Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Public meeting at LWB City Hall.


FDOT will be holding a “Project Kick-Off Meeting” concerning the intersection of 10th Ave. North, I-95, and North A St. on Wednesday, July 24th at Lake Worth Beach City Hall. The public open house begins at 5:30 and the FDOT presentation starts at 6:00.

This is a public meeting open to everyone from the public interested in this topic.


Click on flyer to enlarge:

For more information from FDOT about the I-95 Interchange Improvements at 10th Ave. North click on this link.

Item 11A at the LWB City Commission meeting last evening: “Continuation of discussion about Accessory Dwelling Units in the City”.


It was a huge turnout last night on this topic with a lot of pushback from the public on moving forward with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The discussion took a little over one hour including public comment. The vote ultimately was 3-2 to end discussion and move on.


To watch the proceedings for yourself this agenda item ends at the two hour and thirty-seven minute mark:

Festival of Día de los Muertos in Lake Worth Beach. A festival like no other in South Florida.


When is it time to begin the preparations for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities? The time is now:

Para más información o oportunidades
de venta llaman 561-493-2550.

Or contact Emily Theodossakos,
LULA’s
Marketing Program Manager by email: etheodossakos@lakeworth.org


Become a sponsor at this year’s
Day of the Dead festival!

This year’s 4th annual Día de los Muertos will be held on Saturday, November 2nd.

Playa Lake Worth es una ciudad acogedora y un verdadero punto de encuentro para las diferentes culturas.

[Lake Worth Beach is a welcoming city and a true meeting point of different cultures.]

Start getting ready all you face painters, vendors, dancers, musicians, entertainers, and all who wish to honor and celebrate those who have passed on.



The Day of the Dead is one of South and Central America’s most distinctive holidays, Día de los Muertos is considered a day of cheerful celebration rather than one of mourning.

Each November, LULA Lake Worth Arts presents a FREE day of fun for the whole family. This year Day of the Dead, as it is each year, will be celebrated on the first Saturday in November at The HATCH building located at 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The annual celebration will feature traditional foods, folkloric dances, traditional ofrendas, a procession, cultural arts and crafts and children’s activities.


Admission and parking to the festival and
exhibitions are always FREE.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Elected leaders setting the bar high in Greenacres: Making education, families and children a high priority.


The City Council led by the honorable Mayor Joel Flores and the administration in the City of Greenacres deserve a lot of credit for creating one of the best After School and camp programs in the United States and the honor of receiving Florida Gold Seal Designation as well. Here is recent news published on the front page in the Coastal and Greenacres Observer headlined, “Greenacres After School Program Receives National Accreditation”:


The Council on Accreditation (COA) has proudly recognized the City of Greenacres After School and Camp Programs (a licensed, year-round, K-12 grade program) as an outstanding provider.

National accreditation demonstrates that the program successfully implements high performance standards and delivers the highest quality services to all of its children, youth and families. In addition to this achievement, the City of Greenacres After School Program was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice or core standards.

The assessors were extremely impressed with the City’s operations, extended learning and enrichment programs, community partnerships and resources available. They travel all over and country, and even internationally, and claimed it was one of the best programs they have ever assessed.

COA accreditation allows the City to obtain the Florida Gold Seal Designation, that provides for a higher per child/per day, rate of reimbursement, from the Early Learning Coalition. For more information on the program visit the City’s website at www.greenacresfl.gov or call 561-642-2193.

The COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor providing a full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

Congratulations to the City of Greenacres!


To learn more about the City of Greenacres click on this link.

And in other recent news Greenacres reopened their renovated gymnasium at the City’s Community Center at 501 Swain Blvd. You can learn more about that on the Greenacres official Facebook page.

The Coastal and Greenacres Observer is a FREE weekly publication published by the Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc. To download the Observer click on this link and then use the Options tab to download the PDF. For more information contact the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com

News from Palm Beach Post reporter Lady Hereford, “Neighborhood groups multiply in Lake Worth”.


“In five years, the number of coalitions, mostly neighborhood associations, has grown from
three to 11.”


Published in the Neighborhood Post, June 2nd, 2002 (see newspaper clipping below).

A man named Herman C. Robinson was quoted in this article,

“Recently, the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association challenged the other associations to a raft regatta, which will be held during the Tropic Fest on July 4.”

Mr. Herman Robinson is now District 4 Commissioner Herman Robinson.


Continued from page 1 . . . “Businesses, residents, churches uniting around common goals”.


This newspaper clipping is from sixteen years ago.
Click on image to enlarge:

Click on this link to learn more about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council. The NAPC is also on Facebook.

Baby and toddler news in The Lake Worth Herald.


There is tons of LOCAL club and event news in the most recent Herald including this headline on p. 2 about an event coming up this Friday, “Toddler Fun at LWB City Hall Annex”:


Lake Worth Beach Public Library will present Baby and Toddler Sing and Play Time on Friday, July 19 from 11–11:40 a.m. at the City Hall Annex.

This special play time is designed for children under two years of age. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

City Hall Annex is located at 414 Lake Avenue, corner of Lake Avenue and Federal Highway.


The Herald is still just ¢50! Pick up this week’s LOCAL paper at Andy’s newsstand at 205 N. Federal Hwy.

Have an upcoming event or club meeting you would like to publicize? Here are the instructions from the editor for a FREE posting in the Herald:


Free listing for service clubs’ and charitable organizations schedules and special events open to the public. Send information to About Town, 1313 Central Terrace, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460, fax 561-585-5434 or email lwheraldje@gmail.com

Discerning shoppers shop at World Thrift: Taste, style, fashion and shoes!


  Wednesday at World Thrift
is Senior Citizens Day in
Lake Worth Beach!


Shoppers at World Thrift want to know,

“What’s the difference between an Anarchist and an Apatharchist?” Find out the answer below.


People are getting confused because Anarchists and Apatharchists look so alike. In fashion there is the Anarch-style and many of those items are For-Sale at World Thrift. But what makes Apatharchists so different is they,

“Don’t give a ■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■■■ about politics any more!”

Basically, the Apatharchist is a former Anarchist who got tired of attending all those meetings all the time and being told what to do. After hours and hours wondering who is snitching on who many former Anarchists come down with a case of “apathy”: an absence of passion, emotion or excitement.


Apathy  +  Passionless Anarchist  =  Apatharchist.


Apatharchists are more concerned about coffee prices at Starbucks, lobbying IKEA to open a store on Dixie Hwy., talking about real estate and wondering what’s the deal with ‘kicks’ when there are so many other styles of shoes for a woman to choose from?

Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day at World Thrift in Lake Worth Beach!


The competition is on for best parking spots, the best shopping spots and restaurants too.

The BIG DAYS at World Thrift are Monday (when all the new and really great stuff is out) and Wednesday (Senior Citizen Day). So you’ll want to get in line early on those days.

The hip and cool World Thrift opened up 3½ years ago. And things have never been the same.

World Thrift, if you didn’t know by now, is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sunday. Call 561-588-4050 for more information. Use this link to see some of the incredible fashion and garments available for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for lunch or dinner at Tacos Al Carbon. It’s the new hot spot everybody is raving about in Central PBC and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City the philosophy of Apatharchism has firmly taken hold here. Adherents include former 60’s-style Anarchists, Millennial-Anarchists, Anarch sympathizers, and affinity members once focused only on the bad news, doom and gloom, and the “Wolf at the Door” that never appeared.

As far as all the other Millennials go, not quite enamored with the Anarchist lifestyle. . .


Are you a Millennial Hipster looking for a place that’s “up and coming”? Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? By definition a Hipster is born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth Beach, Florida!

Having World Thrift located here makes all the sense in the world now. The New Times rated World Thrift one of the best thrift stores ever:


[I]t remains the only place in town to score a vintage silk kimono, a $3.99 collection of mint-condition '70s-era teen magazines, a plethora of options for the next ugly Christmas sweater party, and a White House Black Market dress with the tags still on for ten bucks, all in one afternoon.


However, the looming question remains: are Hipsters really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are they really raging non-conformists who have all conformed?


There are other options as well. You can take another path like the Anarchist Millennials:

Look closely at the written instructions on how
and when to empty the poop bucket. And who
knows, you might even catch an Anarchist

musical while you’re in town.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Once again, a “cautionary tale”: Why heeding the advice below can save you a lot of time, money, and effort.


Are you considering a new project here in Lake Worth Beach? Or are you considering a renovation? A new restaurant? A new retail opportunity?

If so, you need to learn about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC). Find out
more about the NAPC below.


They can help you engage the neighborhood and the public prior to or even after approaching the City staff with your idea. The NAPC can help you engage the neighbors and neighborhood, provide as much information available at the time to the public, and maybe even quell the rumor mill from churning out one rumor after another.

How do I know this can actually be accomplished? Because there is a lot of proof that this approach works. Use this link for just one example:


The Planning and Zoning Board approved the site plan unanimously and recommended the rezoning request be approved by the City Commission. These approvals were made with conditions which addressed many of the issues which had been discussed between the developer, the City and the neighborhood beforehand.


In the excerpt above, the words ‘and the neighborhood beforehand’ are what one needs to focus on.

So “beforehand” consider approaching the NAPC. What you’ll discover is that sometimes the neighborhood understands their neighborhood much better than the City does. For the NAPC website click on this link, for their Facebook page use this link, or send an email to: napcinfo@gmail.com

Every Wednesday at Brogues in Lake Worth Beach: Weekly meeting of Rotary.


The Rotary has been serving and continues to serve the Lake Worth region for over 90 years.

Question: What are you doing
this coming Wednesday at noon?

Front cover from the 50th anniversary of Rotary.

 

“The Lake Worth Rotary always has their doors open to new membership. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please don’t be shy and come visit us.”


We meet at Brogues DownUnder for lunch every Wednesday (621 Lake Ave., LWB). It is always an honor to have a new guest to share a joyful experience including a beautiful lunch while our weekly guest speaker shares productive information regarding current events. We want our guests to feel comfortable and among friends.


Here are two more images from the 50th Anniversary publication in 1977.


Two more images (click on to enlarge):

Inside the front cover.

And. . .

An advertisement in the book.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Front page news in this week’s Observer, “Village Improving Quality of Life with Surtax and CDBG”.


The Observer is a FREE newspaper reporting LOCAL community news and is published weekly by The Lake Worth Herald Press.

Here are two excerpts from a front page news feature article datelined July 11th about the municipality of Palm Springs, “a great place to call home”:


The Village of Palm Springs, always a village for the people, has been busy spending its share of the Penny Sales Tax revenue. Village staff has been busy upgrading parks and improving the walkability of the Village by adding and repairing sidewalks throughout the Village.

The recently completed $136,000 Lakewood Sidewalk project provides residents of the area a safe sidewalk to use instead of walking in traffic lanes, as was the case. Reo Lane Sidewalk project, approximately 50 percent complete is also attributing to the safety and quality of life of Village residents at a cost of $107,000.

Under the watchful eye of Justin Lucas, Parks and Recreation Director* several parks are receiving upgrades to improve the quality and safety of the parks with funding from the surtax the Village is receiving from the County.

Areca Fitness Park has seen a $180,000 upgrade to include low maintenance fitness equipment with $115,000 funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the balance from the Surtax fund.

Sago Palm Park, the park that has the most facility rentals in the Village, is being re-designed.

and. . .


Royal Palm Park, on Davis Rd. will have a fishing dock and a shade structure provided by the Village through the use of surtax funds.

The Village Complex will have a complete Bermuda grass replacement, fencing and a new playground with an estimated price tag of $400,000–$500,000 all funded from the surtax fund.

It’s not all about the parks and sidewalks, the Village has purchased 3 new buses for the Recreation Department to transport residents to and from Village activities.

The outgrown Police Department building needs repairs and more space. The areas designed for storage when the current PD was built are now being used as offices. An Architectural Selection Committee is working on the design for the new PD. The new building will be funded with the surtax revenue.

In the plans for the village is a Gymnasium for the Recreation programs and several sidewalk projects to improve safety for the Village residents. The pedestrian bridges on Davis Rd. and Kirk Rd. have been widened to make them more pedestrian friendly and safer.


To download this week’s FREE Observer click on this link and then use the “Options” menu to download as a PDF.

Support LOCAL newspapers and LOCAL community journalism!


The Observer serves the communities and neighborhoods in suburban Lake Worth, Palm Springs, Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, Atlantis, South Palm Beach, Manalapan and Hypoluxo.

The Lake Worth Herald Press is located at 1313 Central Terrace in Lake Worth Beach. For more information call 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com


*To contact Dir. Justin Lucas and learn more about the Parks and Recreation Dept. in the Village of Palm Springs click on this helpful link.

Quiz: “How long is the beach in Lake Worth Beach?” And why a “BEACH” on the ocean really does matter.


The answer to the question, “How long is the beach in Lake Worth Beach?” is a little later in this blog post.

Why a “Beach” really does matter:


How many tourists, visitors and investors thought over the years — or maybe many still think to this day — that West Palm Beach has a beach? West Palm Beach likes people to think they have a beach. But they don’t. Imagine the surprise someone packing the family in the car one day to spend the day at the beach in West Palm Beach to discover there is no beach in West Palm Beach. West Palm Beach is not even on the ocean. Really, shouldn’t that be one of the requirements to be called a city with a beach? Imagine a surfing museum in West Palm Beach. Imagine a mural of a beach in West Palm Beach. Imagine a newspaper headquartered in West Palm Beach called the. . . Well. You get the idea.

However, there are many future residents of the City of Lake Worth Beach who do not know West Palm Beach does not have a beach. And with so many new and exciting housing projects on the horizon this City is getting a tremendous amount of attention from Millennials and young professionals that actually want to live in a municipality with a beach.

And to emphasize that point an elected leader in this City said at City Hall about renaming this City as “Lake Worth Beach”:


[I]t’s really interesting when you look at a lot of the names here in Palm Beach County. For example, Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. However we’ll have to give them credit for being proactive on sea level rise issue because maybe that will catch up with them one day. But Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. West Palm Beach really doesn’t have a beach.

We have a beach. And if there is one thing that folks that come to Florida are attracted to oftentimes is the word “Beach”. So if you’re visiting Palm Beach County or thinking about Palm Beach County and your kind of looking through all the thirty-nine municipalities and you don’t know any different you might just pass Lake Worth over because the word ‘Beach’ isn’t affixed to our name.


Now as to the question, how long do you think the beach in Lake Worth Beach is?


The answer is below following
a short quiz.


Setting the quiz parameters.


Below is a short video by VisitFlorida of the open coast beaches in the State of Florida. When you add up the total miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Straits, and the Gulf of Mexico it totals 825 miles. If you total the northeast, central, and southeast regions of the Atlantic Ocean beaches the total is 362.7 miles of beach.

How many of that 363 miles of Atlantic Coast beach do you think the Lake Worth Beach comprises?


POP QUIZ: Is our BEACH. . .
  1. Two miles long?
  2. 5¼ miles?
  3. 1½ miles?
  4. 0.26 miles (1,280 feet)?
  5. One mile and 98 feet?

STOP HERE. Watch two short videos; think about it.






The answer is 4! 0.26 miles/1,280 feet (approximately).


In other words, 1,280 feet more beach
than West Palm Beach has:

A party at the Lake Worth Beach! Photoshop by the inimitable former City blogger Tom McGow.

For some perspective, Florida’s Atlantic coastal beaches total approximately 363 miles.



But regardless, West Palm Beach still does not have a beach! And never will.

From The Interfaith Prayer Book: “Reading of Popul Vuh”.


A traditional reading of Popul Vuh is below, an ancient Mayan prayer originating from what is now called Guatemala.

This ancient prayer is from a compilation of prayers by author Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network* in the 2014 expanded edition of The Interfaith Prayer Book:


This Expanded Edition adds prayers from eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh.

Additional information about the Popul Vuh.


According to Joshua J. Mark writing for the Ancient History Encyclopedia the Popol Vuh is,


[T]he story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. [emphasis added] Translated as ‘The Council Book’, ‘The Book of the People’ or, literally, ‘The Book of the Mat’, the work has been referred to as “The Mayan Bible” although this comparison is imprecise. The Popol Vuh is not regarded by the Maya as ‘the word of God’ nor as sacred scripture but rather as an account of “the ancient word” and the understanding the Quiche had of cosmology and creation before the coming of Christianity.


Included in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” in The Interfaith Prayer Book:


Harmony with nature is a predominant theme in many native traditions, ranging through North, Central and South America. The world is structured according to the four cardinal compass points, east, west, north and south, and by the vertical axis linking Mother Earth below with Father Sky above. All of creation, mountains and plains, plants and fruits, humans and animals are seen as interconnected sacred elements. The well-being of each is dependent upon the whole. 


Now to the “Maya prayer for visitation to sacred sites and reading the creation epic, Popul Vuh” from p. 23 in author Ted Brownstein’s prayer book:


Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.


*The Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN) is a group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida!


Getting ready for 2019–2020 Snowbird and Holiday Season at the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

Stop by the LWB Visitors’ Center in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.) and pick up several post cards today. Remind your favorite Snowbird that the Winter Season officially begins on December 21st this year.

That vacant block, a long-time eyesore on N. Dixie Hwy. between Dartmouth and Cornell drives in College Park.


Where is the College Park neighborhood in Lake Worth Beach? Find out below. But first to that vacant eyesore which could be a nice parking lot too like the one across the road, cleaned up and looking nice when it finally catches the eye of a developer with a vision. . .

That prominent eyesore is located in the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district. It wasn’t always an eyesore. It was once a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, like World Thrift is today here in this City.

Who would have thought when World Thrift opened it would attract so many customers from the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm too?

That empty lot on one of our major thoroughfares entering the City — actually three lots which include 2302, 2314, and 2318 N. Dixie Hwy. — was once a thriving part of this region in Central Palm Beach County, the former Patio Coffee Shop:


Across the street at 2401 N. Dixie Hwy. is where the former Park Avenue BBQ once stood. But that lot is now a parking lot for World Thrift, a very nice parking lot, it’s nicely landscaped and kept clean and tidy. Meanwhile, the 2300 block remains a community eyesore.


Where exactly is College Park?


College Park in the little six-square-mile
City of Lake Worth is,

“Between the Dixie and the Lake, South
of the Palm Beach Canal”:

The “Dixie” is now a major thoroughfare (U.S. 1; Dixie Hwy.), the freshwater “Lake” is now the Intracoastal and “the Palm Beach Canal” is now the C-51 Canal managed by the South Florida Water Management District.


For those of you wondering. . .

Where exactly are the borders of the College Park neighborhood within the greater Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council?

This historic neighborhood in the City extends from Dixie Hwy. east to the Lake Worth Lagoon and north from Wellesley Drive (north side of street) to the C-51 Canal which includes the City’s Spillway Park. The C-51 Canal, by the way, is the historical border between the Lake Worth Beach and our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach, a municipality without a beach.


Click on image to enlarge:

“The College Park subdivision was created by plats filed between December 1924 and May 1925. Edgewood Realty Co. of West Palm opened the College Park development.”


Back to the CPNA. . .


“Our goal is to protect and improve the neighborhood by building strong relationships among neighbors, our neighborhood merchants, our City government, local law enforcement [PBSO] and other neighborhood associations throughout the City of Lake Worth.”

Why is this neighborhood called College Park?

“Unique to College Park is the naming of each street after prominent American colleges and universities. From Wellesley to Maryland; from Holy Cross to Vanderbilt, and from Carolina to Notre Dame. . .”.


If you have any more questions about the CPNA and the neighborhood College Park click on this link for the official website.

Found this Lake Worth Beach postcard of the “Tropical Inn”.


The “Tropical Inn” (see below) location is described as follows:  


“Lake Worth FL Hotel Tropical Inn Federal Highway and Lucerne, opposite the City Hall. Enjoy the comfort of a hotel with home atmosphere. Modern hotel rooms with private bath. Short distance to beach, fishing, 18-hole golf course and shopping district. Owner Management Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chamberlain.


By the description, it would seem to be the property north of the current City Hall annex at the Downtown Cultural Plaza (the former City Hall), or perhaps across the street to the east. The current City Hall used to be the City’s Municipal Auditorium.


Click on postcard to enlarge, the “Tropical Inn”:

Prior to I-95 our main roadways such as Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth looked very different. It was called the “Mom & Pop” era of motels and eateries for visitors and tourists.