Saturday, February 16, 2019

Old news is new again in the charming little City of Lake Worth!

Breaking News in L-Dub.

From another work site here in the City another issue of a long-forgotten defunct newspaper has been found!

This one is Vol. 1, Issue 12 “Published in Lake Worth, FL” and dated Friday, April 10th, 2015. There was never a Vol. 2 by the way.

Worth noting is this newspaper is not to be confused with the venerable Lake Worth Herald.

An indoor house painter discovered this old newsprint while watching another painter clean a paint brush so that’s why there is damage, but fortunately not enough damage to ruin the story. The supervisor running a crew restoring a historic cottage looked down and saw a photo and a headline and said, “Hold On, Batman! Is that who I think it is?”

Check back tomorrow for more about this newspaper clipping from nearly four years ago.

Please examine this clipping closely:

Mayor Pam Triolo is quoted in the story referring to City Manager Michael Bornstein, “I am so grateful that you came into our lives.”

Small business community in the City of Lake Worth. Save the date: Thursday, March 7th at 7:00.

A special forum just five days prior to Election Day
at the Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex.

To our LOCAL small business community:

Bring your questions and listen to the candidates.

Recent business news from Palm Beach Post journalist Jeff Ostrowski underscores how crucial regional and LOCAL cooperation is to our future. To learn more about this topic click on this link.

Published in today’s Palm Beach Post on p. B5 ‘LOCAL’ section.

Lake Worth CRA RFP #01-1819

Development of Vacant Lots on Lake & Lucerne Avenues

The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is soliciting proposals from private developers to bid on vacant, CRA-owned parcels along both Lake and Lucerne Avenues in the mixed-use east zoning district. A total of eleven lots located along Lake and Lucerne Avenues between “F” and “C” Street and west of the FEC tracks are owned by the CRA. The CRA is seeking proposals for the development all of parcels available. Although different proposals may be submitted for each of the lots and blocks, the intent of the RFP is to create a unified vision with similar uses in the CRA District that complement the existing landscape as well as each other. A proposal from one developer, willing to develop all of the parcels is preferred. It is the CRA’s intention to competitively select a developer with the proven ability and interest to construct a development or developments, and also to own the property once constructed.

Proposals are due no later than March 27th 2019 at 3pm.

For more information, including the scope of work, please call the Lake Worth CRA Office at (561) 493-2550, email: or visit:
[link added]

Significant LOCAL election news in the City of Lake Worth.

Re-posted today for everyone who may have missed this latest development:

This is front page news in the Herald today about voting precincts 3034 and 3040: a change in voting location (see news and map below).

Election Day is Tuesday, March 12th.
Polls open 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

To see the LOCAL front page headlines in the Herald today click on this link.* To pick up the print edition go to the City’s newsstand located at 205 S. Federal Hwy. The Herald is still ¢50.

Here is the front page story headlined,

Temporary Voting For
Some Lake Worth Precincts

Precinct 3034 and 3040 voters in the City of Lake Worth have been voting at the Scottish Rite in Lake Worth. The Scottish Rite has become unavailable, causing a temporary change in the location for voting. The temporary location will be the Sunlight Church at 1325 North A Street. [emphasis added]

The City is in the process of notifying the voters in these two precincts about the change in polling location. Letters will be sent to voters on the Supervisor of Elections mailing list for these precincts. The City anticipates this change in location is only for the March 12 elections.

This temporary change does not affect voters in precincts 3036 and 3038!

The only change is Election Day on March 12th will be a busier day than usual at the Sunlight Church with precincts 3034 and 3040 coming there to vote as well.

What is now called the Sunlight Community Church (formerly the Lake Worth Christian Reform Church) is located at 1325 North A St., on the west side of North A St. between 14th Ave. North and Crestwood Blvd.

From the former Scottish Rite near the Northwest Park ball fields simply head west on 22nd Ave. North and go south on A St. until you come to Sunset Ridge Park. The Sunlight Community Church will be across the street from Sunset Ridge Park.

Many of you will recall an incident that occurred at that public park several years ago.

At Sunset Ridge Park in 2016. . .

A former Lake Worth commissioner prowling

Now back to the temporary change in voting location.

For precinct 3040 voters take Worthmore Drive off Dixie Hwy. After the railroad tracks Worthmore turns into 22nd Ave. North.

Someone please notify Larry and Dee about this change in voting location so they don’t set up their tent, chairs and cooler in the wrong place.

Click on map to enlarge.

Note precincts 3034 and 3040 in the northern area of the City. Precinct 3034 is west of I-95; precinct 3040 is east of Dixie Hwy. 

The week prior to Election Day on this blog will provide a full list of all polling locations in the City, including directions and which door you use.

*If you wish to contact the editor at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or send an email to:

Lake Worth City Commission: Please! It’s time to stop grasping at plastic straws and aim higher with new ideas.

Why? Because before long we’re going to have a lot of plates spinning in the air and banning plastic straws is just another distraction we don’t need.

Let’s pause momentarily, we’ll get back to “grasping at plastic straws” a little later in this blog post.

Whilst on the topic of distractions. . .


There is very good and very bad news to report.

The good news is this City of Lake Worth only has two Commission meetings prior to election day on March 12th: they are next Tuesday (Feb. 19th, 6:00) and on March 5th. The issue of banning plastic straws IS NOT on the Feb. 19th agenda! So keep your fingers crossed we can make it past March 5th without any more additional distractions.

The one distraction at the Lake Worth City Commission meeting next week is enough. Following the agenda item about Flolfie it looks to be a very business-like meeting at City Hall.

The very bad news is the City of Delray Beach may want to consider un-banning plastic straws. You see, it ends up Delray has a much bigger issue to address: the annual nuisance flooding has gotten to the point where it must be addressed. It’s not a ‘nuisance’ any more.

Palm Beach Post reporter Lulu Ramadan (see link below) reported this flooding problem is “unbelievably large”. Like to the tune of three hundred and seventy-eight million dollars. As in USD 378M. As in an astronomical amount of dollars. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that future technology could find a way to re-purpose recyclables in addition to “[I]ncluding seeking grants from the state or federal government or issuing bonds that tax dollars would pay back over time.” An unbelievably large problem like this will need solutions not even possible yet, like re-purposing plastic straws.

Also below is news in the Sun Sentinel about this issue in Delray Beach.

Now let’s get back to the Lake Worth City Commission: Please. Stop grasping at plastic straws!

Very good and very important things are happening in this City of Lake Worth. The Downtown may very well get a new parking garage, the Neighborhood Road Bond is as popular as ever, and we have very hard decisions to make about proceeds from the County’s ¢1 sales tax increase that passed by referendum in 2016 and crime is down significantly and a whole lot of other good news too.

To our elected leaders. When you asked the people to speak the people did. In Nov. 2016 by a whopping sixty-nine percent the people said to focus your efforts on our streets and infrastructure. 

And there is potentially some very good news about the Gulfstream Hotel too!

See the newspaper clipping below from this week’s Lake Worth Herald.

So this is no time for our elected leaders to be quibbling about a ban on plastic straws. Banning plastic straws is just a silly cliché any more anyway. And just because Delray did it does that mean the City of Lake Worth has to do it too? Why can’t this City come up with a better way to show our respect for Planet Earth than the trite act of banning the lowly plastic straw? Why not aim higher?

What this City of Lake Worth should do is support our LOCAL economy in Palm Beach County, promote something truly sustainable, will actually help to save the environment and educate the public too about the importance of reducing the use of plastic in our City.

How? By promoting the use of Tellus Products produced right here in Palm Beach County!

And FYI: No one is talking about plastic straws in Delray Beach any more. It seems there is a much bigger problem now. Like finding out how to come up with $378M which was news last Tuesday in the Sun Sentinel. Reporter Lois K. Solomon first broke this news in the Sentinel and yesterday (Feb. 15th) the Palm Beach Post provided some additional information as well. Here is more information from Lulu Ramadan:

Petrolia [Mayor Shelly Petrolia] said Frankel [Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D)] wants to review Delray Beach’s report to see how she can help the many coastal towns in her Palm Beach County district. Giving her an early look at Delray’s could better position the city for federal funding, Petrolia said.

In conclusion, are you ready for some very good news from the City of Lake Worth? Well, here it is:

This City of Lake Worth needs to focus on our infrastructure and preparing for future development.

Forget about plastic straws and focus more
on all those spinning plates!

From the front page of The Lake Worth Herald. Before long our City may have a ‘lot more on our plate’ so to speak and these are the kind of plates we need to be promoting in this City.

Defining the role and purpose of volunteer advisory boards.

First, something “Worth Noting” for Lake Worth City Hall: There are only twenty-eight (28) days in February this year.

What is not of issue are these boards: The Community Redevelopment Agency, Historic Resources Preservation Board and the Planning & Zoning Board. Although some may have a problem with a particular decision these boards do tremendous work month after month.

And every volunteer serving on every board needs to commended for all the work they do. To see the list of City volunteer advisory boards click on this link.

The issue about volunteer boards is not about the volunteers. The issue is about whether or not it’s time to reevaluate the role of certain boards, maybe eliminate some or create others, and refocus on the goals and objectives of volunteer boards.

Next Tuesday the City Commission and the Lake Worth Electric Utility (LWEU) will be taking on the future role, if any, for the Electric Utility Advisory Board (EUAB). Below is Item 8C on the Commission/LWEU agenda, a meeting to be held in City Hall next Tuesday. This meeting follows the regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission which starts at 6:00.

Later on this year will be the bigger job for the Commission, administration and City staff. Evaluating and examining a whole lot of other volunteer boards at City Hall. See that list of boards below.

The regular Commission meeting next week has a short agenda and should not take long. To look over both agendas click on this link and scroll down for the meetings dated “February 29” which of course should read “February 19”. Maybe somebody at City Hall thinks this year is the Leap Year. It’s not. The next Leap Year is in 2020.

Note that after next Tuesday coming up on March 5th there will be one last City Commission meeting prior to Election Day on March 12th. So it is a real possibility that discussion about banning plastic straws will come back before the Commission again. But let’s all hope not. It’s time to stop grasping at plastic straws and come up with some better ideas.

After the City Commission figures out what to do with the EUAB next week, then later on in the year will be this topic. What to do with these volunteer advisory boards?

  • C-51 Canal Advisory Committee (CAC).
  • Citizen’s Advisory Committee – 2016 Bond Referendum (CAC-BR).
  • Finance Advisory Board (FAB).
  • Library Board.
  • Recreation Advisory Board (RAB).
  • Tree Board.

Every board listed above has problems. Not making quorum, missing meeting minutes (the FAB has no minutes for all of 2018), the CAC hasn’t met in two years, the CAC-BR can’t round up enough members to have a meeting, the Library Board is a mystery, the RAB is now bi-monthly, we think, and the Tree Board is out there waging a war against palm trees which are not trees but the public loves them anyhow.

One can see why the public may want our City Commission to take a look at this topic.

Every elected on the City Commission has had issues with one or many of the boards listed above. Either about overreach, not focusing on what their mission is, or just wondering out loud what a particular board does specifically or in general.

Questions: Should volunteer boards come before the City Commission every two years or so to justify what they do? Should boards be automatically sunset if they can’t reach a quorum regularly? Should volunteer boards have an end date, need to be reconstituted on occasion, or just go on forever?

This will be a very interesting discussion and debate coming up, maybe at a City Commission work session to be scheduled later this year.

Now back to the EUAB. Here is agenda item 8C:

Agenda Date: February 19, 2019.

Executive Brief.

Title: Ordinance No. 2019-03 — Reconstituting the Electric Utility Advisory Board.

Summary: This ordinance reconstitutes the Electric Utility Advisory Board to be consistent with the City Commission’s more active role in Electric Utility issues while maintaining the Board as an ad hoc advisory board on electric utility issues. [emphasis added]

Background and Justification: In 2012, the City Commission created the City’s Electric Utility Advisory Board (EUAB) to advise the City Commission, on behalf of the City’s citizens and residents, on electric utility policies, plans and programs. While the EUAB has provided invaluable advisory assistance to the City Commission in the past, the purpose and duties of the EUAB should shift with the City Commission’s desire to pursue a more active role in electric utility policies, plans and programs including the creation of a monthly City Commission meeting dedicated solely to electric utility issues.

Currently, the EUAB is a seven-member board, which is required to have monthly meetings. If the EUAB is reconstituted as proposed by this ordinance, it will become a five member, ad hoc advisory board that can more efficiently assist the Electric Utility Director and City Commission on electric utility matters on an as needed basis.

All current members of the EUAB are serving as de facto board members with expired terms. If this ordinance is approved on second reading, the City Commission will need to appoint five new board members to serve on the reconstituted EUAB.

Following discussion at City Hall next Tuesday there will be a move to approve or not approve Ordinance No. 2019-03.

Stay tuned as they say about the future of the EUAB. We’ll get the answer next Tuesday evening. Or maybe not. Maybe it will come back after March 12th, Election Day.

News Worth Noting: Public notice published in The Palm Beach Post.

Beautiful property being disposed of by West Palm Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

This public notice in the Post was titled, “NOTICE OF INTENT TO DISPOSE OF [BEAUTIFUL] PROPERTY”.

This property is a vacant lot at the corner of 21st St. and Beautiful Ave. See directions to this property below.

Here is an excerpt from that news dated February 7th, 2019 with emphasis added and “[sic]” is explained later.

The West Palm Beach [sic] Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) is considering disposing the property located at 2115 Beautiful Ave, West Palm Beach [sic], FL (Parcel Control Number: 74-43-43-16-15-006-0190), consisting of approximately  6,9821.67 sq. ft. (0.1603 Acres) parcel.

If you wish to learn more about this Beautiful property refer to the Post print edition on Thursday, February 7th (or use the online print edition) and go to p. B10, above the fold in the fifth column.

To better understand where this vacant lot is located in West Palm, at the corner of 21st St. and Dixie Hwy. is the Pleasant City Elementary School. To see the vacant lot on Beautiful Ave. head west on 21st St. past Spruce Ave. and 2115 Beautiful will be on the left (south side of 21st St.) at the corner of 21st and Beautiful.

If you come up to A E Isaacs Ave. you went too far.

By the way, is 2115 Beautiful being considered for a neighborhood public park by the West Palm CRA? Will all the shade trees be kept safe from damage going forward? Are there any gopher tortoise burrows? How will the neighbors be impacted by future development? These are important questions. Future development will certainly impact the community.

Before the West Palm CRA disposes of the property on Beautiful Ave. should a series of neighborhood charrettes be held? Does the public in this neighborhood even know this property is being disposed of? Maybe a reporter from WPTV will try and find answers to these questions.

And please note all potential investors and developers. The City of West Palm ‘Beach’ does not have a beach. Really, it’s true. They don’t. But if you are looking to invest in a municipality that actually does have a beach on the Atlantic Ocean please consider contacting the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in the City of Lake Worth, a municipality located directly to the south of West Palm.

The Lake Worth CRA has many fabulously beautiful properties you may be interested in looking at. And word is the CRA in partnership with the City of Lake Worth will be constructing a new parking garage in the Downtown which is certainly good news for the business community and future investors.

To contact the Lake Worth CRA click on this link.

And please remember to say Wes said, “Hi!”


Maybe this blog post today will inspire the event coordinator at Palm Beach State College in suburban Lake Worth to invite speaker Al Tompkins back to give another presentation. Who is Al Tompkins? Please continue reading to find out.

It is worth noting political FREE SPEECH does not require truth but truth can certainly help make one’s case to the voters. Many of you will recall the TV ad by President Barack Obama’s campaign organization back in 2012.

That one ad ensured the re-election of President Obama who would remain the 44th President of the United States.

Don’t recall that ad? Learn more below.

Because this blog is mostly about the City of Lake Worth and nearby municipalities and suburban areas too it is of interest how unusual the situation in Lake Worth this year: this year is the rare “slow play” election. Think of a one-mile track race. Sometimes runners take off fast from the start. Other times it’s slow and jockeying for position for the final sprint, the ‘slow play’. Only time will tell who had the best strategy and maybe a late-February surprise. See one of those surprises a little later. One that ended up in mailboxes all over the City.

However, briefly on LOCAL politics and political FREE SPEECH the City of Lake Worth has nonpartisan elections as per the City Charter. And most candidates follow this rule, successfully avoiding the dysfunctional politics on the state and Federal level. There is no real penalty for breaking this rule. Except having to face the voters on Election Day.

Now back to FREE SPEECH and politics.

The only thing required on a TV ad or a mailer by any candidate for political office is a disclaimer. Period. Everything else is FREE SPEECH.

For example, what about the inflammatory and mythical ‘sanctuary city’? In politics that is fair game and FREE SPEECH.

The ‘G’ word? That is FREE SPEECH too.

But FREE SPEECH goes both ways and using loaded language can end up damaging a campaign beyond repair. Because of the required disclaimer the voters will be informed who that FREE SPEECH actually came from and vote accordingly.

An example of a required disclaimer is later in this blog post.

Back in August 2016 Al Tompkins from the Poynter Institute was invited to Palm Beach State College to give a presentation about the press and news media. This was just a few months prior to the November General Election.

Mr. Tompkins was never invited back.

But maybe he will be invited back to Palm Beach County some time prior to the Primary and General Election in 2020.

One of Tompkins’ major points was,

The public needs to sort out what’s accurate and what’s true. And voters need to be responsible in understanding how they are being persuaded.

What Tompkins used as an example was the most effective political TV ad in modern American history, the ad by President Obama’s campaign aimed at Mitt Romney on healthcare. Romney never recovered. He tried to fight back. But it was over.

Out of all the hundreds of thousands of political TV ads that year only a tiny handful stood out.

The same is true for political yard signs. And door hangers. And also true for political mailers.

Earlier that same year, leading into the March 2016 elections in the City of Lake Worth, a political mailer was sent out ending any hope that Mr. Ryan Maier would ever get elected.

Why was that particular mailer so effective? You decide.

Click on mailer to enlarge.

And note the required disclaimer at the bottom.

The Hartman campaign tried to fight back but it was a lost cause. The ad’s content was not of dispute. Maxwell won in a landslide.

When you get that next mailer examine it carefully. Make sure it has a disclaimer. Always look for the disclaimer on political FREE SPEECH.

Examine the content. Try to understand how you are being persuaded. 

And then make your voice heard on March 12th.

Our local environment, human waste and septic tanks in City of Lake Worth and suburban areas.

Is there a map showing where all the communities still on septic are located? How many homes are still on septic in the City of Lake Worth? How many septic tanks are there in suburban areas in near proximity to Lake Osborne? Could the lake and feeder canals be at risk of a slimy toxic blue-green algae bloom?

Below is more information about this situation.

The good news is there is a map being compiled for the location of all septic tanks in our City and suburban areas. So stay tuned for that information. In the meantime. . .

Septic tanks in City of Lake Worth and suburban areas west near the County’s John Prince Park and our local treasure: Lake Osborne.

There is more good news to pass on.

From a City Commission meeting last March we learned from Lake Worth’s Water Utilities Director, Mr. Brian Shields, P.E., that the last of five properties still on septic in a small area in the northwestern area of the City, east of I-95, will have the opportunity to tie into the City sewer system without an assessment, which is very good news for those property owners.

You can watch and listen to Dir. Shields and the City Commission for yourself in the video below, courtesy of the City of Lake Worth.

This is happening because the Meritage Homes housing development, to the north of that tiny area still on septic, is doing their own underground sewer line work, using their own contractor — and the City will not have to go out and find their own contractor to do the work — which in some cases can be a very long and costly process. Plus once this sewer line work is complete, the water lines will be fixed if needed, or replaced, and the road can then be upgraded using the Neighborhood Road Bond program.

The situation west of I-95 in this City, east of John Prince Park and in the nearby suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth areas, it appears to be a much different situation. There was concern expressed that septic tanks may be reaching that point in time when they no longer work properly, or maybe already are leaking sewage into the high water tables in that area, which would pose an environmental threat to Lake Osborne located in the County’s John Prince Park.

Lake Worth Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso requested a map be produced by the Lake Worth Water Utility to show exactly where all of these septic tanks are located. That map has not yet been completed but should be forthcoming in the near future.

Please note: Mr. Shields begins his presentation at the 31:30 mark in this video (if for some reason the
video doesn’t begin at that point):

Hope you found the information above helpful, especially if the environment, infrastructure, and public health is very important to you and your family.

Now let’s digress for a moment. . .

Whilst on the topic of water, below is more information for everyone planning a future visit to South Florida, maybe already planning your Winter event schedule, and especially families frightened by the poor, unhealthy water quality in the St. Lucie River and lagoon to the east. . .

Plan your visit to the City of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County to play, fish, canoe, and kayak in our Lake Worth Lagoon!

There is news below about the Lake Worth Lagoon (aka, the Intracoastal Waterway) from reporter Willie Howard, who many of you will recall was formerly a beat reporter at The Palm Beach Post, who covered the City of Lake Worth beat for many years.

Many of you will be pleased to learn Mr. Howard is a reporter for The Coastal Star and he recently took home a first- and second-place award for “Excellence in Journalism”. The Coastal Star collected, “[S]ix first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.”

Mr. Howard won a first-place award in the category of “Sports” and “Environmental News”. To read the entire article titled, “Along the Coast: A raft of press awards for The Coastal Starclick on this link.

Here is an excerpt from this blog of a news segment by reporter Willie Howard, “Paddling the habitats of Lake Worth Lagoon”:

Anglers fishing around the islands of the central lagoon can catch snook, mangrove snapper, barracuda, sheepshead and small bait fish along with the occasional redfish and spotted sea trout.
     Restoration islands near the Lake Avenue Bridge include the Snook Islands project, completed in 2005 (and later expanded); the two Grassy Flats islands on the east side of the lagoon near the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course; Bryant Park Wetlands islands south of the bridge near Lake Worth’s Bryant Park; and the Jewel Cove project southeast of the bridge across from Lake Worth Beach.
     To date, the county has overseen 49 environmental restoration projects in the Lake Worth Lagoon, the 20-mile-long estuary that stretches from Ocean Ridge to North Palm Beach.

Whilst you plan your upcoming Winter event schedule or annual Snowbird migration come stay in Palm Beach County! Here is news datelined October 2nd, 2018 from journalist Frank Licari:

Today we’re discovering a city that’s not just hip — it’s historic too! Of course, we’re talking about the City of Lake Worth or L-Dub as the kids call it. We’ll jump into the city’s happening arts scene, visit an ocean front restaurant with postcard perfect views and check out an historic playhouse that JUST may be haunted. Are you ready? Then let’s go — On the Town in The Palm Beaches.

This little City of Lake Worth, Florida, would be thrilled to be your host:

Great advice from The Palm Beach Post, “Lake Worth: Stay local”.

Excerpts from the former Editor of the Editorial Page, Randy Schultz, an editorial published in The Palm Beach Post on January 22nd, 2007:

“Now that Lake Worth commissioners have solved Iraq, they can get back to working on problems closer to home.”

and. . .

     “There’s still plenty of opportunity for the electric upgrade and beach project to go wrong, so competent leadership is essential. But competent leadership has to start with the commission. And it will be measured by what happens in Lake Worth, not Iraq.” [emphasis added]

“Commission ‘solved’ Iraq, passed buck”

Newspaper clipping from 2007.

Click on image to enlarge:

“Lake Worth: Stay local”

By the way, the list below was the former leadership at the Post:

  • Tom Giuffrida, Publisher.
  • John Bartosek, Editor.
  • Charles Gerardi: General Manager.
  • Bill Rose: Managing Editor.
  • Randy Schultz: Editor of the Editorial Page.
  • Jan Tuckwood: Associate Editor.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lake Worth Jaguars football and cheer: Be part of the team!

The City needs board members, football coaches and cheer coaching.

For more information contact Nicole Bohannon at the City’s Recreation Division. Call and leave a message at 561-533-7363 or send an email to:

The Recreation Division is located at 1515 Wingfield St. To learn more about what programs are available click on this link.

It’s time to get those young athletes ready to play and cheer for Jaguars in our proud City of Lake Worth!

For football players and cheer ages 4–15.

This football program is,

“[A] non-profit, recreation-oriented youth program that relies heavily on athletics and recreational activities to create and cement the bond between the adult volunteers and the youth in the community.”

Become a Jaguar football and cheering coach!

When visions collide: Zoning, home occupations, and “The Arts”.

At the Lake Worth City Commission on February 5th were two agenda items under “New Business” which were actually just more old business in a new package.

Four years ago was a political battle of visions that continues to affect our City politics to this very day. For some they still see that vision of an artist community, the City of Lake Worth being the new “Key West”, a mecca for artists from all over the world to come here and transform this place. But also in this place are neighborhoods and communities that do not share that vision.

In 2015 those two visions collided. It was not a pretty time and the fallout continues.

At the City Commission meeting earlier this month we were reminded once again about what happened four years ago. Instead of educating the community about zoning and “The Arts” a group tried to legislate without educating with disastrous results as you will learn more about later.

But before we got to that discussion first we had to revisit more old business, a “Discussion regarding a plastic bag/plastic straws ordinance”. This matters because it gets to the problem that creates so many other problems. Mixed messages from City Hall. On the one hand we’re told this City needs to “educate and not legislate” but only on some things and not others.

The “plastic bag/plastic straws ordinance” was Item 12A on the agenda. Then came Item 12B.

It was not long before what happened in 2015 came up.

Item 12B was a, “Discussion regarding the Arts Overlay District brought forward by Commissioner Hardy” specifically regarding the language, or lack of, in the Comprehensive Plan.

Commissioner Omari Hardy acknowledged he knew about what happened back in 2015. However, Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and Commissioner Scott Maxwell actually experienced it. What happened in 2015 was a direct result of trying to legislate without educating. Many of the public on both sides had come to believe things that were absolutely untrue.

On this topic is this from the agenda on February 5th:

The purpose of the Lake Worth Cultural Arts Overlay District, hereinafter referred to as the “Arts District” is to provide an optional set of land development regulations in a targeted subarea of the City’s Downtown, Mixed Use East, Artisanal Industrial and residential areas in close proximity to these zoning districts. The establishment of such an “Arts District” provides for regulations that are more responsive to the needs of artists in the community, encourages more owner-occupied dwellings in this geographic area and expands the economic opportunities for home owners, property owners and artists.

It was this very language that created so many problems.

Why? Because so many people interpreted this language in so many different ways.

Talk of changing a city’s Zoning Code can rattle neighborhoods, homeowners, and the business community like few other things can. It has to be done very carefully and with as much community input and education as possible.

Remember: A “minor zoning adjustment” isn’t always so minor when it happens next door.

Below is a cautionary tale — how not to go about changing zoning in a city, any city — not just here in the City of Lake Worth.

The “Official Zoning Map” for the City of Lake Worth:
Use this link to the City’s website for Planning & Zoning, Land Development Regulations, helpful links, contact information and much more.

Below is a cautionary tale about zoning. . . and when all hell broke loose four years ago.

Despite the City Commission’s hard work in recent years to tighten zoning ordinances, there was and remains in this City public concern over the talk of expanding the definition and allowing more types of home occupations (what some call ‘upzoning’, which confuses the issue even more), especially as it relates to residential property values, increased traffic, and what role code enforcement would have in all this, to name just a few concerns.

A group called the Lake Worth Artist and Cottage Entrepreneurs (ACE) had been promoting the expansion of home occupations and I met with them in 2015. You can read about that using this link. What I found interesting about ACE was their goal of engaging the public by beginning a community-wide discussion about changing the zoning to attract more artists to this City.

But for some reason that never happened and that’s exactly why ‘all hell broke loose’ a few months later. Instead of engaging the public what they did instead was try to gain political support through various back channels but not in a very public way with community involvement.

And added to that was the confusion that was created by comparisons way out of scale to such a small city like this City of Lake Worth. For example, when Chris McVoy, PhD (a former District 2 commissioner who went on to lose his re-election bid in March 2017) cited Portland, Oregon and other large cities as examples to emulate that just muddled the issue even further.

Then there’s always that special place — the mecca for artists working out of their homes, the beacon on the hill and shining example for home occupation proponents everywhere — Key West.

Just one problem. It’s not true.

It is easy to get carried away with what you think a situation may be in another city. The viewpoint you hold may be influenced by anecdotal evidence, word of mouth, tourism advertising, etc. There seemed to be the expectation that Key West would be a thriving home to people working out of their homes in sort of an artists’ Garden of Eden.

Well, I checked their code and Key West is as strict or moreso than Lake Worth’s when it comes to home occupations in residential districts. So the image that some had and some still have of Key West’s residential ‘progressive’ artsy mystique was a myth.

It’s also easy to not know what is zoned residential and what is commercial if you are just visiting a town and you don’t have a zoning map with you.

How many people carry zoning maps
around with them?

There were other possible examples around the nation that could have served as models for home occupations, places more in scale and layout to Lake Worth. But I cautioned everyone back then to not get carried away with romantic notions that may not actually be based in reality. I know that can be a challenge here in the charming little City of Lake Worth.

Another former Lake Worth commissioner, Ryan Maier, was one of those proponents of expanding home occupations in this City. However, prior to being elected in 2015 he had much concern for traffic and congestion in his own neighborhood.

How one squares expanding the zoning code to allow more artists (one example) to work out of their homes, having deliveries made, clients visit, and possibly adding employees (without additional parking) didn’t make any sense coming from someone who was already worried about congestion and traffic in his neighborhood.

That is what’s called a “disconnect” and why the public became so worried and confused. Zoning, when it’s discussed and debated in a public way, doesn’t have to be confusing.

And talking about zoning, in a very public way, is always the best way to educate and engage the public going forward.

Post reporter McKenna Ross and the worldwide viral “Zombie Alert”!

May 21st: Another day for your annual events calendar in L-Dub!

And setting the record straight. It was former Palm Beach Post reporter McKenna Ross who first broke the story about the Zombie Alert last year. And the very next day every other reporter at the Post was scrambling like a pack of crazed zombies trying to take credit. Here is how Ross’ news report began:

LAKE WORTH — A city power outage alert in Lake Worth on Sunday [May 20th] caused concern in residents for its mention of zombies.

That’s correct. Zombies.

Now there is talk of officially recognizing
“The Zombie Alert” here in the City of Lake Worth!

Stay tuned for more information.

Come up with ideas! Send those ideas to the City’s Recreation Dept. and coming up on February 20th is another scheduled meeting of the Recreation Advisory Board too. Come up with clever ways to celebrate “The Zombie Alert”!

Just a reminder about PBSO and our LOCAL neighborhood volunteers.

Volunteering for PBSO is powerfully effective keeping neighborhoods and communities safer.

“[T]here is no debate about
the result.”

The short excerpt above is from a recent quote (see below) by the editor at The Palm Beach Post.

In the Post is just the latest of observations and acknowledgements by the editors, staff writers and beat reporters about the effectiveness of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, PBSO, and all the volunteers who have made such a big impact on the quality of life here in Central Palm Beach County (CPBC).

It’s important to remember there are now six (6) cities, towns, and villages in CPBC — including all those vast areas of unincorporated CPBC — that have PBSO as their LOCAL law enforcement agency:

From just east of the Herbert Hoover Dike to the malls of Wellington and onward to the east, to the bright Shores of L-Dub!

Below, at the end of this blog post, are the instructions. Everything you need to know about, “How to become a volunteer for PBSO”.

Volunteers are making a huge impact on public safety in neighborhoods and communities from the Glades region in CPBC to the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach eastward into suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth, in the fine City of Greenacres as well and eastward still into the ‘Quirky’ City of Lake Worth “with a capital Q” where no one quibbles or quips annoyingly of the quizzicalities any more about merging with PBSO ten years ago.

In short, the quixotically-challenged have fallen into their own quicksilver of false quintessence. So quick quivering all you malcontents and quibblers!

Everyone has noticed the result of all those volunteers. Even The Palm Beach Post. For example, on the merge with PBSO in the City of Greenacres,

[T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.” [emphasis added]
Quote. Editor at The Palm Beach Post, March 10th, 2018.

Also recently on this topic, the editor at the Post recently praised PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw who “smartly requested $1.8 million to hire 15 entry-level deputies” applying for a highly coveted federal grant for COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services.

This program is,
“[T]he component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing . . . through information and grant resources.”

Do you or someone you know have time to
volunteer with PBSO?

Then contact PBSO’s Volunteer Headquarters or the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC; see below for contact information):

  • PBSO Volunteer HQ: Call 561-433-2003
  • Email:
  • Or visit the Volunteer Services Unit at 2601 S. Military Trail, Ste. 29 in West Palm Beach: open Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00 p.m.–4:00.

Volunteers are needed for the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP), media unit, traffic monitoring, parking enforcement, Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT), honor guard, mounted unit, and bike patrol.

On your own you can contact the NAPC and try to organize another “Walk The Walk” neighborhood event with PBSO.

Neighbors walked the streets with PBSO reminding residents that, “No tip is too small”, you can remain anonymous (no fear of retribution), and collect a reward for solving a crime even homicides from past years. Do you remember Thomas Altman? Tyler Etue? Woodley Erilas?

To contact the NAPC visit their Facebook page or
send an email to:

You may have that one small tip to help solve the murder of Thomas Altman. Refresh your memory: read the Post article by reporter Hannah Winston from March 2016.

Volunteers are needed from every community and neighborhood here in our City of Lake Worth:

“Volunteering not only fosters a great feeling of accomplishment but helps your community
become a safer place.”

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 the City of Lake Worth? 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. For example — in one classic case — a group called the Lake Worth Artist and Cottage Entrepreneurs decided to approach the NAPC but then later, changed their mind. And because of that decision “all hell broke loose”. Learn more about that one particular ‘cautionary tale’ by clicking on this link.

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:

After 7:00 p.m. on March 12th, 2019: Who and what will win and who and what will lose on Election Day.

Who are the candidates in ascendance?
Who is falling behind?

And what about the two referendums on the ballot? Learn more about all of these questions below.

To help inform the electorate about the candidates and the issues Yours Truly tries to attend as many candidate forums as possible and take video when I can. At the end of this blog post today is video taken at the South Palm Park neighborhood candidate forum held last Monday evening.

These YouTube videos are from a standard Panasonic Lumix on a tripod and are not always the best quality. But The Palm Beach Post has never once complained about that, especially when it comes to finding a good pull quote from a candidate they like or don’t like.

All of the candidates attended the forum last Monday except for William Joseph in the District 4 race. Would encourage everyone interested in the upcoming elections to watch these videos. And of note there are candidate forums coming up on Monday, Feb. 18th and the 25th and on March 7th too. So check back later on for more details about that.

Now moving on.

If you thought you knew which candidate on the ballot would win or lose on Election Day you may want to reconsider after the latest round of campaign treasurer reports that were turned in, scheduled reports which are required for each and every candidate.

Except for Commissioner Omari Hardy all of the latest treasurer reports have been posted on the City’s website (see below). There is nothing at all nefarious about Hardy’s treasurer report not being posted yet. It could be up later on today or tomorrow.

First up today: The two referenda on the March 12th ballot.

The first question, “Question #1”.

It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Question #1 on the ballot, “Name Change to the City of Lake Worth Beach” will most certainly fail. The only real question is by how much.

The amount of opposition to this name change from former residents and their descendants west of this City, many of whom with wealth gained from this City prior to moving out west, are strongly opposed to any name change and the generational divide in this City, old vs. young, is not helping either. For an explanation about all that click on this link.

Now to “Question #2”:

Question #2 on the ballot next month is, “Sale of downtown property to improve infrastructure and enhance redevelopment”. Here is the ballot language:

In order to improve downtown infrastructure and enhance redevelopment, shall the City of Lake Worth be authorized to sell City property at 501 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth with all proceeds used exclusively within downtown Lake Worth?

Question #2 seemed certain to pass until the Lake Worth City Commission meeting on January 5th. Now once again we’re in the position of having to rely on the City to get the facts out to the voters prior to Election Day. And once again, the usual suspects are employing an oft-used tactic to try and confuse the public just weeks before an election.

One would think this tactic would get tired after 20–30 years. But sadly, it still works and could easily swing 5–10% of the “Yes” voters the other way.

Having a local newspaper like the Herald certainly helps but so few people read newspapers any more. What this City really needs is a Facebook page. But, “Oh, it’s coming! Oh, it’s coming!” gets a little old after a few years. So don’t expect any surprises from this City when it comes any new tools in the toolbox for public information officer Ben Kerr.

The sale of public property at 501 Lake Ave. will most certainly be used by those critics of a new parking garage in the Downtown. That these are two different locations in the Downtown will not matter a whit to the critics who don’t like facts getting in the way of a nonsensical argument anyway. The sale of 501 Lake Ave. makes perfect sense from a public policy perspective. Will it pass on March 12th? We’ll have to wait and see. It all depends how informed or misinformed the public is.

Now to the candidates.

And this will be brief.

Worth Noting! Everyone has to form their own conclusions and vote the way they wish.

The latest information is from the most recent campaign treasurer reports turned in. Once again, this does not include Commissioner Hardy’s which will come soon.

First up, the race in District 2.

Further below is a look at the District 4 race,
what can only be called an utter mess.

In the District 2 race what is most striking is how little money has been raised by Hardy’s challenger. Candidate Cathy Turk raised well under $1K in campaign contributions the entire month of January. Why this does not help is one of Turk’s criticisms of Hardy is his lack of commitment to this City. But frankly campaign contributions, as much as the public decries money in politics, is a way to gauge a candidates’ support from the public and business community.

A lot of people pay very close attention to campaign contributions and expenditures. And FYI: the last day to make a campaign contribution is on March 7th, the last Thursday prior to election day.

We’ll learn more about Hardy’s support thus far when his treasurer report is posted. And take note the next set of campaign treasurer reports, the G1 Report, will be available soon; in about two weeks.

And just like in 2017 and 2018 an endorsement in The Palm Beach Post will most likely be a non-factor. The endorsement for Hardy in 2017 was a ‘no-brainer’ and the editor(s) called it a toss-up between Commissioner Herman Robinson and Maryann Polizzi. Herman won running away in 2017. And in 2018 the Post endorsed Sarah Malega over Commissioner Scott Maxwell. Maxwell won running away too. It’s for that reason endorsements in the Post are “For Entertainment Only”.

But endorsements DO MATTER. Malega put much stock into the Post endorsement while Maxwell was lining up political endorsements left and right. Just one endorsement from a County Commissioner or a state representative can make all the difference in the world. Lining up political support way before an election is the key.

If you recall, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso was unopposed in March 2018 and Drew Martin from the Loxahatchee Sierra Club suffered a humiliating defeat last year in trying to unseat Mayor Pam Triolo. Recall that only a Riviera Beach councilwoman under an ethics probe received less a percentage of the vote than Drew Martin did. But it was close. Just a few percentage points.

So when those mailers start rolling in first look for the endorsements. That will tell you a lot.

The Lake Worth Herald usually makes endorsements and they are usually very short and to the point. The ‘entertainment’ in the Herald is usually provided by the irascible “Pelican Pete” at Lake Worth Beach who just happens to more irascible than usual this year at one of the electeds in particular on the ballot. But after Election Day that ornery pelican takes great effort to calm the waters off Lake Worth Beach. 

Now to the race in District 4.

What a mess.

This election will most certainly end up in a run-off election to be held on March 26th.

There are four (4) candidates in this race. The last time William Joseph ran for election in 2017 he got just over 8% of the vote. But then-Mr. Hardy won anyhow and defeated a former commissioner in a three-man race. You know, that former commissioner, the one with the PhD.

The first challenger to take on District 4 Commissioner Herman Robinson was Mr. Tom Copeland last September. He seemed a strong challenger at the time and he did well at the Lake Worth Playhouse debate but he also has fallen way off the pace when it comes to campaign contributions. As it is now he is well behind Commissioner Robinson.

It was always the consensus since October when William Joseph entered the race, if it came to a run-off election, it would be Copeland vs. Robinson. But now it looks as if it will be Guercio vs. Robinson even though Richard Guercio was very late in entering the race just last December. Guercio is now ‘tearing the cover off the ball’ when it comes to campaign contributions. Guercio raised $800 more than Robinson last month and including a $3K loan from himself Guercio is poised to make a big impact in the next four weeks.

Guercio, like Copeland, is still far behind Robinson in campaign contributions and it’s too early to tell if Guercio’s “Big Mo” is big enough to be the tipping point. The next campaign report coming up, the G1, will tell us a lot. But the big unknown is the “ground game”: Who can muster up the most feet on the ground to knock on doors and wave campaign signs on Election Day. It could be Robinson vs. Guercio or Robinson vs. Copeland. Or the long shot, Commissioner Robinson wins outright and ends the whole thing on March 12th.

On that topic Guercio’s expenditures show a lot of yard signs, campaign literature, “Vote for Guercio” shirts and about $3.5K to what seems to be a very competent campaign consultant. Commissioner Robinson also has a very competent campaign consultant as well and one with a record of success here in this City. So stay tuned as they say.

The best of all outcomes is we have two winners on Election Day and no run-off election on March 26th.

In conclusion. . .

On March 12th take a deep breath. Think long and hard on the way to your polling location about the pros and the cons and cast your vote accordingly on Question #1, “Yes” or “No” on changing the name of this City to the “City of Lake Worth Beach”.

The week prior to the elections will post the location of each and every voting location here in this City with the directions, where to park, including instructions on which door you use to get in.

And please gather as much information as you can and learn why voting “Yes” for Question 2 is a very good idea.

Both Cathy Turk and Commissioner Hardy are admirable people. Hardy’s win in 2017 was no fluke and Turk’s work on the Planning & Zoning Board was exemplary. Whomever wins will win and what’s done is done. And hopefully the tone will quickly shift the evening of March 12th with a congratulatory call from whomever loses, a call congratulating the winner which is customary.

Because the race in District 4 will most likely
carry on past March 12th.

In what can be one of the most devastating things for a City to ever experience will likely be a run-off election on March 26th. With so many new and recently-new residents to this City many have never experienced a run-off.

But many long-time residents recall well what a run-off election can be. It’s not fun. Two candidates and two campaigns fighting endlessly for two weeks non-stop. Two more weeks of yard signs, mailers and knocks on the door and what you have left afterwards is a bloodied and bruised winner who has to try and pick up all the pieces.

So that’s why this City of Lake Worth needs another referendum on the ballot next year, a referendum to eliminate run-off elections.* Make it winner take all on Election Day. And that would also go a long way in making sure the field does not get flooded again with candidates that don’t care whether or not they win.

Just like what happened in the District 4 race this year. And what happened in District 2 race back in 2017 too.

Recommended viewing at your convenience. . .

The YouTube videos from the South Palm Park neighborhood candidate forum.

Here is video #1: 

South Palm Park president Cheryl Rashkin gave the introduction to treasurer Chris Deserio who moderated the forum in a most-exemplary fashion.

The candidates from L–R are incumbent District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy and challenger Cathy Turk; next are District 4 candidates Tom Copeland, Richard Guercio and incumbent Commissioner Herman Robinson (candidate William Joseph was absent).

For videos #2–4:

The next candidate forum will be held on Monday, Feb. 18th, 7:00, at The Beach Club bistro located at the municipal golf course at #1 7th Ave. North. Make plans to get there early for a good seat.

Public events such as this are courtesy of The Beach Club. So please show your support for this venue and the food and service is spectacular as well.

*If you are interested in learning more about what happened in 2006, when four candidates ran in District 2 back in 2006, click on this link. The run-off election that followed has haunted this City for thirteen years.

In other words, make your choices wisely on March 12th, 2019.

FREE EVENT at The HATCH, 1121 Lucerne Ave. in Downtown Lake Worth featuring speaker Deborah Lanford.

“Do you have a great product or service, but still not enough customers?”

“Join us to learn how to use market research to identify who your best customers are, where they live and how to market to them more effectively.”

This FREE event is brought to you by the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA):

Featuring Guest Speaker Deborah Lanford, MBA, Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) at Florida Atlantic University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Please RSVP to Emily Theodossakos at the CRA no later than Friday, February 22nd. Seating limited. Call 561-493-2550 or send an email to:

PrideFest 2019 is Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st.

The festival is held in Bryant Park and the PrideFest Parade will be held on Sunday in Downtown Lake Worth. For more about the background of PrideFest click on this link. Stay tuned for more details about this year’s festival next month.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane!

One of my all-time favorite videos on my YouTube channel. Former Mayor Jeff Clemens at the dedication of Compass on March 20th, 2009!

Next month will be the ten-year anniversary of this event. Hope you enjoy the video:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tree Board meeting today is significant: Final preparations for annual Tree Festival this Saturday.

Worth Noting: Today’s meeting of the Tree Board will be held at the City Hall Annex located at 414 Lake Ave. (also the location of the Downtown Cultural Plaza).

This meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 today.

Please come out and welcome Anna Tedesco Santacroce and Chris McVoy, PhD, the newest members of the Tree Board!

The staff liaison for the Tree Board is Mr. Dave McGrew. As was noted recently on this blog, Chris McVoy, PhD, a former commissioner in District 2 was appointed to the Tree Board by Mayor Pam Triolo. Welcome back, McVoy!

At today’s meeting it may be a good idea to briefly review the Sunshine Law for the newest members of the Tree Board.*

Here is the agenda for today’s meeting:

Lake Worth City Tree Board
City Hall Annex, Old Commission Room.
Thursday, Feb. 14th [TODAY] at 5:30.
  • Call to order (members present).
  • Pledge of Allegiance: An expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America.
  • Agenda items: Additions, deletions, reordering.
  • Approval of minutes: Oct.–Dec. 2018, Jan. 2019.
  • Public participation on non-agendaed items (five minute limit).
  • New business: Advisor’s report.
  • Old business: 14th Annual Festival of Trees, February 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Cultural Plaza. At 7:00 p.m., Tree Board Theater and Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theater in the Cultural Plaza.
  • Adjournment.

*Please Note: One or more members of any City volunteer board or member of the City Commission may attend and speak at the Tree Board meeting today.

First, there was “BEST. STATE. EVER.” by Florida’s renowned and Pulitzer Prize winning author Dave Barry.

Dave Barry, also a New York Times–bestselling author, has gracefully divined his own vision on the little six square mile City of Lake Worth, a spectacular City with a BEACH.

The voices in this video are not actors!

They are actual elected officials and city manager speaking about “The Best City in Florida!”:

About the little City of Lake Worth, a place the locals call the “L-Dub” and most others properly call “Lake Worth Beach”:

Click on “BEST. MUNICIPALITY. EVER.” to enlarge.

Author Dave Barry teamed up with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and awarded Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein for the BEST essay submitted.

Spend Valentine’s Day evening at the Lake Worth Beach!

Today is Valentine’s Day but it’s also a Special Day for fans of classic cars.

Come have fun: The monthly car show at Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex.

The Road Rascals car show is the second Thursday of the month from 6:00–9:00. Below is more information and photos from a recent show at the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex.

However, for many residents of this City, there is very unwelcome news. Last week at City Hall a mob showed up and took control of a City Commission meeting. In what was supposed to be a discussion about how to use proceeds from the County’s ¢1 sales tax increase this ‘discussion’ was instead dominated by a group that wants to spend millions of dollars for a brand new pool at the Lake Worth Beach.

And this vociferously loud group wants a new pool at the Beach despite recent news a new aquatic facility is being constructed by the County just about ten minutes from Lake Worth City Hall.

Hopefully soon another public meeting will be scheduled for everyone to make their voices heard on using proceeds from the sales tax increase the voters approved by referendum in November 2016. So stay tuned for more information about that.

In the meantime for Valentine’s Day when you go to the car show at the Beach tonight imagine. See visions of that open space next to the Casino. Close your eyes and envision.

As it is now at this monthly car show the road in front of the Casino is closed to make room for this event.

Now imagine that open space to the south of the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex where a condemned pool used to be. Think of all the things that space at the Beach can be used for?

An outside movie theater, skate park, additional parking and more ADA spaces, shuffleboard or regulation Pickleball courts, a area with sand for horseshoes and volleyball and exercise classes, a splash park with cabana pool, or maybe even just an open space for public events? The ideas are limitless.

So whilst you’re pondering those questions. . .

Here are are few photos from a car show at the Lake Worth Beach:

The view to the east.

Click on images to enlarge:

The view to the west.

[Note: The road is closed for this event.]

“Hey. Look at that! Why is the engine in the rear?”

Some cars lined up. . .

The American flag flying full mast. . .

Note the “U.S. Marines” license plate.

 The next generation. . .

And two more. . .

What other ideas do you have for a more functional Casino at the Beach? Be creative! And maybe ask a Millennial or a young adult for ideas too.

Hope to see a big crowd tonight for Valentine’s Day!