Sunday, October 4, 2015

Owner of Benny's on the Beach: Why no one wants to rent 2nd floor of our lovely, charming Lake Worth Casino


It was good to hear Mr. Lipton at his first City Commission meeting in June. This gentleman has owned Benny's for the last two years and increased its employment from 21 to 76 employees. He's made many changes and has been hugely successful doing so at the BEACH!. He has high standards. Read about my recent dinner at Benny's here.

He looked at the restaurant space (second floor) above Mulligan's. His question: if it's such a beautiful place for a restaurant, why aren't they lined up around the block waiting to sign a lease? He speaks of missed opportunities and how the city should realize that there are people willing to invest around $100 million in the City. He thinks this could create up to 200 jobs ultimately. And he thinks the pool is an embarrassmentnot because of what it is, but because of what it could be.

That concept of "potential" strikes again. Tough to argue with what he says. Most definitely worth a listen. As the video below demonstrates the Lake Worth Municipal Pool is far too large for the number of people who use it on a regular basis and an old, dilapidated building blocks the view of the ocean. Go figure.

7 comments:

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AnnaMaria W. Hunt said...

I was there and I concurred with what he had to say. However Barabara Aubels remark truly hit home. Regarding the ITN we need to move forward. No one else stepped up to help renovate the pool, or build a garage. At the end of day we the City of Lake Worth own what is up there. Lets negotiate, I tend to think our Commission is very good and has the where with all to get things done, lets get out of their way.
Anyone who says different, Could you do better and how.?

Anonymous said...

AnnaMaria's last sentence really his home for all the naysayers. It's easy to say no and complain about how everyone else should do something, but it is hard to propose useful, effective and relevant solutions. I think we'd all like to start hearing good solutions proposed instead of just complaining.

Wes Blackman said...

There is a word for complaining without proposing a suitable or possible solution. It is called whining.

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Anonymous said...

Lee has obviously never used the pool to call it an embarassment. It was redone within the last ten years for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wes Blackman said...

Anon at 2:28, that's interesting you point out that the pool was redone and is beautiful now. It really is and I use it often. In fact, I went today and the water was beautiful. Oh, do you know who was responsible for the refurbishment of the pool that we are enjoying today? None other than the good folks at Greater Bay.

Have a nice day.