Saturday, May 19, 2018

Get prepared for the end of Lake Worth’s Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE).


Please take note all businesses, services, and nonprofits in the City of Lake Worth: expect fierce competition going forward to get the attention of business reporters at The Palm Beach Post.


Did you think Lake Worth’s Special Day — the LWVVSMCPE every single Monday — was going to
last forever? 
For well over two years now the editor at the Post has focused primarily on just six cities in Palm Beach County with disastrous results. No doubt the new owner of this newspaper, Gatehouse Media, will not make the same mistake.


Gatehouse Media, with all the resources they have at their disposal, is not going to limit their reach by just focusing on the same six cities each and every week. Businesses, private entities, and community groups located in other areas here in Central Palm Beach County (CPBC), for example, in the Village of Palm Springs, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, and the cities of Greenacres and Great Walled City of Atlantis are all going to be stepping up their efforts to get more attention in the Post and the City of Lake Worth needs to get ready for this.

So once again, below is a refresher, everything you need to know to get the attention of business reporters at the Post.


Did you know there are five (5) business reporters who cover coastal Central Palm Beach County and the City of Lake Worth is the “geographic and artistic center” of it all?

Why is the Monday paper just as important for your business, or even moreso, than the Sunday paper?

And did you know it was a Post beat reporter who first coined the term ‘L-Dub’, the memorable and quirky slang term for this City?

Continue reading for the answers to those questions and much more information.


FYI! Mark your calendars.

The 15th Annual Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council Great American Raft Race is coming up on Independence Day, July 4th!
The Palm Beach Post is in the business of selling newspapers and needs to be part of a winning team. How many other cities have quirky events like the July 4th Raft Race! Have you considered becoming a sponsor this year?


Now. Back to the Post and business reporting.

There are five business reporters and the list is below with contact information. This blog post is about taking your business, restaurant, nonprofit, or service to the next level. Parts 1 and 2 are below with helpful tips along the way.


Tip #1: Whilst all the other businesses and services are scrambling all week to try and make the next Sunday paper, instead. . . take your time and learn some helpful tips that actually do work.


Forget about the Sunday paper! Work at getting your business news in the Monday paper, starting with the one published on May 28th and the Monday following on June 4th.

Why? Because the Sunday paper is mostly a compilation of the week’s old ‘news’ and coupons. Lots and lots of coupons and circulars. The business news readers and the news makers and news shakers don’t pay any attention to the Sunday paper. They relax on Sunday and wait for the paper on Monday morning.

Tip #2: The Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) was no fluke. But it came at expense of other cities and towns here in CPBC.


How many of you have enjoyed reading all about Artsy Fartsy Décor & More over the last two years?

The “IN YOUR COMMUNITY” section featured
each week on ‘Local’ page B3 was the icing.
Artsy Fartsy Décor & More took its success to the next level, Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, but the rents were just too damn high. But thanks to the Post our City of Lake Worth will always be known as the original home of Artsy Fartsy.


Why was the LWVVSMCPE so important each week?
It drew attention to the ‘Business’ section.
Most people think the City of Lake Worth needs the Post. But actually it’s the other way around. The Post needs the City of Lake Worth for its bottom line.


Tip #3: It was a beat reporter at The Palm Beach Post who first popularized the slang term, “LDub” when referring to the City of Lake Worth. And it was actually an entertainment editor at the Post who first coined the meme, “Hipster Haven” about this City. For more about our ‘Hipster Haven’ and the standard definition of ‘LDub’ click on this link.


Without further ado. . .

Part 1: Getting started.


Below is the full list of business reporters with phone number and email address you can begin contacting early this week:

  • Jeff Ostrowski, 561-820-4581; jostrowski@pbpost.com
  • Susan Salisbury, 561-820-4577; ssalisbury@pbpost.com
  • Jennifer Sorentrue, 561-820-4526; jsorentrue@pbpost.com
  • Charles Elmore, 561-820-4811; celmore@pbpost.com
  • Alexandra Clough (real estate/business reporter), 561-362-5557; aclough@pbpost.com

Part 2: Get noticed.
Learn/use the “Five Tips”.


If you’re a business owner in the City of Lake Worth when was the last time you ever tried to contact one or even two of these business reporters? Most of you are familiar with Jeff Ostrowski and maybe Jennifer Sorentrue too.

But by learning the “Five Tips” below you can become comfortable and confident contacting any and all of the business reporters listed above. Why? Because you’ll be speaking their language!

Here are the 5 tips:

  • Know whom you want to reach out to, “. . . the trick is reaching to the right journalist.” For example, which reporter is the best at real estate reporting?
  • Who’s your audience? “So, tell us how many followers do you have on Twitter? How many friends/fans do you have on Facebook?”
  • Local, local, local, “. . . there must be a direct and definite Palm Beach County connection.”
  • Newsmakers, “Some of the best-read content we produce isn’t on the front page.” For example, per the Business Editor, the “weekly Newsmakers section”.
  • Video, “So if your business has ‘good visuals,’ drop in a link to some B-roll video that we can attach to the story.”

The fourth Sunday in March was the anniversary of the City of Lake Worth’s “SPECIAL KEEPSAKE SERIES”.
It was this “SPECIAL KEEPSAKE” that put the little City of Lake Worth on the map.


Remember! The City of Lake Worth is,
“Quirky with a capital Q!”
Review Part 1 and Part 2 once again and get cracking. And briefly, back to the 15th Annual July 4th Great American Raft Race for a moment, have you considered becoming a sponsor?

Old news published nearly three years ago in the Post about Greenacres, “City inches close to merger with PBSO”.


A lot has happened in the City of Greenacres since July 2015.


Much of what follows in this blog post
is not new news by any means.

But what is new news is effective May 1st,
Gatehouse Media has taken over the operations
at The Palm Beach Post and Shiny Sheet.


So maybe some time soon we’ll finally get that update about what happened in Greenacres 2½ years ago,
that the decision to merge with PBSO in hindsight was the right decision.


The news about Palm Beach County’s Sheriff Office (PBSO) and the City of Greenacres (see below) is from when The Palm Beach Post used to have a beat reporter covering that fine city. But following the merge of the Greenacres Police Dept. with PBSO in late 2015 is about when that paper decided to stop covering much of any political news and public safety news from municipalities west of Lake Worth with the exception being the villages of Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. For example Greenacres is one city that, unless it was news about a vehicle crash a fire or a crime, hardly received any coverage at all in the Post’s “Local” section.

And it was about three years ago when the Post began their Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE), published every single Monday. That’s right. Our little six square mile City has been one of the “Six Special Cities” for almost three years now in the print edition. Every Monday. Every week. For almost three years.

And also each and every week since 2015 in the LWVVSMCPE are the phone numbers for the parks dept. and sewer dept. for City residents who don’t know how to save phone numbers and others who don’t know how to use the Internet. Phone numbers published in the Post every single week. Every Monday. For nearly three whole years. Isn’t it about time to publish in the print edition the phone numbers for the parks and sewer dept. in another city here in Central Palm Beach County? Like maybe Greenacres?


However, the City of Lake Worth being so special
came at the expense of other municipalities like Greenacres, the Town of Lake Clarke Shores, and
the Village of Palm Springs.
One of the theories was the editor(s) at the Post picked municipalities with established and trusted local newspapers (in print and online) to try and draw away advertising revenue and force them out of business. If that theory was indeed true, the plan didn’t work here in Lake Worth.

Now back to Greenacres, when “City inches
close to merger with PBSO”.

There are a lot of parallels to what occurred in the City of Lake Worth back in 2008 vis-à-vis the tremendous increase in crime, out of control gangs, the inefficiently equipped police dept., and lack of essential public safety services. It was former Mayor Jeff Clemens in August 2008 who then made the decision to merge the LWPD with PBSO.

Then seven years later, in July 2015, came this news from Greenacres:


     The city is considering having the sheriff’s office patrol Greenacres mostly because of the additional services it would get, some of which include a drug task force, fuller staffs, police dogs and updated radios and laptops. [emphasis added]
     “If we had to buy these additional services, the dollars and sense would go through the roof,” [emphasis added] said Vice Mayor Jonathan Pearce [now District 4 Councilman Pearce]
     The city would also get a citizen’s patrol, something the city doesn’t have, a program in which the sheriff’s office trains volunteers to be the eyes and ears of a neighborhood.
     “That’s a tremendous boon to us in keeping the neighborhood safe,” Gauger [PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger] said.
     Councilwoman Lisa Rivera [no longer on Council] pointed out how the number of homicides are on the rise. Greenacres has six, ranking it second in the county. That’s one more than Greenacres has had in the past four years combined, according to a Palm Beach Post homicides database.


In November 2015 Greenacres made the decision to merge with PBSO becoming District 16. The City of Lake Worth is PBSO District 14.

The trajectory for crime in Lake Worth in 2008 was trending up very quickly. Late in 2008 PBSO took control and by mid-2009 the impact was clear to those who were paying attention and looking over the data. Every year crime continued to drop, some years more slowly than others, but the trend of outrageous crime rates prior to PBSO taking over was a thing of the past.

The revisionists in Lake Worth who claim that the LWPD was effective and met the needs of the community is a myth, a notion easily disproved. Proven false innumerable times on this blog over the years.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Learn more about the Lake Worth CRA, Director Joan Oliva, and $23M NSP2 Grant.


Do you remember when former commissioners, Cara Jennings was one, wouldn’t lift a finger to help the CRA acquire a $23 million grant? Continue reading to refresh your memory.


Enjoy the video (below) about the CRA’s NSP2 grant. You’ll recognize more than a few people if you were here in Lake Worth during that time. At one point, if you pay close attention, you’ll see a few campaign yard signs of people you might know, including a current city commissioner. About the video:


This video is one in a series of case study videos intended for NSP grantees and partners interested in learning about how other grantees are successfully implementing NSP. In Lake Worth, FL, the NSP2 consortium has taken a comprehensive approach in their stabilization efforts. Nonprofits and community leaders featured in this video demonstrate the keys to running their NSP program, including homebuyer counseling, home-purchase assistance, and connecting stabilization with broader economic development and revitalization initiatives such as the Cultural Renaissance Program.





Now, about all those people who thought the NSP2 was a bad idea. . . like former city commissioners who didn’t make the effort to apply for the grant.

But the CRA did step up and apply for the grant.

Here is an excerpt from this blog:


Both the City and the CRA were eligible to apply for the funds. Leading up to the grant application’s deadline, it became apparent that the City administration (Susan Stanton was the city manager in September 2009) and the City Commission (which included Cara Jennings, JoAnn Golden, and Susan Mulvehill) had demonstrated no interest in assisting the CRA or applying for the grant money itself. Wanting to make sure Lake Worth didn’t miss out on this opportunity to address slum and blight in a big way the CRA went ahead and made the application itself, without any help from the City Commission at the time.”

The many benefits of having natural gas service in this little City of Lake Worth.


Thinking about converting to clean and “Green” natural gas in your home for hot water, cooking and outdoor grilling?


Plus just another one of the very big benefits of natural gas (NG) is during long electric outages or following a hurricane you can still cook and boil water.

Learn more below how to switch over to NG. Gas is “cheap, clean, affordable, and plentiful”.


Briefly, ‘back in the day’ when the Lake Worth Electric Utility rates were sky high prior to 2012 some electeds continued to hint they wanted the City’s already too-high electric rates to go even higher. That set off a panic in this City for both City residents and business community as well because as other neighboring cities and towns were recovering from the Great Recession (2007–2009) this City continued to lag further and further behind.

Then even more public angst and confusion was created in 2015 when once again two commissioners suggested spiking up rates to fund their ‘wish list’ (see Herald headline below). Both of those electeds are no longer on the City Commission.

Before 2012, residents who lived in areas with NG service lines who were able to afford the initial investment, began switching over or “hooking up” new or pre-owned appliances to NG provided by Florida Public Utilities, e.g., stoves, cloth dryers, and water heaters.


“Leading the Fight to Lower Electric Bills”?
After Cara Jennings got re-elected in 2008 electric rates continued to spike. Remember, political speech is Free Speech, one can claim almost anything
on a political mailer.

Homeowners previously on full-electric in their homes in NG service areas, who later converted over to gas, saw their electric bill drop significantly. But others in areas without NG were out of luck. It came as a surprise to many when they found out their neighborhood didn’t have gas lines but other areas in the City did.

Prior to 2012, City administrations used the Electric Utility to fund their wish lists, ergo the term “cash cow” that our City’s Electric Utility used to be called. Then in September 2015, well, all hell broke loose again when this news hit:


After all the work to lower electric rates since 2012, two commissioners wanted to spike up rates again in 2015.
Of course, this “push” came as the Summer heat was winding down. Later, then-District 2 commissioner, Chris McVoy, PhD, lost his bid for re-election and then-District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier
opted not to run again.

Anyway. Enough of the history how we got here. Interested in finding out more about NG?

Call 888-765-4601 to contact Florida Public Utilities or use this link and “Ask4Gas”.
Ask4Gas! “Better meals. Longer baths.
Softer laundry.”

Here are more benefits:

  • NG is cheap, clean, affordable, and plentiful.
  • NG is extremely safe. Remember to “Call 811 Before You Dig!” or use this link.
  • Nine out of 10 professional chefs prefer cooking with NG.
  • NG is the “Green” choice.
In the video below, a Florida Public Utility expert explains the benefits of switching over to a NG range/oven:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Exciting new horizons for our dwindling community of Anarchists in L-Dub?


Click on image to enlarge:
A satirical take on Anarchy, circa 2014. On a slightly more serious note, have you ever read the treatise, “As I write this from the olive-laden hills of Kalamata. . .”?

Below: An actual flyer passed out in L-Dub (aka Lake Worth) promoting Direct Action (“Occupations”, “Blockades” and “Lockdowns”, etc.) at the Quaker Meeting House.
 


•  Wheelchair Accessible  •  Childcare Provided  • ”
“We can build the world we want – BUT FIRST WE GOTTA SHUT THIS ONE DOWN!” Who is ‘We’?

City of Lake Worth was named in honor of a military hero, General William Jenkins Worth, “Ducit Amor Patriae”.


Which translates to:

“The Love Of Country
Leads Me.”

The historical connections between New York City and the little City of Lake Worth are numerous including this interesting fact: There are only two historical monuments in Manhattan that serve as mausoleums: one is Grant’s Tomb and the other is an obelisk in honor of General William Jenkins Worth, who the City of Lake Worth, Florida is named for:

Image from Wikipedia.

An image from the link below.

Click on this link for the website dedicated to information about General Worth’s obelisk in Manhattan; an excerpt:

     General Worth was a military hero who fought in the Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848. He died of cholera in 1849 and was originally buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; but in 1857 his body was moved to Manhattan and placed under the Worth Monument.
     The monument was designed by James Goodwin Batterson and dedicated on November 25, 1857. The obelisk contains four sets of bands with the names of 16 places of importance in the life of Major General Worth. On the south facing front of the pedestal is a bronze tablet with a high relief of General Worth on horseback, with dress military uniform holding his sword in his right hand while pointing it forward. Above this figure is a complex trophy depicting cannons, swords, flags and eagles.


The dado on the east side of the obelisk contains the inscription:

DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Public is invited to a very important meeting in this City of Lake Worth.


Tomorrow morning (Thurs., May 17th), 8:00 a.m. at the Lake Worth municipal golf course (located at #1 7th Ave. North) the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) is having an open meeting Q&A with Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and City Manager Michael Bornstein.

Please note: Meeting is open to everyone from the public and business community.


“The FACC is the only LOCAL chamber of commerce serving this City of Lake Worth and we would love to have more business owners and citizens become involved.

This is an opportunity to have breakfast with our City officials and get to know the Finnish Chamber and its mission.”

The public in this City of Lake Worth is screaming, “We can’t hear you!”


Click on image to enlarge:
William Waters is the Dir. of Community Sustainability. On March 7th he said, “Neighborhood associations could be noticed.” And the board attorney said at this same meeting, “[W]e are meeting the statutory requirements.”

Our residents in this City deserve better than just the minimum effort when it comes to communication.

Below is the video of last night’s City Commission meeting, “First Reading, Amending Chapter 23, Land Development Regulations”. It was hard to watch. The public, however, needs to commended for being so respectful and coming forth with their well-thought and researched observations and complaints.


A Tweet from last night (please pause to load):


The public was calm and reasonable. And so was the City Commission. But to the staff it was like the public was talking to a bunch of people so completely out of touch and disconnected, hoping and praying that they’ll finally get it this time.

The public gets it. The City staff doesn’t. And there are too many people between the staff level and the Commission that don’t get it either.

Did you know this City has a “Neighborhood Planner”? What exactly does that person do?


This City of Lake Worth needs to learn how to communicate with all our neighborhoods. Why it’s taking so long to learn that bypassing the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’s Council (NAPC) is a really bad idea is beyond comprehension. Waiting for Commission meetings to hear from the public is way too late as evidenced by a packed house last night.


Having this many people show up at a
Commission meeting is not a good thing. 
This is a sign the City has a communication problem.


Check back to this blog later on today and tomorrow for more about this meeting. Briefly, several items from this agenda item will come back to the City Commission for another First Reading on June 5th. For the rest of everything from “Ordinance 2018-07” it’s back to the drawing board. Again. Is anyone surprised?

The public is saying, “We can’t hear you!” And the reason is there are too many people working for this City who are not listening, or worse yet, don’t care.

This “New Business” item on the agenda took up 2½ hours last night at the City Commission. Would encourage everyone to watch this video in short segments over the next day or two. Commissioners Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson were out of town attending an Urban Land Institute conference in Savannah.


Public Comment begins at
the 1 hour and 10 second mark.

PRESS RELEASE: “Lake Worth Beach Swim Advisory”.


For further information contact the City’s Public Information Officer, Mr. Ben Kerr, at 561-586-1631; email: Bkerr@lakeworth.org
FYI: From the Post yesterday is news, “No-swim advisories issued for beaches in Jupiter, Lake Worth”. From the City of Lake Worth, a press release dated today, May 16th:


Lake Worth, Florida — A swim advisory has been issued near Lake Worth Beach for the next 24–48 hours due to elevated bacteria levels in the water. As a precautionary measure Lake Worth Beach will be closed to public swimming. All Casino Building tenants and Benny’s on the Beach will remain open. Health officials plan to retest the waters and will inform the public when bacteria levels are within acceptable health standards.


So why exactly is the water “icky”? For one possible idea why, please continue to the next blog post.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Press release: “Lake Worth Vegetation Amnesty Week Postponed”.


Wouldn’t this be a good time to use the City of Lake Worth’s official Facebook page to educate the public as quickly as possible? That is, of course, if the City had an official Facebook page for residents.

This Press Release was issued at the end of the business day yesterday:


Lake Worth, FL — Due to poor weather conditions, Lake Worth Vegetation Amnesty Week, originally scheduled to start today [Tuesday, 5/14), has been postponed and will start Tuesday, May 22. This week’s refuse pickup will be on the normal schedule.

For more information contact Ben Kerr, the City’s Public Information Officer at 561-586-1631; email: BKerr@lakeworth.org

Imagine for a moment if Mr. Ben Kerr had another tool in his social media toolbox to communicate
with the public?

Folks, a lot of people are going to be mad as hell to hear that Vegetation Amnesty Week was cancelled yesterday and rescheduled for next week. A lot of the public will be demanding answers, e.g., “What about all the vegetation I put out to the curb already?” What if a household already made plans this week? What about next year? Will many be reluctant to participate in Vegetation Amnesty Week due to what happened this year?

And when the public starts to hear rumors about what’s going to happen with the City’s recycling program later this year. . .

This City needs to get past its reluctance to use Facebook, the most popular and most used social media tool there is. Yes, the City uses Twitter. But Twitter and Facebook are two very different ways to communicate with the public. Just guessing would surmise 8–10× more residents get their news from Facebook then they do Twitter. There are no losers using Facebook. In the meantime the City of Lake Worth, our elected leaders and staff look disconnected and out-of-touch with the public.

Contact your elected leaders TODAY and tell them you want an official City Facebook page. And soon. The city of Greenacres has been using Facebook for well over two years now.


From the City of Greenacres’ Facebook page. . .

Click on image to enlarge.
By the way, did you know Greenacres Mayor Joel Flores and the City Council recently conducted a traffic workshop with PBSO, County Commissioner Paulette Burdick and representatives from FDOT?

I learned about it on Facebook.

January 1st, 1942. Celebrating the New Year at Gulfstream Hotel: “Everything Florida Has — We Have”.


January 1st, 2019: Beaming lights and another celebration on the patio or the doors remain shuttered?

Below are images from the menu and cocktails at the “Gala New Year’s Party” from 76 years ago at the Gulfstream Hotel in Downtown Lake Worth.

Of course, this historic hotel remains shuttered since being purchased the last time in May 2014, four years ago this month. Below is a chronology of some highs and mostly lows, about our Downtown historic hotel. In 2012 I spent an entire day touring the hotel whilst it was under previous ownership and you can read more about that below.


The latest very good news is Hudson Holdings is finally history, out of the picture as of last month, no longer involved with the future of the Gulfstream Hotel.
Click on this link to find out the status of the current approvals from the City for the renovation of the Gulfstream Hotel and new construction.


It’s very important for the public to know that a designation of “historic” is no protection from the wrecking ball. I’ve been through this process before: documenting a structure’s significance, showing it once existed, then torn down and hauled away. And also, over and over again, the public is misled about historic preservation by those who should know better, like the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post when they published this nonsense:

“The Gulfstream Hotel should be taken back by the city and made into an affordable destination for tourists who would generate income and provide jobs for our community.”


The City of Lake Worth, never in the history of the Gulfstream Hotel, has ever owned that structure. It’s always been private property and the City could not just ‘take it back’. But since that nonsense got published how many in the public think the City is responsible for this historic structure?

Since May 2014: The highs
and the lows.


For a brief time in August 2016 we gathered to celebrate good news on the hotel’s patio and to honor an old friend, Loretta Sharpe, who devoted so much of her time and energy to save this historic structure, our Gulfstream Hotel.

Sadly, Loretta had passed away, but her strong
spirit was there that day.
On March 31st, 2017 came the best news of all, or so we all thought at the time: “The Petition for
Writ of Certiorari is DENIED
.”

Then on April 14th, 2017 came this news from Sun Sentinel reporter Arlene Satchell headlined, “Lake Worth’s historic Gulfstream Hotel slated for $80 million makeover”, an excerpt:

“Our plans are to rehabilitate this hotel [and] bring it back to its historic significance in the public areas, the lobby, corridors etc.,” said Steven Michael, principal of developer Hudson Holdings during a tour Friday. “We’ll do a complete rehabilitation of the whole building from top to bottom.” [emphasis added]


But of course nothing moved forward and the Gulfstream Hotel remained shuttered. However, since May 2014 no event or news has stood out more than what happened on January 5th, 2016 at the Lake Worth City Commission when a very well-respected land use attorney then representing the owners of the Gulfstream Hotel said:

“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.”


A month later I published this video to YouTube:


Let’s take a stroll back to 2012. . .

I toured the Gulfstream Hotel from the roof all the way down to the maintenance room six years ago while under previous ownership and the structure is indeed impressive. From the roof the views are vast of “the Palm Beach Area” (note the first image below).

The roof was (and still is) used by a cell phone company with an array of equipment outside and inside the building that made a constant ‘whirring’ sound. The hallways and stairs I noticed were completely clear of any debris or obstructions but the individual rooms were torn apart like they were being renovated. It was like the crew doing the work went on lunch break, years ago, and haven’t returned to finish the work. On the top two floors there was some water damage which is to be expected.

Interestingly, the hotel had running water when I was there. The rooms have very small bathrooms, tiny closets, and barely enough room for common amenities the modern-day hotel customer is accustomed to. Most of the rooms I looked through were on the top four floors and surmised all the hotel’s rooms were in a similar condition. A renovation will lower the number of rooms and increase room sizes as tourists and business travelers expect in this modern era.

The lobby and first floor are incredible and you can imagine a visitors’ joy arriving to the hotel fresh off a Henry Flagler train to escape the northern cold. Most of the first floor, when I was there, was being used for furniture storage and it was all kept in an orderly fashion. Below the hotel’s first (main) floor is the boiler room and maintenance areas and was like a step back in time, like a movie scene from the 1930s or 1940s.

I’ve made this observation many times on this blog and will do so once again: it’s a near miracle this hotel is still standing tall in our downtown. So many of these historic structures are long gone now and are just memories in a book or computer file that nobody, or very few, care to look at any more. 

I hope you enjoy this look back at New Year’s Day at the “Gulf Stream”* Hotel 76 years ago:

“Everything Florida Has — We Have”

New Year’s Dinner at the “Gulf Stream” Hotel: January 1st, 1942.

The Gala: New Year’s party on the “Gulf Stream” Patio and Cocktail Lounge: December 30th, 1941.

*“Gulf Stream” (historic name for the hotel) and “Gulfstream” (2 words ‘blended’, a portmanteau) are used interchangeably over different eras for many reasons, e.g., commonly accepted title by the public, news reports, public relations, advertising, etc.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Beware: “Phone Scam targeting Lake Worth Utility Customers”.


Please Note: This affects all Lake Worth
Utility customers, not just residents
of the City of Lake Worth.


It came to the attention of the City of Lake Worth that phone scammers posing as City of Lake Worth employees are targeting customers across our service territory. These scammers may use false phone numbers that could appear on a caller ID to be City of Lake Worth. They then threaten to shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card.
     These calls are not from the City of Lake Worth. Lake Worth Utilities will never call and demand credit card information or take Green Dot MoneyPak cards as payment with the threat of disconnection. The City does not ask for any personal information from customers unless the customer initiates the contact.
     If customers ever receive a strange call and are in doubt, they are encouraged to hang up and call Lake Worth Utilities at 561-533-7300. Authorities have been notified of this scam. Those who may have been a victim, should contact us at 561-533-7300 or make a Suspicious Incident Report with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office at 561-688-3400. Once a customer is given a case number, they should contact Lake Worth Utilities who will forward the information to the Detective in charge.

Ever thought of running for elected office in Palm Beach County? A young person considering a future in politics?


Then seriously consider getting your name on the ballot for the General Election to be held on November 6th to serve on this elected body (4-year term):

Seat #2 on the Board of
Northern Palm Beach County
Improvement District


For the qualifications needed, how to get your name on the ballot, and everything else you need to know please continue reading.

But first, the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District (NPBCID) serves,


[A]n area of approximately 128 miles which includes parts of the following municipalities: Jupiter, Juno Beach, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, Mangonia Park, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Royal Palm Beach. Portions of unincorporated Palm Beach County are also within our service area.

Learn more about this Special District and what the mission is from the NPBCID website:


In May 2010, Governor Crist signed House Bill No. 759, which changed the manner in which Board members are elected to Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District’s Board of Supervisors. Currently, four out of five seats, are filled by popular vote in the General Election. The remaining seat will continue to be filled by landowner election.

For how to become a candidate for a seat on
the NPBCID in the Nov. 6th General Election
click on this link:


Any member of the board elected in the landowner election must be a resident of the State of Florida and either be a resident of Palm Beach County or own, or have a beneficial interest in an entity that owns, real property within the District. [emphasis added] A letter of intent to run for Seat No. 1 should be filed in the District’s office no later than 30 days prior to the landowner election.


Use this link to contact the NPBCID for more information about this Special District.

For candidate information and for any questions regarding how to get your name on the ballot in the General Election on November 6th contact the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at 561-656-6200, click on this link, or visit the Supervisor of Elections office at 240 S. Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

About renewable energy for those of you who may have missed this over the weekend.


“It turns out that after studying and developing detailed computer modeling, the Gulfstream Current is at its closest
and in a most consistent strength offshore of . . . you guessed it . . . Lake Worth.”

Quote. Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo. State of the City Address, January 2017.*
 

Item 4B5 on agenda at TCRPC next week: “Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Request for Public Feedback”.


The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) meets next Friday, May 18th at 9:30.

TCRPC meetings are held at the Wolf High Technology Center at Indian River State College (Chastain Campus), 2400 SE Salerno Rd. in Stuart. Two excerpts from agenda item 4B5 are below.

Excerpt #1:


Introduction

At its December 8, 2017 meeting, Council adopted Resolution 17-05 opposing offshore oil exploration, drilling, and seismic testing in the southeast Atlantic Ocean; and encouraging alternatives to new offshore drilling projects, such as offshore wind energy and ocean current energy projects to increase the proportion of electricity produced from renewable resources. [emphasis added] That resolution was submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the U.S. Congressional delegation from Florida, the Florida Legislature, and the Governor. BOEM is responsible for advancing the responsible development of offshore energy and marine mineral resources covering over 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The purpose of this item is to provide Council with information regarding BOEM’s current request for public feedback on a “path forward” for future offshore wind energy development on the Atlantic OCS.

Background and Analysis

A key aspect of implementing President Donald J. Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy is the initiation of a new National OCS Program development process, outlined in Executive Order (E.O.) 13795 of April 28, 2017; and Secretary Order 3350 of May 1, 2017, issued by Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke. Section 2 of E.O. 13795 states that it is United States policy to encourage energy exploration and production to maintain the nation’s global energy leadership and ‘‘foster energy security and resilience for the benefit of the American people, while ensuring that any such activity is safe and environmentally responsible.’’

BOEM is currently conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the United States Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations. BOEM has already awarded 13 leases of approximately 17 gigawatts (GW) of capacity in offshore wind energy leases off every state from Cape Hatteras in North Carolina to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and has received requests from state and industry stakeholders requesting that additional lease areas be proposed.

Excerpt #2:


Conclusion

Offshore wind energy, ocean current, and hydrothermal energy projects are needed to increase the proportion of electricity produced from renewable resources. The use of these renewable resources is preferred over the traditional burning of fossil fuels, because they do not result in greenhouse gas emissions nor do they create the risk of accidents such as oil spills. Offshore wind energy production is also preferable to offshore oil drilling which could have negative effects on Florida’s major economic engine, the tourism industry that relies on clean waters and healthy beaches. A continued effort to develop and commercially produce renewable energy is a sustainable strategy for the future welfare of our region, state, and country.

Although the cost of constructing offshore wind energy infrastructure is more expensive than building facilities onshore, the capital costs for offshore wind generation are rapidly decreasing. This is due in part to advancements in the technology of turbines and platforms, and increasing interest worldwide in the production of this type of renewable energy. Many states are aggressively moving to develop offshore wind projects. In our region and state, this could mean jobs not only in wind energy production, but in the production of the turbines, and installation and operation of offshore wind farms.

An image from TCRPC agenda item 4B5 is below.


BOEM Planning Factors Summary Score for Identifying Possible Forecast Areas”


Click on image to enlarge (shaded gray are
Department of Defense exclusion areas):
Note text from image: “Some NMS areas are too small to be seen at current map scale.”

*To learn more about this quote from Mayor Triolo click on this link.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

“Local government is where things get done” and, “I want to thank the voters who approved this. Because this is really going to transform our City.”


Below are two quotes. One from Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo and the other is from Commissioner Omari Hardy.


First, a quote from Mayor Pam Triolo.
From the text of Mayor Triolo’s State of the City Address held at the Lake Worth Casino in February of this year:

“I am pleased to introduce,
  • Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell
  • Vice Mayor Pro Tem Andy Amoroso
  • Commissioner Omari Hardy
  • Commissioner Herman Robinson.

Commissioners, I applaud your willingness to step into the white hot spotlight of public office.
     In an era of cynical media and in the shadow of the shenanigans in Washington and Tallahassee, local government is where things get done. The gridlock and lack of leadership there makes what you do here even more important.
     We are better off because of your work on behalf of the citizens and I thank you.


Below is the quote from Commissioner Omari Hardy (photo taken at the PrideFest Parade shortly after the elections held on March 14th, 2017).
Commissioner Hardy at the Lake Worth City Commission on January 16th this year commenting on road repairs, the Neighborhood Road Bond, and CDBG funding for infrastructure:

 
“You [Commissioner Hardy addressing Water Utility Dir. Brian Shields] and the rest of the team [Public Services Dir. Jamie Brown et al.] are doing a really fantastic job. There might have been some disconnects here and there but I think overall you guys are doing an amazing job and I’m really glad that you’re on board while we’re going through this.
     I want to thank the commissioners who have been sitting on this dais longer than I have for having the courage to go for this twice.* And I want to thank the voters who approved this. Because this is really going to transform our City.
     We talk about ‘curb appeal’ all the time. The street is the part that we have ownership of and we’re finally taking responsibility for that. So I appreciate everybody who was involved with the decision-making in this process and I appreciate all you doing such a great job in the execution of it.”


*This is in reference to the first Neighborhood Road Bond referendum in August 2014 that failed by just 25 votes.
     In November 2016 the second bond referendum passed “by a whopping 69%”:


     Commissioner Hardy is quoted above saying, “I want to thank the commissioners who have been sitting on this dais longer than I have. . .”. He is referring to Mayor Pam Triolo and two other members of the City Commission: District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell and District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso.

Still have the post-Election Day blues here in the L-Dub? Then please stay tuned. Prancing classes will begin shortly.


As evidenced by another negative Letter to the Editor about the majority on the Lake Worth City Commission published in The Palm Beach Post last Friday, there are still some people having a hard time dealing with what happened on March 13th this year.

Many of the public may be unaware, but it’s actually OK to write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) and write nice and positive things about the City of Lake Worth. It only takes 5–10 minutes to write a LTE. Click on this link to learn how.


District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso was
unopposed this year:
Complaining about election results is about as useful as “throwing buckets of water on yesterday’s fire.” Mayor Pam Triolo and District 1 Commissioner (and Vice Mayor Pro Tem) Scott Maxwell were both re-elected but this time to a three-year term.


And to make matters even worse, now to discover that District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso is now Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso too!
JoAnn Golden did not get re-elected back in 2011. Then-Mr. Amoroso defeated her quite easily. Laurence McNamara did not get elected either.

Now fast-forward to 2018:

If you still have the Election Day blues here in the little City of Lake Worth, please consider this: soon Prancercise classes will begin once again!

So stay tuned for more details to come.

This year the L-Dub prancers will form up near World Thrift located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy., then prance south to the new medical marijuana dispensary, take a short break and a long deep breath, cross Dixie and start singing and prancing north past our one and only elementary charter school to Tacos Al Carbon for lunch and then spend the rest of the day shopping at World Thrift!

How cool is that?

For those of you unfamiliar with prancing:

What is this sport? It’s called “Prancercise”,
a novel way of prancing.

Please watch this instructional video.



Then there’s this variation on the theme:

Start getting excited about prancing
classes once again!