Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Dear Friend Dustin.

Dear Dustin,

Your one-liner at the Lake Worth City Commission last year was one of the classics, all time. Whilst sitting home and watching that City Commission meeting I laughed myself silly. It was that good. The timing and choice of agenda items? Priceless. You truly did, my Dear Friend, you “brought the house down” with your clever one-liner about my football team, the Michigan State Spartans.

Truly, I can’t recall a time seeing everyone, the mayor, all the commissioners, City attorney and manager laughing so hard. Written by Dustin on a comment card which was handed to the mayor to read aloud, Dustin. . .

“[W]rote that everyone should wish Wes Blackman and the Michigan State Spartans good luck on their bowl game.”

What was so funny last year. . .

For those of you who don’t follow college football, my Michigan State Spartans did not go to a bowl game in 2016. Why not? Their record was 3-9. It was a terrible year for my beloved football team. I know. I watched every single game.

But 2017 turned out a bit differently. My team, the Michigan State Spartans defeated Dustins beloved Michigan Wolverines this year. And in 2017 the Spartans went 10-3, a remarkable turnaround. And they crushed Washington State in the Holiday Bowl too.

So as we all prepare to watch the Outback Bowl tomorrow at noon between the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks, well, would just like to remind my Good Friend Dustin that in the game of football every second counts, including the final seconds:

Below is the logo of my new, most favorite football team. Click on this link to read about the storied history of the South Carolina Gamecocks:

Remember amigo, ‘Wolverine’ tears taste like sugar! Mmmm mmmm Delicious!
The Outback Bowl tomorrow is also being called the “Unranked Bowl”.

A New Year’s message heading into 2017: An excerpt from a Letter to the Editor. . .

. . . that sums things up quite nicely heading into another New Year, 2018:

     I support freedom of religion and of speech, and if this were another time of year, with some exceptions, like Easter and Yom Kippur, I wouldn’t care at all about the pentagram. But to place it now is simply unkind.
     The man might think he’s making a statement about others’ tolerance, but he might think a little more about his own. Thumbing your nose at Christians is not a social statement. It’s a personal one, and it’s just ugly. [emphasis added]


The Insulting Atheist never did come back. But he still has a few supporters here in this little City
of Lake Worth. So. In the spirit of this day, a
message to all those malcontents and trouble-
makers and to Mr. Smith as well:

Everyone in L-Dub wishes you a
Happy New Year in 2018!

Remember that protest against the Lake Worth CRA and LULA? The exciting video taken at that protest is below.

What happened here in the
little City of Lake Worth?

Remember when we used to have a
protest every week?

Did you know it’s been almost 2 year since we had a protest here in our City? It’s true. Read about that by clicking on the link for election season is coming up soon once again*:

“Where O Where Have All
the Protesters Gone?”

By the way, whilst on the topic, it was about the time of the now-infamous “trailer park protest” a retraction was published in The Palm Beach Post and later calls for an ombudsman, or “public editor” whose role is “to identify and examine critical errors or omissions, and to act as a liaison to the public.”

Anyhow, back to another famous protest, the one at the formerly called Lake Worth Arts Annex, which the Lake Worth CRA and LULA now call “HATCH”.

Do you remember who reported this protest? It was former City of Lake Worth reporter Larry the Lenz, the one with the blue hair and those really big glasses. Mr. Lenz is now in Venezuela covering that country’s bond default and protests there for a news outlet in New York City. He actually spotted a former Lake Worth commissioner in Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s motorcade.

Larry, if you didn’t know, is still very much hobbled after falling out of tree and then getting hit by a car covering another protest in Lake Worth. Remember that protest against a baseball stadium in John Prince Park that’s now the home of the largest dog park ever created in the history of mankind?

Click on images from that protest in John Prince Park (now home of Garlic Fest!) to enlarge:

“Save Our Children!”

Enjoy the video! “The Mural Protest” at the former shuffle-
board courts, now home of
LULA’s Hatch 1121:

“A Riddle”. Poem by poet unknown. Guest at Gulfstream Hotel. Lake Worth, Florida. 1963.

           “ A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,

                                      The Ocean ~ deep and green ~ ”

Click on image to enlarge:
Remember 2015 Coastal Observer series about the history of the Gulfstream Hotel? The first issue was titled, “Dog Days and Glory Days”. From that series, a poem. . .

. . . can you guess My riddle?*

Some folks, they like a riddle,
Now here is one for you.
It’s square, not deep, but open
Soft breezes blowing through.

Beyond the sky is lovely,
While clouds go sailing o’er.
I hear the call of song birds,
A distant train’s low roar.

A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,
The Ocean ~ deep and green ~
Now can you guess My riddle?
It’s my window ~ at Gulf Stream

*Poem about the Gulfstream Hotel from December, 1963 titled, “A Riddle”, written anonymously by a visitor to the hotel 54 years ago. Poem reprinted in the Coastal/Greenacres Observer (publisher: Lake Worth Herald) on October 29th, 2015.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

All you revelers in Downtown Lake Worth: Remember — “Keep that noise down, I’m trying to get some sleep over here on ‘M’ Street!”

There will be no merriment! Blogger-extraordinaire Tom McGow did this classic photoshop of JoAnn Golden in August of 2009. For those of you who remember those heady days when crime wasn’t the issue so much, but the noise levels from certain areas and restaurants most certainly was.

Sound advice (pardon the pun): If you’re considering moving to Lake Worth and noise is a big issue for you then suggest not choosing a location downtown. A neighbor might do the unthinkable like have a party. 

In the Downtown you’ll be in close proximity to other humans and if you don’t get along with other humans, well, there might be issues. A better option would be a condo or home along Lake Osborne Drive or, if you can afford it, somewhere in the Great Walled City of Atlantis — it’s very quiet behind those walls.

1937: View of the Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront.

The view below, probably taken from the former Pennsylvania Hotel, looks northeast towards the Town of Palm Beach. The white building in the center background is the former Royal Worth Hotel that was part of Flagler’s Whitehall mansion. The multi-story hotel addition was removed around 1960.

 Click on image to enlarge.
Robertson and Fresh Collection

The Obtuse Blogger wrote, “Omari (a name that means God the Highest) Hardy, claims. . .”

A timely reminder for all candidates seeking election.

It’s never a good idea to lose ones temper — except when it is a good idea — like what Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy did in a rare display of ire prior to Election Day last March. Learn more about that below.

Then there’s this sage advice:

“I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.”
—Harry Truman.

Then-citizen Omari Jamal-Hatchett Hardy, now District 2 Lake Worth Commissioner Hardy, had his “Give ’em Hell, Harry!” moment a few weeks prior to being elected.

Displaying any type of ranker or annoyance is never a good idea when running for an elected position, except when it is a good idea. Would guess when the rumors first began about Mr. Hardy not living within the District 2 limits (see image below) — meaning he was not qualified to run in the election — those spreading the rumors didn’t think it entirely through.

Because what they were also implying is the City Clerk doesn’t know how to do her job or is not quite up to the tasks; most definitely not the case. And they also didn’t know all this nonsense would ultimately backfire and may have been the boost Hardy needed to win.

Give ’em Hell, Hardy!

In response to these rumors would imagine there was some sort of meeting between Hardy and his campaign team. And what they decided to do was come out strong. And they did. They hammered everybody on Facebook who was spreading the rumor.

The Post beat reporter mentioned this in an article and cited now-former-Commissioner McVoy as well. McVoy denied having anything to do with this nonsense being spread on Facebook and elsewhere.

Eighteen days before Election Day last March, from The Obtuse Blogger (TOB), click on image to enlarge.
From TOB, “Omari (a name that means God the Highest) Hardy, claims. . .”.

Over two years ago: Greenacres PD and PBSO kickoff the goal of consolidation.

If you live in the friendly, outstanding City of Greenacres, do you remember when you once had
a beat reporter from the Post covering your
local news and politics?

It’s true. It actually happened once upon a time. And the proof is below, an excerpt from an article published in the Post on Nov. 12th, 2015 (see below). The process of amalgamating a local police department with PBSO is a timely process and began over two years ago in Greenacres and was completed 2½ months later, in February 2016.

Below is a post from this blog
on November 14th, 2015.

[FYI: If you read along closely, you’ll pick up on a bit of satire. But just a little bit. The blog post was titled, “News from Greenacres: PBSO’s takeover of law enforcement begins”:]

The Palm Beach Post’s reporting on law enforcement issues in Palm Beach County has been exceptional, especially news concerning PBSO and Sheriff Bradshaw. In almost every case they’ve taken an unbiased and professional approach to keeping the public informed and they should be commended. Especially with Sheriff Bradshaw up for re-election it’s easy to lose focus but the County’s paper of record works very hard at keeping to the high ground.

They’ve continued that effort with this latest news, PBSO taking over for the Greenacres Police Department. Here is an excerpt from the article in the Post:
Like a blended family, merging a city’s police force with a sheriff’s office takes work.
     “There are a ton of meetings going on almost daily,” Public Safety Director Mike Porath told the City Council at the Nov. 2 [2015] meeting.
and. . . 
     But, between now and then, Porath said the city and PBSO still need to iron out several details, including merging county and city public records into one database, settling on how the gun range will be managed and determining which city ordinances Greenacres will keep and which county ordinances it will adopt.
Sheriff Bradshaw and PBSO took over for the Lake Worth PD in 2009 and you can read about that using this link. Back then there remained some concern about PBSO by some in the community but former Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill put a stop to that nonsensehere is what she said about PBSO’s contribution to the City of Lake Worth:
“Fabulous. They’ve exceeded our expectations. The Sheriff has done a fantastic job and it’s unquestionable that we want them to stay.”
Of course, Mulvehill called PBSO “Fabulous” only after the public caught on the plan all along was to end the contract with PBSO.

The video below is a press conference in May 2011 by a former City commissioner, Suzanne Mulvehill along with a former city manager, Susan Stanton “IN FULL RETREAT” after the community rallied to keep PBSO in our City.

[Note: At the 6:15 mark Yours Truly asks Stanton two questions; however, she dodges both of them.]

Friday, December 29, 2017

Have you been to TooJay’s yet to
“See Our New Look!”

To learn more about TooJay’s in the City of Lake Worth click on this link. Located in the Downtown at 419 Lake Ave. Open every day, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Follow TooJay’s on Twitter (@TheRealToojays) for specials and more information:

“Download our Delicious Rewards app now . . . Guests receive a FREE small plate or dessert just for joining!”

To place an order online click on this link 
or call 561-582-8684 to place an order.
The “new look” was unveiled last Wednesday.

Recognize anyone?
Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo and Lantana Mayor Dave Stewart at the ribbon cutting.

Lot’s of happy faces in Downtown Lake Worth.

View inside. Just one “new look” at TooJay’s
in Downtown Lake Worth.

Post reporter Michael Readling makes the case: Why Sister Cities are good public policy, ‘worthy’ of support.

And how does Darwin, Australia fit into all this? Continue reading to find out.

By the way, the City of Lake Worth is already promoting the 2018 Street Painting Festival and the upcoming Tree Festival as well on February 17th. And the City is promoting events next year at the Cultural Council in Downtown Lake Worth and the 2018 season at the Lake Worth Playhouse as well. But. . .

Have you heard anything at all about the Midnight Sun Festival coming up the first week in March?

Find out more about the Midnight Sun Festival that celebrates our City’s long Finnish heritage below, news from Palm Beach Post reporter Michael Readling. Other cities nearby aren’t letting their Sister City programs languish, for example, here’s news by Post reporter Alexandra Seltzer:

BOYNTON BEACH — Boynton Beach residents: You have a new sister, and her name is Rauma. City officials this week agreed to becoming Sister Cities with Rauma, Finland.

and. . .

     There are about 26,000 Finnish residents of Florida, and between 10,000 and 12,000 in Palm Beach County, Makila [Honorary Consulate of Finland Peter Makila] said. Traditionally, the Finnish residents have lived in Lantana and Lake Worth, but Makila said there has been a recent shift south of there.

What is the City of Lake Worth doing to stop this trend. Not much. The City of Lake Worth’s loss in Boynton Beach’s gain.

Our Finnish friends and neighbors deserve more support from the
City of Lake Worth.

Can anyone please explain why the City doesn’t have a Sister City program to foster a strong kinship with our friends in Lappeenrant, Finland? Why dont we
have a Sister City in Guatemala?
Post reporter Michael Readling penned a feature article about this festival organized by our friends in the local Finnish-American community last March. If this doesn’t make the case for a Sister City program, nothing will.

Mr. Greg Rice has an idea
for a Sister City:

“Wes Blackman has posted on his well-read blog the importance of a sister city board. It seems that the genesis of sister city boards goes back to President Eisenhower. It was Eisenhower’s hope that sister city boards could be a hub of peace and prosperity between people from different cities around the world.
     Well, if we ever are able to find the leadership and will to resurrect our struggling sister city board, here’s a city I believe we need to approach, Darwin, Australia. Seems we have a lot in common.
     They, Darwin, share the same fun-loving spirit, community pride and competitive nature as us. Last Sunday, July 9th, they held their 2017 Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta.
     It would be great to maybe field a team down the road and send them down under to Darwin and show how we share so many things with that fun-loving city.
     Good idea?”

By the way, Darwin has a downtown
with a lot of hotels:

That took a lot of leadership. Maybe Darwin’s political establishment can offer the City of Lake Worth some fresh new ideas? Anyhow. . .

Darwin, like the City of Lake Worth, enjoys hosting a lot of festivals. From Wikipedia, an excerpt:

     The Darwin beer-can regatta celebrates Darwin’s love affair with beer and contestants race boats made exclusively of beer cans. Also in Darwin are the Darwin Cup horse race, and the Rodeo and Mud Crab Tying Competition. [huh?]
     The World Solar Challenge race attracts teams from around the world, most of which are fielded by universities or corporations although some are fielded by high schools. The race has a 20-year history spanning nine races, with the inaugural event taking place in 1987.

Whilst on the subject, a Sister City in Guatemala?

     “We’re going to see cultural, commercial, economic affairs — in order to have a more intense and big link with Palm Beach County,” said De Mora [Miami Consul General Rosa Maria Merida De Mora].
     Lake Worth is the first of four new Guatemalan Consulates in the U.S. The others are opening in Seattle, Oklahoma City, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Last November was the 2nd Annual Día De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” celebration.
By the way, the Town of Jupiter has a sister city in Guatemala. Use this link to read the article
by Post reporter Bill DiPaolo.

Another excerpt below from writer Rachel Monroe’s piece in the Oxford American titled, “Monkeywrench”.

Below is another look back in the history of Lake Worth politics and elections: “The damnedest things can happen leading up to election day!”

Have you ever read the first segment when the author of “Monkeywrench” wrote, “Later that day I met with Wes Blackman . . .”? Or the one about the EarthFirst! (EF!) “Wes Blackman Memorial Shi■■er”? Almost two years later — for the very first time — some are still happening across the article by Rachel Monroe from back in 2016 and can’t believe this all actually happened here in the City of Lake Worth. But it did.

To read the entire article in the Oxford American by author Rachel Monroe which is quite lengthy, very well written, sometimes gripping, and highly entertaining click on this link.

Many times have been asked questions about Monroe’s piece, incredulously such as “Did this really happen?” or “Is this a fictional short story?”

No. Monroe’s piece is not fiction. Yes, all this did indeed happen in our little City of Lake Worth.

Note that the word ‘musical’ used by EF! in their pamphlet (see below) that was sent to ‘radical spaces’ all over the country in early 2016 imploring them all to come to Lake Worth by carpool, band bus, or train hopping (freighthopping) to participate in a “4-week intensive rehearsal process” and later, that very same pamphlet was plastered all over town about a ‘new musical’ which was code for something else entirely.

You see, that month-long ‘rehearsal process’ in February 2016 just happened to coincide with the March 2016 elections here in our little City. Remember all those protests nearly two years ago now at Lake Worth City Hall and the Cultural Plaza?

So without further ado. . .
Is is Happening!”
Remember the Anarchist (“I’m Chuck Bass”) who ran for a City Commission seat in 2016? The ‘musical’ that worried and frightened many in the public? The article by Rachel Monroe is a look back to those heady days. Two more excerpts:

The first day I showed up for the Earth First! rehearsal in Lake Worth, Florida, a small coastal town thirty-five miles north of Fort Lauderdale, I walked in late to find a dozen tattooed people pretending to be a machine. Tentatively at first and then with increasing enthusiasm, they pantomimed the pulling of levers and the pushing of buttons and other nonsensical but orderly tasks. [emphasis added] 
     “Now the machine speeds up,” instructed Maren, the rosy-cheeked Minnesotan who was codirecting the musical. The imaginary-lever pulling became a little more frantic. “Now it’s breaking down!” Everyone’s movements became strained; a guy in a black hoodie bounced like a deranged spring.
     For the next exercise, Maren had the group make something called a “fear machine,” which involved lots of cowering and pointing. “Okay, now let’s make a deep ecology machine,” she said. For a moment, no one moved.

[and. . .] 

     After a few minutes, Maren ended it. “I was going to say, ‘Now there’s an oil spill,’ and make you play that out,” she said, “but this was going so well.” They could, she decided, invoke the oil spill tomorrow.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Business owner at our Beach, thoughts on Casino complex and pool. Observations nearly 3 years ago remain relevant today.

The video (see below) is from May 2015, now one
of the most-viewed all-time on my Lake Worth YouTube channel.

Mr. Lipton is the owner of Benny’s on the Beach. Now here we are 2 years and 8 months later. The Casino complex at our Beach along with the municipal pool — now closed for safety and structural reasons — are big items to address. A former commissioner last year, if you recall, chimed in with his ideas going forward:

“[D]o some things you can do with
coats of paint and whatnot.”

Prior to even thinking about a new pool is whether or not a pool at the Beach is a good idea. An idea to consider is a municipal pool located centrally in the City and more accessible for the public.

Lovely view.
One problem likely never to be solved . . . view from Mama Mia’s On The Beach. Parking and/or a loading dock for large commercial vehicles was never part of the planning back in 2009.

In the video below you’ll hear Mr. Lipton say things you agree with and maybe some things you don’t.

Interestingly, at the 20 second mark in the video many of you will recall who that person is that walks past Mr. Lipton while he is making a comment at the City Commission podium. That is a former commissioner, Cara Jennings, one of those from a previous City administration that made all those terrible decisions in the first place, e.g., the Greenwashing due to an out-of-control budget.

Hopefully our City will rally around people with ideas and solutions — not all of them accepted or agreed upon — instead of following past ‘visionaries’.

Enjoy the video:

Below are excerpts from this blog, May 2015:

“It was good to see and hear Mr. Lipton and what he said appearing at his first City Commission meeting. This gentleman has owned Benny’s for the last two years and increased its employment from 21 to 76 employees. He’s made changes and been successful doing so: he has high standards.
     That concept of ‘potential’ strikes again. Tough to argue with what he says. Most definitely worth a listen.”

FYI: If you plan on going to Benny’s would highly recommend the Tuna Tostada. Excellent!

It also would be a good idea to make reservations to avoid a long wait: call 561-582-9001.
Sushi-grade quality tuna along with a
view of the BEACH!

Deadline tomorrow. RFP 18-201: “Compass Community Center HVAC Replacement Project”.

Update: The deadline to submit questions is December 29th at 5:00. For more information call 561-586-1654 or send an email to:

Learn more below about this Request For Proposal (RFP), and “Small business participation is strongly encouraged”.

An interesting website to follow is the City of Lake Worth’s “Bids & Proposals” page:
Lake Worth’s procurement process is managed by the Finance Department . . . responsible for contracts and services related to construction or services provided to the city.
Compass Community Center — HVAC Replacement Project:

The City of Lake Worth is seeking proposals from qualified HVAC/Mechanical contractors to replace the existing air conditioning system at the Compass Community Center facility. The goods and/or services being sought include, but are not limited to: Replace the existing chiller system with a new 40 ton, 2 stage air cooled TRANE chiller system.
     Work includes materials, installation, wiring, piping, controls, sensors, thermostats, coil coatings, mounting hardware, and applicable work.

and. . .

Interested parties may obtain a copy of the RFP by contacting the Financial Services Office at 561-586-1651 or from the City’s website. All proposals must be hand-delivered or mailed to:

City of Lake Worth Financial Services
2nd Floor
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Envelope must be identified as RFP #18-201. Small business participation is strongly encouraged.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hudson Holdings’ public meeting held at our Lake Worth Beach: “Better Beach”? “Better Life”? “Better Lake Worth”?

“Our plans are to rehabilitate this hotel [and] bring it back to its historic significance in the public areas, the lobby, corridors etc.,” said Steven Michael, principal of developer Hudson Holdings during a tour Friday. “We’ll do a complete rehabilitation of the whole building from top to bottom.”
—Quote from this article in the Sun Sentinel datelined April 14th, 2017.

In the article cited above it’s all about the Gulfstream Hotel and a “complete rehabilitation”. There is no mention of the Beach. And there was no mention of Code Enforcement either. Draw your own conclusions. Below is a very short video, only 24 seconds long, everyone should watch.

Following that public meeting at the Lake Worth Casino on August 24th, 2015, Hudson Holdings did receive much “open and honest feedback” from the public (see image below).

The public came, they listened, and then they said: “NO. Leave our Beach alone.”

Following that meeting — held almost 2½ years ago — Hudson Holdings then wrote they were, “hard at work refining a proposal that we believe will work for everyone . . .”, because their idea for a “Better Beach” was rejected by the public.

Click on image to enlarge:
Then on January 17th, 2017, an excerpt from an article in the Post titled, “Real estate company considers selling historic Gulfstream Hotel
in Lake Worth”

 . . . City Manager Michael Bornstein, who called Hudson Holdings’ decision a “huge” disappointment, disputed Michael’s characterization, saying more than $100 million worth of new private investment and projects are underway in Lake Worth.
     “This is from a city that seven or eight years ago had no commercial permits pulled to now over $100 million,” Bornstein said. “(Michael’s comments) don’t match up with the realities.
     Bornstein also pointed out Lake Worth has $116 million in upcoming infrastructure improvements, including road, sewer, water and electric work.

The public was listening to Hudson Holdings back in 2015. Then Hudson Holdings asked the public to come out and speak. And the public did. In big numbers. They came and kept on coming. Crowds of people in cars and on bikes and by foot over the bridge. And they spoke at our Beach.

When the public speaks you need to take the time and energy, and try to listen, and try to understand
what they have to say:

Just a reminder. On the subject of Code Enforcement here in the little City of Lake Worth.

First, is the Gulfstream Hotel still sitting vacant because of Code Enforcement?

No. That’s complete nonsense. Maybe later on The Palm Beach Post will blame Code Enforcement for the weather and bridge openings too.

After beat reporter Kevin Thompson’s article about the Gulfstream Hotel last January the Post backpedaled and fast. It was completely nonsensical to report blaming Code Enforcement for the problems ongoing with that hotel. The reaction if you recall was swift from both the public and the City’s electeds and staff.

Soon thereafter the City hired a communications specialist. A coincidence? Draw your own conclusions.

It was just last September, in response to another article about Code Enforcement, City Manager Michael Bornstein became “infinitely aggravated” and took Thompson to task and calling his news report, “egregious” and “incompetent”.

Some City of Lake Worth history is in order:

Palm Beach Post article from October, 2005.

Click on image to enlarge:
Fast-forward 12 years later. . . at the City Commission on June 20th, 2017, there was a proclamation for “Code Enforcement Officers Week”. Those in attendance from the Code Dept. received the biggest applause I’ve heard in a long time at City Hall.

They deserve it.

Rumor Control: “Is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about to begin dredging operations in Lake Osborne?” No!

Heading into another election season: Beware the rumors floating around in this little City of Lake Worth.

This rumor, revived and re-circulated over and over again from certain neighborhoods west of I-95 is nothing new and has to be regularly debunked: No. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not going to “reconfigure” Lake Osborne into the shape of a dolphin:
The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they plan to dredge and reconfigure Lake Osborne as part of a federal mandate to return lakes and waterways to their “pre-development” state.

There is not and never was a plan by the U.S. Army Corps and reshape Lake Osborne to look like a dolphin. The lesson is be very careful of rumors and wild speculation.

However, reconfiguring Lake Osborne to look like “Flipper (the “aquatic Lassie”) seemed like a good idea to some people back in the day, according to Mr. Tom McGow:

“Local resident ■■■■ ■■■■■■■■, who lives close to the lake, added, ‘I like it!
For another look back in time from Mr. McGow, readPublix Works” published in April 2010, prior to construction of our dependable, treasured, and reliable supermarket here in our City.

Dear blog readers: You decide. Why do you think the blog post below is the
most-viewed all month?

It’s a blog post from Dec. 20th titled, “About an incident in ‘suburban Lake Worth’ by reporter Meryl Kornfield.”

After you finish reading this blog post, scroll back up and click on this link for another December news article by Post reporter Olivia Hitchcock. Then ask yourself this question, “Why would an article in the Post about an incident in ‘suburban Lake Worth’ receive so much attention on a blog called Lake Worth City Limits”?

To follow the reporter on Twitter click on this link.

The news report by Post reporter Meryl Kornfield, see excerpt below, is the type of reporting one usually expects from Olivia Hitchcock and Julius Whigham II. And it’s a good sign the Post is discovering new talent that will actually take the time, like Hitchcock and Whigham, to inform the public about where a crime or crimes actually happened.

This is the kind of news reporting
the public deserves:

A 22-year-old Greenacres man has been arrested on armed robbery charges after an altercation at a suburban Lake Worth apartment [emphasis added] last week, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
     A resident of the apartment identified Tyrio S. Mortel as one of three men who walked uninvited into an apartment on Mooring Court, just south of the Lantana airport, at about 11:30 that morning, according to an arrest report.

To read the entire article in the Post click on this link.

Click on image to enlarge. The Lantana Airport is also in unincorporated Palm Beach County, referred to
as “suburban Lake Worth”:
Close by the airport is the “Emerald Lakes development on Sixth Avenue South”, the location of a recent dog attack reported in the Post

Where did this dog attack happen? This attack also occurred in suburban Lake Worth. But after the article by beat reporter Kevin Thompson was published in last week’s Sunday edition decided to create a short quiz for my blog readers. Did this dog attack happen. . .
  1. In the City of Lake Worth?
  2. In the Village of Palm Springs?
  3. None of the above?
Of course, the answer is 3.

The Palm Beach Post, remember, is the County’s ‘Paper of Record’. A paper of record relies on its editors to make certain the ‘news’ is accurate and reliable for the public. Should the City of Lake Worth come to expect any less?

Now please scroll back up to read about the article by Olivia Hitchcock published in the Post on Friday, Dec. 15th.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

From Mary Lindsey: “For months I’ve been meaning to cancel my subscription to the tedious Palm Beach Post.”

Word for word, below is what was posted on Facebook yesterday, Christmas Day:

Yes, I’m a procrastinator; a trait that’s not helpful for someone who nonetheless keeps adding plates to spin, but there I am. For months I’ve been meaning to cancel my subscription to the tedious Palm Beach Post. Not because I felt the need to protest the worse than spotty accuracy of their coverage of Lake Worth.
     And not because they seem oblivious to exactly where the City of Lake Worth is and isn’t nestled in the heart of Palm Beach County. And not because I don’t personally care for the Post reporter assigned to Lake Worth, because I do. Kevin D. Thompson​ has always seemed to be a good and decent man, with whom I’ve had many not-unpleasant and always polite disagreements. In fairness, I will always remain grateful for his stories featuring news about Lake Worth community efforts I’ve been involved in like Neighborhood Watch and of course the early days of the Little Free Libraries project. Still, I have been propelled at last, from a mild discontent into an unbearable ennui* that must be attended to. That this happened on this starry Christmas morning is both sad and surprising.
     The article published on the “In Focus Lake Worth” section of the Post today lists “The 5 biggest stories of 2017” with these two topping the list: ‘Hurricane Irma Knocks Out Power’ and ‘Gang Killings Tied To MS-13’. Trailing behind those is worthy mention of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival​ followed by an inexplicable mention of the post-hurricane aid, not administered nor funded by the City of Lake Worth, which was distributed in John Prince Park, not located in the City of Lake Worth. In fact, a resident of West Palm Beach, not the City of Lake Worth, who lost power supplied by FP&L and again, not the City of Lake Worth, is the person chosen to quote on this, one of the chosen biggest of Lake Worth’s news items for this year. [emphasis added]
     The final fifth ‘top story’ selection recounts recent actions by the City of Lake Worth to amend and improve the Historic Preservation policies. I find this selection to be both benign and bewildering but among those topics upon which Kevin and I might exchange a civil difference of opinion regarding it’s importance in light of the countless, unsung and woefully under-reported efforts of neighbors in Lake Worth caring for each other. I wish for Kevin D. Thompson and his family all the best of health and happiness.
     I wish for the Palm Beach Post to acquire a modicum of regard for our City that we who spend our lives and our livelihood here hold dear. And I wish everyone only good news in the New Year.

*ennui: noun. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and congratulations
to reporters Kristina Webb and
Meryl Kornfield!

Both are featured on the front page of The Palm Beach Post today.

In today’s Monday Christmas Day edition of The Palm Beach Post in the “Local” ‘B’ section, reporter Kristina Webb received the banner headline story about the Village of Wellington’s “Voter-approved surtax will yield millions for Wellington’s coffers.” The banner headline is,

“Sales tax might fund park projects”

And congratulations Meryl Kornfield!

Post reporter Kornfield has three (3) articles on the front page of the “Local” section. Three on Christmas Day!

If you recall it was a recent article by Meryl Kornfield that has received so much attention on this blog from the news reading public here in the City of Lake Worth and beyond. . . Ask yourself this question:

“Why would an article in the Post about an incident in ‘suburban Lake Worth’ receive so much attention on a blog called Lake Worth City Limits”?

Hopefully this new wave of Millennial reporters at the Post will get the attention of the ‘good ole boys’ and so-called ‘experienced’ beat reporters covering the City vis-à-vis the difference between the actual City and all those areas out in unincorporated Central Palm Beach County called “suburban Lake Worth”.

Just don’t hold your breath.

Anyhow, here are the 3 articles by Kornfield in today’s Monday Christmas edition:

For a long time here in the City of Lake Worth many have wished that Post reporter Lulu Ramadan would be sent to our City to be our local beat reporter but that’s not going to happen. Ramadan is stuck covering the stodgy Delray (‘Dull’-ray) and Boca beats. How terrible!

So the cry, “We want Lulu” and that news segment by Lulu at LULA — HATCH at 1121 Lucerne Ave. — is sadly never going to happen.

But who knows what the New Year 2018 will bring! Before long maybe we’ll see a young lady from The Palm Beach Post at a future City of Lake Worth Commission meeting.

Wouldn’t that be a breath of fresh air, a
young female beat reporter covering our
City of Lake Worth beat?

For a brief time back in 2010 Post reporter Lona O’Connor was the City of Lake Worth’s beat reporter.

Since at least 2008 every other beat reporter from the Post has been male, e.g., Willy Howard, Eliot Kleinberg briefly, Chris Persaud (who won two prestigious awards for election reporting) and then — after almost a year of not having a beat reporter from the Post in then comes Kevin Thompson who was supposed to covering our City and Greenacres as well, two similarly-sized small cities.

For the recent history of beat reporters here in
the City of Lake Worth click on this link.
Isn’t it about time for fresh new outlook,

Press release:

“Prestigious Awards to be Presented to Donald Trump for Mar-a-Lago and Trump International Golf Course PALM BEACH, Fla. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Feb. 13, 2001”

The Florida Society of the American Institute of Building Design will present awards to Donald Trump for the Mar-a-Lago Club restoration and the innovative special construction techniques applied to the Clubhouse at Trump International Golf Course at an awards ceremony and presentation February 24, 2001.
     The Florida Society of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) will present the Honor Award of Excellence, the highest commendation presented by the Florida Society, to Donald Trump for the restoration of Mar-a-Lago, formerly the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, and now an exclusive private club in Palm Beach.
     “Mar-a-Lago is unique in all the world,” commented Mr. Trump. “As a collector of great buildings, I thank the American Institute for Building Design for recognizing my efforts in restoring this architectural masterpiece and in making Mar-a-Lago the successful private club that it is today.”
     In reference to the future, an Award of Merit will also be presented to congratulate Mr. Trump on the implementation of a special construction technique called “phased” or “Fast Track” construction for the Clubhouse at Trump International Golf Course located a few miles west of the Mar-a-Lago Club.
     “The phased construction method is an idea whose time has come. The AIBD feels this new technique will have an important impact on the future of the building design industry,” stated Steven Mickley, Vice President of the Florida AIBD. Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony that will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 12:15 p.m. in the Special Events tent located at the Trump International Golf Course, 3505 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.
     The awards will be accepted by Mr. C. Wesley Blackman, Director of Projects for the Trump Organization, and Mr. Pat Capalbo, Construction Supervisor for the Trump Organization who will also speak on the restoration process and the development of the “phased construction” technique. Ms. Barbara Knick, President of the Florida Society AIBD, and Mr. Steven A. Mickley, Vice-President Florida AIBD, will present the awards.
     Following the awards presentation, there will be a tour of the clubhouse construction site and an overview presentation of the golf course.

Florida History from the Florida Historical Society: The Breakers in Town of Palm Beach.

“Originally opened in 1896 and named
The Palm Beach Inn. . .”

“Originally opened in 1896 and named The Palm Beach Inn, the hotel was part of oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler’s East Coast Hotel system which offered places to stay for those traveling on Flagler’s East Coast Railroad. The wooden structure burned down in 1903, but was soon rebuilt. Named the Breakers due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, it burned again in 1925 and was finally rebuilt using concrete instead of wood. Some the wealthiest and most influential people in America at the time stayed in the Breakers including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, the Morgans, and several U.S. presidents. Today the facility still functions as an exclusive hotel and covers 140 acres of prime real estate along the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County.”

“I have to tell you, in 23 years I’ve never, ever seen so many people come out. . .”

Coming up on January 5th, 2018, will be the second anniversary when the community in Lake Worth rallied to save our historic Gulfstream Hotel. And we’re still left wondering and looking for answers. Again.

But on January 5th, 2016, the future looked so bright:

The Coastal Observer ran a popular series of articles focusing on Lake Worth history, one that’s hard to imagine without our iconic Downtown hotel.

It was on Jan. 5th, 2016, at a Lake Worth City Commission meeting where one of South Florida’s most well-known land use attorneys, representing the owners of the Gulfstream Hotel that day, said this:

“I have to tell you, in 23 years I’ve never, ever seen so many people come out, leave their homes at dinner time to speak in favor of an application. It just doesn’t happen. People come to speak against, but people don’t come to speak in favor. So I am overwhelmed by the volume of people that have been here this evening.”

Earlier that evening, the video below is Lake Worth resident and businesswoman Ariana Peters giving testimony why she believed the Gulfstream Hotel redevelopment would be so positive for our City. At the 1:00 mark she says:

“I believe the Gulfstream project is not only the right step but also a very crucial step in the right direction. I thank the board for their consideration of this project and I’m looking forward to the re-opening of this great landmark bringing people to Lake Worth who have always been hesitant and to finally showing off our town’s incredible Downtown and one of the best assets Lake Worth has to offer. Thank you.[standing applause follows]

Three dogs, one a “sweetheart” named Lesi, who attacked Layla whilst Oreo, a Chihuahua mix, stood by helplessly.

A very special news story for
New Year’s Day in the L-Dub . . . and hoping for accurate news reporting in the New Year of 2018.

Please take note, this is not a joke: The ‘news’ you’ll read about below was actually published on Dec. 17th in the Sunday Palm Beach Post. However, please keep Layla in your prayers still recovering from the attack by that ‘sweetheart’ Lesi who wasn’t given the same chance to go after little Oreo.

Everyone wants to know. How are Lesi,
Layla, and Oreo doing?
“Did you know today, New Year’s Day, is the Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Cursory Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE)?”

But. . . where did this kerfuffle happen between Lesi, Layla, and Oreo? That’s the ‘inexplicabe’ thing about this entire incident. Why? Because it starts out like a mystery wrapped up in a word salad. But the puzzle was solved. And you will be very surprised. Please continue reading about Lesi, Layla, and little Oreo:

And then, “Meanwhile, back
in Lake Worth. . .”?

Once again, this story actually appeared in the print edition of the Post, on page B3, the ‘Local’ section on Sunday, Dec. 17th. After reading this article many of you will be left scratching your head wondering,

“Where did this dog attack happen? In my neighborhood in Lake Worth or near a City park?
Is the Lake Worth City Commission aware of this?”

Where exactly did this dog attack happen? Learn the answer below following a short quiz.

But first, compare and contrast the ‘news’ on December 17th vs. a news report published on the Friday prior:
Reporter Olivia Hitchcock clearly cited where the incident “Crash knocks out electricity to 3,000” occurred. Why did the Lake Worth Electric Utility respond to an incident in Palm Springs?

Click on this link to learn why.

The ‘news’ story that appeared in the Dec. 17th print edition will have you shaking your head like a boxer with fleas “sniffing the grass”. Trust me, you’ll be asking yourself, “Where did this dog attack happen?” You’ll have to read it at least twice before it even starts to make sense.

This dog attack, one that “can sometimes be fast and inexplicable” is in itself ‘inexplicable’, like a day old word salad tossed away, wrapped up tightly in a newspaper that costs too much anyway. 

Or is this ‘news’ about a dog attack actually solvable? Like a puzzle of words that include:

Palm, Springs, suburban, Lake, Worth, unincorporated, Melaleuca, 6th Ave., Emerald, Vista, apartments, County, Animal, and Control?

Where did this dog attack happen? Would this be the apartments along Emerald Vista off Melaleuca Lane in Palm Springs? Take the quiz; pick one. Did this dog attack happen. . .
  1. In the City of Lake Worth?
  2. In the Village of Palm Springs?
  3. None of the above?
The answer is 3. “Emerald Lakes development on Sixth Avenue South” is in unincorporated Palm Beach County or also referred to as suburban Lake Worth.

However, within the article in the Post yesterday — if you can make it that far without getting a headache — is some very helpful information: 

     “When incidents and attacks happen daily, they do, but the severity will vary,” Walesky [Cpt. David Walesky at Palm Beach County Animal and Control] said.

And then in the story about Lesi, “Meanwhile,
back in Lake Worth. . .”

“But a lot of those [dog attacks] are happening inside the home with visiting family members, friends who visit the homes, it’s not necessarily dogs running loose,” he [Walesky] said.
     Meanwhile, back in Lake Worth, ■■■■■ said he was in shock about what happened. “I trusted that dog and she’s never hurt anyone before,” he said. “I’ve never seen her be aggressive before.”

Click on this link if you’re interested in learning more about Palm Beach County Animal Care
and Control.

The main facility is located at 7100 Belvedere Road in suburban West Palm Beach (west of Florida Turnpike). Main phone number is 561-233-1200.

Animal Care & Control offers a variety of low-cost services for pets residing in Palm Beach County: rabies vaccinations, annual vaccine packages, microchipping and more!
     Please note, all pets surrendered to Animal Care & Control must be current on vaccinations (this is for the health and safety of the pet).
     Proof of vaccinations is required. For pets not current on vaccines, they can be brought to the shelter for this service; pet owners will then need to take the pet home for 14 days to allow the vaccines time to take effect before surrendering.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas poem from the 1891
Tropical Sun:

Click on image to enlarge.
Lotus Cove was a small settlement just north of Lantana, perhaps the southern part of
present-day Lake Worth.

For some the holidays are a good
time for vehicle maintenance.

For example, when was the last time you replaced the blinker fluid? Learn how:

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Poolside. The Colony Hotel, Town of Palm Beach, 1961.

Photo courtesy of Slim Aarons.

A timely message from Lake Worth Commissioner Andy Amoroso in this week’s Lake Worth Herald.

“Thank You!

Residents of Lake Worth for your Support & Confidence in allowing me to serve as your Commissioner for 3 more years.

I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous
New Year!

Happy Holidays!”

To congratulate District 3 Commissioner Amoroso call him at 561-398-8340 or send an email to:

To see the front page news in this week’s Herald and Coastal & Greenacres Observer click on this link. Have news or an upcoming event to promote? Interested in subscribing or advertising in the Herald? Contact the editor at 561-585-9387 or email:

“Table Talk” reading the Lake Worth Herald begins on
January 9th. Click on this link to register. It’s free.
Want to pick up the print edition? Go to the City’s newsstand at 600 Lake Ave. and say “Hello” to
the proprietor, Commissioner Andy Amoroso.
The Herald is still ¢50!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Do you have the right insurance for “the Rapture”? “The End Times”?

The image below is from 2 years, 6 months,
and 12 days ago. But. . .

Are you prepared for “the End Times?”
What about insurance?
If you’re reading this you survived 2015, 2016, and nearly made it through 2017. However, still concerned about “the Rapture”?

So much to worry about: the Rapture, or as some refer to it, the End Times.

However, you can ease your mind a bit by having the right insurance for your home or condo, slip and fall coverage, etc. Read this article titled, “Types of Insurance Needed for the Rapture”; two excerpts:

     It would be a very smart idea to be prepared for the aftermath of the Rapture. Christians who will be operating machinery will be taken by Jesus in the blink of an eye. [emphasis added] The unmanned machinery will go astray and will cause mass destruction on earthBeing properly insured for such a disaster is a must if unsaved people want to survive the Rapture event.

Here are some examples of insurance to consider:

  • Life insurance: “If the missing person does have life insurance, the beneficiaries in the insurance can claim and receive a payout from the insurance agency.
  • Personal accident insurance: “To be able to endure post-rapture events and be able to have at least somewhat of a chance at getting through the majority of the tribulation, a person needs to have personal accident insurance.
  • Home insurance: “Commercial and private planes will crash into homes. Automobiles will smash into homes. Stoves and ovens will be left on after people are taken by Christ and they will catch the homes on fire.
  • Car insurance: “After the rapture takes place, there will also be many thieves roaming the streets due to lack of police staff. There will be a good share of car thefts that will take place during that time.
  • Salvation insurance: “Getting saved is the best insurance policy a person can obtain for the Rapture event.

Best of luck the rest of 2017!