Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Today I filed paperwork with the City Clerk that indicates my intent to run for the Mayor's seat during the March 9, 2021 municipal election. The qualifying period for officially putting one's name on the ballot begins at noon on November 24th and ends noon on December 8th. 

Standby for news and announcement as the campaign gears up. Contributions can be made with checks made out to "Wes Blackman for Mayor of Lake Worth Beach." Contact me at the phone number in the righthand column for my address or where you would like me to pick up your campaign contribution. Donations are limited to $1,000 per person or business entity. Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you and stay tuned! Truly excited about all the support I've received since the announcement.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Lake Worth Beach: This Van is Here in our Town for Mail Ballot Drop-Off

Drop-off your mail in ballot for the Presidential Election at this convenient location. Others available throughout Palm Beach County.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Census Self Response Is Open Until 11:59PM on Thursday, October 15th

It is time to sprint to the finish line. The self-response site will be open for online census responses until 11:59PM on Thursday, October 15th-giving us 2 working days. We can do it! We know there are MANY people that have not been counted because just yesterday at the events in Lake Worth Beach many households were added to count.

Please explain how important the decennial census is to every person you see and ask them to respond NOW. It is important to collect the names and ages of every person at that address to ensure that the next decade has the best data for planning and funding.

Click here now! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Good news for students in these difficult times...

Lake Worth Beach Electric Utility in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School District have collaborated to provide Wi-Fi service to students and their families who might not otherwise be able to afford the requisite level of connectivity for learning from home. The project will provide for the attachment of 225 WiFi radios to City’s Electric Utility Poles with an estimated in like kind value of $292,500 annually, based on $1300 year per pole attachment. 

The placement of the radios will be identified with a focus based on density of students on free/reduced lunch and parent survey results (indicating no internet access at home). Additionally, Wi-Fi radios will be installed on School District buildings and provide electricity for the radios. 

This project was important prior to COVID but has become vital due to the high number of local children who are now learning from home. The project will ensure that no child falls behind due to a lack of internet access.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Announcement from the City of Lake Worth Beach...

The City of Lake Worth Beach is disappointed to announce that the 2021 Street Painting Festival has been cancelled due to COVID19. Although organizers had hoped to find a safe way to host the annual event, due its nature there was no way to do so while keeping participants and attendees safe. The 27th Annual Street Painting Festival will instead be hosted in 2022 and the City and Event Organizers look forward to welcoming guests back for a weekend of chalk artistry.

Thursday, October 1, 2020


 The Lake Worth Playhouse will resume its century old tradition of showing movies on a big silver screen in its Stonzek Studio Theater featuring some of the newest and best cinema work by filmmakers from South Florida and around the globe. 

The festival opens on Friday night Oct 9th at 6 pm with JOSE, a Venice Film Festival Award Winner and tender moving coming of age tale of gay love blossoming in violent, repressive Guatemalaby Li Cheng. 

October 10th will feature a host of comedies, shorts, documentaries, music videos and features for every taste along with director Q&A's both live and zoom. 

The festival will conclude October 11th with a focus on featuring several local films from area filmmakers. 

All current health safety precautions will be observed. Due to capacity restrictions, seating is limited and social distancing enforced. Temperature's will be checked at the entrance and in accordance with local mandates, masks are required in the theater.

As seating is limited we urge people to buy tickets online at our website: https://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/welcome/ldub/

We've all been tethered to our televisions and computer monitors for the last seven months. It is now time to break out into a new direction...the past. Come see the newest movies, the old way. 

Welcome back to the movies and the Lake Worth Playhouse!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New Development at 1715 North Dixie Hwy on the Way!

New redevelopment project coming to North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth Beach, Florida. This is the block immediately north of The Mid project which is in the final stages of completion. This is the site as it appears today. It is owned by the Lake Worth Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.
From the August 11, 2020 LWBCRA meeting: 

"Office America Group – 'Deco Greene': a 121-unit mixed-use residential project consisting of 3 buildings. This project will consist of 1/1, 2/2 and 3/2 rental apartments. Also included is 966 sq. ft. of office and 7406 sq. ft. of retail. A 30,000 sq. ft. public green space and parking garage are part of the development. This development team is offering $2.49M to the CRA for the right to develop the lot."

The Lake Worth Beach CRA unanimously approved the sale of this property to the respondent to the Request for Proposal.

Aerial view:
Click here for back-up from the meeting when the item was discussed. Click here for the video.

Monday, September 21, 2020

PBSO - Lake Worth Beach Weekly Update


This is your weekly update from PBSO – Lake Worth Beach.

Crime – We had a fantastic week crime wise – We had zero robberies for the week. Our one violent crime was a sexual battery where the victim and suspect knew each other. We had three residential burglaries and two vehicle burglaries. Both of these numbers are well below average. Unfortunately once again a firearm was taken out of an unlocked vehicle.

DOJ CBCR Grant - The DOJ Community Based Crime Reduction grant is in year two which is the implementation phase. In addition to paying for a full time violent crimes detective and grant coordinator we are now putting out extra deputies in saturation details designed to curtail violent crime in the grant area. Covid 19 has hampered much of our community involvement plans for this grant. For those that are not aware, the grant area runs from the Lantana city limits north to 10th Avenue North and from Federal Highway west to I-95. 85% of our violent crime occurs within this area.

City Contract with PBSO – The Sheriff’s contract with the city will not increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

Covid 19 – We have not had a deputy assigned to our district test positive in a couple months. I am currently at full staff. Please continue to adhere to all CDC safety measures.

Census – We are days away from the end of the census count. This affects so many facets of the city to include, political representation, funding, crime data, etc. Please go online and complete your survey. There are some census workers going door to door right now. They will have identification.

Stay safe,

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

City of Lake Worth Beach Road Closure T O D A Y


Please be advised Boutwell Road between 2nd Avenue North and 7th Avenue North will be closed for an underground roadway project starting at 7AM Wednesday, September 16th.

The roadway will be re-opened on Thursday, September 17th at 8AM.

Monday, September 14, 2020

TooJay’s Deli Kicks Off Football Season with Game Day Catering

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 14, 2020) – With football season finally here, nothing says Game Day like party platters of piled-high sandwiches from TooJay’s Deli.   

Game Day catering is available for takeout or contactless curbside pick-up. Guests can order online through TooJay’s website or call their nearest location to place an order. Curbside is available only on pre-paid orders through the app or website. Delivery is also available on orders of $50 or more. Delivery times are limited so orders should be placed in advance. Guests are encouraged to call their nearest location for delivery details.    

Party platters for at-home tailgate parties of any size feature an assortment of sandwiches or wraps served with Cole slaw or potato salad and pickles. In addition to popular sandwich choices such as Turkey Breast, Roast Beef, Ham and Cheese and Tuna Salad, other catering selections include hot entrées, fresh salads and delectable made-from-scratch dessert trays. To view the full catering menu, visit https://www.toojays.com/menus/catering-menu/.   

TooJay’s is excited to welcome guests into its dining rooms at all locations throughout Florida in accordance with capacity and distancing requirements from local and state governments and enhanced sanitation procedures. For information on how TooJay’s is implementing COVID-19 safety regulations, please visit TooJays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19.  

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the Orlando area and The Villages.  

TooJay’s received three Palm Beach Post 2020 Best of Palm Beach County Awards for Best Sandwich, Best Dessert and Best Caterer; 2020 Best of Orlando Award for Deli; 2020 South Florida Family Favorites Award for Favorite Family Restaurant; the 2019 South Florida Gay News Golden Spoon Award for Outstanding New Spot in Fort Lauderdale; and the 2019 Restaurant Neighbor Award as a State Winner from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for its work with Feeding Florida. 

For more information about TooJay’s, visit TooJays.com. Follow TooJay’s at  twitter.com/therealTooJays and instagram.com/toojaysdeli or visit the Facebook fan page, which has over 93 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli.

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