Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From Facebook: “Palm Beaches Remembered”.

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Does this lot look familiar? This is now the Gonz Auto Collision Center at 1401 N. Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth.

TODAY at 5:30: “Cordially invite you to a Fundraiser in support of our friend”.

Please RSVP to Christian Ulvert. Call 305-336-3631; email:

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If you cannot attend Shanon Materio’s fundraiser but would like to contribute use this link. There is a Facebook page as well.

The day we all celebrated the life of a dear friend and our Gulfstream Hotel in Downtown Lake Worth.

Monday, August 15th, 2016.

We gathered that day to celebrate the life and hard work of Loretta Sharpe on the patio of the Gulfstream Hotel on hearing the news, “The Petition for Writ of Certiorari is DENIED” (see below). Our dear friend Loretta was not there that day to celebrate with us.

Loretta passed away on January 26th, 2016. But it was acknowledged by all it was Loretta’s persistence and willingness to fight that saved the Gulfstream Hotel.

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This celebration last August was short-lived; shortly thereafter an appeal was filed. Then on March 31st, 2017 the 4th District Court of Appeals upheld the previous court ruling: nothing could now stop the Gulfstream Hotel project from moving forward.

Another photo from the north patio of the Gulfstream Hotel in August 2016.

Excerpts from The Lake Worth Herald last August, the news that brought everyone to gather on the patio of the Gulfstream Hotel:

A three-judge Appellate Panel of the Circuit Court unanimously issued a ruling that states: “The Petition for Writ of Certiorari is DENIED.”
     The decision is the Court’s rejection of an effort that would have resulted in thwarting the revitalization of the Gulfstream Hotel and the 12-block surrounding area known as Lake Worth’s Hotel District.
     In February, the City was challenged by three citizens, Linda Mahoney, Roseanne Malakates and former City Commissioner JoAnn Golden about whether construction of a 65-ft new building expansion of the Gulfstream Hotel was in compliance with downtown height limits.

and. . .

     Asked what their plans were now, Steven Michael of Hudson Holdings said, they plan on moving forward and said there were never any other plans. Hudson Holdings was unable to move forward until the lawsuit was over. City of Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo said she is thankful for Judges’ decision.
     “This community has longed for the reopening of our beautiful, historic hotel and this decision now clears the way,” said Mayor Triolo. “The Gulfstream Hotel will revitalize the community and serve as a catalyst in our Downtown, to bring in much-needed tourism for our businesses and great lodging for the friends and relatives of our residents.”

City of Greenacres’ Charter Review Committee: “Suggested Changes To City Council”.

News from Coastal/Greenacres Observer is below:

The Greenacres Charter Review Committee consists of twelve citizens. Former Council member Chuck Shaw was chosen as the Chairperson and Frank Simon the Vice-Chairperson.

and. . .

Shaw explained the consensus was to have six ballot questions on the referendum sent to the voters.

Here are the six ballot questions for the Greenacres City Council to study and discuss:

The first question would be a change in Article 1, changing the length of terms of the Mayor and Council members from two to four year terms. [emphasis added]

The second question would be to clean up Article 2, relating to Mayor, by eliminating the reference to a two year term for Mayor and establishing how to fill a vacant seat. The committee suggested, Council may elect one of their own to become Mayor (until the next Biennial election), providing such Council member will vacate his or her seat. If no member wishes to assume the Mayor’s office, the Deputy Mayor shall serve as Mayor pro-tem until the next biennial election. This partial term will not count against term limits.

Question three relates to Article 3, City Council. Eliminate reference to two year term and establish how to fill a vacant seat. Council shall elect a qualified individual to fill the vacant seat (until the next biennial election) and the term would not count against term limits.

Question four, relating to Article 4, Elections, would be to establish a term limit of three consecutive terms for Mayor and Council members. The term limit will not impact the Mayor from running for a Council seat, or a Council member from running for Mayor.

Question five relates to Article 8, Administrative Departments. This provision will eliminate the Civil Service Board and recommends creation of a “labor-management committee” as a replacement for the Civil Service Board.

Question six relates to Article 8. This provision defines the term “full Council” as used in Article 8 to mean the Mayor and all five members of Council. Charter change suggestions to be made by Ordinance, without a referendum Article 4, Elections, Section 3 provides for Election Day to be moved from March to November to coincide with Presidential and mid-term elections. Article 4, Section 4 will change the qualifying period.

Other changes suggested to be made without referendum pertain to how and when elected officials take office and the selection of duties.

Hudson Holdings: “Vocal residents swarm Delray meeting on historic district redevelopment”

Use this link to read the article by reporter Lulu Ramadan in the Post from yesterday. Interestingly, Ramadan’s article doesn’t make mention Hudson Holdings’ principal Steven Michael. The meeting at the Delray Beach Historic Preservation Board continued last night from Monday night and ended around 10:00.

One quite powerful statement in particular last night summed everything up nicely; will transcribe that when the video becomes available. Did not watch the entire meeting but would catch 5–10 minutes every now and then to watch the discussion.

The final vote on the Swinton Commons site plan appeared to be a unanimous “No” from the Historic Board in Delray. However, the audio from the Live Feed was hard to hear so am not absolutely sure about that.

This project will now go to the Planning and Zoning Board and then to the Delray Beach City Commission.

It was very professional and gracious, at the very end of the meeting, to hear Dir. Tim Stillings appear at the podium and thank everyone for their service on the board and he acknowledged all their hard work. It’s a lot to ask from volunteers to work well into the night two days in a row. However, they did their work and they all deserve credit.

UPDATE: “Water can flow into endangered [Cape Seaside Seaside] sparrow territory”.

Here’s the latest news from Palm Beach Post reporter Kimberly Miller. An excerpt from the article:

Water will be allowed to flow south out of swollen water conservation areas to alleviate flood concerns and save wildlife in the Everglades, but the move could damage nests of the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had barred the opening of flood gates into the sparrow’s nesting area through July 15 — the end of nesting season.
     But Ken Warren, a spokesman for the service, said Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers was given the green light to open the gates if it’s “absolutely necessary.”
     “The corps feels like this has evolved into a human health and safety issue because they see the potential for levies to be compromised due to the high water,” [emphasis added] Warren said.

To read the previous news story from last week by the reporter titled, “Emergency Lake Okeechobee back-pumping granted to save wildlife” use this link. And below learn more about the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow.

The South Florida Water Management District was granted emergency permission today to back pump clean water into Lake Okeechobee to save animals and plants in bloated water conservation areas.
     District spokesman Randy Smith, said the district had hoped to avoid the back pumping by opening flood gates that would allow excess water to flow south into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.
     But that option has so far been blocked to protect the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, [emphasis added] Smith said.
     “The obvious solution, the quick solution, is to open the gates and let it go into the park,” Smith said. “That is the logical thing to do to provide immediate relief, but so far we’ve gotten no response from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.”

To learn more about the Migratory Bird Act, Endangered Species Act, and past efforts to save our Cape Sabal Seaside Sparrow use this link.
Learn more about SFWMD’s efforts to save our birds and the “Tremendous Progress on Kissimmee River Restoration Projectusing this link.

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO): “Connecting Communities in Palm Beach County”.

Section 3 Workshop next month: Lake Worth, Lantana, Hypoluxo.

  • Location: Lake Worth Art Center, 1121 Lucerne Ave.
  • Presentation and Walking Audit: Saturday, July 22nd, 9:00–2:00.
  • Open Charrette: Monday, July 24th–Wednesday, July 26th, 10:00–7:00.
This is one charrette you do not want to miss:
Use this link for the Palm Beach MPO’s US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study. For the Facebook page use this link.

Are you a reporter? Confused about where Lake Worth is? Greenacres? Are you confused about Zip Codes too?

Below is a new tool from your County government. They want to help you get your news reports accurate.

Please read the captions below and then refer to the maps.

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This first map is a small part of Central Palm Beach County. The white areas are called “unincorporated” (meaning outside the borders of a municipality). Use this link to study the entire map courtesy of your County govenment.

This second map uses “Zip Codes”. Now you can understand why so many of your news reports are inaccurate. Using just Zip Codes is “sloppy” news reporting. For example, Zip Code 33461 covers just a small part of “Lake Worth.

Use this link to study the entire Zip Code map courtesy of Palm Beach County.

Tomorrow is another “Lake Worth Road Program” meeting. Have fears and/or concerns?

When will construction be complete? What are the hours for construction? Will there be work during the weekends? Who is responsible for designing all the projects? What are the colored paint marks on my fence, driveway, steps, trees, etc.?

Are you frightened or concerned about what’s about to begin in your neighborhood?
Don’t be frightened and run out west! Attend the meeting this coming Thursday and City will explain what is going on.

Use this link to see the entire list of upcoming meetings:
  • Where: Lake Worth City Hall.
  • Time: 6:30–8:00.
  • Who can attend? Everyone is welcome.

How to get more information:

  • Phone: 561-713-1707
  • Email:
  • Use this link to submit a question online.

For more “Frequently Asked Questions” use this link.

How much do you know about the Lake Worth Electric Utility?

You may be surprised when you read the “audacious” quote (see below) from Lisa Maxwell. 

Use this link to watch the video of the Joint Work Session with the Electric Utility Advisory Board and the Lake Worth City Commission held on Tuesday, June 13th. The meeting is 1½ hours and full of important and very timely information.

To learn more about the City of Lake Worth’s Electric Utility use this link.

So. What is the Mission and Vision for our City’s Electric Utility?

“The goal is to have a model City which has sustainable sources of energy that are diverse and that are in keeping with concerns about climate change and are Green.
     We’ve already gone light years ahead of other cities with our Solar Farm, the possibility of having our [ocean] waves used,* the research scientists are involved with that, all renewable sources of energy, so we believe we can be a laboratory, really globally, for what it looks like in this day and age to generate power for communities.
    We’ve really taken on a rather audacious goal and we think the City can, in fact, reflect those kinds of goals. We already have.

Quote by Lisa Maxwell, Chair of the Electric Utility Advisory Board at the Joint Work Session with the Lake Worth City Commission, July 13th, 2017.

*News from February 16th, still unreported in The Palm Beach Post, about the prospect of City of Lake Worth becoming research and development “epicenter” of Ocean Wave Energy Generation worldwide. 
Audacious, adjective: “extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive”.
     Used in a sentence: “An audacious vision and mission for the New City of Lake Worth and the City’s bright future ahead.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Progress Report.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017.

Check back tomorrow for another Progress Report.


A young Mark Foley at his store on 502 Lucerne Ave. Image below from The Palm Beach Post. 

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Mr. Mark A. Foley is back in the news — serving our City once again as a volunteer on the C-51 Advisory Committee — and The Palm Beach Post continues their news blackout on this developing story.

FYI: Mark Foley was a City of Lake Worth commissioner from 1978–1979 and 1982–1984. Later he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1990–1992; then the Florida Senate, 1993–1994. He returned to private life in 2006 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 11 years. His most recent accomplishment was saving Spring Training baseball in Palm Beach County.

“From the highly combustible, dangerously explosive creativity of our friend George Peer. . .

. . . at the Mad Hatter Lounge comes these spectacular spectaculars in celebration of the 16th Annual Great American Under The Big Top 4th of July Raft Race!”

Last night Tim Rice and Ron Amodio hosted the NAPC at this years Annual Pre-Raft Race Party at the Mad Hatter with celebrity bartenders Mayor Pam Triolo and the Ever Argggggh-Full, Capt. and City Manager Mike Bornstein.

Of course, the one and only Godfather of the Raft Race, Herman Robinson was there with Vice Capt. Courageous, Scott Maxwell. All of these are destined to become Special Surprise Award trophies in this year’s Raft Race!

Half of the tips collected were donated to the “Longest Day” to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

UPDATE: Hudson Holdings and another Special Meeting in Delray Beach tonight.

It will be very interesting to read the Sun Sentinel report about what happened, or rather what didn’t happen last night vis-à-vis Hudson Holdings and their project on the agenda.

A second Special Meeting of the Delray Beach Historic Preservation Board will be held at 6:00 tonight (details below). The meeting last night ended after 10:00 with no action taken. Check this link periodically for the video from last night and would encourage you to watch the last ½ hour or so.

To watch the meeting tonight Live Streaming use this link.

This Special Meeting of the Historic Preservation Board will be held in the Delray Beach City Commission Chambers, City Hall, 100 NW 1st Ave. beginning at 6:00.

To learn more about this read the news report by Sun Sentinel titled, “Vote could decide fate of historic Delray Beach homes. This Hudson Holdings project are the only 2 items on the agenda:
  1. Call To Order.
  2. Roll Call.
  3. Approval of Agenda.
  4. Comments from the Public. NOTE: Comments on items that are NOT on the Agenda will be taken immediately prior to Public Hearing Items. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes.
  5. Action Items. A) Certificate of Appropriateness, Class V Site Plan, Relocations & Demolitions (2016-073). B) Conditional Use (2016-101).
For residents of the City of Lake Worth wondering what is happening with the Gulfstream Hotel you may recall this news by Dan Weil in The Real Deal titled, Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel appears set for renovation. The article was subtitled,

Hotel will have two 87-unit hotel buildings, a restaurant, rooftop sky bar and parking garage.

Here are two excerpts from that article in The Real Deal datelined January 29th, 2016:

“This is an iconic Palm Beach County hotel with enormous history,” Steve Michael, co-founder of Hudson Holdings, told The Real Deal. Sitting several blocks away from Lake Worth’s downtown, “it’s a focal point of the Lake Worth community and at the edge of the [town of] Palm Beach community,” he said.

and. . .

Michael says the development will be crucial for revitalizing downtown Lake Worth, which like downtown West Palm Beach to the north, has some vibrant areas and also some vacant ones. “This is a catalyst to downtown renovation,” Michael said.

Technology news: First there was the driverless car. Now there is the riderless bike.

“A bicycle has the power to transport us to another place”
—Ernest Hemingway