Saturday, January 12, 2019

UPDATE: A blog post from yesterday with additional information.

The blog post was titled,

Attention Lake Worth: How to take on the problem of feral, roaming and out-of-control ‘community’ cats.

Before we get to yesterday’s post there are several additional matters worth mentioning and worth noting here in the City of Lake Worth.

Domestic cats should always be kept indoors. And walking a cat on a leash is the preferred method when taking a cat outside. For example, here is a news report by WPBF (ABC25) demonstrating how it’s done. Pet cats should never come in contact with wild or feral cats.

There is an effort now to promote more shade trees in this City which is a wonderful thing. And it would be a wonderful thing to attract more birds and native animals to these trees and canopies. But until the issue with cats is settled once and for all the trees will attract birds and the birds will attract cats which is why so many have given up bird feeders. Just making it easier for the cat.

Back in May 2015 The Palm Beach Post editorial board and reporters Eliot Kleinberg and Wayne Washington were on top of this important topic and that started the big debate about whether or not TNVR is effective.

If you don’t know what TNVR is, learn more about that below.

And if you’ve been following the news since 2016 it looks more and more as if Mother Nature has come up with its own solution in the meantime.

If you happen to have a number of stray cats in your neighborhood or community and you happen to see something that sort of looks like a dog — but you’re not sure if it’s a dog or not — what you probably saw was a coyote. And if it was a coyote you won’t have a cat problem for long. Coyotes are exceptionally good at hunting cats.

However, one must NEVER FEED COYOTES!

Coyotes have a tremendous fear of humans. So much so they are very difficult to spot and have developed strategies to hide in plain sight. They only hunt at night and rest/sleep during the day. The coyote is here to stay. They have been spotted in the Florida Keys and reported south of the Panama Canal. Extremely adaptable in urban environments, coyotes do not compete with pet dogs and tend to avoid them to not draw attention.

However, the same does not go for pet pigs and pet goats. Coyotes will attack them so be aware. And a fence is not enough. Coyotes are very, very smart. Learn more by clicking on this link.

Recently it was reported someone is shooting cats with a pellet gun west of I-95 in this City. This is happening in and nearby a mobile home park. Mobile home parks are private property!

The City does not manage or control mobile home parks but does provide essential services such as trash pickup. If you are a resident in a mobile home community and you have issues with roaming and feral cats you need to notify the management of your mobile home community immediately. Then management can then deal with the situation as they see fit. Marching to City Hall will not help but if you call a TV station ahead of time you just might get lucky and be interviewed on TV.

For those of you interested, there are four mobile home parks within the City limits. One is east of I-95 and the other three are west of I-95.

Now. Without further ado, the blog post from yesterday. . .

Do you have a cat problem?

There are better ways to solve the problem than grabbing a weapon or firearm. If you didn’t know, PBSO has a big problem with people going around shooting things.

And each day there is news about cats in the press and news media makes it more and more likely Dustin will show up at the City Commission meeting next Tuesday at 6:00. So please keep that in mind.

For those of you who are new, or recently-new residents, several years ago this City had a very big problem with cats. It was a serious, sometimes rancorous, and very long public health and public safety debate. There was the pro-cat faction vs. the anti-cat faction. Neighborhood meetings were called, community outreach educating the public about cats, the City Commission got involved and so did the County Commission.

Yes. It was a very big deal.

Now we discover from WPTV reporter Ryan Hughes that someone near the Palm Beach Mobile Home Park (located west of I-95 off Boutwell Rd.) is shooting cats with a pellet gun. If you have a cat problem, or think you have a cat problem, a weapon should be one of the last things you consider. Please continue reading to learn what those options are.

Because hunting and killing iguanas — within a strict set of guidelines is legal — maybe someone thinks that culling cats is legal too. No. It’s not. And it could be someone is raising chickens nearby. Cats, just like coyotes, are big fans of fresh chicken. Raising chickens, whether for eggs or any other reason, is strictly forbidden within the municipal limits of Lake Worth. Learn more about iguanas and chickens at the end of this blog post, in the section “Worth Noting”.

This City of Lake Worth has a lot of issues to tackle. So before cats become a major problem in this City once again let’s re-examine some major points.

The public needs to be reminded now and then: Do not feed feral and roaming cats! Instead call the County’s Animal Care and Control (see below). A small ‘community’ of cats can turn into a very big problem as we learned back in 2016–2017. And that spurred a very long and interesting debate that may become a big topic once again: “Does Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release (TNVR) work?”

That’s for you to decide. Read more about TNVR a little later.

If you spot a ‘feeding station’ and an increased number of cats in the neighborhood or community contact Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, call 561-233-1200 or 561-233-1212. Contact the City’s Code Enforcement Dept. too and ask if there is anything they can do to help.

Several years ago when cats were a vexing problem the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council was very helpful in getting the City and County involved. See a lot of cats around? Contact your local neighborhood association and see how they can help. Found a cat and want to try and find it a home? Contact the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Every cat let outside the home must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies and other feline viruses.

The problem of feral and roaming cats was once a regular topic on this blog, especially as it relates to the devastation of our native bird populations (see “Worth Noting” below) and human health concerns. Just prior to Hurricane Irma in 2017 that was preceded by a lot of “cat-dumping” from evacuees leaving the barrier islands. For a while after that storm the cat problem was terrible.

Prior to Irma when cats were a major problem in Palm Beach County the editorial board at The Palm Beach Post chimed in. Here is an excerpt which brings up the topic of TNVR:

That [TNVR] sounds like the perfect solution, except that it’s not really. Even well-fed cats retain their hunting instinct, and continue to kill significant numbers of wild birds and animals. One study found an outdoor domestic cat is capable of killing 60 birds and 1,600 small mammals in an 18-month period.

There are so many species of animals that are vulnerable to predation by house cats: ground foraging brown thrashers, oven birds, palm warblers and water thrushes; tiny tree frogs and green anolis; marsh rabbits and Florida mice.

While TNVR theoretically should cut down feral cat populations, several studies have shown that they rarely do. [emphasis added]

In May 2016 the Lake Worth City Commission got involved in the form of a Palm Beach County proclamation. Here is an excerpt:

"WHEREAS, Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County to adopt ordinances to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and animals of Palm Beach County"

and. . .

"WHEREAS, in order to reduce the overpopulation of cats, which are euthanized every year at alarming rates, the Board has determined that all cats must be spayed or neutered by four months of age unless certain exemptions apply; and
WHEREAS, spaying and neutering all cats by four months of age, before they are sexually mature and able to reproduce, will prevent unintended breeding and unwanted litters of kittens; and
WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the need for innovation in addressing the issues presented by the overpopulation of cats and, to that end, it recognizes that there are often community members providing care for cats that have no apparent owner"

and. . .

"[T]o amend provisions related to hearings before special masters; to shorten the time in which the Division must hold an animal impounded when an owner is involuntarily unable to care for the animal; to amend regulations pertaining to trapping animals and to make other changes necessary for the efficient operation of the Division and in the best interest of the citizens and animals of the county."

In conclusion: If you happen to spot anyone shooting or hunting cats, or any animal for that matter, do not hesitate. Call 911 immediately or stay anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers: You may be eligible for a reward:

For Crime Stoppers: Call 800-458-8477.

Have questions or concerns about the use of firearms or any other type of weapon in this City or west in suburban Lake Worth? Then please contact PBSO District 14: click on this link.

Information “Worth Noting”:

Once again. Raising chickens, aka, “The Urban Chicken”, is not legal in the City of Lake Worth. A very timely reminder: Health risks and concerns related to raising chickens in urban environments.

The 2018–2019 iguana infestation was big news in the Sun Sentinel (one of the top news stories in 2018), The Coastal Star, and other press outlets but incredulously this news has yet to be reported in The Palm Beach Post.

For more information about the devastation of Palm Beach County’s native bird populations, e.g., the Florida Scrub Jay, click on this link.

Writer Rachel Monroe is in Marfa, Texas, “I am going to write a book! Yay/yike!”

Rachel Monroe is the author of Monkeywrench. This exceptional piece of writing is about our City of Lake Worth. A small City that became part of a very big political struggle in February 2016.

The City’s municipal elections were held in March 2016. And when it was all over we all thought we’d seen it all.

And little did we all know that just 8½ months later a man named Mr. Donald J. Trump would become the next President of the United States.

But anyhow. . .

Below is the link to read the piece by Rachel Monroe for yourself. And then later you’ll want to read it again.

Prior to going off to Texas the writer was observing the goings-on here. What Monroe produced was a work of nonfiction. But it reads like fiction. You’ll be scratching you head and asking yourself, “This really happened?”

Later in this blog post you’ll learn about Monroe. And more about Lake Worth too.

Many new and recently-new residents of this City will have a hard time believing this all happened. Rachel Monroe chronicled the entire thing. She interviewed a lot of people. She embedded herself in the story. And it was later published in the Oxford American.

Briefly, in late 2015 trouble was brewing. Everyone could feel it. Fresh off a huge defeat at the “Briger Forest” in Palm Beach Gardens and then another devastating defeat in Ft. Lauderdale, the Anarchists set their eyes on the City of Lake Worth. For many years the Anarchs had settled in this City and it was their home base from where they launched ‘actions’ in South Florida. But for the most part they tried to keep a low profile here in the City. And for the most part it didn’t work. But they tried. It was sort of truce most times with law enforcement and the City government.

But that all ended in a very big way.

Starting around November/December 2015 they began to arrive. Anarchs from all over the country. From Oakland and the Midwest and the Northeast. By beat up old buses and rusted old cars. Any way they could. Everyone was wondering what was going to happen.

And then a flyer appeared.

Portions of that actual flyer are below. It was hard to miss. It was pasted on electric poles and traffic signs all over the City and all over the Downtown too.

Now that the stage is set.

Last August marked the two-year anniversary of writer Rachel Monroe’s piece published in the Oxford American about our six square mile City.

Meet the writer, now in Texas writing another book.

Please pause momentarily for Tweet to load:

Follow Rachel Monroe on Twitter on her quest to write a book for a major New York publisher: Click on this link.

And continue reading to learn more about this exceptional writer. If you didn’t know, Monroe spent a lot of time talking to people in our City of Lake Worth. And one of those people was Yours Truly.

This happened to be during one of our more, well, let’s just say spirited election seasons. And what Monroe later had published created quite the stir.

Without further ado. . .

From the Oxford American,
“Later that day I met with
Wes Blackman. . .”

As recently as last month was still getting surprised, incredulous calls and emails from people who just somehow happened to stumble across this article by Monroe in the Oxford American, titled “Monkeywrench”. Emails and people calling, “Why haven’t I seen this before!”

The article by Rachel Monroe really is a unique and highly interesting look back at what happened in our little City of Lake Worth back in 2015–2016.

After the article was published used several excerpts from this very lengthy, extremely well-written, and highly entertaining work. Recommend you read in it’s entirety when you have the time. Following the images from Everglades EarthFirst! (see below, “Yes! It is Happening”) is the first excerpt. For excerpt #2 use this link. From Monroe’s article:

“Most people in the room were not Floridians; instead, they lived in fringe towns—Ithaca, Bloomington, Oakland—where the rent was cheap enough that radical politics could flourish.” [emphasis added]

For excerpt #3 use this link:

“. . . I [writer Rachel Monroe] walked in late to find a dozen tattooed people pretending to be a machine. Tentatively at first and then with increasing enthusiasm, they pantomimed the pulling of levers and the pushing of buttons and other nonsensical but orderly tasks.

Without further ado, hope you enjoy the very first excerpt below the images from EF! (EarthFirst!) plastered all over town in February of 2016.

“. . . we will converge in Lake Worth . . . seating based on willingness to risk arrest. Hurrah!”

A ‘musical’ is code for something else entirely.

“Later that day I met with Wes Blackman, the blogger who’d been leading the anti-Hartman,* anti-musical faction. The anarchists’ nemesis. . .

. . . turned out to be a tall, broad-bodied man who spoke so reasonably and blandly—about the history of zoning ordinances in the town, and height restrictions, and other wonky city-planning topics—that I nearly forgot the rancor he embodied online. ‘I’m a liberal Democrat, but the political spectrum in Lake Worth is skewed so terribly that most people here would see me as a right-wing Republican type,’ he told me. ‘They think that money is an evil, that people having the ability to make money somehow is a bad thing, that there’s greed involved. That if someone’s making profits, that’s not the way it should be, and we should live at a subsistence level so other people can live better? I’ve really tried to figure it out, and I end up scratching my head.’ ”

Moving forward. . .

Following the 2015–2016 Election Season here in this City things began to return to normal. Well, at least as normal as it can be in this tiny municipality. It was a relatively uneventful Election Season in 2016–2017 when a long-sitting do-nothing finally got booted off the dais and the revolving door in another district revolved once again, the “spinning seat” some call it. That would be District 4.

But then in January 2018 things went nuts again.

An environmentalist from the Sierra Club and most prolific letter-writer to The Palm Beach Post thought he could become the mayor of Lake Worth. And as recent history has proven, it was downright delusional to think he couldn’t. But he didn’t win. He got clobbered.

And hope springs eternal. And much thanks to Rachel Monroe for chronicling what happened two years ago. And maybe even that ‘spinning seat’ will finally stop spinning next year following the upcoming 2018–2019 Election Season!

*“Hartman” is the Anarchist Ryan Hartman who lost in a landslide to then-Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell in March 2016. To read Hartman’s fact-challenged concession message following that election use this link. An excerpt:

“By the end of the campaign, they [press] refused to even call me [Hartman] for interviews (in fact, Kevin Thompson [beat reporter at Post] lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me).

Where we are now: Commissioner Andy Amoroso is now Vice Mayor. He ran unopposed this year. Mayor Pam Triolo was re-elected for the second time in 2016. And then again this year. Commissioner Maxwell faced the voters once again in March 2018 too. He won again. But this time to a three-year term.

Maxwell’s challenger was endorsed by the Post.

“There’s a rich history here. If you don’t do anything to preserve it, it’s gone.”

Newspaper clipping from The Palm Beach Post, September 3rd, 2003.

Click on images to enlarge: 

The CDC is not to be confused with the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CDC went defunct many years ago.

“One part of the plan will involve interviewing lifelong residents to compile an oral history of the neighborhood.”

The plan, “[A]ims to boost community pride, improve property values and stave off gentrification.*

“The Osborne neighborhood is one of the target areas for the CDC, a nonprofit organization charged with improving blighted areas of the city.”

*Let’s take on that loaded word. . .

‘Gentrification’ is called a “loaded word” in that it’s used to confuse and frighten the public (learn more about that by clicking on this link).

There is no accepted definition of that word and therefore fuels the “politics of fear” just like another loaded word used to confuse and frighten the public: ‘sanctuary city’.

Whilst on the topic of ‘gentrification’, Joan Oliva became the executive director of the CRA back in January 2008 and she remains the leader of that agency to this day.

And also to this day former members of the CDC criticize the CRA for increasing property values which have steadily risen in this City. Ironically, as cited in the newspaper clipping above, one of the goals of the CDC was to “improve property values” whilst at the same time promising to ‘stave off gentrification’.

Ironic is it not?

The former CDC never accomplished much and not much remains from what they did actually do. However, how much do you know about the $23M NSP2 Grant the CRA received in 2010? Learn more about that below.

Do you remember when former commissioners, Cara Jennings was one, wouldn’t lift a finger to help the CRA acquire that $23 million grant?

Enjoy the video (below) about the CRA’s NSP2 Grant eight years ago. You’ll recognize more than a few people if you were here in Lake Worth during that time. At one point, if you pay close attention, you’ll see a few campaign yard signs of people you might know, including a current city commissioner. About the video:

This video is one in a series of case study videos intended for NSP grantees and partners interested in learning about how other grantees are successfully implementing NSP. In Lake Worth, FL, the NSP2 consortium has taken a comprehensive approach in their stabilization efforts. Nonprofits and community leaders featured in this video demonstrate the keys to running their NSP program, including homebuyer counseling, home-purchase assistance, and connecting stabilization with broader economic development and revitalization initiatives such as the Cultural Renaissance Program.

Now, about all those people who thought the NSP2 was a bad idea, like former city commissioners who didn’t make the effort to apply for the grant. But the CRA did step up and apply. Here is an excerpt from this blog:

“Both the City and the CRA were eligible to apply for the funds. Leading up to the grant application’s deadline, it became apparent that the City administration (Susan Stanton was the city manager in September 2009) and the City Commission (which included Cara Jennings, JoAnn Golden, and Susan Mulvehill) had demonstrated no interest in assisting the CRA or applying for the grant money itself. Wanting to make sure Lake Worth didn’t miss out on this opportunity to address slum and blight in a big way the CRA went ahead and made the application itself, without any help from the City Commission at the time.”

Want to learn more about the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency? Click on this link.

“As I write this from the olive-laden hills of Kalamata. . .”

And as we once again approach the municipal elections here in this City.

Mr. Panagiotis Evangellos Nasios Tsolkas, also known as Mr. Peter Tsolkas, was the former leader of Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) and he used to like coming out with a communiqué every now and then. for the citizenry of this City of Lake Worth.

For example, from Tsolkas’ 2011 treatise he was the:

  • Sierra Club, Loxahatchee, ExCom member
  • Everglades Earth First!, agitator
  • PBC Environmental Coalition, co-chair
  • Night Heron, steering committee member
  • Earth First! Journal, editorial collective
  • Lake Worth Community Relations Board, chair, etc.

And Mr. Tsolkas sums it all up this way,

“To put it succinctly, my agenda is putting an end to industrial civilization as soon as possible, and creating complete freedom and a society based on mutual aid rather than money: Anarchy. Some people believe in heaven. I believe making here and now better. Is that so hard to swallow?

In 2011 Mr. Tsolkas, “from the olive-laden hills of Kalamata” in Greece wrote, “please pass this on to whoever you think would appreciate it. Thanks, Panagioti”.

Without further ado, “Talkin’ strategy for funda-
mental grassroots change in Lake Worth. . .
to vote or to occupy?”

Excerpts from that rather long treatise follow:

So, election time is rolling around again in Lake Worth. I’m not around to be directly involved on this one. But I figure I might as well throw in my two cents from over here in Greece.
     Those who know me, or anything about me, know that I have an agenda. I should hope we all have agendas, otherwise the damn meetings could go on forever!

and. . .

     More than choosing a side, I’d like to see the following few issues/goals come up for discussion in the midst of the political dialogues surrounding election time, in hopes that whoever wins, these things get traction. . .

In bullet list form, some of Mr. Tsolkas’ “issues/goals” six years ago:

  • Figure out what it would take to get support on voting rights for undocumented residents. For example, there are 6 municipalities in Maryland that have done this. . . . This could very well change the face of elections for decades to come in this town.
  • Decriminalize chickens too. This is not really a campaign issue. But since it has been brought up so much, I think the best approach may be just to scratch ‘chickens’ from the books altogether (the same way iguanas and beta fish aren't listed as prohibited nor allowed pets). Perhaps there's no need for a special ordinance about this, at least not right now. It’s not a problem. Let the city stay out of it, and let local food activists do their thing. If it becomes a problem — which is highly unlikely, since cities all over the country allow it without issue — revisit it then.
  • The Park of Commerce… I actually think [former mayor] Rachel Waterman was on the right track in proposing agricultural use for that land, during the debates over the summer (as awkward as it came across at the time). Local agriculture won’t make the city rich, but it is the most stable and long-lasting form of “commerce” (I hate that word) that the human species has managed to figure out.

Later in Mr. Tsolkas’ 2011 treatise, “Not to
be doom-and-gloom”:

Not to be doom-and-gloom, but things are not looking up in the world of conventional economics. As I write this from the olive-laden hills of Kalamata, the European Union is on the verge of crumbling. The writing is literally on the walls of every city I’ve been through (usually with black or red spray paint. . .).
     And despite the state of the EU, the exchange rate for the dollar gets lower by the day. Which is another way of saying, things are worse here in the US. Globally, things are worse than we are admitting. . . . Surely you’ve noticed some signs of this yourself. Anyone else notice that Wall Street has been “occupied” all month?! Nearly 1000 people arrested in NYC amidst the growing rebellion against the dictatorship of the market. I hear the “occupy everything” fever might even be coming to Lake Worth.

In conclusion from Mr. Tsolkas:

Ok. Well that’s all for now. . . . No wait. I’ll leave you with a particularly poignant letter-to-the-editor, printed in the PB Post a few month back. I think it gives a good kick in the ass to those of us engaging the political process as grassroots activists and visionaries, “Lake Worth selling out, losing its earthy charm”:

The 2011 Letter to the Editor published
in The Palm Beach Post:

What’s going on in Lake Worth? An over-the-top noise ordinance, metered parking and now the banning of smoking at the beach and all parks (“Lake Worth moves to ban smoking at beach,” Wednesday story).
     I moved to Lake Worth from Homestead in 1985 to get away from narrow-minded people and their meddling tendencies, settling here mainly because of the high tolerance/population of hippies, students, gays and active, tranquil retirees. . . . But we started taking our city back. We had a couple of mayors and city commissioners who actually cared for Lake Worth and its residents.
     I guess with the economy going to hell it’s left us with a political vacuum, which has been filled by anal-retentive, politically correct yuppies.
     Where are the Anarchists when you really need them?
—■■■ ■■■■■, Lake Worth, April 22, 2011”

Anyhow. . .

A lot has changed in the City of Lake Worth since 2011, for example we have a lot of new residents in this City and it’s very popular for a number of reasons, including the City’s “high tolerance/population of hippies, students, gays and active, tranquil retirees” and Millennials, Hipsters, and Apatharchists too!

Public Service in City of Lake Worth: About the “Lull” ahead of the municipal elections in March.

Briefly, before we get to the “Lull”, there has been an interesting development one could say. Downtown West Palm (a city without a beach) is getting its first medical marijuana dispensary. And today marks one year four months and fifteen days since the last editorial about this City of Lake Worth (with a Beach!) was published in The Palm Beach Post.

That’s right. The last editorial the editorial board penned about this City was in August 2017. For some perspective, that was prior to Hurricane Irma and prior to Drew Martin running for mayor.

Why is this an interesting development about medical marijuana in West Palm? Continue reading this blog post today and once you’ve finished scroll back up and click on this link. And, as always, Thank You for visiting once again!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program today. And learn about the “Lull”.

A list of items need to be regularly debunked ahead of each March election season. And below is one of the most popular: stirring up fear about smoke coming from a crematorium.

This one can really rile up the public. Not quite as much as the mythical ‘sanctuary city’ nonsense but it’s up there. When the ‘smoke crisis’ — also reported as a “shroud over the downtown streets” — first was released it set off a panic and this silliness took weeks to smack down. At first a lot of people believed what they heard. Until they learned the facts.

Other examples of things that need to be regularly debunked are candidates and door knockers claiming the municipal golf course will be sold to make way for condos. False. Or maybe someone will suggest the Gulfstream Hotel be sold by the City of Lake Worth. The City cannot sell something it does not own. And another really popular one is that the City is removing mangroves along the Intracoastal. Also false but a very effective one when trying to confuse the public.

Mid-January to mid-February is a tricky time for the public. For example, this is the period of time called the “Lull” when the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post are under pressure to sell more newspapers. Do you remember the ‘Curfew’ that never happened? That one really rocked the City. But in the end the public learned the facts.

The public needs to be aware. . .

Without further ado. . .

“How can a crematorium be allowed just down the street from an elementary charter school in Lake Worth!”

First, it’s very important to understand that crematoriums are regulated by the Dept. of Health, not local city governments.

Later in this blog post are excerpts from an article published in the Post titled, “Smoke complaint at Lake Worth Crematorium gets health review”; it’s this news that had people wondering:
How can a crematorium be allowed just 0.4 miles (about 2000′) from an elementary charter school?

Why? Because the crematorium was there first.

That charter school located at 1200 N. Dixie Hwy. (for reference the school located across the street from the medical marijuana dispensary Curaleaf Lake Worth and the Marijuana Doctor next door) is a school that opened up many years after a crematorium was constructed at 730 N. Dixie Hwy. If the people who opened that charter school back then were concerned about a crematorium nearby they could have found another location on Dixie Hwy. or maybe another site in the City.

Crematoriums are in the City of Lake Worth because, at one point in our City’s history, there was nothing stopping crematoriums to operate a business in Lake Worth.

The zoning has been changed and crematoriums are no longer permissible under our zoning code.

However, crematoriums already in operation at the time were “grandfathered in”, meaning they can operate only as long as they continue to pay their tax bill, utility bill, etc., keeping up-to-date with the City in general. If the business fails to comply they will lose their business license.

Back to the issue of smoke coming from a crematorium, an article by Post reporter Julius Whigham published in March 2017.

The operators of the facility at North Dixie Highway and Eighth Avenue North, were asked to provide the health department with a report about a malfunction at the crematory. Comments posted on on Facebook said that black smoke could be seen from outside the facility Wednesday afternoon [3/22/17].

and. . .

     “I’ve gone out there and pounded their door down,” he [City resident ] said. “There’s something profoundly wrong when (the crematories) emit that much smoke. … It’s a public safety hazard.”

Below is what another very creative Post reporter wrote back in 2015 about smoke coming from a crematorium. But unlike reporter Julius Whigham’s approach, this reporter took a more stirring, thrilling, quite lively, captivating, and quite entertaining view of that particular incident:

“The thick black smoke was hard to miss. It curled into the sky, swallowing the tops of palm trees and tumbling down like a shroud over the downtown streets. . .”.

So. Anyhow. . .

If you see any smoke at all coming from a crematorium or are concerned about a local crematory call 561-840-4500 or contact the Palm Beach County, Florida, Dept. of Health. If you wish to schedule an appointment to discuss this matter, call 1-855-438-2778, or use this link. Another option is to write a letter to:

Palm Beach County Dept. of Health
800 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, Florida

I hope you found this information helpful.

Now for those of you interested, please scroll back up and read about that editorial published in the Post one year four months and twelve days ago!

Great news about the Street Painting Festival this year!

Thank You City of Lake Worth and County CDBG funding: The 2019 Street Painting Festival and 2nd Ave. South!

This year’s Street Painting Festival will be one without a problem that has plagued the festival for 2½ decades: 2nd Avenue South.

It started a little early, but every year the Street Painting Festival season begins with the obligatory “airing of grievances” and this year 2nd Ave. South will not be one of them. Read more about that exciting development below.

It’s nothing to be concerned about but people who are new to this City may be alarmed especially when the annual grumbling and complaints about parking in the Downtown neighborhoods begin. But then a short time later everyone will get focused on having another wonderful festival until the next ‘airing of grievances’ in January 2020.

Briefly, for those unaware, the Festival Season in this City begins with the Festival of Trees in mid-February, followed by the Street Painting Festival the following weekend and then comes the Midnight Sun Festival the first weekend in March. Grievances at the Midnight Sun Festival are strictly forbidden; the Finnish community will not allow it. Other small festivals follow until the Grand Finale: the Great American Raft Parade and Raft Race on July 4th where grievances are strongly encouraged.

Now back to 2nd Ave. South.

That roadway was in such terrible condition that Street Painting Festival organizers and visitors complained about it bitterly every single year. And so did the residents. And so did the boating community.

Plagued with potholes, broken sidewalks and terrible street lighting it was the bane of every Downtown event, especially so for large events like the Street Painting Festival.

But 2nd Ave. South has finally been fixed! Here is a Tweet by the City from last August:

However, one thing this City will continue to be plagued with is unworthy news reporting and terrible headline editors at The Palm Beach Post.

Coming up to last year’s festival word got out that 2nd Ave. South was slated to be completely redone and then the beat reporter from the Post got the story mixed up.

Incomplete and confusing information published in the Post needed to be clarified by City Manager Michael Bornstein at a City Commission meeting. This was after receiving many public queries from confused residents and business owners in the Downtown who thought the streets were slated to be torn apart during the 2018 Street Painting Festival due to the Neighborhood Road Bond that passed in 2016.

Completely untrue.

The funding to fix 2nd Ave. South had nothing at all to do with the 2016 bond; it was a joint project by the City of Lake Worth and the County using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and would begin well after the Street Painting Festival last year.

Here is how all this nonsense began.

First came this headline in January 2018, another open-ended question that should always be avoided by headline writers:

“How will Lake Worth’s road repairs affect street painting festival?”

The festival in 2018 was not affected by any road repairs in the Downtown and the headline should have reflected the lead. And then in the follow-up this is what made the print edition:

“Lake Worth road project to cause ‘pain’ ”

“Pain”? It’s because of silly nonsense like this that newspaper was put up For-Sale the previous October and just last May it was bought by GateHouse Media.

The Post story and headlines last year prompted this clarification from City Manager Bornstein:

Just a point of clarification and I hope people understand, 2nd Avenue South is not part of the Neighborhood Road Program. It’s not part of the bond issue.

The 2nd Ave. South project was done using CDBG money. Not money from the Neighborhood Road Bond! And it was all coordinated to not interfere with the Street Painting Festival last year. But because of the Post once again the City was forced to scramble and get the facts out to the community.

Which delves nicely into this topic: Are you a subscriber to the City of Lake Worth’s email newsletter?

To see what you’re missing use this link for all the latest news. If you would like to become a subscriber to the “Worth Noting” newsletter click on this link.

Below is a press release from last year: the City of Lake Worth about the 2nd Ave. South project. 

The short quote above by Bornstein would have been all that was necessary in a story published in The Palm Beach Post last January. But instead the public was left scratching their heads because that Post story did not clearly explain the difference between the Neighborhood Road Bond and CDBG funds. They are two completely different sources of funding for infrastructure.

Without further ado. . . the City’s press release:

Between February 26th and July 1st [2018] construction will be underway on 2nd Ave South between Dixie Hwy and Federal Hwy.
     This extensive project will involve a full roadway reconstruction including the sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic calming measures, decorative pavement and more. As such the road will be restricted to “Local Traffic Only” during construction.
     Residents will still be able to access their property throughout the project however they may occasionally be impacted by work occurring in front of their property for which they will receive specific notice.

And one last thing. . .

Here is a verbatim quote by Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy, his comments made at the City Commission meeting on January 16th, 2018 about the Neighborhood Road Bond that passed in 2016:

“You [Commissioner Hardy addressing Water Utility Dir. Brian Shields] and the rest of the team [Public Services Dir. Jamie Brown et al.] are doing a really fantastic job. There might have been some disconnects here and there but I think overall you guys are doing an amazing job and I’m really glad that you’re on board while we’re going through this.
     I want to thank the commissioners who have been sitting on this dais longer than I have for having the courage to go for this twice.* And I want to thank the voters who approved this. Because this is really going to transform our City.
     We talk about ‘curb appeal’ all the time. The street is the part that we have ownership of and we’re finally taking responsibility for that. So I appreciate everybody who was involved with the decision-making in this process and I appreciate all you doing such a great job in the execution of it.”

*This is in reference to the first Neighborhood Road Bond referendum in August 2014 that failed by just 25 votes. In November 2016 the second bond referendum passed “by a whopping 69%”.
     Commissioner Hardy is quoted above saying, “I want to thank the commissioners who have been sitting on this dais longer than I have. . .”.
     He is referring to Mayor Pam Triolo and two other members of the City Commission: District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell and District 3 Commissioner and now-Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso.

To see the entire City Commission click on this link.

District 2 City Commissioner Omari Hardy and District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson were both elected in March 2017. Both gentleman are up for re-election on March 12th, 2019.

Classic Video: Landon McNamara, surfer, and all-around cool dude.

Please take some time and visit the Lake Worth Beach this weekend. And listen to the man himself, ‘Mac Daddy Landon’. The legend.

In memory of that slight irritation in the air.

That temporary nuisance that is no more.

The video below of ‘Mac Daddy Landon’ in March 2015 is one of the most-requested in this City of Lake Worth, now up to almost 106K views.

This is a special treat for everyone who survived the ‘red tide’ at the Lake Worth Beach and for the others hoping and praying the ‘red tide’ will come back some day — those who miss being featured on the TV news and on the front page of newspapers — please take solace: the ‘red tide’ will come back some day. In about a decade or two. So just hang in there.

When another rare but naturally-occurring ‘red tide’  rolls along some day off the coast of Palm Beach County remember some people will experience temporary nuisances or a respiratory irritation such as coughing, sneezing, tearing of an eye(s) and an itchy throat when Karenia brevis is present and the winds blow onshore.

But what everybody really wants to know is how do you eat a slice of pizza when wearing a face mask?

But anyhow, if you’re still completely stressed about that ‘red flag’ on the Beach being folded up and put away, please take a few minutes and relax to the cool jammin’ of Landon McNamara in his Lake Worth classic, “Jam With You”.

To all of our surfers and lifeguards here in this City of Lake Worth make certain to invite all of your cool friends to the best surfing spot in all of South Florida: the Lake Worth Beach!

And always recall about the so-called ‘red tide’.

When everyone else cut and ran from the Beach it was the heroes that ran toward the potential irritation. All the wonderful and dedicated employees and staff at:

Thank you all for your dedication to the Lake Worth Beach, your loyal customers, and taking care of all those news crews and surfers.

Now to the classic. . .

Sit back, chill, and sing along with
“Mac Daddy Landon”!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Gardening. Who’s Who & What’s What: The Town & Country Garden Club in this City of Lake Worth.

Please Note: This coming Monday is the next meeting of the Town & Country Club of Lake Worth. This truly special club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1416 North K Street.

Below is a Special Report published in The Lake Worth Herald about the meeting in December and please continue reading to learn more about this City’s truly authentic garden club which meets through April and sprouts up once again each October.

And it is worth noting the City’s annual Festival Season will begin soon. The Tree Festival is coming up on February 16th. That’s only thirty-six days away and two days after Valentine’s Day!

Please note the Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth actually meets in the City of Lake Worth and is a very unique club. This month other garden clubs in West Palm (sans a Beach) and meetings in Palm Springs will begin “popping up” as well.

So prior to considering a garden club outside this City and learning more about Who’s Who and What’s What in this unique place. . .

Learn more about the Town & Country Club. All that information in a Special Report.

Here is the news published in The Lake Worth Herald:

Town & Country Garden Club
December Event

By Erin Allen
Special to the Herald

The Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth opened its December meeting with a surprise visit from children enrolled in the preschool program of For The Children who delighted the members with their holiday singing. The December meeting always includes a plant exchange amongst members. Each year gifts are collected for residents at Crest Manor nursing facility and are hand delivered by the club members after the meeting. The gifts are passed out to residents and members sing Christmas carols to the residents. One resident told a member, “It was the best Christmas I ever had.”

The club takes several organized field trips throughout the season. One of the trips this year was an evening visiting the Mounts Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights.

It’s not too late to join. If you’d like to find out what the garden club is about, please be a guest at one of our meetings. There are still five meetings in the 2018–2019 season.

The next meeting will be held January 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1416 North K Street, Lake Worth. Meetings include lunch and a guest speaker.

The Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth, is a non-profit whose mission is to promote an interest in gardens, their design and management, and to cooperate in the protection of wildflowers, birds, native trees and shrubs, to encourage civic planning and to fund and award scholarships, meets the second Monday of every month October through April. New members welcome. Annual dues are $30.

To find out more about Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth call Erin Allen at 561-312- 5929 or email:

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.

About the Popul Vuh.

A prayer from the Popul Vuh is further below in this blog post. 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. The Quiche referred to the book as an Ilb′al — an instrument of sight — and it was known as “The Book of the Mat” because of the woven mats the people would sit on to hear the work recited at the council house. One such building, at Copan, features stone lintels ‘woven’ to look like such matting.

A prayer from the Popul Vuh is 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.

Soon the weather will become briskly cold in Central Palm Beach County.

Blankets, coats and cold weather gear are needed for the homeless. However, please note, the drop-off site at St. Vincent’s in Greenacres is closed on Sunday but will re-open tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Everyone knows the homeless problem is terrible in West Palm Beach as was noted in The Palm Beach Post yesterday. But there are needs elsewhere as well.

Are you in the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach? Or out in the planned agrihood community of Arden? Can you donate coats, raincoats, blankets and supplies for the needy and homeless here in Central Palm Beach Post (CPBC)?

There is a convenient drop-off location located on S. Military Trail in the City of Greenaces. It’s called St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store. Learn more about this special place and the address below.

Do you reside in or near the Village of Palm Springs, City of Greenacres, or suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth near John Prince Park? See map below.

Please note: Just to be clear. John Prince Park is managed by the County, not by the City of Lake Worth.

Now back to helping the needy and homeless:

If you have any coats, blankets, sleeping bags or other items to donate, drop them off at Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store located in Greenacres at 3757 S. Military Trail.

The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to aid those who are less fortunate in CPBC:

Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians”) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. . . . No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is infinitely inventive”. 

Directions to St. Vincent’s: Take Lake Worth Rd. to Military Trail then head north towards the intersection of Military and Bowman St. (approx. ½ mile) and look for a “Thrift Store” sign on the left (west) side of the road.

St. Vincent de Paul’s is open Monday–Saturday 10:00–5:00; closed Sunday. For more information call 561-469-7922.

Click on map to enlarge.

The City of Greenacres is west of the Village of Palm Springs. Note areas in white are unincorporated PBC: 

Also note that St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is conveniently located near the City of Atlantis as well. Atlantis (shaded Royal Purple) is just to the west of John Prince Park across Congress Ave.

The City of Lake Worth’s annual Tree Festival in only thirty-six (36) days away.

On Saturday, February 16th.

Just two days after
Valentine’s Day!

And there are two very important public meetings of the City’s Tree Board in preparation for this 14th annual event. Below is more information.

The Festival of Trees in mid-February ushers in the annual Festival Season here in this City followed by the Street Painting Festival and the Midnight Sun Festival and many others, both large and small.

Remember: The Tree Festival
in this City of Lake Worth
is Famly-Friendly!

All Famlies, big and small!

Whilst on the topic of trees and expert knowledge, have you ever visited Amelia’s SmartyPlants located at 1515 N. Dixie Hwy. in this City? Below is more information about this spectacular place.

Now back to the Tree Festival.

The City’s Tree Board coordinates this festival with City staff and they are always looking for volunteers, sponsors and vendors. If you have a special talent or skill and would like to help there are only one Tree Board meetings left to prepare: Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

Tree Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 5:30, in the City Hall conference room.

Recently the Chair of the board, Mr. Richard Stowe, and the staff liaison from the Parks Dept, Mr. Dave McGrew, had an update on the progress of the 2019 Festival of Trees and discussions on coming up with a native tree list, lining up exhibitors and putting together a cadre of dedicated volunteers.

Once again. . .
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 will be
the 14th Annual Festival of Trees.

Here are images from previous festivals:

The Festival of Trees will open the 2019 Festival Season. The following weekend will be the 25th annual Street Painting Festival.

Amelia’s SmartyPlants is always one of the most popular sponsors and exhibits.

Always a serious topic at the Festival of Trees in February. The annual Hurricane Season begins on June 1st. So plant and plan accordingly.

Briefly, more information about SmartyPlants.

SmartyPlants is a true gem on N. Dixie Hwy. To take a virtual tour click on this link. Amelia’s SmartyPlants is open Tuesday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–6:00, Saturday 8:30–5:30 and Sunday 10:00–5:00. Closed on Monday.

Who is SmartyPlants?

We are Paul Harding and Marta Edwards. We have created a 2-acre environmentally-conscious garden center and design service located in the heart of Lake Worth.
     Our address is 1515 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth — just south of West Palm Beach — we can be reached at 561-540-6296 or by email:

On the topic of tree one of the most popular local trees is the Mango. So popular every year this City hosts the Lake Worth International Mango Festival.

More information from the professionals at Amelia’s:

Most mango trees will grow larger than 30′, but the Julie, the Juliette, and the Nam Doc Mai are considered dwarf of semi-dwarf varieties (10–15) that can be grown in a small yard or even in a container on a patio.

These are all delicious varieties that are sweet, juicy, and fiberless. Low nitrogen fertilizer is a good option for mango trees. Otherwise, too much growth is promoted on the tree itself thereby retarding the flowering and fruiting stages.

Now let’s take a short stroll down memory lane,
more information about trees and this City’s
all-volunteer Tree Board.

Do you remember when the City of Lake Worth, the City with a tree in its official logo, had an annual tree contest? It was a hugely popular and spirited challenge. Everyone got recognized except for those that wanted to feature a nasty tree like the invasive and dangerous Australian Pine which is now illegal in Florida to distribute without a permit.

Here is the news that appeared in the Post in 2005, thirteen years ago.

“Officials said they hope to make the
contest an annual event”.

“Lake Worth Tree Board winners”
by Post reporter Lady Hereford.

“Tall and short, flowering and spiky, majestic and just plain odd.”

“Anyone could nominate a tree, regardless of who owned the property . . . oddest tree category yielded two first-place winners: A strangler fig and a spiky Madagascar palm.”

Two-page spread, feature article in the Post,
August 10th, 2005.

Click on image to enlarge:

Would you like this contest to return? Have your voice heard: Consider attending the Tree Board meeting this Thursday at 5:30 in City Hall.

There is currently a vacancy on the Tree Board. Interested in becoming a volunteer board member? Then click on this link.

Back to the news published in the Post. . .

Other winners of the tree contest (by type) as reported thirteen years ago:

  • Most Beautiful Flowering Tree: Royal poinciana.
  • Most Useful Tree: Jaboticaba.
  • Best Native Tree: Slash pine.
  • Oddest Tree (tie): Madagascar palm and strangler fig.
  • Historic Tree, Most Majestic Tree, Most Sheltering Tree, and Biggest Tree: Banyan.

What’s your favorite tree? Ever heard of
the native green buttonwood tree?

Then show up at Amelia’s SmartyPlants (closed on Monday) and learn more about the buttonwood and many other trees, plants and vegetation that are available at their facility located on N. Dixie Hwy.

Amelia’s is on the west side of Dixie. The entrance is off 15th Ave. North.

Former-candidate Mr. Ryan Hartman:

“By the end of the campaign, they refused to even call me for interviews (in fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me.”

And. . .

“I’m not going anywhere.
Let’s get s■■■ done!!!

In the continuing efforts on this blog over the last few months demonstrating the priorities when running for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission — e.g., how crucial it is to create a credible “Opening Statement” — also advised is not using the word ‘s■■■’ if you lose your election bid, especially if one is planning on running again.

For example, “Let’s get s■■■ done!!!” wrote Mr. Hartman in his concession to District 1 Commission Scott Maxwell two years ago:

“By the end of the campaign, they [the press] refused to even call me for interviews (in fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me). Two days before the election, the majority of my ‘team’ dropped me like a bad habit to focus on another challenger.”

However, prior to becoming a candidate for the District 1 seat in the City of Lake Worth back in 2016, Mr. Hartman received well-deserved news coverage from Palm Beach Post reporter Daphne Duret:

WEST PALM BEACH — A trio of environmental protesters were sentenced to probation, community service and fines Friday after a jury convicted them of resisting arrest and disrupting a school function during a 2014 protest against Briger Forest development in Palm Beach Gardens.
     The verdicts against Bailey Riley, Ashley Lyons and Ryan Hartman came almost a year to the day after the members of Everglades Earth First! staged a Nov. 7, 2014 protest of the Kolter Group’s project to build 360 homes on the the Briger property between Hood Road and Donald Ross Road.

and. . .

     The two women had chained themselves to a disabled van blocking both lanes of Hood Road, which construction workers used to go to the Briger project. Hartman owned the van and had helped disable it.

“And I got to talk about Anarchism to a jury!”

To read Mr. Hartman’s concession message in March 2016 and about “Politics 101: How NOT to write a concession” click on this link.

Mr. Hartman lost in a landslide to Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell who received 65% of the vote in 2016 to remain Vice Mayor for the City of Lake Worth and commissioner for District 1. Maxwell was as on the ballot this year as well. He won again. But this time he will serve a three-year term.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Public meetings tonight at Lake Worth City Hall: City Commission Work Session and Tree Board.

This is news “Worth Noting”.

Per the City’s official calendar there are three public meetings next week. A Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting (2016 Bond Oversight) on Monday (see agenda below), a regular City Commission meeting on Tuesday and a P&Z meeting on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information.

The Tree Board and a City Commission Work Session tonight will begin at 5:30 and 6:00, respectively. These two public meetings on are especially important vis-à-vis landscape regulations.

To download the agendas click on this link and scroll down to download all that information.

Here is a quick summary of the Work Session by the City Commission tonight:

Updates/Future Action/Direction:

  • Land Development Regulations Section 23.3-6, Use Tables.
  • Proposed amendment to Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Following Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael last year the focus has shifted to public safety and hardening infrastructure. The debate over shade trees and aesthetics is now much less of importance than making the public safer and protecting essential infrastructure in case of a major storm event (e.g., fallen trees and limbs and damage from tree roots).

In short, almost the entire code section on landscape regulations has been simplified and updated since first proposed last year.

Here is the agenda for next Monday’s CAC meeting:

Citizens’ Advisory Committee — 2016 Bond Oversight.

Location: City Hall Conference Room.
Date: Monday, Jan. 14th.
Time: 6:00.
  • Roll Call.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Agenda: Additions/deletions/reordering.
  • Opening Remarks.
  • Presentations: A) Corinne Elliott, Asst. Finance Director. B) Brian Shields, P.E., Dir. of Water Utilities. C) Jamie Brown, Dir. of Public Services.
  • Member Reports.
  • Approval of Minutes: October 1st, 2018.
  • Unfinished Business.
  • New Business: Set next meeting date.
  • Public Comment  (three minute limit).
  • Closing Comments.
  • Adjournment.

NOTE: One of more members of any volunteer City board, or any member of the Lake Worth City Commission may attend and speak at this public meeting.