Friday, December 21, 2018

Keep the faith everyone in Greenacres, Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores and Lantana. Your time will come.

Gatehouse Media took over the operations at The Palm Beach Post on May 1st. Expect some big changes in the New Year 2019.

The change was very subtle and very quick. On March 2nd on p. 2 of the print edition, below the fold, “Gatehouse Media” replaced “Cox Media Group”:

Gatehouse Media took over the Palm Beach Daily News too. Luckily for both newspapers the property and offices at 2751 S. Dixie Hwy. were not sold off.

Anyhow. . .

Three years ago the Post had a beat reporter assigned to the City of Greenacres. One of the last issues covered by the Post was the merge of the Greenacres PD with PBSO. The merge must be working out spectacularly because the editor(s) haven’t assigned a reporter to this story for, you guessed it, nearly three years. For dutiful and faithful readers of the print edition an update about crime stats from Greenacres may be surprising news. Or not surprising at all.

On the topic of public policy. . . What if another village, town or city is considering merging their police department with PBSO. An update about what happened in Greenacres would be most helpful, would it not?

By the way, many of you will be surprised to learn the City of Lake Worth located right here in Central Palm Beach County (CPBC) is smaller in land area than Greenacres and has a lower population as well. So what makes Lake Worth so special probably just came down to a coin flip or it’s a much shorter drive from the offices at the Post on Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach.

On the topic of CPBC how much do you know about the Village of Palm Springs and Town of Lake Clarke Shores? If you rely on the Post’s ‘Local’ section, not very much. But that may change if Gatehouse Media decides big changes are in order for that newspaper.

If the Post has so many resources why devote so much attention to just the City of Lake Worth? Are cities west of us just “flyover County”?

Aren’t you interested in what’s happening between the City of Lake Worth and the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach?

The print edition of The Palm Beach Post’s Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) is Every Monday. Each and every Monday. Do you live in Greenacres and desperately need the phone number for the Lake Worth sewer department? Parks and recreation? That’s right. You’ll find those phone numbers for the City of Lake Worth, and others, every Monday in the Post. Every single Monday for the last three years.

More people in Greenacres by now could probably tell you the phone number for the Public Works Dept. in Lake Worth than know the phone number for their own Public Works Dept. in Greenacres (by the way, that phone number is 561-642-2071).

Why can’t Greenacres and Palm Springs
be special every now and then?

And Lake Clarke Shores too?

Every Monday the little 6-square-mile City of Lake Worth is highlighted along with much larger cities. Greenacres is a little city too. So is Palm Springs. And so is Lake Clarke Shores.

If you’ve been paying attention, read this blog, or get The Lake Worth Herald you have a real good idea what’s going on in Lake Worth. But imagine you live in Greenacres and have been trying everything to get the attention of a Post beat reporter. You grab that Monday paper and it’s the LWVVSMCPE again. Really?

“Ahhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhhhh! God!!!!!!!!!”

This question about why Lake Worth is so special is certainly being pondered by residents, city governments and politicians in Lantana, Hypoluxo, Greenacres, Palm Springs, Atlantis, Lake Clarke Shores and other cities as well. And ask yourself this, why isn’t Delray Beach special? Lulu Ramadan is the Post beat reporter in Delray. Can anyone explain why Ramadan and Delray don’t get a special day now and then?

Six square miles. Six. 6. That’s the size of the City of Lake Worth. Palm Beach County is 2,386 square miles. Lake Worth is 0.25% of that. Lake Worth’s percentage of the County population? 0.0026. That’s it. However, if you’re a regular reader of The Palm Beach Post you’d think this City is a much bigger player on the stage. It’s not. We’re a blip compared to our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach.

So. Do you live in Greenacres? Palm Springs? Have news you would like to see published in the Post print edition other than about a crime or vehicle crash? You’ll just have to keep working hard to get some attention and maybe some day soon you’ll get your Special Day in The Palm Beach Post too.

Just not Monday.