Wes Blackman has lived in Lake Worth since 1992. During that time, he has lived in three distinct locations in the city and now resides in the historic College Park neighborhood. A native of Michigan, Wes is a certified urban planner and runs his own planning and zoning consulting firm. He is currently treasurer of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress and served as president of that organization on two separate occasions. Besides his planning background, Wes has extensive experience in historic preservation - working for ten years on the restoration of the Mar-a-Lago estate and its conversion into a private club. Wes received an award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for his efforts. When living and working in Michigan, Wes specialized in economic development and downtown revitalization. Most recently, in terms of city service, Wes served on the Lake Worth Planning, Zoning and Historic Resources Preservation Board for eight years, the last five as its chairman. He is also a Citizens Observer Patrol volunteer and a member of the local Lake Worth Kiwanis chapter.
Below last blog post in left column click "Older Posts" for more. Scroll down this right column for topics of interest; archives at end. Contact @WesBlackman (Gmail)/561-308-0364.
Flawed logic by sup- porters of 'home occu- pations', click on map:
Public skeptical for good reason: Rezoning, or upzon- ing, negatively affects resi- dential neighborhoods.
$64,000 question—Will media ever report this? Click "check" below:
How many potholes can be fixed for $64,000/month?
Lake Worth's Rotary meets every Wednesday:
Click "Doers" for details. Pres. Nadine Burns invites you to Brogues downtown.
Your 'Letter to Editor' didn't get published?
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Is Lake Worth selling its BEACH! Of course not. That's just silly.
The BEACH! is and will for- ever remain public. Click red/white sign to learn about Silly Red Sign's (SRS's) impetuous gibberish.
Interested in volunteer- ing at our downtown Visitor Center?
Click icon to learn more or call 561-540-5304, Monday to Friday, 10:00–4:00.
CBS12: "Safe evacua- tion from house fire in Lake Worth"? Nope.
See smoke in Lake Worth? Click map for latest false news from 'the 1 to turn off '.
Sponsor Lake Worth's 2017 23rd Annual Street Painting Festival:
Click image to learn how. "Don't Miss It!"
Tropical Triathlon in Lake Worth coming up
Money raised helps LW High School. Be a sponsor: click image or call 561-358-8501.
So much going on in LDub. "Hmmm. Is there a list of events?"
Yes!Use this link for list of exhibits, kid stuff, plays, fes- tivals, parades & much more.
Each Monday is Post's 'focus' on LDub. Why? Click "Grape Clusters":
It's "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" this week: July 4th, Raft Race, Talent Show, Cultural Council. . .
Why you need to con- sider Lake Worth for business/real estate opportunities
William Waters, the Dir. of Community Sustainability, explains how process has been streamlined/updated:Click play, then "YouTube" icon for full-screen.
Did you know 2 of "19 Best Environmentalists in South Florida" are in Lake Worth?
Both work real hard to stop anything from moving for- ward in this 6 square mile coastal City but are blind to western sprawl? Anotherhuge development coming to Lake Worth Rd. west of the City. But. . . the City starts a project to improve street lighting and that's a problem? Could the real problem be we need better environmentalists?
Worth-less tabloids pro- vide community benefit: Clean windows cheap!
Click pitch above to see how.
For facts on building height in Lake Worth click image below:
View west? From Golfview & 1st Ave. South? The pub- lic was manipulated with de- ceptive images "at the door". Don't be fooled again.
Expecting visitors? Need hotel rooms?
Invite everyone to visit LDub especially for our July 4th activities. If you need hotel rooms West Palm Beach's Visitor Center and the good folks at VisitWPB will be pleased to assist you.
Lake Worth on Wikipe- dia—History, celebri- ties, Sister Cities, pol- itics: Click "I Love LW"
City incorporated in 1912. Government: Mayor Pam Triolo [re-elected twice] and City Manager Michael Born- stein [serving since 2012]. Population in 2010: 34,910. Area in square miles: 6.46 (land area: 5.64). Elevation is 16 feet above sea level. (Page last edited April 23rd)
A true 'community newspaper' would never publish a false news report about a "curfew"
But that's what The Palm Beach Post did. Click on "Curfew?" Remember this next time somebody from the Post comes calling with a big smile and a notebook.
History and historical revisionism: When "Negroes" were not welcome at our beach:
Read how a resident tried to 'revise' a regrettably sad era in our City's history: Click image. Blog post by Tom McGow, July 2010.
Sea level rise, North 'J' St. in Lake Worth, and 2014 bond vote that failed by just 25 votes. . .
A reason given why voters should reject the 'LW2020' bond vote was because of "concerns" about rising sea levels. It's been 22 months since that vote. Question: Been down North 'J' Street lately Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD? Click on 'pothole' to refresh your memory.
Who is your volunteer neighborhood NAPC organization? Click icon & learn more
Visit the NAPC tent at Even- ing on the Avenue every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.
Artist looking for inspir- ation? Visit our charm- ingly quirky LDub!
Are you a muralist? Street artist? Perfomance artist? Anarcho-Surrealist? Click on mural to learn more about City's CRA and LULA.
PBSO's non-emergency number below. Click on image for PBSO District 14 headquarters.
Call CrimeStoppers at 800-458-8477 to leave tips anonymously.
City on Twitter:
Contact Lake Worth CRA to learn more about its Small Business Loan Program at 561.493.2550. You are encourage to apply! #lakeworth
The City's Casino was "Greenwashed". Click sand pile to learn more:
The former Casino was demolished in 2011 to make way for 'renovated' structure. Then there's a looming possible default declaration. And the failed business plan. And the water leaks when it's raining. . .
Just one reason why Lake Worth is so unique
Ever heard of Spillway Park? Hidden City treasure. Click image from Jim Stafford Collection to learn more.
USA.gov—Best source for Zika virus informa- tion, click image:
No more protests against Scripps Research. Coinci- dence or new perspective?
My tour of the Gulf Stream Hotel:
"It was like the crew doing the work went on lunch break, years ago, and haven't returned to finish the work." Click here to read moreand enjoy this video:
Want to contact the mayor in Lake Worth? A commissioner? Click the image below:
The Executive Secretary for the City Commission can be reached at 561-586-1730.
LDub tops list: Florida Weekly votes for Best Of The Best 2016
Click "Lake Worth LOVES Little Free Libraries" to learn more. Viva LDub!
Can't make this stuff up: "I got to know my sober home neighbors, and I'm glad I did":
On addicts in Lake Worth the resident writes, ". . . some relapse. Others hang them- selves. . . Some relapsers die with needles in their arms or need an ambulance in the middle of the night, or police intervention to calm disturb- ing behavior." Thankfully, U.S. Rep. Frankel, and many others, are working hard to solve this crisis:
Recall Comm. Ryan Maier's BIG IDEA to bring more investment into the City?
“Lake Worth is walkable, bike-able, has a ton of amenities for its residents and visitors, as well as an active social calendar,” said resident Tammy Pansa. “You can move here knowing absolutely nobody and end up not being able to walk downtown on Lake Avenue without saying ‘hi’ to at least half a dozen people. It is a city that celebrates culture and diversity.”—Quote from Palm Beach Post, Sunday, March 20th, 2016.
Raising chickens, aka "Urban Chickens" IS NOT allowed in Lake Worth. Click image to learn more:
Image above from the inimitable Tom McGow. If you heard or read that chickens are allowed in this City that is absolutely wrong.
A few of the best cities in U.S. to start a small business (click list):
A stable, reliable City gov- ernment and understandable regulations. Many worked very hard for this City to realize its potential.
Is City of Lake Worth a "sanctuary city"?
No. City is not and NEVER WAS a 'sanctuary city'. How- ever, some continue to spread the Big Myth. Click this link to learn more. Inter- ested in volunteering to help immigrants learn English or distribute donations? Contact the Guatemalan/Maya Cen- ter here in the City.
'Gentrification!' & pol- itics of fear: Latest ef- fort to undermine City's street lighting project
Click image above for another example of 'Gen- trification!' And read about other tactics used to try and scuttle crucial infrastructure projects, like street lighting in neglected neighborhoods with too much crime.
Political Monkey- wrenching 301: Taking advantage of absences at government meetings
Note how the two elected's in the video below took advan- tage of a mayor's absence. This forced an agenda item to a future meeting, wasted tax dollars, and created more political divisiveness. Learn more using this link. And how did they do it? Watch for yourself:
Not happy about this? Be patient. Next election in Lake Worth is March 14th, 2017.
Lake Worth is named in honor of General William Jenkins Worth:
General Worth (click image) served as a U.S. Army offi- cer in the Second Seminole War, Mexican-American War, and War of 1812.
Should City change its name to "Lake Worth Beach"?
Click image above. The Palm Beach County news media, both print and especially the TV news, has consistently confused our City with western communities. For a long time those false news reports have damaged our image. Unfairly. Is it time to take charge of our own City brand? Differ our City from all those areas that just share a "Lake Worth" zip code with our 6-square-mile City?
Is it possible for Lake Worth to get its own City police department back? The way it used to be?
Maybe if our City wasn't the headquarters for the anti- police, pro-Anarchy Ever- glades EarthFirst! (EEF!) led by Cara Jennings, et al. Click on Anarchists above.
Wes Blackman: Protecting Lake Worth's charm since 1992
Remember that "One (1) Question" I asked voters leading up to election day? Click image above to refresh your memory.