Saturday, April 22, 2017

Para más información o oportunidades de venta llaman 561-493-2550.

“For information or vending opportunities call 561-493-2550”. 

Click on image to enlarge #DAYOFTHEDEADLW2017
Save The Date: This will be the 2nd Annual Día De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” celebration in the little City of Lake Worth. Use this link to read about this popular event last year.

The threat: Marauding bands of pirates, looters, and “bad people” from Lake Clarke Shores?

Will pirates and hoards of looters from Lake Clarke Shores use the C-51 Canal to maraud neighborhoods in Lake Worth when boats bypass the Spillway? Ever been to Spillway Park in LDub? Take Maryland Drive off Federal Hwy; park is at the dead end. Arrrrrghhh!

Below is a not-so-subtle observation by Pelican Pete, a bird with an attitude at the Lake Worth Herald, referring to the Blueway Trail at the S-155 Spillway on the C-51 Canal between the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach:

What are all the people doing at the spillway? I know. . . they’re measuring for new “Blueway”. . . You know, the one Mayor Shalhoub has worked so hard to get for his community. . . and the one star on the east side of the locks says she doesn’t want. . . All those bad people will be on the water now. . . You know, all those that live in Lake Clarke Shores. . . sometimes people fight the good just to fight.

Guess who was a very early proponent of water access bypassing the Spillway? That would be none other than former Lake Worth City Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill. Would she be considered a “visionary” now?

“Come on Lake Worth”. The image below is from the inimitable former blogger-extraordinaire, Tom McGow.
The Blueway Trail is a “game-changer” not only for our City but for the entire region as well. Have you heard a rumor about the Blueway Trail? To get the facts use this link.

Millennials, young families, and “big boxes”. An editorial in Tampa Bay Times (“Winner of 12 Pulitzer Prizes”).

The editorial published by the Tampa Bay Times (2 excerpts below) on April 20th titled, “Balancing neighborhood character, new housing designs” will be of interest to many here in Palm Beach County and in cities such as Lake Worth as well. The challenges here in South Florida for coastal communities are not unique.

Zoning can be a mundane topic for many but can turn into a firestorm of controversy, and very quickly, if neighborhoods think their quality of life could change due to changes in the zoning code: more traffic, more noise, more demands on already stretched city services. Back in 2015 when a group called the Lake Worth Artist and Cottage Entrepreneurs (ACE) began an initiative to change City zoning codes to allow for more “home occupations”, little did they know what they were walking into.

The mistake ACE made was not making this a community and City-wide discussion and instead sought to build political support to move forward with changes to the zoning code. Two elected commissioners were sympathetic with their objectives. Those 2 electeds are no longer commissioners here in this City of Lake Worth.

Every city, big or small, has to deal with these challenges of an evolving economy and changes in housing preferences. Here is how the editors at the Tampa Bay Times see their region’s future going forward:

The cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa have plenty to offer millennials and young families, including beautiful parks, bustling bar and restaurant scenes and improving job prospects. One challenge is housing, much of it aging and small by comparison to the 3/2s of modern suburbia. Developers are eager to resolve the mismatch by building bigger, modern homes that can appear out of scale in established neighborhoods. As the Tampa Bay area evolves, urban planners should strive for a better balance between preserving the character of neighborhoods and encouraging a housing renewal that meets the needs of younger residents.

and. . .

That’s where codes and zoning come in. One builder’s representative said in an email to St. Petersburg officials that it’s not “the government’s business to tell a family what size home they should have.” Maybe not what size, but certainly where, and with reasonable conditions. When uniformly enforced, zoning preserves the integrity of neighborhoods by limiting home size, requiring setbacks from neighboring properties and providing incentives to make new houses fit in. St. Petersburg, for example, is considering sensible new guidelines that would limit home size but allow builders to exceed the maximum if they incorporate design enhancements that mitigate the “big box” feel of new homes. Those kind of incentives leave flexibility for people to build the house they want while having a positive long-term effect on how neighborhoods evolve.

Do you live in Lake Worth? Do you know how your neighborhood is zoned? Use this link and spend some time going through the resources and maps. For example, do you know the height limit in your neighborhood? All that information is on the City’s website.

The City of Lake Worth’s Wikipedia page: A good source for information but not exactly all factual. Do you own research.

For example, “Evenings on the Avenue” here in the City of Lake Worth: the event is every Friday. As of “4 April 2017” on the Wikipedia page it’s called a “semi-weekly” event. Not true, but more about that later.

One of the first things you’ll learn on the City’s Wikipedia page is the present-day City of Lake Worth is named after General William J. Worth, a military hero.

For several reasons, residents and elected leaders have suggested changing the name of the City, for more about that use this link.

A person or persons have been doing yeoman’s* work for the most part on the City’s Wikipedia page (link below, highlighted yellow). First, some things to be aware of prior to visiting this Wikipedia site:
  • Back in September of 2015 an attempt at hijacking the City’s Wikipedia page began and continued for several months. That is why checking the page regularly is important.
  • When you visit the Lake Worth Wikipedia site scroll down to the very bottom and look for this, “This page was last modified on 4 April 2017, at 00:14.” Why? Because if this information changes someone has accessed the page and changed or altered some data.
  • The footnote section can be a clever “end-around” to get false/alt information onto the page.
  • Wikipedia pages can be edited by almost anyone: not all the information (e.g., history, statistics, percentages) is up-to-date or even factual. The lesson? Do you own research.
  • Even information about iconic events in our City one has to skeptical. For example, “Evening on the Avenues” was listed as a “bi-weekly” event for many months after becoming a weekly event in November 2016. Last month someone edited all the information out about the Evenings on the Avenues entirely and now it’s back again as a “semi-weekly” event but it’s not. Get that? Evenings on the Avenue is EVERY FRIDAY.
  • And, of course, there’s the ever-changing historical revisionism about our City’s Casino and pool at the Beach on Wikipedia. There should be a “Fiction” section on our Wiki page just for information such as this, “For Entertainment Purposes Only (not to be taken seriously)”:
The information about the City’s pool at the Beach is wildly inaccurate. For the facts use this link.

Ready to check out the City of Lake Worth’s Wikipedia page for yourself? Use this link. Have fun and visit on a regular basis to learn more about our little City:

The city was severely damaged in the 1928 hurricane, toppling the bell tower on the elementary school (today the City Hall Annex) and destroying the beachfront casino and automobile bridge over Lake Worth. This led to a severe economic decline within the community, during the Great Depression. Things were so dire in the city in the 1930s, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration built a striking, moorish-styled “City Gymnasium” on the corner of Lake Avenue and Dixie Highway. The building today serves as City Hall.

Learn more about the devastating 1928 Hurricane using this link. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st. Another image from that terrible storm:

For the City’s “Hurricane Planning” website use this link.

*Yeoman. Adjective: performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner, especially in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor: “He did a yeoman job on the problem.”

Calling All Hipster Millennials: Come visit Lake Worth! We’re home to World Thrift and intellectual center of Apatharchism as well!

First, if you happen to be a Millennial and/or a Hipster please take no offense, what you’ll read below is a satirical look at Anarchists who, after converting to Apatharchism, start smiling once again and happily contribute to making our City the best it can be.

And it’s true. World Thrift (details below) is indeed an awesome store. Thank you for visiting this blog today. Without further ado. . . Calling All Hipster Millennials!

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City of Lake Worth, the philosophy of Apatharchism has firmly taken hold here. Adherents include former 60’s-style Anarchists, Millennial-Anarchists, Anarch sympathizers, and affinity members once focused only on the bad news, doom and gloom, and the “Wolf at the Door” that never appeared.

Take for example the City’s bond referendum that passed overwhelmingly last November. Those few blocks of the City once occupied by Anarchists and inaccessible by pogo stick, skateboard, and unicycle will soon have new roads! Areas that already have LED street lighting, new water lines and fire hydrants, upgraded parks and Greenways is fomenting the Apatharchist rebellion. “The roads are new in Lake Worth”, the Anarchist holdouts will observe, not quite enthralled as living conditions improve all around them.

As far as all the other Millennials go, not quite enamored with the Anarchist lifestyle. . . “Calling All Hipster Millennials to Lake Worth, Florida!”

Are you a White Millennial Hipster looking for a place that’s “up and coming”? Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? Be a Hipster here in LDub*! By definition a Hipster is White, born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth, Florida!

Having World Thrift located here makes all the sense in the world now. The New Times rated World Thrift one of the best thrift stores ever:

[I]t remains the only place in town to score a vintage silk kimono, a $3.99 collection of mint-condition '70s-era teen magazines, a plethora of options for the next ugly Christmas sweater party, and a White House Black Market dress with the tags still on for ten bucks, all in one afternoon.

However, the looming question remains: are Hipsters really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are they really raging non-conformists who have all conformed?

There are other options as well. You can take another path like the Anarchist Millennials:
Look closely at the written instructions on how and when to empty the poop bucket. And who knows, you might even catch an Anarchist musical while you’re in town.

*LDub, or L-Dub, is slang for “Lake Worth”. The ‘L’ is short for Lake” and ‘Dub’ is short for double-‘u as in the letter “W”, hence the term LDub. Used in a sentence: “Welcome to LDub dude!

Reside in City of Lake Worth? Know what the POC is? For daily readers of this blog it’s important to remember. . .

. . . there are many new residents of this City who know nothing of the POC, an issue we’ve been dealing with for decades. That’s why I re-post blog posts like this one every now and then.

Many involved and/or long-time residents of this City recall well the Park of Commerce (POC) over the years and efforts to do something, anything, to have that prime piece of real estate add tax dollars to our City’s coffers. Is the POC a new idea? The answer is No. Not even close.

Past city commissions have tried, and failed, to make this area (see map below) a major contributor to the City’s commercial tax base giving homeowners less of a burden. Some former elected’s were so desperate to have something happen in the POC, anything, even a chicken farm was suggested. Luckily, that idea didn’t go far.

This image will surprise you and explained later in this blog post.

New residents in this City, if they’re not cautious where they get their information from, will be misinformed by “facts” on other blogs, social media, or even news reporters that don’t understand the entire story. You may have heard this news about the Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for $1.4 million. So where exactly is the POC?

To see this map for yourself go to the Citys zoning map. And while you’re at it you can see how your neighborhood is zoned.

In the map above is the POC: Roughly it’s the dark shaded area west of Boutwell Rd., east of the E-4 (Keller) Canal, north of Lake Worth Rd. (John Prince Park) and south of 10th Ave. North. Now that you understand where the POC is, how long has this been a matter of debate in the City?

Let’s look at one example of many (the first image above is the front cover of this “Citizens’ Master Plan”):

The Lake Worth Park of Commerce Citizens’ Master Plan, Charrette Draft Report prepared by the TCRPC in October 2001.

Fifteen years ago. I have this original report prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); if you would like to borrow it let me know (my email address is Here is another image from the report:

Recognize anyone? Ever heard of anyone named Dana Little?

There are names throughout this document many of you will recognize. Enjoy this charming video I did of the POC back in 2014, a small area in the City of Lake Worth with so much potential, “the P-word” if you will:

Would you like to organize a “Cottages of Lake Worth” presentation for your local organization or a group of neighbors?

Below is a short and gracious letter received from the Director of the Lantana Public Library. The letter was sent to me but as always, as noted in the letter, it was another group effort.

The Lantana Public Library, “A place for serious readers”, is located at 205 West Ocean Ave., 561-540-5740. Use this link for the hours, resources, and more information.
It was a splendid group of people who showed up for “The Cottagespresentation at the Lantana Library. Would highly recommend this venue for anyone to talk about a subject of interest.

It’s important to understand this presentation is not just about selling more books. But. . . it is nice when it happens. Pretty soon though there won’t be any more books left until the second printing arrives here in the City of Lake Worth at a future date still uncertain.

Thus far presentations have been the full length of 40–45 minutes with a Q&A following (e.g., as the one held at the Boynton Beach Historical Society), another was an interview on the BBC, and still others were very short, just focused narrowly on one topic. A presentation can be just 5 or 10 minutes and very informal.

For example, in the next few weeks or so will be giving short presentations to neighborhood groups in the City and will let you know when and where. These will be short but hopefully interesting for those in attendance. Every part of the City is different and special in its own way. Just a few of the myriad of topics:
  • What’s so special about the historic cottages in Lake Worth?
  • How did lot sizes come to be platted?
  • What effect did I-95 have on this City? And what is so unique about our two exits off this Interstate roadway?
  • Why is the Allied Africa campaign in WWII so significant in our history here in South Florida?
I’ll leave it up to you to see if there’s interest within your group or organization. If there is then contact me and we’ll go from there:

You’ll need a computer and projector with screen or a large flat-screen TV with HDMI for a small group, a room ideally made dark enough for everyone to see the slides and, I hope, a lot of question to follow as well.

And lastly, try to schedule a time and go visit our Lake Worth Historical Museum to learn more about our City’s unique history:
  • City Hall Annex Building, 414 Lake Ave., on the 2nd floor.
  • 561-533-7354
  • Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 1:00–4:00.
  • Tours by appointment.

“Boil Water Notices” in the City. Information you need to know is provided below.

On the issue of “Boil Water Notices” this may be a good time to consider a switch to clean and affordable natural gas if your neighborhood is one that has that option available. For example, during periods of extended “Boil Water Notices”, such as after a major storm, with natural gas you can still boil water and cook food. If you have an electric stove that’s not possible if the electric is out for an extended period of time.

To learn more contact Florida Public Utilities at 800-427-7712 or use this link to find out more. Remember, 9 out of 10 professional chefs prefer cooking with natural gas.

On social media in Lake Worth recently there’s been content about “Precautionary” and other kinds of notices (see image below) concerning the water supply that comes from the water plant in the City of Lake Worth, through pipes (many which need to be replaced), and then into your home and out of the tap.

Some have been asking questions and raising concerns about what is happening, vis-à-vis the noticeable increase in notices from the City. It’s important to note likely every question one has can be found with just a quick search: type the words, “boil water” into the search bar at the top of the City’s website.

Going forward there are going to be a whole lot more notices when major projects begin to fix all the water lines and infrastructure in this City.

From the City’s website, when this infrastructure project is complete, you will have:
  • Better water pressure.
  • Clear and better tasting water.
  • Fewer boil water notices.
  • Reduced maintenance costs for the City.
These notices are not intended to send anyone into a state of apprehension or uneasiness. It’s required by law to issue “Boil Water Notices” when there is any activity in neighborhoods — e.g., construction, maintenance, pipe replacements, etc. — notices to keep the public informed and instructions on what to do.

Here is an example on the City’s website:
Below is more information on the City’s website: “Lake Worth Water Utilities, At Your Fingertips:

Introducing Lake Worth Water. . .

“Lake Worth has embarked on an ambitious Capital Improvements Project that will replace many of the water pipes which were installed in Lake Worth 50–60 years ago. The project will span six years. Replacing the severely corroded water pipes will provide better water pressure to customers and require little maintenance by city workers.”

Need more information? Here’s another link to the City’s website.

Sometimes the best source for information is your very own “official” City of Lake Worth.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Do you have any children’s books laying around?

Your Little Free Libraries Need Your Help. To follow on Facebook and learn more about the Little Free Libraries in the little City of Lake Worth use this link.

Click on image to enlarge:
Have a book or books to donate? Call 561-585-6035 or email:

“Since the first Little Free Library was planted in Lake Worth 18 months ago, more than 25,000 books have been placed in circulation in more than 80 Little Free Libraries throughout our neighborhoods. All of them through the kindness and generosity of nice people like you.

Please help our Little Free Library Stewards keep up with the great demand for books your Little Free Libraries have created by donating gently used books, especially children’s books, that you or your neighbors would like to share.”

Remember, “Take A Book ~ Leave A Book!”

Lest we all forget, addressing revisionist history. . . our former City’s Casino was not “renovated” and. . . what about the pool?

See what was left to “overhaul” at the site of the FORMER Casino building at the Beach.

The following photos were taken on July 25th, 2011.
“Hmmm. What was done to save the pool?”, you may wonder.

The municipal pool at the Beach is now closed for safety reasons: the facility is falling apart and crumbling.

In 2011, the pool and pool building were not part of this “renovation”. In October, 2010, the pool was shut down by former commissioners JoAnn Golden, Chris McVoy, PhD, et al. Now the question is: Does the public even want a pool at the Beach any more? Or a pool somewhere else?

Did you miss this? News about Code Enforcement in the City of Greenacres.

About time for an update from the Post beat reporter: “Blight, eyesores addressed at special Greenacres workshop”?

“We want to try to clean everything up like they’re doing in Lake Worth.”
—Quote in The Palm Beach Post, May 4th, 2016. Read more about this below.

The article below surprised a lot of people last year, about the City of Greenacres and code enforcement. We don’t get much news from Greenacres any more even though that city faces many of the same issues our City of Lake Worth does. And guess what else our two cities share? The same beat reporter at the Post (see below for the reporter’s contact information).

Ever since the Post began publishing their Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) last year, much of the local news outside the City of Lake Worth in Central Palm Beach County is going unreported in the print edition.

How many articles have been written to date about Code Enforcement in our City of Lake Worth? A lot. How many about Code in Greenacres? None since May of last year. Greenacres switched over to PBSO as well: How many news articles have you read about that?

If you live in Greenacres, below you’ll find information on how to locate your beat reporter. For example, there hasn’t been any news in the print edition about the switch to PBSO in almost a year, hardly any news about the recent elections, or any news at all about what is happening at the Greenacres Town Council.

Maybe a good place to start would be an update from the Post about this situation:

It’s no secret the Greenacres City Council has been splintered for some time. But for 90 minutes, at a special workshop Monday, the council, along with other city officials, played nice to talk about issues of blight and neglect in the city’s original section.

Below are more interesting quotes from the article:

“We want to try to clean everything up like they’re doing in Lake Worth.”
—Quote. Greenacres Deputy Mayor Jonathan Pearce [now former Mayor Pearce; Joel Flores is the mayor now].

and there’s more. . .

     “District I Councilwoman Lisa Rivera led the wide-ranging meeting, which covered everything from trash inside newspaper vending machines to unsightly medians along Lake Worth Road to pitch black streets on Haverhill Road.
     Several city department heads and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on hand to answer questions from Rivera on why her district looks the way it looks.”

and lastly. . .

     “Rivera is also concerned that many of the businesses in her district, which runs from the L-10 Canal south to the L-15 Canal, and from Military Trail west to South 57th Avenue, look like they should be in a flea market, with their garish colors and tacky banner signs.
     ‘It looks horrid,’ Rivera said.”

So. Do you live in Greenacres? Hoping to get more of your community and city news into the print edition at the Post? Here is how you contact your beat reporter:

Remember this “IN FOCUS: LAKE WORTH”? This RaceTrac isn’t in Lake Worth. It’s located in Palm Springs.

“I hang out at RaceTrac a lot because it’s a good, clean, and inviting place to plug in my laptop when I’m working in and around Lake Worth, [emphasis added] something I’m now doing four days a week — a new mandate from our editors to fully embed ourselves in the communities we cover.”

“. . . fully embed ourselves in the communities we cover.”? If you live in Greenacres and are scratching your head right about now, well, join the club.

Anyhow, below is the contact information for your local beat reporter. Good Luck! and hope to see more news about Greenacres in the print edition some time soon about code enforcement, and PBSO, as well as what’s going on with politics in your fine city:
  • Email:
  • 561-820-4573

WARNING. A new idea is below. New ideas can be very upsetting for some here in Lake Worth. You’ve been warned.

And it’s also important to remember this blog is not required reading. If you get upset and yell, “Clutch The Pearls!”, it’s your fault.

Last chance.From an article by Peter Schorsch at the SaintPetersBlog titled, “Can public drinking revitalize downtowns?” are these first 4 paragraphs:

     In an attempt to bring tourists and young people back to aging downtown districts, many cities have legalized outdoor drinking — and it has been somewhat successful in revitalizing those areas, according to an article from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
     In 2016, cities in Mississippi and Ohio legalized “outdoor refreshment areas,” zones where patrons can carry drinks in the street, often in plastic containers rather than cans or glass bottles.
     The new wave of cities follows similar laws passed in Nashville; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Mobile, Alabama, in recent years in an effort to draw in millennials and boomers to turn around lagging downtown districts. [emphasis added]
     Most of these refreshment areas cover a pre-defined zone with police patrolling the borders to keep alcohol, and the rowdy behavior that sometimes accompanies it, from spreading into other areas of the city.

Just for fun, think of places for an ‘outdoor refreshment area’ here in Lake Worth:
  • Near the Artists Lofts on the west side of Dixie Hwy.?
  • Following the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Bryant Park? That way riders wait until after the ride to imbibe.
  • A neighborhood somewhere near the Downtown that wants more attention from the “drive-by” public?
  • Neglected lots or vacant eyesores somewhere on Federal Hwy.? Dixie Hwy.? 
An event such as this might help draw more Boomers, Millennials, and those of the Hipster variety too. But there’s the risk of attracting more Anarchists from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale as well. A definite downside but a potential upside as well: many of those Anarchists will become Apatharchists over time as many have in Lake Worth already.

A lot to take into consideration if anyone wants to push this idea forward and “test the waters”, errr, the cold beer in plastic cups I mean.

The City of Lake Worth in the Movies: “Body Heat”.

A friend let me borrow this DVD from her collection. She’s a big fan of film noir and likes this 80s version of the genre due to its setting. The movie Body Heat stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner (many think that this film launched her career), Ted Danson, J.A. Preston and Mickey Rourke.

Two fictional towns, besides the real West Palm Beach and Miami, are settings for the movie. One of these is Miranda Beach which is where William Hurt’s lawyer character has his office and consists mostly of the City of Lake Worth. The film was released in August 1981. Our heat and humidity nearly becomes the main character of the film. The combination probably played a role in the naming of the film.

You really need to watch the movie for the identifiable Lake Worth scenes. You can check out what the downtown looked like back then. There are many other scenes but here are three recognizable glimpses of our past.

“Ned Racine”, actor William Hurt, with City Hall in the background. Click on images to enlarge.
A typical hot, humid summer day in “Miranda Beach”, or as many still call our City, Lake Worth Beach.

In this scene above, Ned Racine, Hurt’s character, is walking down Lake Avenue and we clearly see the current City Hall behind him. He eventually crosses the street and you can see a view east. Not sure if it was part of the movie set or not, but most of the buildings look occupied and there is a lot of street traffic.

His ‘office’ was somewhere in that first or second block east of Dixie Hwy. He also ducks into the former L’Anjou for dinner and he makes a comment about making enough money to eat there once a month, if he doesn’t order an appetizer.

Note the makes and models of the cars in this scene:
“Ned” with a cigarette in hand walks down J Street.

The scene above is “Mr. Racine” walking north on J Street. I am guessing that the liquor store sign is where Propaganda is currently located. There is also a coffee shop called “Stella’s” which is home to a couple of scenes. Some people think that it was the former Junior’s at the southwest corner of J Street and Lucerne Ave. However it seems to be where the current AG Edwards office is.

In the picture below, you can make out City Hall in the background on the left. Notice the large glass storefront that is not there now.

Ted Danson in his earlier days as an actor:
Was this actually a coffee shop called “Stella’s” across from City Hall? Or just the setup for a movie scene? “Ned” is smoking another one. Inside the shop. Remember, this is circa 1980.

There might have been a coffee shop there. If anyone can confirm this, great! I really encourage you to watch the movie even if you may have seen it before.

Apparently, many residents were used as extras and you might see someone you know. It might be worth having a ‘PG13’ community showing of this movie sometime. Madison, Indiana shows Some Came Running, made in 1957, and is set in their historic downtown each year as part of a summer festival.

There have been other movies filmed here in the City of Lake Worth too. One used the Gulfstream as a backdrop in 1984’s very unsuccessful Harry & Son, directed by Paul Newman. It was panned by the critics. One of the stars, Robby Benson, earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.

By the way, other scenes in Body Heat were shot in Manalapan and Hypoluxo. Strangely, no scenes at all from Lake Osborne Drive.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Palm Beach’s former “Lido Pools”.

These pools were at the end of Worth Avenue, near the former Palm Beach Pier. In the picture above, you can see the Colony Hotel in the background. This is the block where Charley’s Crab is now.

“Lido Pools, Palm Beach, Florida”

All fisherman and fisherwomen: Editorial today in The Lake Worth Herald, “[I]t is now the responsibility of those fishing the Spillway to police themselves and keep the area cleaned up and. . .

. . . not leave dead fish laying around. . . SFWMD* has done a nice thing for fishermen and fishermen need to appreciate it and take care of it.

Click on image below to see location of the public fishing piers located at Spillway Park in the City of Lake Worth (parking lot is free) and access from the City of West Palm Beach (street parking on Arlington Rd.):
Heard a rumor about the Blueway Trail project? Use this link to contact the experts and have your questions answered. Spillway Park† is at the end of Maryland Drive in the City of Lake Worth off Federal Hwy.

More excerpts from the Herald (with links and emphasis added):

The Palm Beach Canal [C-51 Canal], a popular fishing spot for over 50 years is now fishable again.
     The fishing piers on the West Palm Beach and Lake Worth sides of the canal have been closed for a couple of years, leaving fishermen nowhere to fish unless they wished to climb on a six foot fence with barbed wire on top.

and. . .

     Finally, SFWMD has decided to replace the fences on both sides of the canal with 4 foot high aluminum hand rails, making it safer for fishermen to fish the locks.
     The Blueway Project is in the planning stages and is waiting on funding. This project will include a boat lift to give boaters Lake Clarke, Lake Osborne and other points west of US 1 access to the Intracoastal Waterway and improve property values of properties with access to the water.

and. . .

     The parks on both sides of the canal are used by many residents and it is not fair to those who don't fish to have to put up with the smell of dead fish unnecessarily. It is also the responsibility of residents using the parks to clean up after themselves and their pets.
     If the areas are kept clean, they will remain open, otherwise there will be another popular spot closed due to no ones fault but those who use it. SFWMD has done a nice thing for fishermen and fishermen need to appreciate it and take care of it.

*SFWMD  =  South Florida Water Management District.
More information about Spillway Park: The amenities are access for fishing, a ½ mile walking trail, picnic tables, BBQ grills, a pet station, free parking, and restroom facilities. For more information about City parks in Lake Worth use this link.

News about Greenacres in The Lake Worth Herald, “Notice of City Council Public Hearing”.

The meeting details are below. Question: Have you read any news about Greenacres in The Palm Beach Post lately? The Herald print edition, by the way, is still ¢50. You can pick up the print edition at the City’s newsstand in the Downtown (600 Lake Ave.) every Friday. The latest from the City of Greenacres:

ORDINANCE NO. 2017-08: An ordinance adopted by the City Council of the City of Greenacres, Florida, amending Article II, Sec. 2-26 and Sec. 2-27, of the Greenacres Code of Ordinances, increasing the compensation of the mayor and members of the City Council; providing for a cost of living; providing for certain benefits; providing for repeal of conflicting ordinances. . .

The details:

This Ordinance will be considered by the City Council at their regular City Council meeting to be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers at the Greenacres City Hall located at 5800 Melaleuca Lane, Greenacres, Florida, regarding the proposed Ordinance.
     This Ordinance may be reviewed by the public at the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested parties may appear before the City Council at this meeting and be heard with respect to this proposed Ordinance.
     If any person decides to appeal any decision of the City Council at this meeting, they will need a record of this proceeding and for that purpose they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City does not prepare or provide such record.

City of Greenacres
Joanna Cunningham, MMC
City Clerk

City Press Release: Closing of boat ramps in Bryant Park

For more information contact: Lauren Bennett, the City of Lake Worth’s Special Events Manager at 561-533-7395; email

Lake Worth — For the Annual Reggae Festival the City of Lake Worth will close the Bryant Park boat ramps from Thursday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, April 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
     For details about this event and others please visit the City’s website.

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.

Press Release from City. Cancelled and rescheduled: “3rd Annual Beach Clean-Up and Dive Against the Debris”.

For general questions/information about the City of Lake Worth, contact Mr. Ben Kerr, the City’s Communications Specialist at 561-586-1631; email:

“Due to the unfavorable weather forecast and probable ocean conditions for Saturday April 22nd, the City of Lake Worth had to postpone the Annual Pier Clean up and Dive Against the Debris. The new date is set for Saturday May 20th 2017.”

For more information, contact Doug Yoakum, the City of Lake Worth’s Aquatics Manager at 561-718-4304; email:

Question: Anyone planning to represent cities of Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, et al., at TCRPC meeting tomorrow?

Continue reading and you’ll find out why this is important; see the highlighted text below. This meeting is being held at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC):
  • April 21st [tomorrow] at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wolf High Technology Center
  • Indian River State College – Chastain Campus
  • 2400 SE Salerno Road in the City of Stuart [Martin County]
Agenda item 9. Subject: Resolution Addressing the Proposed Locally Preferred Option for the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project.

From Resolution #17-03:

WHEREAS, the Loxahatchee River is a significant regional resource located in Palm Beach and Martin counties; and
WHEREAS, alterations to the landscape and drainage patterns have severely impacted water quality and natural systems within the Loxahatchee River Watershed; and
WHEREAS, stormwater runoff from urban and agricultural areas threatens the long-term
viability of the Loxahatchee River and other natural systems within the watershed; and
WHEREAS, the original Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project was to accomplish five goals: 1) restoration of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River (one of two nationally designated Florida Wild and Scenic Rivers); 2) restoration of the Loxahatchee Slough; 3) the reduction of damaging fresh water discharges to Lake Worth Lagoon by increasing surface water storage and conveyance; 4) restoration of the Grassy Waters Preserve and enhancement of water supplies for local governments in Palm Beach County; and 5) the provision of better flood protection for the western communities within the County; and
WHEREAS, most of the current alternatives being studied are only designed to accomplish two of the five original watershed restoration goals; and
WHEREAS, the proposed Locally Preferred Option, developed and agreed to by a partnership of six affected local governments and special water improvement districts, is designed to accomplish all five original goals in a better manner than other alternatives being studied.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
encourages the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District to support the modeling and planning efforts associated with the proposed Locally Preferred Option components of the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project.

To read this entire agenda item use this link.

Does anyone remember Thomas Altman? He was murdered last year, on March 25th. Remember Woodley Erilas?

Everyone working so hard in the City of Lake Worth to cut down on senseless violence, continue to work hard and pray.

It’s a mystery why some crimes, a homicide for example, get the overwhelming attention of reporters and news outlets and others, like the murder of Woodley Erilas for example, don’t. Remember the murder of Thomas Altman last year? That case, still unsolved, received multiple articles in The Palm Beach Post and from several TV news stations for well over a week. News about that murder was well-publicized by social media as well.

The murder of Woodley Erilas, however, received scant attention from the news media. He was murdered on January 9th, 2015, in the early morning here in Lake Worth. The case remains unsolved and the family continues looking for leads. This crime occurred on the 900 block of North ‘H’ Street. The family wants anyone with information about this homicide to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.

Woodley Erilas was only 27 years old when he was murdered in 2015.

There was one news station, NBC5/WPTV and their reporter Jacqulyn Powell that covered this news, including an update from July 2016 about the family and friends of Woodley Erilas. Here is an excerpt from the text of a news segment:

“His sister says her family won’t rest until detectives find the person who is responsible for his death.
     ‘He accepted everybody,’ Vanesa Erilas says. ‘He looked at the bright side of every situation, and for him to leave the earth this way is heartbreaking.’
     Anyone with information about Woodley Erilas’s death is asked to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.”

The surprising “hot button topics” at the City Commission meeting last Tuesday: Facebook and “panhandlers”.

The City Commission meeting from last Tuesday, April 18th, is now available online. Use this link to watch the entire meeting which lasted less than 2 hours. Two topics in particular stood out: the issue of panhandling and questioning the reasoning why our City does not have a Facebook page. More about that later.

In case you didn’t know, the City of Lake Worth is now posting City Commission meetings on YouTube. This and more information can be found on the opening page of the City of Lake Worth’s website. Videotaping Commission meetings was something Yours Truly did for quite some time. Now it’s nice being able to sit home and watch the process of government happen in real time.

And yes, Dustin, I heard what you said about the Michigan State Spartans. Am looking forward to October 7th, my dear friend.

You may have seen one of my Lake Worth Commission YouTube videos before, e.g., the quite un-charming “Outburst in the Commission chambers last July, 2016, or another video from May 2011 when then-Vice Mayor Suzanne Mulvehill praised the work done by PBSO and former Cpt. Rolando Silva here in our little City of Lake Worth (Silva is now the captain in Wellington).

On the subject of PBSO, Cpt. Todd Baer gave an excellent update last night and very highly recommend you watch. Click on the link in the opening paragraph above and watch starting from the 12:45 minute mark; the Q/A ends at the 52 minute mark.

Commissioner Omari Hardy seems not pleased at all with the City’s reasoning for not having a “City of Lake Worth” Facebook page. Hardy is completely right. There is nothing at all wrong or inappropriate posting about upcoming Commission meetings and workshops, City press releases, and urgent news from the City. Remember Hurricane Matthew last year?

The City of Boca Raton is on Facebook. Their City Council meeting is tonight, from their “Meeting Notice”:
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • City Council
  • Live Meeting Coverage TONIGHT at 6 pm
The City of Lake Worth needs a Facebook page a month ago. Going another month doesn’t make any sense.

And on the subject of panhandling: this is a very big deal with the public. The City needs to listen and they need to act in some way. The public perception is the City is “dropping the ball” on this matter. Again, Commissioner Hardy brought up this topic and so did the public at the Commission meeting last night.

City residents are concerned about our City’s image and there are public safety matters as well. Of course, most everyone is aware there is a certain former commissioner — one with money to burn, just waiting for the City, a City employee, or a PBSO deputy to make a mistake — and then file a big, juicy lawsuit giving our City a big “black eye” in the media and press. That is a legitimate concern; the City needs to act responsibly on behalf of the taxpayers.

However, one person in particular raised some very serious concerns about panhandlers at last night’s Commission meeting: watch that for yourself using this link.

Here’s an idea: Can the City of Lake Worth form a volunteer board to handle this issue of panhandling? If you recall, the City just recently formed a board for a very small group of residents over concerns about the C-51 Canal. Just pointing that out.

Anyhow, last night’s Commission meeting was a bit less than 2 hours — that’s very good news — the business of the City is being treated like real business in a business-like manner. That’s why the elections last March were indeed “seismic”, our New Lake Worth City Commission (for the most part), is doing the business of the City in a professional manner.

And. . . when will the official photograph of the New City Commission be put on the City’s website? Where are the photographs of Commissioner Omari Hardy and Commissioner Herman Robinson? The election was almost 5 weeks ago.

The Blue Front BBQ on Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth: One of the few survivors of “roadside architecture”.

Stumbled upon a postcard of a roadside motel and restaurant in Perry, Florida. The city, which is situated in Florida’s Nature Coast about 50 miles south of Tallahassee, has a number of U.S. Routes, including U.S. 27, that meet and run through the city.
Before the dawn of Interstate highways and turnpikes, these roads were how people traveled long distances by automobile. Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 1) played the same role in the middle part of the 20th century. This created demand for lodging and restaurants along these routes and the “Mom & Pop” motel and dining era began here in Lake Worth.

Some of these structures used particularly eye-catching Mid-Century Modern architecture which became its own genre commonly referred to as highway or roadside architecture. The resulting building design usually ended up being a “sign” itself, designed to attract the attention of travelers along these roads.

Below is an example of just such a roadside motel/restaurant called the “Skylark” in Perry, Florida during its heyday, and a picture of how the same buildings look today.

The structure itself was part of the advertising:
The ‘motel’ presently with its signature arched sign.

What remains. You can still see the original sign with its unique outline, sans the neon.

We once had many examples in the City of Lake Worth along U.S. 1. “Kristine’s”, now home to Blue Front BBQ, is a notable survivor. Here is a postcard of that building during the mid-1950s.

When you drive down Dixie Hwy. can you see the resemblance to the former Kristine’s?
This structure is one of the few survivors of restaurants and “highway architecture” to lure in and interest customers passing through our City prior to I-95.

Below is an early edition of the former “Patio” restaurant that once occupied the southeast corner of Cornell Drive and North Dixie Hwy. It was later expanded, lost much of its character, and ultimately was demolished. The property is still a vacant lot today, across Dixie from the former “Park Avenue BBQ”, which is now a parking lot for World Thrift next door — the good news is they are doing a nice job of streetscaping and landscaping — not an eyesore like it once was.

The vacant lot where the Patio restaurant once stood remains an eyesore, and has been for many years.

The empty lot, once the “Patio”, is used mostly now for gimmicky signs and an easy short-cut sometimes.
The former “Patio Coffee Shop, Lake Worth, Florida”. All these years later still a vacant lot and eyesore on Dixie Hwy.

For the most part, time has not been kind to these structures. Most have been either modified beyond recognition or demolished. There are areas of the country that still retain and promote their architecture along these former once-thriving and bustling highways. Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway are examples.

Along this stretch of Dixie Hwy. in this City many see the potential, also referred to as the ‘P’ word. Slowly but surely it’s changing for the better and a lot of people are noticing. It’s never fast enough for Yours Truly though.

A vacant lot isn’t “Charming” along our Dixie Hwy. A parking lot isn’t all that much better but it’s nice to see some business owners take pride in their parking lot to make it a bit more appealing. And for that I’m grateful.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Appropriate today — a sitting Lake Worth City commissioner and a former commissioner — “in their own words”.

A brief explanation about what you’ll read and see for yourself below: Former Lake Worth City Commissioner Ryan Maier at a Commission discussion about a “curbstoning” ordinance in September, 2016, used a “Red Herring” to try and confuse the public by linking the issue of selling used cars illegally with panhandling and aggressive panhandlers.

City Attorney Glen Torcivia did a real good job of keeping the discussion on point, explaining that this ordinance is a simple yet necessary change to an existing one, already used by the County to curb the illegal selling of used cars.

Maier used this item on the agenda as a way to bring up one of his most important topics of all, to the exclusion of nearly all others, the homeless. Since that time he opted not to seek re-election. However, whilst Maier was still a sitting commissioner and had not yet decided whether or not to run for re-election, on this blog opined:

“If you’re OK with aggressive panhandling and public urination (remember, ‘It’s not that big a deal) then Maier is the candidate for you.”

Former Commissioner Maier:
     “I do not support aggressive panhandling ordinances.
     “I cannot see any definable loss through aggressive panhandling except that it’s maybe annoying.

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso:
     “Aggressive panhandling means somebody that’s literally following someone down the street.
     “It does affect my business, the downtown businesses, City as a whole . . . and it’s the same ones over and over and over.

Wednesday in the City of Lake Worth: It’s Pickleball, the Rotary Club, support groups, and much more.

Below is information about a local church here in our City, the Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church, that hosts a support group every week. This blog post from last week was titled, “Things To Do in our City: Just a few ideas in this week’s Lake Worth Herald”.

Always on page 2 of The Lake Worth Herald — if you didn’t know — is the “About Town” section. Take a stroll Downtown to the City’s newsstand located at 600 Lake Ave. across from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (open til 4:00 today; closed Sunday and Monday).

There is a man named Andy at the newsstand and he will be happy to assist you. Nowhere else can you get so much information about this City. . . and get this: the Herald print edition still costs only ¢50.

To find out about subscription prices and more about the Herald use this link.
“Lake Worth’s Oldest Established Business — Established in 1912”

Here are some “Ongoing Events” in the paper this week:

ADULT PICKLEBALL every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sunset Ridge Tennis Courts, 14th Avenue North, Lake Worth (between A and D Street). Adults 18 and over. $1 per player, balls and paddles provided. For more information call 561-533-7363. Sponsored by the City of Lake Worth Recreation Dept. For more information contact Steve Haughn, 561-214-0685.

TAI CHI instructions are given Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at Freedom Park, Pinehurst Dr., in Greenacres. There is no charge and public is invited.

LAKE WORTH ROTARY CLUB meeting every Wednesday at Brogues Down Under, 621 Lake Ave., downtown Lake Worth. Noon. Come visit, become a member! For info call Ron Leeds at 561-969-9600.

And from “Upcoming Events”:

EARTH DAY COMES TO LAKE WORTH. Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will be hosting an Earth Day Festival Saturday, Apr. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two stages of music and entertainment, food court, indoor green presentations and fashion show. Rain or shine. 2000 N. D Street, Lake Worth. Just look for the northend water tower.

And then there’s this item in the paper:

GriefShare. A support group for people who have lost someone either recently or some time ago meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 2101 6th Avenue S. in Lake Worth. For more information, call 561-582-5686.

Just a reminder. The Gulfstream Hotel. Two memorable quotes from January 5th, 2016, 15 months ago.

The two quotes follow two photographs of the Gulfstream Hotel. The first one was taken on New Year’s Day, 2012. Our City’s Centennial Year was 2013 — many were hoping for good news that year — however, four years later in 2017, New Year’s Day wasn’t much different for that historic structure. In some ways, many believe things have gotten much worse.

Back in 2012 the Gulfstream Hotel had a security guard, every day, patrolling the property to monitor problems, report any issues, and to police the grounds of litter.
More information is below, including this about a recently dismissed lawsuit (from a press release): “At this time the City is still considering whether or not to pursue court costs from the losing party.”

A more recent photograph, 5 years later, in April, 2017:
Use this link to learn more about the two quotes that follow:

“I have to tell you, in 23 years I’ve never, ever seen so many people come out, leave their homes at dinner time to speak in favor of an application. It just doesn't happen. People come to speak against, but people don’t come to speak in favor. So I am overwhelmed by the volume of people that have been here this evening.
Land use attorney representing the owners of the historic Gulfstream hotel at second reading, Lake Worth City Commission, January 5th, 2016.

And. . .

“I believe the Gulfstream project is not only the right step but also a very crucial step in the right direction. I thank the board for their consideration of this project and I’m looking forward to the re-opening of this great landmark bringing people to Lake Worth who have always been hesitant and to finally showing off our town’s incredible Downtown and one of the best assets Lake Worth has to offer. Thank you.” [standing applause follows]
Lake Worth resident who spoke earlier at the meeting cited above; a quote from this video:

Remember. The lawsuit that was recently dismissed had nothing whatever to do with the Gulfstream Hotel. Work could have begun long ago in preparation for a restoration of that historic structure. The lawsuits were over the height limit of any hotels to be constructed nearby:

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.

Two more photographs from New Year’s Day, 2012.
The big question now is. . .

. . . will any progress at all be made by New Year’s Day in 2018?

Or will the focus be on something else? “Better Beach”? “Better Lake Worth”? “Better Life”?
Following that meeting — held 20 months ago — Hudson Holdings then wrote they were, “hard at work refining a proposal that we believe will work for everyone . . .”, because their idea for a “Better Beach” was rejected by the public.