Monday, January 27, 2020

Image of Casino building c. 1942 — From a loyal reader . . .

Join Harvey Oyer III for a FREE Event at Lake Worth Beach City Hall.

To be held this Wednesday (Jan. 29th) at 7:00 p.m.

About the program:

Mr. Oyer will share the history and family stories of the first non-native family to settle in southeast Florida. The presentation is titled, “From the Barefoot Mailman to Worth Avenue: Founders, Fauna, Facts and Fiction — Five generations in Palm Beach County.”

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This program is sponsored by the Historical Society of Lake Worth Beach.

Work of artist and illustrator Raúl Colón on display at the Cultural Council.

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach and is open Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On Saturdays the Council opens at noon. To plan your next visit to the Council at the end of this blog post is more information.

And as reported recently in our LOCAL paper of record, Raúl Colón will be visiting local elementary public schools in Lake Worth Beach to meet with students and he will also be in attendance at the City’s BiblioArte! Festival on February 8th. To read more about that click on this link for a feature story published in The Lake Worth Herald.

From the Council website here are more details about the Raúl Colón exhibit:

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” is a Pablo Picasso quote that Raúl Colón often invokes because, to him, the statement is true.

Colón is an artist and illustrator interested in the possibilities that the visual image can bring to the minds of others who see it. “No matter if it’s editorial art produced for magazines, posters, murals or art for art’s sake . . . the visualization of ideas has been with humanity since ancient times,” says Colón. “I’m glad to be able to work in the visual arts, especially when I produce pieces that may inspire young viewers as I once was inspired by children’s picture books.”

Colón was born in New York City, studied art in Puerto Rico and designed puppets and animated films in Florida. An illustrator of over 30 books for children, Colón has received a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award and both a gold and silver medal in the Original Art show.

Image: Official 2019 “Brooklyn Book Festival
poster created by Colón:

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach. There is plenty of FREE parking nearby. For more information and to make inquiries click on this link.

Every Wednesday at Brogues in Lake Worth Beach: Weekly meeting of Rotary.

The Rotary has been serving and continues to serve the Lake Worth region for over 90 years.

Question: What are you doing
this coming Wednesday at noon?

Front cover from the 50th anniversary of Rotary.


“The Lake Worth Rotary always has their doors open to new membership. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please don’t be shy and come visit us.”

We meet at Brogues DownUnder for lunch every Wednesday (621 Lake Ave., LWB). It is always an honor to have a new guest to share a joyful experience including a beautiful lunch while our weekly guest speaker shares productive information regarding current events. We want our guests to feel comfortable and among friends.

Here are two more images from the 50th Anniversary publication in 1977.

Two more images (click on to enlarge):

Inside the front cover.

And. . .

An advertisement in the book.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hymn of the Good Samaritan. A Christian prayer to inspire and teach.*

From every race and land,

The victim of our day,
Abused and hurt by human hands,
Are wounded on lifes way.

The priest and Levite pass
And find not time to wait.
The pressing claims of living call;
They leave them to their fate.

But one of different faith
To care he felt compelled.
His active love like Jesus’ own
Uplifted, healed and held.

May this example lead,
Inspire and teach us all
That we may find in others’ faith. . .

The God on whom we call.

*From The Interfaith Prayer Book (compiled by Ted Brownstein), expanded 2nd edition (2014), p. 69, a “selection of prayers from six religious traditions: Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Bahá’í” [expanded edition includes prayers from native African, native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh faiths].

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

Residents in Lake Worth Beach: How much do you know about the POC?

The City’s Park of Commerce (POC) has been a major topic of debate for many decades. Many previous commissions and administrations have failed at the POC. Then in 2001 there came a major breakthrough. Then that failed too. The POC continued to languish once again for another fifteen years until another breakthrough in Feb. 2016 courtesy of the Federal Government and then in March 2017 another breakthrough courtesy of the State of Florida.

And then on March 31st, 2018 is a brief eight-second video (see below). The City Commission heralding in new infrastructure and road construction along Boutwell Rd.

In this video, from left to right, are commissioners Herman Robinson (District 4) and Omari Hardy (District 2), Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell (District 1), and City Manager Michael Bornstein. Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso (District 3) was in Washington, D.C. on City business.

Enjoy the video.

About that place called the POC. . .

Below is a map, and another video (this one with music!), helpful images, and much more information as well about that now-legendary place in this City.

The best news of all is in March 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott DID NOT line out an item in a spending bill, $1.4M in the 2018 State budget for the POC which made Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell very happy. Despite all the slings and arrows Maxwell fought for the POC for many years and even lobbied the governor in person that year. Again.

This item in previous budgets was lined-out three times in a row by the governor three years in a row.

Maxwell wasn’t alone. Mayor Pam Triolo and now-Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso fought hard for the POC. Traveling to Tallahassee and back so many times everyone lost count. And to see their faces on learning that the governor lined out the POC for the third time in 2017 was heartbreaking. But the next year it finally made the state budget and was passed into law.

And for years groups opposed to the POC staged all kinds of nonsense and PR stunts, for example just a few years ago the POC was, according to a former ‘reporter’ at WPEC/CBS12 was the site of a “forced relocation” akin to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII and a news report in The Palm Beach Post had to be retracted as well.

But most recently you may recall the “Boutwell Road Groundbreaking Ceremony” in March 2018 and prior to that news about the Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for $1.4 million.

Past city commissions have tried, and failed, to make this area (see map below) a major contributor to the City’s commercial tax base giving homeowners less of a burden. Some former electeds were so desperate to have something happen in the POC, anything, even a chicken farm was suggested. Really. That’s true. Luckily, that idea didn’t go far.

The POC one could say has had its share of “ups and downs” over the years which included floods, overflowing canals, mobile home residents fleeing ahead of major storms, crime, pestilence, and also home to many wonderful French-Canadian Snowbirds each Fall/Winter season and persistent talk of voters too with out-of-state vehicles who miraculously appeared every year just in time to send in their absentee ballot.

Welcome to the “Lake Worth Park Of Commerce”:

This image will surprise many of you and is explained later in this blog post.

New residents in this City, if they’re not cautious where they get their information from, will be misinformed by ‘facts’ on other blogs, social media, or even news reporters that don’t understand the entire story.

So where exactly is the POC?

By the way, the POC lies within the Lake Worth Drainage District although most of the City does not.

To see this map for yourself go to the Citys zoning map. And while you’re at it you can see how your neighborhood is zoned.

In the map above is the POC: Roughly it’s the dark shaded area west of Boutwell Rd., east of the E-4 (Keller) Canal, north of Lake Worth Rd. (the County’s John Prince Park) and south of 10th Ave. North. Now that you understand where the POC is, how long has this been a matter of debate in the City?

Let’s look at one example of many (the first image above is the front cover of this “Citizens’ Master Plan”).

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The Lake Worth Park of Commerce Citizens’ Master Plan, Charrette Draft Report prepared by the TCRPC in October 2001.

Over nineteen years ago. I have this original report prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); if you would like to borrow it let me know (my email address is

Recognize anyone? Ever heard of a gentleman named Dana Little?

There are names throughout this document many of you will recognize. Enjoy this charming video I did of the POC back in 2014, a small area in the City with so much potential, “the P-word” if you will:

Enjoy the video!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

This afternoon at 3:00 is a Community Crime Walk in Lake Worth Beach.

Make plans to attend this event today:

You are hereby notified. . .

What follows is an excerpt from a public notice published in this week’s Lake Worth Herald:


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Commission of the City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, in accordance with provisions found in Ordinances 2016-08, 2016-09 and 2016-10, is hereby giving notice to property owners that:

You are hereby notified that you are required by law to cut and prevent the accumulation of weeds, grasses or other vegetation over ten (10) inches in height or that otherwise are conducive to harboring vermin, reptiles, or other wild animal life upon your property; and to remove any trash, waste, rubble, debris, refuse, garbage, or other nocuous matter or condition located on any property owned, controlled or occupied by you in the City of Lake Worth Beach; and that upon your failure to do so, the City of Lake Worth Beach will institute nuisance abatement proceedings against your property and cause such nuisance to be abated. The cost of such abatement will constitute a special assessment lien against the property on which the nuisance is located. Such special assessment lien shall be coequal with the lien of all state, county, district, and municipal taxes and superior in dignity to mortgages and all other liens, irrespective of the date of the recording of the special assessment lien, if recorded, or the date of the recording of any mortgage or any other lien on real property. A failure to pay said lien, even such lien upon homesteaded property, may result in a loss of title to your property.


You are hereby notified that you are required by law to maintain vacant or unoccupied structures so that no doors, windows or other openings are broken or missing so as to allow access to the interior and to have a valid boarding certificate when boarding the structure is necessary. Upon your failure to do so, the City of Lake Worth Beach . . .

End of excerpt.

The entire public notice in the Herald this week is three long paragraphs and appears on p. 5 below the fold.

To pick up this week’s print edition visit the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. And guess what. The Herald costs just ¢50.

To look over this week’s front page headlines click on this link.

Support your LOCAL newspaper
and support LOCAL small town journalism.

Also worth noting in this week’s paper is a front page feature story headlined, “Lake Worth Beach Opportunity Zone Master Plan Adopted”; this is a major development in this City’s redevelopment efforts.

“Lido Pools” in Palm Beach.

These pools were at the end of Worth Avenue near the former Palm Beach Pier. In the photo you can see the Colony Hotel in the background. This is the block where Charley’s Crab was; it closed down in April of last year.

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“Lido Pools, Palm Beach, Florida”

Friday, January 24, 2020

Hear Ye. Hear Ye. News in the Herald: The annual BiblioArte! Festival returns to downtown LWB.

Support your LOCAL newspaper and support LOCAL small town journalism.

As most newspapers managed by oversized corporations retreat from local small town news reporting it’s LOCAL newspapers like The Lake Worth Herald that continue to serve the public.

And did you know the Herald still costs only ¢50. At the end of this blog post today is subscription information and how to contact the editor too.

Here is a recent feature news article about the upcoming BiblioArte! Festival and headlined, “BiblioArte! Features Raúl Colón”:

LAKE WORTH BEACH — On February 8 the fourth BiblioArte! Festival will take place in the Lake Worth Beach Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue, from 11 a.m.–3 pm.

Free and open to the public, this year’s BiblioArte! is celebrating the art and books of Raúl Colón, an awarding winning artist and illustrator. With many hands-on art activities and music provided by Lake Worth Beach school bands this festival will be fun for the whole family.

The BiblioArte! Festival marks the end of BiblioArte! Week in Lake Worth Beach. This special week is celebrated with the personal appearances Raúl Colón will be making in Lake Worth Beach schools. At each school Raúl will meet with students and tell the story of how he became an artist, what inspires him, and explain his style and favorite techniques.

BiblioArte! Week also features an exhibit of Raúl Colón’s illustrations at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. The Cultural Council is located at 601 Lake Avenue. Its exhibits are free and open to the public.

Opening at 11 a.m., the BiblioArte! Festival will provide opportunities for children to enjoy and participate in a variety of arts and crafts activities including painting and creating recycled art. Playing with magnets and sidewalk chalk will be available for the younger set.

Music will be provided by Barton Elementary Tribal Rhythm, Highland Elementary Band and World Drum Core, North Grade Band, and South Grade Band.

Through the day Raúl Colón will be available to speak with attendees. He will speak at 2 p.m. in the Lake Worth Beach City Hall Annex and give away signed copies of his books. Each family attending the festival will be given a signed copy of Colón’s Imagine! to take home [see YouTube video below].

Literacy vendors will have tables with information and activities. Free face painting will be available. Food and drinks will be sold at the Cultural Plaza.

During the BiblioArte! Festival the Lake Worth Beach Visitor Information Center and the Lake Worth Beach Historical Museum will be open to the public inside the Annex. The Lake Worth Beach Public Library will be closed so that the staff can assist with the festival. BiblioArte! is a project developed by the Lake Worth Library and supported by the City of Lake Worth Beach.

The YouTube video about artist Raúl Colón’s picture book titled, Imagine!

Make plans to attend the BiblioArte! Festival on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza in downtown Lake Worth Beach and remember. . .

Now more than ever it’s important to support LOCAL news reporting and support LOCAL newspapers.

Pick up this week’s print edition at Studio 205, the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. in the downtown. To subscribe to the online and/or print edition of the Herald click on this link. To contact the editor call 561-585-9387 or email:

City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, will host the 2020 NLC Small Cities Council Conference.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is a nonpartisan, “voice of cities, towns, and villages representing more than 200 million people.”

Lake Worth Beach is seeking sponsors for this important event. For more details about this conference at the end of this blog post is contact information.

Here is the message from LWB City Manager Michael Bornstein, two excerpts:

We are proud to announce the City of Lake Worth Beach has been selected as Host City for the 2020 National League of Cities (NLC) Small Cities Council Conference scheduled for July 15–18, 2020.

This conference will bring together mayors and city council members from municipalities with populations of 50,000 or less from across the nation to provide opportunities to learn and network through a variety of expert presentations, tours and best practices. The conference theme is SMALL CITIES IN BIG PLACES. By NLC definition, eighty-two percent of Palm Beach County's municipalities are small cities. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Lake Worth Beach as well as our sister cities.

We ask for your support as a sponsor to make this event extraordinary. We know our efforts will go even further with your organization as a sponsor. We have categorized our needs into four (4) sponsorship categories (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze).

and. . .

Your support and sponsorship is extremely valued and appreciated. With you by our side at this upcoming event, we are sure to highlight our community in a way that will make us stand out as a destination. We are hopeful your organization can collaborate with us as a sponsor. Please complete the application attached at your earliest convenience so we may begin including your logo on our marketing material.

Sponsorship information.

The sponsorships available are Platinum ($10K+), Gold ($7–10K), Silver ($3–7K), and Bronze (< $3K).

The Platinum sponsorship includes logo inclusion on event flyers and billboard, sponsor acknowledgement and distribution of promotional material during the event, recognition of business on City social media and additional benefits.

For more information contact Project Manager Jessica Savidge at 561-586-1674 or send an email to:

Old Covers: Palm Beach Life magazine. Sunny images for just ¢25!

March 22, 1927:

January 12, 1932:

January 26, 1932:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lake Worth Beach Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso wants to have a conversation with you.

Event is this evening, 6:30,
at the beach in Lake Worth Beach.

Click on image to enlarge:

Not sure if you can attend this event and have a question or comment for the vice mayor? Call Andy Amoroso at 561-586-1733 or send an email to:

Lake Worth Beach Bonfires at the beach.

  This Friday is the
first Beach Bonfire of 2020!

The Beach Bonfire on January 10th was cancelled because of high winds off the ocean.

Please share this important and topical update
with all our returning Snowbirds!

How to stay current with all the news and upcoming events in Lake Worth Beach? Very simple. Receive email updates and the latest press releases from the City by clicking on this link.