Saturday, December 8, 2018

The City of Lake Worth will not be constructing a new lap pool at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex.


And check back tomorrow to find out why.

Here is a hint:

What you see below is the proposed site plan for a large aquatic complex to be constructed in unincorporated PBC within a short drive of the Lake Worth Casino.

Click on site plan to enlarge.

More information about this site plan will be forthcoming tomorrow. What is more likely is the City of Lake Worth will construct one or possibly even two public pools in another area of the City for more public access and FREE parking too.


It’s hard to believe but some still think that constructing another lap swimming pool next to the ocean is a good idea. It’s not. The damage from salt spray alone on the pool pump equipment at the now-condemned pool is proof of that. Pool pumps can be quite expensive for a large pool and difficult to maintain too.

Think of all the things that space at the Beach can be used for? An outside movie theater, skate park, additional parking and more ADA spaces, a splash park with cabana pool, or maybe an open space for public events?

Take for example the monthly car show at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex. As it is now the road in front of the Casino is closed to make room for this event.

The Lake Worth Beach Car Show is next week, the second Thursday of the month from 6:00–9:00. Below is more information and photos from a recent show at the Beach.

For more information about, “What’s going on with that pool at Beach and Casino Complex?” click on this link.

So whilst you’re pondering those questions here are more photos from a car show at the Lake Worth Beach:


The view to the east.

Click on images to enlarge:



The view to the west:



“Hey. Look at that! Why is the engine in the rear?”



Some cars lined up. . .



The American flag flying full mast. . .




Note the “U.S. Marines” license plate.


 The next generation. . .



And two more. . .

What other ideas do you have for a more functional Casino at the Beach? Be creative! And maybe ask a Millennial or a young adult for ideas too.

About “LAKE WORTH” from The Palm Beach Post in the print edition.


An alert blog reader sent me this from last Thursday published on p. B3 in the ‘LOCAL’ section with this headline:


Holiday wreath laying to
honor veterans


This was information in the Post about “National Wreaths Across America Day” being held next Saturday, December 15th at noon.

One could have concluded from that news about ‘LAKE WORTH’ in the ‘LOCAL’ section. . .


But you would be wrong.

This is an annual event at the South Florida National Cemetery located in suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth. The actual address is 6501 S. State Road 7 and uses the ‘Lake Worth’ zip code 33449 (see map at end of this blog post).

This national cemetery is west of the City of Atlantis — past the Florida Turnpike — and to the south of the Village of Wellington on the edge of the Florida Everglades.

In other words, if you are a resident in or near the City of Lake Worth, and are elderly or have trouble getting around, visiting the South Florida National Cemetery may not be possible.

However, there are fallen veterans at the Pinecrest Cemetery in this City of Lake Worth you can honor yourself, or organize as a group, on Saturday, December 15th. Learn more about the Pinecrest Cemetery later in this blog post.

About the event next Saturday and  “Wreaths Across America” at the South Florida National Cemetery:


Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.


The reporter at the Post could have been much more helpful as to where the South Florida National Cemetery is located. One convenient and direct route to this national cemetery is to take Lantana Rd. west to Rt. 441 (SR 7) and then head south. The cemetery is on the right (west side of the road).

Hard to believe, but last year the Post referred to this national cemetery as the ‘Lake Worth National Cemetery’ and prior to that called it the “South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth”.

No. It is not located “in Lake Worth”. However, from last Thursday a staff writer at the Post did provide this helpful information:


Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to carpool. Handicap parking is reserved in the cortege lanes, north of the administrative building.

For more information about the event, contact WAA local coordinator James King at 561-902-8869, email king_james2@yahoo.com or visit wreathsacrossamerica.org


For veterans and residents of this City of Lake Worth unable to travel to the South Florida National Cemetery and would like to honor the fallen on December 15th with a wreath or some other way, consider visiting Pinecrest Cemetery located here in the City.

The address for Pinecrest Cemetery is 1724 12th Ave. South. For more information about this cemetery contact Andy Helbling, the City of Lake Worth’s Grounds & Cemetery Supervisor on Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at 561-586-1677 or by email at: ahelbling@lakeworth.org


The history of Pinecrest Cemetery began in 1915.


From the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County is this excerpt about the “Pine Crest” cemetery which later became known as Pinecrest:


In 1915, the Lake Worth governing body appointed a committee to scout around and find a suitable location for a cemetery. The committee members reported that there was a 9.2 acres parcel adjoining the southwest corner of the town, immediately west of A Street between 9th Avenue South and 12th Avenue South. The city commission was urged to buy the land before the price went up, which they did, paying $10 per acre for a total of $920.00.


FYI: The City of Lake Worth’s I. A. Banks Memorial Park (the former Osborne Municipal Cemetery) is a 1½-acre cemetery located in what was called the “Osborne Addition” which was for African Americans during segregation. This cemetery is located at the northwest corner of Washington Ave. and Wingfield St. In 1983 the City was petitioned to rename this cemetery in honor of Rev. Ira A. Banks, the founder of New Hope Baptist Church located diagonally southeast across Washington Ave.


For reference, the map of zip codes
in Central Palm Beach County.


For exactly where places, cities, towns and villages in Palm Beach County are located and why it matters click on this link.

Remember, the zip code for the South Florida National Cemetery is 33449, a ‘Lake Worth’ zip code far west of the actual City of Lake Worth.


Click on map to enlarge.

The actual City of Lake Worth is
zip code 33460 and a portion of 33461.

More ‘Lake Worth’ zip codes not serving the
actual City of Lake Worth are: 33462, 33463, 33466 (within zip code 33461), 33467 and 33449.



Hope you found this information helpful and, as always, Thank You for visiting once again today.

City of Lake Worth news from yesterday you may have missed.


Mr. Ben Kerr was published in this week’s Lake Worth Herald.



Mr. Ben Kerr is the City’s public information officer (PIO). By the way, briefly, how Mr. Kerr became the City’s PIO is an interesting one. Post reporter Joe Capozzi recently penned a fascinating article about Kerr but prior to that, back in 2016, it was another Post reporter that ended up creating the need for the position of PIO following an egregious story that should have never been published. Read all about that by clicking on this link.


Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.

Kerr penned a column this week about the contest called, “Best. Municipality. Ever.” Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein was the contest winner. A huge honor for both Bornstein and this City of Lake Worth.

The news this week by Ben Kerr is below. But first, more backup about this story.

This contest was one created by author and Pulitzer Prize winning satirist Dave Barry. Barry is the author of the wildly popular book titled,

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland.

Learn more about this longtime best-selling book below.

The Best. Municipality. Ever. contest was held at the Harriet Himmel Theater last week. An event organized by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

In a news story about this event themed “Read Together Palm Beach County” an editor at The Palm Beach Post misspelled Dave Barry’s last name. Not once. But four times!

How could Dave Barry’s last name be spelled “Berry”?

By an editor at the Post! Unbelievable. And don’t think the good folks at the Literacy Coalition were amused at all. Read more about that a little later.

To the news article by Ben Kerr headlined,

Lake Worth Wins Best. Municipality. Ever. Contest



Lake Worth’s City Manager, Michael Bornstein, submitted an entry to the Read Together Palm Beach County “Best. Municipality. Ever.” essay contest last month and on Wednesday, Nov. 28, his essay was announced as the winner.

After the awards ceremony, Mayor Triolo said that “working with the City Manager on this was so much fun! He truly captured the spirit of our City and its people, and our beautiful diversity and quirkiness with humor. And it’s true, if Dave Barry was a city, he’d be Lake Worth!”

This contest gave the City an opportunity to showcase what makes Lake Worth such a special place to live. Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Amoroso and Commissioner Robinson joined the City Manager to record a special reading of the essay [see video below] for all to enjoy and share.

As we embark on the holidays it is a perfect time to remember what makes Lake Worth, and all the friends and neighbors who form the Lake Worth community, the Best. Municipality. Ever!

Enjoy the video!


And following this video learn more about Dave Barry’s award-winning book “Best. State. Ever.” and that very unfortunate typo in the Post.





Without further ado. . .


CORRECTION

Because of an editing error, a story in Wednesday’s [Nov. 28th] Post misspelled author and columnist Dave Barry’s name. The brief appeared on Page B3 in the Local section.


Yes. Hard to believe but true.

An editor at the Post misspelled Dave Barry’s name. Not just once. Four times.

The irony here is this ‘news’ is about an event sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s “Read Together Palm Beach County”. About that event at the Harriet Himmel Theater here is an excerpt published in the Post:


The title selected for the 2018 “Read Together,” was bestselling author, columnist and humorist Dave Berry’s “Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland.”


Berry? Really? 

Briefly, before we proceed, the book Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland is available on Amazon:


A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry.

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?”


Anyhow, if you would like to learn more about the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County click on this link. And you can also say “Thank You” to the Literacy Coalition for bringing such wonderful authors such as Dave Barry to inspire the public to learn how to read and to appreciate how important literacy is here in Palm Beach County.

And Gee Wiz! Dave Barry won a Pulitzer Prize and wrote for the Miami Herald for over twenty years.

Shouldn’t every single editor at the Post know who Dave Barry is? And just wondering. Has a ‘satirist’ at The Palm Beach Post ever won a Pulitzer Prize for humor?

From Wikipedia:


David McAlister Barry (born July 3, 1947) is an American author and columnist who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comic novels. Barry’s honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary (1988) and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2005).


And in conclusion. . .


Support LOCAL small town journalism.

Click on this link to see this week’s
front page headlines.

Pick up this week’s print edition at the City’s newsstand at 205 N. Federal Hwy. in Downtown Lake Worth. The Herald is still just 50!

Sad news. Tom McGow has passed away. Many here in the City of Lake Worth will recall the man we all called “Tom”.



Rest In Peace, Tom.

From 2008–2011 Tom had a City of Lake Worth blog called “Tom’s Page”. Later in this blog post Mr. Greg Rice will share thoughts on Tom’s passing.


Since last Tuesday there have been tributes written on the life of Tom. Tom’s skill was using a camera. He had that unique talent how to frame a shot. The light just perfect and the shadows just perfect too. And the eyes. It’s like he got into people’s souls. But later he would do amazing things with those photographs. Continue reading to learn more about that.

Here is one of several photographs from 2010 Tom titled, “The Gardener”:


Click on photograph of Javier Del Sol
outside Lake Worth City Hall.

Tom wrote nearly nine years ago:

“You see him everywhere, City Commission meetings, Volunteer Board meetings, riding his bike and picking up trash. . . . There is not a spot in Lake Worth where Javier Del Sol is not known.”


Here is my tribute to Tom, from Yours Truly, Wes Blackman.

I knew Tom very well. Tom’s time in this City was short but very significant. He took politicians, City officials and public figures to task. Tom’s blog is called “Tom’s Page” and it’s still there for everyone to read and enjoy.

Our first introduction was by way of one of this City’s historic buildings and the most infamous slumlord in Lake Worth history. Tom lived next door, to the south, of 431 North L Street. The property and its tenants openly terrorized the neighborhood. They openly laughed at the Lake Worth PD. Fines? Notices? They and the slumlord didn’t care.

There was simply no legal way to reclaim that historic home for some time. That slumlord owned it. It was his and he dared anyone to challenge it. But then later the City of Lake Worth took ownership of that property through legal action.

Sadly though, little changed. The City turned out to be a terrible landlord too. Not as bad as the previous landlord. But not much better either. That’s when Tom and myself and many others got to work. We went to war with the previous City administration, the one prior to 2011; the majority on the City Commission now took back control in November 2011 and all three were re-elected again, and again, and once again in March of this year. But more about that later.

Tom’s Page chronicled an important time in this City’s history. This would be shortly after PBSO had merged with the Lake Worth Police Dept. in 2008. Tom’s blog called “Tom’s Page” began in December 2008 and the last blog post was in August 2011.

Just recently this City and PBSO recognized their ten-year anniversary and successful partnership.

You could call me one of McGow’s targets. Tom skewered me more than a few times on his blog which you’ll learn more about below. In December 2006 I resigned from the Planning and Zoning/Historic Preservation Board to run for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission.

Back then this was one volunteer City board. Later they became two separate boards when the Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) was created.

There were people there that day twelve years ago when I announced my resignation and subsequent candidacy; names you may recognize such as Phil Spinelli, Herman Robinson and Lisa Maxwell. Some of those people would later get praised and others skewered when Tom began his blog two years later. But unlike most political blogs Tom had a way with a camera. And a way with humor. And a way with Photoshop too.

Greg Rice, a long-time resident of this City, on learning of Tom’s passing wrote this on Facebook:


Sad news for those of us who lived in LW a few years back. Tom McGow who wrote a blog about all things Lake Worth unexpectedly died this week. Tom’s flair for writing and his skill with Photoshop when he lived here was just what many of us needed to see, the lighter side of problems and politics in our little beach town.

Tom had a gift to see the world and all the elements that make it tick a little differently than most. What a gift to have and share with others. Tom loved Lake Worth, his neighbors, our quirkiness and our sense of community. Thanks for including Lake Worth as part of your Transylvania Bounty photo collage of your life.

and then Greg adds this. . .


For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Tom, or the way he saw things, take a look at a blog post he did about me a few years ago [see link below].


Greg’s reference to “Transylvania Bounty” will be explained later in this blog post.

From August 2011 click on this link to learn more about “Citizen Rice”. The ‘Citizen Rice’ by Tom was a play on the classic movie Citizen Kane. And for those who had difficulty getting the joke, Tom added a reference to “Rosebud”. Still don’t get it? Then Google, ‘Orson Welles’ and ‘Rosebud’.

Now you get an idea how Tom McGow looked at the world. He looked at politics with wit and satire. His parodies were hard hitting some times. But many times Tom was absolutely hilarious. But always Tom’s observations contained that element of truth that made it work. If Tom made you one his targets you probably had a real good reason to become one.

In April 2012 Michael Bornstein was hired to be the city manager for this City of Lake Worth. Prior to that Bornstein was the town manager in Lantana. Knowing Bornstein’s sense of humor possibly it was Tom’s Page that provided the inspiration.

This blog you’re reading now began twelve years ago. In December 2006 full of promise of winning a seat on Lake Worth City Commission I ran and lost in 2007. Then ran and lost again in 2009. Losing an election hurts. On announcing my candidacy in 2009 Tom put up this blog post.

Some here in the City of Lake Worth now and reading Tom’s Page may be a bit confused about elections. Prior to 2013 elections were held in November. Following a referendum in 2013 elections were moved back to March. So that will help explain annual events like elections on Tom’s Page better for readers.

Now to Mr. Rice’s reference to “Transylvania Bounty”.


On his passing Tom McGow lived in Brevard, North Carolina in the County of Transylvania. Just as in the City of Lake Worth, Tom was known for his special skill looking at the world through the lens of his camera. And his very special talent using Photoshop as well, way before it became easy, when it actually took hard work and creativity.

Now Photoshop is just clicks. Ten years ago Photoshop took real skill and true talent.

Tom made a significant impact on the City of Brevard in North Carolina. Just like he did in this City of Lake Worth. From Toby Brown of the “We are Brevard North Carolina” Facebook page comes this datelined Tuesday, December 4th:


I just learned of the sudden passing of Tom McGow. Tom was such an amazing part of our community. A monumental contributor to capturing the soul and heart of Brevard, many of you saw him out and about snapping photos under the name of Transylvania Bounty. But most of us just knew him as Tom.

You would turn a corner in this town and boom, there he was, camera in hand and the most infectious smile many of us have ever seen. He beamed. Like a serious beam. A light that set you at ease. Then he’d ask, “can I take your picture?” “Of course you can, Tom!” . . . You were now part of Transylvania’s Bounty.

You were seen through Tom’s lens and officially archived as one of the beautiful characters that made up Tom’s world. A world he shared with us for nothing. A world he shared with us because he just genuinely seemed to love this town, this community.

and. . .


But as a community, it’s his photography that connected us. He captured Brevard like few others. He was an important piece of our bigger puzzle. We needed more of Tom, not less . . . so this one hurts. He was a great man. He was a friend.


Now back to my tribute to Tom McGow:

Remember, our first introduction was by way of one of our City’s historic buildings. Tom lived next door to 431 North L Street. The property came before the Planning and Zoning Board as a nuisance abatement matter. That’s when a combination of code enforcement matters and efforts to end criminal activity such as prostitution and drug sales were taking place.

It took quite some time for the City to create the documentation between code enforcement and the former Lake Worth Police Department. And later the City took ownership of the property as a result. But unfortunately, very little changed for some time.

Here is a blog post from Tom titled, “What the L? 431 North L Street” and here is another headlined, “Nightmare on North L Street”.

But still late into the 2000s, the City itself proved it wasn’t being the best of landlords. Through reading my blog Tom McGow introduced himself and kept me updated on what was and what was not happening at 431 North L.

You can search this blog for all my posts about it from that time. I am happy to report that the property was eventually sold and is in private hands.

Within the past month, the property owner has installed new windows in the historic structure and it once again is on its way to contributing positively to the City and particularly the neighborhood. At the time that Tom lived in this City his partner was Donna Ross. We shared some time together as appointees to the Community Redevelopment Agency. Donna owned property on North J Street.

I got to know her and Tom during those days back in 2008 and 2009. We always shared a lot of laughs together while they were in town. We kept in touch after they left but then over time everyone moved on to other endeavors. But we still kept in touch.

Tom gave me permission some time back to let me use images from Tom’s Page.



Hope you enjoyed this tribute to Tom McGow. And hope learning more about this City’s history will help more of the public appreciate how far this City has progressed in the last ten years.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Tonight from 6:00–10:00 is the monthly Block Party on Lake Ave., first Friday of every month.



Traffic and Parking Alert in Downtown Lake Worth: Lake Ave. beginning at 4:00 today, east of Dixie to Federal Hwy., will be closed to traffic. Parking along Lake Ave. will not allowed on the street. If you are driving please follow the signs and detours.

And if you happen to see anyone tonight acting erratically on J Street please do not be alarmed. They are completely harmless. Their flustered behavior is normal when Lake Ave. is shut down for festivals and parades and those J Street merchants are actually quite entertaining. Just give them some words of encouragement and maybe purchase an item or two. Then quickly and briskly proceed to Lake Ave. for all the fun!


And on J Street you’ll hear the same litany of complaints the following Friday (Dec. 14th) when the next Beach Bonfire of the 2018–2019 Season happens!

And the next day, on Saturday, Dec. 15th, is the annual Christmas and Holiday Parade on Lake Ave.! Will the merchants on J Street be able to tolerate all this frivolity and good cheer? We’ll see.

Save The Dates: Tomorrow is the Lake Ave. Block Party, the following Friday is another Beach Bonfire at the Lake Worth Beach and then the Christmas Parade the very next day.

Monthly Lake Ave. Block Party.


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.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

“Take care of Bryant Park and let it take care of us too.”


On the perils of making
campaign promises in this
City of Lake Worth:


Why? The public may actually believe you.

And worse yet, the public may actually
remember what you said.


The quote in the blog title is explained a little later.

Next week, on December 11th at noon will mark the end of the Qualifying Period (QP) to get your name on the ballot for the elections to be held on March 12th, 2019. If you are considering a run for elected office or just want to learn more about the election process in this City, at the end of this blog post is a link that will explain most everything you need to know.

The last day is the most exciting day of the QP. Why? Because that’s when people jump out of the woodwork and decide to run for a seat on the City Commission like what Drew Martin did in March of this year. He got clobbered by Mayor Triolo.

However, he did provide a lot of entertainment but unfortunately his stunt may have cost Sarah Malega, a very good candidate, her shot at winning the District 1 race.

However, the 2017–2018 Election Season set high marks for Free Speech. The usual mailers and door hangers provided the usual stuff everyone is used to seeing, same old same old. But what every candidate and every campaign avoided was mentioning the mythical and demonizing term ‘sanctuary city’ used to divide and confuse the public.

The term ‘sanctuary city’ is akin to yelling
“Fire!” in a movie theater.


The point is this: Free Speech is Free Speech. But there are limits. So be forewarned.

That includes the press and news media. Editors too.


Without further ado, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program today. . .


“Take care of Bryant Park and let it take care of us too.”



The quote above is by Mr. Ryan Maier at a neighborhood forum back in 2015.

Mr. Maier later went on to become Lake Worth Commissioner Ryan Maier for District 4 in this City of Lake Worth and is now Mr. Maier once again after opting not to run for re-election in March of 2017. Mr. Maier’s quote about Bryant Park, one could say, did not help him very much as you’ll learn a little later.

Maier initially opted to run for re-election but later withdrew from the 2016–2017 race creating a rarity in this City, an “open seat” election. Mr. Herman C. Robinson is now the District 4 Commissioner Robinson following the elections in March of this year beating out challengers Maryann Polizzi and Ellie Whittey.

Before long the debates at the Lake Worth Playhouse and the candidate forums at the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) will begin once again. Following the end of the Qualifying Period on December 11th we’ll know who is running for what seats on the Commission. The two seats on the ballot next year are Districts 2 and 4.

A good way to follow what is going on is check the monthly candidate campaign treasurer reports. The declared candidates are:

  • District 2: Commissioner Omari Hardy. Challenger is Cathy Dawn Turk.
  • District 4: Commissioner Herman C. Robinson. Challengers are William Joseph and Tom Copeland.

Starting very soon those opposing the incumbents need to come out and make it very clear why they are in the race.

That’s why preparing a credible and understandable “Opening Statement” is so crucially important. It’s just not enough to say you can do better than Commissioner Hardy and Commissioner Robinson. Therein lie “the perils of making campaign promises”.

Because even if you win the election, those promises made can come back to haunt you, for the rest of your time in elected office.


Incumbency is a huge advantage and that is without doubt. But to try and make incumbency less an advantage a challenger may be tempted to make up a laundry list of campaign promises to win the election.

Take for example the case of former Commissioner Maier.

One of his promises that went largely unnoticed by the public at the time, one made at a debate when asked how he would increase investment and opportunity in the City of Lake Worth, was his idea to build a “new college”. Although that idea may have been a good one and worth some debate and consideration, then-Commissioner Maier not one single time ever brought that topic up again as an elected official prompting this observation on this blog:


After more than 1½ years in office Commissioner Ryan Maier’s supporters have to be wondering what happened to the guy they supported.


At another neighborhood debate on the topic of economic development at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex, as well as how to make Bryant Park more popular and economically feasible by adding concession stands, hear what Mr. Maier had to say in the video below.


“Why isn’t the City making any money here?”




“Why isn’t the City making any money here?”


Because it’s a FREE public park, that’s why.

Bryant Park was never meant to be a source of revenue for the City of Lake Worth, unlike the Casino and Beach Complex, which was supposed to be providing the City a consistent and reliable source of revenue to fund improvements for things like our City parks and recreational facilities elsewhere in this City. Including Bryant Park.

One of the perils of making campaign promises is when one makes a campaign promise the public may actually believe you.

And lastly, as promised, to learn how to become a candidate and learn more about how municipal elections work in this City of Lake Worth click on this link.

Good Luck, Everyone!


Election Day, March 12th, 2019 is only ninety-six days away!

Vintage postcards: Visitors to the City of Lake Worth from “back in the day”


A special thanks to Frank Palen for allowing me to borrow and scan these historical postcards:


Click on images to enlarge.









































Looking for a home out west? You may want to reconsider and look at coastal Central Palm Beach County.


If you’ve been paying attention — “reading between the lines” — western sprawl continues but future growth will be slowing down considerably.

The future is our established cities, towns, and villages closer to the ocean. Why? Please continue reading the blog post below from one year ago.


For those of you paying close attention to press and media reports, real estate news, and following local and government meetings one knows this sad fact: we cannot rely on the State and Federal governments or even our Congressional and U.S. Senate representatives to step in and solve our pressing problems. The answer going forward is cities working together, e.g., Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Lantana, and other cities nearby all working together as a region.

For many in the public news such as this from Post reporters Sarah Peters and Tony Doris (news about the Coastal Link and West Palm Beach golf course, respectively) are stand-alone news items. But they’re not. Both of these news stories, in their own way, have a profound effect on everyone living in the cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.

The news articles cited above and many others are linked (pardon the pun) to the Brightline train station in West Palm Beach, Blueway Trail project, Palm Beach MPO charrettes and new housing projects in the City of Lake Worth, hotel construction, road repair, and many other items that are coming together:

There is a vision for coastal Central Palm Beach County (CPBC) and that future is inexplicably linked to ingenious and creative answers to transportation.


When this vision comes together in the mind of the public, all those people who bought houses and condos out in western Palm Beach County will come to regret that decision. But by then it will be too late. Their ‘investment’ will be worth pennies on the dollar and the reasons they moved out west, one reason being the “fear of crime”, will arrive on their doorstep as socioeconomic problems increase exponentially.

Crime is an important issue. And so is the perception of crime. For more about “Revitalizing Southeast Florida’s Urban Core” along I-95, and why the Florida East Coast (FEC) and CSX railroads are so vitally important to the future of Palm Beach County click on this link.

Instead of migrating west like so many others have in the past, residents who chose to stay in coastal CPBC — and those who opted to relocate here from other places in Florida, northerners escaping the cold Winter, or from other countries — will reap the benefits. The “cookie-cutter” communities out west will have no appeal any longer. The Millennials will be long gone and so will everyone else who came to Florida to be closer to the beaches.

Putting the pieces together, in no particular order:

  • Brightline Station in West Palm Beach.
  • Moving excess truck traffic (I-95) and freight train traffic (FEC/CSX) to U.S. 27 multi-modal corridor.
  • Tap your phone for an electric taxi.
  • C-51 Canal, Blueway Trail, and water taxis.
  • Palm Beach MPO charrettes on future of Dixie Hwy.
  • Been following what’s going on at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council?
  • What’s that about a new bus service in Lake Worth?

Before long the Millennials will have no
use for a car. And. . .

Oh. And did you see that article in the Post about the Coastal Link?


Click on image to enlarge:

A future trip: Uber to Downtown Lake Worth, take in all the excitement for a bit. Stroll to Bryant Park for a scenic water taxi ride to the Coastal Link, then Brightline to Miami, Orlando . . . and all the while wonder why you bought a house or condo in a cookie-cutter community out west somewhere.


And missing all the fun.

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 monthly Critical Mass bike ride tomorrow evening (gather at Bryant Park) and tardiness is not acceptable.



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. 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, December 5, 2018

Tonight at City Hall are scheduled meetings of the P&Z Board and EUAB.


Both meetings begin at 6:00. The Planning and Zoning Board meets in the City Hall chambers. The Electric Utility Advisory Board (EUAB) meets in the conference room.*

The agenda for tonight’s EUAB meeting is below.


To look over the P&Z agenda for tonight click on this link and scroll down to download the “Agenda Package”.

And stay tuned for the minutes of the November 5th meeting of the Finance Advisory Board (FAB). The fabulously FAB met last Monday (Dec. 3rd) and they approved the November meeting minutes. And prior to the end of the year the minutes from the meetings held last January, May, June, August and September will be made available as well.

The agenda at the EUAB tonight:

  • Roll Call.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Agenda: Additions, deletions, reordering.
  • Presentations (no public comment on presentation items).
  • Public Participation of Non-Agendaed Items (three-minute time limit).
  • Approval of Minutes: July 11th, August 1st, August 15th, August 30th.
  • Unfinished Business: Electric Utility Power Purchase Contract.
  • New Business.
  • Board Comments.
  • Board Liaison Reports and Comments.
  • Adjournment.


*Note: One of more members of any volunteer board or member of the City Commission may attend and speak at the P&Z and EUAB board meeting.

Despite what happened at City Hall last night, this six square mile City of Lake Worth is still the: Best. City. Ever.


One could say, at least temporarily, the wheels have fallen off the bus. Procedurally speaking. But that bus is still heading in the right direction.

Last night was not a good night for our City. A Commission meeting that goes to almost midnight is never good. However, “Lake Worth Beach” did pass unanimously once again. For more about that see the blog post following this one.

But first. A brief message.

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein wrote an award winning essay about why Lake Worth is the best city in Florida for the Read Together Palm Beach County “Best. City. Ever.” essay contest.


Here is that essay being read by
our elected and City leaders:

WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm at the Lake Worth City Commission meeting last night. It was a bit too eventful.


Remember it was Andrew Lofholm who broke the story last month about the City of Lake Worth considering renaming this City to “Lake Worth Beach”. Lofholm and cameraman extraordinaire Eric Pasquarelli were in attendance last night.

To say they got more than they expected is an understatement.

Briefly, it seems the only thing that draws The Palm Beach Post and other TV news stations to the City of Lake Worth any more are vehicle crashes and the occasional crime. Despite some grumbling and a few complaints about this City changing its name it really is a huge story and will continue to be until March of next year.

After WPTV broke this story the Post had no choice but to chime in and it won’t be long now before the Post editorial board chimes in too. Along with all those negative letters to the editor too about “Lake Worth Beach”. Basically the normal stuff.

It was a packed house last night in City Hall. Shortly after the meeting began Lofholm raced out of City Hall to report on a terrible motorcycle crash nearby. And then it took until after 11:00 until the “Lake Worth Beach” item came up for discussion and a vote was taken. But this was after Mayor Pam Triolo got up and left City Hall. Yes. That’s right. Mayor Triolo left the meeting and went home. She had had enough. And there will be more about that later on this blog.

Ordinance 12E, First reading, “Ballot language to change name of City to Lake Worth Beach by referendum on March 12, 2019” passed unanimously. Again. This time 4-0.

Second Reading will be next week, on Thursday, Dec. 13th, 6:00 in City Hall. Following another expected unanimous vote this question will be forwarded to the PBC Supervisor of Elections and will appear on the ballot for the voters to decide.

And some time after Dec. 13th and before January 15th, the next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting, there needs to be a workshop on procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order. There is no delaying this. It needs to happen soon.

Here is a Tweet from last night.



To watch Lofholm’s news segment from last night click on this link. Here is an excerpt from the text of the news:


LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Lake Worth is one step closer to putting it up to a vote: Do you want to keep the name of the city Lake Worth or change it to Lake Worth Beach?

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night in its first round. It will take one more vote next week by the council, which is expected to pass.

After that, it will be on the March 12 ballot, up for Lake Worth voters to decide.

Those for it say they want to let tourists know they have a beach and to distinguish itself from the crime that the city gets lumped into in unincorporated Lake Worth.

There are 7 zip codes that carry the lake Worth name but only 2 are actually within city limits.


Stay tuned as they say. There will be much more about this topic to come.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Did you know an annual subscription to The Palm Beach Post cost $683.79?


Almost seven hundred dollars a year for the print edition and online access.

Wow. That’s pretty steep, isn’t it?


Many of you who subscribe to The Palm Beach Post* are hopping mad today.

And that will be understandable when you see the news on page A1 above the fold. And the public who hasn’t seen that news in the Post today will be hopping mad later when they hear about that irresponsible and reckless story on the front page about Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner.

In response to the editor(s) at the Post here is what Commissioner Dave Kerner wrote:


I am ready, willing, and able to defend any policy proposal I put forward. I am ready to discuss any policy proposal my colleagues or constituents put forward. Always strive to do your best, and be unafraid in doing so.


Note that on page B1 in the ‘LOCAL’ section, above the fold in today’s paper is this news from Charles Elmore headlined, “Florida gas prices drop to 16-month low”.

The news from Charles Elmore should have been front page news today; not pushed off the front page and buried in the LOCAL section.

However, the editor(s) at the Post chose another story for page A1 instead.

Commissioner Kerner is now the Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County. And many of you who know him understand how committed he is. And for the Post to associate Kerner with the loaded word ‘slush’ as in “slush funds” is about as dirty as the press can get.

So what is the public to do?


Don’t get mad. Relax and take a deep breath. And then think about what to do next.

Maybe cancel your subscription to the Post. To do that click on this link or send an email to: subscriberservices@gatehousemedia.com

Or contact the office of Commissioner Kerner and leave a message of support: click on this link for contact information.

Another thing you can to is write a letter to the editor at the Post. And ask how something so irresponsible could be published in that newspaper.

Your letter could make tomorrow’s print edition or receive the biggest prize of all: Get published in the Sunday paper.

The instructions and helpful tips are below and it only takes about 5–10 minutes to submit a proper Letter to the Editor (LTE):


The Instructions:


How to properly compose and submit an LTE. The simple steps:


  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your name, daytime phone number and complete address.
  • To draw attention to your cause engage like-minded “average citizens” to write LTEs on the same subject.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly; and then the part that so many people forget: Always follow up your LTE!

This is very important:

  • Once you have submitted your LTE follow up with an email or fax (fax number below) later that day or the next morning.
  • Then later, call or contact the editorial department and explain why your letter is important. The editor of the editorial page is Rick Christie: 561-820-4476; email: rchristie@pbpost.com
  • Don’t be timid! Stay pleasant and respectful but make a strong pitch.
  • And to hammer it home just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”

So get cracking and have your LTE published in
the Post, hopefully some day very soon:

  • Email: letters@pbpost.com
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4476

Using snail mail:

Palm Beach Post
ATTN: Letter to Editor (LTE)
2751 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405


Write an LTE today and remember to follow up with the editor.



*GateHouse Media is the owner of The Palm Beach Post.
     As reported by Post business reporter Jeff Ostrowski: “Fortress Investment Group LLC is contracted to manage and advise New Media Investments Inc., which owns GateHouse Media, the parent company of The Palm Beach Post.”

City of Lake Worth elections: Districts 2 and 4 will be on March 12th, 2019 ballot.


The Qualifying Period to get ones name on the ballot ends next Tuesday, December 11th at noon.


Please Note: This blog post today is quite lengthy and also very informative about the upcoming 2019 municipal elections in this City. But if politics in the L-Dub is not of interest to you then please scroll down to the blog post that follows this one.

UPDATE:

Another candidate has filed paperwork with the City Clerk to run for the City Commission seat in District 4 next year and that would be Mr. William Joseph — interestingly in the March 2017 elections there was another gentleman named Mr. William Joseph (see image below) in the District 2 race — is that the same Mr. Joseph? Stay tuned. We will find out soon enough.

To find out all five individuals (two incumbents and three challengers) who have thus far filed their paperwork to be on the ballot next year please continue reading.

And of course, with the prospect of more people jumping into the races in Districts 2 and 4 there is always the “shill” to consider.

The ‘shill’ would be in the race not to win but to help someone else get 50% + 1 or in some cases the shill’s job is to damage another candidate and force a run-off election between the two top vote-getters in the runoff election that would be held on March 26th, two weeks after the general election. You see, if the candidate being targeted is politically damaged enough two weeks may not be enough time to recover and end up losing to the second-place finisher in the run-off.


A quick question. . .


Are you or someone you know considering running for a seat on the City Commission? There is still plenty of time to ‘test the waters’. And it could be a highly interesting election season coming up in this City. Why? Because the deadline for submittal of ballot questions by the City to the Supervisor of Elections is on December 13th.

The City Commission is considering several ballot questions and one of them could be to settle a debate that been going on for many, many years: To change the name of this City to “Lake Worth Beach” or keep the name the way it is.

It’s finally time to put this question to ballot once and for all. If you wish to learn more about this topic, after you finish reading this blog post scroll back up and click on this link.


Have you been thinking of running for elected office
in the City of Lake Worth?

If so, then the following blog post will answer
many of your questions.


Municipal Election Day will be held on March 12th, 2019. Thus far the incumbents in Districts 2 and 4 are seeking re-election and each incumbent already has a challenger(s). Learn who those people are later in this blog post. How many names total will be on next year’s ballot? We will not know that until the end of the upcoming Qualifying Period.

The Qualifying Period (QP) is from Tuesday, November 27th at noon and ends on Tuesday, December 11th at noon. One can wait until the QP or visit the City Clerk prior to the QP and get all the information you need to run for a seat on the City dais.

The City Clerk’s office is in City Hall and open Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00. Call 561-586-1602 or click on this link for more information. Following the end of the QP and you qualified for the ballot and then decided you made a mistake? There is a brief period of time to remove your name and it has been done in the past. But be forewarned, it is a complicated process.

Thus far who has declared their intent to run for the seats in Districts 2 and 4? Here they are but this is not the final list until the end of the QP:

District 2:

  • Omari Hardy (incumbent)
  • Cathy Dawn Turk

District 4:

  • Herman Robinson (incumbent)
  • William Joseph
  • Tom Copeland

Below are the election results from March 2017 which included a significant referendum.


Messrs. Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson
were both elected.

[Note the name “William Joseph” on the
March 2017 ballot.]

The “Question” on the ballot in 2017 was to increase terms for elected officials from two to three years. Thus, whomever is elected in the March 2019 elections will serve a three-year term.


Now comes the really good news. Because that referendum passed in 2017 following the elections in March 2019 there will not be another election of candidates until March of 2021. That’s right. A year off. How cool is that!

Also of note is an endorsement in The Palm Beach Post matters little any longer. It used to be an endorsement in the Post brought with it a 5–6% bump “back in the day”. But not any longer. As newspaper endorsements have faded in significance the power of political endorsements have become very important, especially so from other elected leaders here in Palm Beach County.

And that’s made defeating an incumbent a very big hill to climb. Not impossible but still very difficult. Thus, challengers are tasked with having to raise much more money than incumbents.

Briefly, let’s set the stage for March 2019.


In District 2 Cathy Turk announced last June she would be challenging Commissioner Omari Hardy. Turk is a worthy candidate and has been involved for many years in City issues. Last year Commissioner Hardy appointed Turk to the City’s Planning and Zoning Board and now they will both face off on the issues. The debates should be very interesting and expect a lot of substantial ideas back and forth.

In District 4 Tom Copeland announced last October he would be challenging Commissioner Herman Robinson. Not much is known about Copeland’s positions on the issues as yet. Copeland was appointed to the Finance Advisory Board by Mayor Pam Triolo. But little is known about that board. No minutes of meetings have been posted on the City’s website since last January. And now Mr. William Joseph has entered the race.

To look over the campaign Treasurer Reports turned in thus far click on this link.

What happened in this year’s municipal elections last March?

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso was unopposed and automatically re-elected to a three-year term. Soon afterward he was chosen to be the City’s vice mayor. And Mayor Pam Triolo should have been unopposed too:


The election results on March 13th, 2018:

Most predicted a very close race in District 1 but Commissioner Maxwell won handily. It could be Sarah Malega getting the Post endorsement damaged her candidacy much more than people thought or maybe it was the specter of Drew Martin in the race that hurt Malega with voters?


So. Still considering running for a seat on
the Lake Worth City Commission?


Setting up a campaign account and getting one’s name on the ballot is the easy part. The hard part is preparing a credible “opening statement”, right at the start explaining why you are running for election. A poor opening statement could doom one’s campaign from the get-go.

But right now, politically speaking, everything is still in the shadow of the General Election on November 6th. It will take a few weeks for everyone to try and figure out what happened and then most everyone’s focus will shift to other things. Like the Holiday and Snowbird Season. And then things, once again politically speaking, will begin to pick up again for the March municipal elections after the New Year.

Note there is a very big difference between the November General Election and the municipal elections in March here in this little City of Lake Worth. And that big difference is called nonpartisan elections. Learn more about that a little later in this blog post.

And as to a question oft-posed on this blog: Should the City of Lake Worth have a referendum to eliminate run-off elections? One good reason why is to deter the “shill” from swaying the election results and there is the “shill shuffle” too.

What is the ‘shill shuffle’?

Usually in a race with multiple candidates the shill jumps in last. Sometimes within minutes of the end of the Qualifying Period in December. But then there’s the shill shuffle when the shill qualifies first and then the real candidate qualifies later on. Then everyone has to figure it out: “Who is the shill?”


Now to the question everyone wants to know. . .

Is getting an early start a big help?

District 1 candidate Sarah Malega got a very early start in 2017 but still lost to Scott Maxwell last March in the 2018 election cycle. But Mr. Herman Robinson also got an early start in 2016 and won the District 4 seat in March 2017. So it cuts both ways.

However, to avoid any potential disappointment, and even heartbreak, please learn more about something called “nonpartisan elections” below.


The information below is “Worth Noting”:

From City of Lake Worth’s City Charter. . .

“Lake Worth, Florida — Code of Ordinances —
Part I, Subpart A, Article V (Qualifications and Elections), Section 1, “Nonpartisan elections”:


All qualifications and elections for the offices of mayor and city commissioner shall be conducted on a nonpartisan basis without regard for or designation of political party affiliation of any nominee on any nomination petition or ballot.

From the City’s website, “Mayor & Commissioners”:


According to the provisions set forth in the City Charter, Lake Worth operates a Commission–Manager form of government. Authority is vested in an elected City Commission, which, in turn, appoints the City Manager.
     The City Commission is comprised of five members who serve staggered three-year terms and are elected on a nonpartisan basis by residents of the City. The Mayor is elected by a city-wide vote to serve a three-year term as the presiding officer at City Commission Meetings and as the official head of the City of Lake Worth for legislative and ceremonial purposes. The City Commission is responsible for passing Ordinances and other policy directives necessary for the operation of the City.


Hope you found this information helpful.

And, as always, Thank You for visiting today.