Saturday, March 25, 2017

Business owner at the Beach and thoughts on Casino complex and pool. Observations almost 2 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 22 months later. The Casino complex at our Beach along with the municipal pool—now closed for safety and structural reasons—will be big items to address. A former commissioner last year 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.

Hopefully 2017 will be the year we put all or most of this to rest and move on as a community. We’ve been dealing with this mess for far too many years now.

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. She is one of those from a previous City administration that made all those decisions in the first place, e.g., the Greenwashing due to an out-of-control budget.

All these problems are now left for the current City Commission to fix: Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and commissioners Andy Amoroso, Omari Hardy, and Herman Robinson.

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

Below the video is the blog post written back in 2015 that accompanied the post. You’ll hear Mr. Lipton say things you’ll agree with and maybe some things you don’t. Hopefully our City will rally around people with ideas and solutions—not all of them accepted or agreed upon—instead of following past ‘visionaries’.

Without further ado. . .
“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.

Lipton looked at the restaurant space above Mulligan’s. His question: If it’s such a great place for a restaurant, why aren’t they lined up around the block waiting to sign a lease? He caused a stir at the 2:40 mark in the video when he said our municipal pool is an embarrassment, not because of what it is, but because of what is possible. ‘It could be great’, he said.

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! And it also would be a good idea to make reservations to avoid a wait: call 561-582-9001.

Sushi-grade quality tuna along with a view of the BEACH!

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