Saturday, June 1, 2019

Presenting Lake Worth history and some surprises along the way. . .

What should come as no surprise is the renaming of this City to Lake Worth Beach is going exceptionally well. The honoring of Lake Worth history continues with the “BEACH” giving even more significance to the City and its residents.

The largest crowd ever for the City’s historic awards program assembled at The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach last night (see program below). This annual event is held to honor and celebrate exemplary work in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures.

Here is the program and a listing of properties recognized by the City and the Lake Worth Historical Society (click on image to enlarge):

You will notice after the award portion of the program Yours Truly gave a talk using images from historic postcards, pictures and Sanborn maps to illustrate and highlight surprises discovered while looking back into the history of Lake Worth and the development of South Florida.

Note the official City seal with the “BEACH”!

It was a prime opportunity to announce that The Cottages of Lake Worth book received designation as a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The book was placed with seven other works in the Coffee Table Book/Photography category. This is a BIG DEAL as it gives our City national coverage and puts it in front of an audience we have yet to reach.

Could a third printing be in the works? We’ll see.

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.