Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Public meeting at LWB City Hall.


FDOT will be holding a “Project Kick-Off Meeting” concerning the intersection of 10th Ave. North, I-95, and North A St. on Wednesday, July 24th at Lake Worth Beach City Hall. The public open house begins at 5:30 and the FDOT presentation starts at 6:00.

This is a public meeting open to everyone from the public interested in this topic.


Click on flyer to enlarge:

For more information from FDOT about the I-95 Interchange Improvements at 10th Ave. North click on this link.

Item 11A at the LWB City Commission meeting last evening: “Continuation of discussion about Accessory Dwelling Units in the City”.


It was a huge turnout last night on this topic with a lot of pushback from the public on moving forward with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The discussion took a little over one hour including public comment. The vote ultimately was 3-2 to end discussion and move on.


To watch the proceedings for yourself this agenda item ends at the two hour and thirty-seven minute mark:

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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Elected leaders setting the bar high in Greenacres: Making education, families and children a high priority.


The City Council led by the honorable Mayor Joel Flores and the administration in the City of Greenacres deserve a lot of credit for creating one of the best After School and camp programs in the United States and the honor of receiving Florida Gold Seal Designation as well. Here is recent news published on the front page in the Coastal and Greenacres Observer headlined, “Greenacres After School Program Receives National Accreditation”:


The Council on Accreditation (COA) has proudly recognized the City of Greenacres After School and Camp Programs (a licensed, year-round, K-12 grade program) as an outstanding provider.

National accreditation demonstrates that the program successfully implements high performance standards and delivers the highest quality services to all of its children, youth and families. In addition to this achievement, the City of Greenacres After School Program was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice or core standards.

The assessors were extremely impressed with the City’s operations, extended learning and enrichment programs, community partnerships and resources available. They travel all over and country, and even internationally, and claimed it was one of the best programs they have ever assessed.

COA accreditation allows the City to obtain the Florida Gold Seal Designation, that provides for a higher per child/per day, rate of reimbursement, from the Early Learning Coalition. For more information on the program visit the City’s website at www.greenacresfl.gov or call 561-642-2193.

The COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor providing a full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

Congratulations to the City of Greenacres!


To learn more about the City of Greenacres click on this link.

And in other recent news Greenacres reopened their renovated gymnasium at the City’s Community Center at 501 Swain Blvd. You can learn more about that on the Greenacres official Facebook page.

The Coastal and Greenacres Observer is a FREE weekly publication published by the Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc. To download the Observer click on this link and then use the Options tab to download the PDF. For more information contact the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com

News from Palm Beach Post reporter Lady Hereford, “Neighborhood groups multiply in Lake Worth”.


“In five years, the number of coalitions, mostly neighborhood associations, has grown from
three to 11.”


Published in the Neighborhood Post, June 2nd, 2002 (see newspaper clipping below).

A man named Herman C. Robinson was quoted in this article,

“Recently, the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association challenged the other associations to a raft regatta, which will be held during the Tropic Fest on July 4.”

Mr. Herman Robinson is now District 4 Commissioner Herman Robinson.


Continued from page 1 . . . “Businesses, residents, churches uniting around common goals”.


This newspaper clipping is from sixteen years ago.
Click on image to enlarge:

Click on this link to learn more about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council. The NAPC is also on Facebook.

Baby and toddler news in The Lake Worth Herald.


There is tons of LOCAL club and event news in the most recent Herald including this headline on p. 2 about an event coming up this Friday, “Toddler Fun at LWB City Hall Annex”:


Lake Worth Beach Public Library will present Baby and Toddler Sing and Play Time on Friday, July 19 from 11–11:40 a.m. at the City Hall Annex.

This special play time is designed for children under two years of age. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

City Hall Annex is located at 414 Lake Avenue, corner of Lake Avenue and Federal Highway.


The Herald is still just ¢50! Pick up this week’s LOCAL paper at Andy’s newsstand at 205 N. Federal Hwy.

Have an upcoming event or club meeting you would like to publicize? Here are the instructions from the editor for a FREE posting in the Herald:


Free listing for service clubs’ and charitable organizations schedules and special events open to the public. Send information to About Town, 1313 Central Terrace, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460, fax 561-585-5434 or email lwheraldje@gmail.com

Discerning shoppers shop at World Thrift: Taste, style, fashion and shoes!


  Wednesday at World Thrift
is Senior Citizens Day in
Lake Worth Beach!


Shoppers at World Thrift want to know,

“What’s the difference between an Anarchist and an Apatharchist?” Find out the answer below.


People are getting confused because Anarchists and Apatharchists look so alike. In fashion there is the Anarch-style and many of those items are For-Sale at World Thrift. But what makes Apatharchists so different is they,

“Don’t give a ■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■■■ about politics any more!”

Basically, the Apatharchist is a former Anarchist who got tired of attending all those meetings all the time and being told what to do. After hours and hours wondering who is snitching on who many former Anarchists come down with a case of “apathy”: an absence of passion, emotion or excitement.


Apathy  +  Passionless Anarchist  =  Apatharchist.


Apatharchists are more concerned about coffee prices at Starbucks, lobbying IKEA to open a store on Dixie Hwy., talking about real estate and wondering what’s the deal with ‘kicks’ when there are so many other styles of shoes for a woman to choose from?

Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day at World Thrift in Lake Worth Beach!


The competition is on for best parking spots, the best shopping spots and restaurants too.

The BIG DAYS at World Thrift are Monday (when all the new and really great stuff is out) and Wednesday (Senior Citizen Day). So you’ll want to get in line early on those days.

The hip and cool World Thrift opened up 3½ years ago. And things have never been the same.

World Thrift, if you didn’t know by now, is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sunday. Call 561-588-4050 for more information. Use this link to see some of the incredible fashion and garments available for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for 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!

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City the philosophy of Apatharchism has firmly taken hold here. Adherents include former 60’s-style Anarchists, Millennial-Anarchists, Anarch sympathizers, and affinity members once focused only on the bad news, doom and gloom, and the “Wolf at the Door” that never appeared.

As far as all the other Millennials go, not quite enamored with the Anarchist lifestyle. . .


Are you a Millennial Hipster looking for a place that’s “up and coming”? Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? By definition a Hipster is born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth Beach, Florida!

Having World Thrift located here makes all the sense in the world now. The New Times rated World Thrift one of the best thrift stores ever:


[I]t remains the only place in town to score a vintage silk kimono, a $3.99 collection of mint-condition '70s-era teen magazines, a plethora of options for the next ugly Christmas sweater party, and a White House Black Market dress with the tags still on for ten bucks, all in one afternoon.


However, the looming question remains: are Hipsters really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are they really raging non-conformists who have all conformed?


There are other options as well. You can take another path like the Anarchist Millennials:

Look closely at the written instructions on how
and when to empty the poop bucket. And who
knows, you might even catch an Anarchist

musical while you’re in town.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Once again, a “cautionary tale”: Why heeding the advice below can save you a lot of time, money, and effort.


Are you considering a new project here in Lake Worth Beach? Or are you considering a renovation? A new restaurant? A new retail opportunity?

If so, you need to learn about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC). Find out
more about the NAPC below.


They can help you engage the neighborhood and the public prior to or even after approaching the City staff with your idea. The NAPC can help you engage the neighbors and neighborhood, provide as much information available at the time to the public, and maybe even quell the rumor mill from churning out one rumor after another.

How do I know this can actually be accomplished? Because there is a lot of proof that this approach works. Use this link for just one example:


The Planning and Zoning Board approved the site plan unanimously and recommended the rezoning request be approved by the City Commission. These approvals were made with conditions which addressed many of the issues which had been discussed between the developer, the City and the neighborhood beforehand.


In the excerpt above, the words ‘and the neighborhood beforehand’ are what one needs to focus on.

So “beforehand” consider approaching the NAPC. What you’ll discover is that sometimes the neighborhood understands their neighborhood much better than the City does. For the NAPC website click on this link, for their Facebook page use this link, or send an email to: napcinfo@gmail.com

Every Wednesday at Brogues in Lake Worth Beach: Weekly meeting of Rotary.


The Rotary has been serving and continues to serve the Lake Worth region for over 90 years.

Question: What are you doing
this coming Wednesday at noon?

Front cover from the 50th anniversary of Rotary.

 

“The Lake Worth Rotary always has their doors open to new membership. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please don’t be shy and come visit us.”


We meet at Brogues DownUnder for lunch every Wednesday (621 Lake Ave., LWB). It is always an honor to have a new guest to share a joyful experience including a beautiful lunch while our weekly guest speaker shares productive information regarding current events. We want our guests to feel comfortable and among friends.


Here are two more images from the 50th Anniversary publication in 1977.


Two more images (click on to enlarge):

Inside the front cover.

And. . .

An advertisement in the book.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Front page news in this week’s Observer, “Village Improving Quality of Life with Surtax and CDBG”.


The Observer is a FREE newspaper reporting LOCAL community news and is published weekly by The Lake Worth Herald Press.

Here are two excerpts from a front page news feature article datelined July 11th about the municipality of Palm Springs, “a great place to call home”:


The Village of Palm Springs, always a village for the people, has been busy spending its share of the Penny Sales Tax revenue. Village staff has been busy upgrading parks and improving the walkability of the Village by adding and repairing sidewalks throughout the Village.

The recently completed $136,000 Lakewood Sidewalk project provides residents of the area a safe sidewalk to use instead of walking in traffic lanes, as was the case. Reo Lane Sidewalk project, approximately 50 percent complete is also attributing to the safety and quality of life of Village residents at a cost of $107,000.

Under the watchful eye of Justin Lucas, Parks and Recreation Director* several parks are receiving upgrades to improve the quality and safety of the parks with funding from the surtax the Village is receiving from the County.

Areca Fitness Park has seen a $180,000 upgrade to include low maintenance fitness equipment with $115,000 funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the balance from the Surtax fund.

Sago Palm Park, the park that has the most facility rentals in the Village, is being re-designed.

and. . .


Royal Palm Park, on Davis Rd. will have a fishing dock and a shade structure provided by the Village through the use of surtax funds.

The Village Complex will have a complete Bermuda grass replacement, fencing and a new playground with an estimated price tag of $400,000–$500,000 all funded from the surtax fund.

It’s not all about the parks and sidewalks, the Village has purchased 3 new buses for the Recreation Department to transport residents to and from Village activities.

The outgrown Police Department building needs repairs and more space. The areas designed for storage when the current PD was built are now being used as offices. An Architectural Selection Committee is working on the design for the new PD. The new building will be funded with the surtax revenue.

In the plans for the village is a Gymnasium for the Recreation programs and several sidewalk projects to improve safety for the Village residents. The pedestrian bridges on Davis Rd. and Kirk Rd. have been widened to make them more pedestrian friendly and safer.


To download this week’s FREE Observer click on this link and then use the “Options” menu to download as a PDF.

Support LOCAL newspapers and LOCAL community journalism!


The Observer serves the communities and neighborhoods in suburban Lake Worth, Palm Springs, Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, Atlantis, South Palm Beach, Manalapan and Hypoluxo.

The Lake Worth Herald Press is located at 1313 Central Terrace in Lake Worth Beach. For more information call 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com


*To contact Dir. Justin Lucas and learn more about the Parks and Recreation Dept. in the Village of Palm Springs click on this helpful link.

Quiz: “How long is the beach in Lake Worth Beach?” And why a “BEACH” on the ocean really does matter.


The answer to the question, “How long is the beach in Lake Worth Beach?” is a little later in this blog post.

Why a “Beach” really does matter:


How many tourists, visitors and investors thought over the years — or maybe many still think to this day — that West Palm Beach has a beach? West Palm Beach likes people to think they have a beach. But they don’t. Imagine the surprise someone packing the family in the car one day to spend the day at the beach in West Palm Beach to discover there is no beach in West Palm Beach. West Palm Beach is not even on the ocean. Really, shouldn’t that be one of the requirements to be called a city with a beach? Imagine a surfing museum in West Palm Beach. Imagine a mural of a beach in West Palm Beach. Imagine a newspaper headquartered in West Palm Beach called the. . . Well. You get the idea.

However, there are many future residents of the City of Lake Worth Beach who do not know West Palm Beach does not have a beach. And with so many new and exciting housing projects on the horizon this City is getting a tremendous amount of attention from Millennials and young professionals that actually want to live in a municipality with a beach.

And to emphasize that point an elected leader in this City said at City Hall about renaming this City as “Lake Worth Beach”:


[I]t’s really interesting when you look at a lot of the names here in Palm Beach County. For example, Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. However we’ll have to give them credit for being proactive on sea level rise issue because maybe that will catch up with them one day. But Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. West Palm Beach really doesn’t have a beach.

We have a beach. And if there is one thing that folks that come to Florida are attracted to oftentimes is the word “Beach”. So if you’re visiting Palm Beach County or thinking about Palm Beach County and your kind of looking through all the thirty-nine municipalities and you don’t know any different you might just pass Lake Worth over because the word ‘Beach’ isn’t affixed to our name.


Now as to the question, how long do you think the beach in Lake Worth Beach is?


The answer is below following
a short quiz.


Setting the quiz parameters.


Below is a short video by VisitFlorida of the open coast beaches in the State of Florida. When you add up the total miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Straits, and the Gulf of Mexico it totals 825 miles. If you total the northeast, central, and southeast regions of the Atlantic Ocean beaches the total is 362.7 miles of beach.

How many of that 363 miles of Atlantic Coast beach do you think the Lake Worth Beach comprises?


POP QUIZ: Is our BEACH. . .
  1. Two miles long?
  2. 5¼ miles?
  3. 1½ miles?
  4. 0.26 miles (1,280 feet)?
  5. One mile and 98 feet?

STOP HERE. Watch two short videos; think about it.






The answer is 4! 0.26 miles/1,280 feet (approximately).


In other words, 1,280 feet more beach
than West Palm Beach has:

A party at the Lake Worth Beach! Photoshop by the inimitable former City blogger Tom McGow.

For some perspective, Florida’s Atlantic coastal beaches total approximately 363 miles.



But regardless, West Palm Beach still does not have a beach! And never will.

From The Interfaith Prayer Book: “Reading of Popul Vuh”.


A traditional reading of Popul Vuh is below, an ancient Mayan prayer originating from what is now called Guatemala.

This ancient prayer is from a compilation of prayers by author Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network* in the 2014 expanded edition of The Interfaith Prayer Book:


This Expanded Edition adds prayers from eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh.

Additional information about the Popul Vuh.


According to Joshua J. Mark writing for the Ancient History Encyclopedia the Popol Vuh is,


[T]he story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. [emphasis added] Translated as ‘The Council Book’, ‘The Book of the People’ or, literally, ‘The Book of the Mat’, the work has been referred to as “The Mayan Bible” although this comparison is imprecise. The Popol Vuh is not regarded by the Maya as ‘the word of God’ nor as sacred scripture but rather as an account of “the ancient word” and the understanding the Quiche had of cosmology and creation before the coming of Christianity.


Included in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” in The Interfaith Prayer Book:


Harmony with nature is a predominant theme in many native traditions, ranging through North, Central and South America. The world is structured according to the four cardinal compass points, east, west, north and south, and by the vertical axis linking Mother Earth below with Father Sky above. All of creation, mountains and plains, plants and fruits, humans and animals are seen as interconnected sacred elements. The well-being of each is dependent upon the whole. 


Now to the “Maya prayer for visitation to sacred sites and reading the creation epic, Popul Vuh” from p. 23 in author Ted Brownstein’s prayer book:


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.


*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.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida!


Getting ready for 2019–2020 Snowbird and Holiday Season at the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

Stop by the LWB Visitors’ Center in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.) and pick up several post cards today. Remind your favorite Snowbird that the Winter Season officially begins on December 21st this year.

That vacant block, a long-time eyesore on N. Dixie Hwy. between Dartmouth and Cornell drives in College Park.


Where is the College Park neighborhood in Lake Worth Beach? Find out below. But first to that vacant eyesore which could be a nice parking lot too like the one across the road, cleaned up and looking nice when it finally catches the eye of a developer with a vision. . .

That prominent eyesore is located in the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district. It wasn’t always an eyesore. It was once a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, like World Thrift is today here in this City.

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

That empty lot on one of our major thoroughfares entering the City — actually three lots which include 2302, 2314, and 2318 N. Dixie Hwy. — was once a thriving part of this region in Central Palm Beach County, the former Patio Coffee Shop:


Across the street at 2401 N. Dixie Hwy. is where the former Park Avenue BBQ once stood. But that lot is now a parking lot for World Thrift, a very nice parking lot, it’s nicely landscaped and kept clean and tidy. Meanwhile, the 2300 block remains a community eyesore.


Where exactly is College Park?


College Park in the little six-square-mile
City of Lake Worth is,

“Between the Dixie and the Lake, South
of the Palm Beach Canal”:

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


For those of you wondering. . .

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

This historic neighborhood in the City extends from Dixie Hwy. east to the Lake Worth Lagoon and north from Wellesley Drive (north side of street) to the C-51 Canal which includes the City’s Spillway Park. The C-51 Canal, by the way, is the historical border between the Lake Worth Beach and our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach, a municipality without a beach.


Click on image to enlarge:

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


Back to the CPNA. . .


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

Why is this neighborhood called College Park?

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


If you have any more questions about the CPNA and the neighborhood College Park click on this link for the official website.

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.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lake Worth Beach press release.



Lake Worth Beach, FL — Mayor Pam Triolo was honored at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Meeting during the Mayors Climate Protection Awards Ceremony for the City’s ocean current energy project and the completed solar energy farm creation. Competing against cities from across the Nation, Mayor Pam Triolo has been able to spotlight what a small city can accomplish with determination and leadership. Additionally, the mayor was honored to present on the City’s ocean current energy project at the “Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy in America’s Cities’ Best Practice Forums”, bringing a focus on Lake Worth Beach.

Attendees to Mayor Triolo’s session included representatives from Japan as well as from across the United States. While at the conference Mayor Triolo was appointed to the USCM Energy Committee and was chosen to speak at the Women Mayors Leadership Alliance plenary session at the USCM main stage.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.


End of press release.

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For the entire YouTube video of the 2019 Mayors Climate Protection Awards Luncheon click on this link. Here is one segment from the video sponsored by Walmart, a corporate sponsor for Climate Protection Awareness:

“Living Large in Small Spaces”: Cottages of Lake Worth book honored as finalist of Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are referred to as the ‘Sundance’ in book publishing, these are literary awards honoring authors and publishers of notable and noteworthy independently published books in seventy categories ranging from “Action/Adventure (Fiction)” to “Best Overall Design Non-Fiction”.

Would you like to see the Cottages book? It is available at the following locations:


The Book Cellar bookstore in Lake Worth Beach (more details below), the Lake Worth Beach Public Library located at 15 North M St., the Maria Paz Art Studio at 515 Lake Ave. and at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County at 601 Lake Ave.*


The Cottages of Lake Worth book is cited by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of “Coffee Table Book/Photography”:




Here is the front cover of

Worth noting is The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach where one can peruse The Cottages of Lake Worth book on display. The Book Cellar is located at 801 Lake Ave. at the corner of Lake and J Street.


*Other locations outside Lake Worth Beach: Hand’s Art Supplies at 325 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, the Palm Beach Book Store at 215 Royal Poinciana Way in the Town of Palm Beach, and several venues in West Palm (Excentricities, 1810 S. Dixie Hwy; Mecox Gardens, 3900 S. Dixie; Norcross Patio and Gift, 5023 S. Dixie; and The Painted Ox at 5800 S. Dixie.

Historic Lake Worth Beach and Casino Pictures/Postcards

Click on images to enlarge.






Wednesday, July 10, 2019

News you can use from the Sun Sentinel, “Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil”.


For those of you concerned about CBD oil and products containing CBD, or wish to learn more about this topic, there is a must-read article recently published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel by journalist Cindy Krischer Goodman; here is one excerpt focused on the lack of regulation:


Chris Martinez, who operates Evio Labs, an industry-accredited cannabis testing laboratory in Davie, has observed the ways in which companies are taking advantage of the absence of regulations. His lab tests CBD products for pesticides, bacteria, metal, solvents and potency (the levels of cannabis). Martinez said not all labs have the same machinery and the ability to detect smaller levels of substances.

“Some labs will run a test and show not an element is not detected, but their instrument can’t go deep into the product and the consumer doesn’t know,” Martinez said.

Martinez said while testing products he has seen results that illustrate how haphazard the industry is at this time. "We might test five bottles from a manufacturer and one has two and one has one, and one has none at all. There is no consistency in products,” he said.

Martinez said some products have substances made in China that have high levels of metals, and some have ingredients to simulate CBD. “They will put melatonin in so you will feel relaxed and think the CBD is taking effect,” he said.


To read the entire article in the Sun Sentinel click on this link.

About the reporter:

“Cindy Krischer Goodman covers the health beat for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, providing readers information on healthcare delivery, consumer news and public policy. Cindy is an award-winning journalist, former business columnist, and 32-year veteran of the South Florida news industry. She also is a Florida native and double UF grad.”

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.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Paper towels are expensive. Recycling tip #47: How to use newsprint instead!


What is newsprint?


Newsprint is a “cheap, low-quality, absorbent printing paper made from coarse wood pulp and used chiefly for newspapers.” For example, see tabloid newsprint below.

Don’t just throw newsprint away.
Use old newsprint to clean windows on the cheap!


This former un-‘Worthy’ tabloid once littered the
City of Lake Worth. But now it has value. . .

Click on image to enlarge:

To clean windows using newsprint you need a newspaper and a spray bottle with this mixture:
2 cups of water, ¼ cup of vinegar (unflavored),
and ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent, e.g.,
Palmolive® works exceptionally well.

Stay tuned for recycling tip #48:
How to re-purpose those plastic straws!

“Vwazen Lake Worth Beach yo! ~ Èske nou te pase nan Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou katye’nou an?”


“Atención vecinos de Playa Lake Worth: ¿Han visto las pequeñas bibliotecas gratuitas localizadas en su vecindad?”


“Have you visited a Little Free Library in your City of Lake Worth Beach neighborhood?”


Read about “One Small Town, Over 100 Little Libraries” and books, especially children’s books, are always in need. Have a book or books to donate? Send an email to: LakeWorthLFL@gmail.com

By the way, the question in the blog title is in Creole. The second question in Spanish.

Please see the
entire message below.


And always remember!
“Take a Book  ~  Leave a Book”.

Here are all three messages from the Little Free Libraries in English, Spanish, and Creole:


Hey Lake Worth Neighbor! — Have you visited the Little Free Library in your neighborhood? Did you know that these little book exchange boxes belong to all our neighbors in Lake Worth? Everyone is invited to open the door and look inside. If you see a book you or your children might enjoy, take it. You may keep it as long as you like. When you are finished with the book, we hope you will pass it on to a friend or just place it back in any of the Little Free Libraries you happen to come across. You do not have to leave a book in order to take one, but we hope you will next time you visit.

and. . .


Atención vecinos de Lake Worth: ¿Han visto las pequeñas bibliotecas gratuitas localizadas en su vecindad? ¿Sabía que estas pequeñas cajas de intercambio de libros pertenecen a todos nuestros vecinos? Los invitamos a que abran la puerta y vean los libros que se encuentran dentro. Si hay algún libro que les interese a ustedes o a sus niños, llévenselo y disfrútenlo por el tiempo que quieran. Cuando terminen de leer el libro, esperamos que lo compartan con un amigo o lo puede devolverlo a cualquiera de las bibliotecas pequeñas que encuentren. Aunque no se requiere dejar un libro para tomar uno, si se agradece que dejen uno en su próxima visita.

and. . .


Vwazen Lake Worth yo! ~ Èske nou te pase nan Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou katye’nou an? Èsken nou te konnen ti bwat pou echanj liv sa yo se pou tout vwazen nou yo nan Lake Worth la ? Tout moun envite pou louvri pòt gade sa k gen anndan yo. Si je ou tonbe sou yon liv ou menm osnon pitit nou ka li ak kè kontan, pran’l. Ou ka kenbe l toutotan w vle. Lè w fini ak yon liv, nou espere w’ap pase l bay yon zanmi osnon remete li nan nenpòt ki Ti Bibliyotèk Gratis ki sou chemen’w. Ou pa oblije mete youn liv lè’w pran youn, men ou ka toujou fè sa pwochenn fwa ou pase.


Here’s what the little-mini LFLs look like:

Once again, do you have a book or books to donate? Here is the email address once again: LakeWorthLFL@gmail.com

A timely reminder: Health risks and concerns related to raising chickens in urban environments.


Although many loyal blog readers are all-too-familiar with the history of the ‘Urban Chicken’ we all have to be reminded from time to time there are many new and recently-new residents who know little or nothing about this political fight that once raged in this City.

Yes. The story about the ‘Urban Chicken’ is funny. And yes, it’s a little tongue-in-cheek too. But what’s not so funny is thinking about all the people — including infants, young children and the elderly — who have gotten sick and ended up in the emergency room:

Seven outbreaks of salmonella linked to live poultry in backyard flocks have caused 324 cases of illness in 35 states since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Sixty-six of the ill individuals have been hospitalized. . . . “Results from these investigations showed that contact with live poultry in backyard flocks was the likely source of these outbreaks,” the agency said.

Without further ado. . .

Raising chickens, aka ‘Urban Chickens’ IS NOT LEGAL in Lake Worth Beach despite what you may have heard.

Besides the many health problems created by raising chickens in an urban environment is attracting predators. In 2017 there were news reports of coyotes as close by as Greenacres killing cats and other small small animals as well. What do coyotes especially like to hunt? You guessed right: chickens (see “Attraction of predators” below).

Some people argue that raising chickens in the backyard makes economic sense. To save a few pennies on eggs? Have you seen the price of eggs lately at Publix?

The ‘urban chicken’ IS NOT merely a nuisance.

The animals present very serious health concerns for young children and the elderly, issues with food safety, infectious diseases, biosecurity, not to mention the added burden on local Code Enforcement to answer complaints and having to take the time and educate the public about the facts.

The following information comes from a well-researched document about human health concerns associated with raising chickens in an urban environment:

  • Bacterial diseases: Salmonella and Campylobacter are common public health hazards potentially associated with chicken contact.
  • Histoplasmosis: Histoplasmosis can cause a respiratory disease with cough and shortness of breath.
  • Avian influenza (bird flu): Avian influenza is a theoretical public health hazard potentially associated with urban chicken farming.
  • Attraction of predators: The attraction of predators is a public health hazard potentially associated with urban chicken farming (e.g., coyotes)
  • Attraction of rodents: The attraction of rodents is a public health hazard potentially associated with urban chicken farming.
  • Nuisance issues

Management and handling of poultry in small backyard flocks:
  • Keep baby chicks and adult poultry away from persons with weaker immune systems, including the elderly, pregnant women, diabetics, patients receiving chemotherapy and people infected with HIV.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that person not keep chickens if the household has children less than five years of age.
  • Make sure that people who handle the chickens or their droppings, wash hands properly with soap and water following contact.
  • Do not eat or drink around the poultry.
  • Keep poultry away from food preparation areas.
  • Do not wash items, such as water or food dishes, from chicken coops in the kitchen sink.
  • Do not allow poultry to roam in the house.
  • Maintain the area where the poultry are present in a sanitary manner.
  • See your physician if you experience fever and diarrhea.

Conclusion
Communities that permit urban chicken farming are advised to ensure that flock owners receive educational materials on infectious diseases, animal husbandry, food safety and biosecurity. These communities also should have a system in place for responding to community complaints.


Are those few pennies saved raising chickens for eggs worth exposing your neighbors to avoidable health risks and safety issues?


This image is from the blog of Tom McGow, a former blogger-extraordinaire here in this City.

It was Mr. McGow who chronicled the 2009 crusade promoting the ‘urban chicken’. Note that it was during this time the City’s Code Enforcement Dept. was being gutted as well. Ergo why home values plummeted so deeply in this City 8–12 years ago.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Yesterday in Lake Worth Beach, the Stars and Stripes Flute Orchestra!


This is a short video from the concert in the City Hall Annex building. Enjoy!

Tonight: 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 tonight
on Lake Ave. in LWB!

Tonight 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.

Ending the Iguana Plague in South Florida: Everyone hope for a deep cold snap this 2019–2020 Winter Season.


Worth noting in Lake Worth Beach: This year is the ten year anniversary of the Great Iguana Crisis of 2009 which was no crisis at all for connoisseurs of fresh iguana meat on the grill! And yes it’s true, iguana does taste a whole lot like chicken.

Later in this blog post today is more about the 2009 Iguana Plague as reported by a Lake Worth blogger at the time, Mr. Tom McGow.

A freshly butchered iguana is delicious but a frozen iguana is a public menace. What happened in 2009 is iguanas sought safety in trees and other high perches to avoid predators and the dinner plate but when they freeze and lose their grip they fall to the ground creating a public safety hazard for people, pets and property.

As bad as the iguana infestation is this year in many areas in South Florida, next year could very well be much worse. Mother Nature in South Florida only has one long-term answer to solving the infestation of iguanas. And that is 2–3 days of very cold weather with overcast skies so the critters cannot warm their bodies up during the daytime.

When the temperature hovers near freezing on the first night it zaps the reptile’s energy but they can still hang on. On day two around midnight is when they begin falling out of trees which sounds funny but it’s not if it lands on your head or on your pets head. Or your car.

And then on Day 3 when the sun goes down it’s “Thump! Thump! Thump!” all night long. It’s not all bad though for those who enjoy eating iguana and below are a few new recipes. But for everyone else hope for the best.

Because if this weather prediction is accurate, well, we’re in for some deep doo-doo next Spring and Summer. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild Winter in South Florida. That is good news for iguanas and very bad news for humans.

This 2018 iguana infestation was big news in the Sun Sentinel, The Coastal Star, and other press outlets. This very serious problem was first noted in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in the Sun Sentinel in June 2018 (see news below). Reporter Dan Moffet at The Coastal Star broke the news about the infestation of iguanas here in Central Palm Beach County as well. Here is more helpful information:

Ways to eliminate iguanas, news from WLRN reporter Nancy Klingener:

According to the FWC [Fish and Wildlife Commission], iguanas are not protected in Florida — except by anti-animal cruelty laws. It is legal to shoot them on private property during daylight hours with the property owners’ permission — but everyone should check with their local law enforcement agency about local laws regarding firearms before discharging them. [emphasis added]


DO NOT HUNT IGUANA within municipal limits of Lake Worth Beach or in unincorporated areas in Palm Beach County with a shotgun, rifle, handgun, crossbow, bow and arrow, blow gun, or any weapon that fires a projectile unless you contact PBSO first (or your local law enforcement agency) and find out what the rules are. More helpful information:

  • For the video, “How to Kill and Eat an Iguana” click on this link.
  • Recommended on this blog is the grilled tail with Wicked Okra and crusted Sriracha and also quite a delicacy are Iguana Carnitas Tacos using other cuts of meat from this invasive pest.
  • Here in the City of Lake Worth many iguana meat lovers call Hot n’ Sweet Mango Sauce “to die for”, an essential with any iguana dish.

    The news about iguanas should be front page news in food section too if you happen to be a connoisseur of iguana tails and other prime cuts from the genus Iguana rhinolophus. Iguanas are referred to as Gallinas de Palo (“Chicken of the Tree” in Spanish) and they are delicious! Really. It’s true. Especially when cooked on a gas grill because “Nine out of 10 professional chefs” prefer clean Green natural gas to propane.

    Iguanas, if you didn’t know, are not native to South Florida. You see them around because people buy them as pets and release them when the creature gets too big. The population of iguanas goes away after a deep freeze. Ergo, that sound you hear of something falling out of the tree and hitting the ground with a loud “Thump”.

    Sun Sentinel reporters Ellie Rushing and Doreen Christensen broke the iguana plague story in June 2018. A pestilence that has now reached Central Palm Beach County. Click on this link to read about “Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida”, an excerpt from the Sentinel by reporters Rushing and Christensen:


    South Florida’s not quite Jurassic Park, but it’s getting close.
         Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at record numbers.
         “This year is the most iguanas I’ve seen and I’ve been in business for nine years,” says Thomas Portuallo, owner of Fort Lauderdale-based Iguana Control. [emphasis added] He says the invasive lizards are out of control with “many hundreds of thousands” creeping around Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.


    The Great Iguana Crisis in 2009.



    What happened during The Great Iguana Crisis here in Lake Worth Beach is the stuff of lore and legend. Jeff Clemens was the mayor of this City then and it was during this crisis when anarchist Cara Jennings (a former commissioner, 2006–2010) rose to the challenge that Winter ten years ago. It was bad. Real bad. Iguanas were everywhere. A true plague in every sense. Unless, of course, you’re an afficionado of perfectly cooked and seasoned iguana tail, legs, loin, strip, etc.

    Back in January 2009 was a dangerous time for Lake Worth residents including a report of a Yorkshire Terrier being squashed by an iguana that froze and fell out of a tree. In a blog post written back then by the inimitable Mr. Tom McGow (see below), then-Mayor Jeff Clemens was quoted:


    “We are in a state of crisis this morning,”
    stated Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens. “We will be closing all city parks until this crisis has passed.

    Dateline: Monday, January 19, 2009,
    City of Lake Worth, Florida:


         The chilly weather in South Florida this week was cold enough to force some iguanas to fall from trees.
         Experts say the cold-blooded reptiles go into a deep sleep when the temperature falls into the 40s. Their bodies basically shut off and they lose their grip on the tree.

    and. . . 

         “[Cara] Jennings has proposed shutting down the courts at the shuffleboard center and enclosing them as a haven for the iguanas. ‘I have already looked in to a State Grant Program to provide heating pads and lettuce for the Iguanas until this crisis passes’, commented Jennings.


    If you haven’t figured it out by now the ‘news’ above about Jeff Clemens and Cara Jennings was an excellent parody by the inimitable former blogger Tom McGow.

    But in all seriousness, 2009 was a very bad year for iguana infestation.


    So in preparation for this Winter it might be a good idea to find recipes ahead of time for cooking the “Chicken of the Tree”. For most people, if you recall, grilling is the preferred method.

    If you’re interested in learning more about The Great Iguana Crisis click on this link to read the entire article by the inimitable Mr. McGow. . .

    AND REMEMBER! If a very cold Winter is coming up and you have tall trees in the backyard keep in mind that highly unusual sound. . .

    Thump.
    It’s Dinnertime!


     The Iguana, genus Iguana rhinolophus.

    The pest, or as some people call it, dinner.

    Hope you found this blog post informative, helpful and entertaining as well.


    Here are some recommendations on discouraging iguanas:

    • Never feed iguanas.
    • Keep a water hose ready and available to spray basking iguanas on pool decks or boats.
    • A startling noise will also create an unwelcome atmosphere for a sunning iguana.
    • Hang CDs near seawalls or dangle them like wind chimes from trees or prized plants. Their reflective surfaces often scare away iguanas.
    • Protect plants with cages or screen enclosures.
    • Use iguana-resistant plants such as citrus, milkweed, pigeon plum, oleanders, coonties, etc., in your landscape.
    • Avoid planting iguana favorites such as hibiscus, orchids, impatiens, roses, garden greens, melons, etc.
    • Remove protective cover such as dense thickets and piles of landscape timber or rocks.
    • Fill vacant burrows with rocks.

    This FWCC link provides additional information on removal, deterrents and prevention of iguanas.

    Please feel free to contact the FWCC Regional office at 561-625-5122 to speak with a wildlife assistance biologist or an exotic species biologist.