Saturday, October 6, 2018

SFWMD coming to the rescue of native species: the Gopher Tortoise.



First, please note: The latest YouTube update from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) datelined Sept. 7th (yesterday) is at the end of this blog post. This most current information addresses water conditions and actions to move water to tide following the impacts from Tropical Storm Gordon here in South Florida.


Now to Gopher Tortoise and work by SFWMD. . .


CAUTION! Never put Gopher Tortoises in the water. They are NOT TURTLES!

To learn more about the “Fort Basinger Gopher Tortoise Recipient Siteclick on this link.

Resolution No. 2017 - 0720


“Declare surplus land interest containing 142.61 acres, more or less, in Highlands County, and authorizing the grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) of a conservation easement as a condition of the District obtaining a permit from FWC for the purpose of establishing the subject property as a gopher tortoise recipient site.”

Click on this link to learn more about our Gopher Tortoises here in the City of Lake Worth and in the County’s John Prince Park too.


A helpful map from SFWMD.

Click on image to enlarge of the gopher tortoise
site in Highlands County:

Click on this link to contact SFWMD and say, “Thank You!Please be patient waiting for a response. SFWMD is very busy this time of year. To learn more about “Managing High Water Levels in the Wet Season” use this link.


YouTube video: SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik provides the most recent update:


Friday, October 5, 2018

TONIGHT: Forget about ‘red tide’!


Did you sneeze? Maybe have an itch?

Well. If you are still in recovery from your experience below is a video that will help you feel better and maybe inspire you to attend a block party tonight.

Come out and celebrate in Downtown Lake Worth!


The big event TONIGHT is the kickoff of the Season from 6:00–10:00, the very first monthly Lake Ave. Block Party in the City of Lake Worth.


Click on image to enlarge:

For the comprehensive list of Special Events in this City click on this link and learn more about the City’s Dept. of Leisure Services.


Enjoy this video!


And take special note of the
beautiful blues and the amazing reds:

Found this Lake Worth postcard of the “Tropical Inn”.


The “Tropical Inn” (see below) location is described as follows:  


“Lake Worth FL Hotel Tropical Inn Federal Highway and Lucerne, opposite the City Hall. Enjoy the comfort of a hotel with home atmosphere. Modern hotel rooms with private bath. Short distance to beach, fishing, 18-hole golf course and shopping district. Owner Management Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chamberlain.


By the description, it would seem to be the property north of the current City Hall annex at the Downtown Cultural Plaza (the former City Hall), or perhaps across the street to the east. The current City Hall used to be the City’s Municipal Auditorium.


Click on postcard to enlarge, the “Tropical Inn”:

Prior to I-95 our main roadways such as Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth looked very different. It was called the “Mom & Pop” era of motels and eateries for visitors and tourists.

Letter to editor(s) published in The Palm Beach Post this week. An excerpt:



I have been writing to The Post for decades about the fallacy of septic tanks. They are designed to remove microbes, not chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Finally, a study by Harbor Branch, a respected marine research institute, has concluded that chemical discharges from septic tanks have been a major contributor to the algae blooms [emphasis added] in the Indian River Lagoon. Not the only contributor, but one that was known and has a simple fix.

I say “known” because when I was a child living in Wilton Manors, sewer piping was installed in our neighborhood to get us off septic tanks that were polluting the canals. That was 50 years ago in the mid-’60s, so how can anyone in Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River County claim they had no clue?

Letter headlined by editor(s), “Septic issues and fix have long been known”. For the author and to read the entire letter click on this link.


Ever considered writing your own letter to get published on the editorial page in the Post?

It’s very easy. For contact information and helpful tips learn how anyone in just 5–10 minutes can write a letter to the editor(s). And note that November 1st will mark six months since Gatehouse Media bought the Post and Palm Beach Daily News (aka, Shiny Sheet).

The other human poop problem plaguing the Treasure Coast and St. Lucie River, basins and estuary: biosolids.


Leaking septic tanks are just a part of a much bigger problem. Blue-green algae floats but contamination from stormwater runoff is harder to detect.

Myth vs. FACT: Blue-Green Algae.


Click on this link for “Fact Sheets” from South Florida Water Management District and scroll down for press release dated June 29th, 2016:

Click on this link for more information about the folly of constructing a massive new reservoir in Palm Beach County and “Send The Water South!”

Please note the words “local stormwater runoff ” in image above. This is crucially important as you continue reading this blog post.


Below are two sentences from a memorandum at a meeting of the Treasure Coast Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) earlier this year. The entire memorandum is at the end of this blog post.



“Today, the Treasure Coast Region’s estimated 1.6 million people on public sewer generate about 87,000 dry tons of biosolids each year. In 30 or 40 years from now that total could increase by 50 percent.”*



Leaking septic tanks along the St. Lucie River are a major factor fueling this year’s toxic slimy nasty plague of blue-green algae. This has been known for many, many years. The water releases from Lake Okeechobee is water flowing into what is already an environmental mess to begin with. And just this month we learned from the TCRPC of another big human waste problem north of us in the Treasure Coast: another plague called human wastewater biosolids.

The ‘red tide’ is the ‘shiny object’ right now for the press and news media but before long another problem with human waste will take the stage.

Please continue reading about chronic harmful algal blooms (HABs), human waste, public policy, and a very profound resolution.

Biosolids. Stormwater runoff and the plague north of us in the Treasure Coast.


Briefly, how we got here.

Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy is an alternate board member at the TCRPC; upon election in 2017 Hardy was chosen to represent the City at the Council. Last June Hardy presented his liaison report from that meeting as a sitting member of the Council to the Lake Worth City Commission as is customary. As reported to the Commission, “human wastewater biosolids” was a very important public policy and environmental issue at the time and another meeting was scheduled this month to educate the public and policymakers.

Following the liaison report from Hardy is when biosolids became a big topic of discussion among our local environmentalists and all those concerned with helping to save the Everglades and places like the nearby Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.

It’s said that what happens in previous months at the TCRPC is this big news in the near future. That is certainly the case in this situation.

It would be a mistake to think the issue of human waste biosolids is just an issue for the Treasure Coast. This is a very important public policy and public health issue for all of Palm Beach County and for all of South Florida as well. 

Keeping in mind the current state of affairs vis-à-vis Lake Okeechobee, “Send The Water South!”, clean water for 8.1M people in South Florida and protecting wildlife in environmentally-sensitive places such as the Grassy Waters Preserve and the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, well, one could say, the proverbial poop will hit the proverbial fan. Another excerpt from Item 6 on the Council agenda:


“Of additional concern are compounds found in human wastewater biosolids which may include: hormones; steroids; bacteria; viruses; polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); pharmaceuticals; antibodies; polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE fire retardants); polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) like Teflon, polishes, waxes, paints, and household cleaning products; organics; metals; and artificial sweeteners. Although these materials are applied in a manner that may not be harmful to humans according to EPA guidelines, their accumulated secondary impacts are not entirely known.” [emphasis added]


This month’s TCRPC meeting is a special one: a Joint Meeting with the South Florida Regional Planning Council in Broward County. Typically the preliminary agenda is posted 3–4 days prior. For the list of prior and upcoming Council meetings click on this link.


Without further ado, in its entirety, Item #6 on the TCRPC agenda:


MEMORANDUM


To: Council Members.
From: Staff.
Subject: Management Alternatives for Human Wastewater Biosolids — Resolution.


Introduction


One of the by-products or residuals of the wastewater treatment process is called biosolids or the wet sludge that is left behind after initial processing, which is then collected for further treatment and processing. In Florida, biosolids are either land-applied as a soil amendment to improve agricultural productivity or disposed of in landfills. Either way it is an important source of water, energy, nitrogen, and phosphorous resources that some suggest could be recovered and used more efficiently. There is also concern statewide that excess nutrients from land application of human waste biosolids reach surface waters as a result of rainfall runoff and continue to increase the occurrence of chronic harmful algal blooms (HABs). [emphasis added] The purpose of this item and the attached resolution is to inform Council’s member counties, municipalities, and their associations about this regional issue and potential solutions.


Background


Today, Florida’s central sewer wastewater treatment facilities produce approximately 340,000 dry tons of biosolids. Approximately 100,000 dry tons of biosolids qualify as Class B biosolids, which are treated sewage sludge meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for land application as fertilizer with restrictions, and are allowed to have detectable levels of pathogens. Another 100,000 dry tons of biosolids are deposited in various landfills throughout the state. The final 140,000 dry tons of biosolids are further processed, dried, and composted with material from the landscape industry to produce approximately 200,000 tons of Class AA biosolids, which can then be distributed and marketed as fertilizer. This class of biosolids is unregulated and land-applied mainly on pasture and, to a lesser extent, citrus.

Bahia grass pastures in Florida can generally produce satisfactorily without total Phosphorous (TP) fertilization, and every crop in Florida can be grown economically without the use of biosolids as fertilizer. Biosolids provide an inefficient form of fertilization that provides only a fraction (less than 40%) of plant available nitrogen that can result in both total Nitrogen (TN) and TP over fertilization, which may negatively affect surface and other coastal waters. Of additional concern are compounds found in human wastewater biosolids which may include: hormones; steroids; bacteria; viruses; polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); pharmaceuticals; antibodies; polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE fire retardants); polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) like Teflon, polishes, waxes, paints, and household cleaning products; organics; metals; and artificial sweeteners. Although these materials are applied in a manner that may not be harmful to humans according to EPA guidelines, their accumulated secondary impacts are not entirely known.

Both Class B biosolids and Class AA biosolid fertilizers contain approximately 5.5 % TN and 2.2% TP. Therefore, land application of 300,000 dry tons of Class AA and Class B biosolids deposits over 33 million pounds of TN and 13.2 million pounds of TP on agricultural lands each year. Peer reviewed studies, such as those related to the Lake Okeechobee drainage basins, estimate that ± 12% of both TN and TP imports will find their way to surface waters. This basin currently receives over 1,000 dry tons of TP from Class AA biosolids, which could amount to 120 dry tons or 240,000 pounds of TP to surface waters. Large areas within Florida such as the basins draining into Lake Okeechobee already exhibit enough legacy phosphorus to last for the next 25 to 60 years. While the practice of land-applying Class B biosolids was recently banned in the Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee, St. Lucie River and Everglades watersheds, the St. Johns River Upper Basin received nearly 74,000 tons of Class B biosolids in 2016, or approximately 74% of the Class B biosolids produced in Florida, in its watershed.


Analysis


Agricultural crops can be grown profitably without land applying this inefficient nutrient source. There are alternative technologies that should be considered such as: pyrolysis; vapor recompression distillation; boiler technology electric generation; and supercritical water oxidation to improve recovery of resources and sustainable management of biosolids (see Attachment A).

Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the formation of a statewide Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee to: 1) establish a better scientific understanding of potential nutrient impacts of the land application of biosolids; and 2) evaluate current biosolids management practices and potential opportunities for enhancements to better protect Florida’s water resources (see Attachment B).


Conclusion


Florida’s population continues to grow at historic rates. Today, the Treasure Coast Region’s estimated 1.6 million people on public sewer generate about 87,000 dry tons of biosolids each year. In 30 or 40 years from now that total could increase by 50 percent. With this in mind, the region [Treasure Coast] is encouraged to begin a serious conversation among local elected officials, utility directors, the agriculture industry, and others about what the future of biosolids management should look like in 30 years. Is it the same as we are doing now, or is it something completely different, using new technology to create more strategic, sustainable, and valuable reuse products? All of this starts with increasing awareness about the current status of: 1) how we manage biosolids in Florida; 2) our progress in meeting water quality goals established through approved Basin Management Action Plans and other measures; and 3) new technology aimed at improving biosolids resource recovery and water quality.


Recommendation


Council should approve Resolution No. 18-03 and authorize its distribution to local government associations and involved state agencies.


*Keep in mind the topic of biosolids plaguing the Treasure Coast is in addition to the serious environmental devastation caused by leaking and failing septic tanks.
     Per a guest column in Martin County Currents by a member of the SFWMD Governing Board, “Local Communities Must Step Up to Address Septic Pollution to St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon”.
To view the attachment click on this link and scroll down to Item B6 on the agenda to download the entire nine-page file.
Ibid.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Lake Worth District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson’s re-election campaign kickoff last night.


See photos below and more information, including how you can show your support for Herman and his re-election to the Lake Worth City Commission.

It was the official kickoff event last night. However, Commissioner Robinson filed his papers 6½ months ago with the City Clerk to run for re-election.


The event was held at Mathew’s Brewing Co.,
located at 130 South ‘H’ St.

One attendee arrived with great aplomb and style.


A view of the crowd outside.

Click on all images to enlarge:

It was a nice crowd of supporters, campaign staff, and there were new faces too.


Another view:

To learn more about Mathew’s Brewing Co. click on this link and they are also on Twitter.


One of the featured speakers.

Mr. Jon Faust (right), a long-time Realtor in the City of Lake Worth, alongside Commissioner Robinson.


Would you like to help out the campaign?
Learn more about Herman?
That information is below.
Call 561-651-1499 or send email to: ForTheLoveOfLakeWorth@gmail.com


To follow Commissioner Herman C. Robinson on Facebook click on this link. If you would like to make a contribution, send a check payable to “Herman Robinson Campaign Account” to:


Campaign of Herman Robinson
114 Ocean Breeze St.
Lake Worth, FL 33460


Suggested contributions: $25, $50 or $100. You can also make a secure contribution online using this link.

PINNED POST. A very popular blog post.


A “Pinned Post” is one kept at the top, or near the top of the blog for a certain period of time, in this case for the rest of the day.


First, a brief question:


Aren’t you getting a little tired of hearing about ‘red tide’ all day and night in the press and news media?

Don’t you wish the herd would move on to something else? Be patient. Before long another ‘shiny object’ will come along and they’ll be off chasing that next thing.

Hopefully chasing something up in Martin County somewhere out in the wet boonies, all of them wearing waders and gas masks. You know. Just to be safe from all those leaking septic tanks. So in the meantime. . .

Hope you enjoy this blog post from yesterday, about a newly-released video featuring the City of Lake Worth on South Florida Public Television.

Enjoy the video!


This City of Lake Worth has the starring role in,
“On the Town in The Palm Beaches”!


Host and producer Frank Licari at WPBT2 sets the stage with this brief forward:


“Today we’re discovering a city that’s not just hip — it’s historic too! Of course, we’re talking about the City of Lake Worth or L-Dub as the kids call it. We’ll jump into the city’s happening arts scene, visit an ocean front restaurant with postcard perfect views and check out an historic playhouse that JUST may be haunted. Are you ready? Then let’s go — On the Town in The Palm Beaches.”


Without further ado. . .




Just briefly, whilst we all await the ‘red tide’ to fade away from memory. . .

Understand that ‘red tide’ is no match
for Palm Beach County!


To our good friends in the press, news media and residents of the Treasure Coast who experienced that spasm of schadenfreude last week on hearing the news that a possible rare case of ‘red tide’ got caught up in the Gulfstream Current off the coast of the Palm Beaches, please understand this:

Before long that ‘red tide’ will vanish and be replaced by blue and white vapor trails, airplanes from all over the planet heading to the Palm Beaches. And one of those places will be the little City of Lake Worth because of this news that broke through all the noise.



“[F]irst bout with toxic red tide in more than a decade will not have either a deep ecological or economic impact.”

—Quote. News from Palm Beach Post datelined Oct. 2nd by journalist Alexandra Seltzer.

City of Lake Worth is named in honor of a highly decorated U.S. Army officer.


And that decorated military officer has an interesting connection to the 18th President of the United States: General Ulysses S. Grant. Learn more about that below.

Are you interested in City of Lake Worth history? What are you doing tomorrow?


The newly renovated Lake Worth Historical Museum is located on the second floor of the City Hall Annex located at 414 Lake Ave. (in the Cultural Plaza) and is open Wednesday and Friday from 1:00–4:00. Tours are also provided by appointment. Call 561-533-7354.


Just recently the Lake Worth Historical Museum was one of the destinations on a Downtown walking tour taken by the Florida chapter of the American Planning Assoc.; a few days later this event was front page news in The Lake Worth Herald.


Click on newspaper clipping to enlarge.

Helen Greene, docent of the Lake Worth Historical Museum, penned this front page news in the Herald. Other things you’ll discover at the museum, about a military officer named. . .


General William Jenkins Worth (1794–1849):


“United States officer during the War of 1812, Second Seminole War, and Mexican-American War.”


Image from Wikipedia:

Mathew Brady (1822–1896), “was one of the earliest photographers in American history, best known for his scenes of the Civil War.”

Interesting fact:

There are only two historical monuments in Manhattan, New York City, that serve as mausoleums: one is called “Grant’s Tomb”, the final resting place of General Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), the 18th President of the United States. And the other is an obelisk in honor of General William Jenkins Worth.

The obelisk in honor of General Worth has a dado that reads in part:

“DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE” [The Love Of Country Leads Me].

This 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.”

Here is the first paragraph about General Worth from Wikipedia:

Worth was born in 1794 in Hudson, New York, to Thomas Worth and Abigail Jenkins. Both of his parents were Quakers, but he rejected the pacifism of their faith. He received common schooling as a child and moved to Albany where he was working as a merchant when the War of 1812 began.

You can learn more about General Worth using this link, the Texas State Historical Association:

He became an instructor of tactics at West Point in 1820 and in 1825 was made commandant of cadets. By the time of his transfer to field duty in 1828, Worth had instilled high standards of conduct and discipline still evident today in the West Point Cadet Corps.
     He was promoted to major, ordnance bureau, on May 30, 1832. During the 1830s Worth served under Scott in the Illinois campaign against the Black Hawks and participated in the removal of Cherokee Indians from the southeastern United States.

and. . .

     The city of Fort Worth and a large lake [now the Lake Worth Lagoon] in Florida are named in Worth’s honor. Worth was a member of the Church of Christ (Congregational), a Democrat, and a Mason.

Legacy, places named in honor of General Worth:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Lake Worth, Texas
  • Village of Worth, Illinois
  • Worth County, Georgia
  • Worthville, Kentucky
  • Worth County, Missouri
  • Worth County, Iowa. . .


“[A]nd the Lake Worth Lagoon in Florida, and consequently, the City of Lake Worth, Florida on its shores, are named in his honor.”

Lake Worth’s Critical Mass bike ride is tomorrow at 7:30 sharp! Details below.



Here’s a blast from the past, L-Dub!

A pamphlet from 2005: a bike tour hosted by panagioti e. tsolkas. . .

“featuring visits to the sites of some of Lake Worth’s most heated issues. . .”


Well, anyhow. Continue reading to learn more about the Critical Mass bike ride tomorrow (gather at Bryant Park) and tardiness is not accecptable.



Are you a Boomer? Hipster Millennial? A discerning World Thrift shopper? An Apatharchist? If you’ve never been on a Critical Mass ride you don’t know what you’re missing. Get on that Dutch Style 7-Speed Step-Thru Hybrid 44cm Cream Commuter Road bike and show up tonight. Don’t have a bike? Use this link to locate the closest SkyBike kiosk.

The Critical Mass ride in LDub is always on the first Friday of each month and begins at 7:30 sharp. The start time is a major rule for the leaders of this group (more details below).


 Here’s a video of a previous LDub bike ride:




“We meet in Bryant Park for a 10–12 mile bike ride
 1st Friday of every month”.

“Brought to you by the Good People of Lake Worth”, so leave your sociogeoanarchopolitical agendas at home!


Things to remember:
  • The ride is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Helmets for children 16 years old and younger ARE REQUIRED BY LAW.
  • Lights are REQUIRED (Red [rear] and white [front]).
  • Pay very close attention to the “corkers”.

But the ultimate rules of the road
are enforced by PBSO:

A “corker” can’t arrest you.
But a PBSO deputy can.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Government and tourism officials in Palm Beach County, lesson from Summer 2016: After ‘red tide’ has washed away.


‘Blue-green algae’ in 2016 and the ‘red tide’ in 2018: Be prepared for when the ‘news’ spins out of control along the beaches here in Palm Beach County.


Please pause momentarily for Tweet to load, a staged scene in The Palm Beach Post:



From a news report in the Sun Sentinel two years ago after it was discovered there was no blue-green toxic algae along the beaches in Palm Beach County:


“We have been working really hard to get this message out,” [Ashley] Svarney said. “Our beaches are as clean and as pristine as ever.”

—Quote from Sun Sentinel. Ashley Svarney from Discover The Palm Beaches explained in 2016 that tourists and visitors were associating photos of “reeking,” “oozing” and “guacamole-thick” algae from the Treasure Coast with the clean beaches of Palm Beach County.



Before long the ‘red tide’ will be gone for good. And then the really hard work will begin for County and tourism officials. For example. . .

Do you remember two years ago when the press and news media began to scurry all over the waterways in PBC looking for green stuff in the water and suggesting it was blue-green ‘toxic’ algae? They used helicopters high up in air filming green stuff floating in canals and reporters on the ground took camera still shots and wrote stories that it might be harmful algae and warned everyone to stay out of the water. Reporters carried gas masks. Just in case you see. The public got frightened and upset. TV news ratings went up and the press sold more newspapers. And then guess what happened? The sample results from the Florida DEP came back 4–5 days later: those samples came back clear. Non-toxic. You see, not all blue-green algae is toxic the public later came to learn. It was a panic over nothing. But that news was too late for some cities such as Lake Worth that were forced to cancel events like the July 4th Raft Race.

And how many tourists cancelled their plans to come to the beaches in PBC later that year? How many Snowbirds saw reports about ‘toxic’ blue-green algae and decided to go somewhere else for the Fall/Winter Season?

The media frenzy about blue-green algae began again early this year, much earlier than it did in 2016. Some in the press and news media will eventually get bored running around up in Martin and St. Lucie counties and come south to Palm Beach County and try stirring up fears here along the inland canals, Intracoastal, and the coastal beaches too about ‘toxic’ algae to get their TV ratings up and increase online newspaper clicks too.

Before this County needs to go into “CRISIS COMMUNICATION MODE” take a lesson from what happened in July 2016, here is a headline in the Sun Sentinel:

“Palm Beach County tourism community wants to clear up algae bloom perceptions”


This item could be filed under, “Stuff that happens when you are not prepared”. The news below comes from this article in the Sun Sentinel by reporter Skyler Swisher and two excerpts:


     Discover The Palm Beaches, the county's tourism marketer, has been in “crisis communication mode,” working to dispel any perception that Palm Beach County's 47 miles of beaches are also being coated in the neon-green slime, said Ashley Svarney, the organization's public relations director.
     She wants Americans to know the water is fine in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and other popular destinations.

and. . .

     Lured by beautiful blue water and swaying coconut palms, nearly 7 million people visited Palm Beach County in 2015, producing more than $7 billion in economic impact, according to Discover The Palm Beaches.
     The organization’s CEO Jorge Pesquera appeared on NBC Nightly News over the Fourth of July weekend. He strolled along the beach in Lake Worth with a reporter. Beachgoers frolicked in the surf, and Pesquera stressed that he would be comfortable letting his own children take a dip in the ocean.

Be prepared to fight back against the press and news media! Here is one example how from July 2016.


Just a simple Tweet with a photo:


Beautiful blues! Sea and sky at the Lake Worth pier on July 2nd, 2016.

In the Village of Palm Springs, Florida, is the last drive-in movie theater, “north along Florida’s eastern coastline”.


And what is that drive-in movie theater called in Palm Springs? It’s called the Lake Worth Drive-In.

Yes. That’s right. The Lake Worth Drive-In is not located in the City of Lake Worth. And neither was a recent plane crash that was reported to have happened ‘in Lake Worth’. By the way, do you recall that plane crash that happened nearby the Lake Worth Drive-In three years ago? Every single reporter at The Palm Beach Post — even veteran ones who knew better — reported that tragedy occurred ‘in Lake Worth’. It didn’t. More about that a little later.

And sometimes the press can be very clever. . .

Palm Beach Post reporters Larry Aydlette and Melanie Mena penned a very good and in-depth article about the history of drive-in movie theaters in Palm Beach County — deftly and very carefully stepping around reporting in which municipality this drive-in is actually located — never once mentioning it’s located in Palm Springs. However, on the flip side not once did the reporters write, “in Lake Worth” either, which is a remarkable improvement. Here is how the article was subtitled,

“Only one drive-in remains in Palm Beach County: the Lake Worth Drive-In”


If you wish to visit this drive-in movie theater some night for a show, here is an excerpt from the Post article:


Palm Beach County’s only drive-in is a swap shop during the days. It gets good online reviews for its low movie prices ($7 for adults, $2 for kids), but so-so on other amenities. [emphasis added]


The drive-in address is 3438 Lake Worth Rd. in Palm Springs. Call 561-965-4518 for more information or click on this link.

Some of you may recall the Lake Worth Drive-In is very near the site of a terrible tragedy, a plane crash back in October 2015. The pilot died in the crash which occurred at a nearby trailer park next to the drive-in. And to everyone’s horror, a young woman living in one of the mobile homes lost her life as well. Truly tragic.

The Palm Beach Post reported this happened “in Lake Worth” which was completely false. Even after learning the facts the original news in the Post was never corrected.


A newspaper clipping from almost three years ago.

Click on image to enlarge:

This plane crash did not happen “in Lake Worth”.
It did not happen in Palm Springs either. The plane crashed in a small pocket of unincorporated PBC
in what is called the “Lake Worth Corridor”, or also called “suburban Lake Worth”.


You can see the location in this image where
that plane tragically crashed.

By the way, only two reporters in Palm Beach County accurately reported the location of that tragedy: Charlie Keegan and Brian Entin, both former reporters at NBC5/WPTV.

Today and Friday there are tons of things to do in this City of Lake Worth.


There is so much going on this week. It’s the perfect storm taking the air out of the ‘red tide’.

And word is the annual migration of Snowbirds has begun early this year. This is very good news because Friday is the official start of the 2018–2019 Snowbird Season here in the City.


Here is the list of things to do today (Wednesday):

The big event kicking off the Season is this Friday evening from 6:00–10:00, the very first monthly Lake Ave. Block Party in Downtown Lake Worth.


Click on image to enlarge:

For the comprehensive list of Special Events in this City click on this link and learn more about the City’s Dept. of Leisure Services.

Following the Lake Ave. Block Party on Friday, the following Monday (Oct. 8th) is Columbus Day!


This is an official U.S. holiday and offices will be closed in the City of Lake Worth. Columbus Day is held the second Monday in October in recognition of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in the year 1492. Up until about ten years ago Columbus Day would draw some protests outside City Hall.

It was ten years ago when PBSO merged with the former Lake Worth PD.

In preparation for Columbus Day having the right look is essential so a shopping trip to World Thrift is highly recommended. Actually tomorrow, every Wednesday, is Senior Citizens Day at World Thrift. The address is 2425 N. Dixie Hwy., open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 and the really great stuff goes fast.

Also today, every Wednesday, the Lake Worth Rotary Club meets in Downtown Lake Worth at Brogues Downunder, 621 Lake Ave. The public is welcome. Snowbirds too! Below are photos of City officials and the Rotary at the Veterans Memorial groundbreaking at the Cultural Plaza just outside the City Hall Annex.

For Snowbirds, tourists, and residents: A look at the upcoming entertainment.


There are already a lot of exciting things happening to keep our neighborhood and visiting Snowbirds rapt and excited all Season. First, the Lake Worth Historical Museum has re-opened with all new and renovated exhibits. The museum is located in the City Hall Annex in the Cultural Plaza (414 Lake Ave.) and is open today and Friday from 1:00–4:00 and tours are also provided by appointment. Call 561-533-7354 for more details and below is more information about the museum.


More notable dates of which to take note:


Now to more information about the City of Lake Worth’s Historical Museum: Yesteryear, days of yore and militaria.


The Lake Worth Historical Museum is a big draw for visitors and tourists and reports are the Snowbird Season has already begun. Advance Snowbird patrols have been spotted looking for prime nesting grounds.

Since June the volunteer staff at the museum has been working on the exhibits and displays and they have done a spectacular job.

The Lake Worth Lagoon and City of Lake Worth were named after General William Jenkins Worth. And in one of those incredible but true twists of history — General Worth is entombed in a mausoleum in Manhattan, New York — also in Manhattan is Grant’s Tomb, the final resting place of General Ulysses S. Grant, also the 18th President of the United States.

In recognition of this City’s role in American history and recognizing the sacrifice of all veterans, past and present:


“The Lake Worth Rotary Club [in Nov. 2017] held a ground breaking for a Veterans Memorial in the Cultural Plaza. Rotarians were joined by elected officials and City employees from Public Services. The dedication will be held Veterans Day.”


To read more about Veterans Day last year in this City click on this link. This year the Veterans Day ceremonies and parade in the Downtown will be on Saturday, November 10th.

Photographs below from the “Military Memorial
Monument” groundbreaking last year:


From L–R: Lake Worth Commissioner Herman C. Robinson; Ron Leeds, Lake Worth Rotary; Chris Dabros (partially obscured), Lake Worth CRA; former Lake Worth Commissioner Retha Lowe; Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo; John Endrushat, Lake Worth Rotary; and Suzanne Holmes, Public Services Office Manager, City of Lake Worth.


Click on image to enlarge:

Note the southwest corner of the City Hall Annex. The Lake Worth Historical Museum is on the second floor of the Annex building.


In this photo is Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell (far left) and Felipe Lofaso (second from right), Asst. Director, Lake Worth Public Services.

Now to more memories at the Historical Museum, a caption and historic photo about a pooch. . .


“The pooch in this 1940s photo seems to take exception to the posted notice at the Lake Worth Municipal Beach.

Pets are still barred from the beach, with the
exception of service animals.”

Photo courtesy of the Lake Worth Historical Museum.


Enjoy the video!

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) takes an alternate view on “Green” energy.


Please Note. The video below may be disturbing for some viewers. You’ve been warned.


And remember, the First Amendment isn’t
just for people you agree with.



Very important: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”. But for many of the public in places like Palm Beach County searching for new ideas, disturbed by western sprawl, and disappointed with the leaderless and languishing environmentalist community in South Florida then DGR may be what you are looking for.

Click on this link to find out more about DGR. One of the more outspoken members of DGR is Lierre Keith and over the years she has drawn a tremendous amount of traffic to this blog. Why? Perhaps because within the “radical space” Keith is a most unwelcome voice.

Once again, some may find the
video below very disturbing.


Others may find it provocative. Draw your own conclusions. The video was first posted on this blog in 2014 and many times since. At the 54 second mark in the video a member of DGR says:


“Today we’re going to introduce you to some ideas that you’re probably familiar with as environmentalists. But we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.



Two members [Max Wilbert and Cameron Foley] of Deep Green Resistance talk about green energy alternatives that have created unintended consequences, for example, they mention 1.2 million Tibetans forced to work in Chinese mines, massive strip mining operations all over the planet, pollution, toxic runoff, and enormous amounts of greenhouse gases produced by heavy-duty hauling and digging equipment and the machinery used for mining in the search for rare earth metals, copper, and for the production of steel, and bird deaths at California’s Ivanpah concentrated solar field project. Mr. Wilbert says in the video below,

There is no way to produce industrial technology without industrial devastation. Green technology requires global trade, global exploitation, global destruction of the land, air and the water. You just can’t do it any other way. It’s impossible.

Wilbert and Foley take a sobering view of modern-day environmentalism and call out some groups by name, including the Sierra Club. Although they don’t mention the Anarchist community (EarthFirst!) here in the City of Lake Worth by name, they do talk about their failed pipeline protest in Texas at the 44:00 mark and question whether protesting is getting results or just draining money and resources from other environmental causes.

Once again, Max Wilbert from DGR says in the video:


“. . . we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tomorrow. Campaign kick-off and fundraiser for re-election of District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson.


Event from 5:30–7:00 at Mathews Brewing Company, 130 S. ‘H’ St. in this City of Lake Worth.


Drinks and appetizers will be served.
Please RSVP to 561-651-1499 or send an email to: ForTheLoveOfLakeWorth@gmail.com


To follow Commissioner Herman C. Robinson on Facebook click on this link.

If you cannot attend this event but would like to make a contribution, send a check payable to “Herman Robinson Campaign Account” to:


Campaign of Herman Robinson
114 Ocean Breeze St.
Lake Worth, FL 33460


Suggested contributions: $25, $50 or $100. You can also make a secure contribution online using this link.

‘Red tide’ was a story yesterday. Here’s another one that happened:


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FYI: The City of Greenacres merged with PBSO in 2015. The three-year anniversary is coming up soon. On that topic is this quote:


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

Quote. Editor at The Palm Beach Post, March 10th, 2018.


Volunteering for PBSO is powerfully effective keeping neighborhoods and communities safer.


Do you or someone you know have time to
volunteer with PBSO?

Then contact PBSO’s Volunteer Headquarters or the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC; see below for contact information):

  • PBSO Volunteer HQ: Call 561-433-2003
  • Email: Volunteer@PBSO.org
  • Or visit the Volunteer Services Unit at 2601 S. Military Trail, Ste. 29 in West Palm Beach: open Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00 p.m.–4:00.

Volunteers are needed for the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP), media unit, traffic monitoring, parking enforcement, Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT), honor guard, mounted unit, and bike patrol.

To contact the NAPC in the City of Lake Worth visit their Facebook page or send an email to: napcinfo@gmail.com


And keep in mind Crime Stoppers as well:

You may have that one small tip to help solve the murder of Thomas Altman. Refresh your memory: read the Post article by reporter Hannah Winston from March 2016.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Seeks More Student Development.


DEADLINE: Friday at 2:00.


Note: The two excerpts below are from a public notice published in The Palm Beach Post on September 9th; responses to PBSC need to be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m. on October 5th. Emphasis and links added:


Request for Information (RFI)
Public Private Partnership (P3)
Student Services Building
Palm Beach State College

The District Board of Trustees for Palm Beach State College is interested in exploring a Public Private Partnership (P3) concept for a new Student Services Building on the Lake Worth Campus [in suburban Lake Worth].

A Request for Information (RFI) will be issued and available on September 10, 2018 [date passed]. Companies, firms, contractors, corporations, or any business entity interested in providing a response to this RFI shall seek RFI #18/19-02 through the College website [click on this link], under the heading RFQ 18/19-02. Public Private Partnership, Student Services Building. This General Information Package will serve to provide interested parties with general information including a list of required submittals, a project decision schedule, and subsequent activities related to this project.

and. . .

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Palm Beach State College purchasing office at [by email] purchasing@palmbeachstate.edu 

Monday, October 1, 2018

The crisis of October–November 2017: “Rains cause 1.2 million-gallon overflow at West Palm sewage plant”.


So. As we all await for the results answering the question “Is it ‘red tide’ or not?”, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to what happened last year.


There was no mistaking the ‘brown tide’ of sewage and “Icky brown waters” last year along the beaches in Palm Beach County. Read more about that below, news from Palm Beach Post reporters Kimberly Miller, Tony Doris, and more information provided in the Post.

This year in the Post it’s all about the ‘red tide’ along the beaches. Is it for real? No one knows until the test results come back. However, the Post thought they had the answer one day and the next they are aren’t so certain.

Here is the dramatic Post front page headline yesterday, in the Sunday paper “above the fold” meaning what the editor(s) felt, “[W]ill entice people to buy the paper”:

Beaches close as people fall ill; red tide believed to be culprit


Here is the Post front page headline today which seems to call into question the Sunday headline:

27 miles of beach shut; is it red tide?


So as everyone awaits the results, whether it’s ‘red tide’ or not, let’s take a look back at what happened last year.

Following that plague of sewage last year from West Palm Beach as was reported by Tony Doris (see below) then came more breaking news from Kimberly Miller, “Icky brown waters off Palm Beach County concern tourism leaders”.
 

In October/November 2017 Palm Beach County
was in full-blown crisis mode.


Why? Because of an approaching hurricane? No. It was because of noticeably brown ocean water off the coast of Jupiter to Boca Raton and was especially evident off the beaches of the Town of Palm Beach. Tourism leaders sounded the alarm. Government leaders at the local and County level were demanding answers.

That this was all happening at the beginning of the tourism season couldn’t have possibly been worse timing. The fear was our annual migration of Snowbirds from the northeast and Canada would find somewhere else to go. Our entire Winter tourist season was on the brink of being severely impacted.

So the question is, what’s to stop this from happening again? This quote may provide some answers as we approach another tourism and Snowbird Season beginning next month.

“A local newspaper is really a public trust [emphasis added], part of the fabric of the whole community.”

Timothy D. Burke, “Mission of Post, Shiny Sheet will not change” (both of these newspapers were sold to Gatehouse Media on May 1st this year; November 1st will mark 6 months under new ownership).


Where did all that brown water come from the public wanted to know. There were theories.

As reported by Palm Beach Post reporter Tony Doris on Oct. 31st, 2017 in an article titled, “Rains cause 1.2 million-gallon overflow at West Palm sewage plant” was there a connection to the “Icky brown waters” off the beaches of Palm Beach County? In a Letter to the Editor that was published shortly afterward a resident of West Palm Beach wondered following the news report by Doris:


[D]oes this recent sewage spill have anything to do with last week’s health department closing of county beaches from Jupiter to Boca Raton, the entire Palm Beach County shoreline, due to elevated bacteria levels of “unknown” origin?


Here are two excerpts from Post reporter Kimberly Miller’s article datelined November 14th, two weeks after the news from Doris:


The topaz-blue waters off Palm Beach County have had more noticeably brown days this fall – an opaque sea of tea that is less inviting and even dangerous as high bacteria levels have forced a handful of temporary no-swimming orders.

and. . .

     “I’m seeing a polluted coastline from Jupiter to I don’t know how far south,” said Jack Corrick, a Singer Island resident. “Visitors are starting to come back and if people won’t go in the water, it would be a quick death for us.” [emphasis added]


Should the Town of Palm Beach be worried about the water supply and sewage spills?

Another question, should that town seriously consider getting its drinking water supply from the City of Lake Worth instead of from West Palm Beach? Below is another Letter to the Editor published in the Post following the news from Miller and Doris with the headline, “Sewage spill shows serious problem” written by Anne Kuhl of West Palm Beach:


Re: “Rain causes 1.2 million-gallon overflow at West Palm sewage plant” reporting that Tropical Storm Philippe caused a sewage spill of 1.2 million gallons at the West Palm Beach regional sewage treatment plant.
     With the sewage plant’s location off Roebuck Road just east of the Florida Turnpike and at the edge of the city’s main water supply, the Grassy Waters Preserve, the city’s wastewater operation appears to be a serious threat to its own public water supply. [emphasis added]
     With this major sewage spill and the sewage worker’s drowning death at this same plant, it would seem that all the millions of dollars the city has spent to stop the State Road 7 extension would be better spent repairing and improving their own sewage treatment plant. Instead, a city commissioner chooses to blame the spill on climate change.
     Additionally, I just have to wonder out loud, does this recent sewage spill have anything to do with last week’s health department closing of county beaches from Jupiter to Boca Raton, the entire Palm Beach County shoreline, due to elevated bacteria levels of “unknown” origin?


If this issue is of grave concern to you try contacting someone on the staff at the Post or take the time and write your own Letter to the Editor. Click on this link to learn how.

College Park neighborhood meeting today at The Beach Club.


Where is the College Park neighborhood
in the City of Lake Worth?


Find out later in this blog post and more information as well about this neighborhood.

The monthly College Park Neighborhood Assoc. (CPNA) meeting will begin at 6:30. The Beach Club is located at #1 7th Ave. South,

“[I]n the beautiful Old Florida Charm of the Lake Worth Golf Course. . . . We are open to the public. No membership is required to enjoy one of Lake Worth’s hidden jewels!”

The Beach Club will have their full menu and bar available to everyone at the meeting tomorrow.

Some of the items on the agenda will be a guest speaker to answer questions about the City’s new recycling program, the upcoming Halloween Block Party and ideas for a future fundraiser. For the CPNA website click on this link and there is also a Facebook page.

What exactly are the borders of the College Park neighborhood within the greater Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council?


Good question!

This historic neighborhood in the City extends from Dixie Hwy. east to the Lake Worth Lagoon and north from Wellesley Drive (north side of street) to the C-51 Canal which includes the City’s Spillway Park. The C-51 Canal, by the way, is the historical border between the City of Lake Worth and our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach.


Click on image to enlarge:

“The College Park subdivision was created by plats filed between December 1924 and May 1925. Edgewood Realty Co. of West Palm Beach opened the College Park development.”


College Park within the six-square-mile City of Lake Worth is, “Between the Dixie and the Lake, South of the Palm Beach Canal”:

The “Dixie” is now a major thoroughfare (U.S. 1; Dixie Hwy.), the freshwater “Lake” is now the Intracoastal and “the Palm Beach Canal” is now the C-51 Canal managed by the South Florida Water Management District.


The C-51 Canal will be undergoing major changes in the near future on both sides of the canal — in the City of Lake Worth and in the City of West Palm Beach too — in addition to the future Blueway Trail project bypassing the S-155 Spillway structure, creating more access for the public between the Inland Chain of Lakes and the Intracoastal (Lake Worth Lagoon).


Back to the CPNA. . .


Our goal is to protect and improve the neighborhood by building strong relationships among neighbors, our neighborhood merchants, our City government, local law enforcement [PBSO] and other neighborhood associations throughout the City of Lake Worth.

Why is this neighborhood called College Park?

Unique to College Park is the naming of each street after prominent American colleges and universities. From Wellesley to Maryland; from Holy Cross to Vanderbilt, and from Carolina to Notre Dame.

About one of the College Park neighborhood’s biggest challenges. . .


A vacant eyesore which could be a nice addition to the neighborhood when it finally catches the eye of a developer some day. That empty lot on one of our major thoroughfares entering the City — actually made up of three lots on the east side of Dixie which include 2302, 2314, and 2318 N. Dixie Hwy. — was once a thriving part of this region in coastal Central Palm Beach County:


The former Patio Coffee Shop.

Across the street from the Patio (at 2401 N. Dixie Hwy.) is where the former Park Avenue BBQ once stood.

Where the Park Avenue BBQ was is now a parking lot for World Thrift, a very nice parking lot, it’s nicely landscaped and kept clean and tidy. Unlike the unkempt lots on the east side of Dixie Hwy.


Those empty lots which make up the frontage of an entire block are in the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district. It was once a popular destination for residents and visitors just like World Thrift is today here in this City. Having a parking lot on the west side of Dixie isn’t my dream for that location but World Thrift is a very good neighbor. They keep their parking lot clean and well lit up at night in addition to the new signage. A very big improvement.

Who would have thought when World Thrift opened it would attract so many customers from the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach too?

And hopefully some day soon that vacant block on the east side of Dixie Hwy., on one of our major thoroughfares entering this City of Lake Worth, will once again become a destination.

And maybe even a place where the CPNA can hold meetings in the future, a prominent place actually located in the College Park neighborhood.