Thursday, July 20, 2017

News from the NAPC: “Be part of the solution by becoming an Advocate for the City of Lake Worth”.

Prostitution, disorderly conduct, and petty street crime, “is not victimless” . . . “the community is the victim.”

—Chip Guthrie, July 18th, 2017, at the Lake Worth City Commission.

Below, learn more about becoming a “Lake Worth Advocate”.
Send an email today to: lakeworthadvocate@gmail.com

Sign up to be notified when residents and business owners are needed to attend “first appearances” (learn more about this new community program below).

The Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) says, “News of community involvement travels FAST!”

An excellent presentation was given by Mr. Chip Guthrie on the First Appearance Program at the City Commission meeting on July 18th:

“[W]here an arrestee [prostitute, burglar, violent offender, etc.] from the previous day stands before a judge who decides bail and other pre-trial conditions.”

City residents Tammy Pansa, Richard Guercio, and Lake Worth CRA Director Joan Oliva are very involved in this volunteer effort and promoting this new program. And Chip pointed out as well:

“The business community needs to get more involved”.

Just a reminder: Check back next Monday for the Gulfstream Hotel, “Weekly Progress Report”.


Did you know the current owner, Hudson Holdings, purchased this historic property located in Downtown Lake Worth in May of 2014? It’s true. To learn more about that and to read the “Weekly Progress Report” ending Sunday, July 16th, use this link.

Back in April 2015, a former Lake Worth tabloid (now defunct) had this: “[S]eems to call into question whether the developer would re-open the Gulfstream Hotel and build a ‘second hotel’ if not awarded the beachfront project [at the Lake Worth Beach].”

Click on image to enlarge:
And Hudson Holdings, “Proposes to ‘Beautify’ and ‘Re-establish’ Bryant Park”.

How the Gulfstream Hotel looked on Monday, July 10th, 2017:
Use this link to read the progress report for Sunday, July 9th: “Will next year be another Street Painting Festival, one more festival or big event in our City’s Downtown, with the Gulfstream Hotel closed and shuttered?”

STATUS. Container ship “Chicago”. Position received -- 25.7660007° / -80.1515884°-- at 2017-07-19 06:50 LT (UTC -5, USEC, [IMO 9248162]). Speed 0.0kn. Moored by towboat U.S. Ft. Lauderdate.

The container ship Chicago has arrived in Miami with the second printing of “The Cottages of Lake Worth” hardcover books!

Stay tuned for more information. Trucking company, no. of pallets, delivery ETA!
To learn more about The Cottages of Lake Worth book use this link. You can also get more information and “Follow” on Facebook.

At the Lake Worth City Commission meeting this week. . .

Where do you get your news about the City of Lake Worth? In The Palm Beach Post?

Below are a few other things that happened at the City Commission meeting last Tuesday. Click on this link [which includes links to items of interest below], from “notes, news, and observations” posted on this blog yesterday.

✓ PBSO Cpt. Todd Baer in quarterly update: Focusing on “blight hotspots” is working very well. ✓ Mayor Pam Triolo is meeting with Gov. Rick Scott in August. To get the money for our Park of Commerce? City got stiffed three times by the “jobs creator”. ✓ Lake Worth Casino, is it finally over? “Discussion with REG Architects, Inc., and The Morganti Group, Inc.,” vis-à-vis the “tolling agreement” at our City’s Casino at the Beach? We”ll find out at the next Commission meeting on August 1st. ✓ Meritage Homes’ “Lake Cove” housing project passed unanimously on First Reading. Second Reading coming up next. ✓ Commissioner Herman Robinson showing a bit of frustration: What’s going on with the Sister City Board? Recreation Board? ✓ Bus service coming to the Lake Worth Beach? Commissioner Andy Amoroso meeting with County Commissioner Dave Kerner today. Maybe another “Lolly the Trolley”? ✓ Commissioner Omari Hardy: “We have to get creative with CDBG grant money.” ✓ Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell (Happy Birthday!): “There was a time we took each day one day at a time . . . but now we’re looking to the future.”

and FYI:

Greenacres’ Councilman Anderson Thelusme was in attendance. He was warmly greeted by the electeds and residents of the City of Lake Worth.

As always, Thank You for visiting today!

MUST READ, by Betsi and Jim Hill, “Lake Worth and Lantana: A Florida Culinary Tour”.

From the article in “Confetti Travel Cafe we learn this:

  • Taste History Culinary Tours “are very popular and sell out quickly. Lori [Lori J. Durante] recommends that you book ahead.”
  • Taste History can arrange private tours during the week.
  • To learn more about Palm Beach County, all while eating delicious food, check out Taste History’s website:
Experience Lake Worth and Lantana like a local with Taste History Culinary Tours, a company that offers not only great food but art and history of the area as well. Taste History is a multi-dimensional experience that focuses on neighborhoods with an emerging art scene, lots of local history, and great food from family-owned eateries. This Florida culinary tour will be a trip highlight.

and. . .

Lake Worth is filled with street art. As we walked, Lori pointed out some of the more impressive murals and shared some of the art projects that the city has planned for the future. Inside the Post Office is one of Joseph D. Myers paintings, “Settler Fighting Alligator from Rowboat.”

and. . .

We cannot recommend this tour enough! Each stop brought awareness to the culture and flavor of Lake Worth and Lantana. The tours are perfect for both new visitors to the area and locals. No tour is alike, so there is always an element of surprise.

Some of our local popular spots highlighted in the news article are:

To contact Lori Durante at Taste History Culinary Tours, call 561-638-8277 or 561-243-2662. Make sure to follow on Twitter as well: @TasteHistory

For the Taste History blog and to see the many glowing media reporting about this tour, use this link.

News in this week’s Lake Worth Herald: “City Modifies Bicycle Ordinance”

Your trusted source for community news since 1912.

To contact the editor with community news and upcoming events use this link.
Pick up the Herald print edition every Friday. Still just ¢50 at the City’s newsstand in our Downtown, 600 Lake Ave. Two excerpts from the article:

In an effort to remove abandoned bicycles from the streets and sidewalks of Lake Worth, the Commission has modified the bicycle ordinance.

and. . .

     It will also allow any abandoned, unwanted, discarded, deserted or vacated bicycles to be removed after 48 hours.
     The abandoned bicycles will be stored in a secure location until claimed or discarded according to city purchasing policy.

“Is Lake Worth really ‘bike theft capital of world?’ Some think so”. And about headlines, a “How To” for editors.

Above is an actual headline in The Palm Beach Post.

Not kidding.

By the way, the use of hyperbole in a headline is a big “no-no” in newspaper publishing.

The ways to PREVENT bike thefts should have been the major focus by the beat reporter, but it wasn’t. Find out one of the best and most effective ways to prevent bike theft, and all you need to do is visit a bike shop here in the City of Lake Worth (learn more below).

How silly can the headline editors at The Palm Beach Post get?

Very silly and at times, very inaccurate and misleading as well. There is a plethora of tips and learning sources available for editors such as The New York Times’ “Learning Network”:

An inexperienced editor who has trouble writing a headline might be tempted to try to write a headline on a secondary angle of the article, but a good headline is based on the lead.

For example, this headline is terribly inaccurate and very misleading:
Do you remember the “curfew” nonsense in the Post?

Now, back to the Post article on bike thefts, buried in the middle of the article is this:

But Ogonowski [Mike Ogonowski, Relentless Bicycles at 702 Lucerne Ave.] said riders need to invest more money in better locks to deter thieves. Too many bicyclists, he said, are opting to buy an $18 braided steel lock that can be easily clipped as opposed to a $36 chain lock that is harder to break.
     “You need a better tool to cut the chain lock and those are tools your average bike thief isn’t carrying around,” Ogonowski said.

For new residents in the City of Lake Worth, and others concerned about having their bike stolen, below is information that is very useful to protecting your ride. If you just read the silly headline and scanned the text you might come away thinking we’re indeed leading the world in bike thefts.

We’re not. Not even close.

Here’s a link I posted shortly after that article in the Post explaining PREVENTION IS THE KEY and that, e.g., drug addicts are stealing bikes because they’re an easy way to get money to buy drugs. Bikes with cheap locks are an easy target of opportunity.

The issue of bike theft is an easy one to understand but, once again, you had to get far into the article to learn about that. One of the clues why people were having their bikes stolen can be found in this video that accompanied the article. A bicyclist tells his story about his bike being stolen and in a dramatic scene the cyclist gets on his new bike and rides down the road.

And guess what’s missing? THERE’S NO BIKE LOCK! 

Really folks, doesn’t that explain it all? To secure a bike you need a quality lock. Get a lock affixed to your bike or in a pouch so it’s always there. Bike riders in South Florida have known for many years there is a problem with bike theft so take the necessary precautions. If you’re a Lake Worth resident go to one of our local expert bike shops and learn WHERE to lock your bike and just as importantly, HOW to lock your bike properly:

Meet Mr. Mike Ogonowski:
Stop by Mr. Ogonowski’s shop and find out how to keep your bike from being stolen. His shop, Relentless Bicycles, is at 702 Lucerne Ave. (561-547-1396). Also, Family Bicycle is located at 127 S. Dixie Hwy. (561-533-6040).

Tomorrrow: Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) meets. Come out and meet the legend: Drew Martin.

All of you know who Mr. Drew Martin is. He’s a living legend (FYI: the Herbert Hoover Dike was a big topic of discussion at the TCRPC, see below).

However, have you ever had the chance to meet Mr. Martin from the Loxahatchee Sierra Club in person? Maybe take a selfie with him and get an autograph as well? You’ll have your chance tomorrow at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC). The TCRPC is located at:
  • Wolf High Technology Center.
  • Address: Indian River State College (Chastain Campus), 2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart.
  • Meeting starts at 9:30.
  • For more information call 772-221-4060.

UPDATE!

Drew Martin got published in The Palm Beach Post AGAIN! He writes about the Cape Sabal Seaside Sparrow this time. His legendary streak of published Letters to the Editor and the nearly monthly “Point of View” in the editorial section by Mr. Martin are unparalleled in modern newspaper publishing. Inexplicably, however, Mr. Martin DID NOT make the Broward/Palm Beach New Times’ list of the “19 Best Environmentalists in South Florida”.

How is that even possible?

From the TCRPC meeting in June, on an east/west trolley system in Palm Beach County, Mr. Martin and myself are in complete agreement:

“He [Drew Martin from the Loxahatchee Sierra Club] stated he also attended the mobility conference in West Palm Beach and felt it was well done. He stated there was talk about public transportation and getting people out of their cars, but it was limited to I-95 and downtown West Palm Beach. He stated what we need to look at is some sort of trolley system that will run all the way out to the Village of Royal Palm Beach, because there really is no east/west public transportation. He also noted there was an interesting proposal to have air-conditioned train stations for the public to encourage more use of public transportation.”
From the “Minutes of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council” meeting on June 16th, 2017, p. 10.

Use this link for the TCRPC list of meetings and agendas, past and present.

However, also at the TCRPC meeting last month Mr. Martin made this public comment:

He [Martin] indicated he attended an Oceans Forum presentation by the Nature Conservancy that showed the value of the reefs off Palm Beach County are particularly significant, because of their huge economic value. He noted another thing that is damaging the reefs is the use of sunscreen.

Not exactly sure what Martin is suggesting. That the public stop using sunscreen? Develop a line of alternative products with different formulas? Maybe we’ll get more information at the next meeting of the TCRPC.

Anyhow, another big topic of discussion at last month’s meeting was about the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee and these lines stood out:

He [Chairman, Martin County Commissioner Smith] stated one of the concerns is Palm Beach County getting their National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) accreditation, because the [Herbert Hoover] dike is not fixed. He stated the focus needs to be on the section between the Cities of Pahokee and Lake Port, because that will alleviate the accreditation issue for Palm Beach County and Hendry County on the west side. Ms. [Michelle Oyola] McGovern [Sen. Bill Nelson’s Dir. of Outreach] stated they remain in touch with FEMA* and the ACOE to make sure the moment the dike can be certified it will get done.

Lake Okeechobee and a sobering read:
The Lloyd’s of London “Emerging Risks Team Report”.
Quote by Melissa Meeker, “To say that the reservoir [south of Lake Okeechobee] will save the Everglades and prevent coastal discharges is wishful thinking that can’t be backed by science.”

*FEMA  =  Federal Emergency Management Agency. “The agency’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.”
ACOE  =  Army Corps of Engineeers. The corps’ mission is to “Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.”
CEO, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and former executive director, governing board member of South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

Do you live in WPB’s South End? Lake Worth’s North End? Just in case you missed this yesterday.

West Palm Beach City Commission considers RFPs for “Lease and Development” of Municipal Golf Course and nearby properties (196 acres total).

The West Palm Beach City Commission, sitting as the “Golf Commission”, was tasked with addressing the Golf Advisory Committee report that,

“[P]reviously reviewed and commented on the responses [to the RFPs]. Procurement Staff provided the Golf Advisory’s collective summary comments to Golf Commission on June 1, 2017. The complete proposal packages for all three (3) proposers were delivered to the Commission on April 10, 2017 for review.”

Large crowd. View of the attendees from the public yesterday:
Use this link to look over RFP 16-17-209. Due date March 30th, 2017.

This is almost 200 acres and lies along the northern border of the C-51 Canal. Its location is in close proximity to the City of Lake Worth and its redevelopment could usher in a series of ramifications — mostly positive — for the northern part of Lake Worth (e.g., College Park) and improve conditions along North Dixie Hwy as well.

Coincidentally, also in the City of Lake Worth yesterday, the Meritage Homes’ “Lake Cove” housing project passed unanimously on First Reading at the Lake Worth City Commission. Both of these projects dovetail perfectly with the Blueway Trail project.

Click on image to enlarge. Note the “West Palm Beach Golf Course” in relation to the C-51 Canal:
FYI: You’re going to be hearing about a property in West Palm Beach, city-owned, called “8111”. An empty lot on Dixie Hwy. along the C-51 Canal, east of the FEC tracks, south of Winn-Dixie.

It is important to stay informed about what is being proposed, and the extent of what will happen in the general area, not only on the golf course property. The city of WPB also owns the nearly 7-acre vacant property (“8111”) where the former International House of Pancakes restaurant once stood and before that, the Choice Restaurant Equipment store.

Yesterday at 3:00, the West Palm Beach City Commission met in a special meeting as the Golf Course Commission.

The dais: West Palm Beach City Commission.

I attended the meeting with my video camera and expect to see the presentations of the respondents to the RFP shortly on my YouTube Channel. At the top of the photo below, you can see the three respondents identified and an outline how the presentations would proceed.


The “Golf Commission’s” duty was to rank the respondents and choose which one to go forward with in further negotiations. That they did and the result was surprising. It turns out the first two respondents (see photo above) tied, both receiving the same score. The City Commission can now negotiate with the two groups.

The third presenter ranked last in all of the commissioner and the mayor’s tally.

Prior to “Ranking”; the slide following this one has the results.
The form used by Mayor Jeri Muoio and commissioners Shanon Materio, Paula Ryan, Keith James, Cory Neering and Sylvia Moffett.

From 1 (top choice)–3 (worst choice). The results:
That’s enough for today. Hope you found this information helpful. This is very complex and exciting regional news. The City of Lake Worth, residents and political leadership, need to be helpful and supportive as the city of WPB works through this process.  

Check back soon to learn more about the concepts that were explored and presented yesterday. Each proposal included a residential component either in, or around, the golf course property.

And a special Thank You to all of the people who showed up yesterday, for all the citizen input up to this point, and to the city leadership of West Palm Beach for taking on a very difficult but very necessary task.

SAVE THE DATE: Dog Park ribbon cutting at the County’s John Prince Park (pooch party to follow).


For more information contact Chris Korbelak at 561-966-6649; email: ckorbelak@pbcgov.org​

The 3 park entrances are just west of the City of Lake Worth:

  • 2700 6th Ave. South.
  • 2520 Lake Worth Rd.
  • 4759 South Congress Ave.
County officials will cut the ribbon to a new dog park and other park improvements in John Prince Park on Saturday, July 29, at 9:30 a.m. Lake Woof Dog Park will feature five enclosed landscaped dog areas with designated areas for large to small dogs, spanning more than four acres. The dog park will also include five gazebos with benches, drinking fountains, dog wash areas, and doggie bag stations and trash receptacles.

“John Prince Park is one of our largest regional parks and has existed for 65 years,” said Parks and Recreation Director Eric Call. “Adding a state of the art dog park and other amenities is something residents and their four-legged friends have looked forward to for a long time.”

The blog post below, you can say, “struck a nerve”.

Get prepared, Lake Worth. An old idea is new again in The Palm Beach Post!

“We’re in a housing crisis!”

“Why can’t we just live in shipping containers?”


This item appeared online in the Post last month, an excerpt:

During an affordable housing summit in West Palm Beach Wednesday, he [Craig Vanderlaan, executive director of Crisis Housing Solutions] told a ballroom full of county officials, lenders and developers that re-purposed shipping containers can be part of the answer to a problem they said has reached a crisis point.

Somebody or some group very soon here in the City of Lake Worth is going to fall for this. Again. Just wait and see.

This is old news from two years ago: groups of people here in the City wanting to build communities or find neighborhoods to place shipping containers to live in. The problem is there were some who actually believed it could happen. Before long somebody will throw out a line like this at a City meeting or write a Letter to the Editor at the Post:

“Perhaps this could be replicated here?”

There’s just one problem, as was pointed out on this blog in 2015, a blog post titled, “Airbnb, eco-tourism, hipster cred, and shipping containers”:

But before you get all excited check the zoning code first before diving ahead. More likely than not this type of structure is prohibited where you live. For instance, you couldn't build this in Lake Worth or most other cities in the County.

These containers, if you didn’t know, are those large containers that get placed on tractor trailers and trains for distribution of commodities, products, etc. throughout the country. You’ll also see these containers used by companies for storage, temporary and permanent, on back lots and work sites.

No one is going to get approval to live in a shipping container here in a coastal city in Palm Beach County. Perhaps in the unincorporated County somewhere, but not here in the little City of Lake Worth.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A few “notes, news, and observations” from the City Commission meeting last night.

Excellent presentation by Chip Guthrie on the First Appearance Program:

The “initial court proceeding where an arrestee from the previous day stands before a judge who decides bail and other pre-trial conditions.”

Tammy Pansa, Richard Guercio, and Lake Worth CRA Director Joan Oliva were lauded for their volunteer efforts and promoting this new program.

and. . .

  • Chip Guthrie pointed out, prostitution and petty street crime is not “victimless”. The community is the victim. To get involved with the First Appearance Program send an email to LakeWorthAdvocate@gmail.com
  • And Chip added, “the business community needs to get more involved”.
  • PBSO Cpt. Todd Baer in quarterly update: Focusing on “blight hotspots” is working very well.
  • Mayor Pam Triolo is meeting with Gov. Rick Scott in August. To get the money for our Park of Commerce? City got stiffed three times by the “jobs creator”.
  • Greenacres’ Councilman Anderson Thelusme was in attendance. He was warmly greeted by the electeds and residents of the City of Lake Worth.
  • Finally over? “Discussion with REG Architects, Inc., and The Morganti Group, Inc.,” vis-à-vis the “tolling agreement” at our City’s Casino at the Beach? We”ll find out at the next Commission meeting on August 1st.
  • Meritage Homes’ “Lake Cove” housing project passed unanimously on First Reading. Second Reading coming up next.
  • Commissioner Herman Robinson showing a bit of frustration: What’s going on with the Sister City Board? Recreation Board?
  • Bus service coming to the Lake Worth Beach? Commissioner Andy Amoroso meeting with County Commissioner Dave Kerner today. Maybe another “Lolly the Trolley?
  • Commissioner Omari Hardy: “We have to get creative with CDBG grant money.”
  • Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell (Happy 100th Birthday!): “There was a time we took each day one day at a time . . . but now we’re looking to the future.”

Thank You for visiting today and hope you found these “notes and observations” helpful.

To watch this City Commission meeting on YouTube use this link and go to the 3:00 mark (following a video of the July 4th festivities here in the little City of Lake Worth).

“He knows the law,” [nearby resident] Pat Parr said. “He’ll appeal again and again and again. He knows all the ropes.”


“The properties [429/431 North L St., City of Lake Worth] where the drug sales were consummated are in close proximity to a grade school and a day care facility.
     “They thought it was a big joke,” [LWPD] Lt. Pete Ebel, commander of special operations said. “They were openly laughing as people testified.”

Newspaper clipping below from The Lake Worth Herald by reporter Jack Owen, front page news.

Datelined March 3rd, 2005.

Are you getting tired yet? Our neighborhoods being hijacked by unscrupulous sober home operators and so-called ‘investors’ in our City?
“DiMauro’s attorney asked me if I had any objections to Latinos,” Calhoun [Mango Groves Neighborhood Association president Michael Calhoun] said. . . .

“I told him I had objections to Latinos being exploited.”

Lake Worth Planning & Zoning meeting tonight: Three interesting items.


All of the items on the agenda tonight are in the City’s Park of Commerce. Will briefly look at just one of those (see below)

To go over the agenda use this link and scroll down for “Planning and Zoning Board”, July 19 meeting and click on “Agenda” to download. The meeting is at 6:00 in City Hall.

The first item on the agenda is an empty lot east of the Palm Beach Mobile Home Park on Boutwell Rd. between 2nd Ave. South and 7th Ave. South:

The applicant has provided open storage at her property on Lantana Road for many years. The Lantana property is being sold and must immediately move such storage out. Many of the applicants’ customers live in Lake Worth and the location in the Industrial Park of Commerce zoning district is suitable for such use. 

Proposal: 

Ms. Jennifer Morton and Mr. Steve Pickett on behalf of, Mrs. Lisa Silva (“Applicant”), proposes that the current vacant lot, located at 2201 & 2205 7th Avenue North (“Property”) be used as open storage that would serve to store and park shipping containers. The shipping containers will contain nonperishable goods such as: canned goods, clothing, shoes, bags, bicycles, and other non-hazardous items. These nonperishable goods will be sent to Haiti and to the local Haitian Community. The subject property was utilized as a mobile home park and had connections to the City’s utility systems. Thus, the applicant is now before the Board to request a conditional use permit. The applicant already has chain link fence installed along parts of the sides, the front and rear.

Tonight: Guest speaker at the “Bourbon Sprawl” is Commissioner Shanon Materio.


The Bourbon Sprawl is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, a get-together for “wonks”, planning “geeks”, Millennials and those interested in local politics as well. The guest speaker last month was the always-fascinating Jeff Perlman.

The Bourbon Sprawl is held at Hullabaloo (the “subculture gastro-pub”) located at 517 Clematis St.

The talk begins at 6:00.
It’s always a fun time hanging out and listening to West Palm Beach Commissioner Shanon Materio. She is also a long-time business owner on Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth.