Sunday, May 20, 2018

Almost there. Putting our City of Lake Worth’s 2017–2018 Election Cycle “in the bag” after “much ink has been spilled”.

Bonus today! Drew Martin is going to a march in Washington, D.C.!

Following Drew Martin’s ill-fated run for mayor of Lake Worth find our more about his latest endeavors.

Drew is going to Washington and “March for the Ocean” (M4O) on June 9th. Learn more about M4O below, a “Plastic-Free March”.

And just a few days after the M4O march in Washington here in this little City of Lake Worth another Election Season will be ‘in the bag’. The final report all candidates on the ballot are required to file is called the “Termination Report” (TR). The deadline to file the TR is June 11th, ninety days following the elections on March 13th.

Thus far, Drew Martin is the only one to turn in a TR. Click on this link to see the list of all campaign and PAC reports going back to 2015.
Drew Martin raised $7,383 in his failed race for mayor. Were any plastics used on the campaign trail? Still to come, the TRs from Mayor Pam Triolo, District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell and his intrepid challenger, Sarah Malega.

For the latest endeavors of Drew Martin, below are excerpts from the latest edition of the Coastal & Greenacres Observer, the article titled “Every Day is Earth Day” on page 3.

“Martin is in demand as a speaker because of his manner he shares the current conservation and environmental news.”

Excerpts from this week’s Observer:

Martin is the Conservation Chair for the Loxahatchee Sierra Club. The Sierra Club was formed by John Muir in 1892. It is the “oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.” [emphasis added]
     The Loxahatchee Sierra Groups with approximately 3,000 members serves Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. They are the voice of environmental issues.

and. . .

He [Martin] easily answered questions of current conservation concerns. Some of the topics Martin discussed were:
  • Property development and loss of open space in western Palm Beach County.
  • The pollution problem with plastics at home and in our oceans. “Eighty percent of the marine trash, plastic, and debris comes from urban runoff.”

More details and information about Drew’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.:

Of great interest are the causes of the ongoing destruction of the reef and the marine life associated with the reef as an ecosystem. There has been a decline of coral over the last decade by 80 percent. The coral reefs are called the unseen “backbone of the Earth’s ecosystem.”

As reported in the Observer, Drew Martin will be an unpaid lobbyist traveling to Washington D.C. taking part in the March for the Ocean (M4O):

M4O in Washington, D.C. will be the first Plastic-Free March.

“On Saturday, June 9, 2018, join one of many simultaneous marches, flotillas, and water celebrations across the country and Wear Blue
for the Ocean!”

“March past the White House and around Lafayette Square before returning to staging area (60–90 minute walk or approximately 1½ mile loop). Wear comfortable walking shoes, blue clothing (Wear Blue for the Ocean), a shade cap, ocean-safe sunblock and carry a canteen.


Old Covers: Palm Beach Life magazine. Sunny images on a rainy day.

March 22, 1927:

January 12, 1932:

January 26, 1932:

Save The Date. June 5th every year. The Flagler Museum is FREE to celebrate “Founder’s Day” in Palm Beach.

Below is news by Shiny Sheet reporter Carla Trivino from last year, an article titled “See how Henry Flagler lived in gilt and glamour in Palm Beach — for free”.

A True Visionary (January 2nd, 1830–May 20th, 1913).
“[T]he Flagler Museum will open its doors
to visitors for free in celebration of its founders
Henry Flagler and his granddaughter
Jean Flagler Matthews.”

Excerpts from the article in The Shiny Sheet (aka, Palm Beach Daily News):

Henry Flagler’s grand Whitehall was built in just 18 months during a time Palm Beach was one of the least developed and most remote locations in the United States. Today, the mansion overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway still serves as a symbol of the Gilded Age, but as a museum.
     As it does every June 5, the Flagler Museum will open its doors to visitors for free in celebration of its founders Henry Flagler and his granddaughter Jean Flagler Matthews. [emphasis added]

and. . .

     Flagler built the mansion in 1902 as a wedding gift for his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler.
     When Whitehall celebrated 100 years in 2002, the Daily News wrote: “Filled with the best art, antiques, craftsmanship and technology of its day, Whitehall represented not just glamour and ostentatious opulence, but also was a benchmark to which Palm Beach has aspired to this day. The place stands not only as the home of the town’s first commercial developer but also its first arbiter of high culture.”

Vegetation Amnesty Week in the City of Lake Worth begins next week.

Vegetation Amnesty Week was cancelled this week due to concerns about weather. Well. Let’s try this once again! Not sure which pickup zone you are in? Find out that information below.

Vegetation pickup in Zone 4 is Tuesday, May 22nd.
For Zones 1–3 see bullet list below.

For more information contact Jason Yaeger, the City’s Solid Waste Supervisor on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 at 561-533-7396, 561-533-7344, or by email:


Vegetation Amnesty is for residents to dispose of large amounts of vegetation prior to the commencement of Hurricane Season but not to exceed 12 cubic yards per residential property (one cubic yard is the volume of vegetation which fits in a space one yard wide [3′] by one yard deep by one yard high).

All vegetation should be placed curbside on a resident’s regularly scheduled pick-up day and the City of Lake Worth’s Refuse Division will remove it at no charge. Vegetation will be picked up on the following days by zone (pay close attention to the dates!):
  • Zone 1: Monday, June 4th.
  • Zone 2: Thursday, May 24th.
  • Zone 3: Friday, May 25th.
  • Zone 4: Tuesday, May 22nd.

If you’re unsure which zone you are in, Zones 1–4 correspond to the City’s district map (Districts 1–4) represented your elected commissioner. Click on this link to view the map.

Definition of vegetation:

  • Tree branches less than 2″ in diameter.
  • Branches and palm fronds less than 4′ in length.
  • Stumps less than 15″ in diameter and/or less than fifty (50) pounds.

DO NOT USE THE GREEN VEGETATION BIN: Place ALL vegetation at the curb during Vegetation Amnesty.

If you would like more information about tree trimming please contact David McGrew, the City’s Horticulturist at 561-586-1677 or by email:

For more general information and media inquiries contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth’s Public Information Officer at 561-586-1631; email:

*We are LAKE WORTH. A hometown City that is committed to delivering the highest level of customer service through a commitment to integrity, hard work and a friendly attitude. We strive to exceed the expectations of our citizens, our businesses, our elected officials and our fellow employees.”

Noticia importante de seguridad.

Los trenes no soplan cuernos
en Lake Worth y West Palm Beach.

Manténgase fuera de las vías, excepto en los cruces designados y nunca pase por alrededor de las
cercas cerrados cuando un tren este acercandose.

¿Ves Rieles? ¡PIENSA TREN!

¿Qué es Operation Lifesaver? Operation Lifesaver que empezó en 1972 para poner fin a las colisiones, muertes y lesiones en lugares donde los caminos cruzan las vías férreas, y en las vías férreas mismas.
Nuestra Misión: Operation Lifesaver es un programa internacional educativo, de concientización y sin ánimo de lucro, dedicado a poner fin a las colisiones trágicas, a las víctimas mortales y a las lesiones que ocurren en los pasos a nivel y en las vías férreas.

About the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC), housing construction and “Green” energy.

In the video below Scott Maxwell starts off saying. . .

“Thirty years ago when I came to Palm Beach County and needed a place to live the first three things people told me was:

‘Don’t go to Lake Worth.
Stay away from Lake Worth.
Avoid Lake Worth like the plague.’

I didn’t take their advice. I’m glad I didn’t take their advice.”

District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell was re-elected last March and is also serving as the City’s
Vice Mayor Pro Tem.

Enjoy this video taken at a candidate formum:

“Join us for a Public Discussion about Our Traffic” in the City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach.

This public discussion called “Getting from Point A to Point B” was held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, May 22, 2017.

Let’s take a stroll back in time . . .
to May of last year:

“We were reminded again by former West Palm Beach Mayor Graham [1991–1999; first “Strong” mayor] that a vision had been in place when she was in office — she thinks that has since been lost — the city she thought needs a vision so developers and city officials don’t make decisions ‘willy nilly’.”

Observation from “Public Discussion” about traffic held last year in the city of West Palm Beach.

  A forum hosted by Town of Palm Beach Mayor
Gail Coniglio, former West Palm Beach Commissioner Shanon Materio, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard.

Please Note: The list of featured speakers is at the end of this blog post.

“Getting from Point A to Point B.”
Click on image to enlarge:
The blog post below is about that public forum last year (links to segments 1–5 are below which include videos of this discussion):

This is the final segment, #6 . . .

. . . which centered on the traffic situation in downtown West Palm Beach. The organizers of this forum placed particular focus on the Okeechobee Blvd. corridor between Australian Ave. up to and including the Town of Palm Beach. As a testament to the timeliness and importance of this forum, much of the crowd of around 200 people stayed for the entire morning.

The video (see below) is evidence of that as many people stepped up to one of the two microphones placed at the front of the room to offer comments and ask questions. You might find it interesting this particular video is the second-most watched of the series taken that day, it’s being shared a lot already.

There were many worthy ideas floated during this part of the program and it was felt best to get them all out while people were there, for example:

WHERE, WHEN, WHY and WHO are ALL THE PEOPLE using this transportation corridor and come up with solutions heading into the future.

Twice, the notion of a possible direct link serving the Town of Palm Beach via an overpass was discussed. Possible routes mentioned called for direct access from I-95 (although going over Clear Lake might be problematic), and for an elevated route west once on the mainland. This would serve as a reliever for traffic that would otherwise use Okeechobee Blvd. for the most direct route.

The impact of new technologies was mentioned in relation to autonomous vehicles. Also referenced were “driverless water taxis” (remember the Blueway Trail!) like they use in Paris to cross the Seine River.

Signalization also could be augmented for pedestrians, a countdown clock to show the time remaining to cross a wide right-of-way. All these new systems could be accessed by new technology and yet-to-be-developed smart phone apps that would help those navigating the area by foot.

We were reminded again by former West Palm Beach Mayor Graham that a vision had been in place when she was in office — she thinks that has since been lost — the city she thought needs a vision so developers and city officials don’t make decisions “willy nilly”.

Jorge Pesquera, the President and CEO of Discover the Palm Beaches, reported that conventions and conventioneers encourage corporate relocations to the area: first impressions are important. A positive experience related to community walkability and mobility is a key factor in developing a favorable memory of the visit and sets the stage for others to be influenced in the same way.

A good portion of those speaking were residents of the area, most having lived here for a very long time, and recall how much the downtown has changed.

However, some perspective is in order. It’s hard to believe now for many people reading this, but Clematis Street and many other areas nearby in West Palm Beach, were once places to avoid. I know. I worked for the city of West Palm Beach back in 1989 a few years prior to Nancy Graham becoming the mayor.

For more information about this topic (which
continues to be a timely one)

  • The video below is from the final segment, #6 in the series “Getting from Point A to Point B.”
  • For segment #5, “Better Late Than Never” about the editorial in The Palm Beach Post on May 31st (and more information from the presenting experts) use this link.
  • For Segment #4, “Presentation given by PBC Administrator Verdenia Baker” and to read segments 1–3 of the series use this link.

Enjoy the video and please share with everyone you know that’s interested in this timely topic.

The moderator of “Getting from Point A to Point B” was Dana Little, AICP, from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

Featured speakers:

  • Jorge Pesquera, CEO, Discover the Palm Beaches.
  • Nancy Graham, former Mayor of West Palm Beach.
  • Verdenia Baker, Administrator, Palm Beach County.
  • Michael Busha, Executive Director, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.
  • Ali Soule, Director of Public Affairs, Brightline.
  • John Renne, Director, Professor, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, FAU.
  • Tom Bradford, Town Manager, Town of Palm Beach.
  • George T. Webb, P.E., County Engineer, Palm Beach County.
  • Mark Press, Operations Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation, District 4.
  • Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Clinton Forbes, Executive Director, Palm Tran.
  • Juan Mullerat, Design Director, Plusurbia.

World Thrift in LDub* and “Calling All Hipster Millennials!”

Please Note: World Thrift is closed on Sunday. The BIG DAYS at World Thrift are Monday (when all the really great stuff is out) and Wednesday (Senior Citizen Day). So you’ll want to get in line early on those days. Do you like to plan ahead? The 3rd Annual Día de los Muertos in the City of Lake Worth falls on November 3rd this year!

Did you know the City of Lake Worth (aka, “LDub”) is THE ONLY “Hipster Haven” in Palm Beach County? It’s true. But there are many imitators and pretenders to the throne, e.g., West Palm Beach is one and Delray Beach is another mimic. So. What finally tipped the scale for this City of Lake Worth?

It happened when the hugely popular, trendy, and hip World Thrift opened up three 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, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00. 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!

Remember, EVERY Wednesday is
Senior Citizen Day.

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!


Make your home in L-Dub [defined in footnote section below] the one & only Hipster Haven
in all of Palm Beach County.

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.

Take for example the City’s bond referendum that passed overwhelmingly in November 2016. Those few blocks of the City once occupied by Anarchists and inaccessible by pogo stick, skateboard, and unicycle will soon have new roads! Areas that already have LED street lighting, new water lines and fire hydrants, upgraded parks and Greenways is fomenting the Apatharchist rebellion. “The roads are new in Lake Worth”, the Anarchist holdouts will observe, not quite enthralled as living conditions improve all around them.

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, 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.


A short discussion about the oft-used and somewhat confusing term (or slang if you will), “L-DUB”.

Other variations of the term “L-DUB” referring to the actual City of Lake Worth (not to be confused with those cookie-cutter boring western suburbs) are:

  • “L-Dub” can be used upper/lowercase; ALL CAPS is also acceptable (“L-DUB” is sometimes called the ‘Dee’ or ‘Twiddle-Dee’ variant).
  • There is the Hipster feminine, “ElleDub” [informal; Hipster male, “ElDub”].
  • “LDub”, sans the hyphen, a British (199-) variant [informal, familiar].
  • The French/European Union variant [formal, proper], “LéDûb”; used in a sentence, “C′est si bon, Mademoiselle, Monsieur en charmant LéDûb.”

Defined, use in speech, and an everyday example:
  • The L is short for “Lake”.
  • DUB is short for double-“u” as in the letter “w”.

Hence the term L-DUB, slang for “Lake Worth”; once again, the actual City of Lake Worth. An example in speech:

“Welcome to LDub! Have you been to World Thrift yet?
     It is soooooo cool and prices you won’t believe. And get this, there’s a new Tacos Al Carbon L-DUB location opening up across the street. You made the right choice moving to LéDûb.
     Nobody cares about Delray any more. ElleDub is where it’s at.”

Now. What are you waiting for? Head on over to World Thrift and Tacos Al Carbon some day next week!

More history about the Luddites in Martin and Palm Beach counties.

From Palm Beaches Remembered
on Facebook (see photo below):

After much opposition from the NIMBY residents of Jupiter (in northern Palm Beach County) and much of Martin County where the highway path would be, the LAST segment of I-95 was completed in 1988 with the link to Ft Pierce.

The opposition in Martin County to Brightline and the future of passenger rail in Florida makes more sense now doesn’t it? It’s not the train the Luddites in Martin County oppose. They just oppose progress. Progress of any kind is a threat to them. And they constructed and maintain a line of defense against progress: a line of septic tanks from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean (read more about that below).

Looking East: I-95 ending at PGA Blvd in 1976.

Click on image to enlarge.
And then thirty years later is this,

Here is actual news from July 2017 by Jennifer Sorentrue at the Post which reads more like an April Fools’ joke than an actual news story (no fault of the reporter who was just tasked with reporting this nonsense):

In a 6-page letter sent to federal transportation officials on Monday, attorneys for Martin and Indian River counties and the anti-rail group CARE FL argue a loan from the Federal Railroad Administration to help pay for the Brightline project would create “unique financial concerns” for the Trump administration.

And get this!

The attorneys [for CARE FL] also argue that the location of the Florida East Cost Railway tracks, where Brightline will operate its passenger trains alongside other freight traffic, could create a safety hazard for the president [President Trump]. The tracks are located about 1.5 miles west of the Mar-a-Lago club.

And lastly, as far back as the administration of President John Kennedy, developing “new methods of sewage treatment” was a major concern.

His brother, Robert F. Kennedy said. . .
Published recently in Martin County Currents, Melanie Peterson* wrote, “The time is long overdue for residents and communities to do their part by addressing the significant threat to public safety posed by septic system pollution. There are still thousands of septic tanks within the urban services boundary in Martin County.”

*Melanie Peterson is now Vice Chair of SFWMD’s Governing Board Members, an at-large member for an area that includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) takes an alternate view on “Green” energy.

The video below may be disturbing for some viewers. You’ve been warned. And remember, the First Amendment isn’t just for people you agree with.

Please Note: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”. But for many of the public in places like Palm Beach County searching for new ideas, disturbed by western sprawl, and disappointed with the leaderless and languishing environmentalist community in South Florida then DGR may be what you are looking for. Click on this link to find out more about DGR and ways to support their cause. One of the more outspoken members of DGR is Lierre Keith and over the years she has drawn a tremendous amount of traffic to this blog. Why? Perhaps because within the “radical space” Keith is a most unwelcome voice.

Once again, some may find the
video below very disturbing.

Others may find it provocative. Draw your own conclusions. The video was first posted on this blog in 2014 and many times since. At the 54 second mark in the video a member of DGR says:

“Today we’re going to introduce you to some ideas that you’re probably familiar with already as environmentalists. But we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.

Two members [Max Wilbert and Cameron Foley] of Deep Green Resistance talk about green energy alternatives that they believe have created unintended consequences. They take a sobering view of modern-day environmentalism and call out some groups by name, including the Sierra Club. Although they don’t mention the Anarchist community (EarthFirst!) here in the City of Lake Worth by name, they do talk about their failed pipeline protest in Texas at the 44:00 mark.

Once again, Max Wilbert from DGR says in the video:

“. . . we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.”

Former Lake Worth commissioner praises leadership in West Palm Beach for efforts to aid the homeless.

However, after steeping high praise on the City of West Palm Beach 2½ years ago (see YouTube video below from Sept. 2015), this same former commissioner said this about the City of Lake Worth:

“If a boat load of refugees came across on our shore here [Lake Worth Beach], how would we feel? I’d be ashamed to say we would probably take out guns and get rid of ’em. [emphasis added] Just like we’re doing with the folks in our city who are homeless and don’t have homes.”

—Quote. JoAnn Golden, former Lake Worth commissioner first elected in 2007 and soundly defeated by Mr. Andy Amoroso (now Lake Worth’s Vice Mayor) in 2011.

Golden, at the 40 second mark in the video below, praises the City of West Palm Beach for all their incredible work to help the homeless there and then goes off the rails at the 1:15 mark with a terribly unfair characterization of the caring and giving people of Lake Worth:

Which begs the obvious question: Are the loudest critics of the efforts to help the homeless in the City of Lake Worth really about helping those in need or just political pandering? For example, do you remember ‘Mr. Snarky’? And since when did the rights of the homeless trump the rights of people and families to use City parks in peace? Business owners and their customers who frequent these businesses?

And think you’ll find this interesting: What happens when citizens, even those supportive of helping the homeless, get pushed to the breaking point:

An email to Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein.

Click on image to enlarge.
From the email: “A rigorous cleaning program might also work with the sleepers on the Bryant Park tables. And we would have a cleaner park.”

And one more thing. . .
A tourist walks past homeless passed out on pier in City park to take photographs. Is this the future you want for our City parks?

Explore YouTube videos about the little City of Lake Worth.

For the most-viewed videos on my Lake Worth YouTube channel use this link. Along with each video is a red “Subscribe” button. Subscribers get an email when new videos have been uploaded.

Coming in at #10 of the most-popular is “Art on the Water: Can you do the Can Can? Yes we can!”, a performance prior to the City’s July 4th Raft Race a few years back. At #16 is a former Lake Worth City Commissioner during “Break” to the music, The Love For Three Oranges Suite by composer Lutz Kohler (Op. 33bis: III. March, Arr. F. Tull for Brass Ensemble).

And hope you enjoy this one as well — at #24 the ever-popular visit to City Hall by ‘Weetha Peebull’ — “Why it’s generally unwise to be disrespectful to City employees”.

Hope you enjoy the video below as well. Whilst everyone awaits the end of all the talk and actual work begins to renovate our historic Gulfstream Hotel. . . this video is from February 2016 when the public was very excited about the rezoning of the Gulfstream property believing progress was finally on the horizon:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

All parents with children in the City of Lake Worth: Summer Food Service Program returns again this year.

Starting Tuesday, June 5th, the Palm Beach County School District Food Services Dept. is offering FREE breakfast (8:00–8:30) and lunch (11:30–noon) to all children through age 18 at these public schools in the City of Lake Worth:

  • Barton Elementary, 1700 Barton Rd.     
  • Highland Elementary, 500 Highland Ave.
  • Lake Worth Community High School, 1700 Lake Worth Rd.
  • North Grade Elementary, 824 North ‘K’ St.
  • South Grade Elementary, 716 South ‘K’ St.

TAKE NOTE: The list above are the locations within THIS City. For all other locations in Palm Beach County, including those in suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth, click on this link. To look over the menus for breakfast and lunch click on this link.

No registration or application
is necessary.

Every child is welcome to simply come and
enjoy a nutritious FREE meal.

To help spread the word the Lake Worth Little Free Libraries will be placing bookmarks in all LFLs throughout the City of Lake Worth.

“Atención vecinos de Lake Worth: ¿Han visto las pequeñas bibliotecas gratuitas localizadas
en su vecindad?”
“Vwazen Lake Worth yo! ~ Èske nou te pase nan
Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou katye’nou an?”

“Have you visited a Little Free Library in your
City of Lake Worth neighborhood?”

Message from the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, “Dear Friends in the press and news media.”

“You have been so kind to Clay Glass Metal
Stone Gallery over the years. For that
we are very grateful.”.

See an excerpt below from a Letter to the Editor published Thursday in the Coastal/Greenacres Observer.

The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South ‘J’ St. in Downtown Lake Worth.

However, the CGMS artist studio located at 216 South ‘F’ St. (west of Dixie Hwy.) has been put up For-Sale by the owner. Without a studio the artists will have nowhere else to go and the CGMS Gallery in the Downtown may be forced to close.

Despite being heavily and widely promoted in The Palm Beach Post the folks at CGMS have yet to find a “knight in shining armor” with enough money and interest in the arts to purchase the studio on South ‘F’ St. But it’s quite possible another wealthy benefactor here in South Florida (outside Central Palm Beach County and beyond), could be found to purchase that property and find a way to keep rent low enough so artists can continue to work there. And that’s where YOU come in.

Here is the excerpt from a Letter to the Editor with contact information at the end from Joyce at the CGMS gallery:

     Our building is being sold and we have not been able to raise the funds to purchase it. It is not for trying. We have looked into every crack and under every stone we could to find the funding to purchase our building.
     We will hold on for as long as we can. Without the studio, it is unlikely we will be able to carry on the gallery [on South ‘J’ St.]. Without the studio many of us will cease being artists again. There is no other facility that most of us can afford to become a part of. It is our hope that you will help us promote our gallery shows and our artists until we reach a point that we cease to exist.
     It is also our hope that a knight in shining armor will step up and purchase the building for us and that person will be etched into the walls of history as one of the great patrons of the arts. [emphasis added]

Can you, or someone you know, be that “knight in shining armor” and save the CGMS studio?

Do you know any reporters at the Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, or even the Tampa Bay Times?

Please share the Letter to the Editor above and include the contact information for Joyce. Call 215-205-9441 or reach out by email:

Gus’ Baths in the Town of Palm Beach.

This building and pier (see images below) were at the east end of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. All these structures were gone by the early sixties. What’s interesting is, at least for a time, the former Casino building and pier in the City of Lake Worth and this complex in Palm Beach were contemporaries separated north and south by just a few miles of road.

Click on images to enlarge: