Friday, April 29, 2016

The always popular. . . Anarchists stylin' in L-Dub. "Hey, who didn't empty the outhouse bucket!" And what does "L-Dub" mean?

So, what does L-Dub (or "LDub") mean? It's slang for 'Lake Worth', such as in the ever-dwindling Anarchist community here in the City. The 'L' is short for "Lake" and the 'Dub' is short for "double-'u' " as in the letter "W", hence the term L-Dub. Have to keep reminding myself there are a lot of new residents in the City who don't know this stuff. Welcome to L-Dub dude!

And it continues. . . False news reports by news media of events/crime "in Lake Worth" that did not occur in Lake Worth*

This is a list that will be compiled starting from April 6th, 2016.† Instead of featuring each individual false news report will just add them to the list. CBS12/WPEC reporter Gary Detman already has two.

Many in the news media, especially the TV news, can't grasp the concept that a "Lake Worth" zip code doesn't make that location "in Lake Worth". So many in the public are being confused about what is the City of Lake Worth and what is not. Locations outside the City should be referred to as "suburban Lake Worth".

Check back now and then to see the latest false news reports:
  • April 6th, ABC25/WPBF reporter Ari Hait, man runs over teenager, slams car into house. Falsely reported as occurring in Lake Worth.
  • April 8th, CBS12/WPEC reporter Gary Detman, carjacking victim found dead. Falsely reported as occurring in Lake Worth.
  • April 17th, CBS12 staff report, person shot near Rudolph Rd. That area is not "in Lake Worth".
  • April 17th, "Person injured in Lake Worth shooting". Same incident as item above and wrong location given by NBC5/WPTV "Webteam".
  • April 29th, CBS12/WPEC reporter Gary Detman again, robbery outside church on Hypoluxo Rd. There is no "Hypoluxo Rd." in City of Lake Worth.
*In some cases news reports in the past have been corrected after the reporter/editor was informed of the error. The list above only reflects the day the error occurred, although the news segment may have been corrected at a later date if you click the links above. I hope that makes sense.
Note: It's not possible to catch every error by the media, so if one is missed send me an email and will add that to the list (my email is in the right-hand column of this blog).

One-time special event at the Cultural Council: Evening Jazz Concert on Saturday, April 30th

"The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will host a one-time-only concert featuring international jazz vocalist and recording artist Yvette Norwood-Tiger and her Jazz Ensemble, in honor of International Jazz Day. The ensemble features pianist and musical director Rick Moore of Jupiter Jazz Society, Burt Boice on contra bass, and Jose Roman Duque on drums, plus special guest trumpeter Michael Mackey, who is a senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts."

More information:
  • Location: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth 
  • Time: 7:30–9:30
  • Admission: $15.00 per ticket (tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone in advance. Call 561-471-2901)

Penny Sales Tax to be Considered by the Palm Beach County Commission

This coming Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Commission will be deciding whether or not to put a 1 cent sales tax on this coming November's ballot. It will have a life of ten years. The revenue from the increased sales tax would go to fund certain School Board needs, infrastructure improvements and repairs, along with some additional funding for tourism and cultural institutions.

The important part for Lake Worth is that the revenue created would be allocated to all the municipalities in Palm Beach County. This would be based upon each individual city's total taxable value. It is estimated that would mean an additional $2 million per year for Lake Worth, based upon current figures. That money would be used for many road projects less the Park of Commerce. It would also allow the city to aggregate the future revenue stream into a lump sum at the beginning.

Since part of the burden would be placed upon tourists visiting Palm Beach County, a portion of the money generated would go to tourism and cultural institutions in order to make the area even more attractive.

Please contact all of your County Commissioners about the need to put this item on the ballot in November. The concern is that if the County Commission chooses not too, the Palm Beach County School Board would go after the same 1 cent increase. That could leave us paying the same amount and not getting the infrastructure improvements needed in the municipalities.

Here are some of the cities that want this to proceed to the ballot: Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Highland Beach, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee Groves, Pahokee, Palm Springs, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Wellington, and West Palm Beach.

There are 7 county commissioners in all. The City of Lake Worth and surrounding areas are represented by Commissioner Shelley Vana. If you would like to contact her about this issue use this link and look on the right-hand side of the web page.

Starting Monday, May 2nd: More projects to fix the City's aging water system

To read more about this project use this link. Below is more information about the next phase:

Starting Monday, the city will start replacing more aging, 2″ water mains at four locations. The areas are:
  • 17th Street South from Lakeside Drive east to dead end.
  • The alley between South J Street and South K Street from 12th Avenue South to 11th Avenue South.
  • The alley between M Street and South N Street from 13th Avenue South to 11th Avenue South.
  • The alley between North L Street and North M Street from 8th Avenue North to 7th Avenue South.
The work is part of a $17 million, six-phase project the City says will be finished in six years. The first phase was completed last month.

The City said the work starting Monday should be finished by Nov. 28. Affected hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City is encouraging people from parking in the area or placing items there.

City Commission agenda next Tuesday and what tactics will commissioners Maier and McVoy employ to delay and obstruct City business?

A lot will depend on whether everyone is present, or not. If you recall, Mayor Pam Triolo wasn't able to attend the last meeting due to a scheduling conflict. Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy took advantage of this and forced an important agenda item to go through the process, again. (Use this link or go to the next blog post to read about all the time and effort this will cost the City.)

Read about what these two commissioners did and watch the video by looking in the right-hand column of this blog for "Political Monkeywrenching: Taking advantage of absences at government meetings".

Below are excerpts from the agenda for the City Commission next Tuesday with some interesting items highlighted. To see the entire agenda, use this link and scroll down for "May 3, 2016 Regular Meeting" and click on "Full Version". 

City of Lake Worth Commission Agenda
City Hall Commission Chambers, 7 North Dixie Highway
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 6:00 PM
1. Roll Call
2. Invocation or Moment of Silence: Moment of silence at the request of Commissioner Ryan Maier
3. Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Vice Mayor Maxwell
4. Agenda: Additions/Deletions/Reordering
5. Presentations (there is no public comment on Presentation items)
A. Introduction of Commission on Ethics Executive Director Mark Bannon and answer any Commission questions
B. Bryant Park Neighborhood Association
C. Sheriff's office update by Todd Baer
D. Historic Resources Preservation Board Update

[and later. . .]

10. Public Hearings:
A. Ordinance No. 2016-13 - First Reading and First Public Hearing - amend various sections and tables of the City's Land Development Regulations
B. Ordinance No. 2016-15 - First Reading and First Public Hearing - amend Downtown (DT) zoning district, permitted uses table and amend various sections of the City's Land Development Regulations.

[and. . .]

13. Lake Worth Electric Utility
A. Presentation (there is no public comment on Presentation items)
1) Update on the Siemens project.
2) Update on the electric utility system

What can everyone expect at the meeting next Tuesday? 
Will there be more delay and obstruction tactics employed on Tuesday? This image is from a CIA manual showing "General Interference with Organizations". Tactics are to talk "at great length", "raise the question", and advocate "caution". Remind you of anyone?

Tax dollars and City resources wasted as a result of political delay tactics and monkeywrenching

Below is from next Tuesday's (May 3rd) City Commission meeting, a chronology of events leading up to commissioners Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy tactical delay of an important agenda item and how much time, money, and effort will be needed to move this forward, again.

Maier and McVoy took advantage of Mayor Triolo's absence and you can read about and also watch a video of what they did using this link. Now. . . this is what the City has to do to fix all this:

The proposed amendments provide clarification, edits and additions to the LDRs’ definitions; notice requirements for public hearing; site plan review; zoning districts; development standards; off-street parking; sign code; and, landscape regulations.
     On February 3, 2016, the Planning & Zoning Board, at its regularly scheduled meeting, discussed the proposed amendments to the LDRs and voted 7-0 to recommend approval to the City Commission.
     On February 10, 2016, the Historic Resources Preservation Board, at its regularly scheduled meeting, discussed the proposed amendments to the LDRs and voted 5-0 to recommend approval to the City Commission.
     At its meeting of April 5, 2016, the City Commission voted 3-1 to approve the changes to the LDRs providing that modifications to the original home occupation section were removed.
     At its meeting of April 19, 2016, the motion to approve the ordinance died for lack of a second. Also, the motion to reschedule hearing to a date certain failed for a lack of a second. Consequently, the proposed ordinance has been re-advertised and is being heard as a first reading during a public hearing.

How were Maier and McVoy able to accomplish delaying and costing the City all this money and time? They just sat there, smiled, and said nothing. If you didn't know, both of those commissioners are up for re-election on March 14th, 2017. That will be your chance to let them both know how you feel about tactics and antics such as this.

The Tropical Ridge neighborhood meeting is this Monday at the Lake Worth Towers*

"Greeting Friends and Neighbors of Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association (TRNA):

Our May meeting will be held on Monday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm., at the Lake Worth Towers, 1500 Lucerne Ave.

We will be discussing the rejuvenation/cleanup of TRNA's Fitness Park (and surrounding area) proposed for May 21st. Our guest speaker will be Darrin Engel who will tell us about Bryant Park's Derby Day Celebration.

Hope you can join us Monday.


*About the TRNA:
The mission is to educate ourselves on matters of concern and interest to the people who live and work here.
Boundaries: The boundaries include the area from the east side of I-95 to the west side of Dixie Highway and from the south side of Lucerne Avenue to the south side of 10th Avenue North.
Membership: Everyone is welcome to attend meetings. Membership is open to all residents, property owners and licensed business owners within the neighborhood boundaries. We share more than simple geography; this is the special place we are proud to call home.

Must read article about sober homes from the Post's Joe Capozzi: "Sober Home Invasion"

For the entire article use this link. The article is quite long and has a lot of very important information. Here are two excerpts:

     "Welcome to the suburban front line in the national heroin epidemic.
     It's right outside the living room window in neighborhoods across Palm Beach County, where homeowners say they're living under siege from a clandestine invasion of sober homes — an incursion spawned by the gold rush of the lucrative addiction treatment industry.
     From a gated development in Wellington to the oceanfront in Delray Beach, they say they're finding needles near their driveways, staying up nights because of lights and sirens and, in worst cases, watching the medical examiner wheel corpses from the house next door."

[and. . .]

     "Of the 199 sober homes across the state that voluntarily registered with the Florida Association of Recovery Residences, the vast majority — 118 — are in Palm Beach County, known for decades as the addiction treatment capital of America.
     But the actual numbers are much higher because many sober homes don't register with FARR. For example, 15 are registered in Lake Worth, but city officials say the actual number could be as high as 75."

This coming Monday, May 2nd, is a very important meeting that your elected representatives need to know about. Use this link to learn more.

Meet Jamie Brown, the little City of Lake Worth's Director of Public Services

The short video taken below of Jamie Brown starts off a little shaky. This was part of his performance at the Lake Worth Has Talent show at the Lake Worth Playhouse last November. Mark Easton, the publisher of The Lake Worth Herald, had to quickly switch cameras to get Jamie Brown's performance of this Blues classic:

Great job! Watch the Allman Brothers and their version of the classic song "Soulshine":

Myth-makers at work in Lake Worth: The "Living Shoreline" is a City project (it's not) and City is cutting down mangroves (not true)

You can read more about the "Living Shoreline" off Bryant Park in the Intracoastal (Lake Worth Lagoon) using this link. That project IS NOT the result of any City board despite what you may have heard. Here is an excerpt from the link cited above prior to the project beginning:

Rob Robbins, Director of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, gives an update at the City Commission meeting last night (1/7/14). He highlighted a future "living shoreline" project along the Bryant Park seawall, which will involve the Michael Singer Group. You might recall that group was involved in the design of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront and also our beach project site plan.

The City of Lake Worth has very little control over what happens in the Intracoastal without going through the county first for approval. One exception may be the derelict boats that were removed some time back. The boat ramps in Bryant Park are also controlled and maintained by the county. That's not to say there weren't efforts at lobbying for the "Living Shoreline" in Bryant Park but it is not a City project—it's a county project.

Below is part of a press release from the City last year. (click on the image to enlarge):
And despite what you may have heard about the City cutting down mangroves? Not true. Read what Drew Martin said at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (and who are the other merry myth-makers spreading this false information?).

President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard train—Jacksonville, Florida (1944 or 1945)

From the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory collection.

The Compass Center in downtown Lake Worth: A few of their upcoming events

The Compass Center is located on Dixie Hwy. right across the street from Publix. You'll see a colorful utility box on the corner:
Here are upcoming events:
  • May 3rd: Great Give is a day of online fundraising for non-profits in Palm Beach & Martin Counties. Use this link to help Compass with their fundraising.
  • May 25th from 6:00–8:30 at Honey in downtown Delray is our next Pride Business Alliance mixer. To register use this link.
  • May 27th: Compass Youth and friends have their Equality Prom at Compass. 
The Compass Mission: Compass aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A blast from the past: The CRA's Joan Oliva, et al., and about the $23 million NSP2 Grant (a video from March 2012)

Enjoy the video below about the CRA's NSP2 grant. You'll recognize more than a few people if you were here in Lake Worth during that time. At one point, if you pay close attention, you'll see a few campaign yard signs of people you might know, including a current city commissioner. About the video:

"This video is one in a series of case study videos intended for NSP grantees and partners interested in learning about how other grantees are successfully implementing NSP. In Lake Worth, FL, the NSP2 consortium has taken a comprehensive approach in their stabilization efforts. Nonprofits and community leaders featured in this video demonstrate the keys to running their NSP program, including homebuyer counseling, home-purchase assistance, and connecting stabilization with broader economic development and revitalization initiatives such as the Cultural Renaissance Program."
Now, about all those people who thought the NSP2 was a bad idea. . . like former city commissioners who didn't make the effort to apply for the grant. But the CRA did. Here is an excerpt from this blog:

"Both the City and the CRA were eligible to apply for the funds. Leading up to the grant application's deadline, it became apparent that the City administration (Susan Stanton was the city manager in September 2009) and the City Commission (which included Cara Jennings, JoAnn Golden, and Susan Mulvehill) had demonstrated no interest in assisting the CRA or applying for the grant money itself. Wanting to make sure Lake Worth didn't miss out on this opportunity to address slum and blight in a big way the CRA went ahead and made the application itself, without any help from the City Commission at the time."

Come and play pickleball in Lake Worth! Make plans for next Wednesday.

Here is a letter from a big fan of pickleball in Lake Worth (he's also a big fan of the lowercase letters too):

"recently (due to a reference in the Palm Beach Post), i discovered the pickleball program run by your rec dpt at one of your many parks

while a big fan of Lake Worth for many reasons for many years, this discovery only furthered my appreciation of your city's progressive vision

you've done it right, and you've done it well - both the courts and program supervision are excellent (it must feel great to be so far ahead of the curve!)

just about the only way you could improve the current program, and i apologize for even bringing it up since knowing you, you've probably already thought of this and are implementing it even as i write, would be to add lights for evening play

bill cragun"

To learn more about Pickleball use this link and here is a video from NBC Nightly News!