Saturday, July 13, 2019

Found this Lake Worth Beach postcard of the “Tropical Inn”.


The “Tropical Inn” (see below) location is described as follows:  


“Lake Worth FL Hotel Tropical Inn Federal Highway and Lucerne, opposite the City Hall. Enjoy the comfort of a hotel with home atmosphere. Modern hotel rooms with private bath. Short distance to beach, fishing, 18-hole golf course and shopping district. Owner Management Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chamberlain.


By the description, it would seem to be the property north of the current City Hall annex at the Downtown Cultural Plaza (the former City Hall), or perhaps across the street to the east. The current City Hall used to be the City’s Municipal Auditorium.


Click on postcard to enlarge, the “Tropical Inn”:

Prior to I-95 our main roadways such as Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth looked very different. It was called the “Mom & Pop” era of motels and eateries for visitors and tourists.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lake Worth Beach press release.



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

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

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


End of press release.

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

About the reporter:

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

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


What is newsprint?


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

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


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

Click on image to enlarge:

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Please see the
entire message below.


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

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


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

and. . .


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

and. . .


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Without further ado. . .

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

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

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

The ‘urban chicken’ IS NOT merely a nuisance.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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