Saturday, March 28, 2020

Food Distribution this Tuesday 3/31/20


If you recently lost your job or cannot access food due to Covid – 19, the Lake Worth Beach CRA, LULA – Lake Worth Arts and the City of Lake Worth Beach have partnered to bring you a car-only food distribution site on Tuesday, March 31 at Hatch 1121. Due to the virus, only cars will be served at this location. For the health of the volunteers, PBSO and your fellow Lake Worthians, please do not walk or bike to this event. Any crowds that form, no matter how small, could jeopardize providing food to our in-need families. Information on other opportunities for food pick up will be made available through Feeding South Florida. LULA Lake Worth Arts will also be distributing crayons and children’s activities to families with children. All items will be placed in the trunk of your car. Cars will be served, beginning at 9am at the entrance of Hatch (1121 Lucerne) on the Lake Avenue side of the lot. Do not try to enter the lot from Lucerne. Cars who try to enter from Lucerne will be turned away. The event will end at 11am or when supplies run out.

If possible, we ask that you support our local restaurants. A list of restaurants that serve take out or delivery are listed at this link. CRA Staff are updating this information when provided. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

To download a Spanish version of the flyer click here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Lantana Chamber Member Restaurants Open For Business (also in Lake Worth Beach)

Restaurants open for food service

Atlantis Bar & Grill - Takeout
Hours: 11:30 -2:00 pm and 4pm – 7pm
561-641-3330 | 5805 S Congress Ave, Lantana Fl 33462

Anchor Inn (Lakeside Anchor Inn) - Takeout
Hours: After 1pm only
561-868-5900 | 2415 Floral Ave, Lantana FL 33462

Chili’s Restaurant - Takeout and Curbside
561-434-0319 | 5910 S. Jog, Lake Worth, FL 33467

Common Grounds - Takeout
561-318-8980 | 12 S J St, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Daves Last Resort - Takeout
561-588-5208 | 632 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Ice Cream Club - Pick up
Hours: 11am-9pm
561-582-0778 | 278 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL 33462

Lantana Pizza – Takeout
561-582-5550 |467 Greynolds Cir, Lantana, FL 33462
www.lantanapizza.com

Marina Café Open, Fully Stocked
Hours: 8am-7pm
Takeout or delivery via Ubereats
561-424-4222 | 100 NE 6 th Street #108, Boynton Beach, FL

Mario's Ocean Ave - Takeout and delivery
Hours: -2pm – 10pm 7 days
561-582-3013| 225 E. Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 33462

Oceano Kitchen
Hours: Tue – Sat open 5pm
www.oceanokitchen.com

Palm Beach Express - pick up or delivery
pre-order individual meals
Hours: mon-sat 5am-9pm
561-335-8852 | 200 Hypoluxo Rd, ste 105-109 Hypoluxo, FL 33462
Facebook: PBEcatering

Park Ave BBQ Grill Takeout
Hours: 7days 11am-9pm
561-357-7427 | 4796 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Polar Bakery Takeout and Curbside
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 10am-2pm
561-214-4545 | 5817 S. Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL
www.polarbakery.com

Riggins Crabhouse Lunch and Dinner Takeout
Hours: 10am-8pm
561-586-3000 | 607 Ridge Rd, Lantana, FL 33462

Tacos al Carbon Takeout
561-722-5701 | 4420 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33461

The Hive Bar and Grill Takeout
Hours: Tue-Sun noon-7pm
561-513-9168 | 618 W. Lantana Rd, Lantana, FL 33462

Toojays Restaurant and Deli Takeout
561-582-6684 | 419 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Thursday, March 26, 2020

SHOP SMALL EAT LOCAL

During this difficult time, we ask that everyone shop local to support our local businesses, when allowed.
The provided list includes restaurants that will remain open for take our or delivery during the shutdown. However, we ask that you call the restaurant before going in person to ensure they are open and food is available.

Our compiled list includes restaurants in the downtown area. If you have a restaurant or provide food and are a Lake Worth Beach business (33460), feel free to send us your information and we will do our best to post names and hours of business that continue to operate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Palm Beach County to Hold Press Conference on COVID-19 Virus – 4:00 PM Today, March 25

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Palm Beach County government just announced that all county and municipal parks/golf courses (public and private) are closed as of 4 p.m. today.

PBC Press Conference - 3/25 @ 4PM
Palm Beach County to Hold Press Conference on COVID-19 Virus – 4:00 PM Today, March 25

Officials will provide an update of local actions pertaining to the COVID-19 virus.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner will be joined by County Administrator Verdenia Baker, Florida Health – Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Reginald Duren, Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson and other local officials.

Who: Palm Beach County Officials

What: COVID-19 Update

Where: Emergency Operations Center, 20 South Military Trail, WPB, FL 33415

When: 4:00 PM on March 25, 2020

A video message from Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner


Captain Todd Baer Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Just a quick update from your local PBSO District:

· While our lobby is closed, PBSO is otherwise  fully operational. Citizens can call in non-emergencies at 688-3400 use 911 for emergencies. Our LWB number 586-1611 is available Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for matters which were previously handled by walk in. 

· Records can be obtained through e-mail at emailcentralrecords@pbso.org

· In my daily patrols of the city I am seeing much more compliance with the closures and social distancing. Most open businesses are operating safely. Thank you!

· Yesterday we arrested the infamous graffiti suspect who uses the tag “Feral” again. This time he stole two of our graffiti surveillance cameras. He was charged with two counts of grand theft. We are working with the State Attorney’s Office to see that he receives a proper sentence. You can find more information on this on our PBSO “Busted” flyer on social media. 

· Keep an eye out for suspicious activity – Crime has been slow since this started but I am sure criminals will look to take advantage as this progresses.

· Scams – There are several scams related to the COVID 19 epidemic. More on this can be found on our social media pages. Be careful of unusual e-mails and phone calls from those claiming to be from agencies such as the CDC, WHO etc. Also, none of them will be going door to door so call us if someone knocks and claims to be with one of these agencies. 

· In person census activities have been suspended so call if anyone knocks on your door claiming to be from the census.

· A couple of our local schools are feeding the children twice a day (Highland Elementary and LW High School).

We will get through this by working together,

Be safe,

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Support local Lake Worth Beach Restaurants and Businesses

Support local Lake Worth Beach restaurants and businesses during these difficult times.

Who:  Calling all restaurants offering take out/delivery.

What:  Help the Lake Worth Beach CRA spread the word about the services you are providing during the coronavirus crisis. 

Why:  The CRA is reaching out to LOCAL 33460 & 33461 restaurants and food/drink establishments with the following questions:

 • Are you open for takeout, curbside pickup?

 • Are you offering delivery?

 • Have you switched into convenience store or package store mode? 

Please answer questions at link to be included in a restaurant/services guide publication this week to be posted online and via social media. 

Questions please call (561) 493-2550. 

Important Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce Announcement

In this tough business environment, the Chamber stands ready to provide any assistance we can to help your businesses get through it as well as possible.

The Town Manager of Lantana and the City Manager of Lake Worth Beach have asked us for guidance as to how they might relax restrictions temporarily.

We’ve suggested to Lantana that they suspend enforcement of sign regulations so that businesses can put out signs or banners advertising that they are open, or that restaurants are open for takeout and delivery.

Lake Worth Beach is open to allowing restaurants to have a dedicated parking space in front of their establishments to allow customers to have easier access for the same purposes.

If you have any ideas as to what Lantana and Lake Worth Beach might further do to help our small businesses, please email your suggestions to info@lantanachamber.com
The Board of Directors hope that you, your family and your employees stay healthy and safe. And remember to wash your hands!

Best wishes,

David Arm
President

Monday, March 23, 2020

Notice just now, issued by the Town of Palm Beach. However, reiterating a Palm Beach County order.

"Effective immediately per Public Safety Order #1, within Palm Beach County, including all municipalities therein, all boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are hereby closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public. Commercial fishing, commercial marine operations, and support services related thereto are permitted to continue operating."

Sunday, March 22, 2020

City of Lake Worth Beach - Announcement on Bryant Park Boat Ramp Closing

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately, the County Mayor and PBSO have ordered the City of Lake Worth Beach to close the Bryant Park Boat Ramp until further notice. Access will continue to be provided for those currently on the water to return to their vehicles but no further vessels may be launched at this time.

For more information on closures within the City please click here.


(Editors note: I took a bike ride yesterday through Lake Worth Beach. Right after I left my house, I saw three cars in a row headed north with canoes on their roof. It was about 5:15 p.m. They probably spent the day on the Intracoastal Waterway/Lake Worth Lagoon and were headed back home to West Palm Beach. The thought immediately dawned on me, "What a good idea for open air exercise." Later on during the ride, I heard racing of motorboat engines off to the east and then I thought to myself, "That sounds a little lawless to me." Then I wondered how many people were on the water, partying and practicing some reckless abandon as a stress reliever. Apparently, PBSO and others want to focus their efforts on the emergency we face than patrol the waterways. Or at least restrict access to it in the form of one access point. I wonder if other boat ramps are closing?)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Statement Regarding Suspension of Utility Disconnections From the Desk of the City Manager

Statement Regarding Suspension of Utility Disconnections
From the Desk of the City Manager

There has been information circulating regarding the City of Lake Worth Beach’s Suspension of Utility Disconnections.   In an effort to ease any fear being experienced by any of our residents and customers, and to set the record straight I want to provide the facts.

During the COVID-19 crisis the City of Lake Worth Beach IS NOT DISCONNECTING UTILITY SERVICES for any utility accounts within the entire utility service area.  This includes within the City limits and the areas our utilities serve in unincorporated Palm Beach County and the Village of Palm Springs.  Any information to the contrary is false.  All will continue to receive electricity, water and sewer services.

The suspension of disconnections began on Wednesday March 18th and is in effect until April 30th.  It may be extended based on the needs of the community at that time.

There were customers whose service was temporarily suspended during the transition period earlier in the week before the suspension was fully implemented.  Most contacted the City and they were reconnected immediately, and all fees and charges are being credited back to those customers.   A few accounts did not contact the City for reconnection and staff is visiting those addresses in person to confirm that these units are vacated either because the customer moved at an earlier date or because they are one of our ‘snow birds’ who are living somewhere else right now.

Please know City staff and the City Commission are doing our very best to address the issues involved in this crisis and to take care of our residents.  Thank you for remaining calm and understanding as we move forward together.

Town of Palm Beach - Action Plan for Condos - COVID-19

From the Town of Palm Beach:

"COVID-19 Notice #1 for 3/21/20 (Action Plan for Condos)
When a virus with pandemic potential emerges, it is vitally important for citizens to take steps to help slow the transmission throughout our community. In multifamily buildings where residents encounter each other frequently in the elevators, corridors, and other common areas, the need to address preventative measures much more involved than in single-family homes that have limited common areas. This communal living presents a unique set of issues when dealing with the spread of a virus as dangerous as the Covid-19."

Click here for link to download an action plan for multifamily buildings from CDC.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Palm Beach County's Lack of Intensive Care Unit and Isolation Rooms

Of all the things I heard yesterday, one of the more revealing turned out to be the briefing given by the Palm Beach Town Manager. It aired at 3 p.m. Carried on the Town's website, these are supposed to occur daily at the same time. Yesterday's lasted 38 mins. You can hear the whole thing on the Town's part of the website that has a list of past meetings.

They solicited comments via email and combined 65 responses/questions into 12 different categories related to Town operations.

This is the headline: Palm Beach County has a population of 1.4 million people. The entire county only has a total of 112 ICU beds. and just 63 isolation rooms. This number adds up all the facilities in all hospitals in Palm Beach County. 

If this doesn't underline the importance of hand washing, social distancing and isolation, nothing will.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2010 Special Commission meeting - Unique in Many Ways

Here is the agenda for tomorrow's meeting which begins and 6 p.m.
You can find the entire packet by clicking here, taking you to the city's website. In the middle of the page, look for the March 19, 2020 meeting in the table and look under the column labeled "Packet."

There are a number of items on the consent agenda. Perhaps the most important item will come under New Business, Item A  - Resolution No. 11-2020 - Mayor’s and City Manager’s Emergency Powers. You may want to take a look at that one since the procedures of how an emergency is declared and who's responsibility it is to carry out special powers. In short, the proposed resolution would reaffirm that the Mayor is responsible for declaring an emergency and the City Manager would carry out actions during that emergency. In that capacity, if an action conflicts "with an existing ordinance, resolution or policy of the City Commission, the City Manager shall temporarily activate said policy and seek ratification of the policy by the City Commission at such time as is reasonably possible and consistent with all Federal, State, County and/or Local emergency directives."

MOST IMPORTANT - HERE ARE THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS FIRST EVER MEETING OF THIS TYPE:

Due to the pending Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Federal, State and Palm Beach County’s Declarations of State of Emergency, the City of Lake Worth Beach will be conducting the March 19, 2020 Special Meeting via Communication Media Technology (“CMT”). Use of CMT will allow the City to have City Commission meetings as necessary during the COVID- 19 pandemic. The following specific information is provided as to the March 19, 2020 Special Meeting:

(1) The Meeting will be held at City Hall, 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Physical access points will be City Hall Commission Meeting Room (Chambers) and City Hall Main Conference Room, both of which are normally open to the public. In keeping with social distancing and limiting gatherings to less than 10 persons, once a physical access point reaches capacity, the next physical access point will be opened to the public.

(2) Persons interested in attending the meeting may go to City Hall to an available physical access point.

(3) If the physical access point at City Hall Commission Meeting Room (Chambers) is full, the City will provide access via video with closed captions and/or via audio access at the other physical access point(s).

(4) Interested persons may also access the meeting online on the City’s website at: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/mar19. Interested persons are encouraged to utilize this alternative access point in keeping with social distancing. After the Meeting, the audio recording will be available by contacting the Office of the City Clerk.

(5) If interested persons need more information, they may contact the Office of the City Clerk at 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, FL; email the Office of the City Clerk at: dandrea@lakeworthbeach.org or call the Office of the City Clerk at (561) 586-1662.

(6) In order to address the concerns with the COVID-19, for this Meeting, public comment will be handled as follows: If an interested person desires to provide public comment, all comments must be directed to the Office of the City Clerk at the above provided physical address, e-mail address or by telephone. The City will receive such public comment up to fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the Meeting. If timely received by the Office of the City Clerk, the Chair will read the public comment at the Meeting. Public comment cards are available on the City’s website.

Consistent with section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.