Tuesday, April 3, 2018

January 30th, 2017. A significant day in the history of the City of Lake Worth.

It was the night of the big debate at the Lake Worth Playhouse.

For many people this would be their only time to watch and see for themselves a man they’ve only heard about: Mr. Omari Hardy.

This is Mr. Hardy at a neighborhood forum
prior to the March 2017 elections.
Then-District 2 Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, is seated (to Hardy’s right).

Remember, the much-anticipated debate at the Lake Worth Playhouse was on a Monday night. And also remember the City of Lake Worth since late 2016 has been featured every Monday in The Palm Beach Post.

You would think this news would make it into the Post, that the District 2 incumbent, first elected in 2010 was being challenged by a young man who just happened to be a school teacher. By the way, the District 4 race was an open-seat election meaning there was no incumbent. The results from the March 2017 elections for Districts 2 and 4 are below.

In December 2016 began referring to Monday’s print edition of the Post as the Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE).
But on a much more serious note about the LWVVSMCPE: “Why does news between our City and the Village of Wellington get mostly ignored?” How often have you read any news about the City of Greenacres, the Village of Palm Springs and the Town of Lake Clarke Shores in the print edition except for crime and vehicular crashes?

So. Back on topic. What was the big news in the Post on Monday, Jan. 30th, 2017?

It was all about Artsy Fartsy Décor & More.

There was no mention in the Post that day about the debate later that evening, an event sponsored by the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC).

This nonsense isn’t the fault of the beat reporter.
This was a decision made by the editor(s) at the Post (e.g., remember that ‘curfew’ nonsense prior to the elections in 2016?).
Now, almost 1½ years later. . .
Artsy Fartsy is gone.

Commissioner Omari Hardy is an elected representative in the City of Lake Worth, and later this month or next The Palm Beach Post is being sold to GateHouse Media. From this blog last year read about, “Remember. Playhouse Debate starts at 6:00 tonight; doors open at 5:45. . .”

On May 1st, May Day, or some time thereabouts, the company GateHouse Media will take over The Palm Beach Post (as well as the Palm Beach Daily News, aka Shiny Sheet). Hopefully, the new owners will understand what many people understood a long time ago here in the City of Lake Worth, best explained by a City resident on Christmas Day in 2017 who was once a subscriber to the Post:

Yes, I’m a procrastinator . . .
     For months I’ve been meaning to cancel my subscription to the tedious Palm Beach Post. Not because I felt the need to protest the worse than spotty accuracy of their coverage of Lake Worth. And not because they seem oblivious to exactly where the City of Lake Worth is and isn’t nestled in the heart of Palm Beach County. . . . Still, I have been propelled at last, from a mild discontent into an unbearable ennui [emphasis added] that must be attended to. That this happened on this starry Christmas morning is both sad and surprising.

Click on this link to read the entire missive above, who the author is, and what the word “ennui” means as well.

Without further ado. . .

The election results from March 2017.
The once-successful and oft-used tactic of using a third candidate to swing an election did not work. Also on the 2017 ballot was the referendum extending terms for electeds from two to three years. It passed by a wide margin.

The election results from three weeks ago. . .

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso was unopposed this year and Mayor Pam Triolo should have been unopposed as well:
It’s possible, even likely, many voters thought Sarah Malega and Drew Martin were both running on the same “slate”. That would have contributed to the re-election of District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell, now also the City’s Vice Mayor Pro Tem.