Saturday, October 13, 2018

Concerned about water releases into estuaries from Lake Okeechobee? Ever heard of the C-43 reservoir?

The C-43 (and another project in the works called the C-44) are two more tools in the toolbox to fix a problem: Reducing or eliminating flows from Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers west into the Caloosahatachee River and east into the St. Lucie River.

Learn more about the C-43 reservoir below, a project to the west in Hendry County. Now to a reminder. . .

For everyone who thinks that constructing a new $1.5B reservoir in Palm Beach County is a higher priority than fortifying the Herbert Hoover Dike that keeps Lake Okeechobee in check:

The nightmare scenario south of Lake Okeechobee: the Herbert Hoover Dike failing.

Few want to even think about this possibility just because it is so horrifying. Critics in northern PBC and in Martin County using that old tired mantra ‘Send Water South’ want another reservoir constructed south of the lake to store water in emergencies. This is called the “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” scenario.

But there are cities and communities south of the lake too. And any future reservoir capable of storing so much water is far off from being operational (at minimum a decade) and will cost at a minimum $1 to 1.5B — that’s ‘B’ as in billion — and that’s just an educated guess. To read about the “nightmare scenario” and more information click on this link.

What follows is a blog post from yesterday, news about another reservoir here in South Florida, a project the press and news media should be educating and informing the public about.

A project that will actually work.

How much do you know about the C-43 water storage reservoir?

And why projects like this and others will make another reservoir in Palm Beach County completely unnecessary and a waste of public money.

The C-43 is just another in a line of projects first proposed many years ago that are finally coming to fruition that will provide relief in times of a water crisis like what happened this year and in 2016 as well. Some are projects that had to be shelved after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when all dams, reservoirs, levees and water control structures needed to be inspected, brought up to modern standards, and new and future projects facing much stricter planning, more robust and stable methods of construction.

Along with all the projects north of Lake Okeechobee to store more water, deep injection wells, the fortifying of the Herbert Hoover Dike and pledges by those in Washington, D.C. to provide the funding and reduce the constraints in the system that stop water from moving south, well, there will be no need for that massive $1.5B reservoir in Palm Beach County that will need an additional $100M+ in maintenance every year as well.

All those who support another reservoir in PBC are hoping for other reasons as well. They are hoping the federal government will help pay for it, the so-called 50/50 split. Who will pay for the maintenance every year? No one knows. 

From page 111 of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) agenda at the monthly meeting of the Governing Board held yesterday (Oct. 11th) is this information from “Resolution No. 2018-1017”:

District [SFWMD] desires to award a construction contract for the C-43 Reservoir; an earthfill dam with total perimeter length of approximately 16.3 miles and a separator dam of 2.8 miles in length separating the reservoir into two cells. The Reservoir will encompass approximately 10,000 acres and will store 170,000 acre-feet of water when full . . . This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption. PASSED and ADOPTED this 11th day of October, 2018. 

The C-43 reservoir will be located in the
“Lower West Coast
” region.

Click on image to enlarge:

Question: How many of you reading this have ever heard about the C-44 reservoir in the press and news media? But more about that at a later time.

Learn more about the C-43 Reservoir project below. Unlike a reservoir proposed for Palm Beach County that may happen in a decade or so — might solve the problems such as blue-green algae in the St. Lucie River and estuary and a project some people hope will work — the C-43 reservoir is a project actually moving forward. See the memorandum below from the SFWMD meeting yesterday.

And please take note!

The message has changed. No more “bumper sticker” solutions to serious problems. The mantra ‘Send Water South’ has been replaced by words that actually mean something:

“Send Money South!”

A message that means send the funding south from Washington, D.C., addressing the bureaucratic constraints, and complete projects and fund others in the planning phase that will successfully move more water from north of Lake Okeechobee to the south and serve all sixteen counties and the waters that will then flow into tide at Florida Bay at the southern end of Everglades National Park.

Without further ado . . . to the memorandum from last Thursday’s meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board:


To: Governing Board Members

From: John P. Mitnik, Chief Engineer [from Executive Management; for “How We’re Organized” click on this link]

Date: October 11, 2018

Subject: C-43 Reservoir Package 4 Civil Works Prequalified Short-List Approval

Agenda Item Background:

As part of CERP [Central Everglades Restoration Plan], the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir, located in Hendry County, will store 170,000 acre-feet of water when full. The District issued a 2-part solicitation to identify contractors qualified to construct the dam and specific major features of work. The first part of the solicitation requested statements of qualifications and bonding capacity. The District reviewed the qualifications submitted to determine whether the Respondents are responsive and responsible by verification of references from representative projects to confirm they have the minimum qualifications and experience as requested in this Solicitation. Upon completion of the contract specifications and drawings, short-listed firms will receive a request from the District to submit a price in the second step of this two-step solicitation process.

Core Mission and Strategic Priorities:

The C-43 Reservoir Package 4 Civil Works Project supports the District’s core mission of ecosystem restoration.

Funding Source:

The project will be funded through Save Our Everglades and Land Acquisition Trust Funds and is eligible for cost crediting by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Project Partnership Agreement.

End of memorandum.

To learn more about the South Florida Water Management District and the other four (4) water management districts in Florida click on this link.

And remember, the mantra “Send Water South” has been replaced by “Send Money South!” from Washington, D.C. to fund projects already in progress and other projects that are actually in the planning phase.

Worth Another Look. A policy shift: Very big development in suburban Lake Worth (west/southwest of City limits).

The editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post have acknowledged that region called “suburban Lake Worth”.

And also below is news about another big development as well.

The upcoming 17th Annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament benefiting Lake Worth High School will be held exactly two week from today: On Saturday, October 27th. More information, e.g., how to get tickets and directions to this event are later in this blog post.

Also below is very important information for those of you who missed that huge policy change at the Post — a ‘paper of record’ based here in Central Palm Beach County (CPBC) — the formal recognition from the editor(s) acknowledging that area outside the municipal limits of the City of Lake Worth as “suburban Lake Worth”. It took a very long time. But it finally happened on the editorial page. Read more about that below.

However, it should be noted that many reporters are very diligent when reporting about incidents in the City of Lake Worth and indicating clearly those that have occurred outside the City limits in suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth. For example, there are reporters Olivia Hitchcock, Julius Whigham, Alexandra Seltzer, Jorge Milian, Chelsea Todaro, R.E. Denty et al. that do a very good job informing the public. And many of you will recall this blog post, “About an incident in ‘suburban Lake Worth’ by reporter Meryl Kornfield.”

It’s ironic that in the past, for many decades this City was just ‘good ole Lake Worth’ to so many old-timers, reporters, satirists, and editors at the Post who poked fun at this town and reporting false news about the crime rate too. Now, for example, when you read the Real Estate section in the Post every new community outside this City and others trying to rebrand their image want to be “in Lake Worth”.

Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell said last March prior to the municipal elections,

“Thirty years ago when I came to Palm Beach County and needed a place to live the first three things people told me was: ‘Don’t go to Lake Worth. Stay away from Lake Worth. Avoid Lake Worth like the plague.’ I didn’t take their advice. I’m glad I didn’t take their advice.”

You see, once people were told to avoid this City like the plague. Now everyone wants to get in.

Before we proceed you will be interested to know that below is information about the upcoming Dollars for Scholars annual event benefiting Lake Worth High, also information about golf courses, Australian pines, and also find out how to contact an agent for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Horticulture Dept. if you have any questions about plants and trees.

Whew! This blog post must be a very long one. Actually no. It’s a pretty quick read.

So you must be wondering, when did the editor(s) at the Post finally officially acknowledge the existence of suburban Lake Worth, that area west of our City of Lake Worth? It finally happened two months ago, August 9th, 2018 in the Sunday print edition on p. A9 under the banner, “Opinion: The Debate Starts Here”. An excerpt from the opinion headlined, “Workforce housing a bad fit for Fountains”:

A development of this type will impact not only the residents of The Fountains (and they will surely bear the brunt of this planned housing) but all the surrounding property owners. There are several “over-55” communities within this area of suburban Lake Worth [see image below], The Fountains being one of the finest.

The Fountains is located south of Lake Worth Rd. and east of the Florida Turnpike (note the north-south roadway with interchange).

Click on image to enlarge:

Nearby, west of the Turnpike, is the location where Barbie the little horse was viciously slaughtered by a roaming pack of coyotes. At the end of this blog post is a map of coastal Central Palm Beach County where the actual City of Lake Worth is located. To date, no coyotes have been reported in the City.

Other than the occasional news reports about coyotes and other mayhem it’s not very exciting out in suburban Lake Worth communities but they do have some special amenities for the ‘over-55’ set at The Fountains. For example, they have not one, not two, but three (3) private golf courses. The little coastal City of Lake Worth has a municipal public golf course as well. For example, Wellington-based golf writer Mike May reported:

I am the correspondent who wrote the story about the Lake Worth Golf Club which appears on the wall in City Hall.

and. . .

     While golfers in Palm Beach County, Florida have access to a number of well-known, nicely manicured layouts such as Emerald Dunes, Madison Green, Osprey Point, and PGA National, one of the forgotten “gems” is actually one of the oldest golf courses in the area — Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club.

About the private golf courses at The Fountains,

“It’s an old-Florida-style course with a lot of tall Australian pines [emphasis added] . . . There are a lot of long par 4s on the North Course, but there’s not much water or forced carryovers.”

Whilst on the topic of invasive non-native Australian pine, “Because of its aggressive growth rate, never plant Australian pine trees. . . . Possession of Australian pine with the intent to sell or plant is illegal in Florida without a special permit.”

If you would like more information about horticulture, and about the Australian pine specifically in Palm Beach County, contact Laurie Albrecht, an Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent by clicking on this link, call 561-233-1748 or send an email to:

And lastly, on the topic of golf courses and “suburban Lake Worth” is news about the upcoming 17th Annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament benefiting Lake Worth High School at Palm Beach National Golf Club on October 27th. The address for this golf club is 7500 St. Andrews Rd. in suburban Lake Worth.

To learn more about this Dollars for Scholars event and about the question “Was Commissioner Scott Maxwell a visionary, ahead of his time back in 2012?”, click on this link.

And who knows, maybe next year’s 18th annual Dollars for Scholars event will actually be held in this City of Lake Worth! Here is information for the organizers of that annual benefit for Lake Worth High School, a public school that is actually located in this City:

Thank You for visiting today and a special thanks to the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post for finally officially acknowledging that place west of our City of Lake Worth called suburban Lake Worth. After reading this and you are interested in learning more about this little City here is a short video (please note: the “over-55” set is well represented):

And as promised. . .

Map of the coastal region
in Central Palm Beach County:

A little perspective. On a good day it’s about a 25–30 minute drive from the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course to The Fountains. And then another 25–30 minute drive back. For tee times at the Lake Worth Golf Club in the City of Lake Worth call 561-582-9713.

Who is still talking and getting all worked up about tattoo parlors in the L-Dub?

Remember back over the Summer when some tried to stir up all kinds of trouble about tattoo parlors?

Three months ago the biggest and top business news about the City of Lake Worth was not about tattoo parlors. Not even close. Whilst that tail was getting wagged in the L-Dub the movers and shakers and consumers of business news were reading real estate journals like The Real Deal.

Below is business news in South Florida, news
about a sometimes mythical place called
the “Park of Commerce”.

How big was that news? From one business news source about that place west of I-95 off Boutwell Rd.? Very big. Read the news below from The Real Deal, one of the top sources for business news in South Florida. By the way, when The Palm Beach Post ignores this business news you know it’s big.

Whether or not another tattoo parlor opens up Downtown is very good news for the press, TV news, ‘kicks’ and social media clicks. But in only a few days it was on to the next ‘shiny object’. Yes, later on there was some grandstanding at a City board and then at a City Commission too but the press and media by then had moved on. Tattoo parlors were an old, tired story.

What happens in the City’s POC will impact this City for decades to come. What happens in the POC may very well lower your millage rate. Some day a company supplying tattoo parlors with equipment and ink could open up in the POC and then no one will care a whit any longer how many tattoo parlors this City has. How many employees does the typical tattoo parlor employ?

For those of you who missed this news. . .

From The Real Deal, “South Florida Real Estate News”:

Headline: “Game manufacturer buys Lake Worth building for Florida HQ”

Three excerpts from this news story:

Benchmark Games International just purchased its new Florida headquarters in Lake Worth for $8.25 million, only a few months after the seller paid $5.35 million for the property.
     A company managed by real estate developer and aircraft industry investor Robert G. Fessler sold the 72,000-square-foot warehouse at 2201 Fourth Avenue North for about $115 per square foot.

and. . .

Benchmark Games manufactures and exports coin-operated gaming machines and ticket dispensers around the world. In April 2017, the Belgian skill crane manufacturer, Elaut, bought the company. Benchmark Games will be moving from its 55,680-square-foot location at 51 Hypoluxo Road.

final paragraph. . .

     Palm Beach County’s industrial market is less active than in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but still recording big deals in Lake Worth. [emphasis added] Last year, the Silverman Group paid $30.7 million for two industrial buildings in the city. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the Lake Worth property as the company’s new headquarters. It will be the new regional headquarters.

Click on this link to read the entire article in The Real Deal.

Do you know where the POC is located? Click on this link for a map and much more information.

Whilst on the topic of the City’s POC, below is an eight-second video of the groundbreaking last March heralding in the new infrastructure and road construction along Boutwell Rd.

[L–R: Commissioners Herman C. Robinson (District 4) and Omari Hardy (District 2), Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell (District 1), and City Manager Michael Bornstein. Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso (District 3) was out of town on City business.]

Enjoy the video!

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Palm Beaches Marathon: A 26.2 mile race that has yet to reach its potential.

The Palm Beaches Marathon falls on Sunday, December 2nd this year. This full marathon, the 26.2 mile race route has been improved. But not by much.

And for residents and business owners in this City of Lake Worth that’s where you come in. Start lobbying now for a better presence and a better stage for our City in the race next year and years beyond. Our City deserves an equal seat at the table.

The Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon this year. They said it wasn’t “town-serving”. Our City of Lake Worth needs to demand this annual race serve our City better than it has in the past. How many in the public and those in the running community even know part of the full 26.2 mile marathon goes through this little City?

The City neighborhoods included in the race are listed below. All areas east of Dixie Hwy. and the runners will not even get one single glimpse of the Lake Worth Lagoon off the shores of our City of Lake Worth. Runners will see a lot of the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach though. Ironic. It’s not called the West Palm Beach Lagoon for a reason.

Question: Did you know of all the types of races in the Palm Beaches Marathon event lineup (there are several of different length and skill level), the biggest and by far the most popular is the 26.2 mile race called a full marathon as opposed to a half marathon and other shorter races.

Organizers hope this annual event will some day rise to the level of the Boston and New York marathons.

But for this City the full marathon is basically race infill. Race designers picking the streets and turns to make it exactly 26.2 miles. The race does not make it to the Casino at the Beach. The race does not make it to either of our iconic Downtown streets: Lake and Lucerne avenues. The race doesn’t even come close to the Cultural Plaza. How sad.

Remember, this year the Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon. Their elected leaders called it not “town-serving”. That’s right. Rejected. Get out of town.

So what are residents, business and restaurant owners in this City of Lake Worth to do? Here are several ideas:

Start contacting the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, your elected leaders here in the City of Lake Worth, and the good folks at LULA Lake Worth Arts and tell them you want the 2019 Palm Beaches Marathon to be more “town-serving” for our City.

Once again. The upcoming full Palm Beaches Marathon race in December will not make it to Lake Ave. or over the Robert Harris Bridge to the Lake Worth Casino either. But this year’s race will make it to just a few blocks north of Lake Ave. into the Parrot Cove neighborhood before the turnaround.

Other Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) neighborhoods included in the course this year:

Briefly, before we proceed, a bit more information about the NAPC:

Note there are a total of sixteen (16) neighborhoods in the NAPC. For the color-coded geographic information system (GIS) map of all neighborhoods click on this link. The NAPC is also on Facebook; to contact the NAPC send an email to:

And, of course, the motto of the NAPC is:

“Our Neighborhoods Have Boundaries.

Our Commitment To Each Other Does Not.”

More background about the
Palm Beaches Marathon.

What happened in the Town of Palm Beach this year? Why did they reject the race?

How we got to this point starting off with the news in the Palm Beach Daily News.

Last August organizers of this marathon had a glimmer of hope the Town of Palm Beach would allow the race to enter the town according to journalist William Kelly at the Shiny Sheet. But those hopes were dashed on August 15th.

Deputy Town [of Palm Beach] Manager Jay Boodheshwar said marathon organizers must meet several conditions to receive a special event permit from the council that would allow bringing the marathon into town. Councilman Lew Crampton suggested last week that marathon organizers make a donation to the town in return for being able to bring the race here. [emphasis added]

and. . .

     “It’s not in the interest, I think, of our residents,” Lindsay [Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay] said. “It’s a small town, it’s quiet, they’re here to have peace and quiet … it’s a drain on our police and also the rest of our staff.”

Here is more news from reporter Ian Cohen at the Shiny Sheet, more excerpts:

The Town Council on Wednesday [8/15] voted 4-1 to reject a permit request by the marathon’s managing director, Kenneth Kennerly, to allow the annual race to run through about 1.2 miles of town.

and. . .

     “It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving. The president [U.S. President Donald Trump] will be in town,” Moore [Council President Danielle Moore] said. “This would just be another piece of a very complicated weekend in Palm Beach. It causes me great consternation to think about the things that could possibly go wrong.”

The City of Lake Worth in December 2017 was used as part of the full 26.2 mile Palm Beaches Marathon with runners racing through neighborhoods. But there were complaints.

Why not come up with better route to show off our Downtown and attract more visitors and tourists? Fill up our restaurants and shops?

The Lake Worth Tropical Triathlon every year uses the Robert Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge and the Casino as part of the course for runners. So why can’t the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon find a route to include our Casino in this City?

In 2017 it was sort of like the organizers tweaked the race to make it exactly 26.2 miles and that was our City’s only role. The stars of the show, of course, were the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

About the race last year from the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon:

“We [2017 Palm Beaches Marathon] have worked to improve the course from previous years, in order to make the route the best and most scenic as possible. The Marathon course will be a Boston Qualifier, and fast, flat and beautiful. For the first time in the event’s 14 year history we will be crossing into the Town of Palm Beach!”

Below is the Lake Worth leg of the
2017 full marathon race.

Click on image to enlarge:

Full marathon runners in 2017 entered the City, headed east on Duke Dr., then south on Lakeside Drive to 10th Ave. North. and then at the turn exiting the City on Federal Hwy.

In this year’s race runners will head seven blocks further south prior to the turnaround. To see the 2018 map of the full marathon race click on this link.

The Palm Beaches Marathon in 2019?

Make your voice heard! Further on over the bridge to the Lake Worth Casino!

Last month from editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post: “West Palm wrong to ignore traffic concerns with One Flagler”.

So how much has changed since the editor(s) at the Post hammered the elected leadership in West Palm Beach? Not much it would appear. Like most editorials in the Post after two or three days no one remembers what they wrote anyhow.

The editorial published in the Post on September 18th was a year too late; if it was published instead in September 2017 it would have made more of an impact. But it wasn’t.

Do you recall the public meeting held in May 2017 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center about the traffic situation in West Palm? Learn more about that meeting below, the attendees and a list of videos.

Many of you reading this blog post today will find the following excerpt interesting:

The May 22 [2017] meeting was called by West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shannon Materio, Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard. Conspicuously absent was West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, who called the gathering “a distraction.”
Excerpt from Post editorial headlined, “To fix Okeechobee Blvd, leaders must pull in same direction” datelined May 31st, 2017; published one year, three months and nineteen days ago.

From May 2017 on this blog, “Public Discussion about Our Traffic”, held in West Palm Beach.

Below is the list of speakers and
links to videos as well.

From the program:

“How did we get here? Traffic congestion used to be a topic of discussion when talking about Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, but West Palm Beach? This panel discussion will help us understand the contributing factors that got us where we are today, and if we do nothing, will we become one big megatropolis from West Palm Beach to Miami.”

and. . .

“We were reminded again by former West Palm Beach Mayor Graham [1991–1999] that a vision had been in place when she was in office — she thinks that has since been lost — the city she thought needs a vision so developers and city officials don’t make decisions ‘willy nilly’.”

“Getting from Point A . . .
to Point B”.

Click on image to enlarge:

To read more about this “Public Discussion”
in May 2017 click on this link.

Hosted by Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio, West Palm Beach Commissioner Shanon Materio, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard. Moderator: Dana Little (see video below).

Featured speakers:

  • Jorge Pesquera, CEO, Discover the Palm Beaches.
  • Nancy Graham, former Mayor of West Palm Beach.
  • Verdenia Baker, Administrator, Palm Beach County.
  • Michael Busha, [Former] Executive Director, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.
  • Ali Soule, Director of Public Affairs, Brightline.
  • John Renne, Director, Professor, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, FAU.
  • Tom Bradford, Town Manager, Town of Palm Beach.
  • George T. Webb, P.E., County Engineer, Palm Beach County.
  • Mark Press, Operations Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation, District 4.
  • Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Organization [formerly the Metropolitan Planning Organization].
  • Clinton Forbes, Executive Director, Palm Tran.
  • Juan Mullerat, Design Director, Plusurbia.

There are 5 videos of this event in total, this one is #4 titled, “Tomorrow Land” moderated by Dana Little, Land Planner at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council:

To watch the other videos from this event:

Hope you found this blog post informative. And, as always, Thank You for visiting today.

Ventusky. The most amazing weather website/app you’ll ever use.

A few days prior to Hurricane Irma last year stumbled across the most incredible weather websites ever called Ventusky.

You’ll never look at TV and press weather reports in the same way ever again. Ventusky is a,
“. . . [C]ombination of two words. The first is Latin word, Ventus, means wind, the second is English word, Sky.”

You can customize Ventusky to your liking for the time of day, shows estimated wind speed, waves, etc. You can choose what you want to see on the left side of the page using various tabs. It will ask to follow your location (“Search for location. . .”) and works on mobile devices as well.

Once you enter your location into Ventusky (e.g., your zip code) you’ll be blown away (pardon the pun):

The Ventusky web application has been developed for you at our company, InMeteo, in collaboration with Marek Mojzík and Martin Prantl. We are a Czech meteorological company based in Pilsen. At our company, we focus on weather prediction and meteorological data visualisation. We have a wealth of experience in presenting weather data from our portal, In-počasí, which was founded in 2006 and is now one of the highest-traffic servers in the Czech Republic.”

This weather application is really amazing and encourage you to share it with all your friends and family.

“Gee Wiz, Mabel! What happened to our tree in the backyard? It’s gone!”

Below are excerpts from an excellent news article in the Sun Sentinel by reporter Marci Shatzman headlined, “Some stunned to see tree-free canal banks as they’re cleared for storm season”.

This news from Shatzman is about the Lake Worth Drainage District (learn more about that water district below) and a thing called an “easement”. If you own, live in property, or own a business along a canal or waterway and think you have control over that property all the way to the water line, well, think again. You better check first to see who controls that canal. Because that tree, or shed, or boat dock you enjoy so much may disappear some day and there is little or nothing you can do to stop it.

Without further ado, the news in the Sun Sentinel:

Workers are removing trees, foliage and other items lining South Florida’s canal banks — concerned a hurricane could knock them into the water and pose a flood hazard.
     Hurricane season began June 1. And the Lake Worth Drainage District, which manages 500 miles of canals across Palm Beach County, is removing trees and woods or anything else that could topple into waterways. [emphasis added] There are 29 projects underway in several cities from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach to clear canal banks.

and. . .

     In 2015, the Lake Worth Drainage District completed an inventory of its canals and identified about 180 miles of district-owned land that was “encumbered with nuisance vegetation and other encroachments,” said Rosemary Rayman, in charge of the district’s public information and outreach.
     The district has cleared about 55 miles of canals so far, removing anything encroaching on district-owned land. Cities “could be impacted if a nearby drainage canal is blocked by a fallen tree or debris,” Rayman said.

“Mabel, our shed is gone too! Get the mayor on the phone, quick!”

Calling a public official to complain about the Lake Worth Drainage District may make you feel better but clearing the easements along canals to make certain your city, town, village or unincorporated area in Palm Beach County does not flood in Hurricane Season (or a major storm event) is the top priority. Just one tree falling across a canal, restricting the flow of water has the potential to flood an entire region in this County.

Just like roads and highways must remain clear during major storm events, the same is true for canals. The LWDD needs access to canals and waterways at all times. In emergencies there is little time for a bucket truck, chipper, and a crew with chainsaws to make certain the water flows out to tide as it should.

Now for residents of coastal Central Palm Beach County, more information that may interest you. For example, ever heard of the Blueway Trail?

First, briefly, how water flows out to tide. . .

Find out how the LWDD system of canals is all connected to lakes (e.g., Lake Osborne), the C-51 Canal (between the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach), and the water that then flows into the Intracoastal (Lake Worth Lagoon) and how these waterway networks all connect with an exciting project that is 3–4 years off called the Blueway Trail.

To “Follow” the LWDD on Twitter use this link.
Some cities in Central PBC are entirely within the
district, but not the entire City of Lake Worth:

To view the LWDD “Conveyances Web Mapuse this link: see the district boundaries and what is controlled by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) as well.

Contrary to what many believe, there is a small area of the City of Lake Worth within the LWDD — west of I-95 along the E-4 (Keller) Canal — and one of those areas is the City’s Park of Commerce. Below you’ll see how this all relates to future exciting projects to enhance tourism and ecotourism and attract more businesses to this region (see video below).

Further north in the City (see image below) you can see where the E-4 Canal meets the C-51 Canal, a waterway which is controlled by SFWMD. The E-4 Canal connects to Lake Osborne, goes north and intersects with the C-51. However, this area is not within the LWDD.

The thin blue line is the E-4 Canal; the thick blue line is the eastern LWDD boundary. Note these in relation to Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 1) and Federal Hwy. further east.

Water from canals such as the E-4 flows to the C-51 and then into the Intracoastal past the S-155 “Spillway” structure.

Now back to the LWDD, use this link for their website, an excerpt:

South Florida is fortunate to receive over 50 inches of rainfall a year on average. Most of that amount is concentrated during the 6-month rainy season (May–October). While much of the runoff from these rains is discharged to the ocean to avoid flooding, a significant amount soaks into the ground and recharges the freshwater aquifers that supply our drinking water wellfields, lakes and wetlands.

and. . .

Without adequate drainage, human health and safety would be jeopardized and extensive property damage could occur. Similarly, if regional groundwater levels were not properly maintained, wellfields would be unable to deliver water to homes and businesses and the underground inland migration of salt water from the ocean could permanently contaminate the drinking water supply rendering it unsafe for potable uses.

Now you get a better idea how the canal systems all work together in relation to the “Inland Chain of Lakes” and the Intracoastal and the future Blueway Trail “Creating Access for All”:

The vision for the Chain of Lakes Blueway Trail experience is to finally link Palm Beach County waterways by providing two-way access for small boats and non-motorized watercraft between the Chain of Lakes, Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway, which is just a few hundred yards away. In Palm Beach County, 80 percent of registered small boats meet this criteria – and that doesn’t include the thousands of kayakers, paddleboarders, canoers and others who use the local waterways every year.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Today at 5:30. City of Lake Worth’s Tree Board meets in City Hall.

Below is more information about the Tree Board and information oft-posted on this blog: “Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma” last year.

Whilst on the topic of trees and power lines:

Public education and getting ready for
next “monster storm”.

Two short quotes. . .

“We have a lot of trees here,” said Lauren Nash, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, a city that has half of its land mass covered by canopy.
     “In terms of those trees, 100 mph can very easily uproot, break, snap, take down trees. Even healthy trees, that [wind] can knock them down.” [emphasis added]

Excerpt. News by reporter Ashley White at Tallahassee Democrat datelined Oct. 10th, 2018 headlined, “Tallahassee: ‘A city that loves trees’ will be tested by Hurricane Michael, barrage of wind”.

from last year. . .

“It appeared to me that most of the damage during the recent storm [Hurricane Irma] was done by falling trees and tree branches. But with few exceptions, palms were not the problem. Hardwood trees were.”

Excerpt from letter to editor(s) published in Palm Beach Post, Sept. 23rd, 2017 by Mr. Jack Lippman of Boynton Beach sourced in blog post titled, “Lessons learned: About predictions, frequency and strength of hurricanes every year.”

If the topic of storms, trees and power lines is a major concern of yours consider becoming a volunteer for the City of Lake Worth’s Tree Board:

Tree Board establishes policy and provides standards within the City Landscape Ordinance for tree preservation. Policy includes educational materials (proper planting, pruning, and insect and disease control), permit guidelines, and City tree sale program.

and. . .

Meeting schedule: Second Thursday of each month at 5:30, City Hall Conference Room. The staff liaison is David McGrew, the City’s Horticulturist: 561-586-1677; email:

What follows is more information from a blog post titled, “Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma” posted shortly after that massive storm last year and also below is more very timely information on the topic of trees, power lines, mobile homes and shipping containers too.

A lot of people think shipping containers are a safe place during major storms and hurricanes. Not true.

Use this link for a MUST READ article by Post reporter Susan Salisbury titled, “After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters” and from FP&L about “Trees and Power Lines”: 

  • Find the right tree. “Before selecting your tree, make sure you know how tall, wide and deep it will be at maturity, and whether it’s a problem tree.
  • Choose the right spot. “At maturity, will your trees’ canopy reach the overhead lines?
  • Work safely. “Whether you’re planting a tree, preparing your property for storm season or picking fruit, remember to stay safe and stay far away from power lines at all times.

Without further ado: Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Preparing for the next hurricane or major
storm in the City of Lake Worth and elsewhere
in Central PBC.

Some of the big issues post-Hurricane Irma were trees too close to power lines on private property, vegetation (overgrowth), mobile homes, and other unsafe structures such as shipping containers. All of these issues need to be looked at thoroughly in the wake of Irma.

Below are excerpts from two articles in The Palm Beach Post, one by reporters Julius Whigham II and Sarah Peters and the other by Jane Musgrave.

Residential tree trimming and vegetation removal near power lines is key in Hurricane Season. Below are excerpts from an article titled, “Downed tree limbs, not destroyed structures, marks Irma’s passage” by Post reporter Musgrave:

     Power remains out for roughly 500,000 county residents and another 3 million customers in Florida Power & Light’s 35-county coverage area.
     With some traffic lights still out at some intersections, electric lines down and some roads blocked by downed trees, [emphasis added] county officials ordered a curfew from dawn to dusk.

and. . .

     Likewise, tree limbs homeowners are dragging to the street won’t disappear anytime soon. Trucks operated by haulers who are expected to flood in from out of state have to be certified to collect the debris, said Willie Puz, a spokesman for the county’s Solid Waste Authority.
     Trucks will begin picking up yard waste on Thursday but it could take weeks before the mountains of vegetation disappears, he said. This past year’s near hit by Hurricane Matthew generated a whopping 95,000 cubic yards of garbage and yard trash — an amount likely to be far eclipsed by Irma, he said.

On the issue of mobile homes, a lot of people were and are surprised to learn how many mobile home units there are in the City of Lake Worth. However, mobile home communities are a relic of the past and one by one are replaced by housing built to the current and updated building codes.

On this topic is a news article titled, “Hurricane Irma: Mobile-home park residents board up, seek safer ground” by reporters Peters and Whigham, an excerpt:

     At the Long Lake Village Mobile Home Park in suburban West Palm Beach, several homes were boarded up. Marty Jackson, one of its residents, said he is planning to stay with his daughter at her Boynton Beach condo.
     “You pretty much have to (evacuate) living in a mobile home,” he said. “I did stay one year and I said, ‘Hmm. After that I’ll leave.’ If you listen to all the hype, it’s going to be bad, but I’ve been here all my life and came through every one that came through.”
     At The Meadows in Palm Beach Gardens, a young man was debating whether to ride out the hurricane in a mobile home he renovated and moved into in December. The home is on a lake, which was mostly drained, but close to the Intracoastal Waterway, he said. His other option is a friend’s house in Jupiter.
     He decided to forgo shutters or plywood because Home Depot was out of stock, and he figured that would do little to protect the house, especially if the hurricane takes the roof off.

Lastly, on the issue of shipping containers. . .

“Perhaps this could be replicated here in Lake Worth? Let people live in shipping containers?”

There’s just one problem, as was first pointed out on this blog in 2015, a blog post titled, “Airbnb, eco-tourism, hipster cred, and shipping containers”:

Before you get all excited check the zoning code first before diving ahead. More likely than not this type of structure is prohibited where you live. For instance, you couldn't build this in Lake Worth or most other cities in the County.

No one is going to get approval to live in a shipping container here in a coastal city in Palm Beach County, especially after Hurricane Irma.

Now about all those trees and power lines. . .

Ballot language is very important.

Do you want trees planted along Dixie Hwy. for “Beautification”?

Great idea.

But it’s not going to happen with money from the City of Lake Worth’s Neighborhood Road Bond or from the County’s ¢1 Sales Tax increase either.

If you try to force the issue and get trees planted on Dixie Hwy. using this money, as per City Attorney Glen Torcivia, the City will end up in court and that, “is not where you want to be.”

The voters in this City of Lake Worth didn’t
approve a $40M bond for trees.

The voters in Palm Beach County didn’t approve raising the sales tax for trees either. Torcivia cited Florida Statute 212.055; it’s very specific what this money can be used for.

The answer to Dixie Hwy. beautification is not waiting for “money from above”. The answer is to try and get creative and seek other funding sources, e.g., grants, donations, and contact philanthropic organizations as well. And don’t forget, Dixie Hwy. is controlled by FDOT (another bureaucracy), not the City of Lake Worth.

Ballot language (“questions”) for Lake Worth Neighborhood Road Bond and County ¢1 Sales Tax.

Please read both of these ballot questions very carefully. They both passed convincingly. This information would be good to know when you come before the City Commission (or a City board) with your next great idea.

November 8th [2016] General Election. Voters will be asked to either vote for, or against, authorizing the City of Lake Worth to issue a forty million dollar bond exclusively for the purpose of improving our neighborhood streets.

Shall the City be authorized to issue general obligation bonds for the exclusive purpose of improving local roadways and eliminating potholes in an amount not to exceed forty million dollars, payable from annual ad valorem taxes maturing no later than thirty years from the date of each issuance and bearing interest at a rate not exceeding the maximum legal rate with all expenditures reviewed by a citizens advisory committee?


To enhance education by improving district-owned school buildings, equipment, technology and security; purchase school buses, public safety vehicles and equipment; and equip, construct and repair roads, bridges, signals, streetlights, sidewalks, parks, drainage, shoreline and wastewater infrastructure, recreational and governmental facilities; shall the County levy a one-cent sales surtax beginning January 1, 2017 and automatically ending on or before December 31, 2026, with independent oversight by citizen committees?

Questions anyone?

“FEC [Florida East Coast] Railway station at Lake Worth, Florida”.

Image Number: DG01369. 1965 or 1966. Source: Howard C. “Pappy” Yochum. Description: 1 digital image, b&w. Click on image to enlarge:

For interesting history about our little City, enter “Lake Worth” into the search bar at “Florida Memory: State Library & Archives of Florida” some time soon. If you would like to contact the State Archives use this link.

“This seems to call into question whether the developer would re-open the Gulfstream Hotel. . .

“. . . and build a ‘second hotel’ if not awarded the beachfront project.”

Another article discovered. This one from April 2015 in a former City tabloid.

Click on image to enlarge:

“We would like to immediately get to an agreement,” the developer writes in a March 2 [2015] letter. . .

Of course, Hudson Holdings is gone, now completely out of the picture which is very good news indeed. So what is the status of the Gulfstream Hotel now? Here is more information:

Now back to that tabloid clipping above.

That former tabloid first appeared in January 2015 with the headline, “Gallery Owner Pitches ‘Art Ship’ for Lake Worth’s Waterfront”. The tabloid ultimately failed from lack of advertising and community support.

The exclamation mark (!) was a quite
frequent punctuation tool.

Downtown littering became a big problem throughout the City following this tabloid’s release, given away FREE and delivered FREE to select neighborhoods with what are called “supervoters” (those who vote in every election). Also interesting, the tabloid stopped publishing shortly after the March elections that year.

Several archival collections remain of this tabloid — separate from and not to be confused with The Lake Worth Herald — the City’s oldest business, “Established in 1912”.

Let’s talk appliances today.

The Choice: Appliances that use natural gas vs. appliances that use electricity.

Not everyone in South Florida is fortunate enough to have this choice like many in the public do in the City of Lake Worth and in many areas west of this City. For example, in Hurricane Season, it’s a very practical choice for many of the public: Go all electric for appliances or make the choice to switch some over to natural gas? Learn much more about this topic below.

But first . . . this is very important.

Information from Florida Public Utilities (FPU):


Call 811 Before You Dig!

No matter how small the digging project, you MUST call 811 before you dig to avoid hitting underground utility lines — which are shallower than you may think.

  • Don’t risk losing your utility services, injury or worse.
  • Before you pick up a shovel, pick up a phone and call 811.
  • FPU will come and mark our lines within a few business days — at no charge to you.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program today. . . 

For the City of Lake Worth’s “Utilities Service Areas” click on this link for GIS Mapping tools and scroll down the list.

Just as Lake Worth Water Utilities (LWWU) services a large and growing area west of the City so does LWEU. For example, a large area of Lake Osborne Estates in suburban Lake Worth uses LWWU and in the future many of those areas will be annexed. To learn more about that click on this link.

Now to natural gas, electricity and appliances. . .

There are so many scenarios to consider. For example, those who choose to hunker in place during major storms a natural gas stove might make sense to boil water if a “boil water notice” is issued. For outside grills there may be a run on propane tanks prior to a storm but with natural gas that is not an issue.

And for a connoisseur of Gallinas de Palo (Chicken of the Tree) — and the fact that most professional chefs prefer natural gas — that next iguana you bang over the head may be the best one ever cooked with natural gas instead of propane. Bon Appétit!

And switching from appliances that use electricity to those that use natural gas, for most of the public,
is a choice now.

LWEU rates are competitive with FP&L. But that wasn’t always the case. There was a time when switching to natural gas wasn’t a choice at all for many people. That is if they were fortunate enough to have gas lines from FPU available in their neighborhood or community to begin with (more information from FPU is at the end of this blog post).

Briefly, ‘back in the day’ when the LWEU rates were sky high prior to 2014 some electeds continued to hint they wanted the City’s already too-high electric rates to go even higher. That set off a panic in this City for both residents and business community as well because as other neighboring cities and towns were recovering from the Great Recession (2007–2009) this City continued to lag further and further behind.

The public who resided in areas with natural gas service lines, who were able to afford the initial investment, were switching over or “hooking up” new or pre-owned appliances to natural gas provided by FPU, e.g., emergency generators for electricity, stoves, cloth dryers, water heaters, pool heaters, gas fireplaces and things like outside lanterns as well.

Why did so many people switch over to natural gas? Primarily due to those terrible hurricanes back in 2004–2005: Frances, Jeanne and Wilma. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane.

“Leading the Fight to Lower Electric Bills”?

Political speech is Free Speech. One can claim almost anything on a political mailer. Jennings was an original member of the Best Commission Ever! (BCE!) elected in 2006 (BCE! is “tongue-in-cheek” of course, a figure of speech). 

Newspaper clippings, Lake Worth Herald,
December 2005:

Click on clippings to enlarge:

For more about the Lake Worth Electric Utility, those terrible years from 2004–2011 and about the BCE! too click on this link.

Read it and weep as they say.

Anyway. Enough of the history. Interested in finding out more about natural gas from FPU?

Call 888-765-4601 to contact Florida Public Utilities
or use this link and “Ask4Gas”.

For “Natural Gas FAQs” use this link.

Did you know:

  • Natural gas is cheap, clean, affordable, and plentiful.
  • Natural gas is extremely safe. And always remember to “Call 811 Before You Dig!”.
  • Nine out of 10 professional chefs prefer cooking with natural gas.
  • Natural gas is the “Green” choice.

In the video below, an expert from FPU explains the benefits of switching over to a natural gas range/oven:

And Thank You for visiting today and hope you found this information helpful.

Downtown West Palm Beach news: “Clematis Street’s The Alchemist closes, citing changing area, homeless problem”

“It was heartbreaking. We had a good concept. But the type of clientele we were counting on was coming downtown less and less.”

—Mr. Craig Steel, general manager, partner of Daiza Restaurant Group quoted in The Palm Beach Post.

This news was reported by long-time reporter Leslie Gray Streeter in late July. To read the entire article click on this link; one more excerpt:

     Although “in the last two years, we were still getting the traffic, still making money,” he [Craig Steel] says that the partners felt that “the area is in a bit of a decline.” Specifically, over the last year or so, he cited an increasing problem with downtown West Palm Beach’s homeless population “getting out of control. They were even coming into the restaurant and harrassing people.” [emphasis added] He cited the March stabbing of a woman dining outside of Sushi Yama, west of The Alchemist.
     Steel says that he let his staff of about 25 know on Sunday that the place was closing, in personalized handwritten letters.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This Friday: A very significant regional public meeting in South Florida.

What happens at this meeting will be very big news next week and for many weeks and months to follow. In the foreseeable future the topics being addressed will most certainly affect every single person, County and local governments, and the business community here in Palm Beach County.

Where is this regional meeting being held? What time does it start? Who will be representing you? Find out all that information below. But first. . .

Just some of the items on the agenda this Friday:

About this regional meeting:

This coming Friday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.:

Joint Meeting of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) and South Florida Regional Planning Council.

Being held at the Broward County Governmental Center (Room 430), located at 115 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

For the agenda click on this link. For the members and alternates from the TCRPC Palm Beach County delegation use this link.

Note there is no scheduled meeting of the TCRPC in November. The next meeting is scheduled for December 14th.

Lake Worth’s “Lolly the Trolley” and the West Palm Beach ferry to the Town of Palm Beach.

Does history about the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm interest you? If you are on Facebook highly recommend joining a group called “Palm Beaches Remembered.” Yes. There used to be a ferry in operation from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach. Learn more about that below. And there also used to be a City structure that blocked the view of the Intracoastal in West Palm. A lot of people complained about that saying it was constructed in the wrong place. That public building was later torn down.

Information is posted on Palm Beaches Remembered from collections of Palm Beach County memories in the form of photos and other memorabilia. You never know what is going to appear and it’s interesting to read the recollections of others in the comments that follow.

There are many Lake Worth memories. These are
passes that were issued when the City
had its own trolley system.

Passes used in the days of Lolly the Trolley.

The City of Lake Worth once operated its own local transit operation. Actually it consisted of two trolleys that ran from the Beach, through the Downtown, past Lake Worth Towers, the High School, to the Tri-Rail station and the former Publix on Lake Worth Road. I believe the trolley also went north on Dixie Hwy. into West Palm Beach to the Winn-Dixie at Palm Coast Plaza. It cost about $1 to ride and was subsidized and operated by the City. The dates on the passes above are 1996 and 1997.

Operations stopped sometime in the early-2000s. The excuse given was the cost was too-heavily subsidized by the City. Fare revenue made up only a very small portion of the cost to operate the trolleys. They were also said to be difficult to maintain as each was made by a different manufacturer and they didn’t share parts. The trolleys were in the shop and out of service many times which did not help the image of reliability. Regardless, they were a mainstay of Lake Worth for many years and provided a needed service.

Transit between our Beach and points further west including unincorporated County (e.g., Palm Beach State College), has been identified as a recurring need: linking these destinations that are not adequately served by mass transit. I recall hearing the City had grant money available to operate such a system but didn’t have the money to buy the equipment.

Talk of running a trolley service once again became a serious policy discussion for a time after January 2016 when the public was excited about the Gulfstream Hotel re-opening and a new hotel expansion on the block’s western half. Demand for such a service made perfect sense. If something does begin to happen with the Gulfstream property it might be a good idea to get a trolley system up and running to the Beach and points Downtown and then on to the Tri-Rail station and points west in suburban Lake Worth.

But moving forward, as exciting as a new trolley service would be, it would be very expensive for the City. Besides the vehicles there would be other added costs such as drivers, fuel and maintenance. The other consideration is adding a Palm Tran bus stop at the Lake Worth Beach. That is a current topic of discussion so stay tuned for more about that.

A simpler time in West Palm Beach history.

Remember the ferry?

View of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront with former library in background.

For many of you new to the area the picture above will look like one from a foreign land. The West Palm Beach City Library, the one built in 1962, used to sit at the east end of Clematis Street. It was a Mid-Century Moderne in some people’s eyes and an eyesore to others. I actually think the first years of the building, with the artwork suspended around it and fountains surrounding it, was quite attractive. Later years saw those features either removed or not maintained. Most people, including myself, agree the building was put in the wrong place. It blocked the view of the water from those using Clematis Street.

According to people commenting on Facebook, a ferry operated between downtown West Palm Beach and the Town of Palm Beach during the 1960s. With all the talk in May 2017 during the “Point A to Point B” discussions about traffic in downtown West Palm Beach and the bridges to the barrier island, maybe resurrecting a ferry for people to cross over into Palm Beach is something whose time has come again.

Possibly instead of a traditional boat, such as the one pictured, it could be a hydrofoil or a hovercraft of some sort. Both would be faster and have a 21st century vibe. To use this method one would have to leave the car in West Palm Beach in one of the many downtown parking garages and then walk on foot to the water transport. There are already day-docks functioning along the current waterfront.

Just a few ideas from the past that could make everyone’s lives simpler to get around in the present day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday too: Public meetings open to the public in the City of Lake Worth.

And also below is very important information in preparation for the upcoming Fall/Winter
Snowbird Season.

The PUBLIC meetings this week. . .

To look over the agendas for City Commission Work Session, CRA and HRPB click on this link and then scroll down for the additional link(s) to download.

List of this week’s meetings:

  • Tonight: City Commission Work Session at City Hall begins at 6:00.
  • Also tonight is a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting at The HATCH located at 1121 Lucerne Ave.; this meeting also begins at 6:00.
  • Tomorrow: Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) meets at City Hall, 6:00.
  • Thursday: Tree Board meets in City Hall conference room. Meeting begins at 5:30. As yet, no agenda is available.

Take note: Snowbird Season will soon be upon us.

Note as the 2018–2019 Fall/Winter Snowbird Season begins we’ll be seeing familiar faces once again at City Hall from past Seasons. They’ll be lining up at the podium during Public Comment telling everyone about the “Welcome Home” parties hosted by the good folks from the Residences of Lake Osborne west of I-95.

However, the happiest Snowbirds nest east of I-95 where most of the action, festivities, and activities occur. To learn more about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council click on this link. The NAPC is on Facebook as well and to see the location and borders of each of the sixteen neighborhoods use this link for the GIS map.

The advance Snowbird patrols are already here scouting out the City. So when can we expect the full flock?

You can just smell it in the air, the annual migration of mirthful and glorious Snowbirds on the way back to Central Palm Beach County escaping the cold in the northeast and Canada. In a letter to the editor(s) published in The Palm Beach Post one such Snowbird wrote,

     If the snowbirds did not fly south each winter, and if businesses didn’t have this income, your favorite place would not survive on your patronage. It’s the “snowbird effect” that keeps Florida going. [emphasis added]
     Appreciate that when we are gone, you have a chance to enjoy what a lot of us snowbirds contribute to and keep going — all year long.

And meet Mr. Jorge Pesquera, President/CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches:

The advance Snowbird patrols already here are cracking hilarious jokes about ‘red tide’ and the ‘red tide-apocalypse’. For example,

Q: Did you hear about the fight at the Lake Worth Beach about ‘red tide’?
A: Two fish got battered!

Q: How do you communicate with a fish off the Lake Worth Pier?
A: Drop it a line!

Scene. Under fishing boat captain’s quarters:

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

‘Red tide’ water.

‘Red tide’ water is gone. Won’t be back til at least 2028.

I’m ‘red tide’. I’m still here.

Where are you ‘red tide’?

Down here! Water you waiting for? Turn on the bilge pump!

Get cracking on more ‘red tide’ jokes!