLE AV

Breaking & Entering
300 Block 8TH ST

Theft of Vehicle
900 Block WALNUT AV

900 Block OAK AV & 9TH ST

Theft of Vehicle
400 Block 10TH ST


Breaking & Entering

Theft of Vehicle

Breaking & Entering

Theft from Vehicle

Breaking & Entering
900 Block WALNUT AV & 10TH ST

Breaking & Entering


Theft of Vehicle

Theft of Vehicle


Breaking & Entering

Breaking & Entering

100 Block 5TH ST & OAK AV

Breaking & Entering

From Andrew Marra at the Post: teacher who "veered off course" removed

Andrew Marra at the Palm Beach Post wrote this highly interesting article about a teacher who was removed from the classroom; here is an excerpt from the article: 
     Science teacher Ezekiel Edmonds has been removed from contact with students while school district officials investigate whether he is the speaker on a recording that surfaced this week on conservative political websites, including one operated by former South Florida Congressman Allen West[emphasis added]
     In the recording, reportedly created by a student and provided by an anonymous parent, a man is heard likening urban gentrification to “what they did in Nazi Germany when they created the ghettos.”
I'd say Mr. Marra was being king when he wrote, "he [the teacher] veered off course".

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Variation on a theme...

If you have read something, somewhere—about how there might be changes to the Lake Worth Beach—somehow, someway, this:

Click here for link to the City of Lake Worth's website where you will see something like this on the Bids and Proposals page:
It is my understanding that Hudson Holdings, the owner of the Gulfstream Hotel submitted a proposal through this process. So did others. They had one (1) meeting on November 4, 2014 and the sign in sheet is here:
Note that a representative from the Office of Inspector General was in attendance.
This is the public notice for that meeting:
Beyond this nothing has gone forward. Click here for the packet which solicits input on how to make the beach a financially sustainable operation. Note too that there is a whole "cone of silence" provision that makes it so no one can talk about the individual proposals until a recommendation is made by the selection committee, which is made up of staff; Commissioner Amoroso is the liaison to the committee. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of what is proposed and what the committee finally recommends.

[Now that a certain Lake Worth Commissioner has talked about one of the proposals, if true, that might have tainted the whole process and there could be legal/ethical fallout from it.]

Here is where Commissioner Amoroso was appointed the liaison to the commission related to the process, from the October 7, 2014 meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Here are Commissioner McVoy's thoughts on the matter expressed at the following commission meeting on October 21, 2014.

Note that Commissioner Szerdi cannot act (or vote) on anything related to Hudson Holdings and their property in Lake Worth, since he works for them under contract in Delray Beach related to the historic Sundy House. He is also prohibited from work on any project of theirs in the City of Lake Worth, per this advisory opinion letter sought from the Commission on Ethics by the city:

The Committee will eventually make a recommendation back to the City Commission and be fully vetted by the public at that time. No decision has been made yet.

As Commissioner McVoy states at the 1:28 minute mark of the first video above, this is the "idea stage" of solutions to fix problems at the beach created by a previous commission. And note, this "idea stage" is confidential at this time. 

Some of the endorsements for Lake Worth Commissioner John Szerdi

Lake Worth Herald endorsement from February 26, 2015.

Calvary Methodist Church, Lake Worth, FL: photo believed taken around 1947

Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Image Number FR0881; from the Louise Frisbie collection.

Debunking assertions by Candidate Ryan Maier at Monday night's (2/23) forum in Lake Worth...

In his introduction at the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association's candidate forum last Monday, Ryan Maier stated the following:
"If you go to City Hall and request public records about this project [The Gulfstream Hotel], you might be surprised about what you hear. Due to a city resolution, this information is not public. The city believes that the plans for this project are proprietary. I believe they should be public. Residents should have knowledge about projects that affect them directly. Last week at the Parrot Cove forum, my opponent stated that the Gulfstream is going to build a parking garage on South Lakeside Drive. How does my opponent have that information when you, the residents are not privy to it?"Ryan Maier, Bryant Park Forum, 2/23/15
First of all, Florida Statute 288.075 provides that:
...under written request from a private corporation, partnership, or person, records of an economic development agency which would contain or would provide information concerning plans, intentions, or interests of such private corporation, partnership, or person to locate, relocate, or expand any of its business activities in the state are confidential and exempt from s.119.07 (1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24 (a) Art. I of the Florida Constitution.
[This information was provided by the City of Lake Worth's Economic Development Director.]

Furthermore, the City Commission authorized Confidentiality for Economic Development Projects under Resolution 28-2012. You may find Resolution 28-2012 on the City's website, here.

Here is the Resolution (below), passed by the City Commission in July 2012.

The vote was unanimous with the Mayor being absent. Notice that both Commissioners Mulvehill and McVoy were on the Commission at the time and voted affirmatively.
Here is the application that a private entity can submit to qualify for the exemption from the Sunshine Law.

While the owners of the Gulfstream Hotel have filed this paperwork, they have still met with many neighborhood groups throughout 2014. Here is when they took place and with which Lake Worth neighborhood association:

Parrot Cove July 21

Lucerne Condo August 2

Pineapple Beach  September 22

Downtown Jewel NA October 6

South Park October 13

Bryant Park October 20

Gulfstream Tower Condo Association October 29

Gulfstream Tower Condo Association February 25, 2015

At each of these meetings, the owners of the property discussed plans for the renovation of the historic hotel along with the need to provide additional parking in the area in the form of a parking garage. They have met, and continue to meet with representatives in the area, regarding the number of spaces, ownership arrangements for those spaces and the needs and requirements related to the hotel. These discussions were necessary before any formal application was filed with the city.

This is William Waters' description of the process to date and what they have submitted to the city:
Hudson [Holdings] has applied for and received approval for exterior demolition of the pool and pool pavilion and interior exploratory demolition. Applications for the two structures on the west are pending awaiting submission of required documentation and presentation of a formal conceptual plan. Once all of the information is received a CoA will be brought forward to the HRPB [Historic Resource Preservation Board].
The approval mentioned was not wide enough in scope to go before any board and it was approved by staff. Demolition of the pool got rid of an attractive nuisance—it was dangerous and unsecured in its previous condition.

Now, as it relates to Commissioner John Szerdi's knowledge of whether or not a parking garage is planned—he has attended some of those neighborhood meetings where presentations were made. Commissioner Szerdi and the city acted proactively and asked for a Commission on Ethics opinion regarding his doing paid work for the owners of the property and the implications that has on his actions as a Commissioner in Lake Worth related to the Gulfstream Hotel property. This is the opinion letter RQO14-035.

Commissioner John Szerdi has adhered to this opinion and it will guide his actions in the future. This is not an "ethics violation." This is guidance, requested by the city, on how a seated Commissioner should conduct himself in the future.

Now, listen to the whole statement by candidate Ryan Maier at last Monday's (2/23) Bryant Park candidate forum about transparency:

The following morning, I contacted the Office of Inspector General of Palm Beach County. I asked for any and all correspondence relating to Lake Worth City Commissioner John Szerdi. Two days later, this is what I received:

Letter to Lynn Anderson, dated 2/19/15 from the Office of Inspector General.
Letter to Kathleen McGiveron dated 2/19/15 from the Office of Inspector General.
Complaint filed by Lynn Anderson and Kathleen "Katie" McGiveron on 2/17/15.
 The subject of the complaint is for City Manager, the entire City Commission, sans Commissioner McVoy.

The complaint is about the cancellation of meetings in March due to the Commission's trip to Tallahassee this week and the 'supposed' Sunshine Law violations. Per the Inspector General letters to both Ms. Anderson and Mrs. McGiveron, "no information was presented that would indicate a violation of law, policy or rule. Therefore, this correspondence is closed."

There is no "ethics violation" from the Inspector General's office regarding Commissioner Szerdi. There is also no ethics violation from the Commission on Ethics. All there is is an advisory opinionnot a violation.

Political advertisement paid for and approved by John Szerdi, non-partisan for City Commissioner

[UPDATE] Proof: candidate Ryan Maier is lying

Twice on February 23rd, 2015, at a Lake Worth Candidate Forum, Ryan Maier lied again about his Lake Worth city board experience. Here is the truth:
"Mr. [Ryan] Maier was removed from the Sister City Board for not participating in the mandatory ethics training and his membership was declared vacant due to excessive absenteeism on March 19, 2012." [From the Lake Worth City Clerk] 
[You can read more about this here.] 

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Willie Howard of the Palm Beach Post wrote this article
City commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday [8/29/2012] to fill four vacancies on the Sister City advisory board.
Applicants to be interviewed include Pierre Chery; Halle Cooper; Ryan Maier; Derelda Morgan; and Kauko Oksanen. Wednesday’s special meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at city hall.
Here are the facts: Ryan Maier was removed from the Sister City Board on March 19, 2012. He was given a chance to reapply on August 29, 2012.

What happened? He didn't show up for his interview.
Here is Ryan Maier before he took on a new appearance for his flyers, campaign photos, and knocking on residents' doors.
Ryan Maier and his campaign team have concluded that telling the truth is not the best tactic to take. Now imagine him being elected as a city commissioner in the City of Lake Worth.

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”Mark Twain

From the Bryant Park candidate forum on February 23, 2015, Ryan Maier attempts to explain (spin) the facts as outlined above:

Margaret's pity party

There is so much nonsense in this week's Trib by Ms. Menge it's a challenge where to start: more "Common Ground (no 's') Church" nonsense, city commissioner's in a car together is a "Sunshine" issue (it is not), and a "Classifieds" section that is downright hilarious.

First though, some background—this 'newspaper' only began FREE circulation on January 16th of this year—and it is still free (mull on that for a few minutes). As of today, 2/28, that's only 44 days ago and just 53 days prior to a municipal election here in the City of Lake Worth. Note she did something very similar in 2012:
On Sunday, July 29, 2012, Margaret Menge rolled out her on-line 'newspaper' called The Lake Worth Sun. The last story in The Lake Worth Sun appeared 100 days later, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. That was election day in Lake Worth.
[November 6, 2012 was the day Commissioner McVoy was re-elected.]

Now for Margaret's pity party. The following excerpts appear in her House Editorial (Lake Worth Tribune, 2/27/15) titled: "This Community Newspaper Needs Your Help":
     I [Margaret Menge, Editor and Publisher] have an awful lot to say about the news this week. But I have to take a break to ask for your help.
     I need help if I am to continue to put out this newspaper every week.
     I need someone to type up the Events Calendar each week. You could do it from home. It should take a couple of hours to gather the information, type it up and send it in.
     If there's someone pretty sharp out there – maybe a retired attorney or journalist – I would really appreciate your help in going through this [PBSO] crime report and rewriting it in English.
     If you have not done so already, please subscribe to the newspaper. Just do it. Send your check in, and we will bring a paper around to you. Free delivery to College Park and all other homes east of Federal is a promotional thing, and it's going to end very soon.
How interesting! [and...]
     The newspaper business is tough, and more money has been going out than coming in over these last three months as I worked to set up an office and start the newspaper.
And this comes as a surprise? To whom? [and lastly, drum roll please...]
     I want to keep this paper going. But it's a terrible lot of work...But I need more help. I don't mind admitting it.
Note that Margaret's editorial uses the word "I" sixteen times. Which makes you wonder who this 'community' newspaper serves: her or us.

Workshop: how to sell your art on the internet

From The Rickie Report is this about a workshop coming up on Lake Ave in the little City of Lake Worth:
Amelia Costa will be presenting an informative and helpful workshop at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, “How To Sell Your Art on the Internet”. Amelia has had much success marketing her own jewelry designs and ceramic pieces as well as potter, John McCoy’s, work via internet sales. The Rickie Report shares the details and some views of Amelia’s and John’s artistry. Pre-Registration is necessary!
The Rickie Report is a wonderful resource for the goings-on in the art scene here in Lake Worth. Check it out now and then.

Tourism in Palm Beach County: numbers are off the charts

From Jennifer Sorentrue at the Palm Beach Post we have a very interesting article about tourism in Palm Beach County (PBC). Some of the numbers reported is information I never knew before. When you read the article you can see how our little City of Lake Worth can take advantage of an obvious need in PBC—vis-à-vis hotel rooms.

Many people visiting PBC are going to like what they see. Don't forget the last estimate as reported on this blog: 800 people per day are moving to Florida to live—permanently or seasonally. For some perspective, that's the City of Lake Worth population every 43 days.

From the article by Jennifer Sorentrue:
     The hotel occupancy rate in Palm Beach County reached 81.9 percent in January [emphasis added], and tourism leaders say that number is expected to climb higher this month as frigid weather continues to cripple much of the country.
     In January, there were roughly 491,000 nightly bookings available at rooms in the county’s 165 hotels and motels, according to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Roughly 402,000 of those nightly bookings were sold to out-of-town travelers and other guests, the council said.
     Industry leaders say February is also expected to be a banner month. Hotel occupancy soared to 97 percent on Valentine’s Day and many area hotels have little room for guests weary of the winter weather up north.
     Donald Dufresne, a member of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said new hotel rooms are needed to help meet the growing demand.
     There are 15,849 hotel rooms in Palm Beach County. Hundreds of new rooms are expected to be added to that inventory over the next 18 months with the opening of several new hotels.
     “Sometimes it is not enough inventory to accommodate the demand,” Dufresne said. “The good news is that we have a lot of inventory being constructed right now." 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Margaret, are you happy now? So much for "Common Ground" and your "community" newspaper

The City of Lake Worth "Persecutes Christians"?

This is an actual headline.

From a blog preparing readers for "The End Times".

Slightly dramatic.

Title: "Lake Worth is a God hating City"

Does the author know Lake Worth is a tiny City, only 7 square miles and 35,000 residents? Our little City is now a link in the "Socialist Regime Nightmare"?

Jennifer Chaparro and her amazing street art at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Jennifer Chaparro has a blog called Amazing Street Painting. When you visit her blog leave her a nice comment if you can. Here is a picture of her and her art at this years Festival:
Jennifer Chaparro and Patrick Pierson with their amazing street art.
She wrote this in her blog:
Thanks again to Maryanne Webber and the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival for putting this wonderful show on each year. It is the biggest in the US, maybe the world with 600 artists participating and 250 pieces of art being created over the weekend. South Florida is lucky to have this amazing event.
And we were privileged to have her. Hope to see you and Patrick Pierson next year!

From the Office of Inspector General, Palm Beach County—"correspondence has been closed"

Please check back later today or tomorrow morning. Much more to come on this topic:
"We have reviewed your concerns and determined no information was presented that would indicate a violation of law, policy, or rule." 

The Lake Worth Herald endorses Commissioner John Szerdi and Serge Jerome, Jr. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 10

Channel 5/WPTV: Image from their news story in 2013 used out of context in 2015

In a local Lake Worth Facebook page came across this item from Karl Dickey
at the blog West Palm Beach Libertarian Examiner.

He picked up on the ridiculous story about the Common Ground (no 's') Church story here in the little City of Lake Worth. Here is an excerpt:
     Yesterday, February 22, 2015, members of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County showed up to see how they could help with a local church's fight with the City of Lake Worth over licensing. The Common Ground church borrows space from the Common Grounds coffee house at 12 S J St in Lake Worth for a few hours a week.
At the top of the blog post was this picture taken from the Channel 5/WPTV website:
Any reasonable person would conclude that this story was so important that the best TV news station in Palm Beach County was on this story, correct? WRONG!

This image was lifted from a Ch5/WPTV news story from July 16, 2013. Look at the following image I took from the Channel 5 story from 2013 I screen grabbed today (2/27/15):
Look familiar?
The story by WPTV on 7/16/2013 was a positive story on how Lake Worth was making a strong effort to improve Code Enforcement in the City. Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo was interviewed in the story by Channel 5's Ryan Calhoun. Since this story by Channel 5 many improvements have been made to Code Enforcement, including the demolition of many dilapidated/unsafe structures. 

Candidate Ryan Maier's Proposal for Concession Stands in Bryant Park

This was Ryan Maier's answer to the first question asked last Monday night at the Bryant Park Candidate Forum (2/23). The question was this: "How would you better utilize Bryant Park for the benefit of the city?"

Contrary to Mr. Maier's assertions, there is a kayak concession that works out of Bryant Park and the surrounding area. Kayak Lake Worth operates on an appointment basis and delivers kayaks at the boat ramp for people who want to kayak in the Lake Worth Lagoon. Usually they drop them off in the public boat ramp that is there, or other places based upon weather. There is no building; it is more of an "on-demand" business providing a service. They have made presentations at City Commission meetings about their operation—so the city is aware of their operation. Apparently Mr. Maier is not.

His other ideas related to the establishment of concessions in Bryant Park gave some area neighbors coronary stress at Monday night's Bryant Park Neighborhood Association candidate forum. He thinks the park should be a moneymaker for the city, which wouldn't keep our parks non-commercialized. It also runs counter to what would be allowed in the Public Recreation and Open Space (PROS) zoning for Bryant Park. Here is what the code allows:

More on THE BIG JOKE: The Common Ground (no 's') Church "Story"

The following quote by Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein was the very last paragraph of a story by Margaret Menge totaling 34 paragraphs and a Case Narrative of 18 paragraphs. A total of 52 paragraphs. Then add to that three color pictures (2 of which were very large) and THEN an editorial on the same subject:
"So, all they have to do is go through the conditional land use process to make sure the impacts have been assessed...if they're a small church, it shouldn't be a big deal."
--Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein, 2/20/15
The Common Ground (no 's') Church 'story' is a non-story. Period. End of story.

Now Channel 12 is hot on the heels of this non-story. Kathleen Walter has this report called, "War On Religion? Lake Worth Orders Churches To Have License To Pray":
Kathleen Walter had another 'news story' in Lake Worth last December. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote on my blog:
Instead Kathleen Walter reported this story on Lake Worth [NOTE: CH12 DELETED THE LINK TO KATHLEEN WALTERS STORY ON 12/13/2014], the night before the Lake Worth Holiday Parade. We understand that she was trolling for a negative point-of-view during the evening. As part of Kathleen Walter's story she included the tree lighting ceremony from Friday night as a backdrop and here is the screen grab:
Is Channel 12 up to their old tricks again? Only 12 days before a Municipal Election here in the City of Lake Worth?

And also consider this, folks. Channel 12/WPEC was the only local news outlet that didn't report anything on our recent Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. Channel 5/WPTV did. You can watch that excellent report here

A loyal reader sends this picture of a fire at the beach yesterday...

The picture was taken from the Casino building, looking north. I heard that it was a trash can fire that got out of control. Anyone else have information on this?

Opening soon: the Lake Worth Birthday Cake Castle (this year's Red Cross Show House)

From Christine Davis at The Coastal Star we have this news on one of our Lake Worth historical treasures:
The 39th Red Cross Show House serves up a sweet confection this year, with its choice of Lake Worth’s historic La Florentia, also known as the Birthday Cake Castle.
     With rooms galore, and plenty of nooks and crannies, the house is a verifiable 7,000-square-foot feast, which will be open to visitors March 5 through April 4, with a special preview party on March 4.
     Recently bought by Scott Levine, the house was built by Sherman Childs in 1925, receiving its nickname when past owner Upton Close gave the house to his wife, Margaret Fretter Nye, as a birthday present in 1954. Cakey qualities include candle-ish pillars, icing-like swirls of thick plaster, and even a birthday cake stained glass window.
     The Red Cross Show House’s Birthday Cake Castle is at 1 Fifth Ave S., Lake Worth. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
      Tickets to the preview party are $200 per person. General admission is $35 per person at the door. In addition to tours of the home, guests may also shop at an on-site boutique. For information, call 650-9133.

Number of times that Hudson Holdings, owner of the Gulfstream property, has met with community groups


Neighborhood Associations:

Parrot Cove, July 21

Lucerne Condo, August 2

Pineapple Beach,  September 22

Downtown Jewel, October 6

South Palm Park, October 13

Bryant Park, October 20

Gulfstream Tower Condo Association, October 29


Gulfstream Tower Condo Association, February 25

Representatives made presentations at these meetings and mentioned the scope of the redevelopment program, which included a parking garage. An informal presentation was given to the Historic Resource Preservation Board and its December 10, 2014 meeting. The proposed parking garage was also mentioned then. Nothing about the plans have been submitted officially to the city to date.

From Eliot Kleinberg: Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo and the State of the City Address

Click title for link to summary of the Mayor Pam Triolo's State of the City speech. Again, it was very upbeat, while pointing out areas the city still needs to improve. The article is by Eliot Kleinberg.
     For decades, Triolo said, Lake Worth’s neighbors and visitors have said, “if only Lake Worth could realize its full potential.”
     The city is making that happen, she said, “without sacrificing the charm and beauty that inherently exists here.” [emphasis added]
     From 2008 to 2013, the city issued no new permits for private commercial investment or offices, with the exception of a Publix store and the city’s casino complex and water plant. Last year, the city issued 425 commercial building permits that generated $250,097.
[The article concludes with this...]
     [Mayor Pam] Triolo said the city’s poverty rate still hovers at 30 percent and unemployment at 13 percent “but this will change as new businesses open, bringing in new opportunities that will bring jobs.”
     She also said crime rates are down, electric rates are lower, and abandoned properties and eyesore properties are being torn down and replaced by new homes.
     And, she said, drawing cheers, the city last year saw almost $100 million in new investment “that will add to our tax rolls, with millions more on the way. That’s what I call potential.”
If you haven't had a chance to see the video, here is a short 5-minute segment at the end of Mayor Pam Triolo's speech. And, once again, thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ryan Maier is wrong: Nothing is being hidden from the public

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."

In the Lake Worth Herald this week (Thursday, 2/26) is a statement from the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association correcting an unfair and untrue assertion from candidate Ryan Maier at their Candidate Forum on Monday, 2/23:
     Thank you for attending the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association's (BPNA) Candidate Forum. During last night's candidate forum BPNA desired to keep a neutral position. During the forum BPNA chose not to correct, defend or add additional information to the candidates' responses.
     Unfortunately one candidate, Ryan Maier, chose to claim Commissioner John Szerdi knows about the parking garage that the Gulfstream Hotel will propose to construct. Ryan claims this is information that Comm. Szerdi knows about and is withholding from the general public.
     This information was discussed, publicly, at the Lake Worth Historic Resources Preservation Board as a courtesy conceptual review last December [2014]. A very preliminary plan was submitted for discussion. The Gulfstream Hotel's proposal to construct a parking garage, amongst other items, was discussed as part of their development.
     Reference: December 10th, 2014 on the agenda as item #5.G.4 "Conceptual Review of a request for demolition of two structures at 14 S Lakeside Dr."

If rising sea levels are such a major concern for Commissioner McVoy, then...

The Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course is located just west of the Lake Worth Lagoon, barely above sea level.
The Lake Worth Casino complex is next to the Atlantic Ocean. Without pilings it's at substantial risk in a serious storm.
Commissioner McVoy, should all projects, including those to protect the environment, be halted immediately due to the threat of sea level rise?
Was the Lake Worth boat ramp a waste of taxpayer dollars, Commissioner McVoy?

The Post's Barbara Marshall has a question—10 best U.S. islands: How many are in Florida?

Here is Barbara Marshall at the Quick Pulse blog with the answer:
     Marco Island, the jewel of Florida’s 10,000 islands, is the best of its kind in the U.S., according to Trip Advisor readers.
     The website is out with its 2015 travelers’ choice list of 10 Best U.S. Islands.     At the tip of the state’s southwest coast, this bridge-linked island runs up against the Everglades and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
     Two other Florida islands made Trip Advisors 2015 list. All of them are accessible by bridges.
The three Florida islands chosen are:
#1: Marco Island
#3: Anna Maria Island
#10: Key West

Can you imagine someone in Syracuse, New York having to read stuff like this?

Did you miss last week's Lake Worth Cribune? You can get caught up here!!!

Of course, the Lake Worth Cribune is Always FREE. Read about Dustin Zacks' cat, who has a crush on Marshall Pass, a rooster with PTSD, and heaps, loads, scads, mucho, a lot more! And don't forget the Reader Poll: the Truth, necessary or not? You decide.

Why the City of Lake Worth cannot change charter to regulate height limits—the "null & void" vote explained

From the July 2, 2013 City Commission meeting. City Attorney Glen Torcivia explains an enacted state law that made the "heights vote" Null and Void.

Please watch the video and take some notes if you can. Beware the "lies at the door". Learn the truth for yourself.

The Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC) with the March 2015 news

Mark the date and visit the NAPC website for more information. The NAPC also has a Facebook page with the latest information and goings-on in the City of Lake Worth.