Friday, August 19, 2016

[UPDATE] Errors in Palm Beach Post on discussion at August 16th's Lake Worth City Commission meeting

The public in Boynton Beach received their correction for an error in the Post. Will Lake Worth get ours? Try to blame it all on City staff? Here is the correction in today's (8/19) print edition, page A2, below the fold:
Because of a reporting error, a story in Tuesday's [8/16] Palm Beach Post misidentified two organizations working with the city of Boynton Beach . . . The error appeared on Page B2 of the Local section.
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Significant errors were published in the Post about the discussion on sea turtles and balloons at the last City Commission meeting. Read all about that using this link. Will a correction be coming? Probably not. What the Post usually does is just ignore it.

This week's Lake Worth Herald is out (each Thursday online; print edition on Friday) and their reporter has information about this discussion—a brief and accurate account of what is going on. Here are two excerpts (with link and emphasis added):

     In an effort to protect the marine life and birds along our seashore, Loggerhead Marine Center representatives are asking municipalities up and down the coast to pass ordinances banning balloons and sky lanterns.

[and. . .]

     Loggerhead Marine Center offers three levels for municipality participation. 
     Level one consists of signage or educational material distribution. Level two consists of signage and educational material to distribute and level three has the added inclusion of an adopted ordinance.
     Lake Worth City Commissioners stopped short of adopting an ordinance after debate brought out the fact an ordinance would have no “teeth” as written and would create nuisance calls to PBSO.
     The City will move ahead with signage for the beach and parks east of the Intracoastal Waterway and explore further participation after seeing the results.
     Other local municipalities have participated on different levels.

This dovetails nicely with another recent article in The Palm Beach Post by their reporter Sarah Peters:

     The Post plans to continue print a newspaper seven days a week, Burke [Palm Beach Post Publisher Tim Burke] said. Although video is gaining popularity, the written word isn’t going away. It’s the distribution that’s changing.
     “The credibility of the written word is more important than ever. [emphasis added] The credibility of media is more important than ever,” he said.

Truer words were never spoken.