"A large swiming pool in back. Upper floor was huge dance floor. In the late '30s the County 4- H club used upper floor as a "camp". We had sleeping cots. At night the sand gnats flew in and tried to eat us alive! I spent a week there"
The mythology continues, despite the Inspector General finding that the casino building is "new construction" - not a "renovation." The term closest to reality is "rebuilt" that appears in this Press Release Willie article. I guess he thinks that Ms. Stanton will cut off the flow if he reports the opposite of something that she is "adamant" about. Click title for link. By the way, I think Callaro's is a great fit and it's run by a family that lives here - imagine that!
Interesting recollection of the beginnings of Delray Beach. Their Centennial is this year as Delray - it became Delray Beach later. Click title for link.
I thought this was funny. This provision was included in Delray's early Code of Ordinances. It, of course, has long since been removed. What would happen to our Commission if we enacted a similar provision today?
“Sec. 9 — All rogues and vagabonds; idle and dissolute persons, tramps who go about begging; persons who use juggling or unlawful games or plays; common pipers or fiddlers; stubborn children; runaways; common drunkards; common night-walkers; pilferers; thieves; lewd, wanton and lascivious persons, in speech or behavior; common railers or brawlers; persons who neglect their calling or employment, or have not visible means of support, or who misspend what they earn, or do not provide for themselves or families; and all other idle or disorderly persons... shall be considered vagrants, and upon conviction of vagrancy, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars or imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, or both.”
This is a stencil that is being spray-painted around NYC. I have kept up my bike riding that was part of a New Year's resolution for 2011. I hope to be incorporating biking more and more into my everyday routine. I try to do at least 10 miles a day, sometimes more.
Click here and then go to the 38:00 mark. You will hear the end of public comment and then the Mayor explains her position on the issue around the 42:00 mark. Essentially she is saying that the salary increase is linked to the extended three year term idea. That to ask someone to serve for two years at the current salary is one thing, but to ask them to serve one more year at that salary is "unfair."
Oh my! Don't we feel self-important. Apparently our Mayor doesn't think too highly of receptionists:
"I do think it's embarrassing that we make less than the lowest-paid receptionist," said Waterman, who earns $15,400 annually as mayor. "My day care cost alone is more than I make in a month."
Receptionists have children too. And they actually may be more important than the electeds. All of our officials were well aware of the salary when they ran for office. I do think that meetings are out of control in terms of number and time of day - and I think that the Commissioners themselves could do a lot to control their frequency and length, but they choose not to. And they can be controlled by not further restricting public comment.
If anything, we should index their salaries to some sort of performance measure. Do we really want to enter the world of a full-time Commission with salaries commensurate with that? I don't think so. They also receive full health coverage. I also don't buy into the argument that more people would run if the position paid more - that is not the point in running for office.
As for three year terms, the voters have spoken loud and clear multiple times on saying "no" to extending the term beyond the existing two years. Many of the supporters of the dais majority led the effort to defeat that measure. Funny how the world looks when the shoe is on the other foot. Do we really need a more "Imperious" Commission?
Broadcasted on the BBC yesterday. This reminds me of the following dialog from Gone with the Wind:
Scarlett: But you are a blockade runner. Rhett Butler: For profit, and profit only. Scarlett: Are you tryin' to tell me you don't believe in the cause? Rhett Butler: I believe in Rhett Butler, he's the only cause I know.
Can we pick better hills to die upon? Another failure in an attempt to defend a defenseless position on the part of the City Commission. Notice that those voting to deny the bar's request were Jennings, Golden and Mulvehill - supporters and representatives of the current dais majority. Stanton apparently still is having trouble deciding whether or not to appeal. I always thought it was interesting how the churches in the area were so concerned about a bar open until 5 a.m. What does a church have going on from midnight to 7 a.m.? What would an inside bar have as an impact to a near-by church at those hours of the night? Aside from a moral judgement on the activity by the church, the City Commission and a few neighbors, what business is it of theirs to impinge on a long-standing pattern of business by a bar at this location.
What is the overall strategy in management of the many (160 plus and counting) lawsuits the city is facing? Is there any awareness that it might be good to cut the city's losses in some of these cases? Up until now, it seems to be a policy to blindly follow what might be a series of indefensible actions on the part of the city. The Greater Bay lawsuit is likely the next one to bear bitter fruit, after spending $600,000 in defense of the city's position.
Click title for link. At least the Post is publishing this, I guess they think they have to.
The fundraising wars represented in various campaign reports through 9/16. Interesting math when reporting the results of the run-off election in July. True, Waterman received 313 more votes than Ramiccio, but I always felt that it is better, in a two person race, to divide that number in half. Those not voting for one candidate would vote for the other, so really we are talking the difference between 150+ people. Click title for link. Again, the Post referred to this election as a trouncing back in July.
Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negativeviolation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. On a given day, it is likely that most human beings will either deceive or be deceived by another person. From Wikipedia.
Reading the report, it is clear that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) did not accept the city's argument made in its 9/16 response that the project is a rehabilitation. They calculated the substantial improvement to the building at 96% - a figure that represents reality. Not the city's fictional calculation of 43%. Here is what the city said in support of its claim:
Just because the City Manager is "adamant" doesn't mean that it is so. Then, at the end of the letter, there are a lot of "mea culpas" about the need for training staff and reorganization of departments - but don't we contract out to West Palm Beach for our inspection services?
This letter, as part of the report, appears more like an exhibit and this paragraph written by the OIG actually comes BEFORE the copy of the city's response:
Up until now, I guess the city thinks that it can ignore this interpretation. I wonder how long they will get away with it. Maxwell called for a special "review" meeting on the beach at last Thursday's work session - in line with the OIG's recommendation. There was no willingness to do that from anyone else on the dais.
These are from the latest City Manager's Report from 9/23. Notice that the two pictures above and below are the only parts of the old building that remain. It seems that the city is placing some editorial emphasis on them. I wonder why? This is the 4% of the building that remains, according to the Inspector General's report.
Maxwell notes that the general fund is larger than it was last year and we are layering assessments on top of that. Stanton confirms this. He notes that 72 positions were eliminated and pay raises were given out...along with hundreds of thousands of last minute money being added in.
Waterman said that she wanted to be sure that the only increases are part of union contracts or for two people that are getting promotions. Stanton confirmed that there are no across the board increases. Golden says that Maxwell missed some meetings and he could have brought any concerns on line items at that time. McVoy said essentially the same thing. Golden says that everyone needs to be a cheerleader for the city. She says that Lake Worth is a "city on the rise" in south Florida. Campaign speech, essentially.
Waterman says that they have gone line by line, page by page and, during the process, eliminating or reducing items.
Maxwell asks about the budget prospects for next year. He asks where the five year projections are in the document. Stanton hems and haws and says that they will be out in three days, by the end of the fiscal year. No other local government has cut more according to her. She says they have stopped the bleeding. Maxwell says her talking points are getting old.
Maxwell says that the Commission should check itself before they "lecture" the public instead of taking their comments seriously. Maxwell says Stanton lectures him too, and he is tired of it. McVoy may stand "guilty as charged" on lecturing - he is just explaining how they reach decisions. The trolley sounds like toast. McVoy says that he didn't hide that he didn't like the added a position of an Internal Auditor - he doesn't see that as a value added position. Golden says that Marketing and Special Events should be one position - Maxwell says that those were important to Mulvehill and it may be convenient to combine since she is not there tonight. Waterman says that nothing is really tied to an individual - that can be inflammatory. Speak objectively she says. She is disappointed that the trolley program is misunderstood - it was to be a shared cost with others, not entirely run by the city. Waterman mentions ice cream again, for some odd reason. Not anything about her consuming it, this time it is the city. Can someone get her some ICE CREAM please!
Thank you for allowing me to discuss my complaint concerning the city not following through with Ord # 2009-23 section 7-54 C ( concerning letting city residents purchase a yearly $50 boat trailer parking permit for Bryant park in lieu of buying a daily $10 pass)
You explained to me that because the county financed the project that they won't allow the city to allow only city residents to buy the yearly pass.
I have a very simple solution to the problem. Lake Worth would establish the yearly permit in such a way that any resident of Palm Beach county could purchase the permit.
Palm Beach county can't prevent that from happening because no county resident is being excluded.
The county already furnishes annual boat trailer parking permits for 5 other boat ramp sites in PBC for $37 per year.
It seems to me it would be a simple matter for Lake Worth to do the same for it's one boat ramp at $50 per year!
In the meantime, I ,as a Lake Worth tax payer, will drive to the nearest PBC boat ramp site which is "Jim Berry Light Harbor park in Riviera Beach" to launch my Kayak instead of enjoying a local site much closer to my home. I refuse to pay a hefty $10 fee each and every time I want to enjoy our local waterway
If you, as mayor and the city commission were to institute such an easy modification to that ordinance, it would certainly make me a happier Kayaker. Many other Lake Worth small boaters who have complained about this issue will come to know that there are elected officials that make things happen.They will know that no city or county is trying to nickel and dime us out of enjoying the many natural waterway attractions that we have here.
Thank you in advance for taking positive action on this issue and good luck with every initiative you take on that improves life here in Lake Worth.
This was sent to the entire Commission and the City Manager, as well.
A review of residential projects on the drawing boards or underway in Palm Beach County. Click title for link. We, Lake Worth, have to get our Land Development Regulations and Comp Plan in sync and complete. That way, we will be able to tell people what is allowed, what the process is and the community will have an assurance about what it is getting in return. If we don't, then we will continue to lose property tax value, be forced to increase our millage rate to the maximum and rely on more assessments - which will all have further negative impacts on property values, quality of life and lower levels of municipal service. Or, maybe we should be up front about the current prevailing "no to everything" attitude of the City Commission and Planning and Zoning Board. Why not just issue a moratorium on everything - instead of pretending to encourage redevelopment for campaign purposes?
Some unintended consequences of saving a landmark combined with ubiquitous information technology impact a neighborhood. Those affected have dueling approaches to the problem. Click title for link to article.
If you don't recall, we last decided our choice for Mayor way back on July 12, 2011 in a run-off election where 2,727 voters came out to the polls. Those that came out chose Mayor Waterman by almost a 6% margin - that's about 155 votes above the margin that would have claimed the minimum majority (The Post referred to this as a trouncing.) So, less than three months later, the Waterman camp is proclaiming the need for perhaps a whole different set of voters to come out and in November and re-elect her. Well, that group of voters can't re-elect her if they didn't elect her in the first place. I think that the composition of that voting group in November will be different than the one that appeared in the middle of July.
Then consider the "pre-baked" notion of the election in the first place. The June/July series of elections originated from former Mayor Varela's premature departure which, I firmly believe, was conspired and hatched by those wishing to sneak one of their favorites in the Mayoral slot without all of the candidates that usually flood the Mayoral race in Lake Worth. Instead of the usual choice between ten or more hopefuls, we have a choice of three this time. Probably voter/candidate fatigue? I think so. I am sure that this whole scenario was done with complete forethought and planning by those hungering for more power in our little hamlet.
But what about the condition of that hamlet? Whoever proclaims "Re-Elect" on an campaign sign surely must think that the voters see a rosy glow when they look at the condition of that hamlet. After threats related to breaking the contract with PBSO and Fire Rescue, two new assessments with others in the works, one might wonder how rosy that glow is or if that glow is indeed rosy, or if it is more like the glow from a nuclear waste facility.
Remember, our current Mayor Rachel Waterman proclaimed that she couldn't be held responsible for the decisions of others. We saw this played out this week during the meeting on the beach budget - I wonder if she can claim responsibility, in her current leadership role, as not being responsible for the indecision of others, including herself now. We are still left without a strategy to incorporate site lighting and understand options/alternatives to the surprise $2 million cost over-run. And all we can hear is crickets in response to the finding by the Office of the Inspector General that the casino building is NEW construction. Regardless, we can predict what is being said at doorsteps around our fair city.
No, this time Rachel will have to rely on more than just being placed on a Marketing Task Force (which I understand was disbanded over the summer and now will actually be made into a legitimate board.) and having appeared in a Palm Beach Post fluff piece about her triumphal return to Lake Worth. She will have to run on her record and the fact that she still enjoys the endorsement of three of her four dais mates. Also consider this, her voting on the dais, should Rachel be re-elected, would not be constrained by the need to prepare for an upcoming re-election campaign within the next three and a half months.
Mayor Triolo’s 2017 State of City Address “and, yes, fi- nally addressing 30 years of benign neglect” in the “New Lake Worth”. Amen to that.
Lake Worth City Mana- ger hired on April 16th, 2012. Click on photo.
Future didn’t look so bright 5 years ago. Michael Bornstein helped to change all that.
“Lake Worth is Moving Forward!” Thank You!
Click on the image above, “Launching very soon.”
44 Days and 44 nights and still counting. . .
News about Lake Worth you won’t read in Palm Beach Post: Use this link. Watch news from Mayor Pam Tri- olo & Vice Mayor Maxwell:FYI: Protection of turtles/sea life is crucial element of this renewable energy research.
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Began this blog in 2006. One post stands out:
Use this link: “He [former Mayor Jim Stafford] was also quietly instrumental in getting rid of the rest of the Jim Crow ordinances in his administration and bringing in city water, paved streets to what was then considered to be ‘colored town’.”
Ever been to Spillway Park on C-51 Canal?
Great place to have lunch or take a nature walk. Click im- age for all City parks.
Besides I-95, another big reason for economic decline of Dixie Hwy?
Can you see former marina in Lake Worth on the C-51 Canal? Click historic photo.
A conversation with Mr. Buddy Tuppen. Click on “Tuppen’s” below:
C-51 Canal, S-155 Spillway, Lake Worth history & the Blueway Trail in perspective.
This week’s Lake Worth Herald is online. Print edition out each Friday
Click image to subscribe or go to newsstand at 600 Lake Ave for print edition—still ¢50. To promote business or event call 561-585-9387.
Timely: FACTS about building height. Click on “The Big Lie”:
View west? From Golfview & 1st Ave. South? Deceitful tactics “at the door”. Don’t let yourself be fooled again.
Tired of City being “ma- ligned” in Palm Beach Post? Don’t get mad:
Get busy. Click on “Letter” above. Learn how to submit your Letter to Editor today.
The ‘G’ Word in LDub:
Never trust anyone who says your community can’t aspire to be better. The ‘G’ Word is a “Red Herring”, a fallacy.
Nonsense. Our Beach is never ‘For Sale’. Just more silliness in LDub.
Don’t be distracted. Focus on real issues: Our schools, road repairs, public health, educa- tion, & safety for everyone.
Is it possible for Lake Worth to get its own City police department back?
Maybe if our City wasn't the headquarters for the anti- police, pro-Anarchy Ever- glades EarthFirst! (EEF!). Click on Anarchists above.
Is City of Lake Worth a “sanctuary city”?
No. City is not and never was a ‘sanctuary city’. Click this link to learn more. To help immigrants learn English or distribute donations contact Guatemalan/Maya Center.
Fact: Since depths of Great Recession prop- erty values in our CRA District increased 76%.
Click on “Publix”: Just 1 of many accomplishments in little City of Lake Worth.
Hoffman’s Chocolate & “not enough business”?
Click on “Kilwin’s”: What happens when press tries to start trouble & it backfires.
Purchase gas, coffee. . . be treated the right way. Click “7-Eleven” below:
Live in City of Lake Worth? Clean pumps, well-lit, & cus- tomer service you deserve.
Presentation to Boynton Beach Historical Soci- ety on January 16th:
Click on program: “The Cot- tages of Lake Worth”.
“The Cottages of Lake Worth” to air on BBC
Click on “BBC”. Stay tuned.
Another spectacular “Home Tour” this year. Click on book cover:
“The Cottages” hardcover book on sale at City’s news- stand: 600 Lake Ave.
Blue-Green Algae. Myth vs. FACT: Click image.
No Lake O water releases in 2017. . . but another Treasure Coast algae bloom? Hmmm.
Two Lake Worth com- missioners: Let Lake ‘O’ water flow south?
Click image. Fine. Get rid of all those septic tanks first.
Waiting for a response. Been almost 1½ months. Click “Eastward Ho!”
On western sprawl & afford- able housing: Environmental activists just saying “No” is no solution to our problems.
Last August we held a respectful gathering at the Gulfstream Hotel.
Honoring old friends & our history. Click on “Herald”.
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:
Did you know Lake & Lucerne avenues were designed 2-way streets?
Rethink 1-way roads? Make 2-way again: Slower traffic, pedestrian- & bike- friendly, more ‘eyes’ on street as well.
Lake Worth is named in honor of General Wil- liam 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”? “Jewell”?
Click image. It’s time to dis- tinguish our City from vast areas in western PBC using ‘Lake Worth’ zip codes.
Quiz: How long is Lake Worth’s BEACH(!)?
Is it 2 miles long? 5¼ miles? 1½ miles? 0.26 miles (1,280′)? Or. . . 1 mile and 98′? Use this link for answer.
The City’s Casino was “Greenwashed”. Click sand pile to learn more:
Former Casino was 94% de- molished in 2011 to make way for new structure.
Raising chickens, aka “Urban Chickens” IS NOT allowed in Lake Worth. Click image:
Image above from the inim- itable Tom McGow. If you heard or read that chickens are allowed in this City that is absolutely wrong.
Public comment today at City Commission is 2 minutes. Click “Before You Complain”
Whoever one is, wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude. —Maurice Baring
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.
Wes Blackman: Pro- tecting Lake Worth’s charm since 1992
Recall that “One Question” I asked voters leading up to elections last March? Click image to refresh memory.