Saturday, August 31, 2019

Public Affairs Manager Becky Robinson, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

No waste collection and solid waste facilities closed in PBC Monday and Tuesday
While regular operations will continue through Saturday, Aug. 31, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will CLOSE all facilities and operations on Monday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Dorian. No garbage, recyclables or yard waste collection will occur. No onsite drop-offs will be accepted.

The SWA is monitoring conditions and will send information regarding the resumption of normal operations following the storm. SWA facilities will be evaluated for damage as soon as it is safe so they can open and begin receiving garbage.

If a resident finds that their recyclables and/or yard waste was not picked up on their regular collection day, they are asked to take them back into their house or secure them in some way until after the storm passes. Residents are also able to bring their debris to the SWA landfill or an SWA transfer station before the end of business Saturday.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Special Update 3 from the City of Lake Worth Beach

At this time it is becoming more likely that the City of Lake Worth Beach is going to experience a significant weather event over Labor Day weekend. You should be finalizing your preparations and ensuring you are ready to enact your personal hurricane plan if necessary. The City for its part is continuing to make preparations to ensure that we are as ready as possible to respond to whatever comes our way.

Please continue to watch for updates and follow the advice of the Governor and other officials.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

We are all in this together, Irma didn't beat us and neither will Dorian! We are Lake Worth Beach, a strong and resilient community that will stick together no matter what the weekend brings!

Hurricane Phone line

As Hurricane Dorian makes landfall if you need to report anything storm related to the City please feel free to call (561)586-1695. The City has out of state call center teams who will be able to keep taking calls and providing information even if City staff lose phone service.

Please note that if you have a fire, medical, or law enforcement emergency you should contact 911, not call the City.

Lake Worth Beach Casino and Ocean Complex
(Including Beach, Pier, Casino Building, and Parking lot)

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the Lake Worth Beach Ocean Complex for the public’s safety at 11:45pm on Saturday, August 31st. No one will be granted entry after this time and any cars remaining will be towed. This is to allow staff to make final preparations prior to the hurricane's arrival.


After the storm the entire complex including the beach, pier, and casino building will remain closed until further notice. Palm Beach police will not allow anyone who is not a resident of the Town of Palm Beach on to the island so please do not attempt to cross the bridge going east, you will be turned back.

Lake Worth Beach Parks

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing all parks for the public’s safety at sunset on Saturday, August 31st. Parks will remain closed to the public until after the storm has passed and the damage has been assessed and made safe.

Municipal Library

The City of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Library is now closed due to Hurricane Dorian. The library will reopen after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

Know your Hurricane Evacuation Routes and Zones!

For more detailed information, click here for the Palm Beach County Hurricane Guide.

Hurricane Dorian Message from the Lake Worth Beach Electric Utility Director Ed Liberty

"As you are already aware there is a potential for Dorian to make landfall near the Lake Worth Beach electric utility service territory.  We are tracking the storm’s progress and making necessary preparations to respond to outages as quickly and safely as possible.  We strongly encourage our customers to prepare their homes and properties, as well as take precautions for their own well being should the storm impact our region.

Maintaining electric service throughout the service territory is our priority.  To that end, I have communicated to our crews and staff to prepare to work through the coming weekend. In addition I have confirmed the availability of our overhead line construction and tree-trimming contractors to assist us if needed.  Should we need even more assistance we have the ability to reach out to utilities across the state and even nationwide, to obtain additional help under already established mutual aid agreements.

For your part, we ask that you remain indoors during periods of high winds and lightning.  We will be monitoring the condition of the electric system from our System Operations Center, and from there we will be able to identify any outages as they occur using our remote monitoring system that includes the electric meter on your home.  Customers will be able to monitor the locations of electric outages using our on-line outage map on the City’s Hurricane Website.  If your power goes out you can notify us using the on-line outage-reporting tool from your smart phone (https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/) recognizing however that we may already be aware of the event.  You can also confirm that we know your power is out by referring to the on-line outage map (https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/ ) to see if your neighborhood is highlighted.  And you can always call us to let us know, but be aware that you may experience long wait times during storm events, and again, we likely already know that your power is out.

Our communications team will be providing regular updates throughout the weekend on our website and social media.

Lake Worth Beach - Hurricane Dorian Update #2

The City of Lake Worth Beach is well under way with hurricane preparations for Hurricane Dorian. Many people assume that the Mayor and City Manager are privy to information about the storm that isn't available to the public but the reality is that there is no more information available about the path of the storm than that which is on reputable news stations or websites such as NOAA. The City Manager's website of choice for looking at the models is Mikes Spaghetti Models which provides a good cross section of the available models. At this time the City will be following the guidance of the County, if you would like to stay up to date with the County download the PBC Dart app in your app store.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

Together we can make it through whatever comes our way, we are Lake Worth Beach!

Hurricane Website

The City of Lake Worth Beach has launched our Hurricane Resource website. This site is designed to be clean in its design with minimal images so it is easy to load on a mobile device. Please bookmark:
 https://hurricane.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/.

We hope this will be a useful resource for all our residents to quickly find hurricane information from the City. On this page you can also access the outage tracker as well as the outage report form.

Lake Worth Beach Pier

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the Lake Worth Beach Pier for the public’s safety at 6am on Saturday, August 31st. The pier will remain closed until further notice due to dangerous wave heights expected from hurricane Dorian.

Golf Course

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closed as of Saturday, August 31st due to Hurricane Dorian. The course will reopen after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lake Worth Beach: Hurricane and storm preparedness.


Here is Dorian Special Update #1 from LWB City Hall:


As Tropical Storm [now Hurricane] Dorian approaches it is important to remain calm. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst!

As of this moment there is no certainty of the track of the storm with regards to South Florida. We encourage all residents to continue to monitor the situation through television, radio and the internet. City staff are doing the same and will continue to release information as we learn more. For now make sure you continue your hurricane preparations and do not become complacent. If you live east of Federal Highway this includes preparing for evacuation in case an evacuation order is given; as such it is essential you have a full tank of gas in your evacuation vehicle (do not wait until the order to fill up).

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven’t already followed us on social media please click the links below:



Together we can make it through whatever comes our way, we are Lake Worth Beach!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Build it and they will come?


Four years ago during some of the most wonderful weather in South Florida the municipal pool adjacent to the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex remained for the most part empty of people.

As some consider going down the same lane once again it’s worth wondering whether or not a pool scene in March–May 2025 would look any different than the scenes below in March–May 2015.

When we had a pool open to the public at the beach in Lake Worth. . .


It was a pool that needed people. . .

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Start Preparations. International Talk Like A Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is 1½ fortnights away.


ITLAPD is always held on September 19th.


“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

—Quote. Mahatma Ghandi, 1928.


Those who knew Ghandi well understood his sense of humor and that humor, “was one of his strongest features and one of the things people most liked and admired about him.”


“Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat”

Excerpt. International Talk Like a Pirate Day proclamation at Lake Worth City Commission on Sept. 19th, 2018 read by Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo.

Ghandi and bilge rats and silly proclamations!
How did we get here?
 


Here’s how the scheme went down. Former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard, on learning of the first annual ITLAPD coming up on September 19th, 2012, reached out to a City resident who called this annual celebration in the L-Dub, “juvenile, nonsensical — a day that might occur in a kindergarten class.”

Then Willie Howard in his 2012 article titled,
“ ‘Talk like a pirate day’ in Lake Worth
has some up in arms” continued. . .


She [City resident] said the city should not waste time on such foolishness because it has serious problems. Bornstein [City Manager Michael Bornstein] responded in part with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
     “I’m so sorry you find this fun, silly proclamation anything more than that,” Bornstein wrote in his response to [former commissioner JoAnn] Golden. “I could easily become consumed with a sense of over correctness in almost everything involved in government. However, I refuse to become devoid of all the wonderful human emotions including, most importantly, humor.”


Save the Date!

The 7th Annual ITLAPD in Lake Worth Beach is on September 19th.


Here is official text of the ITLAPD proclamation presented at the City Commission:


PROCLAMATION


Whereas, old pirate culture from the Caribbean is popular in TV shows, movies, literature, products, and rafting; and
Whereas, pirates are colorful, adventurous, mischievous and flamboyant; and
Whereas, two re-enactors, John Bauer and Mark Summers instituted International Talk Like A Pirate Day in 1995; and
Whereas, humorist Dave Barry liked the idea so much he promoted it in his nationally syndicated column in 2002, igniting a powder keg of followers worldwide; and
Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat; and
Whereas, everyone would like to think they have a little bit of pirate spirit inside of themselves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Triolo, Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim:
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 as INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY and urge all citizens of Lake Worth as well as all the less worthy sailors and scalawags in other communities to celebrate in a hearty and fun loving way on September 19th!
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lake Worth, Florida to be affixed this 19th day of September, 2017.

______________________
Pam Triolo, Mayor ATTEST

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) takes an alternate view on “Green” energy.


Please Note. The video below may be disturbing for some viewers. You’ve been warned.


Very important: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”. But for many of the public in places like Palm Beach County searching for new ideas, disturbed by western sprawl, and disappointed with the leaderless and languishing environmentalist community in South Florida then DGR may be what you are looking for.

One of the more outspoken members of DGR is Lierre Keith and over the years she has drawn a tremendous amount of traffic to this blog. Why? Perhaps because within the “radical space” Keith is a most unwelcome voice.

Once again, some may find the
video below very disturbing.


Others may find it provocative. Draw your own conclusions. The video was first posted on this blog in 2014 and many times since. At the 54 second mark in the video a member of DGR says:


“Today we’re going to introduce you to some ideas that you’re probably familiar with as environmentalists. But we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.



Two members [Max Wilbert and Cameron Foley] of Deep Green Resistance talk about green energy alternatives that have created unintended consequences, for example, they mention 1.2 million Tibetans forced to work in Chinese mines, massive strip mining operations all over the planet, pollution, toxic runoff, and enormous amounts of greenhouse gases produced by heavy-duty hauling and digging equipment and the machinery used for mining in the search for rare earth metals, copper, and for the production of steel, and bird deaths at California’s Ivanpah concentrated solar field project. Mr. Wilbert says in the video below,

There is no way to produce industrial technology without industrial devastation. Green technology requires global trade, global exploitation, global destruction of the land, air and the water. You just can’t do it any other way. It’s impossible.

Wilbert and Foley take a sobering view of modern-day environmentalism and call out some groups by name, including the Sierra Club. Although they don’t mention the Anarchist community (EarthFirst!) here in the City of Lake Worth by name, they do talk about their failed pipeline protest in Texas at the 44:00 mark and question whether protesting is getting results or just draining money and resources from other environmental causes.

Once again, Max Wilbert from DGR says in the video:


“. . . we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.”




End of discussion about DGR and solar energy. Very interesting is it not? Has it changed your view of solar energy?