Friday, July 27, 2018

Silent Voices. Public most impacted by increased rate for Beach parking: Low-income families with children.


Is the City of Lake Worth going to construct another “white elephant”, another pool at the Beach? And what about all the children and young adults who need to learn how to swim? Swimming is not just recreation. It’s a matter of public safety and saving lives.

In the print edition of The Palm Beach Post today, buried on page B10, is this sentence about the $1 increase in hourly parking at the Lake Worth Beach.

Many of the residents The Palm Beach Post spoke with were fine with the rate increase.

The voices that are not being heard need to be heard, e.g., a family of four west of Dixie Hwy. that cannot afford the $18 ($4/adult, $2/child, $6/two hr. parking) FOR EACH AND EVERY VISIT TO A POOL AT THE BEACH! How many families on a low fixed income can afford that much to teach their child how to swim?

Would a public bus, extending Palm Tran Route 61 to the Beach help these silent voices?

It most certainly would. But how likely is a bus to the Beach if the elites get their wish for a brand new lap swimming pool? Near zero. There won’t be any money left over to build a bus stop. The elites don’t ride buses. The City of Lake Worth needs a public pool or pools. No, we don’t need a large pool at the Lake Worth Beach.

Below is a blog post that, well, let’s just say it ruffled a lot of feathers and prompted more than a few ‘slings and arrows’ It started off with this line,

WARNING: A new idea follows that may be disturbing for some readers.


Our City does need a public pool or pools to teach young children how to swim and for lap swimmers as well. But we need a future facility or facilities located for the best public access and for the most benefit for the most residents everywhere in this City — no matter what their economic situation — and not having to pay to park a vehicle each and every time! 

Those who support constructing a brand new swimming pool at the Beach CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO DOMINATE THIS DEBATE as they try and continue to do.

If this topic is important to you, please contact your elected representatives. How? It’s easy, just click on this link.

The City of Lake Worth held a “Budget and Comprehensive Plan Work Session” in May 2017 and it started off with a bang: the struggling Casino complex, the Beach Fund, the pool, and. . .

“We cannot continue to keep losing money”, said Asst. City Manager Juan Ruiz, and “the [Beach] fund is still hurting with the pool closed.”

How is this mess going to be turned around? Are there ways for the Casino complex to make money? Are there other options to “Stop the bleeding”?

Continue reading for some new ideas. Some of which may be disturbing. So pause for a moment and remember, “If you begin to feel queasy. . .”.





Many of you know I was a big fan of our municipal pool at the Beach when it was in operation. But after the pool was shut down earlier this year [2017], possibly never to re-open, I’m a big fan of the pool at Lake Lytal now.

It’s a little further away and things are much different, there’s free parking at Lake Lytal, open Tuesday to Saturday, only $2.44/visit if you purchase a pass, planes fly overhead to and from PBIA, and always a cheerful staff scrubbing and brushing the pool inside and out — maintenance of the Lake Lytal pool is a priority — it was built around the same time as our pool in the 1970s.

And whereas the novelty of Yours Truly at 6′4″ splashing around with a large blue pool noodle and floating barbells at the Lake Worth pool wore off over time, I’m still quite the source of curious onlookers and befuddlement at Lake Lytal doing my water exercise routine. However. . .

The one question being drowned out right now (pardon the pun) here in the City of Lake Worth is whether or not we should have a pool at the Beach.

If a new pool and aquatic facility is constructed at our Beach we’ll be handing it off to the Millennials. They need to be a big part of this debate. Would they prefer an open theater or a sports facility with volleyball and a skate park? The possibilities are endless but whatever is built has to work hand-in-hand with our Casino next door.

The reason for having a pool at the Beach is much different, it once served a much different purpose. Our City’s pool once served tourists and travelers on U.S. 1 prior to construction of the Florida Turnpike and I-95. A1A used to hug the coastline east of the Casino building until the hurricanes of 1947 and 1949.


Due to infill development the City of Lake Worth is much different now, e.g., Bryant Park, ‘Hot Dog Park’*, the City’s Golf Course, Park of Commerce, and the County’s John Prince Park nearby are just a few.
Aerial view looking south likely pre-WWII. A1A hugs the coast in front of the former Casino structure. Then later, in the 1950s. . .

Note the location of the pool later, at rear of the former Casino structure.

Then later, A1A was moved west, away from the coast.
Notice all the parking close by the former Casino and short walk to the beach. The present structure has parking and traffic problems of which most of you are aware. Those weren’t issues “back in the day”. Now for the big question:

If it’s decided to build a new pool, where should it be?


For some time many of us have known the day would come when the pool was shut down. It was only a matter of time. And a lot of people have thought about where our City’s community pool should be located. Here are two of those ideas: 1) Bryant Park. 2) Downtown west of Dixie Hwy. and east of the FEC railroad tracks. 3) Near the ball fields in northwestern part of City.

For some people, and some in the press as well, the history of Lake Worth began in 2011 when the new majority took over City Hall and decisions prior to that are conveniently forgotten or glossed over. Why all the attention now? Because this is big news. Many residents want to keep a pool at our Lake Worth Beach and that’s understandable. We’ve had a pool at the Beach for many, many years.

But that shouldn’t be the reason to construct another pool in the very same place, at our Beach. Remember, we “renovated” (actually constructed a new building) where the former Casino structure once sat and we’re still having problems since that project was ‘completed’ in 2012.

Were the Millennials brought into that conversation about where and how our Casino should function for the community back in 2008–2010? 

I’m not opposed to a wading
pool at the Beach!


We have time to figure this out — and get it right for the entire community now and future community of the City of Lake Worth to come — that includes the Millennials, their kids to follow, and the many future residents who don’t know, or possibly even care, why people “Love” a pool at our Beach so much.


*Many residents of Lake Worth will fondly recall why that area (eastern base of the former Lake Worth bridge) was called “Hot Dog Park”. It had to do with ‘free hot dogs’ on a July 4th back in 2009. Former resident and blogger-extraordinaire Tom McGow explained this quite well in a post titled, “PAC your lunch for the 4th of July. . .”.

The inimitable Mary Lindsey on WPTV: “Little Free Library at PBSO substation in Lake Worth”.


There’s new news about Little Free Libraries in this little City of Lake Worth from Mary Lindsey:

“Caught red-handed! These two wonderful PBSO District 14 deputies stopped by early this morning before their shift to replenish the mobile Little Free Libraries they carry in their patrol cars.”

“They scored a whole batch of new graphic stories for teens and tweens as well as early education baby board books for the stroller set. What a fabulous way to build community and literacy. Hurray for PBSO!”


Now to the recent news from WPTV:


Read an excerpt from the text of multimedia journalist Stephanie Susskind’s news segment below. To watch the video produced by NBC5/WPTV — by far the best and most accurate source for TV news in Palm Beach County — click on this link.


Pause momentarily for Tweet to load; news about
what happened at PBSO District 14 yesterday:



From the text of the news
segment on WPTV:


LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies now have a new way to interact with kids in Lake Worth.
     The substation on North G Street is now home to a “Little Free Library.” It’s one of more than 100 throughout Lake Worth.
     Community member Mary Lindsey is behind the libraries and worked to get one at the sheriff’s office. [emphasis added] Local community artist Nina Benaroch painted the library in honor of the sheriff’s office, complete with a badge, K9s and even the sheriff himself.
     The library will be in the station lobby for kids to read while they are there, or even take home. The goal is to “take a book, leave a book,” but deputies hope kids share the books with siblings or friends.
     There will also be four mobile libraries in deputy patrol cars. In each section of the district, one deputy will have books in his car to share with kids he comes across in the community.
     PBSO District 14 Commander, Captain Todd Baer is excited about implementing the program.
     “It’s a great way to get kids reading and connecting with us on a level slightly different than we’ve done in the past such as playing ball or fishing things like that. This is, intellectually, we get to talk to the kids they get to know us as people, and hopefully we encourage them to read books which will help them with life,” he said.


Have a book or books to donate for Lake Worth’s Little Free Libraries? Call 561-585-6035 or email: LakeWorthLFL@gmail.com


Read about “One Small Town, Over 100 Little Libraries” and books, especially children’s books, are always in need.


“Take a Book  ~  Leave a Book”

Here is more information about the Little Free Libraries in English, Spanish and Creole.


Hey Lake Worth Neighbor! — Have you visited the Little Free Library in your neighborhood? Did you know that these little book exchange boxes belong to all our neighbors in Lake Worth? Everyone is invited to open the door and look inside. If you see a book you or your children might enjoy, take it. You may keep it as long as you like. When you are finished with the book, we hope you will pass it on to a friend or just place it back in any of the Little Free Libraries you happen to come across. You do not have to leave a book in order to take one, but we hope you will next time you visit.

and. . .

Atención vecinos de Lake Worth: ¿Han visto las pequeñas bibliotecas gratuitas localizadas en su vecindad? ¿Sabía que estas pequeñas cajas de intercambio de libros pertenecen a todos nuestros vecinos? Los invitamos a que abran la puerta y vean los libros que se encuentran dentro. Si hay algún libro que les interese a ustedes o a sus niños, llévenselo y disfrútenlo por el tiempo que quieran. Cuando terminen de leer el libro, esperamos que lo compartan con un amigo o lo puede devolverlo a cualquiera de las bibliotecas pequeñas que encuentren. Aunque no se requiere dejar un libro para tomar uno, si se agradece que dejen uno en su próxima visita.

and. . .

Vwazen Lake Worth yo! ~ Èske nou te pase nan Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou katye’nou an? Èsken nou te konnen ti bwat pou echanj liv sa yo se pou tout vwazen nou yo nan Lake Worth la ? Tout moun envite pou louvri pòt gade sa k gen anndan yo. Si je ou tonbe sou yon liv ou menm osnon pitit nou ka li ak kè kontan, pran’l. Ou ka kenbe l toutotan w vle. Lè w fini ak yon liv, nou espere w’ap pase l bay yon zanmi osnon remete li nan nenpòt ki Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou chemen’w. Ou pa oblije mete youn liv lè’w pran youn, men ou ka toujou fè sa pwochenn fwa ou pase.


Click on image to enlarge:

The flag of the United States of America, flag of the State of Florida, and nearest is the Little Free Library flag flying full mast outside Lake Worth City Hall earlier this year.

The Palm Beach Post and Shiny Sheet were sold to a New York based media group.


Yes it’s true. The sale was finalized on May 1st for all of you who missed this news in the Post and Shiny Sheet. Were you one of those who cancelled the Post in disgust last year? Learn more about that below.

GateHouse Media has taken over
at The Palm Beach Post and
Palm Beach Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet).


“Executives at New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said the sister papers will join a growing GateHouse Media stable of more than 140 daily newspapers. That represents more than 1 in 10 in the country.”

—Quote. From article in Palm Beach Post dated March 28th, 2018.


From page A2 of the print edition on May 1st:

Along with new subscribers, the news owners of the Post may want to consider reaching out to some former subscribers as well. For example. . .

Word for word, below is what was posted on Facebook by City of Lake Worth resident Mary Lindsey on Christmas Day, 2017:

Yes, I’m a procrastinator; a trait that’s not helpful for someone who nonetheless keeps adding plates to spin, but there I am. 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. And not because I don’t personally care for the Post reporter assigned to Lake Worth, because I do. Kevin D. Thompson​ has always seemed to be a good and decent man, with whom I’ve had many not-unpleasant and always polite disagreements. In fairness, I will always remain grateful for his stories featuring news about Lake Worth community efforts I’ve been involved in like Neighborhood Watch and of course the early days of the Little Free Libraries project. Still, I have been propelled at last, from a mild discontent into an unbearable ennui* that must be attended to. That this happened on this starry Christmas morning is both sad and surprising.
     The article published on the “In Focus Lake Worth” section of the Post today lists “The 5 biggest stories of 2017” with these two topping the list: ‘Hurricane Irma Knocks Out Power’ and ‘Gang Killings Tied To MS-13’. Trailing behind those is worthy mention of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival​ followed by an inexplicable mention of the post-hurricane aid, not administered nor funded by the City of Lake Worth, which was distributed in John Prince Park, not located in the City of Lake Worth. In fact, a resident of West Palm Beach, not the City of Lake Worth, who lost power supplied by FP&L and again, not the City of Lake Worth, is the person chosen to quote on this, one of the chosen biggest of Lake Worth’s news items for this year. [emphasis added]
     The final fifth ‘top story’ selection recounts recent actions by the City of Lake Worth to amend and improve the Historic Preservation policies. I find this selection to be both benign and bewildering but among those topics upon which Kevin and I might exchange a civil difference of opinion regarding it’s importance in light of the countless, unsung and woefully under-reported efforts of neighbors in Lake Worth caring for each other. I wish for Kevin D. Thompson and his family all the best of health and happiness.
     I wish for the Palm Beach Post to acquire a modicum of regard for our City that we who spend our lives and our livelihood here hold dear. And I wish everyone only good news in the New Year.


*ennui: noun. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

UPDATE: Was map error on front page of Palm Beach Post yesterday clarified for newspaper readership?


No. Is anyone surprised?

The error in the Post was a front page map published with this headline, “GL Homes eyes project on closed golf course west of Lake Worth”. [emphasis added]

The location of this housing project is between the Village of Wellington and City of Greenacres. The map label should have read, “Suburban Lake Worth” (see map below).

This is not a reporter error. Once again the editor(s) dropped the ball. This is an editor error.

This feature story, above the fold under the banner, was by Post reporter Alexandra Seltzer about,

“[H]undreds of workforce-priced apartments, condos and townhomes on a closed golf course at The Fountains Country Club west of Lake Worth.”

Specifically, the map on the front page produced by “STAFF” mislabeled the map ‘LAKE WORTH’. But whilst technically correct by the reporter who wrote that The Fountains Country Club is “west of Lake Worth” one could also say that country club is west of the Bahamas or west of Spain and Portugal too (see map from PBCPAO below).

The accurate name for that area in unincorporated Palm Beach County is “suburban Lake Worth” or one could also accurately report the location as “unincorporated Greenacres”, “unincorporated Wellington”, or just simply “between Wellington and Greenacres”.

That map published really needed to be clarified for readers but advised everyone not to hold your breath. And the editor did not surprise anyone. The Post rarely corrects things like this. However, Gatehouse Media took over at the Post on May 1st so maybe they’ll usher in a new era of accuracy for the “STAFF” at The Palm Beach Post who produce maps for the news reading public.


The map below from PBCPAO is the area in question reported in the Post today. The Fountains Country Club is west of Jog Rd. and the City of Greenacres and east of the Village of Wellington.

This area is not “LAKE WORTH” as was
mislabeled on the front page today.

This is suburban Lake Worth. Many miles from the actual City of Lake Worth:

On this map Wellington is indicated in blue-green and Greenacres in orange. Not exactly what one would call “west of Lake Worth”.

City of Lake Worth press release: Parking rate at Beach rising from $2 to $3/hr. Goes into effect on August 1st.


The press release from the City is below.


But first, briefly. Two things. . .

Please note that on August 7th will be a very significant agenda item at the Lake Worth City Commission under “New Business”:

Item 12C: CPZ Beach Complex presentation, resulting from “RFQ 17-305 for Lake Worth Beach Complex Conceptual Plans Design, Cost Estimates & Construction Design and Construction Phase.”

So in the meantime, whilst everyone else is making up all kinds of wild speculation and writing stupid letters to the editor, take some time soon and contact your elected officials and thank them for all the hard work they are doing and ask how you can help.

And for those of you still left who think constructing another Olympic-sized pool for lap swimming at the Lake Worth Beach is a really good idea, consider this:

A family of four (two adults/two children) — let’s say from somewhere west of Dixie Hwy. — load up the car to go swimming at the City’s public pool. The cost to do that will be going up from $16 to $18.

Eighteen dollars for every single trip to a public pool at the Beach. For two hours. How many families on a tight budget can afford that? Taking a bus to the beach would cost somewhat less. But then there’s that $240,000 bus stop to consider, a topic of debate at the most recent Commission Budget Work Session. But we’ll leave that for another day.

Having a public pool or pools located somewhere else in this City makes a whole lot more sense from a public safety perspective, teaching children and young adults how to swim. To learn more about this topic click on this link.

Pardon the interruption.


Press release from the City of Lake Worth, Parking Division:



Larry D. Lightfoot, Parking Enforcement Manager.
561-533-7383
Email: parking@lakeworth.org


City of Lake Worth Fee Parking/Pay By Plate Parking: Rate Increase for Parking at the Beach.


Lake Worth, Florida* — Effective August 1 the City of Lake Worth hourly rate for parking in all beach lots will increase from $2.00 to $3.00 per hour.

To provide a more user-friendly and simplified parking experience, the City of Lake Worth has also implemented a pay-by-plate parking management system in all beach and boat ramp lots. This system allows customers to pay for parking spaces by using their plate numbers at meters rather than having to note their space number.

Customers may also add time and pay for parking on their phones by using the Parkmobile app (download from Google Play or IOS App Store) which provides the convenience of not having to return to feed the meter.

The City of Lake Worth continues to explore new ways to better serve residents and visitors to ensure the Lake Worth Beach and the Lake Worth Casino Complex remain one of the top Palm Beach County public beach destinations.


*We are LAKE WORTH. A hometown City that is committed to delivering the highest level of customer service through a commitment to integrity, hard work and a friendly attitude. We strive to exceed the expectations of our citizens, our businesses, our elected officials and our fellow employees.”

December 8th, 2015: The day School Board member Erica Whitfield came to visit and got everyone’s attention.


And now here we are: Two years, 7 months, 11 days later and 8,138 views ago (with 43 “Likes”) of my YouTube video taken at a Lake Worth City Commission meeting.


School Board member Erica Whitfield had no opposition this year and was re-elected to another term!

That very popular YouTube video is
at the end of this blog post.


Would just like to remind everyone about one of our biggest challenges as a community, our tremendous successes over the last 3 years, and one of the most fundamental of all responsibilities of every elected official: our schools.

Four years ago our schools in this City of Lake Worth seemed as though they were an afterthought. Many in the PBC School District administration — including even some at the highest levels — had little knowledge of the distinction between the actual City of Lake Worth (for example, Lake Worth High School) and the vast unincorporated areas out west served by other schools in Palm Beach County.

And then along came someone named Erica Whitfield.

Whitfield wasn’t given much of a chance to win the School Board District 4 seat by the ‘political class’. She went through a bruising primary in August of 2014 and then in November that year went up against a formidable opponent. Despite not being endorsed by the editor at The Palm Beach Post and a barrage of positive news articles about her opponent Whitfield tirelessly kept on campaigning for a seat the so-called ‘experts’ thought she had no chance of winning.

However, after the votes were tallied, the rest as they say is history.

This video below really gives some unique perspectives in context about the schools here in this City that you won’t find anywhere else: the good news and the challenges as well. Hope you find this information helpful and insightful as many have already.

The schools here in this City have improved greatly since this video was taken but there is still a lot of hard work to be done.


Hope you enjoy the video.

And remember, this video is from December 2015.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

City of Lake Worth’s Visioning Workshop yesterday at City Hall.


The video of this Special Workshop is already available on YouTube; see video below. Check back over the week for more images and display charts.

This was an all-day meeting at City Hall scheduled by City Manager Michael Bornstein and facilitated by a consultant. All elected leaders were invited to attend as were top City management and dept. heads.


View of the room . . .

The two front rows in the chambers were removed to make way for a large conference table.


Some notes from the workshop. . .

“Extend development along Dixie Hwy.”


The content from this meeting could make for a blog post every day for an entire year. Make no mistake, this workshop yesterday was very significant for the future of this City.

In the meantime suggest saving the video below. Watch the video in short segments; it’s a bit over six hours long and remember to jot down the time to quickly pick up where you left off just in case video reverts to the start.


From the start of the meeting,
the city manager with the introductions:

College Park Neighborhood Assoc. (CPNA) meeting next week at Brogues Downunder, a Downtown restaurant.


For more information about the College Park neighborhood click on this link.

The next neighborhood meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 1st, 6:30, at Brogues located in the Downtown at 621 Lake Ave. just about 2¼ miles away from College Park (located in the northeast area of the City). By car it’s a 7–8 minute drive, by bike 10–15 minutes or a 45 minute walk.

Here’s the latest message from CPNA:


We’ve got lots of exciting events coming up. It is time for a business meeting and we have some exciting stuff coming up soon. Besides the raft race wrap-up, updates from the board, and treasurer’s report, we’ve got a lot to discuss.

We have several major events coming up for the neighborhood. If you plan on participating in any of the following events and volunteer activities you don’t want to miss this meeting:
  • Street Deans (formally ambassadors or captains): If you would like to participate as a dean, please attend.
  • Halloween party: If you would like to be on the planning committee.
  • Holiday home tour: If you would like to include your home or volunteer.
  • Beach/street/neighborhood clean ups: We want to hear your ideas and maybe set up a committee for future planning.
Come and join your neighbors and let’s make a difference for this City of Lake Worth and College Park.

A credible and understandable “Opening Statement” is crucially important when running for a seat on City Commission.


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We are officially in the unofficial official 2018–2019 Election Season in this little City. . .


The unofficial official Election Season is the period of time prior to the official two-week “Qualifying Period”, whereupon the ballot is officially set by the Supervisor of Elections.

It’s very important for all candidates seeking election to remember an opening statement in this City of Lake Worth carries through after Election Day. Why? Because a lot of people just might remember what you said.

For example many will recall Chris McVoy, PhD, the former commissioner in District 2, said and promised a lot of things and that’s why the editor at The Palm Beach Post, in the endorsement for a young man named Mr. Omari Hardy, called McVoy a “gadfly”.

Former District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier won his seat on the City Commission in 2015 (on McVoy’s coattails) but opted not to run for re-election in 2017. That created the rare “open seat” election. In 2016 Mr. Herman C. Robinson declared very early on to run in District 4 and drew two challengers. And it was also in 2016 that a man named Omari Hardy seriously considered running for a seat on the Commission.


The Election Day results on March 14th, 2017:

And to everyone’s surprise, no run-off election!


Please note that after winning an election, as was the case with former Commissioner Maier, there is that wonderful period of time . . . but it doesn’t last very long.




The Opening Statement.
Case Example: Mr. Andy Amoroso vs. District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Golden in 2011.


First, let’s set the stage.


District 2 and District 4 will be on the ballot next year, on March 12th. Already Commissioner Omari Hardy has a challenger, Cathy Turk, a member of the City’s P&Z Board. The water is warm in District 2. Another challenger or two is considering jumping in. The criticism of Hardy is he’s using our City as a “steppingstone”. How one squares that with the fact Hardy is seeking re-election will be interesting to hear explained at a debate some day.

Like Hardy, Commissioner Herman C. Robinson has declared his intent to seek re-election. District 4 has been a revolving door for well over a decade, faces come faces go. If any district in this City can be called a ‘steppingstone’ it’s District 4. But if Robinson is thinking about stepping anywhere it’s usually about skipping on over to a neighborhood meetings and attending to his duties as a commissioner.

The 2018–2019 Election Season here in this City, hopefully, will not be another “Year of the Shill” flooding the ballot with ‘candidates’ to stop anyone from getting 50% of the vote  +  1, forcing a run-off on March 26th, 2019. Run-off elections can be terribly divisive which is why some municipalities declare the candidate with the most votes the winner.

The two-week Qualifying Period to officially get ones name on the ballot begins on November 28th and ends on December 12th.

Without further ado, the opening statement,
“Why I am running for election.”


If one is considering getting into the race, you need to get your “ducks in a row” starting right away and begin preparing for neighborhood meetings, invitations to address small groups, the debate(s) at the Lake Worth Playhouse in early January are crucially important and then the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) debates and forums to follow. The Playhouse debate(s) can be your “breakout” moment or sink your campaign for good and never fully recover.

The elections to be held on March 12th, 2019 are much more significant given that those elected will serve a 3-year term as opposed to two-year terms as it’s been in the past due to the referendum that passed in March 2017.

Now back to the importance of an “Opening Statement” at the upcoming Playhouse and neighborhood debates.

Case example:

Note: The videos of Amoroso and Golden taken at that Playhouse debate are below for reference and future study.


JoAnn Golden’s poor performance at the Playhouse debate was likely a contributing factor in
that election loss back in 2011.

But it can also be said that now-Vice Mayor and District 3 Commissioner Amoroso’s confidence and knowledge of the issues gave him a big boost and likely the election win as well.


One of the biggest issues back in 2011 was the “hot-button” topic of a fire assessment and in the video below you’ll hear Golden’s incredulous statement, “We need to tweak it next year.” Golden voted for the fire assessment and called it “fair and equitable” although most of the burden would fall on the business community driving the Downtown occupancy rate even lower and discourage other businesses from relocating or opening up in the City.

Another ‘fact’ thrown out by Golden, and wildly false, was about the City of Lake Worth’s “90% occupancy rate in the Downtown”. One of the public in attendance was quick to point the actual occupancy rate was a bit lower: 33%.


Also note it is customary and a sign of respect to
remain standing at a public debate.



Now to the opening statement by then-citizen
Andy Amoroso:

Notice how Amoroso starts off his opening statement: By thanking the NAPC for hosting the debate, encouraging more public participation and that the NAPC is “doing great things in your city.”

He goes on to list the positive things that had happened as co-Chair of the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the NSP-2 program, community involvement, and other items including he is (and remains to this day) a Downtown business owner.


At the end of this video note the tremendous applause from the public in attendance:




Stay tuned for more videos of public debates from previous elections on what to do and what to say, and just as importantly, what not to do and what not to say. Once again. The Qualifying Period to get ones name on the ballot ends on December 12th. Three weeks later, following the New Year 2019, the scheduling of debates and forums will begin.

If one is planning on running for a seat on the City Commission there is a lot to do and not much time left. So start practicing and find a good coach if you think you need one.

Your “Opening Statement” at a neighborhood meeting, forum or debate will set the stage for the entire campaign going forward.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Very cool video produced by the little, tiny City of Lake Worth: “Embrace the Art of Florida Living”.


That vibrant video is below, but first. . .

Attention Millennials: Searching in South Florida for that perfect location? A new home, condo or apartment?


Millennials with children! Have you heard the news about Meritage Homes? Click on this link for the news about a “59-house subdivision in Lake Worth”. And also nearby is exciting news about attractive apartment residences, an upcoming project called “The MID” on Dixie Hwy., and there are trendy and charming condos available right now and others under construction in the Downtown too, for example, “Chic Coastal Living: Less than a Mile from the Beach.”


And please consider this. . .

In what other city in the nation can you:
  • Drop off the children at a top-rated charter school.
  • Pack the cooler with ice and adult beverages at the convenient One-Stop right next door.
  • Go right across the street with your prescription for medical marijuana.
  • Stroll our vibrant Downtown and shop for a bit.
  • Have lunch at any number of cool restaurants and Hipster eateries.
  • And then spend the rest of the day chillin’ at the Beach just minutes away?

 

We have everything you need right here in the
little City of Lake Worth!

And what other city celebrates ITLAPD?*

Looking for an event venue? Then check out the Lake Worth Casino: It has a “3,000 square foot ballroom that offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean with wrap-around terraces and provides a perfect location for weddings, special occasions and other events.

About the video below:

“The City of Lake Worth turned a corner this year [2017] and is well on its way to the best version of itself. We may not be the wealthiest City but we have heart. This video captures various aspects of Lake Worth which contribute to the thriving quirky and fun culture that energizes the City.”


Enjoy the video!



*ITLAPD  =  International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

     This event is held every year in the little, vibrant City of Lake Worth on September 19th with a proclamation at City Hall.
     When a former commissioner raised an objection years back, City Manager Michael Bornstein said this:

“I’m so sorry you find this fun, silly proclamation anything more than that,” Bornstein wrote in his response [to former commissioner JoAnn Golden]. “I could easily become consumed with a sense of over correctness in almost everything involved in government. However, I refuse to become devoid of all the wonderful human emotions including, most importantly, humor.”

Public meetings explaining the “Lake Worth Neighborhood Road Program”: Year Three and what to expect.



Remember what happened on
November 8th, 2016:

Following that vote the editor at The Palm Beach Post wrote, “Lake Worth is poised for some major upgrades following residents’ approval — by a whopping 69 percent — of a $40 million road repair bond; and a little help from the sales tax hike.”


Have you been planning on or interested in attending one of these public meetings about Year 3 of the Lake Worth Neighborhood Road Bond Program? More information is below about these well-attended meetings. In the meantime if you have any questions here are the, “Three ways to contact us” at City Hall:


These exciting and informational “Year 3 Project Neighborhood Meetings” have created so much public interest and it’s wonderful to see the public so involved. The previous two meetings (July 12th and July 18th) about the progress in District 1 and District 4 were packed to overflowing. These public meetings are being held on Thursdays at City Hall from 6:30–8:30:

Upcoming meetings:

  • July 26th: District 3 [Double booked! See below for another very important public meeting scheduled on this day at the Casino Ballroom].
  • August 9th: District 2.

Bring your questions!


Cannot attend one of these upcoming meetings but need to know about things such as, “What if my street isn’t included on the Neighborhood Road Program?”


The Neighborhood Road Program is funded through a general obligation bond issue intended to expedite repairs of City roadways in worst condition. The Public Services Streets Division operating and maintenance (O&M) budgets are being increased each year over the next five years to keep pace with required maintenance work for the balance of roadways throughout the City. In accordance with the Roadway Master Plan Study update that was completed in 2016, the City is striving to achieve the annual budget recommendations necessary to repair and maintain those roads that are not in the program, along with the curbing, sidewalks, signage, and striping.


To see the entire list of common FAQs about the Neighborhood Road Program click on this link.


And whilst on the topic of our roads and
traffic here in this little City. . .

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In attendance will be County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy, staff from PBC Engineering and Public Works and reps from Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT). Click on this link to learn more.

New website. The Cottages of Lake Worth book: “Living Large in Small Spaces, ”.


Click on this link for the home page.

“We can put Lake Worth on the map,” said [Roger] Hendrix. “It has so much potential.”


Quote from article in Palm Beach Post by reporter Lona O’Connor dated Nov. 10th, 2013 subtitled, “Group hopes to put city on the map by highlighting quaint, historic cottages”.

Monday, July 23, 2018

SFWMD: Mitigating high water emergency, sending more water east to tide and south to Everglades.


Where are you getting your news about the all-important topic of water levels in Palm Beach County? From TV news reporters? Newspapers? Too many of them are up in the Treasure Coast trying to chase down reports of a possible blue-green algae bloom and hoping to interview someone they haven’t interviewed five times before.

So instead get your news straight from the source: the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).* To follow the District on Twitter click on this link.

Here is an excerpt from the latest press release datelined July 19th:


West Palm Beach, FL — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has been working around the clock to lower water levels in the conservation areas and create capacity for sending more Lake Okeechobee water south. By installing additional temporary pumps and taking other operational actions, the District is doing its part to mitigate the high water emergency caused by record May rainfall.

SFWMD Hydrology and Hydraulics Bureau Chief Akin Owosina gave an update on the District’s operations through the agency's weekly video series dedicated to informing the public on current water conditions and the agency's actions amid the high water emergency.
 
[The video of Bureau Chief Akin Owosina being interviewed by SFWMD spokesman Randy Smith is below. For the District’s website dedicated to the emergency situation click on this link.]

The record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise considerably above their regulation schedules. To combat this, SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure and installing temporary pumps to move additional water.

SFWMD this week installed a third 42-inch temporary pump in addition to the two that were previously installed and pumping water from Water Conservation Area 2A in Broward County into Water Conservation Area 1 in Palm Beach County to be discharged to tide through the Hillsboro Canal.


Use this link to read the entire press release.




*The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida’s water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

TODAY: Public meeting of Lake Osborne Estates Civic Association.


The noise! The noise!
Can anyone help stop the noise!


Learn more about aircraft and helicopters in Palm Beach County and the “Noise Abatement Program” from Casandra Davis, manager of the County’s Dept. Noise Abatement and Community Affairs.


Everyone from the public is welcome.

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Meeting begins 6:30 at Lakeside Methodist Church on 12th Ave. South between I-95 and Lake Osborne Drive, a County road and a western border of
City of Lake Worth.

Come out and meet your neighbors on the other side of town! And others from suburban communities in unincorporated Lake Worth as well.