Thursday, May 16, 2019

Parrot Cove neighborhood monthly meeting on Monday at The Beach Club: Guest speaker is State Rep. Mike Caruso.


Parrot Cove neighborhood meetings are held at The Beach Club bistro located at the Lake Worth Beach municipal golf course, #1 7th Ave. North; the meeting next Monday (5/20) will begin promptly at 7:00.


Meetings of the Parrot Cove Neighborhood Assoc. are open to everyone from the public, all communities
and neighborhoods. To learn more about Parrot Cove click on this link.

About the Parrot Cove public event: “District 89 Representative Mike Caruso will be speaking to us about the recently wrapped up legislative session, his legislative priorities and taking questions from the audience. We have a great group and so I know our guest will be treated with respect and questions will be on point and relevant.”

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


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.


Any clever ideas for recognizing
“The Zombie Alert” here in LWB?


FYI: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 just happens to be the next scheduled City Commission meeting in LWB. Whilst on the topic of dead things maybe we’ll get an update on the condemned pool at the beach!

Very relevant now from almost four years ago: Business owner in Lake Worth Beach shares ideas about Casino Complex.


The video (see below) is from May 2015, now one
of the most-viewed all-time on my Lake Worth YouTube channel.


Mr. Lipton is the owner of Benny’s on the Beach. The Casino and Beach Complex along with the former municipal pool (forever closed for safety and structural reasons) are still big items to address. The former commissioner in District 2 (Chris McVoy, PhD, 2010–2017) if you recall chimed in with his ideas on how to fix this mess of which he played a major role:

“[D]o some things you can do with
coats of paint and whatnot.”


Thankfully the people had enough of this nonsense and McVoy was rejected by the voters in March 2017. Now Commissioner Omari Hardy represents District 2 in this City and Hardy was re-elected once again in 2019. Prior to even thinking about a new pool at the beach in LWB is whether or not a pool is even a viable or even a good idea. An idea to consider is a municipal pool located centrally in the City and more accessible for the public. Another idea is a public pool located in the northwestern part of the City near the ball fields.

Whilst on this topic, about constructing a new lap swimming pool at the Casino complex Commissioner Hardy said, “We need to get very serious about this issue” and the editor at the Herald said, “Stop the bleeding!”


Lovely scene at the Beach, is it not?

Another major issue to address: An all-too-common view from Mama Mia’s On The Beach. Parking and/or a loading dock for large commercial vehicles was never part of the planning back in 2009.

In the video below you’ll hear Mr. Lipton say things you agree with and maybe some things you don’t.

Interestingly, at the 20 second mark in the video many of you will recall who that person is that walks past Mr. Lipton while he is making public comment at the City Commission podium. That is none other than Cara Jennings, another former commissioner from District 2 (2006–2010) and another one of those from a previous City administration that made all those terrible decisions in the first place. For example, the “Greenwashing” that occurred due to an out-of-control budget.

Hopefully our City will rally around people with bold new ideas and possible solutions — not all of them accepted or agreed upon — instead of following those self-described ‘visionaries’ from the past.


Enjoy the video.

Lipton talks about the now-condemned pool and ‘potential’ of 2nd floor space at the Casino (more information below).




Here are excerpts from this blog from May 2015:


“It was good to see and hear Mr. Lipton and what he said appearing at his first City Commission meeting. This gentleman has owned Benny’s for the last two years and increased its employment from 21 to 76 employees. He’s made changes and been successful doing so: he has high standards.
     That concept of ‘potential’ strikes again. Tough to argue with what he says. Most definitely worth a listen.”

FYI: When you go visit Benny’s would highly recommend the Tuna Tostada. Excellent!



It also would be a good idea to make reservations to avoid a long wait: call 561-582-9001.

Sushi-grade quality tuna along with a
view of the BEACH!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Beach Scene in Lake Worth, 1921, Courtesy of FAU Library.


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

A reminder. Have you gotten a phone call from Gooz Adalwin Kenneth?


If you ever happen to receive a phone call from someone named Gooz or anyone else claiming to be from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and threatening to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately”:

“It’s a SCAM!”

Hang up immediately!

See your instructions below.


If you did happen to get one of these scam phone calls and you do get scammed, hopefully your first call wasn’t to the press or news media. Why? Because they cannot help you.


Here is what to do:


If someone calls saying they’re from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and threatens to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card” HANG UP THE PHONE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 561-533-7300 (or make a Suspicious Incident Report with PBSO: call 561-688-3400).

More good advice (please refer to
newspaper clipping below):


Do you ride a stolen scooter? Warning: Do not call PBSO for help or use a screwdriver to tinker with the engine. The one caveat is, unless you have a fire extinguisher very close nearby with the arrow in the indicator pointing to the green. If it’s pointing to the red it won’t do much good if the scooter catches fire.

And please be suspicious of emails or phone calls from somebody in Africa or Turkey, or anyone with an odd name like “Gooz” asking for money. Why?

It’s a SCAM!

Also. . .

  • Don’t let “a homegirl” you meet at McDonald’s take car keys for a vehicle you don’t own.
  • Don’t engage mentally ill neighbors. Just walk away.
  • Have someone watch your home while on vacation for a week.
  • Leaving windows open while you take a stroll to the park with your children is also not advised.

Also good advice is this: If someone named “Gooz Adalwin Kenneth” calls and/or sends you an email from Turkey asking for money there are better options than taking a PBSO deputy off the street to handle your issue. Like learning how to screen your emails and phone calls better.

The ‘crimes’ in the image below are from an actual “Lake Worth Crime Blotter” published in a former tabloid that littered our City 3½ years ago.



Hard to believe but it’s true!

Click on image to enlarge.

Note: This tabloid is not to be confused with
The Lake Worth Herald, the City’s newspaper “Established in 1912”
.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Today at The Beach Club bistro in Lake Worth Beach: 2019 Free Hurricane Seminar.


Event is being sponsored by the City of Lake Worth Beach and the LOCAL Lake Worth Herald. The Beach Club is located at the City’s municipal golf course, #1 7th Ave. North.


Special host will be WPBF meteorologist Mike Lyons:

For more information contact organizers Kevin Addison and Sam Hamilton at 561-601-2730, 561-582-5162 or by email: halframe@hotmail.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Vegetation Amnesty Week 2019 is May 27th–31st in Lake Worth Beach (informative video below).


Press release issued by Mr. Ben Kerr, PIO (561-586-1631; email: BKerr@lakeworth.org)


Lake Worth Beach, Florida* — The City of Lake Worth Beach’s Refuse Division will be having a RESIDENTIAL VEGETATION (ONLY) AMNESTY PICK UP SERVICE beginning May 27, 2019.



“In preparation for Vegetation Amnesty Week the City of Lake Worth Beach presents this video on vegetation collection to help residents avoid fines when placing out their vegetation piles.”




Vegetation Amnesty Week is designed to allow residents to dispose of large amounts of vegetation prior to the commencement of Hurricane Season (not to exceed 12 cubic yards per residential property). All vegetation should be placed curbside on a resident’s regularly scheduled pick-up day and the City of Lake Worth Beach’s Refuse Division will remove it at no charge.

Vegetation will be picked up on the following days:
  • Zone 1: Monday, May 27.
  • Zone 2: Thursday, May 30.
  • Zone 3: Friday, May 31.
  • Zone 4: Tuesday, May 28.

Definitions of vegetation items are as follows:
  • Only vegetation at curbside.
  • Tree branches less than 2″ in diameter.
  • Branches and palm fronds less than 4′ in length.
  • Stumps less than 15″ in diameter and/or less than fifty (50) pounds.
  • Do NOT use vegetation bin — place ALL vegetation at the curb.

For more information please contact:
  • LWB Public Services Refuse Dept. at 561-533-7344.
  • Or contact Mr. David McGrew, the City’s horticulturist at 561-586-1677 (email: dmcgrew@lakeworth.org).


*About Lake Worth Beach: “Located in Central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth Beach is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.”

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


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

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

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

Without further ado. . .

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

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

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

The ‘urban chicken’ IS NOT merely a nuisance.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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