Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
These are some of my questions.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lake Worth giving native trees to city residents on Saturday to help make up for hurricanes' destruction
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I found an excellent summary of the issues surrounding the introduction of chickens into urban areas put together by the Albany Law School. It's dated March 2011. Click title for link. Especially look at the section devoted to zoning and permitting.
My point here is do we really want to introduce another item that needs to be regulated through the Code Enforcement process when we essentially have little effective Code Enforcement now? The cow is clearly out of the barn now - do we want to add the regulatory burden of chickens along with the other issues? Most people would say "no" - including me. Or, would those that propose the ordinance want no enforcement or regulatory infrastructure - which would cause its own sets of issues.
Believe it or not, I must confess that for the first two or so years of living in Lake Worth, we had a chicken in our yard. I moved in with a person who was living at 7th Avenue South and H Street. A few months before, one of his neighbors dropped a chicken over the fence. My friend thought that it was some sort of offering. The chicken was sort of "beat up" - its beak had been ground down from pecking on concrete and asphalt, but it still produced eggs. At night, it would roost in a large tree in the yard and then spend the day strutting around.. We met someone who lived on E Street - just north of Lucerne. He loved chickens - chicken statues and figurines were all over his house. He already had tropical birds and a big fenced-in backyard. I am not sure what prompted the action, but we gave him our chicken. The chicken lived for a while longer, until it drowned in his hot tub. We didn't ask about the circumstances, but assume the top was left off or some such.
Anyway, read through the material. It should be required for anyone considering this - and there are a lot of things to consider.
Enforcement would not be strict and would likely come by raising awareness about the ordinance, Varela said.
"We all know realistically we're not going to have police out there enforcing this," Varela said. "A big push in public health is creating awareness."
Governing through press release...what a concept...
I guess the message is that our elected officials' judgement cannot be questioned.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"I am disappointed she is leaving, we were just starting to have a productive relationship with the Chamber."
"Beth brought a lot to the Chamber and the city. She was part of the branding committee we formed to market the city in a better way. We need to sustain that effort with her departure."
"It's rare that you get just the right person at the right time - with her departure, we will have to rely on the same kind of luck that brought her here."
Welcome and good luck!
In addition to the traditional grocery, meat, produce, dairy and frozen food departments, the 28,000 square-foot store will feature the following full-service departments: bakery, deli, floral and fresh seafood as well as a Publix Pharmacy. Approximately 100 Publix associates will be employed at the new store.
The store’s art deco façade is reminiscent of some of the original Publix Super Markets which includes neon lighting and signage.
“The grand opening of this store has been long anticipated,” said Kim Jaeger, Publix Miami media and community relations manager. “We are excited to be a pedestrian friendly super market in the heart of such a vibrant downtown community. The art-deco façade of the store reflects Lake Worth’s vibrancy and culture.”
The first 1,500 customers on grand opening day will receive a free Publix reusable bag.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 147,500 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. Currently Publix has 1,034 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 14 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com. ###
Beth didn't leave because of a toxic atmosphere - she left to take advantage of a great opportunity. Is Stanton justifying the weakness identified in her evaluation? Isn't this just more barrier building - instead of an attempt to knock down some walls? Maybe she listens to the wrong group of people...hmmmm. And Susan, what are you doing to make it better?
Monday, April 18, 2011
No doubt there is a street and gang reference associated with the slang Dub and L-Dub. One wonders if a board charged with the redevelopment of Lake Worth chooses this term as the name for its arts program, you have to ask the question - what exactly is that they want to redevelop and grow? Strangely, this issue seems to fall along "party" lines - eh hem. It seems that those that are happy with the Sheriff department and the level of service they provide the city and the gains we have experienced in crime control do not like the choice, generally speaking. And it seems that those who think we could do with less law enforcement like the term, generally speaking.
And what's happened to this Marketing Committee that Commissioner Mulvehill established by decree? Did they weigh in on the recommendation? Will they come up with a competing message? Are we just creating more static and less of a digestible message?
The program will have printed materials, media attention, signs - it is part of a promotional campaign to attract artists here. Has the CRA picked a name that is purposefully designed not to be successful? If you don't like the prospect of gentrification and fear that this program may promote that, you'd like to throw a wrench in the works. Let's keep the "L-Dub" down or hard-to the curb, like it is. We don't want change. We don't want new people. We don't want money. We don't want you - period, seems to be the message here.
Take for example the t-shirt, available at one of our beach tenant merchants and displayed on one of the other blogger's posts, which says "L-Dub" and the script below says "For locals only." This is the type of welcome this group has to anyone that is either not from Lake Worth - or even if they fit certain stereotypes of conformity, consumerism or conservatism - whether or not these people really have these traits, there are those in our community that judge people in this manner. If people outside this "inner circle" involve themselves in politics - watch out! You are in for an attack on every part of your being. So much for a welcoming and democratic attitude to civic involvement. If you've noticed, those in power seem to have issues with unregulated public discourse and like to control the debate - regardless of their bohemian appearance or associations.
So, beyond the drug connotation, I think the L-Dub moniker reinforces the idea that those in power really are more xenophobic than actually open to new people and new ideas. I could expand further on this - to the preference for local tenants, the closed GulfStream hotel, record decreases in property values compared with other municipalities, etc. I'd be interested to know if you follow my point here.
We do have more important issues to address, by the way.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Let me check with my “street slang” savvy guys and I will get back with you.
Can any of you guys advise? See yellow below.
City of Lake Worth