Saturday, August 17, 2019

Residents in Lake Worth Beach: How much do you know about the POC?


The City’s Park of Commerce (POC) has been a major topic of debate for many decades. Many previous commissions and administrations have failed at the POC. Then in 2001 there came a major breakthrough. Then that failed too. The POC continued to languish once again for another fifteen years until another breakthrough in Feb. 2016 courtesy of the Federal Government and then in March 2017 another breakthrough courtesy of the State of Florida.

And then on March 31st, 2018 is a brief eight-second video. The City Commission heralding in new infrastructure and road construction along Boutwell Rd.

In this video, from left to right, are commissioners Herman Robinson (District 4) and Omari Hardy (District 2), Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell (District 1), and City Manager Michael Bornstein. Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso (District 3) was in Washington, D.C. on City business.


Enjoy the video.



About that place called the POC. . .


Below is a map, and another video (this one with music!), helpful images, and much more information as well about that now-legendary place in this City.

The best news of all is last March Florida Gov. Rick Scott DID NOT line out an item in a spending bill, $1.4M in the 2018 State budget for the POC which made Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell very happy. Despite all the slings and arrows Maxwell fought for the POC for many years and even lobbied the governor in person that year. Again.

This item in previous budgets was lined-out three times in a row by the governor three years in a row.

Maxwell wasn’t alone. Mayor Pam Triolo and now-Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso fought hard for the POC. Traveling to Tallahassee and back so many times everyone lost count. And to see their faces on learning that the governor lined out the POC for the third time in 2017 was heartbreaking. But the next year it finally made the state budget and was passed into law.

And for years groups opposed to the POC staged all kinds of nonsense and PR stunts, for example just a few years ago the POC was, according to a former ‘reporter’ at WPEC/CBS12 was the site of a “forced relocation” akin to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII and a news report in The Palm Beach Post had to be retracted as well.

But most recently you may recall the “Boutwell Road Groundbreaking Ceremony” in March 2018 and prior to that news about the Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for $1.4 million.

Past city commissions have tried, and failed, to make this area (see map below) a major contributor to the City’s commercial tax base giving homeowners less of a burden. Some former electeds were so desperate to have something happen in the POC, anything, even a chicken farm was suggested. Really. That’s true. Luckily, that idea didn’t go far.

The POC one could say has had its share of “ups and downs” over the years which included floods, overflowing canals, mobile home residents fleeing ahead of major storms, crime, pestilence, and also home to many wonderful French-Canadian Snowbirds each Fall/Winter season and persistent talk of voters too with out-of-state vehicles who miraculously appeared every year just in time to send in their absentee ballot.


Welcome to the “Lake Worth Park Of Commerce”:

This image will surprise many of you and is explained later in this blog post.

New residents in this City, if they’re not cautious where they get their information from, will be misinformed by ‘facts’ on other blogs, social media, or even news reporters that don’t understand the entire story.


So where exactly is the POC?


By the way, the POC lies within the Lake Worth Drainage District although most of the City does not.

To see this map for yourself go to the Citys zoning map. And while you’re at it you can see how your neighborhood is zoned.


In the map above is the POC: Roughly it’s the dark shaded area west of Boutwell Rd., east of the E-4 (Keller) Canal, north of Lake Worth Rd. (the County’s John Prince Park) and south of 10th Ave. North. Now that you understand where the POC is, how long has this been a matter of debate in the City?

Let’s look at one example of many (the first image above is the front cover of this “Citizens’ Master Plan”).


Click on image to enlarge: 

The Lake Worth Park of Commerce Citizens’ Master Plan, Charrette Draft Report prepared by the TCRPC in October 2001.


Over eighteen years ago. I have this original report prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); if you would like to borrow it let me know (my email address is wesblackman@gmail.com).


Recognize anyone? Ever heard of a gentleman named Dana Little?


There are names throughout this document many of you will recognize. Enjoy this charming video I did of the POC back in 2014, a small area in the City of Lake Worth with so much potential, “the P-word” if you will:


Enjoy the video!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sports news in Lake Worth Beach: Upcoming registration for youth basketball.


Support your LOCAL newspaper and LOCAL community journalism.


For most recent front page headlines click on this link. The Herald serves Lake Worth Beach, suburban Lake Worth and nearby cities, towns and villages here in coastal Central Palm Beach County.

The Herald is still just ¢50! For subscription rates use this link. Have community news or an update to share? Call the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to Editor@lwherald.com


Besides LOCAL meetings, events and club news also published in this week’s paper is the 2019 Lake Worth High School football schedule, the public school dress code for students (proper jackets, shirts, pants and shoes), and an article on school health requirements (immunization requirements and physical examination).

Here is the news about youth basketball registration:


The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin holding early registration for their Youth Basketball League August 31 through October 5. Ages 3–6, $45; 7–16, $65.

Regular registration will be held October 6–December 20. Ages 3–6, $50, 7–16, $75. Late registration, December 21–January 4. Ages 3–6, $55, 7–16, $85. The draft will be held on January 11. All games begin at 9:45 and are played at the Norman J. Wimbley Gymnasium located at 1515 Wingfield Street. Shirts will be provided.

You do not need to be a Lake Worth Beach resident to participate, however identification is required.

Registration will be available at the Wimbley Gym, at the Osborne Community Center located at 1699 Wingfield St., or online by using this link.

For more information contact Anthony Marshall at 561-227-4518 or by email at AMarshall@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

News vans are packed and ready for the next major storm.


Scenario.

You are a young and eager weather reporter.

The assignment editor wants you to do a quick news segment along the seawall at the beach in Lake Worth Beach but when you get to the scene nothing is really going on. Just a normal beach day but really crowded. But you have to do something because you’re a weather reporter!

But there is a solution. You can create your own weather if you want. Find out how below.

So a week or so earlier hotter than normal water and wind churned off the Ivory Coast and went heading west. Some claim they can feel a storm coming and those people are feeling something.

Being safe Lake Worth Beach sends out a press release advising the public to be careful of swimming in the ocean and of course everyone then heads to the beach. Not much is happening at the moment except for some brisk wind and surfers taking advantage of the higher waves. So the reporter, with his or her back to the ocean, needs something to air and quick!

What a reporter could do is just deliver the press release from LWB.

But another method will get you noticed called the “gale force” approach.

This approach is not advised in most situations but it certainly will get attention from the public (note the ‘gale force’ method may be encouraged in some newsrooms when assigned to report on anything that looks red-tidish or anything blue-green in the water).

So to quickly go Live with the news which isn’t news but you have to do something please take a few moments and watch a CNN segment, an example of the gale force method being employed.

“Don’t Do It!”

Hope you enjoy this video and remember,
“Don’t Swim In the Sea! Incredibly. . .”

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Koreshan Unity: A religious utopian community in early Florida history.


“Among the most interesting beliefs of Koreshanity was the cellular cosmogony, or the hollow earth.”

Click on image to enlarge:

Image from the Florida Memory collection.


The State Library and Archives of Florida has fascinating documentation of the Koreshan Unity. They have links to pictures and documents about this religious group that no longer exists. Here is an excerpt:


     With its warm climate and seemingly endless coastline, Florida was a natural magnet for settlers from colder northern climates and all manner of pioneers. In the 1890s, Florida became home to one of the state’s most interesting and influential pioneering communities: the Koreshan Unity. [emphasis added]
     The Unity was a late-19th/early-20th century religious utopian community originally founded in upstate New York by Dr. Cyrus Teed and later headquartered in Chicago before finding its permanent home on a 320 acre plot of land in Estero south of Fort Myers, where Teed intended to found the “New Jerusalem.”
     Among the most interesting beliefs of Koreshanity was the cellular cosmogony, or the hollow earth. According to the cellular cosmogony, the earth was not a convex sphere but instead a hollow, concave cell containing the entire universe with the sun at its center and Earth's populace living on the inside surface of the hollow cell.

News from Shiny Sheet staff writer Margie Kacoha: “Donald Trump looked positively presidential”.


Please take a deep breath. In the blog post below is a news article which cites a citizen named Mr. Donald Trump, many years prior to becoming U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

What follows is not a political statement or a political position. What follows is an account of what happened at Mar-a-Lago over twenty-four years ago.


About the reporter at the Palm Beach Daily News (aka, the Shiny Sheet):


Margie Kacoha was one of the most interesting and fascinating reporters, very clever and very funny. A memorable sense of humor.

Sadly, she passed away in April 2014. The news from Shannon Donnelly, an excerpt: “Margie was always fair and objective as a reporter,” said Kirk Blouin, town director of public safety [in Palm Beach]. “She was always cordial and was very well-liked by the members of the police and fire departments. Personally, I will miss her kind heart and strong sense of humor. We shared many good laughs through the years. Just the thought of her brings a smile to my face. She will be sorely missed.”

Now to the news. . .

Opening paragraph from front page news, above the fold, published in the Shiny Sheet headlined, “Trump expects club to open this week”:


“Flanked by his attorneys, property manager and club manager, Donald Trump looked positively presidential [emphasis added] as he signed more than two dozen documents Saturday night, transforming his palatial weekend home into the Mar-a-Lago Club.”

The newspaper clipping below is from Monday, April 3rd, 1995.


Note that twenty-three years ago the Shiny Sheet cost ¢25! And unfortunately, this particular newspaper in the collection was damaged along the way. . .

‘NO DEAL HAS BEEN MORE COMPLEX’

Click on image to enlarge:

This image is from my collection of memorabilia (public relations material, magazines, brochures, newspapers, press releases) from my ten years working at Mar-a-Lago as Director of Projects (1993–2003) for a man I addressed as “Mr. Trump”.

Another excerpt from the 1995 article
in the Shiny Sheet:


     “No deal has been more complex than to have this incredible place turned into a club,” Trump said as he sat in the middle of the estate’s great room, carefully signing one document after another before leaving town early Sunday, “I think this is the most important event to happen in Palm Beach in 50 years.
     “We’re saving Mar-a-Lago, the greatest house in the United States,” Trump said. “And it’s a totally non-discriminatory club.”

and one more. . .

     “As long as he was signing documents — a task that took almost an hour — Trump chatted about other things, like pizza commercials.
     When called to do a television commercial for Pizza Hut to run during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Trump said his first reaction was “What do I know about pizza?”
     With an offer of $500,000 on the table, Trump balked.
     “If they pay me a million dollars, I’ll do it,” Trump reported responding to that initial offer.
     A cool million later, Trump was on the tube with ex-wife Ivana.


This is a look back in time to a very special place in American History, Mar-a-Lago. Just one of the reasons why Marjorie Merriweather Post had Mar-a-Lago constructed was she wanted to invite American presidents, visiting dignitaries, and ambassadors from all over the world — in her day and into the future — to a place in the Town of Palm Beach between the sea (in Spanish, “Mar”) and the once-freshwater lake (“Lago”, now the Intracoastal), a structure that would later be coined in American history the “Winter White House”.

And in what can only be called one of the most amazing twists in American history, “Trump” in April 1995, as reported in the Shiny Sheet by Margie Kacoha, became President Donald J. Trump on November 8th, 2016.