Saturday, September 8, 2018

Maybe you missed this from yesterday. . .


Looking for something interesting to read this weekend?

Then consider. . .


The ARTS CULTURAL
MASTER PLAN
for Downtown Lake Worth



This item was presented at Lake Worth’s Planning & Zoning Board last Wednesday. The presentation is 124 pp. long with a lot of graphics and data. To download the P&Z agenda click on this link and scroll down for the agenda package on September 5th. Once downloaded the Arts Cultural Master Plan begins on p. 52.


Here is just one of many images:

Click on image to enlarge:

LWCHS  =  Lake Worth Community High School; DTLW  =  Downtown Lake Worth.


This plan will also be presented to the Historic Resources Preservation Board next week, on Wednesday, September 12th, 6:00, at City Hall.

However, in the meantime, some regrettable typos need to be corrected. . .



The information gleaned from last year’s Street Painting Festival (shown on p. 169) is very interesting, for example:


The Master Plan should help address some of Lake Worth’s liabilities and image problems: a lack of parking, a high cost of utilities, crime rate, homelessness and vagrancy, and the general sentiment that Lake Worth has a bad reputation and sees an unfair share of bad press [emphasis added]


Hope you enjoy this weekend’s reading suggestion and for more information about all the Public meetings in the City of Lake Worth next week click on this link.


And also Worth Noting. . .

The monthly Food Truck Invasion is next Monday. The first Downtown Lake Ave. Block Party is on October 5th. For more information use this link.

Christmas and Snowbird Season in this little City of Lake Worth.


When exactly is the right time to start coming up with cleverly new holiday ideas for Downtown Lake Worth, the Casino and Beach, and the Dixie Hwy. Corridors both north and south?


The time for all those new and exciting ideas for Downtown holiday displays to arouse our returning Snowbirds and get all those cars to slow down for a closer look, interesting crafts and activities to electrify and foment the imagination, and the art to provoke and stimulate the passersby to come in and check out your Hipster fashions, L-Dub dishes and Quirky fare?

The Time Is Now!


One of the most exciting Christmas ideas ever in this City was something so cleverly simple from back in 2013. It was simply called “Mail Art”.

Hope you enjoy this look back:


Send your Mail Art to:

Lake Worth City Hall
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth, FL 33460

 
The deadline is now looming. We’ve had lovely responses and hope you will send us an embellished envelope.
     We set up a web site where we post all those that arrive. We have showcased the envelopes in Libraries and made presentations to Calligraphy guilds.
     One more large Christmas exhibition is planned and then they will be presented to the Lake Worth Historical Museum. Dont hesitate to send another piece of mail art, if you already have.
     The deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. None will be rejected if they are a bit wee late. We so enjoyed getting the envelopes from around the globe.

Thank You.
AnnaMaria
Project art consultant


Click on images to enlarge:

Hint #1: Lappeenranta, Finland is the City of Lake Worth’s Sister City.


Hint #2: The festival Día de los Muertos is on November 3rd this year.


Hint #3: The holiday Boxing Day is celebrated in Canada on December 26th.

Friday, September 7, 2018

August 30th, 2017: Irma officially became a hurricane.


One week later Palm Beach County was put on high alert.


Below is a look inside the room where the administration and staff in the City of Lake Worth prepared for the impacts from this major incoming weather event on September 6th, 2017.

Preparing for what was called a “monster storm”.


Irma was a tropical wave at first but a massive one. The hurricane officially formed on August 30th. But a lot of people were distracted at the time, especially people who read newspaper editorials. A lot of people were hopping mad when they read The Palm Beach Post and a lot of other people were laughing and having fun after they read it. But before long it was a non-issue. There was a massive storm on the way.

It was on Aug. 28th, 2017 that the Post came out with that now-infamous editorial about a medical marijuana dispensary opening up across four-lane Dixie Hwy. from an elementary charter school. Almost exactly a year later the topic of medical marijuana is still an issue in this City. It should have been a non-issue last year and it really should be a non-issue again this year. But another ordinance will go into effect on September 13th to ban all future medical marijuana dispensaries, with the exception being the two already with their doors open for business. The consensus is that two dispensaries are enough. It’s a good argument. And so it goes.

But marijuana last year soon became a non-story as Irma kept churning. It soon turned into a frightening time for many people. When the hurricane shutters go up on City Hall it makes everyone stop and think.

Soon there was a run on Home Depot and every other hardware store in the region. The State of Florida stopped weighing trucks. The message was out. Get supplies to South Florida and quick. Publix truck after Publix truck dropped off more grocery items. The nearby Winn-Dixie in West Palm was rolling out pallets of canned food. One day the store was expecting an ice delivery at 2:00. People were waiting. It was all gone just like that. A whole truck of ice.

Went to Hall Hardware to pick up a few items. There was a line to get into the store. Thought it was odd the entire parking lot for the Palm Beach Post across the street was empty. A lot of reporters would stay in that structure as a shelter during hurricanes and major storms to get breaking news out to the public. But at the last minute everyone was told they had to find shelter somewhere else. Marc Caputo at Politico picked up the story and then all hell broke loose. Then a whole lot of people at the Post hauled ass out of town. Many had already made plans to shelter in place at their headquarters on Dixie Hwy. Suddenly they had to make other plans.

Maybe it wasn’t the best timing, but suggested to people who worked at the Post that maybe medical marijuana would help them relax.

And all the while Irma churned on across the Atlantic. And then the Tweets began. One after another the City of Lake Worth sent out Tweet after Tweet.

Tweets upon Tweets. Tweets got Retweeted and Retweeted. For many on Twitter they learned the City of Lake Worth had recently hired a new Electric Utility Director. Lucky him. But Ed Liberty is still the utility director. Lucky us. He proved up to the task and did an excellent job. Here is a really good Tweet that was sent out by the City:

  
Click on Tweet to enlarge.
Preparing for Irma at City Hall.

Note the red/white sign on the wall.

As Irma approached a lot of people in the public began to think real hard about infrastructure. Just about three years prior to Irma the LW2020 bond referendum was defeated by just 25 votes.


The people who helped to defeat the LW2020 bond had parties four years ago. They celebrated. And some of those people suggested the defeat of the LW2020 bond would teach the City of Lake Worth a lesson: don’t ever try anything like that again.


But then later, in 2016, the voters in the City of
Lake Worth got a second chance.


The public said on November 8th, 2016:

 “FIX OUR STREETS
AND POTHOLES”.

“Tired about the condition of your
neighborhood roads?”

From Palm Beach Post editor Rick Christie, “A few quick takeaways from 2016 election”:


Lake Worth is poised for some major upgrades following residents’ approval — by a whopping 69 percent [emphasis added] — of a $40 million road repair bond; and a little help from the sales tax hike.” . . .

“But the other reason city residents may soon be dancing in those repaired streets is because of the penny increase in the sales tax. Part of the proceeds — about $540 million — over the next decade will be split among the county’s 39 municipalities.
     That could be another $10 million toward roads, parks and other infrastructure repair in the city. While officials in cities like Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton snubbed the sales tax largesse, Lake Worth did no such thing. And residents should reap the benefits.


And don’t forget the observations from the Post editorial board from back in 2014 about how badly a previous City administration neglected the needs of so many neighborhoods.


What the editor(s) wrote in August 2014.

“[T]his is a testament. . .”
Click text to enlarge:

“. . . to just how long previous commissions have ignored the city’s basic needs.”


You see, whilst the roads and sidewalks in this City crumbled, the Best Commission Ever!, or just BCE! for short, wasted millio
ns and millions of dollars on shiny objects and ignored our roads and sidewalks.


The ‘Best Commission Ever!’ celebrating at newly-‘renovated’ Casino at the Lake Worth Beach.

“Cheese!”

Tomorrow: Backyard Garden Workshop at 9:00 a.m. Details below.


At the end of this blog post is recent news in the Herald for everyone interested in backyard gardens.


But guess what? There is lots and lots of new LOCAL news in this week’s Lake Worth Herald including news about The MID and a structure on N. Dixie Hwy., “[W]hich once housed Wayne Akers Ford is being demolished to make way for The MID, a 5.6 acre two hundred plus unit mixed use development.” Isn’t that a kick!

And there is news about “Family Saturdays” returning to the Cultural Council. The City of Lake Worth is holding a design competition and Pelican Pete has some musings on Tropical Storm Gordon too. And on p. 2 there is news about singing and drinking beer at the annual “Beer & Hymns” event (TONIGHT!), and on September 15th the “Village of Palm Springs Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month”, on p. 3 is Palm Beach County School News, then later in the paper is information from Everglades Ernie and Jorge Goyanes’ Car Clinic, and “The Divas Are Returning To The Lake Worth Playhouse!”

And there’s more.

The Town of Lantana is having a Public meeting for Republic Services’ new automated garbage service, a half-page ad about the City of Lake Worth’s change in recycling method, there are lots of ads from LOCAL businesses and Public Notices as well.

But unfortunately, this week there was no lovely and charming Letter to the Editor. But maybe next week.


Support LOCAL small town journalism.


To see the front page news this week click on this link. To contact the editor call 561-585-9387 or send an email to Editor@lwherald.com

Without further ado . . . about that workshop tomorrow. More information from the Herald.

Backyard Garden Workshop


The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension is offering a one-day program to focus on tips and techniques on vegetable garden site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, maintenance and harvesting.
     Arthur Kirstein, coordinator of Agricultural Economic Development will be the instructor. The program is free of charge.
     The program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hutcheson Agricultural Complex, Exhibit Hall A, 559 N. Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach. The program is limited to 100 participants.
     To register call Dina Ligotino at 561-233-1792 or by email: Dligotino@pbcgov.org

The Municipal Elections in the City of Lake Worth next year.


And should the City of Lake Worth eliminate
run-off elections by referendum?


Do you know what a “shill” is? Find out what a ‘shill’ is later in this blog post. And about the shill shuffle too.

This is very important. On March 12th, 2019, will be the municipal elections here in the City. The ‘dragging of feet’ is still going on in District 4 to put up a challenger to run against Commissioner Herman C. Robinson:


“We’ve launched our campaign Facebook page 
for my re-election campaign. The election
is March 12, 2019.”

Commissioner Robinson remains unopposed and will be re-elected following the end of the Qualifying Period on December 11th. The race in District 2 drew a challenger over 2 months ago.


In District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy has a challenger who stepped up last June: that would be Kathy Turk. And make no mistake. Turk is no shill. She is a serious challenger for the seat in District 2 and that race is shaping up to be a very good one. However, in District 4, Commissioner Robinson could draw a challenger, maybe one who will pop up late in the Qualifying Period like what happened to Mayor Pam Triolo last year. Enter Drew Martin and the rest is history, as they say.


So in Districts 2 and 4 will anyone else jump in? Be the shill. It’s happened many times before in this City.

So to the question: Should the City of Lake Worth have a referendum on eliminating run-off elections?


Such a referendum was tried once before but failed. Try once again? Continue reading to find out why the time may be right for another ballot question to foil the ‘shills’. Think about that as we’re heading into another Election Season next year. Yes, municipal elections have a tendency to start early in this City, well before the Qualifying Period which begins on November 27th at noon.

More about hazards and pitfalls of the run-off election: The case of Mr. Jorge Goyanes (see below).


The idea of not having run-off elections still get’s floated around from time to time. The winner on Election Day would be the highest vote-getter instead of having to reach that magic number of “50% + 1”. In a four-person race it’s almost guaranteed to force a run-off and two more weeks of door-knockers, yard signs, and mailers.

Let’s consider what will happens if there should be three or more candidates on the ballot next year in one or both races in Districts 2 and 4. And what if one or more of those candidates is a shill? A ‘shill’, also called other things that can’t be mentioned on this blog, is someone who qualifies to get on the ballot but has no intention of winning — but just to get a certain percentage of the vote — whatever that number is deemed necessary to stop someone else from getting “50% + 1”. Why? To force a run-off election two weeks after Election Day.

Usually for example, in a three-person race, the shill jumps in last. Sometimes within minutes of the end of the Qualifying Period in December. But then there’s the “shill shuffle” when the shill qualifies first and then the real candidate qualifies later on. Then everyone has to figure it out: “Who is the shill?” Cathy Turk in the District 2 race is not a shill. But what about the next one to jump in? Are they a serious candidate or not?


Let’s take the case of what happened to
Mr. Jorge Goyanes in March 2006.


A political mailer.

Click on image to enlarge:

In 2006 Goyanes would most likely have won the District 2 seat but then something happened along the way to monkeywrench his plans.


Goyanes had three challengers in the General Election held on March 14th, 2006:

In a four-person race it’s very difficult to reach that magic number: 50%  +  1.

Then two weeks later, on March 28th, 2006,
the run-off election was held:

Ergo: The hazards and pitfalls of a run-off election.*


The point is this: Going forward in the 2018–2019 Election Season pay very close attention to who enters the races in Districts 2 and 4. Are they “in it to win it” or just to stop someone else from getting “50% + 1”?

Now more more about “What is a shill?”

In some cities and towns in Palm Beach County, to win an election outright you only need to get the majority of the vote to win. So if five or six people are running for a seat on a commission or council the winner would only need 30–40% to win, or maybe even less.

However, in most cities in PBC the winner needs 50% of the vote +1 which would then trigger an automatic recount (the winner needs a margin over ½ of 1% to avoid a recount). That’s where the shill comes in.


[FYI: In the recent August 28th Primary there was an automatic recount in the three-person race for mayor in Boca Raton. Scott Singer won the mayoral seat. For more about this and about newspaper political endorsements in The Palm Beach Post too click on this link.]


The shill may be in the race to help someone get 50% + 1 or, in other cases, the shill’s job is to damage another candidate and force a run-off election between the two top vote-getters that would be held two weeks after the general election. If the candidate being targeted is politically damaged enough two weeks may not be enough time to recover and beat the second-place finisher.

Now it gets more complicated: What if people think there is a shill in the race but instead all of the candidates are truly in it to win it? And now, the most complicated possibility of all that any serious candidate needs to plan for: the dangers and pitfalls of a runoff election!


*The drama that is District 2: Cara Jennings in 2005–2006 claimed not to be an Anarchist and continued to deny it running for re-election in 2008, an election she won. In 2010 Jennings passed the baton to Chris McVoy, PhD, who was elected and finally booted off the Commission in 2017.
     In 2016 Jennings reflected on her two terms on the Lake Worth City Commission and acknowledged her support for Anarchy.
     Had we known this in 2006. . .

Thursday, September 6, 2018

TOMORROW NIGHT! It’s the return of “Beer & Hymns” at Aioli’s!


See that news below in today’s Lake Worth Herald.


But first, a short, merry video in preparation for the upcoming Christmas and Holiday Season!




The new news in the Herald
today, an excerpt:


     On Friday, Sept. 7 [TOMORROW NIGHT] at 6:30–8:30, the 9th annual Beer and Hymn songfest will take place at Aioli’s. Sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Lake Worth, Richmond Schmidt, the musical host with the most, will return with the popular hymn sing-along. According to Schmidt, “It is a great opportunity to be together, enjoy some drinks, good food and sing all your favorite hymns together.”


Please note: The owners of Aioli’s are residents of our City of Lake Worth. Aioli’s is located in the plaza at 7434 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach directly across the road from the CubeSmart self-storage facility (approx. ½ mile north from the City of Lake Worth past the C-51 Canal).

FYI: You do not have to be a member of the First Congregational Church to participate. Cold beer and excellent Aioli food will be available for purchase.

To see the front page news this week in The Lake Worth Herald and Coastal and Greenacres Observer click on this link.


And visit the newsstand Studio 205
some time today as well.

Click on image to enlarge:

Studio 205 is located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth. Stop by, just for kicks, and check out the café, juice bar and pick up the Herald too, our LOCAL City weekly still costs just ¢50.

News in Coastal/Greenacres Observer* and The Lake Worth Herald† about the City of Greenacres.



Exciting news announcing an upcoming photo contest (see details below) and the winners will be featured on Greenacres’ official Facebook page!


“CAPTURE THE BEAUTY
OF GREENACRES”
(see newspaper clipping below)


Photographers: Maybe stage the Greenacres Community Center the backdrop for beat reporter from The Palm Beach Post interviewing Commander Lt. Tristram Moore of PBSO District 16.


We’re coming up soon on the three-year anniversary of the PBSO merge with the Greenacres Police Dept.


Learn more about this anniversary below.
Click on newspaper clipping to enlarge:

To submit your high-resolution images to the wonderful City of Greenacres click on this link.

Our City of Lake Worth is so fortunate to have such a fine neighbor as Greenacres.‡


More details about this photo contest reported in the Herald and Observer. . .


And whilst on the topic of the City of Greenacres. . .


Did you know Greenacres once had a dedicated beat reporter from The Palm Beach Post?

It’s true, back in 2015.

Read more about PBSO merge with Greenacres PD in 2015; from the editor(s) at the Post in March 2018:

“[T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.”


*The Coastal/Greenacres Observer is FREE. To download the newspaper click on this link, go to options and “Download as PDF”. The Observer is published weekly by Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc.

To contact the editor at The Lake Worth Herald call 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com

In the last rankings by the Post of municipalities in Palm Beach County “from worst to best” — higher the number the worse the rank — the City of Greenacres came in unjustly and arbitrarily at #20 (the nearby Village of Palm Springs was ranked a dreadful #31, completely unwarranted).
     The City of Lake Worth came in at #6. To learn more about these inequitable rankings in the Post click on this link.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Very worthy news you can use in cities of Greenacres, Lake Worth, unincorporated (suburban areas) in between.


PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit.


NO COST TO YOU!
IT’S FREE!


Take back your street, neighborhood,
community and parks.


Help PBSO District 14 (City of Lake Worth) and District 16 (City of Greenacres) and help PBSO in unincorporated Palm Beach County as well (e.g., places like John Prince Park in suburban Lake Worth). . .

  • If you see GRAFFITI IN PROGRESS call 911 immediately!
  • Non-emergency number: 561-688-3400.
  • Have a chronic graffiti problem? Call CrimeStoppers at 800-458-8477. Be eligible for a reward and remain anonymous.



How the PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit came to be:


In early 2005 Sheriff Ric Bradshaw established this program to rapidly respond and remove graffiti within unincorporated Palm Beach County and select municipalities that now include the cities of Lake Worth and Greenacres.

It is very worth noting that Greenacres received high honors for “Safest Cities in Florida 2018” in Palm Beach County this year; however, the data from City of Lake Worth was late arriving to the judges showing a significant drop in crime.

The villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach — also patrolled by PBSO — were also ranked very high on the “Safest Cities” list as well.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Very important: Stormwater and drainage in this little City of Lake Worth.


If you happen to have a persistent issue with storm drains getting clogged contact the Public Works Division (phone number, email address, and more information is below).

Or the other option is you can contact somebody you know at a TV news station. However, TV reporters don’t clear drains. But maybe you’ll get interviewed on TV! Don’t forget these “easy-to-learn and highly effective techniques” demonstrating how to do a TV news interview.

Anyhow, without further ado. . .

Drainage System Maintenance.


The City’s Stormwater Division has a certified, technical staff and fleet of heavy equipment that work to maintain proper drainage and to prevent pollutants from reaching inlets and storm drains that lead into our Intracoastal waterway. The Streets Division cleans drains before and after rain events and major storms.


You can help by reporting blocked drains
and keeping garbage and debris away
from the drains.


It is prohibited to deposit anything that is not identified as acceptable stormwater directly or indirectly into the stormwater system.

Contact information for Stormwater Division:

  • Call 561-533-7346 from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
  • Address: 1880 2nd Ave. North.
  • Supervisor: Carlos Enriquez.
  • Email: cenriquez@lakeworth.org

Monday, September 3, 2018

FLASHBACK. City of Lake Worth. Prior to and after Labor Day Weekend, 2016. Public debate about proposed ordinance.



Please note. A reminder. The months of August and September are traditionally ones for banning things in Palm Beach County — generally things of interest to the environment community — and typically the very same things a lot of visitors and tourists find quite fun, entertaining, and very practical. Like plastic straws for example.


Let’s delve into this topic. Case Example:
The City of Lake Worth.

In late August/early September 2016 the public, administration and elected officials debated an ordinance to ban something that is used at parties, galas and socials. Things got a little overblown at times but order was quickly restored. This particular debate preceded the Neighborhood Road Bond vote in November of that year. Was the proposed ordinance about the roads in this City? No. Efforts to control flooding? No. The proposed ordinance was to ban something else entirely. Do you remember what it was?


Proposed Ordinance No. 2016-24 would be a violation under City of Lake Worth’s “Code of Ordinances” general penalty section, section 1–6, and subject’s a violator to a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.


A fine and/or jail time for what? Using balloons on City property. Not kidding. And who would have to enforce this ordinance? PBSO. Now imagine the message that sends to those who live in areas with too much crime?

To learn more about what happened in September 2016 in this City click on this link.

But the Balloon Platoon failed ingloriously in 2016 and did not come back in 2017 but then in 2018 along comes the Plastic Straw Police and they are making some headway in Broward County; they had no luck in Palm Beach County this year banning plastic straws. First they hit Delray Beach with their scheme, then Jupiter, then Boca Raton and hit the Town of Palm Beach too. But this little City of Lake Worth would be the prize for those who like to ban fun things like balloons and straws.

But imagine if the Straw Ban Police devoted their energy to teaching the public how to recycle properly instead of trying to ban stuff? Whilst on the topic of banning stuff like plastic straws in Broward and Palm Beach counties the Sun Sentinel wants to hear from you:


Should these sorts of regulations be handled at the state level instead? Let us know by emailing dsweeney@SunSentinel.com or tweeting @Daniel_Sweeney. Your response could be used in a future story.

Now back to the Balloon Platoon in 2016.

The Balloon Platoon was actually on to something about banning balloons but it nothing to do with the Atlantic Ocean. It had a lot to do with the electric grid.

Clutch the pearls! Below is a press release
from the City of Lake Worth.


A reader of this blog reminded me about in preparation for Hurricane Irma last year there were a whole lot of balloons entangled in the one and only City’s tie-in line to the electric grid. Can you imagine the City going dark because of balloons!

Post-Hurricane Irma here are City crews and out-of-town linemen posing for a group photo:




Now let’s get back to those pesky balloons. . .

If you recall, back in 2016 the Balloon Platoon showed up in this City trying to ban balloons but they ended up scaring the bejesus out of all the little children with ordinances to fine their parents or even throw a parent in jail for having a balloon at the Lake Worth Beach. That made a whole lot of people upset. Kids too.

So if the Straw Ban Police just happen to march in lockstep to the front of Lake Worth City Hall please remind them about what happened in this City last year and tell them to march back to where they came from and come up with another plan of action.

Forget about plastic straws. Ban balloons from anywhere near the electric grid!

Here is the press release from the City last year:


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

September 5th, 2017.


Lake Worth* — The City of Lake Worth Electric Utilities had to perform a planned outage [ended at 4:00 p.m.] in order to remove mylar balloons that had become entangled in the main electric line.
     Please remember that the releasing of balloons is not allowed as it poses a risk to electrical infrastructure.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience caused.


For those of you who did not catch on, the blog post above about balloons does include a bit of satire but what happened back in 2016 did happen! For about two weeks everyone was distracted about balloons. But all the time and public funds wasted by municipalities having to deal with this nonsense about plastic straws and balloons should be satire. But it’s not. Public officials and law enforcement have much bigger things to worry about.

And since the press and news media continues to be fascinated and enthralled with this story about plastic straws — because the story is still getting social media clicks and ‘kicks’ and selling more newspapers — there was actually a letter to the editor published in The Palm Beach Post recently that is a worthwhile read and starts off with this line, “I would like to propose a simple, no-cost remedy to the problem of the abundance of plastic straws impacting our environment.”


*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.”

Deadline for ITB 17-18-143 is tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 3:00.


Below are two excerpts from The Palm Beach Post print edition published on Aug. 28th on p. B7 (“Business” section). Today is Labor Day. Administration offices in West Palm Beach will re-open tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Invitation to Bid (ITB 17-18-143)
WPB-TV Enhancement Broadcast Equipment


The City of West Palm Beach (City) is accepting bids from qualified and responsible contractors to furnish and supply broadcast equipment for the WPB-TV Enhancement Project. WPB-TV, the City’s Public Educational and Government (PEG) Channel is undergoing a complete rebuild of broadcast operations at City Hall. The rebuild will enhance municipal transparency and include Closed-Captioning of all programming on-air and on the web. This project includes replacement of equipment in the following areas: Commission Chambers, Flagler Gallery, Master Control, and the Production Suite.

and. . .

Time is of the essence and any bid received after 3:00 p.m. on September 4, 2018, whether by mail or otherwise, will be returned unopened.


[NOTE: Bid documents may be acquired free of charge by clicking on this link. Hard copies of bid documents may be acquired at this address: 401 Clematis Street, 3rd floor in West Palm Beach.]

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Zika: News from journalist John Kennedy and news also “Worth Noting” from the City of Lake Worth.


In August 2016 a case of Zika was reported in Lake Worth. It was big news in The Palm Beach Post. See that news below.

First, while Zika is not quite the plague it was in 2016 there continue to be cases discovered here in South Florida. What concerns public health officials most about Zika is it’s “particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.” Prior to a case of Zika being reported the information below is important to know.

All the Zika cases thus far this year are “travel related” mostly in Collier and Miami-Dade counties. Many of the public here in Central Palm Beach County and in cities such as the City of Lake Worth regularly travel back and forth from South America and other locations in the Caribbean for either business or pleasure. So the battle to “Fight the Bite” against mosquitoes needs to be a year-round effort here in this region to try and stop Zika in its tracks: eliminating as many places as possible where mosquitoes can breed.

The news below can help you get ready and
protect yourself from mosquitoes.


“Fight the Bite!”

First the news from the City of Lake Worth:

“Worth Noting” is a FREE newsletter sent to your email inbox. To subscribe use this link for news directly from the City, unfiltered. Click on this link to learn more about “Fight the Bite”.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE!


Below is the big news from August 2016 by former Palm Beach Post political correspondent John Kennedy who used to run the Tallahassee news bureau for the Post. Briefly, after that news bureau was shut down in Dec. 2016, for quite some time there was no longer an assigned journalist from the Post to report the goings-on in the State Capitol.

The fine irony is John Kennedy now works as a journalist for Gatehouse Media in Tallahassee reporting state-wide political news which is published in newspapers all over Florida and the United States. And one of those newspapers — as of May 1st this year — now owned by Gatehouse Media is . . . you guessed it: The Palm Beach Post.

Welcome back Mr. Kennedy!

The news below from Kennedy can help you become aware of the potential dangers, get prepared, and protect yourself, family and neighborhood from mosquitoes:


“There is [was] a reported case of Zika in Lake Worth [in August 2016]. As with all other cases across the State, the Florida Department of Health is responsible for verifying, tracking and reporting cases of Zika to local authorities.
     Florida Health, Palm Beach County is the lead agency in all local outreach efforts to minimize any effects regarding the additional case. The Health Department is assisted by Palm Beach County Mosquito Control Division to gather data and work with affected communities.
     We continue to urge residents across the County to take precautions to prevent the spread of mosquito transmitted diseases.”



Now that we are officially in Wet Season look around for places where mosquitoes can breed so you can “Fight the Bite!”