Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Public Safety: “Worth Noting” again about mobile home units and fires.

Make certain there is a fire detector with a charged battery.

And please stress the importance of this to all the returning Snowbirds full of mirth and joy: safety is always priority #1.

Our City of Lake Worth looks forward to each and every Snowbird Season and we all want our annual flock to be safe. And everyone of course also acknowledges, “It’s the ‘Snowbird Effect’ that keeps Florida going.”

About this City many in the public were surprised to learn there are four (4) mobile home communities within the municipal limits of Lake Worth with a total number of units at a whopping six hundred and sixty-five (665).

Learn more about this below, a little later in this blog post, data presented at a Commission Budget Workshop last year.

But what is even more alarming is this year in Central Palm Beach County two people have died in mobile home fires, news from The Palm Beach Post:

Get the word out to everyone you know who resides in a trailer park. Check to make certain the unit has a working fire detector and that it has a new battery.

By the numbers, about mobile home parks (MHP) in this City of Lake Worth:

  • Orange Grove MHP (120 units) on north side of 2600 block on 6th Ave. South and sad to report the location of recent homicide; the third in the City this year.
  • Palm Beach MHP (335 units) on east side of Boutwell Rd. in Park of Commerce.
  • Holiday MHP (70 units) on 1800 block of Lake Worth Rd. (west of Tri-Rail Station).
  • Holz MHP (140 units) on south side of 1700 block on 12th Ave. South.

The data above comes from information provided by the City. For example, below is the MHP Rate Structure for waste and refuse collection.

The previous rate prior to 2018–2019 budget
(click on images to enlarge):

Very important: None of these mobile home parks are managed or maintained by the City. They are all privately owned.

 The current MHP rate:

FYI: The last protest of any significance in City of Lake Worth was nearly three years ago at Palm Beach Mobile Home Park. The press and news media jumped on that story before learning the facts: read about CBS12’s silly ‘forced relocation’ and the retraction published in The Palm Beach Post.