Saturday, January 5, 2019

Footage of Downtown Lake Worth ninety years ago.


If you are familiar with the City of Lake Worth, specifically along Federal Hwy. in the Downtown, you’ll recognize a church structure that still exists to this day. The short film at the end of this blog post is a,

“Compilation of sound interviews with some of the oldest people living in the United States in 1929. Footage is from the early Movietone sound cameras.”

For some perspective, one man in the video (see below) says he is 84 years old, the man next to him is 94 years old. That would mean at the start of the Civil War in 1861 they were both 16 and 26 years old, respectively.

The Civil War ended in 1865. After the war one of the big draws to Florida for former soldiers was construction of Henry Flagler’s railroad in the early 1880s to lay track, build bridges, and provide security against the Seminole tribes. The Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad formed “Palm Beach” in 1894, then Flagler continued south towards a place that would later come to be called “Miami” building railroad stations along the way.

In 1912 a small station was constructed south of West Palm ‘Beach’ (a city still without a beach) and that place south of West Palm would become the “Town of Lake Worth” in 1913 that actually did have a beach.

Early residents from what would be called the Town of Lake Worth — prior to the ‘Town’ acquiring a beach on the Atlantic Ocean — continued west draining the Florida Everglades as they went. Later they created places that would become the City of Atlantis and a village you may have heard of: Wellington. And the march west continues to this day with the creation of so-called ‘agrihoods’ such as the planned community of Arden west of Wellington.

And to this day the City of Lake Worth continues to carry the legacy of western development in Palm Beach County. Many of these places in the modern era call themselves ‘Lake Worth’ because of another migration that began around 1960 when the elites and those with the means abandoned the coastal City of Lake Worth to create to their own relentlessly sprawling vision of another ‘Lake Worth’ that one sees today: cookie-cutter communities for as far as the eye can see and many of them surrounded by walls and dense hedges.


Which delves into. . .

You may have heard the now-City of Lake Worth is considering renaming this the “City of Lake Worth Beach” which is partly to reclaim our legacy, which is very much a different legacy from all those places that now exist out west in Palm Beach County, what used to be called the Florida Everglades one hundred years ago and when this region was once called “Mosquito County”.


But we digress . . . back to the video below.

This video is an interesting look back to the pre-Depression era in South Florida. The segment about the City of Lake Worth ends at the 3:30 minute mark.

The march west from the original Town of Lake Worth followed the path of development all across the United States fueled in part by WWI and WWII. Those early pioneers and farmers cannot be blamed for western development. They were encouraged to come in droves. But what cannot ever be forgotten are all those who abandoned the City of Lake Worth 50–60 years ago and headed west calling themselves ‘Lake Worth’.


Click on play and see if you can recognize a very prominent structure that still exists to this day in this City of Lake Worth:

The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour 2019 will be on Sunday, January 27th.



UPDATE: Tickets for the tour later this month are selling briskly and am happy to report the merchants in the Downtown that have tickets available are seeing a big uptick in interest. One of those merchants is The Book Cellar bookstore at 801 Lake Ave. (at the southwest corner of ‘J’ and Lake) and tickets are also available online; learn more below.

From the number of tickets sold thus far, it’s looking more and more there will be no tickets available “at the door” on the day of the tour, so would encourage everyone who has an interest to pick up a ticket real soon.

And next week, on Friday, Jan. 11th at 7:00 you can come out and meet Yours Truly, Wes, at the Studio Café & Market at 515 Lake Ave. Was invited to come and talk about how The Cottages of Lake Worth came to be, this volunteer organization, the book, and answering any questions you may have. Look forward to seeing you there!


Without further ado. . .

About the upcoming Cottages of Lake Worth
Home Tour 2019.


This blog post is a tribute to former Palm Beach Post journalist Lona O’Connor who played a major role in The Cottages of Lake Worth story back in November 2013.

O’Connor, since retired, made a true and lasting impact on this City.

And later in this blog post, published in a recent Lake Worth Herald, is a feature article about the upcoming Cottages Home Tour.

It was the initial story by Lona O’Connor in the Post five years ago about a group of resident volunteers that set things in motion for The Cottages. . .



“Among the group’s plans are to set up a cottage website, a Facebook page, cottage driving tours, street signs directing people to cottages, maps and brochures with historical information and anecdotes and, with the permission of the owners, feature a few cottages in home tours.

“The photos could be incorporated into a coffee-table book, [Roger] Hendrix said.”

Quote source: Lona O’Connor, Palm Beach Post, news datelined November 10th, 2013.


“The photos could be incorporated into a coffee-table book. . .”



Then three years later. . .

The hardcover book in 2016.
Then a second printing in 2017.

The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour 2019 is offering a combined tour/book ticket. Read more about that in The Lake Worth Herald below.


The feature story in the Herald:


The Cottages of Lake Worth Tour is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include 10+ cottages, along with appetizers, refreshments and trolleys. Attendees will visit the interiors and gardens of select Cottages in the Eden Place and Mango Groves areas of the City.*

Tickets are $30 in advance and, if available, $35 at the door. Combined book/tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $55 [emphasis added] and the book will be waiting at check-in on tour day.

Tickets can be purchased at:
  • The Book Cellar bookstore, 801 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth.
  • Paws on the Avenue, 525 Lake Ave.
  • Studio 205, 205 N. Federal Hwy.
  • Online at www.cottagesoflakeworth.com and Eventbrite.


[To follow the Cottages of Lake Worth on Facebook use this link. The news in the Herald continues. . .]


In addition, the hardcover book The Cottages of Lake Worth – Living Large in Small Spaces, will be available for purchase at check-in [list price $USD32.95; tour/book combination ticket $55].

The January 2017 Tour sold-out in advance so don’t wait to purchase your tickets.

City of Lake Worth volunteers formed a Cottages of Lake Worth organization in 2013 to promote this unique housing with the goals of encouraging tourism and the improvement of the properties.

Cottages are predominantly smaller houses that may serve as guest, holiday, vacation, or primary residence. They can be of any number of architectural styles, but in Lake Worth styles include Mission Revival, Frame Vernacular, Masonry Vernacular, Bahamian, Craftsman, Art Moderne, Art Deco and Contemporary. They can be of either one or one and half story in a simple form and massing. Many of Lake Worth’s approximately 1,000 cottages are on 25′ lots, under 1,000 square feet and built prior to 1939 and others after World War II.

After Henry Flagler extended his rail line south from West Palm Beach to Miami in 1896, a land development scheme was created for a town between the railroad and the lake. Purchasers of agricultural lots west of town received a 25′ wide lot within the City of Lake Worth, closer to the beach. Development slowed down then started again after World War II with many modest pensioners, especially from Quebec, Finland, and eventually Germany, moving to the city and building cottages.

The mission of the Cottages of Lake Worth is to educate the citizens and visitors of Palm Beach County through a variety of programs by celebrating and promoting the history of these unique structures and its people, assuring that this legacy is passed on to future generations.



Many of the cottages on this upcoming tour are featured in The Cottages of Lake Worth book. This City of Lake Worth is home to over 1,000 historic cottages, the largest concentration of historic cottages in Florida, and located within minutes of the spectacular Lake Worth Beach.

Of note: Sorry to say, but this tour is not apropos for children or pets.


This tour will feature the Eden Place and Mango Groves neighborhoods north of the Downtown.

Once again: Tickets are $30 and limited (if any remain available $35 at the door). The combined tour/book ticket is $55. Trolley transportation, food and refreshments will be provided.

The tour begins from The Beach Club bistro located at the City’s municipal golf course.

For those who wish to learn more about
The Cottages of Lake Worth.


Last September there was a tour of this City’s historic cottages taken by the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) from their annual conference in West Palm, the municipality to the north without a beach.

The tour taken by APA members included the Lake Worth Historical Museum, historic cottages south of the Downtown, and spending time with City officials including Mayor Pam Triolo and Lauren Bennett from the Dept. of Leisure Services. And of course Helen Greene at the Historical Museum.

Many planners on that tour were surprised to learn that West Palm ‘Beach’ does not have a beach!


In conclusion, debunking one of the biggest myths of all.

Our City of Lake Worth and the City of Delray Beach have had a friendly rivalry for a very long time. But that oft-used line about Lake Worth ‘becoming another Delray’ is a complete myth. It could never happen. And there are several reasons why which include geography, western annexation, population, and most significantly, where the exits off I-95 are located.

To learn more about what those reasons are click on this link and more about “comparing apples to oranges”.

Hope all this information inspires you to become part of The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour on January 27th.


And if you are interested in learning more about The Cottages, a video with more information. . .

From back in November 2014 is a YouTube video about The Cottages of Lake Worth. An interview of Your’s Truly with radio host Allan Mason at WBZT:






*The Mango Groves and Eden Place neighborhoods are two of the fourteen-member Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC). To see where these two neighborhoods are located click on this link for interactive GIS map.

“Our Neighborhoods have Boundaries. Our Commitment to Each Other Does Not” is the motto of the NAPC and they encourage everyone to learn more about the volunteer association that serves your neighborhood.

To learn more about the Mango Groves neighborhood, their goals and photos of “Merry Merry from Mango Mango!” click on this link.

For more details about the Eden Place neighborhood use this link.

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


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


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


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


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

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

[RE-POST BY REQUEST] Information to pass on to the homeless in Lake Worth* (cannot vouch for its accuracy).



[*NOTE: This is a re-post as a public service. Scroll down for new content. As always Thank You for visiting once again today.]


“Dear Wes, when I see a homeless person that needs help I tell them to ask a PBSO deputy where to go, go to a church, or look for a house with a red and white sign that says ‘Hands off our beach’. It’s a secret symbol that really means the homeowner will offer them sanctuary. Spread the word.”




Note: There are two versions of the ‘sanctuary’ sign for the homeless. Both have a solid red background with boldface white (sans serif) lettering such as the ones shown above.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Town of Palm Beach will caucus next Tuesday, the 8th day of January, A.D. 2019.*


This Public Notice was published in The Palm Beach Post on p. B5 dated Monday, December 24th, A.D. 2018:


NOTICE TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF PALM BEACH



You and each of you are hereby notified that a caucus of the qualified voters of the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, will be held in the Town Council Chambers of the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 8th day of January, A.D. 2019 [emphasis added], for the purpose of nominating three council members, to be voted on at the general election to be held in the Town on the second Tuesday in March (March 12, 2019), following the publication of this notice.

All qualified voters of the Town of Palm Beach are entitled to be present and to place in nomination such candidates as they desire. For a nomination to be effective, it must be seconded and all nominations and seconds thereto may be made only by qualified voters of the Town.

Nominees must receive the signatures of 25 registered voters, as well as file additional documentation with the Town Clerk, by the end of the qualifying period, which is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


*“2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.”

Hear Ye. Hear Ye. Public notice published in The Palm Beach Post.



FYI: The blog post below is a lot more that just about elections. If you’ve ever wondered about the walled City of Atlantis near John Prince Park below is lots of information including an upcoming event next Saturday called “A Whole New World” (with or without walls?), a map showing where Atlantis is, and about chocolate too. Yes. Chocolate.

Enjoy!



2019: Municipal elections in
City of Atlantis.


Three seats on the City Council in the City of Atlantis are up for election on March 12th, 2019.


An excerpt from the “Notice of Municipal Election” is below, published on December 15th.

Worth noting before we proceed: Atlantis City Hall and the Atlantis Police Dept. are both located at 260 Orange Tree Drive. However, when you Google that address it comes up as “Lake Worth”. The ‘Lake Worth’ is just the mailing address, not the physical location. Hope that clears things up.

Briefly, just by coincidence, coming up on January 12th from 1:00–4:00 is an event on the theme “A Whole New World”. This fundraiser is being held in the City of Atlantis — a city protected by walls — but inside those walls will be a cash prize, raffles, and wonderful baskets.

This “Great Holiday Gift” only costs $50 and one needs to RSVP by January 5th [TODAY!]. For more details click on this link.

And also interesting and worth noting about ‘Lake Worth’ is two former mayors from the City of Lake Worth reside in the City of Atlantis. And a former Lake Worth City Commissioner once protested in Atlantis chanting “Tear Down These Walls” that surround a large portion of that city and just this year to enhance its public image the City of Lake Worth will have a referendum on March 12th, 2019 to rename and rebrand itself the “City of Lake Worth Beach”.

In a real-life example — confusion over two chocolate stores, but both using ‘Lake Worth’ zip codes — you’ll come to understand why renaming this City by adding the “Beach” makes sense for this 6 sq. mi. municipality.


Moving forward.

To familiarize yourself with the City Council in the City of Atlantis click on this link. Up for re-election this year are:
  • Group 1: Councilwoman Keller Lanahan (appointed to Council on July 18th, 2018).
  • Group 2: Councilman and Vice Mayor Aaron Rinker.
  • Group 4: Councilman Michael LaCoursiere.

To challenge any of the above incumbents the deadline to file is January 10th at 4:00 p.m.


Up for re-election in 2020, if they opt to run again, are Mayor Catherine Higgins (Group 5) and Councilman Allan Kaulbach (Group 3).

Briefly, let’s pause for one moment.


A public service announcement for the Spanish-speaking community in the City of Atlantis.


SU CENTRO ELECTORAL está nombrado en su Tarjeta de Identificación Electoral. Tendrá que informar a la Oficina de Elecciones si se muda de la dirección nombrada en su Tarjeta de Identificación Electoral. Si no está seguro del lugar donde debe votar en su nuevo distrito electoral, llame al 561-656-6200.

SE REQUIERE IDENTIFICACION VALIDA Y VIGENTE CON SU FOTOGRAFIA Y FIRMA cuando usted va a los centros de votación a emitir su voto.


Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.


City Council in the City of Atlantis, “[I]s presided over by five Council Members . . . All are elected at-large. The Mayor is chosen by the Council at its Organizational Meeting each March. Council meetings are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, unless otherwise noted.”


NOTICE OF
MUNICIPAL ELECTION



Notice is hereby given that the City of Atlantis, Florida, will hold its Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing three councilmembers, two for a term of (2) years [Councilmen Rinker and LaCoursiere] and one for a term of (1) year [Councilwoman Lanahan]. There will be one councilmember elected representing Group 1 (one year), one councilmember elected representing Group 2 (two years), and one councilmember elected representing Group 4 (two years). Candidates must be a qualified elector of the City of Atlantis.

The first day of qualifying begins January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., and the final day for qualifying is January 10, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Candidates must file in person with the City Clerk at City Hall, 260 Orange Tree Drive, Atlantis, Florida, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. until said date and time. Each candidate shall be voted upon by the electors at large.

Registered voters in Precinct 3082 [click on this link] are qualified to vote in this election.


End of excerpt from public notice.


If you have any questions contact:

Kristen Puhalainen, City Clerk
Atlantis City Hall
260 Orange Tree Drive
Atlantis FL 33462
Phone: 561-965-1744
Email: kpuhalainen@atlantisfl.gov


More about Atlantis from their official website:


This 834-acre development was formerly known as Mulberry Farms and owned by former State Senator Philip D. Lewis, who formed the Mission Company to raise Brahman cattle. In 1958, Nathan Hunt and Paul Kintz purchased this 828-acre ranch and the remaining two parcels along Lantana Road. 


For more information about the City of Atlantis, a helpful map is below showing exactly where this municipality is located. And no, the nearby ‘Lantana Airport’ is not in the Town of Lantana. Officially called the Palm Beach County Park Airport it is owned and managed by the County, not by any municipality.

Note the Town of Lantana is also holding municipal elections on March 12th, 2019. To learn more about that, from a public notice published in The Lake Worth Herald, click on this link.

“What’s that about zip codes and chocolate stores?”


Recently another really dumb Letter to the Editor got published in The Palm Beach Post. Rambling nonsense about this City of Lake Worth on renaming this municipality the “City of Lake Worth Beach”. The letter writer opposes adding the “Beach”, even citing the construction of walls. Walls to keep who in? Walls to keep who out? That is never fully explained by the letter writer.

How does this stuff make it past the editor?

The letter writer is a bit unhinged because of a public meeting held on December 13th. The Commission set the ballot for March 12th, 2019 and one of those items was the referendum on renaming this City to become “Lake Worth Beach”.

Just to be clear. The boundaries of this City will not change! To even suggest that is just absurd. And the letter writer — one who has special status apparently due to the frequency of silly letters published — is clueless as to why our elected leaders have chosen, every single time unanimously, to move forward with this referendum.


About those two chocolate stores. . .


Kilwins Chocolate is located in
the City of Lake Worth.



The problem is way too many business owners in this City are losing business to other businesses ‘in Lake Worth’ that are not actually in this City of Lake Worth.

For example, Scheurer’s Chocolate has a ‘Lake Worth’ address but is not located in this City. It has a ‘Lake Worth’ address (5901 S. Congress Ave., zip code 33462) but is located in the City of Atlantis, in a commercial area outside the southeast wall that shelters the residents within.

In other words, the wealthy residents of Atlantis can smell the chocolate. They just can’t see it. They can hit this chocolate store with a rock from the other side of the wall but it’s a five minute drive to get there. However, there is plenty of wealth in Atlantis to support their chocolate store.

People complain our stores in Downtown Lake Worth are not getting enough visitors or business. They complain shops and restaurants on Dixie Hwy. are too empty. They complain the Beach could do better.

If “Shop Local” is important to you and you support this City of Lake Worth then please support businesses actually located in this City. The “Beach” would go a long way towards educating the public and the press and news media as well.

Kilwins is an absolutely spectacular chocolate shop and it’s located at Lake Worth’s Beach next to the City’s Casino and Beach Complex on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Kilwins is a must-visit. For the Kilwins website with hours and more information click on this link.

And follow Kilwins on Twitter too: They will Tweet out the latest creation like, “We’re making a fresh batch of Kilwins amazing nutcracker sweet!”

Hope that clears things up. And also of note: Hoffman’s Chocolates used to have a location in Downtown Lake Worth.

But up against Kilwins they had to close their doors and move out west somewhere.

For reference, the map showing where the Great Walled City of Atlantis is located.


Atlantis is shaded Royal Yellow in the map below, along Congress Ave., west of the County-owned Park Airport.

To the north of Park Airport is John Prince Park, also County-owned. Note that north of Atlantis and west of John Prince Park is the Village of Palm Springs (shaded spring water blue). All areas unshaded are unincorporated PBC.


Click on map to enlarge.

[Orientation: Up is north.
The Great Walled City is to the left (west).]

From Atlantis as a bird flies, heading east of the airport across scenic Lake Osborne, is the unincorporated area called Lake Osborne Heights
(a helicopter-aversive community).

Further east, and not disturbed by helicopters, is the Town of Lantana (shaded Verbenaceae-red) and the City of Lake Worth is north of Lantana (shaded Earth-friendly green).

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lake Worth City Commission Work Session on Thursday, Jan. 10th at 6:00.


But first, before we proceed. . .


Please Note: Exactly one month ago tod
ay at the City Commission, on December 4th, 2018, was the kerfuffle over “PEACE” (learn more about ‘PEACE’ below). And sadly, what happened last month now has some bringing up all that nonsense about ‘sanctuary cities’ once again. To learn the facts about ‘sanctuary’ click on this link.

‘Sanctuary’ is a political tactic to get the public all riled up and upset. ‘Sanctuary’ in reality is a myth. It’s a red herring. It’s the boogeyman. Or the wolf at the door. Call it what you wish. 

Don’t let this political nonsense interfere with our LOCAL politics!

Some are claiming that because Commissioner Herman Robinson voted “Yes” on an agenda item last month that therefore he supports ‘sanctuary’. Completely ludicrous. 

Later on in this blog post is more about what happened last month. 


Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.


Below is the agenda summary for next week at the City Commission Work Session: proposed modifications to the LDRs and the long-awaited completely redone landscape regulations as well. With Hurricane Michael and the devastation caused by fallen trees still fresh in everyone’s minds the updates and changes to the City’s landscape regulations will be very welcome news for the public.

Briefly, whilst on the topic of landscape regulations, what a mess! Last October 16th was Second Reading of Ordinance 2018-15. How this proposed ordinance even got this far is a mystery. Bypassing a workshop with the entire City Commission was a huge mistake.

At one point staff asked for direction going forward and all they got back was blank stares from the Commission. Basically the electeds said go back to square one and start all over.

To learn more about that formerly proposed ordinance last year and about increased code enforcement activities within what’s called “the CDBG Target Area” click on this link.

And word is. . .


Soon there will be a Work Session on the Casino and Beach property as well. That will most certainly generate much interest.

And no. Everyone can take a sigh of relief.


Thus far there has been no work session or workshop scheduled about PEACE and $10,000 for those of you who recall agenda items 12C and D at the last regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission. For those of you unfamiliar with this topic learn more at the end of this blog post.

Ironically, because of a group called PEACE our City could be headed for a nasty political skirmish. How charming! The municipal elections in March are just over two months away.

And of great importance is parliamentary procedure, Robert’s Rules of Order, and how elected officials and the public conduct themselves at public meetings. There needs to be City Commission workshop on this topic very soon.

Hopefully there will never be another presentation from PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts), at least not until after the upcoming March elections. Ever since what happened on December 4th there appears little headway has been made getting West Palm Beach and/or Jupiter to take the lead on this issue and there appears to be little interest in this City of Lake Worth taking the lead either.

Agenda item 12C (Resolution No. 78-2018) did pass on a 3-1 vote on Dec. 4th but without the funding (Item 12D) the vote on 12C doesn’t matter (see video below)

Cooler heads have prevailed such as Commissioner Herman Robinson’s suggestion that this City wait for WPB and Jupiter to step up with a major commitment and funding first, to scale, and then maybe the County Commission and PBSO will take another look. A very big leap of faith considering the County Commission overwhelmingly rejected the proposed program by PEACE and so did PBSO. And City Manager Michael Bornstein’s suggestion also makes a lot of sense: hold off doing anything until the next budget cycle.

But more about PEACE at a later time. Or not.


Now to what is happening next week,
information “Worth Noting”:

To download the entire agenda click on this link and scroll down for the January 10th “Agenda & Backup”. What follows are the two executive briefs:

Executive Brief:


Land Development Regulations Section 23.3-6, Use Tables

Summary: Overview and discussion of modifications to Land Development Regulation (LDR) Section 23.3-6, Use Tables.


Executive Brief:


Amendments to Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Summary: Review and discuss Amendments to the Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Background and Justification: Based on staff’s review of the ordinance, staff is proposing to amend the following sections:
  • Article 1- Section 23.1-12: Definitions.
  • Article 6- Section 23.6-1: Landscape Regulations staff is proposing to repeal the existing section in its entirety and replace with an amended section once all changes are discussed.


Scrolling through the agenda for next Thursday one can clearly see A LOT of changes have been made to the Landscape Regulations. And that is a very good thing, for example, the entire section on volunteer boards being able to levy fines has been eliminated.

And a lot of over-burdensome regulations have been taken out completely or simplified. It sort of looks like a chainsaw (aka, strikethroughs) were used on the formerly proposed regulations which will please many in the public and of course those who would be left to enforce all those pages of proposed regulations.

Stay tuned, as they say.


Now back to ‘War and PEACE’, politically-speaking of course.


To look over that particular item on the agenda click on this link and scroll down for the December 4th Regular Meeting and look for “Agenda & Backup”. Agenda items 12C and D are on pp. 109–117.

Ironically, the big news of the night on December 4th had nothing at all to do with PEACE. It had to do WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm showing up for First Reading of Ordinance 12E, “Ballot language to change name of City to Lake Worth Beach by referendum on March 12, 2019”. It passed unanimously. Again. But this time 4-0 with the mayor absent.

But anyhow, the group PEACE presented a project by “FaithAction” headquartered in North Carolina and South Carolina:


FaithAction offers presentations on the history, purpose, logistics and impact of a community ID card program, as well as intensive training and materials for communities interested in joining the FaithAction network.


To learn more about this program, for presentation rates and more information contact:

Exec. Dir. Reverend David Fraccaro.
Call 336-379-0037
Email: dfraccaro@faithhouse.org


If the program presented by PEACE ever makes it back to the Palm Beach County Commission or to PBSO maybe an invitation can be extended to the police chief in Burlington:


“The Burlington Police Department has been involved with the FaithAction ID Card program for several years. Every month we are able to attend an ID drive and engage new residents. We discuss many aspects of public safety and build great relationships with folks who previously were suspicious or fearful of the police. These relationships lead to enhanced safety for immigrants and citizens alike.” [emphasis added]

Police Chief Jeffrey Smyth, Burlington, North Carolina.


Hard to believe but the City Commission took two hours and twenty minutes for agenda items 12C and 12D. After thirty minutes, by the rules, it should have been sent to a workshop to be scheduled for a later date. At one point during discussion of Item 12C Mayor Pam Triolo had enough and went home.

The vote to approve Item 12C was 3-1 with Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and commissioners Herman Robinson and Omari Hardy in the majority and Commissioner Scott Maxwell voting in opposition. 

The video below is the last twenty minutes or so of Item 12D that kind of sums things up nicely:




And lastly, as contentious as these two agenda items were nothing ever got reported about this in the press or news media except for a letter to the editor that somehow got published in The Palm Beach Post.

City of Lake Worth technology news: Geographic Informational Systems (GIS).


City of Lake Worth receives high honors: “Florida Excellence in Technology awards.”


Please Note: To watch the video of Mr. Joseph Head at a recent City Commission meeting click on this link. Head is the coordinator for the City’s Geographic Informational Systems (GIS).


The press release below is very worthy
and “Worth Noting” as well.

If you would like more information about this technology award the City received contact Joseph Head at 561-586-1777 or by email: jhead@lakeworth.org


Lake Worth, Florida* — The City of Lake Worth is pleased to announce that the Lake Worth Water Utility’s “Optimizing Water Utilities with Mobile GIS” initiative along with GIS Coordinator Joe Head have received Florida Excellence in Technology awards.


Press release continues below.


Learn more about the Lake Worth Water Utility

To look over service areas in the City and suburban (unincorporated) areas out west “Brought to you by the Lake Worth GIS Office” click on this link
for the selection of maps.


The Florida Excellence in Technology awards were established to recognize state and local government information technology (IT) projects and professionals demonstrating excellence and providing value to the State of Florida and its citizens. [emphasis added]
     The Lake Worth Water Utility’s “Optimizing Water Utilities with Mobile GIS” initiative aimed to provide reliable, dynamic and accurate Water Utility feature information in real-time to field crews. By transitioning from static paper maps to dynamic GIS data manipulated via mobile devices, daily operation efficiency and data integrity have been greatly improved.
     City of Lake Worth Water Utility staff, Judith Love, Julie Parham and their field crews worked alongside the GIS department to make this initiative possible. City of Lake Worth GIS Coordinator, Joe Head, led the technical development of this project and was also recognized with an award for his efforts. His cross discipline approach between traditional GIS, database development and task optimization was central in the success of this initiative.
     The City of Lake Worth continues to evaluate new technology and best practices to ensure a forward thinking and modern approach to public service.

End of press release.


*Located in central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural City with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the city by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.

Sobering: Three municipalities in Palm Beach County accounted for forty-five homicides in 2018.


There were ninety-nine homicides last year in Palm Beach County. In 2017 there were one hundred and two homicides in PBC. In 2017 there were twenty-eight murders in West Palm Beach.

“Nervous — make that terrified — residents need to see that the police department can be relied upon to keep their neighborhoods from feeling like war zones.”

Editor(s), Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017, “Unacceptable rise in WPB homicides requires quicker action”.


Here is the latest news published in The Palm Beach Post:


West Palm Beach had 26 homicides, the most of any county municipality, and two shy of the city’s total for 2017. There were 27 homicides in the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County. In Riviera Beach, there were 12 homicides, one shy of the city’s total in 2017.

—Source: Palm Beach Post reporter Julius Whigham, news datelined Dec. 31st, 2018, headlined, “Palm Beach County homicides in 2018: Nearly 100 people were killed”.


For some perspective, in all of unincorporated Palm Beach County and seven municipalities patrolled by PBSO there were forty-three (43) homicides in 2018. In just three municipalities — West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Delray Beach — there were forty-five (45) homicides.

The number of homicides below is from the Post’s “Homicides tracker” database (highlighted in yellow are areas patrolled by PBSO):


West Palm Beach: 26
Riviera Beach: 12
Delray Beach: 7
Boynton Beach: 4
Pahokee: 4
Lake Worth: 3
Palm Beach Gardens: 3
Belle Glade: 2
Boca Raton: 2
Greenacres: 2
Lake Park: 2
Royal Palm Beach: 2
Highland Beach: 1
South Bay: 1
Unknown municipality: 1
Unincorporated PBC: 27


And an oft-posed questions on this blog.


What happened in WPB that caused the homicide rate to fall so dramatically from ten homicides back in 2016 and then spike up to twenty-eight in 2017? Shouldn’t that be the focus of an enterprising reporter or editor(s) at the Post?

Residents and business owners in the City of Lake Worth: Meet your representation in the Florida House of Representatives.


But first, where exactly is the City of Lake Worth?

And what are the City’s municipal borders?


In the map (see below) the un-shaded areas are a combination of unincorporated PBC, suburban Lake Worth and what is called the Lake Worth Corridor.


Shaded areas in map below are:

  • Town of Lantana (shaded red) is to the south.
  • Village of Palm Springs (shaded blue) and the Great Walled City of Atlantis (shaded Royal White) are to the west of County-owned (unincorporated) John Prince Park, PBC Park Airport and PBC State College.
  • Town of Lake Clarke Shores is to the northwest.
  • West Palm Beach is directly to the north (border is the C-51 Canal).


Note in this map one can see the process of “annexation” occurring.

So if you live in one of those unincorporated areas now, that may change in the very near future.

Click on image to enlarge.

Now compare the map above with the district map of the House of Representatives below:


Four districts pass through and include the City of Lake Worth. They are Districts 87–90.


The east-west State Road “802” is Lake Worth Rd. and Lake and Lucerne avenues in Downtown Lake Worth.

The north-south highways are Dixie (US 1) and Federal (nearest the Intracoastal).

Click on map:

To learn who represents your neighborhood and community here in this City in the Florida House of Representatives note the links below.

Going from the east (Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex) to the west (unincorporated Palm Beach County and nearby western municipalities):


District 89 will be represented by recently-elected Mike Caruso (R; shaded lime green): Areas of this district include Lake Worth Beach and all areas east of Federal Hwy. to the Intracoastal. Click on this link for the news about Caruso’s win defeating Jim Bonfiglio (D) by a very slim margin.

District 88 is represented by Representative Al Jaquet (D; shaded lemon yellow): District includes Dixie Hwy. to Federal Hwy. and then expands west at 6th Ave. South to I-95 and District 90.

District 87 is represented by Representative David Silvers (D; shaded bright lavender): District includes areas west of Dixie Hwy. extending outside the City and south to 6th Ave. South and is bordered by District 90 as well.

District 90 is represented by Joseph Casello (D; shaded pear green): District includes areas west of I-95 but not all (a small area of District 87 is west of I-95). District 90 continues west into suburban Lake Worth including the unincorporated John Prince Park, Palm Beach State College, and the Great Walled City of Atlantis.

Also very important:


Your representative in the Florida Senate is Senator Lori Berman.

Your representation on the Palm Beach County Commission is District 3 County Commissioner Dave Kerner and District 7 and Vice Mayor Mack Bernard.


And here is your Lake Worth City Commission:

And always remember: No matter what elected official you contact always remember to ask them,
“What can I do to help?”

Streets in Lake Worth, “[A]re clogged with illegals more than ever, and continue west on Lake Worth Road in front of various gas stations and Home Depot.”


The title of this blog post is from an article published in The Lake Worth Herald in January 2007.


And the Town of Jupiter had an “illegal immigrant problem” eleven years ago as well. 

First, some background:

The news published in the Herald in 2007 (see newspaper clipping below) and this blog post are about how two municipalities, the Town of Jupiter and the City of Lake Worth — two communities referred to in 2007 as having an “illegal immigrant problem” — and also two municipalities that went in two different directions in trying to solve the integration of undocumented immigrants into our communities.

Also below you’ll learn more about two centers that formed to help address aid to the undocumented populations: The El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center in Jupiter and later the Guatemalan-Maya Center (GMC) in Lake Worth. But are these two organizations “on the same page” so to speak?

For example, whereas El Sol focuses on “Community Partnerships” and English literacy, the mission of the GMC is a bit more complicated in that they continue to promulgate the false narrative about so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ here in Palm Beach County:

“[L]ocal governments throughout the United States have been supplying their own movements, such as offering sanctuary. . . . A sanctuary city is a response of the heart and it is a city that will not act as an instrument of federal enforcement.”

The so-called ‘sanctuary city’ is a complete myth in Palm Beach County and in all of Florida as well. Nothing of the sort even exists.

For too many years the Town of Jupiter and this City of Lake Worth have been falsely labeled a ‘sanctuary city’ to the detriment of both our communities. To this very day that ‘sanctuary’ myth continues such as in TV political ads to try and frighten people and to divide our communities. It may be a myth, but it’s still a myth that works in confusing those who don’t know any better.

Please Note: In the newspaper clipping below Andy Lukasik is cited as the “Jupiter Town Manager”. Remember, the news below is from eleven years ago. Lukasik was the town manager in Jupiter from 2004–2017. The town manager in Jupiter now is Matt Benoit who, “[J]oined the Town in February 2018”. This needs to be clearly noted so as to not create any confusion.


Now to the news in the Herald about when the
City of Lake Worth was, “[C]logged with illegals more than ever”:


Click on newspaper clipping to enlarge.

“Continued On Pg. 4”

The article continues as Lukasik. . .


[T]old the El Sol story to other municipalities in Palm Beach County and was recently invited to Lake Worth [in 2007].

I’ll talk about the town’s [Town of Jupiter] role in how the [El Sol] center got established and some of the players who made it possible,” Lukasik told The Lake Worth Herald.

The issue of illegal day laborers started heating up in Jupiter in 2005 as it did in Lake Worth.

Hispanics in Jupiter represented 7.30 percent of the population, according to the 2000 census. Jupiter had a population of 39,000.

Lake Worth’s Hispanic population, the largest in Palm Beach County, was reported in the [2010] census to be 29.70 percent of the city’s then 35,000 population.*


Town Ordinance


Jupiter tried to quell the problem by using various local tools, including an emphasis on code enforcement and public safety, according to Lukasik.

“The [El Sol] resource center was the focal point with everything else.

“The town was instrumental in putting the pieces of the puzzle together so it can work,” Lukasik said.

In September of last year [2006], the town passed a solicitation ordinance making in unlawful for anyone to seek employment on any public property or right-of-way, or to seek employment from any commercial parking area or common area of multi-family buildings.

The ordinance also makes in unlawful for any employer, while occupying any vehicle, to hire or attempt to hire anyone on any public property or right-of-way.

Following the passage of the ordinance, El Sol held an official opening.

While Catholic Charities is operating El Sol after receiving a grant, the future is not known.

“Catholic Charities of Palm Beach raced to secure a grant last year to take this on and cover all the staff and administrative expenses at the center for a least 12 months and up to 18 months,” Kelly Layman, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities said.

“The grant for $180,000 was secured from a national private foundation as an emergency request.

“It does not intend to continue long-term funding, so Catholic Charities and the town and the center’s partners will need to re-address funding after this summer to continue the center’s work,” Layman said.

Catholic Charities is a 23-year-old non-profit organization headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens.

Complaints about day laborers on the streets of Lake Worth, mainly downtown Lake Avenue, prompted a campaign by police [former LWPD] to issue citations to undocumented workers.

Lake Worth Mayor Rodney Romano attempted to find a designated place where day laborers could congregate.

Streets in Lake Worth today have become an employment zone and are clogged with illegals more than ever, and continue west on Lake Worth Road in front of various gas stations and Home Depot.

End of news article.


Hopefully the news article above will provide some helpful historical context. What the Town of Jupiter and the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center have accomplished is truly remarkable:


From Twitter. . .


The big policy question here in the City of Lake Worth is what can be done to help forge a greater partnership with the Guatemalan-Maya Center and re-create the successes in the Town of Jupiter? And note there have been some great successes as well here in the City of Lake Worth, for example the Community Redevelopment Agency’s 3rd annual festival of Día de los Muertos — a historic cultural tradition from Central America — is fast becoming one of the most unique festivals in South Florida.

If you would like to contact the Guatemalan-Maya Center directly, to donate material or become a volunteer, the center is located at 430 North ‘G’ St. in Lake Worth. The phone number is 561-547-0085; or reach by email at: info@guatemalanmaya.org

And lastly, please remember there has never been in the history of Palm Beach County a so-called ‘sanctuary city’. But the City of Lake Worth prides itself in being referred to as a “Welcoming City”:


Lake Worth has long been recognized as a hospitable and welcoming place where people, families and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued.


*City of Lake Worth population in 2020 projected to top 40,000. In July 2017 percentage estimate of “Hispanic or Latino” in the City of Lake Worth  =  38.9%.
Click on this link to learn more about immigration services at Catholic Charities of Palm Beach.
The former LWPD merged with PBSO in August 2008.

Radical environmentalists you’ve supported in the past now just a disappointment? Then consider Deep Green Resistance (DGR).



Please note, this is very important: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”.

However, since so many of our coastal communities in Palm Beach County are the home base for radical environmentalist (rad enviro) cells, instead of them trying to monkeywrench local city politics and initiatives — which only drains rad enviro resources, time, money, and personnel — don’t you think the rads need to focus instead on the big issues such as western sprawl, the Ag Reserve, and rallying volunteers to help clean up the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge during this latest Federal government shutdown?

If you are a dedicated environmentalist or from the Loxahatchee Sierra Club and would like to help clean up the ARM Loxahatchee Refuge the address is 10216 Lee Rd. in suburban Boynton Beach. The easiest and most direct route from the coast is to take either Lake Worth Rd. or Boynton Beach Blvd. to State Rd. 7 (441) and head south. The refuge will be on the west side of the road.

Without further ado. . .


Are you a supporter of radical environmentalism
and looking for bold ideas?


Tired of retelling old stories of tree-sits? Public relations fiascos like a rad enviro throwing a battery into a lake? Confusing ‘musicals’ sending mixed messages too?

“Yes! It is Happening!”

Nearly three years later, what did this ‘musical’ accomplish except for a well-written account by Rachel Monroe in the Oxford American?


“Community Action Group”?

Click image to enlarge. Pretty clever, huh?
The 1960s is calling and they want their
Lake Worth hippie back.


The self-described rad enviros in Palm Beach County are a big disappointment, especially when it comes curbing or at least slowing down western sprawl. You would be hard-pressed finding any proof of their success if you read the newspaper every day. Especially the “Real Estate” section.

If you’re looking for new ideas “outside the box” then consider donating much needed funds to DGR. Consider this:


     Throughout history all resistance movements have faced ruthless enemies that had unlimited resources. And, unlike the past, now everything’s at stake.
     We are battling those who are destroying the planet for their profit, not ours. Not all of us can participate on the frontlines. Many people have important reasons to stay back – families, children, or character traits. [emphasis added]

and. . .


     We are a young organization, but we have a message that is more unique and strategic than anything else we have seen. The DGR strategy – Decisive Ecological Warfare – lays out a simple (though not easy) plan to get from here – a society based on wholesale exploitation and destruction of human communities and the natural world – to there – thousands of local communities based on respect, human rights, and balance.
     As an aboveground organization, our work is strictly nonviolent. 
     Our tasks are simple: to promote the need for an underground, to shift the culture of activism, to normalize resistance, and to build movement towards true justice, sustainability, and equality.
     Join those of us who cannot be on the front lines in supporting the struggle for life and justice. With your help, we will make this dream a reality.

To help, send a check or use one many other options:

Deep Green Resistance
PO Box 925

Thursday, January 3, 2019

News from Sir Eddie Ritz at the Post: “See streets of downtown Lake Worth transformed into work of art”.


This year is the 25th year of the Street Painting Festival in Downtown Lake Worth!


And for twenty-five years this annual festival is still filling the hotels in downtown West Palm (without a beach).

For those of you who like to plan lodging ahead of time, e.g., have family and friends visiting to attend the festival, the Visitors’ Information Center in West Palm is located at 100 N. Clematis St., call 561-881-9757 or one can send an email to: contactus@visitpalmbeach.com

Another useful tool from West Palm is the travel guide, “Plan Your Next Trip”:


Soak up the sun along our nearby beaches. Treat yourself to the most diverse dining, arts and culture, rediscover natural Florida, and shop districts of all sorts. You own your moment in our city!

Planning your West Palm Beach vacation is easy with our visitor information, planning tools, and maps. Download WPB Travel Guide. Save on hotels, tour packages, and services!


Hope you found this information helpful. Now back to the Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth without a hotel in the Downtown:


Calling All Street Artists:


Get your application in for the 2019 Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth.


This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Would you like information on how to become a sponsor? Then click on this link.


The news below is from Sir Eddie Ritz about the festival last year, this was front page news in The Palm Beach Post. To read the entire article click on this link; two short excerpts:


     This annual affair will be held Saturday and Sunday and will bring in over 600 artists.
     There will be featured artists from all over the country as well as local featured artists with incredible talent from right in our own backyard.

and. . .

     In addition to the beautiful artwork, the festival will also include live music, beer tents, a festival food court as well as Lake Worth’s usual downtown restaurants and shops.


Enjoy the video!

Tomorrow is the monthly Lake Ave. Block Party from 6:00–10:00.


This Friday starting at 4:00 in Downtown Lake Worth — on Lake Ave. east of Dixie to Federal Hwy. — will be closed to traffic. Parking along Lake Ave. will not be permitted on the street. If you are driving please follow the signs and detours.

And a reminder: If you happen to be strolling down Lake Ave. and see anyone acting erratically on South J St., down the street from The Book Cellar bookstore, please do not be alarmed. Those merchants are completely harmless. Their flustered behavior is normal and quite entertaining when Lake Ave. is shut down for festivals, parades and other community events.

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!

Com on out Friday evening for the 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.

“I decry it as an evil thing, whipped up by the demagogues and carried on the hot and erratic winds of passion, prejudice, and hysteria.”


The quote above is from former Florida
Governor LeRoy Collins.

In March 2017 the editor at the Post chose to publish this absurd letter with the unfortunate heading, “Ideological divide driving us to war?” Mind you, this open-ended question was published just two days prior to the run-off elections whilst the “hot and erratic winds” of politics were whirling in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens. Here are two excerpts from that letter that somehow made it past the editorial board:

Our country is divided by deep-seated ideological beliefs.
and. . .
This divide is wide and growing wider. If a solution isn’t found, I fear we may be headed for another civil war.

Yes. Politics is very divided in our country. But America had a civil war once and the scars are still present everywhere. However. . .

Sixty years ago Florida was
in full crisis
.


A major one that could have sparked a second Civil War. It could have happened — but it didn’t — because of then-Florida Governor LeRoy Collins. In 1957 the Florida legislature wanted to declare the Brown v Board of Education decision “null and void”.

Gov. Collins stood up to the legislature’s ‘interposition’ which was “whipped up by the demagogues”. Gov. Collins did not agree with the decision by the Supreme Court but he rightfully saw the role of the court and each state’s responsibility under the Constitution.

Were it not for Gov. Collins would the history books have a chapter on America’s Civil War II? A frightening thought. But Gov. Collins did not cave in to the demagogues and we moved on as a society and most people can agree for the better.

Meet Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins:

Image from Wikipedia.

Here is an excerpt from the State of Florida archives, a quote by Gov. Collins*: 

“I feel that the U. S. Supreme Court has improperly usurped powers reserved to the states under the constitution. I have joined in protesting such and in seeking legal means of avoidance. But if this resolution declaring the decisions of the court to be ‘null and void’ is to be taken seriously, it is anarchy and rebellion against the nation which must remain ‘indivisible under God’ if it is to survive. Not only will I not condone ‘interposition’ as so many have sought me to do, I decry it as an evil thing, whipped up by the demagogues and carried on the hot and erratic winds of passion, prejudice, and hysteria. If history judges me right this day, I want it known that I did my best to avert this blot. If I am judged wrong, then here in my own handwriting and over my signature is the proof of guilt to support my conviction.

LeRoy Collins, Governor.

May 2, 1957.”

*From Florida Memory, State Library & Archives of Florida.