Sunday, August 9, 2020

What comes around goes around...

 All along U.S.1, there was a time when the City of Lake Worth Beach's economy run from the tourists that filled motels that lined that same road. That land use pattern and design of lodging established flourished before the dawn of the Interstate Highway System.

During a tourist family's stay, they would visit our beach and on their way, drop money at our downtown retail establishments along Lake and Lucerne Avenues. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, there are those that think the time has come for a rebirth of the open hallway model of motels. Click here for what may be an idea whose time has come again. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Reminder about care and treatment of the City's alley network...

 

NOW is the time! All Census Data Collection activity to cease on September 30, 2020

Only 54 days remain for the Lake Worth Beach community to collect a complete census count for the next 10 years. This is the last chance to get an accurate population count for the next 10 years. Let’s Make It Count Lake Worth Beach!

The administration has accelerated the 2020 Census timeline so that ALL responses and census data collection activities will cease on September 30, 2020.

There is no time to wait! The City has collected only 49.7% of the potential residential homes. PLEASE don’t allow this Census to under-fund and under represent the City.

PLEASE text and call EVERY neighbor, customer, and client to ensure they have been counted.  Please ask if they have responded to the census for their address in Lake Worth Beach.

Community schools, roads, parks, healthcare, housing, representation and much more depend on EVERY PERSON responding. Without a complete count these programs/services will be underfunded, under-prepared, and under-represented for an entire decade.

You may see Mobile Questionnaire Assistants (MQAs) around the City beginning this week. MQAs are Census Bureau employees that can answer questions and encourage responses out in our community (in front of supermarkets, at food distributions, at service providers, etc.)

Census Bureau employees will begin to visit homes that have not responded beginning next week. They will have visible Census Bureau identification, US Department of Commerce photo badge (with watermark) and trained to practice CDC COVID prevention recommendations.

Please remind people of the confidentiality and security of their responses. NO INFORMATION would cause deportation, incarceration, benefit reductions, etc.

Big SHOUT out to Census Tract 52.02 (Memorial Park, Downtown Jewel, Pineapple Beach, and Royal Poinciana) for 4-days of impressive increases (0.1% + 0.4% + 0.6% + 0.1%) for a 1.2% increase since July 28!! Keep up what you are doing! 

Please contact me if you need any census materials or promotional items.

I have attached the City’s email newsletter full of information. If you are not receiving it directly, you may sign up on the City website’s main page at www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov.  

Monday, August 3, 2020

PBSO Weekly Update - August 3rd

Greetings,

Hurricane:

We got lucky again with Hurricane Isaias. It was a good practice run. The way 2020 has been I have no doubt there will be another one or two this season. Now is a good time to prepare by cleaning up yards and trimming foliage. Stock up on food and water, etc.

Crime: 

Crime was up a bit this week from last. 

We had five robberies and made arrests in two of the cases.

A three year old was shot in his home. We made an arrest in this case.   

We had seven auto burglaries with 5 of the 7 left unlocked. A handgun was taken out of a truck. This is a pattern countywide. Please spread the word not to leave guns in your vehicles, particularly pickup trucks.  

Covid 19: Please follow all of the recommendations so that we can curb this pandemic. We are all in this together and it takes everyone doing the right things.  

Census 2020:  

Lake Worth Beach’s reporting numbers are dismal. I cannot stress enough the importance of the census  

Stay safe and healthy,

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Friday, July 31, 2020

Hurricane Isaias Special Update 4

City staff have secured many of the buildings and are working to secure the pier for Hurricane Isaias. At this time continue to follow updates from NOAA and the National Hurricane Center and continue your personal preparations. 

Make sure you secure your refuse containers by either bringing them in to your garage or filling them a quarter full of water while empty to stop them blowing away. Recycling containers should be secured indoors if possible.

Please continue to watch for updates and follow the advice of the Governor and other officials.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

We are all in this together! We are Lake Worth Beach, a strong and resilient community that will stick together no matter what the weekend brings!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Emergency Order Issued Closing Beaches July 4th Weekend...

All public, municipal, & private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County shall be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.


From the City of Lake Worth Beach Utility Department...

The Electric Utility continues to move forward with system upgrades to better withstand high winds associated with storms, reduce outages due to vegetation and animal contacts, and allow for growth without stressing the system.  Areas of concentrated work include:

The western part of our service territory with 129 pole replacements and upgrades of associated hardware, as well as installation of remotely operated devices to more rapidly restore customers after outages.  Evidence of the work completed can be seen along Lake Osborne Drive, Detroit Street, Lake Worth Road, and Engle Street.  Additional aggressive vegetation clearing, and wrapping of poles with animal guards, was performed along the French Avenue canal bank where the large population of iguanas had led to multiple outages when they climb our poles and come in contact with energized wires.

The eastern part of the service territory has seen neighborhood electric system upgrades to include new poles and associated hardware, new transformers, and a conversion to a higher operating voltage to reduce stress on the system and provide capacity for growth.  Over 550 customers spread across the area from Lake Avenue to 16th Ave North on Palmway, Lakeside, and Golfview and from Lake to 3rd Ave North from Federal to Palmway, are now being fed from newly hardened electric infrastructure.

The area of 7th Avenue North leading to Boutwell Road is undergoing upgrades of poles and associated hardware, including some undergrounding of electric lines, in support of improvements to the Park of Commerce roadways and sidewalk infrastructure.

Additionally, vegetation management comprised of tree trimming and mowing of alleys, as well as wrapping of poles to prevent wildlife from climbing up to our wires continues daily across the entire system.

Our dedicated team of IBEW employees, both from our own staff and contractors, are working six day weeks across daytime and evening shifts to bring these much needed improvements to our customers.  Please thank them for their efforts when you see them in your neighborhoods, and of course slow down and be extra careful as you drive by their job sites for their safety as well as your own.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fight the Virus, Get Tested Tomorrow in Lake Worth Beach! (5/22/20)

 
A walk-up COVID-19 Testing Site will be operated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue at the Osborne Community Center located at 1699 Wingfield Street on Friday, May 22 from 11am-2:30pm. Those wishing to be tested will not require an appointment and the test will be provided free of charge.

“Lake Worth Beach has a high risk population and from the outset of this pandemic I have believed it was vital that our residents had access to local testing sites. I am grateful to the County for working with my team to make this a reality and I hope many of our residents will be able to make use of this important step on the road to a post-Corona world.”
~Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo

Information about additional testing sites in Palm Beach County.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

PBSO District 14 - Lake Worth Beach - Weekly Covid 19 Update - May 20, 2020

We had a great week last week pertaining to crime. Only one violent crime (robbery), no residential burglaries, and only five auto burglaries. Once again a handgun was stolen out of an unlocked vehicle. That’s another gun on the street in the hands of a criminal.

The phase one of reopening has gone well thus far in Lake Worth Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County. Thank you for assisting with this and keeping the social distancing issues to a minimum.

The beach reopening has also gone well. The rainy weather has helped keep the crowds down and made for a perfect soft opening.

Please use good judgement this holiday weekend. The weather is supposed to be good so practice social distancing if you plan to go to the beaches or parks. They will likely be crowded. LW Beach will only have 50% of the parking available which should aid in keeping the crowds to a minimum.

Hurricane season starts June 1st. We have already had a named storm. This is a good time to clean up yards and make other early preparations. If you live in an evacuation zone or need to leave your residence for a storm, try to have a plan to stay with someone you know. Shelter space might be an issue this year with Covid 19. People will have to be spaced apart more than previous years.

Census, census , census! It only takes a few minutes to complete online.

Be safe, things are looking up!

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

TooJay’s Deli Reopens Dining Rooms at All Locations

Takeout, catering, delivery, curbside pickup and Grocery ‘Too’ Go options will remain

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2020) – TooJay’s Deli is excited to welcome guests back into its dining rooms at all locations throughout Florida beginning Monday, May 18.

Famous for serving delicious comfort food, pile-high sandwiches and made-from-scratch desserts, TooJay’s will be following all capacity and distancing requirements from local and state governments. The restaurants will also be adhering to enhanced sanitation procedures including: 
  • Seating options and common areas in compliance with social distancing guidelines;
  • hand sanitizing station at each entrance;
  • all team members required to wear masks and pass a health check prior to each shift;
  • a designated dining room attendant assigned to clean and sanitize all tables, chairs and booths after each use as well as common areas throughout the restaurant;
  • place settings, menus, utensils and condiments to be single-use or sanitized after each use.

Guests are encouraged to visit TooJay’s website to check dining hours as they may vary by location. 

Takeout, catering, delivery, curbside pickup is still available at all locations. Guests can order online through TooJay’s website or Delicious Rewards app. To order online visit www.toojays.com/order-now. *Curbside is available only on pre-paid orders through the app or website.

In addition to dine-in and takeout options, TooJay’s continues its convenient Groceries ‘Too’ Go program, providing fresh meats and paper products while supplies last. Guests can stop by or call to place their orders.

For the latest information on how TooJay’s is navigating the COVID-19 situation, please visit TooJays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19 or sign up for Delicious Rewards through TooJay’s mobile app or at TooJays.com/delicious-rewards and receive push notifications and emails. Guests who sign up for the first time receive a free dessert.

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, 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; 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 orvisit the Facebook fan page, which has over 93 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Announcement from Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex - Re-opening

The City of Lake Worth Beach is reopening the Beach, Beach Park, and Pier at sunrise on Monday, May 18. The beach will close and be cleared daily at Sunset, no one will be allowed on the beach after hours.

To facilitate social distancing measures all beach patrons should adhere to the following guidelines:
Listen to the directions of Ocean Rescue staff.

Keep groups to 10 people or less

Stay 6 ft Apart

Swim near guarded areas

Use showers one person at a time

Practice good hygiene and hand washing

Wear a face mask where possible.

The beach parking lot will have 50% of spots reopened (as indicated in image below). Parking meters are active but patrons are encouraged to use ParkMobile to pay for parking instead of the parking meters. All resident parking spaces are reopened and 2019/2020 resident parking passes expiration date has been extended to July 1. For residents wishing to renew their parking pass they can do so online at: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/parking/beach-decal-program/

In accordance with Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-112, all beach tenants may increase their indoor capacity to 50% and are encouraged to continue making use of outdoor seating.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Weekly Update From PBSO - District 14 - Lake Worth Beach

Today is the first day of the phase one re-opening plan. This affects restaurants, retail, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and elective medical procedures.  Please familiarize yourselves with the details and help us help you by following the restrictions. 

Palm Tran is now requiring all riders to wear masks on their buses. 

This past weekend I noticed that less people were wearing masks, both in Lake Worth Beach and other parts of Palm Beach County. Mask use is still strongly recommended. Entry into phase one of re-opening does not mean the crisis is over. It is likely more important now to be wearing masks since more people will be out. The last thing we want to see is a large spike in cases and deaths. Please continue to wear your masks, if not for yourself, for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. 

We had a pretty good week regarding crime. Auto burglaries were down 50% from the previous week. We did have a handgun stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The deputies made a great arrest in a carjacking case which occurred at 7th Avenue North and North F Street. 

Tomorrow Feeding South Florida will be back at the CRA – Hatch Center distributing food. 

Census, census, census…

Thank you and be safe,

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