Saturday, April 15, 2017

“Developer [Hudson Holdings] buys Railway Exchange Building downtown”*

“A Florida-based developer completed on Tuesday [Jan. 24th, 2017] its purchase of the century-old Railway Exchange Building in downtown St. Louis.
     The new owner is Hudson Holdings [emphasis added] of Delray Beach, Fla. A real estate source said the company paid just above $20 million for the building that occupies an entire block in the middle of downtown.
     Hudson Holdings did not respond to requests for comments about its plans. The company put the building under contract last spring.
     Real estate sources in St. Louis have said the most likely redevelopment would include a mixture of residences, stores and, perhaps, a hotel.

*Datelined January 31st, 2017, news article titled, “Developer buys Railway Exchange Building downtown”, by reporter Tim Bryant at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Demand our City’s Code Enforcement Dept. give notice to residents with Silly Red Signs (SRS): Remove signs or deal with the Magistrate.

Please note: There is an important update below following the SRS image, HANDS OFF Our BEACH & POOL”. Thank you for visiting today and learn more about SRS’s, Red Sign Syndrome (RSS), and Sthaltus signentititis robrusistiticus (SSR).

The City of Lake Worth would be well within their right to require the Silly Red Signs (SRS, for short) be removed and put in the backyard or behind the outhouse. To learn more about the SRS use this link.

Not only are the signs a visual nuisance but the signs (see two examples below) are illegal per City code. All signs that display a political message, no matter how silly or stupid, must have a disclaimer. For example,
Political advertisement paid for and approved by The Silly People in the little City of Lake Worth, Florida, 33460.
Or should the SRS be left alone as a reminder of past elections and the silly issues used to try and distract the community from the real issues? Or should the effort be to find a cure for Red Sign Syndrome (RSS)? Everyone with RSS is easy to find and possibly cure: they all have a SRS in the front yard.

Do you know someone with RSS who has more than one SRS? There may never be a cure for that, well, beyond election results that is.

Think about this and attend the next City Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 18th, and speak your mind at public comment. Should every SRS be removed from sight by the City or just left alone as a reminder?

Are residents with SRS’s receiving special treatment from Code Enforcement officers?
The problem isn’t “Private Development”. The problem was some commissioners in control back in 2010–2012 didn’t have any clue what they were doing.

Interesting, isn’t it? The SRS platoon wants “HANDS OFF Our POOL”, but wants “HANDS ON” our municipal pool to re-open the crumbling facility?
Which is it: Hands “On” or Hands “Off”?
“HANDS OFF OUR POOL”? Because the pool was ignored back in 2010 it’s now closed for good. What we needed was more competent “HANDS ON OUR POOL at the time.

UPDATE: It’s come to my attention from a loyal blog reader there is no known cure for RSS (defined/explained below) but research continues. There was a similar outbreak of RSS in El Paso two years ago and another well-documented one in Old Quebec soon after. A French researcher from the WHO coined the term Sthaltus signentititis robrusistiticus (SSR) for those afflicted with RSS and a highly visible SRS.

Coming Soon: There is a manual available which contains a schedule of maintenance and care requirements for your SRS, e.g., bi-monthly waxings, red color enhancers (non-toxic ingredients are an option), and never use bleach on the whites! Too many SRS signs have been damaged beyond repair by even a dab of bleach. Emergency repair instructions are handily available with an index and color tabs. The suggested retail price is $14,999. A little steep but if you have access to family wealth and/or a trust fund it shouldn’t be a problem.

Looking for something to do later on today? Write a positive Letter to the Editor (LTE) at the Post!

Reacting negatively or getting miffed about something you see in the newspaper doesn’t solve anything.

Remember the Post article about Lake Worth being just a “jumping off place”, only “music and booze”? The article made the print edition last year and was titled,
Lake Worth art gallery owner: “Didn’t make sense to stay open anymore”
Not long afterward came the news about “Art Studio Cafe” opening in Downtown Lake Worth and the studio is getting rave reviews. Stop by and say “Hi” to another exciting, truly innovative artist in our little City.

Anyhow. . . Below is an example of a positive LTE that was published after Hurricane Matthew last year:

It only takes a few minutes to write a positive LTE about our little City. But how to get the letter published? Do what Drew Martin does — he knows “The Trick(instructions below) — so easy you won’t believe it.

If you have something thoughtful, positive, and well-reasoned to write instead of the typical negativity with open-ended and circular questions, then please follow the instructions below. Learning “The Trick” will greatly increase your chances of getting your letter published:
  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your phone number and complete address.
  • Engage like-minded “average citizens” to write LTE’s on the same subject.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly.
Then always follow-up!

This is the mistake people make. That’s why you always see those LTE’s from the same people over and over again: They know the trick!
  • Follow up your LTE with an email or fax later that day or the next morning.
  • Then later, call the editorial department and explain why your letter is important.
  • Don’t be timid! Stay pleasant and respectful but make a strong pitch.
  • To seal the deal, just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”.
So get cracking and have your positive LTE published in the Post, maybe even in next Sunday’s paper:
  • Email:
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4441
Here’s another example of a letter published in the Post early in 2016, one that made the case for Lake Worth voters to overwhelmingly say “Yes” to the bond referendum last November:

“Recently, I drove through a deep pothole on First Avenue South . . .”

Have you heard a rumor about the “Blueway Trail”?

First, please take note: Many in the public, including some homeowners along the C-51 Canal, believe their property lines is the waterline along the canal. Not true.

The South Florida Water Management District (aka, SFWMD) has what’s called an “easement” on both sides of the canal. An easement is, “a right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another for a limited purpose. . .”.

If you recall, this was once a major issue in Wellington; read this news from May 2015 by former Post reporter Kristen M. Clark (now covering the Florida Legislature and state government for the Tampa Bay Times [winner of 12 Pulitzer Prizes]/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau).

Click on image to enlarge:
Ever been to Spillway Park in Lake Worth? Take Maryland Drive off N. Federal Hwy, the park is at the end of the street. Have you ever seen the Spillway (S-155) on the C-51 Canal up close? Have you heard a rumor. . .

Learn myth vs. FACT about the Blueway Trail: To verify whether what you heard was true or not about the Blueway Trail, send your questions to:

Kim DeLaney, PhD, Director of Strategic Development and Policy, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Use this link and fill out the “Contact form” to have your question answered.

To learn more about the Blueway Trail here is a video which gives a broad overview of the project:

Friday, April 14, 2017

News from The Great Walled City of Atlantis: On page A6 in The Palm Beach Post today.

This Great Walled City is, “a total area of 1.4 square miles”, and “borders the Lake Worth Drainage (L-14) Canal on the north, Lantana Road to the south, Military Trail to the west and Congress Avenue to the east.”

Notice of Zoning Change” and a “Notice of Comprehensive Development Plan Text Change”:
Use this link for the City of Atlantis’ website.

Below is the City of Atlantis in relation to other cities, a town, and a village here in Central Palm Beach County:

Orientation. Up is north:
Atlantis is the purple-tinted area to the south (bottom of map), located east of the City of Greenacres, west of the City of Lake Worth and the County’s John Prince Park:
The area tinted yellow (top of map, east of Village of Palm Springs) is the small Town of Lake Clarke Shores.

But, of course, the most special city of them all is the little 6-square-mile City of Lake Worth:
The City of Lake Worth, if you didn’t know, has two Zip Codes: 33460 and a small part of 33461. To learn more about the City’s borders in relation to the “Lake Worth Corridor” and unincorporated (or “Suburban Lake Worth”), use this link.


Tomorrow in the City of Lake Worth. BIBLIOARTE: “Bridging Art & Literacy”.

“Enjoy music, arts and crafts, Live mural painting, a meet and greet with world renowned artist and illustrator Edel Rodriguez* and much more!”
For more information contact Lauren Bennett, the City’s Special Events Manager: 561-533-7363. Email:

Here are the details for this exciting event, BIBLIOARTE:
  • When: Tomorrow from 11:00 a.m.–3:00.
  • Where: Lake Worth Art Center, 1121 Lucerne Ave.
  • All ages are welcome!
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.

*Edel Rodriguez “is a Cuban born American illustrator/artist and children’s book author. He uses a variety of materials, his work ranges from conceptual to portraiture and landscape.”

Stop by and visit Mr. Schlitz at Artsy Fartsy this weekend and don’t forget: Monday is the LWVVSMCPE again!

By now you know the stories in the online edition on Thursday and Friday are the “IN FOCUS” stories in Monday’s Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE). And still no one knows why our City is so special in the first place. It’s never been explained.

The looming question is how long the LWVVSMCPE will go on before the editors at the Post get the correlation between subscriptions and why ignoring all the other cities in Central Palm Beach County is not such a great idea after all. They’ll look around and say, “Hmmm. Why can’t cities like Greenacres be special every once in a while?”

For that to happen maybe the City of Greenacres needs to lure someone like Mr. Schlitz (see below) out for a tour some day and show him around. Motivate him to open up another location and call it, “Being Artsy Fartsy in Greenacres”. It would be front page news in the ‘B’ section for a month.

On Monday, every single Monday, is “IN FOCUS: LAKE WORTH”:
Meet Mr. Schlitz and Artsy Fartsy Decor & More”. A quite colorful addition to our wonderfully “quirky” little City. Make sure to go and take a seat in “The Big Chair”:

Yours Truly in The Big Chair at Artsy Fartsy Decor and More.

One thing is for certain in Monday’s LWVVSMCPE, if you’re one of those few who don’t know how to save phone numbers in your phone, and you desperately need to reach the Parks Department every single Monday, rest assured, that phone number is published each and every week.

However, if you need the phone number for the Parks Dept. in Greenacres you’re out of luck. You’ll need to use the Internet.
Cities like Delray Beach aren’t special any more, eclipsed by cities like Lake Worth and Boynton Beach. However, the City of Lake Worth has “Artsy Fartsy”. They don’t.

Have a question about recycling pizza boxes accumulated over the weekend? The phone number for recycling is also published in the Post, every Monday.

That’s right — published each and every week in the LWVVSMCPE — every single Monday for people who still don’t know how to store phone numbers into their phone and don’t know what the Internet is.

The important role of “contributors” and “doers” and sage advice: Never let the “complainers” gain control.

“If you find yourself catering to complainers that do not have solutions you are going to face a quick descent.”
—Jeff Perlman. Quote from his “talk” given in Lake Worth last year.

Perlman, you may be interested to learn, wrote a book titled, “Adventures in Local Politics” and the profits from the book go to the charity Dare 2 Be Great.

A group of Lake Worth residents joined Perlman in our Downtown last year and he talked about his time in Delray Beach as a community leader, journalist, a commissioner and then later, mayor of Delray. The theme that ran through the entire talk was this:

How important it is to forge your own City identity.

One of the things stressed early on in Delray’s visioning process was not becoming another high-rise community like Boca — just like Lake Worth doesn’t want to be a clone of Delray or any other city.

Perlman said he used to keep lists of strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and a “threats analysis” in his drawer he would update every couple of weeks. He took a stab at Lake Worth’s strengths and weaknesses as an outsider “looking in” and made these points about Lake Worth’s strengths:
  • Lake Worth has many amenities including a “fantastic waterfront” on the Intracoastal.
  • A “real downtown” with two main streets.
  • Unique historic cottages.
  • A walkable downtown and our own Beach.
  • An engaged citizenry.
  • Central location in Palm Beach County.
Weaknesses he identified are:
  • More residential density is needed “which creates more eyes on the street”.
  • The City needs more downtown housing to support the businesses in the Downtown Commercial Core.
  • A lack of industry.
Interestingly, Perlman thought one of the biggest threats to Lake Worth’s future success was a “resistance to risk-taking”.

The City’s elections last March and the November 2016 Neighborhood Road Bond referendum may be the turning point. Many, including Yours Truly, have called those elections and referendums a “seismic shift”. Time will tell.

Then there’s this sage advice that needs to be hammered home from Perlman’s blog:

Listen to critics but never “deflate the contributors”, or you'll “kiss progress goodbye.”

Following Perlman’s talk, judging by the positive reaction that followed, he got a lot of people thinking and talking. That’s exactly what’s needed to solve our pressing issues in this little City of Lake Worth.

We can never let the complainers, especially the ones without any solutions, be driving the debate. If they do, they’ll lead us right over a cliff — or if you prefer, another example — join a march of well-heeled lemmings onward and into the waters of the C-51 Canal all screaming together:

“Save Us From The SFWMD! Create A City Board For Us!”

“To this end, the proposed Ordinance simply acknowledges the State Legislature’s preemption of this area of the law.”

The quote above is explained in the blog post below. Thank You for visiting today.

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.

The big question is how long it will take to get back on focus once again when calm and public confidence is restored. Jeff Perlman talked briefly about this at his talk given in the City last year.

The example given was the Pulse Nightclub shootings. The City reacted very quickly last June to restore calm doing everything and anything they could. And it worked. Everyone including all of the electeds rallied together to show support for the victims and the city of Orlando.

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.

One of the best examples is the problem with sober homes and the heroin epidemic. Local and County officials can do everything they can but Federal laws, like the ADA, protect the ‘bad players’ in many cases. The good news: that is slowly changing.

If our local officials, elected or otherwise, makes the mistake of overstepping their authority they could very well send the City of Lake Worth into court.

However, this “veering off course” can happen on a much smaller scale, confusing the public and potentially distracting the Commission off the issues and concerns that got them elected and the goals set forward at the beginning, leaving the public to think their elected officials have more power then they actually do.

Many of you will recall this recent example, what happened after smoke was spotted coming from a crematorium, a business on Dixie Hwy. here in the City of Lake Worth. Crematoriums are regulated by the State, not local governments.

Two more examples: Like when former Commissioner Ryan Maier suggested trying to regulate the volume of train horns. Those pitch and volume levels are set by the Federal government. Even the State of Florida cannot regulate the sound levels of train horns. Below is another example of what happened back in 2015.

If you didn’t know any better you would think the 6-square-mile City of Lake Worth took a major step forward in the protection of the honeybee colonies. Nothing of the sort happened. The first reading of Ordinance No. 2015-17, “to regulate, inspect, and permit managed honeybee colonies” is already regulated by state law and there’s nothing anyone in Lake Worth can do to supersede that.

This was city government looking like it was trying to do something, something that the City can’t do anything about at all. However, that doesn’t mean officials can’t look for help from other electeds in the County or State with more power to change things or fix a problem.

But “I’m protecting bees” does play well with certain constituents that can be confused or convinced into believing otherwise that one can do more to regulate an issue. I believe the item below (see image) was brought forward by, once again, then-Commissioner Maier (if that is incorrect please feel free to send me the correct information).

The problem, once again, with taking on any issue of concern for the community is leaving constituents thinking you have some special powers you don’t have. In many ways, the little City of Lake Worth has very little control over what happens within our borders, but when they concentrate and focus on the things they can change, remarkable things can happen. But. . .

Click on image to enlarge:
“To this end, the proposed Ordinance simply acknowledges the State Legislature’s preemption of this area of the law.”

And lastly, how much staff time and taxpayer money was used
to “simply” acknowledge State law?

Gopher tortoises in the urban City of Lake Worth. Threats: Cars and bikes, curious kids, and golf balls falling from the sky.

The future of this endangered reptile, well away from urban areas, is something we all can agree is necessary in Florida.
The Gopher tortoise (image from Wikipedia).* Another threat to these reptiles is poaching, a serious crime with severe penalties. Also, these tortoises are not ‘pets’ to be kept in the backyard for entertainment.

One reason given why the City’s Park of Commerce (POC) shouldn’t be improved upon, the Neighborhood Road construction and our water/sewer upgrades delayed, is because a Gopher tortoise burrow may be in the vicinity. Another claim is these tortoises can’t be relocated. That is completely false.

An urban environment of which the POC and the City of Lake Worth are partmost reasonable people can agree is not the ideal place for this threatened species of turtles to live. The creature is trapped because of roads and development and has no way of escape. The near-constant interaction with humans is a safety issue. There are nature preserves in Florida specifically for creatures such as the prehistoric Gopher tortoise; one is the spectacular Nokuse Preserve here in Florida.

Finding Gopher tortoise burrows, rescuing the reptile and taking them to a safer and more hospitable location is quite common. Watch this short video of the process:

You can learn more about this reptile at the FWC and find out about the permit process for finding them a new home in a safe place. Let’s do all we can to help these tortoises in our little City of Lake Worth.

*WARNING: Never try to save a Gopher tortoise by throwing it into the water. Turtles can swim. Gopher tortoises can’t! They’ll sink and quickly drown.

Just a reminder: Crematoriums are regulated by the Dept. of Health, not local governments.

Please note, to avoid any confusion: Crematoriums are in the City of Lake Worth because, at one point in our City’s history, there was nothing stopping crematoriums to operate a business in Lake Worth.

The zoning has been changed and crematoriums are not longer permissible under our zoning code.

However, crematoriums already in operation at the time were, “grand-fathered in”, meaning they can operate only as long as they continue to pay their tax bill, utility bill, etc., keeping up-to-date with the City in general. If the business fails to comply they will lose their business license.

I hope that helps to clear things up like other issues, e.g., the false claim uttered once again by a resident recently at a City Commission the City of Lake Worth is a “sanctuary city”. It’s not. Never was. Simply and categorically false.

Back to the issue of smoke coming from a crematorium, an article by Post reporter Julius Whigham:

The operators of the facility [Premier Funeral Services and Cremations, Inc.], at North Dixie Highway and Eighth Avenue North, were asked to provide the health department with a report about a malfunction at the crematory. Comments posted on on Facebook said that black smoke could be seen from outside the facility Wednesday afternoon.

and. . .

     “I’ve gone out there and pounded their door down,” he [City resident Michael Flack-Fox] said. “There’s something profoundly wrong when (the crematories) emit that much smoke. … It’s a public safety hazard.”

If you ever see smoke coming from a crematorium there are much better options than calling the press, or going on Facebook to complain, or even contacting your local elected officials and City staff to complain:

Contact the Palm Beach County, Florida, Dept. of Health, or call 561-840-4500.

Why contact the Dept. of Health? Because they regulate crematoriums and are responsible for inspections. Not local governments. The City of Lake Worth cannot regulate crematoriums.

So if you see smoke coming from a crematorium and think it’s a good idea to to go there and pound “their door down”, you might have a PBSO deputy on the way and you’ll have a bigger problem to deal with. Instead, contact the Dept. of Health and complain all you can. And get your neighbors to complain too.

Anyhow, this latest news about crematoriums stands in “thick black” contrast to this article by another Post reporter two years ago:

“The thick black smoke was hard to miss. It curled into the sky, swallowing the tops of palm trees and tumbling down like a shroud over the downtown streets around Lake Avenue just west of U.S. 1.”

In 2015, you see, the “thick” smoke “curled” skyward, “swallowing” our trees, and tumbled down our City streets “like a shroud”.

Heavy sigh.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

So. Is the City of Greenacres, “a lot of nothing” as it was described and ranked in The Palm Beach Post last year?

Actually, the City of Greenacres is A LOT “of everything”, according to a recent article in the Post (see below). The issue now is whether or not this news will ever make it into the print edition like the little City of Lake Worth and the weekly news features about our City, the LWVVSMCPE editions. Stay tuned. If this news does make it into print will let everyone know.

Below are two excerpts from this article that appears on the Post online edition (which most readers eschew for the actual print edition):

GREENACRES — The city at Monday’s City Council meeting [April 17th at 7:00] is scheduled to honor the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award winners.
     The awards recognizes citizens of all ages who have made a significant committment [sic] to volunteer service. In 2005, Greenacres was approved as an official certifying organization for the awards.

and. . .

     At Monday’s meeting, Mayor Joel Flores and the city council will honor 22 volunteers who totalled 6,153 hours, the city said.

By the way, Mayor Joel Flores recently defeated the incumbent in the elections last March and Paula Bousquet is now the Deputy Mayor in Greenacres. Neither of them was endorsed by The Palm Beach Post editorial board.

On the subject of “a lot of nothing”, if you recall, last year Frank Cerabino at the Post wrote the City of Greenacres is “a little bit of everything and a lot of nothing.” Take a few minutes and check out their new website. Awesome!

And Cerabino wrote Greenacres had a “dollop of Hispanic”?
The City of Greenacres had “an extra dollop of Hispanic” last year? Oooops. The new mayor of Greenacres is Joel Flores.

Anyhow. Below are more not-so-flattering observations from ‘The Satirist last year if you happen to live in these cities and towns:
  • Belle Glade: “For the overwhelming majority of local residents who aren’t talented and driven enough to make it to the NFL”
  • Haverhill: “goes out of its way to put out the unwelcome mat.”
  • Highland Beach: “another coastal sliver of a municipality that goes out of its way to put out the unwelcome mat.”
  • Mangonia Park: “marked by the biggest, ugliest eyesore in the county”
  • Atlantis: “there are times you must venture beyond the feudal walls.” Good point.
  • Boynton Beach: “perpetually overshadowed and trying to catch up.”
Will all the cities in Palm Beach County (now 39 total) ever be given the opportunity to rank The Palm Beach Post some day? Just wondering.

More and more restaurant and food reviews in the little City of Lake Worth: “C′est si bon, Mademoiselle, Monsieur en charmant LéDûb!”

UPDATE! Possibly due to the “Five Tips” (see below) the food and restaurant reviews here in the City of Lake Worth (or “LDub” if you prefer), are lining up fast like bowls of kimchi, bibimbap, tacos, and chilled dishes of crème de la crème! 

Please Note. A timely reminder, Dear Readers: 

LDub, L-Dub, or the preferred usage in French Canadian, parts of the EU, United Nations, etc., “LéDûb”, is patois (informal speech) for the U.S. City of Lake Worth in the State of Florida, Palm Beach County. The ‘L’ is short for “Lake” and ‘Dub’ is short for “double-‘u’ ” as in the letter “W”, for Worth, hence the term LDub or LéDûb, a charming reference to that exceedingly interesting City.

Used in a sentence: “Welcome to LéDûb, Monsieur Kerr, s´il vous plaît for keeping everyone so informed about our little City by the Sea! C′est si bon!”

Now back on the topic: Just some of the latest food and restaurant reviews in the City of Lake Worth, “en LéDûb”, are by Jeff Ostrowski (again!), reporter Corvaya Jeffries, and Staff Writer Julio Poletti, et al!

Check back in a day or two and will have excerpts from all these reviews. And remember: if you like the review or have some feedback, make sure to contact the reporter and let them know. In the meantime, below is another recent review by Ostrowski and make sure to learn about the “Five Tips” below from the Post business editor, Antonio Fins.

Without further ado. . .

“C′est si bon” in French means, “It is so good”. Ever been to The French House Café in Downtown Lake Worth? If you haven’t been the croque monsieur is spectacular. Below is an excerpt from the review of this Downtown restaurant by business reporter Jeff Ostrowski, an excerpt:

“This breakfast-and-lunch spot serves such standard fare as crepes, baguette sandwiches, salads and cheese plates. The most expensive item on the lunch menu is $16.50, and most sandwiches and salads cost less than $14. Beer and wine are available.”

The French House
821 Lake Ave. (corner of Lake Ave and Dixie Hwy.), 561-345-2559.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Closed Monday.

The business editor at the Post has a list of creative ways to get attention for your restaurant and/or business. Click on this link to study the “5 Tips, here are two of them:

Know whom you want to reach out to, the editor writes, “. . . the trick is reaching to the right journalist.” For example, trying to get the attention of a local beat reporter may not be the best option, and. . . “So if your business has ‘good visuals,’ drop in a link to some B-roll video that we can attach to the story.”

Get cracking and don’t give up. Some day maybe even a Post reporter such as Alexa Silverman or even Eddie Ritz will come walking into your “LéDûb” restaurant or Hipster venue and change everything!

The City of “New Lake Worth”? “Lake Worth Beach”? “Jewell”?

The issue of changing the name of Lake Worth is nothing new. Remember Post reporter Willy Howard? He sat down with Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell to talk about changing the name of our City and the reasons why back in 2012. More about that below.

We can be “New Lake Worth”, “Lake Worth Beach”, or even “Jewell” (a historic name for this area prior to incorporation).
Should we let the voters decide by referendum? Tourists and visitors saw this sign back in the day when driving south on Dixie Hwy (U.S. 1).

The idea of changing the name of Lake Worth comes up from time to time. Interest seems to spike after a sensational but false news story “in Lake Worth” that isn’t in the City of Lake Worth.

There’s the always-stuff-happening at the Palm Beach State College “Lake Worth” campus that isn’t in Lake Worth — the college is located in unincorporated Palm Beach County within the “Lake Worth Corridor” — also called, “suburban Lake Worth”.

There is no such thing as ‘western Lake Worth’. Or ‘West Lake Worth’ either. That’s another completely false geographic designation by some in the news media who don’t like having to type out the extra few letters for “suburban Lake Worth”.

Back in April of 2016 was part of a conversation/debate about changing the name of Lake Worth and learned there were other discussions, albeit quietly, about bringing this up again. Who was it that made the last major push to do this? It was none other than Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell. Below is an excerpt from a Willy Howard article in 2012:

     Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell is suggesting changing the city’s name to Lake Worth Beach to help distinguish Lake Worth from parts of unincorporated Palm Beach County that have Lake Worth mailing addresses. According to postal officials, places as far west as Wellington can use Lake Worth mailing addresses. 
     In a memo to the commission about the name change, Maxwell notes that crimes committed west of the city in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County are sometimes reported by the media as happening in Lake Worth. Residents with Lake Worth mailing addresses who live west of the city mistakenly come to city hall seeking solutions to their problems.
     Maxwell said Lake Worth is distinctive, with its walkable downtown and beach, and that the new name would create an
instantly recognizable brand for the city.
     With the 100-year anniversary of the city next year and the opening of the renovated beach site and casino scheduled for this fall, he said, this is a good time to change the city
’s name.

and. . .

“The timing is just about right, Maxwell said [in 2012]. It kind of gives us a renewed sense of pride for the next 100 years.”

So. What do you think? About time for a “renewed sense of pride” here in this unique City for the next 100 years and generations to follow?

TODAY: Tree Board meeting at 5:30, City Hall conference room (held every 2nd Thursday of the month).

Please take note: The “Fruit tree give-away at Grey Mockingbird Lake Worth Earth Day Festival” is an important topic of discussion at this Tree Board meeting (see agenda below).

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Use this link for more information about the 2017 Lake Worth Earth Day Festival on April 22nd held at The Scottish Rite. Please note the kind sponsors above.

The staff liaison for the City of Lake Worth’s Tree Board is Mr. Dave McGrew from the Parks Department and you can contact him for additional information at 561-586-1677 or by email:

To learn how to become a volunteer for the Tree Board, what the board does and its stated mission, and learn about all the excitement at the Tree Board meeting last February use this link. Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

City Tree Board,* Thursday, April 13th, 5:30
City Hall Conference Room, 7 North Dixie Hwy.
  • Call to Order.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Agenda additions, deletions, reordering.
  • Approval of minutes.
  • Public participation of non-agenda items.
  • New Business [take note of time limits for discussion]. 1) Advisors report, 5 minute limit. 2) Fruit tree give-away at Grey Mockingbird Lake Worth Earth Day Festival, 5 minute limit. 3) 17th Avenue North Natural Area exotic pest plant removal April 29, 2017, 5 minute limit.
  • Old Business: Landscape Ordinance review and recommendations (2 hour limit).
  • Adjournment.
*NOTE: If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board a record of the proceedings is required per F.S. 286.0105.
     One or more members of any board may attend and speak at the Tree Board meeting.

Today. Closing of exhibit. Yury Darashkevich — “Reflections” — an exhibition of works.

To learn more about the artist, use this link. The details:
  • Where: At LULA’s Annex, 1121 Lucerne Ave., in the little New City of Lake Worth.
  • To contact LULA Lake Worth Arts use this link for more information or call Emily Theodossakos at 561-493-2550.
  • Closing reception today (April 13th) from 6:30–8:30.
Are you an artist or know an artist who may want to join a neighborhood renaissance “in the heart of Lake Worth, Florida”, just a short ride to the Beach all year long on a bike or scooter?

If so click on this link. Let them know about a creative community and “get rid of the auto and walk Downtown for groceries, Tri-Rail is just ½ mile away, and ride your bike to the Beach!”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

While I was searching for something else yesterday. . .

Just happened to see a news release titled, “Recognition of Service to Barbara Katz. Land Development Regulation Advisory Board (LDRAB) Member”:

The Land Development Regulation Advisory Board recognized Barbara Katz for her 12 years of service to LDRAB at the March 29, 2017 meeting.

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Air conditioning, bourgeoisie, and putting a “moral value on the thermostat that doesn’t correspond to common sense”.

The blog post below is one of the most popular ever on this blog. Maybe tapped into a slice of the Big Apple readership? Read about “Air conditioning isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet”, and. . . why moving to Florida to escape cold Winters up in the Northeast will reduce your carbon footprint as well.

“Anti-AC sentiment persists in spite of basic facts, and without convincing evidence. It relies instead on naked ideology and posture. To rail against the air conditioner is a way for cosmopolitans to claim their bona fides. . .”
—Quote from article by Slate’s Daniel Engber (see below). 

Daniel Engber at Slate takes on The New York Times for an essay they published titled, “Why is America so over air-conditioned?”

Seems some special enclaves in that city have their own “brrr-geoisie” and “thermal bigots” who think they have special status because they don’t use air conditioning — they rather use an array of fans throughout the house because they think they’re staving off the “engine of apocalypse” — Mr. Engber smacks them down convincingly as you’ll read in the excerpt below. 

The little City of Lake Worth, and I bet every town and city in Florida, each have their own cabals of the bourgeoisie and ‘thermal bigots’ who have achieved special status for not having AC. Seems a very low bar for worship or adulation but that’s just me. AC is no more a “gross indulgence” than taking a shower more than twice a week or using a modern toilet, but some ‘radical’ Millennials in this City would try to have you believe otherwise. 

So without further ado, a special treat from Daniel Engber, an article titled “Hot and Bothered: Air conditioning isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet”, and why Northerners should move to Florida:

     Summer cooling is no more damaging to the climate than the heating that we do in winter. In fact, it’s substantially less so, since the United States burns more fuel on radiators than it does on air conditioners. According to the most recent stats available from the federal government (which cover 2010), the average American household puts 40.4 million British thermal units into home heating, and just 9.3 million BTUs into home cooling. As I’ve pointed out before, this explains why the long-term shift in population from our coldest, Northern states into the hot and humid South has in sum reduced the amount of fossil fuel we burn to keep our houses at a comfortable temperature. [emphasis added] Simply put: It’s more efficient to air-condition homes in Florida than it is to warm the ones in Minnesota.
     Anti-AC sentiment persists in spite of basic facts, and without convincing evidence. It relies instead on naked ideology and posture. To rail against the air conditioner is a way for cosmopolitans to claim their bona fides, and to place themselves in opposition to irresponsible, American excess. When they proudly say they’d rather use electric fans, they show their neighbors that they’re tasteful intellectuals—right-minded and upstanding. That is to say, they’re members of the brrr-geoisie.
     They’re also victims of a blinding bias. The brrr-geoisie are thermal bigots: They put a moral value on the thermostat that doesn’t correspond to common sense. Heating, good; cooling, bad—that’s their moral calculus. Why discriminate among degrees? They have no cogent answer. It may be true that America is overcooled, but then again it’s also overheated. No one writes op-eds to make the latter point.

Now, for all you reading this who live up north, use this link to plan a trip to the City of Lake Worth.

Why don’t you come down and visit some time? You might like it here and decide to move here and do your part to cut down on fossil fuels and help to save Planet Earth. Please note the sage advice in the comment section below by our iconic City resident Greg Rice:

“Why would anyone want to live in places where you have to wear socks?”

Know what a “meme” is? “Kilroy Was Here” is a famous one. Some memes succeed and then fail over time, like one created here in our City.

A meme is like a virus, but unlike an actual virus in humans a meme is a ‘word virus’, a word or words transmitted from one person or entity to other people or groups. Some memes take off wildly, some hang around awhile and then go away, and others just die off. A video from Vox (see below) gives a very good explanation.

The meme “Kilroy Was Here” is one of the most famous American historical memes. Will the acronym “YIMBY” become a famous one like “NIMBY” some day? It will if young professional Millennials rise up some day and say, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this any more!”, due to the lack of housing in cities like Lake Worth.

Here’s something to think about: Why do some attempts to create a meme fail in the City of Lake Worth? Remember “secret meetings” and that baked ziti nonsense by a City commissioner?

Were those headlines in the Post with the word “curfew” an attempt to create a meme? And “Hands Off Our Beach” too, read more about that “Hands Off” nonsense by the SRS platoon below.

The examples above are memes that didn’t quite ‘infect’ enough people to alter opinions and behavior over the long term, like a “pitch” that couldn’t “seal the deal”. Anyhow. . . about the video:

“We know about the epic drama of World War II, but what about the jokes? The video tells the story (as best as we can). The iconic piece of graffiti that was known, in America, as ‘Kilroy Was Here’ traveled the world in a fashion remarkably similar to a modern meme.”
Wikipedia defines a meme this way:

“A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem) is ‘an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture’. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.”

So some memes are wildly successful and spread like wildfire, others take a long time to gain traction, and some make a big splash and then flame out. “Hands Off Our Beach” was a failed meme that attempted to convince the public there’s a “wolf [or ‘vulture’] at the door” trying to “steal our beach”:

Would the public’s reaction to these signs now be a sign we’re finally healthy once again?

These red & white signs only draw shrugs and laughs now. However, there remain some holdouts in the City from the Silly Red Sign (SRS) platoon.

Ironically, the ones who said “Hands Off Our Beach” were the very same ones who screwed things up so badly in the first place. What we needed was “COMPETENT HANDS ON OUR BEACH”!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wow. That was quick. About the City Commission Work Session this evening.

The Work Session tonight begins at 6:00; use this link to download the agenda and give it a look.

Just a few days ago penned the blog post below titled,
“Better sooner than later: A complete re-organization of the way volunteer boards are created, managed, and staffed”.
This was a lively matter of debate at the last City Commission meeting on April 4th.

Along with the topic of how to better organize and manage our volunteer City boards here in Lake Worth the other two items will be a Code Enforcement update and business licenses going forward. To watch this meeting Live Streaming use this link for the opening page of the City’s website.

Without further ado, the blog past from April 8th on the topic of our volunteer boards:

If you’re “Interested in serving?” or just want to look over all the volunteer advisory boards in the little City of Lake Worth use this link.

For a number of reasons, the topic of our volunteer boards is a hot-button one now and there’s a call from some of our Electeds and the public to have a workshop to see how to better manage this very important function. Remember, each of our boards require City staff time, resources, and taxpayer money.

However, it’s also important to remember without our volunteers serving on boards, giving of their time and energy, the City would not be able to function.

Basically the issues are:
  • How many boards does the City need with such a small population of residents?
  • What issues should a board handle?
  • Should some boards be eliminated and others consolidated?
  • Should the qualifications, e.g., a résumé, be required to serve on a specific board for which technical experience would bring a big benefit to the City?
  • And how best to eliminate the possibility the public would see this process as politically motivated?
Am not sure how current this information is, but take the “Recreation Advisory Board” for example:

“The Board assists in promoting awareness and involvement in City’s recreation programs. The Board also serves as advisors in policy, programming, finances, future land acquisition, and facility capital projects relating to recreational needs of the citizens. Members: Three year terms.”

OK. The City of Lake Worth already has a Planning and Zoning Board, it’s the job of the City Commission to set policy and they get plenty of advice already, the City has a “Finance Advisory Board, and the big question is. . .

Why doesn’t this board just focus on the present recreational needs of the public in Lake Worth?

Also, there are only 3 members on this 7-member Recreation Board. They can’t have a quorum anyhow. Then why not just eliminate the board and give these volunteers the opportunity to serve on another board of their choosing?

One last thing. Every City board needs to be and stay focused on what they can do and just as importantly, what they can’t do. Not making the process and responsibilities very clear will just create more confusion for the public, something the New City of Lake Worth deserves from our New City Commmission.

And, by the way, almost a month into it, there still is no official photograph of the “New City Commission” or of commissioners Omari Jamal-Hatchett Hardy or Herman C. Robinson. Hopefully soon all of our electeds will have updated photos of the “Mayor & Commissioners”.

From Joshua Borgmann and a video below: “The 4 things you need to know for good meeting etiquette”.

Good things to know ahead of tonight’s City Commission Work Session, 6:00 at City Hall. From Mr. Borgmann here are some etiquette tips:

“First, to be on time. Second, make instructions. Third, have a strong agenda. And lastly, stay off your phone and sit at the appropriate height of everyone else in the meeting so you don’t look stupid.”

Enjoy the video:

McMow Art Glass Helping to Bridge the Gap Between Art & Literacy.

“McMow Art Glass to kick off BiblioArte Week in Lake Worth alongside the Little Free Library Project and famous artist Edel Rodriguez.”

The kickoff event to unveil the McMow Glass Art Little Free Library and the BiblioArte Bridging Art & Literacy event is on Saturday, April 15th from 11:00 am–3:00 pm at the Lake Worth Art Center, 1121 Lucerne Ave. in the City of Lake Worth.

More about this event below from Taylor Materio, following the YouTube video (see below).

About McMow Art Glass: Since opening in 1976, McMow Art Glass has provided Palm Beach County with the highest quality stained glass windows, beveled art glass, and intricate glass designs. McMow’s range of offerings includes residential, commercial, and worship glass design, as well as providing restoration and etching services.

Located at 701 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, McMow also hosts regular art glass classes and showcases rotating collections of retail pieces in the store. For more information call 561-585-9011.

Meet one of our iconic Dixie Hwy. business owners, Shanon Materio:

“We are honored to help kick off this important week that will celebrate and promote art and literacy throughout our community,” said Taylor Materio. “There is a strong link between art and literacy, children identify words through imagery in picture books long before they learn how to read. Helping students of all ages fall in love with literature through art is a wonderful idea and something we are proud to be a part of.”

“A Riddle”. A Poem. Written 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.