Sunday, May 24, 2015

[PINNED POST; HELP WANTED AD] Job opportunities for our City of Lake Worth Anarchists & Activists in Cuba?

This seems like satire but we can always hope! 

Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler on C-SPAN

Mayor Jack Seiler talked about the history of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as scenes of the city were shown. Says that the biggest problem is getting around the city due to its success and people wanting to be there.

He was interviewed at the New River Inn before the kickoff event for C-SPAN’s visit to Fort Lauderdale.

Quick video, lasts 1:40.

Sabal Palm House, one of the most popular south FL inns located in charming Lake Worth is For Sale

The City of Lake Worth is rebounding quickly following the Great Recession. Recent good news about Lake Worth includes rising real estate values, a significant rise in population, the nearby popular Cottages of Lake Worth, a stable city government, infrastructure work is proceeding (street lights and drainage), a vibrant community of volunteers, a new "Welcome Center", a City known for its festivals and twice monthly "Evening on the Avenue", and on and on it goes! 

You can find the listing here. Here is an image of this charming Lake Worth inn:
Here is a description from the listing site:

SABAL PALM BED & BREAKFAST LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE INTRACOASTAL IN DOWNTOWN LAKE WORTH. 8 BEDROOM SUITES, AND 8 1/2 BATHS, WITH A LARGE COMMON LIVING AREA, INDOOR DINING ROOMS, AND MANICURED COURTYARD. ALL OF THE ROOMS ARE DECORATED AROUND THE NAME OF A MASTER ARTIST, FROM SALVADOR DALI, TO CHAGALL, AND NORMAN ROCKWELL. RENOVATED IN THE 1997 AND OPERATING AS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR INNS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. TRIPLE A RATED, 4 DIAMOND, AND NO.1 RATED INN ON TRIP ADVISOR. 1/2 MILE TO THE BEACH, RESTAURANTS, AND SHOPPING DISTRICTS OF LAKE WORTH. A COMPLETE INVENTORY, AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. THE INN IS A TURN-KEY BUSINESS READY FOR THE NEW OWNERS. THE ENTIRE PROPERTY IS IN GREAT CONDITION. BREAKFAST IS SERVED IN 2 LARGE INDOOR DINING ALONG WITH THE OPEN COURTYARD. LAUNDRY IS DONE ON SITE IN A LARGE DOUBLE LAUNDRY ROOM. THE CURRENT OWNERS WILL HELP IN THE TRANSITION OF OWNERSHIP.

Come and be part of the Lake Worth Experience!
The image above is from the Lake Worth VisitFlorida website.

Comment left under: "Why all the pulling of hair? Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell's comments from Lake Worth ITN Beach Workshop Meeting (5/19/15)"

This comment was left last night at 8:19 p.m. on this blog:

The only re-writing of history is right here on this blog and out of the mouth of Maxwell. Mcvoy was not even a commissioner then. In fact, he formed a Pac AGAINST the city for what they did for contracting with Greater Bay. To tell you the truth, the gals above did some great things in Lake Worth. 

My response this morning:

To Anon at 8:19. Fact: McVoy was first elected Commissioner in 2010 in November. Stanton started as City Manager in April of 2009. Demolition of the existing Casino building happened during 2011. There were a lot of decisions regarding the design of the beach project from 2009 on, while Commissioner Jennings was still in office and then after Commissioner McVoy was elected. Commissioner Golden was on the Commission until November 2011. Commissioner Mulvehill was there until 2012. During the Stanton period, we had Varela, Waterman and very late in this period Triolo. It was late in 2011, after the election of Mayor Triolo and Amoroso, that Stanton was led to the door.

Prior to all this, Christopher McVoy led the "We Love Lake Worth" petition drive to rescind the zoning and land use designation on the beach property to Beach and Casino. That is the same zoning classification we have on the property today that was later amended to include a .1 floor area ratio (FAR) which allowed a commercial square footage on what is an 19 acre property, approximately. Doing the math, that means we could ultimately have 82,764 square feet of floor area at the beach, less what is already there in the way of the Casino building and the pool.

McVoy's petition led to him being sued by the city spawned from the rezoning and land use challenge's effect on the Greater Bay agreement and halting progress there. 

As I type this, I can understand the confusion that is out there as this creates a lot of smoke and more than a few mirrors to hide behind.

Many of the major construction decisions were made from 2008 onward by a Commission that included Jennings, Mulvehill and Golden, and then one that replaced Jennings with McVoy.

Hence this picture:

Memorial Day parade on Smith Street, looking east - Micanopy, Florida (circa 1918)

This photonegative is believed to be from 1918. This image comes from the State of Florida Archives, Florida Memory Collection. Micanopy is located south of Gainesville. 

This is from Wikipedia on the origins of Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

Here it is! First article by a real beat reporter in Lake Worth since Lona O'Connor (it's been a long time folks)

Lake Worth mentioned WAY ABOVE THE FOLD in today's Sunday paper (5/24)
The story by Lake Worth beat reporter Kevin Thompson appears in the print edition on the front page of the 'B' section. Here is the on-line article.

It was Stacey Singer of the Post editorial board who told me in March of this year, and I'm paraphrasing here, that she had no idea what was going on in Lake Worth because they didn't have a reporter covering the City. Well now we do.

If there is good stuff happening in your neighborhood or a good story about your City of Lake Worth if you don't contact Mr. Thompson then that's your fault it doesn't get reported. I think we have a good, accurate report here; balanced and representing both sides of this very complex issue facing our City.

The 'other side', if you will, those opposed to any change, those afflicted with paralysis by analysis, and the many who oppose any discussion at all on how to fix the failed Casino complex business model will be spinning their story to Mr. Thompson: most likely daily phone calls, emails, whatever means they have to get his attention. Remember, these people are pros at spinning the media; been doing it a long time. The excuse that "we work and they don't" doesn't hold water any more. The future direction of the City in on the line.

Here is "Kevin's" contact information:
Here are the last reporters tasked with covering Lake Worth from most recent:
  • Chris Persaud, who was actually an intern and not a beat reporter
  • Eliot Kleinberg, the beat reporter for West Palm Beach worked briefly as a reporter in Lake Worth but was stretched too thin and went back to the West Palm beat
  • Lona O'Connor did the Lake Worth beat until she was part of the last Post buyout and retired
  • Willy Howard worked the beat for many years prior to him also taking the Post buyout and retiring
Did I miss anyone?

Premature Death Notice: Published last November by the Palm Beach County Tea Party

From Ed Wolff, the Founder and Director of the Palm Beach County Tea Party, we have this death notice called In Memoriam:
United States Constitution
Born September 17, 1787
Died November 20, 2014
Cause of Death: The amnesty executive order of Czar [sic] Barak [sic] Hussein Obama.

Susan Stanton (former Lake Worth city manager) has her own PD in Greenfield, CA: Maybe they need the Sheriff to help?

Before we get to the tiny city of Greenfield, did you know that the crime rate in the City of Lake Worth dropped in 2014? It did and you can read about that here. Now to the City of Greenfield:

The former Lake Worth city manager, Susan Stanton (who was fired over three years ago), is now the city manager in Greenfield, California.
Susan Stanton (right) leaves Lake Worth City Hall chambers for the last time on 12/6/2011. She was fired for many reasons; many of which you can read here.
Greenfield is about one-half the population size of Lake Worth. They recently had two homicides in the City of Greenfield. Stanton always wanted to get rid of the Lake Worth PBSO to have her own police department. Stanton now has her own police department in Greenfield, CA. Surprisingly, despite having her own PD, Stanton has a crime problem in her city of Greenfield. I bet the scanner in her office is busy. This partial list of crimes occurred in Greenfield, CA, over a period of 9 days (5/14 to 5/22):

Assault with Deadly Weapon
05/22/2015
300 Block 7TH ST & APPLE AV

Breaking & Entering
05/22/2015
200 Block PINOT AV

Theft of Vehicle
05/22/2015
1000 Block PALM AV

Theft of Vehicle
05/21/2015
1200 Block SPARKS ST

Theft of Vehicle
05/21/2015
700 Block TYLER AV & MORENO ST

Theft of Vehicle
05/21/2015
300 Block HUTCHISON DR & HICKS DR

Theft
05/20/2015
800 Block ELM AV

Theft
05/20/2015
1 Block ST & APPLE AV

Theft of Vehicle
05/20/2015
900 Block WALNUT AV

Theft of Vehicle
05/20/2015
39700 Block APPLE AV

Theft of Vehicle
05/20/2015
1000 Block PALOMA DR

Theft of Vehicle
05/17/2015
400 Block FRANSCIONI DR

Breaking & Entering
05/15/2015
1100 Block GAVILAN DR

Theft
05/14/2015
200 Block HUERTA ST & EL CAMINO REAL

Live in City of Lake Worth? Ignore NBC5/WPTV & Palm Beach Daily News story about shooting early this morning

This incident occurred outside the City, in suburban Lake Worth. And Palm Beach Daily News reporter also got it wrong.
  • Being west of Congress Ave. is a clue the incident did not occur in Lake Worth 
  • And being north of Atlantis is a clue
  • And being southwest of Palm Beach State College is a clue
  • And being northwest of Palm Beach County/Lantana Airport is another clue

From Vox: "How suburban sprawl hurts the poor"

Joseph Stromberg has this information about suburban sprawl. When you read this information think about all those western communities popping up in Palm Beach County. Eventually the jobs are going to follow, very far from the cities that have people with less means looking for jobs (many without their own motor vehicle):

     One of the basic problems here is called spatial mismatch: the fact that millions of low-income urban households are located far from the suburban places where jobs are often available. [emphasis added] Danielle Kurtzleben'sVox article on spatial mismatch is a great primer on the issue.
     Part of the root cause of this mismatch is historical. Starting in the 1950s, extensive highway systems were built through almost every major US city, linking them with budding suburbs. Along with other factors, this led many wealthy, white residents to flee cities, initially commuting in for work on the highways.
     Employers eventually followed them, bringing workplaces to the suburbs and leaving fewer jobs in the cities. Since at least the 1990s, the majority of suburbanites commute to the suburbs for work. "The dominant pattern today," says Alan Pisarski, a commuting researcher, "is suburb to suburb."
     As a result of this job sprawl, another recent Brookings report found, the number of jobs available within a typical commute distance for the average US metro area resident fell by 7 percent between 2000 and 2012. But it declined more than twice as much — by 14.3 percent — for people living in high-poverty urban areas.
     For the disproportionately low-income people left behind in the cities, this poses a huge problem. "We've ended up with a lot of people in cities who look at job listings and see openings in places they can't easily get to," Norton says.

Train/Auto Accident - Sixth Avenue South and FEC Tracks this morning:

Thanks Kevin D. Thompson: "Want to get wet and have fun this weekend? Lake Worth may have the answer"

Thanks to our new reporter at The Palm Beach Post, we have information on the water exercise classes that take place on the weekend. These are the same ones that I participate in and will be going to shortly. There is a class tomorrow, Monday, since it is a holiday. It will start at 10 a.m. like the regular classes and be followed by a potluck picnic at the pool.

From the article:
Well, a water exercise class will be held on Memorial Day at the Lake Worth Casino pool. The class is taught in shallow and deep waters. Equipment is provided.
Everyone is encouraged to bring something to eat so the group can have lunch together.
Class is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Fee is $5. For information, call Sally Welsh, 561-281-5086.

[BY POPULAR REQUEST] Barbara Aubel on Lake Worth ballroom at "THE BEACH!"

And that's just the beginning. This video will blow your mind. If you thought the 2nd floor Ballroom at the Lake Worth Casino was a bad venue you have no idea. . .

All Aboard Florida: A "health hazard"? And the odd picture used by The Palm Beach Post

In The Palm Beach Post the other day a Letter to the Editor was published calling All Aboard Florida (AAF) a "health hazard". This is a rehash of an old argument made last year about the passenger service that was answered this way by AAF:
The strange thing was the picture the Post used to accompany the Letter to the Editor:
Photograph by Lannis Waters, 2014.
Why would the Post have a photo of a freight train instead of a passenger train? Or better yet, why even include a photo at all? They must have at least a twenty images from AAF of what their train cars are going to look like; why not use one of them?

And as far as any health care professional referring to AAF as a "health hazard" would you at least consider these points:
  • Aren't less cars on the highways a community health benefit?
  • Without new options for commuters, how many more lanes do we need for the Turnpike and I-95? Isn't more traffic in cars at high speed a health hazard?
  • Do health professionals in Palm Beach County see a benefit of fast travel to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami by state-of-the-art trains an asset to the medical community?
  • After AAF the Coastal Link is proposed for 2018; wouldn't this be a huge benefit for your colleagues and patients as well?
The entire proposed Coastal Link route can be seen here.
As you can see in the image above, after the Coastal Link is in operation a person in Jupiter could hop on the Link to the Downtown West Palm Station and then proceed by AAF to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami. 

Landon McNamara, surfer, and all-around cool dude in "Jam With You"

Relax to the cool jammin' of Landon McNamara hanging with his buds. Real nice way to wind down from all that stress.