Thursday, July 20, 2017

The blog post below, you can say, “struck a nerve”.

Get prepared, Lake Worth. An old idea is new again in The Palm Beach Post!

“We’re in a housing crisis!”

“Why can’t we just live in shipping containers?”

This item appeared online in the Post last month, an excerpt:

During an affordable housing summit in West Palm Beach Wednesday, he [Craig Vanderlaan, executive director of Crisis Housing Solutions] told a ballroom full of county officials, lenders and developers that re-purposed shipping containers can be part of the answer to a problem they said has reached a crisis point.

Somebody or some group very soon here in the City of Lake Worth is going to fall for this. Again. Just wait and see.

This is old news from two years ago: groups of people here in the City wanting to build communities or find neighborhoods to place shipping containers to live in. The problem is there were some who actually believed it could happen. Before long somebody will throw out a line like this at a City meeting or write a Letter to the Editor at the Post:

“Perhaps this could be replicated here?”

There’s just one problem, as was pointed out on this blog in 2015, a blog post titled, “Airbnb, eco-tourism, hipster cred, and shipping containers”:

But before you get all excited check the zoning code first before diving ahead. More likely than not this type of structure is prohibited where you live. For instance, you couldn't build this in Lake Worth or most other cities in the County.

These containers, if you didn’t know, are those large containers that get placed on tractor trailers and trains for distribution of commodities, products, etc. throughout the country. You’ll also see these containers used by companies for storage, temporary and permanent, on back lots and work sites.

No one is going to get approval to live in a shipping container here in a coastal city in Palm Beach County. Perhaps in the unincorporated County somewhere, but not here in the little City of Lake Worth.

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