Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just one more day to get the word out. Please scroll down if you’ve read this message already.

Made a change to the blog, Dear Readers. Now a few ads will appear below in this left-hand column. I sincerely hope you don’t find these ads distracting and over the next several weeks will gauge the mood of my readers. If the consensus is, “Take Them Down!” will happily do so.

In the meantime, if you see an ad that interests you, click on it and see what it’s all about. Prior to placing ads in this left-hand column these ads used to appear in the right column. And many times those ads were for The Palm Beach Post, but more on that a little later.

The ads are not controlled by me! The content is not of my choice. So, if you see something you don’t like just ignore it and continue to scroll down.

Last year penned this blog post:

“This blog began on May 3rd, 2006. A look back — Historical Overview of our Current City Hall (former Municipal Auditorium)”

Well, now it’s almost a year later, again — this coming May will be the 11th year of this blog; hard to believe — last year was the most popular year ever, coming up on 2.2M visits.

On the subject of ads, however, the editors at the Post did have a choice on whether or not to publish an ad for then-citizen Mr. Donald Trump. And they did! Click on this link to learn about all that.

How many Democrats in Palm Beach County spilled their coffee or coughed up a muffin when they saw this ad last November? “VOTE TRUMP!”
A full page ad in the Post on Sunday, November 6th, 2016, page A5. Were you a Hillary Clinton supporter like myself? Did you write a Letter to the Editor and “speak your mind”? It’s never too late. Learn how using this link.

Now stay tuned for a message from. . .

Idea: Have a representative from the City of Lake Worth invite a representative from a nearby Chamber of Commerce to discuss “Florida 2030”.

The information below was found in yesterday’s (Friday, April 7th) print edition of The Palm Beach Post, page B4, Local Section, below the fold from

The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches 
401 North Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-833-3711 (Fax 561-833-5582)

“On March 14 the Florida Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches partnered in the presentation of a Town Hall to discuss Florida’s future.
     Florida 2030 is our opportunity to work together to strengthen your community, your business, and your future. Help us make Florida a better place for tomorrow by engaging in Florida 2030 today.

     “When it comes to securing Florida’s future, it’s important to think long term. Florida will need to create 2 million net new jobs between now and 2030, and 6 million more people will call our state home.
     Florida 2030 is a two-year research program that will serve as Florida’s next blueprint to stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future. Through the Florida 2030 Town Hall briefings, we’ve heard more than 5000 voices and have been to more than 50 counties to engage business and community leaders in identifying key trends and the factors that can drive our regional economy,” said Tony Carvajal, executive vice president, Florida Chamber Foundation.

Remember, “If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.”
—Quote by Michael Bradley ‘Mike’ Enzi.

TOMORROW: City residents to “Walk The Walk” with PBSO and Pineapple Beach.

Tomorrow (April 9th) is a Community Walk to “Walk The Walk” with PBSO. Mr. Craig Frost from the Pineapple Beach Neighborhood Assoc. is coordinating this:
  • Walk begins at 4:00.
  • Meet at South Grade Elementary (716 South ‘K’ St.).
  • PBSO will be there in force (with horse-mounted deputies as well).
  • To contact Pineapple Beach use Facebook; email: pbna561@gmail.com 
What can you expect? Below is a video when Cpt. Rolando Silva led Lake Worth’s PBSO District 14 (Silva is now the captain in Wellington). Cpt. Todd Baer now leads District 14.

1940s. View of Bath and Tennis Club Pool in Palm Beach

This historic image is of the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach which featured bathers and poolside revelers in the 1940s. Diving was popular at area resort pools back in the day:

 Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sally Welsh and water exercise: Just in case you may have missed this news from yesterday.


Water exercise classes with Sally Welsh and there’s another party coming up! News in this week’s Herald below. 


Take Note: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, water exercise classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Gleneagles Club pool* located at 2728 Lake Worth Rd. just outside the City (½ mile east of Congress Ave. on the south side of Lake Worth Road). Classes are $6 each or $40 for eight classes.

And Sally says, “Let’s plan a water exercise picnic for Saturday, May 6th, after class at Lake Lytal. There’s a pavilion inside the pool area. Everybody brings something to share!”

For more information about water exercise classes text Sally at 561-281-5086. Below is more news from this week’s Herald:

     Saturdays beginning April 8 a water exercise class will be held at Lake Lytal pool, 3645 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, beginning at 10 a.m. Class fee of $5 is payable to Sally as she is renting the space at $25 an hour.
     Evening classes are held at Lake Worth High School pool, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m., adult swim and adult water exercises, 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Pool is heated and ready to go. Locker rooms available. Register online and click on “Fun and Leisure classes.” Registration is now through April 10. $55 for 14 classes.

More information from the Herald:
  • Walk-in registration at the Lake Worth High School pool is Monday–Thursday, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Building #6, Room 101, just off the handicap ramp. Cash and checks only.
  • Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center (561-233-1426): Open Tuesday–Saturday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Gleneagles Aquatic Center (561-966-7080): Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m.–6:00.
  • Pools at Lake Lytal and Gleneagles have lap lanes available.
To pick up The Lake Worth Herald visit the City’s newsstand located at 600 Lake Ave. across from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The newspaper is still ¢50!

To subscribe or find out more about our City’s community newspaper use this link.

*About the Gleneagles facility, Sally says, “There are four to six lap lanes and plenty of chairs to sunbathe. There’s a jacuzzi with 15 feet of seats to sit in the warm water up to your neck! This is turned on after classes.”

Downtown Lake Worth (Lake Avenue and ‘L’ Street c. 1971): The Lake Theater.

The Cultural Council is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00–5:00 (closed Sunday and Monday). Call 561-471-2901 for more information. Plenty of free parking available. Use this link for more helpful information.

The Cultural Council building, how it looked circa 1971.

How the building looks today:

Photo courtesy of the Jim Stafford collection.

Here’s another image soon after the building was constructed:


It turns out the architect was Roy Benjamin and almost all he did was movie theaters in Florida and Georgia in late 1930’s through the 1950’s. Below is one of his designs in Pahokee called the Prince Theater. You can see striking similarities to the structure in downtown Lake Worth.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

From Post reporter Jan Tuckwood: “Lake Clarke Shores goes all out to celebrate 60th”.

Here in Central Palm Beach County it’s pleasant and compelling to read about other cities other than just see blaring headlines about crime, fires, vehicle crashes, and other unfortunate mayhem. Today in the Post (see link and excerpts below) is an excellent, must-read article about our neighboring Town of Lake Clarke Shores:
“Palm Beach County’s premier lakeside community since 1957.”
Unfortunately, too often though, newsworthy and important information from other cities here in Central Palm Beach County doesn’t make it into the print edition of the Post (e.g., from the City of Greenacres). But more about that a little later.

The small Town of Lake Clarke Shores is east of Palm Springs, west of City of Lake Worth and I-95, indicated by the yellow shading in this map:
The Great Walled City of Atlantis, by the way, is south of Palm Springs (shaded purple). Areas in white are “suburban Lake Worth” and census-designated, unincorporated area called the “Lake Worth Corridor.

The City of Greenacres shares the same Post beat reporter with the City of Lake Worth but that city receives scant attention in that newspaper. For example, very important political news about Greenacres, “Requesting interest to serve as Councilperson in District IV”, was published in The Lake Worth Herald. The deadline to file is tomorrow for a seat on the Greenacres City Council (April 7th by 5:00).

Anyhow, to read the article by Jan Tuckwood about the Town of Lake Clarke Shores, that also appears in today’s (4/6) print edition, use this link. From the article:

Lake Clarke Shores knows how to throw a party.
     For its 60th birthday, the mayor cooked enough barbecue for almost all the town’s 3,500 residents.
     Mayor Robert Shalhoub and his son, Paul, who was just elected to the Town Council, started cooking Friday afternoon for the Sunday party.

And a “fun fact” about our neighboring town:

Lake named for John Clarke: In the early 1900s, John Clarke, son of Palm Beach pioneer Charles Clarke, planted pineapples and built a packinghouse on land south of the present Hillcrest Cemetery on Parker Avenue. He enjoyed fishing in the lake on the western edge of his land. He named the lake after himself.

And, of course, next Monday is another Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE):
One of these days maybe we’ll all be surprised when the Post begins to feature other cities and towns in the “B”, Local Section, other than just the same “Special Six” each and every week. Why cant other cities and towns be special too?

City of Lake Worth Press Release: Chinese President Xi Jianping’s visit to Eau Palm Beach in Manalapan.

For more information or media inquiries contact Ben Kerr, the City’s Communications Specialist at 561-586-1631; email: bkerr@lakeworth.org

April 5, 2017

City of Lake Worth Beach

The City of Lake Worth does NOT plan to close or restrict access to the Lake Worth Beach or the Lake Worth Casino Complex during Chinese President Xi Jianping’s planned visit in Palm Beach County.
     Additional security measures as well as delays from road closures in the area may increase travel times to and from the Lake Worth Beach.

News from South Florida Water Management District: “Appeals Court Sides with SFWMD in Major Legal Victory”

The news below is from January 18th, a SFWMD press release 78 days ago.

Question: Have you seen this news reported anywhere else? It’s never been reported in The Palm Beach Post.

“Ruling frees taxpayers from costly permitting obstruction in the operation of South Florida’s water management system”


For the entire press release from January 18th, use this link. Here are the opening 3 paragraphs:

West Palm Beach, FL - In a decision that saves South Florida families potentially billions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York) ruled that entities such as the South Florida Water Management District do not need costly federal permits to transfer water in operating water management systems: Trout Unlimited, Inc. et al, v. EPA et al, Docket No. 14-1823. The SFWMD intervened in this case supporting the EPA.
     “For decades, South Florida’s network of canals, pump stations and levees have successfully delivered flood protection while supplying water to millions of families, visitors and the environment,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O’Keefe. “In this critical ruling, the court has affirmed that SFWMD can continue its crucial work without the burdens of additional federal regulation.”
     The ruling that impacts water management on a national scale affirms SFWMD’s system, which serves 8.1 million people from Orlando to the Florida Keys, is consistent with the Clean Water Act. As such, SFWMD does not need National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to operate its system. Obtaining such permits is a complicated, litigious and costly endeavor.

Gulfstream Hotel: Just in case you may have missed this from yesterday. . .

A blog post titled, “Press Release from City of Lake Worth on the status of Gulfstream Hotel, District Court of Appeals Ruling”.

The photograph below was taken on January 1st, New Year’s Day, 2012. The Press Release follows below.
For more information and media inquiries contact Ben Kerr, the City’s Communications Specialist: 561-586-1631; email: bkerr@lakeworth.org

Lake Worth, FL* – Gulfstream Hotel, District Court of Appeals Ruling

On March 31st, 2017 the 4th District Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the previous court and confirmed that the City had acted legally in approving the Gulfstream Hotel annex to be built to 65′.
     The original suit and recent appeals claimed that the City had violated the City Charter in permitting a building plan that was over 45′. The City was represented by Carolyn Ansay of the Torcivia Law Firm.
     Throughout the process, both Carolyn and the City were confident that the approval of the Gulfstream Hotel Annex was legal. At this time the City is still considering whether or not to pursue court costs from the losing party.

“From the beginning of the process the City was confident that the law would support the rezoning and the two rulings have clarified this position. As a Lake Worth resident I look forward to the reopening of the historic hotel.”
—Carolyn Ansay, City Attorney.

Three more photographs from 2012:

A more recent photograph, 5 years later, in April, 2017:

*Located in central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.

New blog policy: What to do if you see or hear a false news report about the City of Lake Worth.

If you see a false news report about our City here is what you do, please forward that information to:
  • Mr. Ben Kerr, the City’s Communication Specialist
  • 561-586-1631
  • Email: bkerr@lakeworth.org
Another option is to contact your City commissioner or even the mayor if this topic is a concern of yours. Not satisfied with the response or received no response at all? Then go up the chain of command and contact the City Manager, Michael Bornstein (please note: will continue to monitor media/press reports and forward those to the City when necessary).


City of Lake Worth and reporter errors: Crime, blazes, and “Toxic Tide”? Some in media/press try to tell our City’s story. . . but don’t know where our City is (for more examples and why this issue is important, use this link).
 
The areas in white are the Lake Worth Corridor (census-designated) and other areas west of the City are unincorporated Palm Beach County: Suburban Lake Worth.

Just one example, one of many:

“A 25-year-old Florida man is accused of setting fire to a suburban Lake Worth country club last week and posted videos on Snapchat during the blaze [and. . .] Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews found the Sherbrooke Estates clubhouse fully engulfed in flames early Feb. 11.” 
Post reporter Olivia Hitchcock reported this news accurately; however, the initial report by Jim Hayward was false and drew this comment from a reader, “How is that considered Lake Worth?

There are local breaking news reporters at the Post, e.g., Julius Whigham II and Hitchcock who understand the western municipal border of our City is rather confusing; however, for a reporter to find the actual location — if it’s in the City or outside the municipal border — takes only a minute or two to verify. Find out how below. A hint? The numbers “00” and “38” give the answer.

Below is a zoning map of the City of Lake Worth. The western border is the one that’s confusing for many in the media and press. That border is roughly Lake Osborne Drive along the County’s John Prince Park and the L-4 (Keller) Canal leading into the C-51 Canal:

The City of Lake Worth has two Zip Codes: 33460 and part of 33461. There’s a ‘Lake Worth’ Zip Code on the edge of the Everglades: 33467. Use this link to learn more about this.

John Prince Park is in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Interestingly, the City of Lake Worth still has a County “enclave, a small unincorporated area within the City.

The items below (see bullet list) demonstrate the media’s confusion about the City of Lake Worth versus the vast unincorporated areas west not located within the City’s municipal limits. Those areas outside the City that confuse the media are Suburban Lake Worth, the census-designated Lake Worth Corridor, and “flyover County”*, none of which are located within the City’s municipal borders. Here are three examples of false media reports:
How are these mistakes made? It’s very simple: reporters relying on zip codes. But how do reporters such as WPTV’s Charlie Keegan and the Post’s Julius Whigham II always get it right? My guess is they take a few moments to type the news location address into the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and Voilà!

If the first 2 numbers of the Parcel Control Number are “38 that is the City of Lake Worth. If the first 2 numbers are “00 that is unincorporated Palm Beach County.

So why don’t all reporters take those few simple steps to find out this easily-found information? That folks is anyone’s guess.

*“Flyover County” is the unincorporated area between the City of Lake Worth and the Village of Wellington. Unless the news is about a crime or a vehicle crash many of these areas are regularly ignored by the press and media.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“What’s on Palm Beach County’s $50.4M ‘penny tax’ projects wish list?”


“$4 million toward a $6 million project to replace the pool complex at Lake Lytal Park

Information from this article in The Palm Beach Post, dated March 4th.

Just in case you’re interested, the City of Lake Worth has two County commissioners: Click on the following links to contact District 3 Commissioner Dave Kerner and District 7 Commissioner Mack Bernard.

Myth debunked: “Is the Gulfstream Hotel still sitting vacant because of Code Enforcement?”


The answer is “No. That’s complete nonsense.”  

Use this link to learn more about when the Post “backpedalled and fast” from a story about the Gulfstream Hotel last January. The theory in the Post today (see quote below in today’s print edition) that the elections last March put a whole new perspective on things is a valid one.

However, it’s also a valid theory that the Post reporting about the City of Lake Worth also changed significantly since the elections as well. For example. . .

“It’s very difficult dealing with code enforcement,” [Steven] Michael said, although the city gave Hudson Holdings all the key zoning approvals it needed to move forward. “There’s much room for improvement within the city departments. Not just for our project, but for the long term stability of Lake Worth.”
—Excerpt from The Palm Beach Post, dated January 17th, 2017.

“I’m a long-term investor and we want to be part of a city that is moving forward,” Michael told The Post at the time. “It’s not just about our investment, it’s important that investors follow us and I feel that Lake Worth isn’t promoting that.”
—Excerpt from The Palm Beach Post, dated today, April 5th, 2017.

Please note, highlights and emphasis added to the quotes above. 

The Lake Worth City Commission meeting last night.

Use this link to watch the City’s YouTube video of the meeting. Below is a Tweet the City sent out last night prior to the meeting:
Now that the City is putting meetings on YouTube, you can be directed to or find on your own, any particular discussion or debate.

It was quite the pleasure to sit near the back of the chambers and watch everything happen — just like it used to be — prior to Yours Truly taking up the task of videotaping City meetings and putting those videos on my own YouTube channel.

Some of those videos, you may recall, will be remembered for a very long time, for example, this one in particular from a meeting I was not able to attend, but videotaped off a TV screen playing the City’s video of the meeting the very next morning. Does that make sense?

Anyhow, here are some pics from last night:

Click on images to enlarge:
The view from my seat in the chambers last night.

Mayor Pam Triolo giving a City proclamation to our “water professionals”.

Our new City Commission in the New City of Lake Worth.

Attention Lake Worth: Don’t forget what happened last year and why our Annual Raft Race got cancelled.


UPDATE: We learned from Jon Faust, the president of the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC), at the City Commission meeting last night this year’s July 4th Raft Race theme will be “Under the Big Top”:

Noun: A large tent at a circus under which the main attractions are featured. Used figuratively to refer to the location where a primary or major event, show, or attraction is held, often in the phrase “under the big top.”
Adjective: Featured as the primary or major event, attraction, show, etc.

The theme for last year’s Raft Race was, “Toys! Out of the box”.

Click on image below to see all the generous sponsors.
But the Raft Race was cancelled last year. Find out why below. Don’t ever let nonsense like this ever happen again in our little City.

If you’ve already read this blog post, Thank You for visiting today, and please scroll down.

And looking back wonder how much different things would have been if we had a City spokesperson like Ben Kerr, for example, sending out press releases to the community.

Last year leading up to July 4th was all a media frenzy about “news” that wasn’t news at all. It was all made up. But the City, the NAPC, and others were forced to react because not reacting and doing something would have been seen as irresponsible at the time. The City was on its heels and under tremendous pressure.

The news vans descended on us last year taking pictures, press news stories, and Live video from helicopters of algae that naturally occurs all the time when the sun comes up and the rays cause living matter, mixed with storm runoff, to change and turn green. The press all said it was “toxic” blue-green algae from Lake Okeechobee. It wasn’t.

A neighborhood ‘spokesperson’ — that wasn’t a spokesperson at all, that was made up too — released an unauthorized press release. And that was picked up by the local reporters, the County press and media. Then the frenzy was on.

A City commissioner at the time with a PhD, ostensibly an expert about such things as this, could have called a press conference and set all this right and get the facts to the public, the media and the press as well. But instead he did nothing and just sat back and watched it all happen.

Reporters like Mike Magnoli from CBS12/WPEC showed up and started asking questions like, “Is the algae toxic in Lake Worth?” Of course the answer was “No” as we later found out from the SFWMD. And reporters should be reporting the news, not raising open-ended questions. Remember back, did the suggestion and/or questions get you to change your July 4th holiday plans last year?

The Great American Raft Race then got cancelled and it didn’t have to be. But the City, the NAPC et al., had no choice. If they didn’t cancel the event they would have been hammered by the press and editors at The Palm Beach Post, naming names and maybe even demanding resignations.

Here is one example of the press coverage, the end of Magnoli’s news segment:

“For the past few weeks and until July 15th amateur photographers are flocking here --for the Lake Worth Lagoon photo contest. The winners will be featured in a 2017 calendar. Those trying to get winning snapshots shouldn’t get too close to the algae. It can cause health problems that range from itchy eyes to nausea.

Click on image to enlarge:
Picture taken soon after Magnoli’s news segment of the C-51 Canal at Spillway Park in the City of Lake Worth. See any blue-green algae?

Interestingly, the day after the Great American Raft Race was cancelled there were kayakers and people in canoes in our Intracoastal off Bryant Park. But the news vans and press were all gone by then, racing north to the Indian River Lagoon. None of them talked about septic tanks leaking, it was all about the water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

Last year at the height of the blue-green algae kerfuffle, if you did happen to experience “itchy eyes to nausea” it might be you’ve been paying too much attention to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.

Take some time today and go to Spillway Park, the Lake Worth Lagoon, or the Snook Islands and try getting one of those winning photos for the 2018 Lake Worth Lagoon Photo Contest!

In other news from last year, Oystercatchers and other wildlife returned to Snook Islands. Do you see any blue-green algae blobs of slime in this photo?

Tonight. The Electric Utility Advisory Board (EUAB) meeting, the agenda follows:

Lake Worth City Hall, Conference Room
Wednesday, April 5th, 6:00
  • Roll Call.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Agenda: Additions/deletions/reordering.
  • Presentations.
  • Public participation of non-agendaed items.
  • Approval of minutes.
  • Unfinished business.
  • New business.
  • Board comments.
  • Board liaison reports and comments.
  • Adjournment.
Note: One of more members of any board or commission member may attend and speak.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Letter to the Editor in The Palm Beach Post today: Local Florida produce “likely” or “may be” contaminated?

A Letter to the Editor in the Post print edition today (4/4, excerpts below) is titled, “ ‘Local grown’ may be contaminated”. However, in the online edition the title is this:

The definition of the words “may (possibility) and “likely(probably, apparently) are very different.

The Letter to the Editor today ends with this line:

I’ll pass on “Florida local grown.”


For those of you who have never written a Letter to the Editor at the Post, e.g., a farmer, have a business that relies on Florida produce, or are someone who doesn’t appreciate our produce in Florida being mentioned in the same sentence as “toxic water”, then learn how to write a Letter to the Editor today using this link for the instructions.

Below is another excerpt from the Letter to the Editor in the Post today:
A new study looking for the source of pollution plaguing the Indian River Lagoon found that Florida vegetable farmers are irrigating their fields with toxic water. [emphasis added]
And whilst on the subject of the Indian River Lagoon and “Send the Water South!”, there is an article as well on page B2, below the fold by Jim Turner at the News Service of Florida titled, “Future of reservoir appears murky”:

Senate President Joe Negron’s priority of creating a reservoir to protect rivers and estuaries east and west of Lake Okeechobee appears to have a murky future.

and. . .

     The fight over the reservoir comes as Senate budget proposals released this week included $22.6 million for state land-buying programs — something that has no matching money in the House proposal — and $275 million for ongoing Everglades restoration projects.
     The House is pitching $166 million for Everglades restoration projects.

Stay tuned, as they say. And get cracking on those letters to the editor at the Post!

At the City Commission tonight: The Whispering Palms Neighborhood Assoc.

“One time each year a neighborhood association in Lake Worth can come before the City Commission to present their work and achievements.
     Tonight (Tuesday, April 4th) is our first time doing this community event and want as many members as possible to be there and speak or just show support.
     The meeting is at 6:00 and Ericka will be there at 5:00 to review our order of presentation.
     Commission meetings are where the action is in town. Let’s take a big step forward.”

There’s BREAKING NEWS in The Palm Beach Post today from last Friday.

“Hmmm. Why doesn’t Lake Worth have a volunteer advisory board overseeing homelessness and make policy for the undocumented?”

The answer is easy. The City of Lake Worth cannot overstep the authority of the County, State, and Federal governments. And even if the City were permitted to tackle these issues, the money would not be there to enforce anything. The City is now moving forward addressing 30+ years of benign neglect of our infrastructure — such as in Districts 1 and 2 — some areas with a large minority population and undoubtedly many undocumented people as well.

The City is not picking and choosing whose lives to improve. The goal is to improve everyone’s quality of life: no matter if one is a U.S. citizen or not.

But there’s trouble looming and here’s why.

If a citizen approaches an elected or City official tomorrow and asks for a volunteer advisory board to be created to address “civil citations” for undocumented immigrants what can that City official say? If Consent Agenda Item 9I passes tonight (see below), well, the answer will have to be, “I’ll bring it up at the next Commission meeting”. And can the mayor and other commissioners say, “No”? That will be difficult if that agenda item passes tonight.

And then the City will have one more advisory board when it’s already hard enough to find volunteers anyhow. And more staff time will be needed. And more money too.

And all this because last November the City made a terrible mistake. They opened the door:

Click on image to enlarge. Consent Agenda item 9I tonight:

The City of Lake Worth has no jurisdiction over the C-51 Canal. Read more about this below.

“Commissioner, why doesn’t Lake Worth have an advisory committee about the undocumented? Because they don’t care?”

A little while back posed this: “A quick question and a short answer: Will the new Lake Worth City Commission and elected officials be thrown off focus from their stated goals? Yes. The Commission and City government is going to thrown off focus. It’s only a matter of time.”

Here’s an excerpt from that blog post:

On a local level, within municipal borders, it’s very important for a city’s elected leaders to voice concerns over any issue, especially one of great concern to the community or a neighborhood. But when trying to set a policy, or leading the public to believe one can set policy, is when things can go very wrong. Specifically, what an elected body can control and what they can’t.
     And more importantly — that the public along the way is educated about what a city can do, such as what our Lake Worth City Commission can regulate — and what they can’t regulate and do, e.g., overstep the authority of County, the State, and Federal governments.

The City Commission tonight can do what they want as an elected body. They can pass the Consent Agenda item without discussion or pull it from the agenda and talk about it.

This issue revolves around the project called the “Blueway Trail”: use this link to read about it. To say the jurisdiction for Blueway Trail is complicated is an understatement: there’s the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC), the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), County and State interests, etc. Local cities, businesses, and others have been part of the process and discussion as well.

In conclusion just have this: At the TCRPC meetings and the Blueway Trail Coalition meetings thus far, have there been any City of Lake Worth property owners in attendance — specifically any with property along the C-51 Canal — east of the Spillway structure?

And if one were truly interested in being engaged in the process, and wanted to provide input, wouldn’t these meetings be a good place to show that interest? Ask questions? Express concerns?

Click on image to enlarge:
The C-51 Canal between the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach. Property owners along the canal have what’s called an “easement”. Learn more about that using this link.

UPDATE. The Ribbon Cutting for Domino Park today was cancelled, to be rescheduled.

Because County funds are being used for Domino Park here in the City of Lake Worth there have been scheduling conflicts and the ribbon cutting today has been cancelled — this happens from time to time — stay tuned for another date and time to come some time shortly.

For questions and media inquiries contact Lake Worth’s Communications Specialist, Mr. Ben Kerr: 561-586-1631; email: bkerr@lakeworth.org (the original press release follows)

Ribbon Cutting – Lake Worth Domino Park (South G St. between 8th Ave. South and 9th Ave. South)

The City of Lake Worth is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for “Domino Park” that has been upgraded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to better accommodate residents.

Domino Park was an unimproved parcel of land in the City right-of-way that has been used as a community meeting place for years by residents in the area. Palm Beach County allowed the City to utilize un-expended CDBG funds to provide a more attractive venue and protection from the elements.

“We were able to complete some of our other CDBG projects on time and under budget, so the County graciously allowed us to put the remaining funds toward other locations – Domino Park and the upgrading of the Osborne Pavilion specifically. Residents in the area are always out here playing checkers and dominos, so it’s great we were able to clean it up and provide a permanent structure to this community meeting place.”
—Jamie Brown, Director of Public Services

Located in central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.

City Commission meeting tonight. Check this out on the City’s website, on the main page.

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The “Live Broadcast Channel” is now on the opening page of the City’s website. Stay tuned — the next Commission meeting is tonight at 6:00. Use this link for the agenda.

Sviatoslav Gerasimchuk has an idea for Lake Worth and kayakers everywhere.

This visionary idea for a kayak or boat (see video below) can be folded 20,000 times and damaged panels are recycled by sending them back to the factory:

HYPAR is a modular smartboat that can be quickly transformed from a kayak into a rowing, sailing or even a solar powered motor boat. Its innovative hull shape ensures great speed and stability while the groundbreaking folding design enables complete conversion from boat to backpack in less than 5 minutes. Portage and storage have never been so easy!

Mr. Gerasimchuk came across one of my blog posts about the Blueway Trail. How cool is that? Carry your kayak like a backpack to Spillway Park in Lake Worth and spend a few hours kayaking the Intracoastal and the inland Chain of Lakes.

Enjoy the video:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shanon Materio’s father passed away.

“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

Red & white signs. News you won’t believe. Did you see the article by Post reporter Lulu Ramadan today?


Unbelievable. This article by reporter Lulu Ramadan made the print edition today, page B1, above the fold. Without further comment, below is a blog post from November 28th, 2015:

More red & white signs:
“In Jewish law, when something occurs three times it sets a precedent,” New [Rabbi Ruvi New] said. “We were confident that the precedent would stand.” Use this link to understand the quote in context.

Below is a news segment from Brian Entin at NBC5/WPTV [now with News7/WSVN in Miami] from November 25th [2015].

A few in the community there aren’t happy about their soon-to-be neighbor, the Chabad of East Boca and My Israel Center, which has been a vacant lot for quite some time. The Chabad has a Facebook page if you want to send them a supportive message and welcome them to south Florida.

Here are two excerpts from the news segment at WPTV:

A Boca Raton Planning and Zoning committee member says he was attacked through social media and email for supporting plans for a Jewish synagogue and museum in Boca Raton.
     “It was disconcerting. It was something I had not experienced before,” board member Glenn Gromann said.

and. . .

     Neighbors who did not want to appear on camera told WPTV crews they are not against Jewish people, but instead, worried about too much development in the coastal area.
     They’ve placed [red and white] “save our beaches” signs in their yards.
     “Save Boca beaches from what? From the synagogue? From Jewish people? That sends the wrong message,” Gromann said.
     Chabad of East Boca Rabbi Ruvi New believes the plans for the new center could be connected to a hate crime over the weekend.

Here is the video from WPTV from back in 2015:

Flashback: Empirical evidence from a reporter in 2013 that a former Lake Worth commissioner with a PhD didn’t want to hear.


Below is some very interesting content from a blog post back in September 2013, following an article in The Palm Beach Post that appeared the day prior written by reporter Emily Roach. . .

There was a heady intellectual discussion at last night’s [Sept. 3rd, 2013] City Commission meeting from Commissioner Chris McVoy [now a former commissioner] about the potential, or lack thereof, of a hotel opening, operating and being successful in downtown Lake Worth. He was taking a defeatist attitude that since there isn’t one operating now, how could there ever be one.

Mentioned too was made about occupancy rates but he really had no data to go on, making assumptions out of thin air.

McVoy pleaded for someone to show him the numbers showing that occupancy in Palm Beach County hotels is up, even in the off-season and is predicted to reach record levels. Usually, this sort of increase in demand leads to increases in supply (number of rooms). From the article:

Meanwhile, hoteliers are feeling some ease in their finances, as rates and occupancy levels slowly rebound.
     “I think a lot of it relates to the economy in general,” said Murray, who also is general manager of the Best Western Palm Beach Lakes and Hawthorn Suites. “South Florida is kind of getting back on its feet.”
     Nearly 5.5 million people visited Palm Beach County last year, despite an economy recovering in slow speed. Visit Florida is predicting another record year for the state, and the Palm Beaches likely will ride that wave.

Commissioner McVoy, explain, why wouldn’t downtown Lake Worth be a good place for a new hotel? The very existence of our city started with and depended upon tourism for most of its history. The fact we don't have a working operational hotel now might make the point: the current obsolescence of the Gulfstream Hotel in the contemporary tourism marketplace.

That might actually be based on empirical evidence, like the historical record for example.

New blog policy: What to do if you see or hear a false news report about our City of Lake Worth.

If you see a false news report about our City here is what you do, please forward that information to:
  • Mr. Ben Kerr, the City’s Communication Specialist
  • 561-586-1631
  • Email: bkerr@lakeworth.org
Another option is to contact your City commissioner or even the mayor if this topic is a concern of yours. Not satisfied with the response or received no response at all? Then go up the chain of command and contact the City Manager, Michael Bornstein.*

If all the people who say they care so much about the City’s image, e.g., crime, mayhem, fires, and vehicle crashes being reported as “in Lake Worth” — that happened outside the City in “suburban Lake Worth” — but won’t do anything to try and stop this nonsense, then why go through all the trouble on this blog?

For reporters who don’t know, here is The City of Lake Worth (click on image to enlarge):
For a reporter to find out if something is in the City, or not, takes only a few moments. It’s not magic folks: If one has access to the Internet, the numbers “00” and “38” are a good clue.

I’m much more concerned about other things now, like making sure the new City Commission in this City stays focused on what they said were their priorities, so they don’t get booted out of City Hall like what happened to another administration back in 2012.

So to all of you in the media who don’t care either of false news reporting about this City, you are now free to report all the false news you wish.

You don’t have to worry about having your news corrected on this blog. That’s up to the City now to address. And reporters don’t have to worry about being reminded on a blog how to properly be a reporter or journalist, a job that most people learn how to do in high school or college as an intern.

So. . . if there is an arson fire out near Wellington reported as happening “in Lake Worth” then the City will have to step up and address that problem. And the same goes for any reporter interested in overflowing sewage, a “toxic tide”, for example:

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - This story stinks. [yes, it did]
     Overflowing, fresh sewage pouring into a Lake Worth apartment complex parking lot.
     Tenants say it’s been happening for a year! A fed up renter called NewsChannel 5, saying nothing has been done about this health hazard.
     Around 6 p.m. every night, a toxic tide rolls in.

Jillian Brynne at CBS12/WPEC is now free. Remember her false news report about E. coli in the City’s water lines? Here’s another recent false news report:

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to a fire at the Avesta Apartments in Lake Worth Saturday afternoon.

And Palm Beach Post reporter Daphne Duret is free to report all the false news she wants to as well:

Firefighters responded to the Avesta Costa del Lago Apartment complex in the 2500 block of 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth at around 4 p.m. after a report of smoke coming from one of the buildings of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

And finally, City residents are also free to write all the fake stuff they want too — even about a man getting killed last January — when that never did happen:

However, there is a solution to this problem, read about that using this link.

*Please note: Will continue to monitor media reports about this City and search for false news reports. Instead of reporting those on this blog, however, will forward that information to the City and strongly encourage everyone to do the same.

Having your own police department is not a deterrent to crime. It takes a community effort to lower the crime rate.


“I grew up here. You used to leave your doors unlocked, never any trouble. It’s a shame what has happened to our little town.”
Quote from this news story in April 2016 following two homicides in Greenfield, CA.


If you didn’t know or just forgot, Susan Stanton, the former city manager for Lake Worth went on to become the city manager in the very small city of Greenfield, CA after being fired back in December 2011. Ms. Stanton had her own police department in Greenfield. You can read more about Stanton and when she tried to end the Lake Worth PBSO contract in 2011 (see link below) when things “came to a head” (an idiom).

The reasons why the Lake Worth PD was disbanded has been explained many times over on this blog. This has to be explained every now and then because there are so many new residents who have no idea what happened in this City back in 2008/2009. Still to this day the historical revisionism continues that tries to gloss over what occurred.

All these years since the LWPD was disbanded a crime will occur in the City of Lake Worth that gets much public attention and, without being stated outright, the underlying message from some quarters is questioning the capability of PBSO and whether we would be better off with our own “charming” police dept.

The debate about keeping PBSO in Lake Worth, for those of you not around at the time, came to head in 2011 when the last attempt was made to end their contract.

Back then the mantra was all about cost savings and very little about public safety. Ms. Stanton got her wish after all to have her own police department. Just this time in Greenfield, CA. You see, having your own PD isn’t the answer to solving crime in a community. It’s much more complex than that.

The City of Greenacres made the print edition in the LWVVSMCPE today!!!!!

The Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) is out today — and there’s another story about Hoffman’s Chocolatebut this time about the store in Greenacres! The City of Lake Worth, by the way, has Kilwin’s Chocolate and they have two locations: One in the Downtown and another one at our lovely Beach.

Unfortunately today, if you live in Greenacres and hope to find the phone number for code enforcement, garbage pickup, street repairs, and the Parks Dept., well, you’re out of luck. Only the City of Lake Worth gets “GOOD TO KNOW” phone numbers in the LWVVSMCPE, so you’ll just have to learn how to save phone numbers or start using the Internet.

“IN YOUR COMMUNITY”: Don’t get your hopes up Greenacres. There are only 6 cities and towns that are truly special to the editors at the Post.
The LWVVSMCPE’s here! Again. Each and every Monday. But aren’t many of you interested in news from “flyover County”, that vast area between the City of Lake Worth and the Village of Wellington?

In case you didn’t know, the editors at the Post several years ago tapped Kevin Thompson to be the beat reporter for cities of Greenacres and Lake Worth, Suburban Lake Worth, and the Lake Worth Corridor. Did you know, by area and population, Greenacres is nearly the same size as Lake Worth? It’s true. But of course, for reasons unknown, the focus in almost totally on the City of Lake Worth.
 
Remember this “IN FOCUS: LAKE WORTH”? This RaceTrac isn’t in Lake Worth. It’s located in Palm Springs.

Here is more information to help the good people and all our good friends in the City of Greenacres: Do you know about the “5 Tips” to get your community event, business, or service noticed in the Post? Use this link to learn more. The expert at the Post, Business Editor Antonio Fins wrote, “. . . the trick is reaching to the right journalist.”