Friday, September 13, 2019

Save The Date!


Saturday, December 14th at 6:00.

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Your safety is our top concern — That’s why the City of Lake Worth Beach wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen.

The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin to use an emergency communication service powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away.

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How Does It Work?


The process begins when the City of Lake Worth Beach issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, the emergency notification system sends a message through your primary contact path. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact path and continues trying to reach you until you confirm receipt.

The success of this service relies on YOU.

Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency.

Please sign up online by clicking on this link. It only takes about a minute to enroll, or you can sign up by texting LAKEWORTHBCH to 888777 (message and data rates may apply).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important program!

PUBLIC SAFETY REMINDER: Stormwater and drainage.


“Most times there is not a problem, Mabel. It’s only a problem when it rains. Call that reporter again!”


In Lake Worth Beach if you are having problems with water drainage in your neighborhood don’t wait until the next major weather event to call CBS12 or a reporter from the Post. They cannot help you.

What will help is contacting the City’s Stormwater Division at the Public Services Dept. You can contact the supervisor and/or the office if you have a problem. For all that information click on this link.

Whilst on topic here is an idea for the Public Services Dept. in this City: A clever way to get the word out.


 Courtesy of the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District in the fine American State of Ohio.

Click on image to enlarge:

“Thank your storm drain for all it does for you.”

Have YOU thanked YOUR storm drain today?


From the City’s website: Lake Worth was platted in the early 1900s with an extensive network of alleyways. Historically, alleyways were used as service corridors for utilities and deliveries in the back of homes and businesses. Alleyways also provided a rear access to a property where a garage may have been located in residential areas.
     While times have changed — deliveries may no longer take place in alleys and garbage collection takes place out front — many of Lake Worth’s water and electric lines are still located in the alleyways.
     Lake Worth alleys are narrow, ranging in size from roughly 10 ft. in residential areas up to 15 ft. wide in commercial areas. They are barely wide enough to accommodate the big, burly trucks, equipment and teams for the efficient delivery of utilities services when clear.


Who is responsible for
the alleyways?

City’s Responsibility:

  • Mow and grade alleyways.
  • Keep power lines clear of foliage.

Citizen’s Responsibility:

  • Keep alley clear of all trash behind your property.
  • Dispose of any bulk items in the proper manner. Not in the alley.
  • Keep hedges, shrubs, and trees trimmed. Out of the alley.

Two items from the Q&A:

What is an easement?
Portion(s) of a property owner’s land where the City is provided legally granted access for utilities or other City essential services.
Who owns the easement anyway? The property owner or the City utilities?
Property owners own the land. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to keep all areas of the easement free of debris and structures so City utilities crews can do their work.

Festival of Día de los Muertos in Lake Worth Beach. A festival like no other in South Florida.


When is it time to begin the preparations for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities? The time is now:

Para más información o oportunidades
de venta llaman 561-493-2550.

Or contact Emily Theodossakos,
LULA’s
Marketing Program Manager by email: etheodossakos@lakeworth.org


Become a sponsor at this year’s
Day of the Dead festival!

This year’s 4th annual Día de los Muertos will be held on Saturday, November 2nd.

Playa Lake Worth es una ciudad acogedora y un verdadero punto de encuentro para las diferentes culturas.

[Lake Worth Beach is a welcoming city and a true meeting point of different cultures.]

Start getting ready all you face painters, vendors, dancers, musicians, entertainers, and all who wish to honor and celebrate those who have passed on.



The Day of the Dead is one of South and Central America’s most distinctive holidays, Día de los Muertos is considered a day of cheerful celebration rather than one of mourning.

Each November, LULA Lake Worth Arts presents a FREE day of fun for the whole family. This year Day of the Dead, as it is each year, will be celebrated on the first Saturday in November at The HATCH building located at 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The annual celebration will feature traditional foods, folkloric dances, traditional ofrendas, a procession, cultural arts and crafts and children’s activities.


Admission and parking to the festival and
exhibitions are always FREE.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lake Worth Beach, suburban Lake Worth and Greenacres: Help PBSO eliminate graffiti in your neighborhood.


PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit.


NO COST TO YOU!
IT’S FREE!


Take back your street, neighborhood,
community and parks.


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

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



How the PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit came to be:


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

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

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

Press Release. LWB Public Library with exciting news: CloudLibrary service.



Lake Worth Beach — Over 97,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available with Lake Worth Beach Public Library’s new cloudLibrary service. Residents will be able to access eBooks with their Lake Worth Beach Public Library card using the cloudLibrary app (see link below).

The cloudLibrary app is easy to use on a mobile device, computer or tablet. Apps are downloaded directly from the Apple Store or Google Play. Other options include downloading the app for Windows PC or Mac OS X. Once the app is downloaded a user can log in with their library card number and then browse and borrow eBooks. Borrowed books will remain available through the app for up to 2 weeks.

The cloudLibrary app is available using this link: https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

For information about cloudLibrary or to learn how to get a library card residents should contact the library by calling 561-533-7354 or send an email to: lwlibrary.org

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lake Worth Beach sounds off: “[S]ay ‘yes’ to a pool, but ‘no’ to a pool at the beach.”


The following is a call to action, a Letter to the Editor published in The Lake Worth Herald:


Dear Editor,

I do not understand why so many people think that the only place for a City pool is at the beach. Our town has a lot more to offer than just a beach, which is wonderful, and should be developed as a beach!

I am suggesting that the City build an aquatic/recreation complex at the south end of town, near the gym. This location puts the pool near the recreation headquarters and near the home of our summer camp. Swim lessons could be offered. Plenty of room for [FREE] parking. Nighttime event lighting would not bother the sea turtles. A state of the art recreation complex including a pool and splash area would appeal to City residents of all ages. Who wouldn’t want to relax in the pool after a soccer game or other athletic event?

Instead of crowding our lovely beach let’s spread out our City attractions and develop an underutilized area into a modern and exciting complex in the south end of town.

Just because we had a pool at the beach in the past doesn’t mean that the beach is the best location for a pool today. I propose that we say “yes” to a pool, but “no” to a pool at the beach.

Lake Worth Beach — we’re more than a beach — let’s make it happen.

Cindy Ansell


Support your LOCAL newspaper and
support LOCAL journalism.

To become a subscriber to the Herald click on this link.

The Herald is still just ¢50! 

To contact the editor send an email to Editor@lwherald.com, call 561-585-9387, or send a letter to: 1313 Central Terrace, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Friday: Come out and enjoy the fun in Downtown Lake Worth Beach!


It’s the monthly Lake Ave. Block Party from 6:00–10:00.



Let’s begin with traffic, detours and pedestrian areas.

Starting at 4:00 on Friday in downtown LWB — on Lake Ave. east of Dixie Hwy. to Federal Hwy. — this roadway will be closed to traffic. Parking along Lake Ave. will not be permitted on the street after 4:00 and traffic will be diverted eastbound on either 2nd Ave. North or 2nd Ave. South.

Due to the amazing success of this monthly event the City expanded the pedestrian areas to include J Street between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. Vehicle traffic will no longer be permitted on J Street betwixt 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave.; traffic will be detoured north on J Street.

If you have any questions please visit City Hall at 7 N. Dixie Hwy. or call 561-533-7300.


Click on image to enlarge:

Hope to see a big crowd Friday
on Lake Ave. in LWB!

Friday at 7:30: Monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Lake Worth Beach (more details below).


Very important: This bike ride the first Friday of each month is AT YOUR OWN RISK!


In some circles this event is still called the “LDub Critical Mass” ride. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘LDub’ click on this link for more information.

To be part of this ride show up at Bryant Park along the Intracoastal at 7:00 between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. (use 30 S. Golfview Rd. in GPS). There is plenty of FREE parking close by.

There are rules that must be followed. The ride begins exactly at 7:30 sharp. All traffic regulations must be followed by all participants. Bike lights are required (rear red light, white light on front). All children must wear a helmet. Bring along a container of water and plastic straws are prohibited.

Critical Mass rides are referred to as an “organized coincidence” with no leaders or members. Routes are decided either spontaneously or by popular vote and the ride ‘leaders’ (sometimes referred to as corkers) are out front in front and mingled in with the group.


Here’s a blast from the past in LDub!

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 this evening and this is very important: 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.


 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 give you a traffic ticket.
But a PBSO deputy can.

Get excited! Christmas and Snowbird Season in City of Lake Worth Beach.


This upcoming 2019–2020 Holiday Season will be an exciting one for our returning Snowbirds, the old and confusing ‘Lake Worth’ has now become Lake Worth Beach, a city with a new name!

It’s important to remember whether one uses ‘Lake Worth’ or Lake Worth Beach in the mailing address the regions zip codes remain the same.

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


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

The Time Is Now!


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

Hope you enjoy this look back:


Send your Mail Art to:

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

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

Thank You.
AnnaMaria
Project art consultant


Click on images to enlarge:

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


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


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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management Announcement - Post-Hurricane Dorian

After detailed discussion with the National Weather Service and Hurricane Center, a reentry order lifting the mandatory evacuation orders for Zones A and B will be effective at 4:00 pm.

County offices will be closed on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and resume normal operations on Thursday, September 5. 

Residents may begin exiting shelters. Shelters will remain open overnight and close at 9:00 am Wednesday morning.

EOC will de-escalate to a Level 2 (partial) activation effective 7:00 pm tonight and will remain at that level until approximately 7:00 pm tomorrow, September 4, 2019. 
Palm Tran will resume full service Wednesday, September 4 starting at 4:30 a.m.

For continuing information on Hurricane Dorian contact the Emergency Information Center (EIC) at 561-712-6400. For more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: ReadyPBC.com
Follow us on Twitter @PBCGOV and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.
#PBCGov #Dorian #ReadyPBC

Scam Alert from the REAL City of Lake Worth Beach...

Please note: @Cityoflwb is a fake account and has no affiliation with the City. This is not a real offer. Please be careful of scammers.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Palm Beach County Ordering Evacuations and Opening Shelters

The eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm winds are expected in the area within 36 hours. Due to this, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 P.M. Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center number is 561-712-6400.

Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion.

Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.

If you choose to not evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.

To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to readyPBC.com or download our free app “PBC DART.”  If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.

At 1 p.m. today, Sunday, September 1, Palm Beach County will open seven general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.

The seven general population shelters are:
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach
Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter
Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade
Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee
Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington
Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received a notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org.

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth,

The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you to the shelter, only dinner will be served Sunday evening. Shelters will be opening in The Glades and residents from Zone A can evacuate to those shelters.

Palm Tran serves many shelter locations. Additionally, all Palm Tran services will be free on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office assures they will not be checking the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:
•          3 day supply of water
•          2 changes of comfortable clothes
•          Flashlight with extra batteries
•          Cell phone and a battery-operated charger
•          Medications and prescriptions
•          Snacks/Special diet foods
•          Cash
•          Photocopies of valuable documents
•          Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay
•          Space is limited, so please pack accordingly
•          Weapons are prohibited in shelters

For continuing information on Hurricane Dorian, and for more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: www.pbcgov.com/dem, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Public Affairs Manager Becky Robinson, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

No waste collection and solid waste facilities closed in PBC Monday and Tuesday
While regular operations will continue through Saturday, Aug. 31, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will CLOSE all facilities and operations on Monday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Dorian. No garbage, recyclables or yard waste collection will occur. No onsite drop-offs will be accepted.

The SWA is monitoring conditions and will send information regarding the resumption of normal operations following the storm. SWA facilities will be evaluated for damage as soon as it is safe so they can open and begin receiving garbage.

If a resident finds that their recyclables and/or yard waste was not picked up on their regular collection day, they are asked to take them back into their house or secure them in some way until after the storm passes. Residents are also able to bring their debris to the SWA landfill or an SWA transfer station before the end of business Saturday.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Special Update 3 from the City of Lake Worth Beach

At this time it is becoming more likely that the City of Lake Worth Beach is going to experience a significant weather event over Labor Day weekend. You should be finalizing your preparations and ensuring you are ready to enact your personal hurricane plan if necessary. The City for its part is continuing to make preparations to ensure that we are as ready as possible to respond to whatever comes our way.

Please continue to watch for updates and follow the advice of the Governor and other officials.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

We are all in this together, Irma didn't beat us and neither will Dorian! We are Lake Worth Beach, a strong and resilient community that will stick together no matter what the weekend brings!

Hurricane Phone line

As Hurricane Dorian makes landfall if you need to report anything storm related to the City please feel free to call (561)586-1695. The City has out of state call center teams who will be able to keep taking calls and providing information even if City staff lose phone service.

Please note that if you have a fire, medical, or law enforcement emergency you should contact 911, not call the City.

Lake Worth Beach Casino and Ocean Complex
(Including Beach, Pier, Casino Building, and Parking lot)

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the Lake Worth Beach Ocean Complex for the public’s safety at 11:45pm on Saturday, August 31st. No one will be granted entry after this time and any cars remaining will be towed. This is to allow staff to make final preparations prior to the hurricane's arrival.


After the storm the entire complex including the beach, pier, and casino building will remain closed until further notice. Palm Beach police will not allow anyone who is not a resident of the Town of Palm Beach on to the island so please do not attempt to cross the bridge going east, you will be turned back.

Lake Worth Beach Parks

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing all parks for the public’s safety at sunset on Saturday, August 31st. Parks will remain closed to the public until after the storm has passed and the damage has been assessed and made safe.

Municipal Library

The City of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Library is now closed due to Hurricane Dorian. The library will reopen after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

Know your Hurricane Evacuation Routes and Zones!

For more detailed information, click here for the Palm Beach County Hurricane Guide.

Hurricane Dorian Message from the Lake Worth Beach Electric Utility Director Ed Liberty

"As you are already aware there is a potential for Dorian to make landfall near the Lake Worth Beach electric utility service territory.  We are tracking the storm’s progress and making necessary preparations to respond to outages as quickly and safely as possible.  We strongly encourage our customers to prepare their homes and properties, as well as take precautions for their own well being should the storm impact our region.

Maintaining electric service throughout the service territory is our priority.  To that end, I have communicated to our crews and staff to prepare to work through the coming weekend. In addition I have confirmed the availability of our overhead line construction and tree-trimming contractors to assist us if needed.  Should we need even more assistance we have the ability to reach out to utilities across the state and even nationwide, to obtain additional help under already established mutual aid agreements.

For your part, we ask that you remain indoors during periods of high winds and lightning.  We will be monitoring the condition of the electric system from our System Operations Center, and from there we will be able to identify any outages as they occur using our remote monitoring system that includes the electric meter on your home.  Customers will be able to monitor the locations of electric outages using our on-line outage map on the City’s Hurricane Website.  If your power goes out you can notify us using the on-line outage-reporting tool from your smart phone (https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/) recognizing however that we may already be aware of the event.  You can also confirm that we know your power is out by referring to the on-line outage map (https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/ ) to see if your neighborhood is highlighted.  And you can always call us to let us know, but be aware that you may experience long wait times during storm events, and again, we likely already know that your power is out.

Our communications team will be providing regular updates throughout the weekend on our website and social media.

Lake Worth Beach - Hurricane Dorian Update #2

The City of Lake Worth Beach is well under way with hurricane preparations for Hurricane Dorian. Many people assume that the Mayor and City Manager are privy to information about the storm that isn't available to the public but the reality is that there is no more information available about the path of the storm than that which is on reputable news stations or websites such as NOAA. The City Manager's website of choice for looking at the models is Mikes Spaghetti Models which provides a good cross section of the available models. At this time the City will be following the guidance of the County, if you would like to stay up to date with the County download the PBC Dart app in your app store.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

Together we can make it through whatever comes our way, we are Lake Worth Beach!

Hurricane Website

The City of Lake Worth Beach has launched our Hurricane Resource website. This site is designed to be clean in its design with minimal images so it is easy to load on a mobile device. Please bookmark:
 https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/.

We hope this will be a useful resource for all our residents to quickly find hurricane information from the City. On this page you can also access the outage tracker as well as the outage report form.

Lake Worth Beach Pier

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the Lake Worth Beach Pier for the public’s safety at 6am on Saturday, August 31st. The pier will remain closed until further notice due to dangerous wave heights expected from hurricane Dorian.

Golf Course

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closed as of Saturday, August 31st due to Hurricane Dorian. The course will reopen after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lake Worth Beach: Hurricane and storm preparedness.


Here is Dorian Special Update #1 from LWB City Hall:


As Tropical Storm [now Hurricane] Dorian approaches it is important to remain calm. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst!

As of this moment there is no certainty of the track of the storm with regards to South Florida. We encourage all residents to continue to monitor the situation through television, radio and the internet. City staff are doing the same and will continue to release information as we learn more. For now make sure you continue your hurricane preparations and do not become complacent. If you live east of Federal Highway this includes preparing for evacuation in case an evacuation order is given; as such it is essential you have a full tank of gas in your evacuation vehicle (do not wait until the order to fill up).

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven’t already followed us on social media please click the links below:



Together we can make it through whatever comes our way, we are Lake Worth Beach!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Build it and they will come?


Four years ago during some of the most wonderful weather in South Florida the municipal pool adjacent to the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex remained for the most part empty of people.

As some consider going down the same lane once again it’s worth wondering whether or not a pool scene in March–May 2025 would look any different than the scenes below in March–May 2015.

When we had a pool open to the public at the beach in Lake Worth. . .


It was a pool that needed people. . .

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Start Preparations. International Talk Like A Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is 1½ fortnights away.


ITLAPD is always held on September 19th.


“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

—Quote. Mahatma Ghandi, 1928.


Those who knew Ghandi well understood his sense of humor and that humor, “was one of his strongest features and one of the things people most liked and admired about him.”


“Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat”

Excerpt. International Talk Like a Pirate Day proclamation at Lake Worth City Commission on Sept. 19th, 2018 read by Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo.

Ghandi and bilge rats and silly proclamations!
How did we get here?
 


Here’s how the scheme went down. Former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard, on learning of the first annual ITLAPD coming up on September 19th, 2012, reached out to a City resident who called this annual celebration in the L-Dub, “juvenile, nonsensical — a day that might occur in a kindergarten class.”

Then Willie Howard in his 2012 article titled,
“ ‘Talk like a pirate day’ in Lake Worth
has some up in arms” continued. . .


She [City resident] said the city should not waste time on such foolishness because it has serious problems. Bornstein [City Manager Michael Bornstein] responded in part with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
     “I’m so sorry you find this fun, silly proclamation anything more than that,” Bornstein wrote in his response to [former commissioner JoAnn] Golden. “I could easily become consumed with a sense of over correctness in almost everything involved in government. However, I refuse to become devoid of all the wonderful human emotions including, most importantly, humor.”


Save the Date!

The 7th Annual ITLAPD in Lake Worth Beach is on September 19th.


Here is official text of the ITLAPD proclamation presented at the City Commission:


PROCLAMATION


Whereas, old pirate culture from the Caribbean is popular in TV shows, movies, literature, products, and rafting; and
Whereas, pirates are colorful, adventurous, mischievous and flamboyant; and
Whereas, two re-enactors, John Bauer and Mark Summers instituted International Talk Like A Pirate Day in 1995; and
Whereas, humorist Dave Barry liked the idea so much he promoted it in his nationally syndicated column in 2002, igniting a powder keg of followers worldwide; and
Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat; and
Whereas, everyone would like to think they have a little bit of pirate spirit inside of themselves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Triolo, Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim:
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 as INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY and urge all citizens of Lake Worth as well as all the less worthy sailors and scalawags in other communities to celebrate in a hearty and fun loving way on September 19th!
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lake Worth, Florida to be affixed this 19th day of September, 2017.

______________________
Pam Triolo, Mayor ATTEST

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


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


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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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


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




End of discussion about DGR and solar energy. Very interesting is it not? Has it changed your view of solar energy?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

One could call this blog post, “How not to do a project at the Lake Worth Beach.”


What you’ll see below is from:

April 13th, 2012.


So as we proceed forward let’s hope we never see anything like this ever again. . .


I took a drive up to the beach Friday afternoon [in April 2012] and captured these pictures. Below you will see a group of people trying to navigate the main walkway from the lower parking lot to the PEDESTRIAN ACCESS leading to the actual beach. I say “navigate” since the walkway was covered by water from some unknown source (this was before any of yesterday’s rain).


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The former Casino had been demolished by 2012. And the new Casino was nearing completion. And officials said the Beach ‘was open’. 


Moving into the future, whatever is decided to do at the Beach, let’s make certain the Beach truly remains open for the public.







You can check out the video of these girls trying to negotiate the water covered path.



































Benny’s on the Beach.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Prayers and insight from “The Interfaith Prayer Book”, expanded 2nd edition, published in 2014.


The Interfaith Prayer Book was compiled by Lake Worth resident Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN). Learn more about this organization at the end of this blog post.

From p. 31 by Siddur Avodas HaLev titled,
“A Jewish View of Prayer”:


“Prayer: Its Hebrew name is, tefillah, a word that gives us an insight into the Torah’s concept of prayer. The root of tefillah means to judge, to differentiate, to clarify, to decide. In life, we constantly sort out evidence from rumor, valid options from wild speculations, fact from fancy. Thus, prayer is the soul’s yearning to define what truly matters and to ignore the trivialities that often masquerade as essential.”


From p. 69, the “Hymn of the Good Samaritan”:


From every race and land,
The victim of our day,
Abused and hurt by human hands,
Are wounded on life’s way.

The priest and Levite* pass
And find not time to wait.
The pressing claims of living call;
They leave them to their fate.

But one of different faith
To care he felt compelled.
His active love like Jesus’ own
Uplifted, healed and held.

May this example lead,
Inspire and teach us all
That we may find in others’ faith
The God on whom we call.


From p. 23 in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” is the ancient reading from the Popul Vuh, a region in South America now called Guatemala:


Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.


To learn more about the “Reading of Popul Vuh” in The Interfaith Prayer Book and the Ancient History Encyclopedia click on this link.

The Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN) is “[A] group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action. . . . LWIN hopes that sharing our experience will be helpful to other communities who desire to create similar local interfaith organizations.”


*Levite: “[M]ember of the tribe of Levi; descendant of Levi, especially one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle.” Learn more at Wikipedia.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Pier at the beach in Lake Worth Beach is named in honor of William O. Lockhart, a former commissioner.


William Osborne Lockhart was the former pier master who passed away in 2003: “[I]t was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.”


The news below is from July 2003 by long-time South Florida editor and reporter Kari Barnett.

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Newspaper clipping from the Lake Worth Forum dated July 8th, 2003. The Forum is published by the Sun Sentinel for distribution in Palm Beach County.

The caption beneath the photo reads in part:


The pier at Lake Worth Beach, first opened in 1954, was recently renamed by the city commission for long-time activist William O. Lockhart, who died in April at age 71.

Article continues on p. 6 . . . three excerpts:


“William Lockhart was a friend of society and a proud member of this city,” said Paul Martin, who was overcome with emotion at the unanimous vote [July 1st, 2008 at City Commission] to change the name.
     Martin, along with others in Lake Worth, started a grassroots campaign months ago to raise funds to pay for the lettering on a new sign showing that the pier is named in Lockhart’s honor.

and. . .


     Along with his charitable efforts, Lockhart was a city commissioner in the late 1980s who attended many meetings around the city’s neighborhoods.
     After retiring from his city job in 1991, Lockhart was a volunteer with the Lake Worth Citizens on Patrol and was president of Lake Worth Citizens on Task.
     But it was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.

and the article concludes. . .


     Commissioner Nadine Burns took time at the end of last week’s commission meeting to recall what she thought Lockhart meant to the City of Lake Worth.
     “I was cleaning out one of the file cabinets here at city hall and I realized William Lockhart was one of the most repeated names,” Burns said.
     “We did a good thing tonight.”


The William O. Lockhart Pier was one of the sites visited by writer Lori Durante* of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in a blog post dated Oct. 2012 titled, “Black Bahamian descendants from Miami tour historic Lake Worth”. According to Durante former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard provided research on Lockhart’s ancestry.

Another stop on the tour was the St. John’s Episcopal Church in the City of Lake Worth: “Lake Osborne Addition was once Lake Osborne ‘Colored’ Addition that was settled around 1917 by black Bahamians.” Durante then states that in 1999 the City deleted the derogatory term ‘Colored’ from City plat maps.

Durante’s tour also visited the Grant AME Chapel, “[E]stablished in 1922 and is the oldest black church in Lake Worth. The church organization originated in the neighboring Town of Lantana.”

More history about the William O. Lockhart Pier: the hurricanes of 2004–2005.


After the pier was renamed in 2003 and according to reporter Kari Barnett some thought the name change would be “confusing for some visitors” and others wanted the name to remain the “Lake Worth Pier” a much bigger issue came along in September 2004. What no one could have predicted and very few were prepared for: hurricanes Frances and Jeanne and then Wilma visited the very next year.

Here is news from 2006 as reported by Palm Beach Post staff writer Nicole Janok on, “Lake Worth moving to rebuild pier”.

“The $2.8 million project is slated to begin in January and take approximately 10 months”.


LAKE WORTH — Longtime surfer James Linkins remembers the days when Lake Worth Beach had sandbars that produced killer waves. But ever since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroyed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier two years ago [2004], the waves haven’t been the same.”

Newspaper clipping from October 28th, 2006.

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On Sept. 4th, 2004, Hurricane Frances pummeled Lake Worth — then two weeks later we got hit by Hurricane Jeanne — winds estimated 120 mph. Then along came Wilma in 2005. Fast forward to 2009. . .


The William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier held its grand reopening on May 9th, 2009 and Lockhart has kept his place in City of Lake Worth history.



*Does the name Lori Durante sound familiar? It should. Durante is one of Lake Worth’s greatest ambassadors. She was featured in an article by Palm Beach Post business reporter Jennifer Sorentrue:


Delray Beach resident Lori Durante launched Taste History Culinary Tours in 2011, combining the idea of a narrated bus tour with the growing popularity of food tastings.
     She started the venture in Delray Beach, and then added tours in Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth [emphasis added], and West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village neighborhood and Arts and Entertainment District.

“. . .look. . . it’s a pool again!”


Newspaper clipping from April 2008.

Click on image to enlarge:

Next time you and your family go to the beach look at that space south of the Casino and wonder, “When will that space not be a pool again?” Why cant it be a skate park? An outside theater? Why is Lake Worth Beach always left ‘holding the water’ for the Town of Palm Beach?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Palm Tran bus Rt. 62 is returning to the beach in Lake Worth Beach!


Mayor Pam Triolo and Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso have been working very hard for a very long time to bring back the public bus service to the public ocean beach and with the City agreeing to commit 250K to alter the traffic infrastructure and construct a new bus stop/shelter both the County Commission and Palm Tran are on board with the plan as well.

This information about extending bus Rt. 62 was provided by Public Works Dir. Jamie Brown at the work session last evening on discussion of sales tax proceeds (see video below).

Rt. 62 serves Wellington, Greenacres, Palm Springs, Palm Beach State College and all areas in between on Lake Worth Rd. In Lake Worth Beach the bus makes the turnaround on Dixie Hwy. near City Hall (except on Sundays when the turnaround is at Golfview Rd. just west of the Robert Harris Bridge). To download the existing Rt. 62 map and schedules click on this link. Connections with Rt. 62 are routes 1 (serving Dixie Hwy.), 40, 43, 46, 52, 61, 63, and 64.

With a new Palm Tran bus stop at the beach in LWB many more from the public will have public access to the ocean, e.g., Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach of which neither municipality actually has a beach for their residents to enjoy.

Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars according to Dir. Brown is the very high end of the cost estimate and he believes the cost to the City will be much lower. Changes will have to made to widen the circle traffic flow at the north corner of the Casino building and then the bus will proceed west off the dune towards A1A to a dedicated bus stop with a shelter and retaining wall next to the County’s Kreusler Park.

Mayor Triolo sees a huge benefit for the City in promoting a bus service to the beach and she explains so in the video. This discussion lasts just about ten minutes and strongly encourage everyone interested in public transportation to hear the entire discussion:


“That’s a whopping figure and stands out like Madonna at a convent.”


“Code Violations Real Shocker”


Remember this “$21 Million Outstanding” next time you read another one of those verbose, repetitive, and tiresome stories from the usual suspects about our Code Enforcement Dept. here in the City of Lake Worth Beach.


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Commentary published in The Lake Worth Herald, May 23rd, 2002.

“Pride should kick in at some point and help clean up this mess.

*Adjusted for inflation, $29.5M in 2019.

Scene: Dennis walks up to Mrs. Wilson and asked curiously, “Hi, Mrs. Wilson! Is Mr. Wilson busy tomorrow?”


. . . well, Dennis, you know Mr. Wilson gets up early and scoots like hell over to World Thrift every Wednesday and has his lunch at Tacos Al Carbon!


That’s right. WEDNESDAY,
every Wednesday, is Senior Citizen
Day at World Thrift!


Looking for something to do tomorrow but you’re not sure exactly what? Maybe watching a few episodes of Dennis the Menace? Well, guess what! Senior citizens from all over the area go to World Thrift every Wednesday. And you’ll meet Hipsters there and Apatharchists too (they are completely harmless and highly entertaining!), and there are Millennials and families with kids there as well.

World Thrift is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sundays. Call 561-588-4050 for more information.

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Tacos Al Carbon. It’s the new hot spot everybody is raving about in Central PBC and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!


When you get to World Thrift say,
“The Skipper and Gilligan” sent you!

So. You’ve been wondering where everyone goes every Wednesday? Well. Now you know.