Monday, June 29, 2020

Emergency Order Issued Closing Beaches July 4th Weekend...

All public, municipal, & private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County shall be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.


From the City of Lake Worth Beach Utility Department...

The Electric Utility continues to move forward with system upgrades to better withstand high winds associated with storms, reduce outages due to vegetation and animal contacts, and allow for growth without stressing the system.  Areas of concentrated work include:

The western part of our service territory with 129 pole replacements and upgrades of associated hardware, as well as installation of remotely operated devices to more rapidly restore customers after outages.  Evidence of the work completed can be seen along Lake Osborne Drive, Detroit Street, Lake Worth Road, and Engle Street.  Additional aggressive vegetation clearing, and wrapping of poles with animal guards, was performed along the French Avenue canal bank where the large population of iguanas had led to multiple outages when they climb our poles and come in contact with energized wires.

The eastern part of the service territory has seen neighborhood electric system upgrades to include new poles and associated hardware, new transformers, and a conversion to a higher operating voltage to reduce stress on the system and provide capacity for growth.  Over 550 customers spread across the area from Lake Avenue to 16th Ave North on Palmway, Lakeside, and Golfview and from Lake to 3rd Ave North from Federal to Palmway, are now being fed from newly hardened electric infrastructure.

The area of 7th Avenue North leading to Boutwell Road is undergoing upgrades of poles and associated hardware, including some undergrounding of electric lines, in support of improvements to the Park of Commerce roadways and sidewalk infrastructure.

Additionally, vegetation management comprised of tree trimming and mowing of alleys, as well as wrapping of poles to prevent wildlife from climbing up to our wires continues daily across the entire system.

Our dedicated team of IBEW employees, both from our own staff and contractors, are working six day weeks across daytime and evening shifts to bring these much needed improvements to our customers.  Please thank them for their efforts when you see them in your neighborhoods, and of course slow down and be extra careful as you drive by their job sites for their safety as well as your own.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fight the Virus, Get Tested Tomorrow in Lake Worth Beach! (5/22/20)

 
A walk-up COVID-19 Testing Site will be operated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue at the Osborne Community Center located at 1699 Wingfield Street on Friday, May 22 from 11am-2:30pm. Those wishing to be tested will not require an appointment and the test will be provided free of charge.

“Lake Worth Beach has a high risk population and from the outset of this pandemic I have believed it was vital that our residents had access to local testing sites. I am grateful to the County for working with my team to make this a reality and I hope many of our residents will be able to make use of this important step on the road to a post-Corona world.”
~Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo

Information about additional testing sites in Palm Beach County.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

PBSO District 14 - Lake Worth Beach - Weekly Covid 19 Update - May 20, 2020

We had a great week last week pertaining to crime. Only one violent crime (robbery), no residential burglaries, and only five auto burglaries. Once again a handgun was stolen out of an unlocked vehicle. That’s another gun on the street in the hands of a criminal.

The phase one of reopening has gone well thus far in Lake Worth Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County. Thank you for assisting with this and keeping the social distancing issues to a minimum.

The beach reopening has also gone well. The rainy weather has helped keep the crowds down and made for a perfect soft opening.

Please use good judgement this holiday weekend. The weather is supposed to be good so practice social distancing if you plan to go to the beaches or parks. They will likely be crowded. LW Beach will only have 50% of the parking available which should aid in keeping the crowds to a minimum.

Hurricane season starts June 1st. We have already had a named storm. This is a good time to clean up yards and make other early preparations. If you live in an evacuation zone or need to leave your residence for a storm, try to have a plan to stay with someone you know. Shelter space might be an issue this year with Covid 19. People will have to be spaced apart more than previous years.

Census, census , census! It only takes a few minutes to complete online.

Be safe, things are looking up!

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Monday, May 18, 2020

TooJay’s Deli Reopens Dining Rooms at All Locations

Takeout, catering, delivery, curbside pickup and Grocery ‘Too’ Go options will remain

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2020) – TooJay’s Deli is excited to welcome guests back into its dining rooms at all locations throughout Florida beginning Monday, May 18.

Famous for serving delicious comfort food, pile-high sandwiches and made-from-scratch desserts, TooJay’s will be following all capacity and distancing requirements from local and state governments. The restaurants will also be adhering to enhanced sanitation procedures including: 
  • Seating options and common areas in compliance with social distancing guidelines;
  • hand sanitizing station at each entrance;
  • all team members required to wear masks and pass a health check prior to each shift;
  • a designated dining room attendant assigned to clean and sanitize all tables, chairs and booths after each use as well as common areas throughout the restaurant;
  • place settings, menus, utensils and condiments to be single-use or sanitized after each use.

Guests are encouraged to visit TooJay’s website to check dining hours as they may vary by location. 

Takeout, catering, delivery, curbside pickup is still available at all locations. Guests can order online through TooJay’s website or Delicious Rewards app. To order online visit www.toojays.com/order-now. *Curbside is available only on pre-paid orders through the app or website.

In addition to dine-in and takeout options, TooJay’s continues its convenient Groceries ‘Too’ Go program, providing fresh meats and paper products while supplies last. Guests can stop by or call to place their orders.

For the latest information on how TooJay’s is navigating the COVID-19 situation, please visit TooJays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19 or sign up for Delicious Rewards through TooJay’s mobile app or at TooJays.com/delicious-rewards and receive push notifications and emails. Guests who sign up for the first time receive a free dessert.

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area and The Villages.

TooJay’s received three Palm Beach Post 2020 Best of Palm Beach County Awards for Best Sandwich, Best Dessert and Best Caterer; 2020 Best of Orlando Award for Deli; the 2019 South Florida Gay News Golden Spoon Award for Outstanding New Spot in Fort Lauderdale; and the 2019 Restaurant Neighbor Award as a State Winner from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for its work with Feeding Florida.

For more information about TooJay’s, visit TooJays.com. Follow TooJay’s at twitter.com/therealTooJays and instagram.com/toojaysdeli orvisit the Facebook fan page, which has over 93 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Announcement from Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex - Re-opening

The City of Lake Worth Beach is reopening the Beach, Beach Park, and Pier at sunrise on Monday, May 18. The beach will close and be cleared daily at Sunset, no one will be allowed on the beach after hours.

To facilitate social distancing measures all beach patrons should adhere to the following guidelines:
Listen to the directions of Ocean Rescue staff.

Keep groups to 10 people or less

Stay 6 ft Apart

Swim near guarded areas

Use showers one person at a time

Practice good hygiene and hand washing

Wear a face mask where possible.

The beach parking lot will have 50% of spots reopened (as indicated in image below). Parking meters are active but patrons are encouraged to use ParkMobile to pay for parking instead of the parking meters. All resident parking spaces are reopened and 2019/2020 resident parking passes expiration date has been extended to July 1. For residents wishing to renew their parking pass they can do so online at: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/parking/beach-decal-program/

In accordance with Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-112, all beach tenants may increase their indoor capacity to 50% and are encouraged to continue making use of outdoor seating.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Weekly Update From PBSO - District 14 - Lake Worth Beach

Today is the first day of the phase one re-opening plan. This affects restaurants, retail, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and elective medical procedures.  Please familiarize yourselves with the details and help us help you by following the restrictions. 

Palm Tran is now requiring all riders to wear masks on their buses. 

This past weekend I noticed that less people were wearing masks, both in Lake Worth Beach and other parts of Palm Beach County. Mask use is still strongly recommended. Entry into phase one of re-opening does not mean the crisis is over. It is likely more important now to be wearing masks since more people will be out. The last thing we want to see is a large spike in cases and deaths. Please continue to wear your masks, if not for yourself, for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. 

We had a pretty good week regarding crime. Auto burglaries were down 50% from the previous week. We did have a handgun stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The deputies made a great arrest in a carjacking case which occurred at 7th Avenue North and North F Street. 

Tomorrow Feeding South Florida will be back at the CRA – Hatch Center distributing food. 

Census, census, census…

Thank you and be safe,

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Thursday, May 7, 2020

PBSO D14 - Covid 19 Update - Volunteer Help for the Elderly


Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is here to protect and serve the residents of Palm Beach County.

A volunteer will be able to pick up and deliver your PREPAID order.

If you place an on-line or phone order with a local Grocery store,

Pharmacy or Restaurant and need it delivered a PBSO volunteer is ready to help.

Greetings,

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has established a new program to assist our Palm Beach County elderly residents who are unable to get out of their homes to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. Our amazing team of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers is ready to deliver orders directly to their doors. Seniors in need of assistance should first contact PBSO at the numbers/emails below to get program details beyond this email.

How the program works:

Seniors must contact a qualifying store (retail establishment) to place and pay for their orders.
A PBSO Volunteer will be dispatched to the store to pick-up the orders, which are prepackaged by the retail establishment.

The Volunteer does not shop for or provide payment for any items. All orders must be prepaid.
The Volunteer will deliver the order to the specified residence.
The Volunteer will place the items at the front door and leave.
The Volunteer does not make contact with anyone at the residence.

What is a qualifying store (retail establishment)? To qualify, the store must be able to do the following:

·         Take orders over the phone or online

·         Accept payment over the phone or online

·         Package purchased items and hold for pick-up

Currently the only stores with this capability are Costco, Walmart, and Target. However, when it comes to prescription medications, most pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) are able to accommodate.

Please call or email the following numbers for more information:

Between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm please contact:

Krysti Nast - 561- 688-3918  email address NastK@pbso.org or

Nephateri Burrell - 561- 681-7241  email address  BurrellN@pbso.org

After 4:00 pm please contact:

Cpl. Greg Newborn at 561-307-5422

Monday, May 4, 2020

TooJay’s Deli Launches New Family Meal Bundles


Perfect for Mother’s Day - Meal Bundles are available for takeout and curbside beginning Monday, May 4

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2020) – TooJay’s Deli is helping take care of family dinner with its homemade dishes that conquer all cravings! Beginning Monday, May 4, TooJay’s is offering new Family Meal Bundles available for takeout and curbside pick-up at all locations throughout Florida excluding Pembroke Pines, Boca Polo Shoppes and Tampa.

Priced at $49.99, the Family Meal Bundles serves four people and includes delicious comfort food and deli classics that will satisfy every member of the family. Guests can choose from three options: 
  • Deli Bundle: Half pound each of turkey, roast beef and ham; one loaf of rye or wheat bread; half pound each of sliced cheddar and sliced swiss; one pound of cole slaw; one pound of dill pickles; one bottle of TooJay’s Deli mustard; and one box of mini black and white cookies 
  • Turkey Dinner Bundle: a quart of chicken noodle soup OR house or Caesar salad with rye bread slices; turkey; mashed potatoes; stuffing; vegetable; turkey gravy; cranberry sauce; and one box of mini black and white cookies
     
  • Shepherd’s Pie Bundle: a quart of chicken noodle soup OR house or Caesar salad with rye bread slices; shepherd’s pie; and one box of mini black and white cookies

Guests can order online through TooJay’s website or Delicious Rewards app. To order online visit www.toojays.com/order-now. No substitutions. Guests should allow 30 minutes for preparation. *Curbside is available only on pre-paid orders through the app or website.

For the latest information on how TooJay’s is navigating the COVID-19 situation, please visit TooJays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19 or sign up for Delicious Rewards through TooJay’s mobile app or at TooJays.com/delicious-rewards and receive push notifications and emails. Guests who sign up for the first time receive a free dessert.

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area and The Villages.

TooJay’s received three Palm Beach Post 2020 Best of Palm Beach County Awards for Best Sandwich, Best Dessert and Best Caterer; 2020 Best of Orlando Award for Deli; the 2019 South Florida Gay News Golden Spoon Award for Outstanding New Spot in Fort Lauderdale; and the 2019 Restaurant Neighbor Award as a State Winner from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for its work with Feeding Florida.

For more information about TooJay’s, visit TooJays.com. Follow TooJay’s at twitter.com/therealTooJays and instagram.com/toojaysdeli orvisit the Facebook fan page, which has over 93 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex 4/28/20

Although some parks are reopening tomorrow the #LakeWorthBeach Beach Park and Complex is not. The beach complex will only be open to those collecting curbside pick up orders from Benny's (at the weekends) and Killwin's (call ahead).

Please do not endanger Ocean Rescue and other beach staff by attempting to come to the beach unless you are collecting a curbside pick up order.

PBSO District 14 -Covid 19 Update - LWB - Parks Boat Ramps and Golf Course

This is your weekly update regarding District 14 – Lake Worth Beach. I just spoke to the city staff. They will be opening parks, boat ramps and the golf course as follows and per the county order. (A copy of the county order is attached). This is a fluid situation. I will notify you of any changes as I receive them: 

Golf Course – Will be open on Saturday and Sundays , Starting May 2nd. Will follow all county order requirements 

Boat Ramps – Will be open starting tomorrow morning. Will follow all county order requirements 

Parks – Following all requirements of the county order. *** The beach park will not be opening yet**** 

Pier – LWB Pier will not be opening yet. Stay tuned 

LW Beach – Not open yet. Again, stay tuned 

Hopefully many of you saw the county press conference yesterday. The Sheriff delivered a strong message regarding the reopenings.  We all want to be able to enjoy the above facilities after this long period of closure. We do not want people to violate the emergency order. This will likely cause a spike in cases and a return of the closures. This will also generate more calls for service which takes us away from patrolling for burglars, robbers, etc. While our preferred method of handling Covid related calls is to “educate and persuade”, we will make arrests when necessary to avoid a spike in cases and closures of the above facilities. Please help us help you by using good sense and abiding by the current requirements.  The sooner we do so the sooner we get back to something near “normal”. 

In other news, the food giveaway at the CRA went really well today and will continue again next week.

Crime was down a bit this week which is good. 

There are an increasing number of scams out there both online and in person – be careful 

Please fill out your census forms. Our numbers are dismal so far but there is time to turn that around. We will have to live with these numbers for ten years 

My quarterly commission presentation is during the next virtual meeting on May 5th. 

I hope everyone is doing okay. 

Thanks and be safe, 

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

City of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Golf Course will Reopen

Lake Worth Beach, FL – In response to Palm Beach County Executive Order 2020-05 the City of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Golf Course will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 2. At this time the course remains closed Monday - Friday. 

Further information and details of additional openings related to the order will follow.

Monday, April 27, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: PALM BEACH COUNTY RECREATION FACILITIES TO RE-OPEN (DOES NOT APPLY TO PUBLIC POOLS)

WHILE ADHERING TO CDC DISTANCING GUIDELINES. This was in an email from County Vice Mayor Weinroth.
Click here for link to Executive Order No. 5


It is important to read the entire document found at the above link. For example, here are the special requirements for community pools:

Community Pools:

Guidelines, including all social distancing guidelines, are adhered to. In addition
the following restrictions shall apply:

B. Community pools shall reopen provided that CDC guidelines are maintained.

1. Pool capacity shall be limited to ensure that social distancing in
accordance with CDC Guidelines is maintained at all times.
2. Locker room and shower facilities shall remain closed. Restrooms
shall be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Soap
and water or hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes shall be provided
in each restroom.
3. Pool deck seating or lounging shall be restricted to ensure social
distancing in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
4. One or more facility staff or management must be present at each
facility location to monitor and ensure compliance with the restrictions
within this order.

Also note it does not open "beach parks."

Section 7. Public Parks and Natural Areas. All public county and municipal parks, and natural areas, with the exception of beach parks, in Palm Beach County shall reopen as set forth in Attachment 4 entitled “Public Parks and Natural Areas Reopening Guidelines.”

Help for homeowners facing COVID-19 related financial hardship

Many agencies are experiencing increased calls from households concerned about making mortgage payments due to COVID-19 related financial hardship. The Sun Sentinel has a great article on this subject but the most important information to give any homeowner is the following:

Homeowners must contact their servicers and let them know they cannot make your payment due to a COVID-19 related hardship. Servicers will not assume anything so they must let them know otherwise loans will be become delinquent. Most servicer websites will give multiple options for making contact.

Homeowners should know who owns (backs) their loan. Homeowners can check on Freddie Mac or  Fannie Mae online or check with their mortgage company. And Credit Counseling Agencies can provide assistance - they are used to dealing with mortgage questions and contacting servicers so call them for assistance.

2020 Quick Hospitality Covid-19 Emergency Grant - Lake Worth Beach CRA

In an effort to help stabilize local hospitality businesses currently open and operating within the CRA District due to effects from COVID-19, the Lake Worth Beach CRA is offering a Quick Action Emergency grant program. Although Federal funding is available through the SBDC, many of our small, local businesses are struggling to keep employees and must work around increasingly restrictive requirements.

Local, small, for-profit businesses with between 3-20 full time employee’s (FTE’s) can apply on-line for up to $2,500 (in $500 increments) in working capital grants. Our goal is to fund businesses that require face-to-face interaction with customers and have been severely impacted by the virus. 

Click here for link. 

SIDEWALK PRESSURE CLEANING TO BEGIN APRIL 27th IN DOWNTOWN LAKE WORTH BEACH

Lake Worth Beach, FL - The Lake Worth Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is
partnering with Lake Worth Beach Public Services department to provide the power washing of
sidewalks throughout Downtown during the current lull in pedestrian traffic. This effort will take
place beginning Monday April 27th and extending over the next two to three weeks, weather
permitting.

Sidewalk cleaning will take place along both sides of Lake and Lucerne Avenues from the
round-a-bout at ‘A’ Street extending east to Federal Highway and along various side-streets in
the downtown. Merchants and property owners are advised to temporarily move all signs,
planters, tables and chairs during the pressure cleaning period. The CRA and City will not be
responsible for any damage to these items.

Please contact the Lake Worth Beach CRA or Lake Worth Public Services department if you
have any questions regarding this project.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PREVENTION

Individuals in Lake Worth Beach who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400. If you have a medical provider, call them. If traveling to a medical office or facility, call ahead.

For questions about COVID-19 in Florida, please call the Florida Department of Health at l-866-779-6121.

Join us for "LUNCH-OUT" Friday, April 24th • 1pm to 4pm

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Location: LILO'S - 701 Lake Avenue

Drive-ups only. The CAR-ONLY SERVICE line begins at SW corner of K Street (one-way northbound). You will be directed to the pickup zone.

Join us for “Lunch-Out," a community effort to provide meals to local Lake Worth Beach. Any money donated hospitality workers or others who have lost jobs as a result of will go to helping local hospitality Covid-19. First Responders Welcome as well! Meals provided by workers that have DRIVE-UP SERVICE ONLY to comply with CDC social distancing
been laid-off and guidelines. No walk-ups accepted. All meals will be placed for future food in trunks. Meals available on a first-come, first serve basis distribution events. and meals are limited. Donations appreciated and accepted.

SAFER AT HOME Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Direct...

Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late. 

Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? 

No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine"). This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late.

Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Van Jones, Vinod Khosla, Koch Brothers, Vandana Shiva, General Motors, 350.org, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nature Conservancy, Elon Musk, Tesla.

Music by: Radiohead, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Blank & Jones, If These Trees Could Talk, Valentina Lisitsa, Culprit 1, Patrick O’hearn, The Torquays, Nigel Stanford, and many more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Weekly PBSO Update - 04-21-20 - District 14 - City of Lake Worth Beach

Hopefully everyone is doing as well as can be expected. Here are a few updates from your local PBSO District: 

·         Please encourage friends and neighbors to go online and complete their census forms. I did mine in about ten minutes. You do not have to have the code that was mailed out.  These census numbers will be here for ten years and affect many parts of life. 

·         Our district has no personnel out with Covid 19 or awaiting test results. 

·         The food distribution at the CRA - Hatch Center is going well. I believe they are giving food to 700  + families per week in LWB. The volunteers have been awesome. 

·         Social distancing continues to look good in the city. 

·         Last week’s crime report was about the same as the week before – busy. Calls for service are up due to the pandemic and the unrelated crime. Auto burglaries and robberies to persons continued to be a problem. Half of the robberies were drug related. Other violent crime was down and arrests were up for the week. We made two nice arrests for auto theft using the cameras and tag readers. 

Hang in there. I am starting to hear some positive news on the virus. Hopefully we will be able to return to somewhat normal life in the near future. Please continue to social distance, be patient and kind. 

Yours in service, 

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

City of Lake Worth Beach - City Commission Meeting - April 21, 2020 - NEW RULES AND FORMAT

Due to the pending Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Federal, State and Palm Beach County’s Declarations of State of Emergency, the City of Lake Worth Beach will be conducting the April 21, 2020 Regular Meeting via Communication Media Technology (“CMT”). Use of CMT will allow the City to have City Commission meetings as necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following specific information is provided as to the Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Regular Meeting:

(1) The meeting will be held at City Hall, 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Since City Hall is closed to the public, there will be no physical access points provided at City Hall. The City Commission will be attending the meeting through technological means.

(2) Persons interested in attending the meeting may access the meeting online at: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/virtual-commission-meeting/. The online meeting will also be posted on YouTube (normally within 24 hours with closed-captioning included). After the meeting, the audio recording will be available by contacting the Office of the City Clerk. Minutes of the meeting will also be available at a later date online or by contacting the Office of the City Clerk.

(3) If interested persons need more information regarding the meeting, they may contact the Office of the City Clerk at 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, FL; email the Office of the City Clerk at: dandrea@lakeworthbeachfl.gov or call the Office of the City Clerk at (561) 586-1659.

(4) In order to address the concerns with the COVID-19, for this meeting, public comment will be handled as follows: If an interested person desires to provide public comment, all comments must be directed to the Office of the City Clerk by going to our website and clicking on this link: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/public-comment-card/. The City will receive such public comment up to fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the meeting. If timely received by the Office of the City Clerk, the Chair or designee will read the public comment at the meeting. The Commission’s Rules of Decorum for all public comment will be strictly enforced. Any portion of a comment that violates the Rules of Decorum will not be read. All comments will be maintained with the City’s minutes of the meeting.

Consistent with section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

PBSO District 14 - Covid 19 Update

A few quick updates on Covid 19 from your local PBSO District: 

Crime was up again last week. Auto burglaries were the main issue with 12.  They were in all parts of the city with the common denominator being close proximity to Dixie Highway. 8 of the 12 were unlocked. Please remind your friends and neighbors that locked and void of valuables is the best method. Either way don’t leave valuables inside. A variety of items were taken but thankfully no firearms. We also had three stabbings. All suspects were known by the victims and two of the three refused to press charges.

The food distributions at the CRA Hatch Center continue to go well. I believe they gave food to 800 families today. They are scheduled for the next two Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until  they run out of food. A few quick observations on this: 

·         You must receive a voucher from the volunteers handing them out that morning. The volunteers walk right down the line car by car. They use vouchers so they know how much food they have. If you cut the line you won’t get a voucher and will be told to leave. We had to tell several people to leave this morning. This is fair and ensures no one waits in line only to receive nothing due to running out of food.

·         You must line up in the left lane of Lake Avenue. This week the line stretched from the CRA building to Congress Ave at its peak. It moves quickly but it takes time to donate food to 800 cars.

·         Be patient – the people working are volunteers. This is a wonderful event put on by remarkable people 

The predicted peak date for Covid 19 cases in Palm Beach County has shifted from April 27th to May 3rd. We are doing a good job with social distancing and adhering to all of the special orders. We have to keep going a while longer. 

Remember that PBC Special Order 4 “urges” all to wear a mask or other face covering when social distancing is not possible, i.e. going grocery shopping. 

My quarterly commission presentation is still scheduled for the May 5th  meeting. It will likely still be a virtual meeting by then. 

Hopefully we are almost through this and will be returning to some semblance of normal life soon. I miss my sports. The Hallmark Channel has been on at my house way too much. I am outnumbered at home.   

We can do this! 

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Social Distancing is Love - From the City of Lake Worth Beach

Lake Worth Beach City Commission Meeting - 4/9/20 - 6 p.m.

The Lake Worth Beach City Commission is meeting tonight for the first time since March 19 session Tonight's meeting will be held remotely but those residents who want their views heard by the commission are asked to fill out public comment cards on the city's website  You must turn in your comment 15 minutes before the start of tonight's 6 p.m. meeting.

It is my understanding that individual Commissioners and the Mayor will be in physically separate locations in this virtual meeting online.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

CRA - LULA Lunch Out Event, Friday, April 10th


PBSO District 14 - Lake Worth Beach - Covid 19 Update

A couple quick updates from today:

·         While assisting with the food giveaway at the CRA Hatch Center,  a call of an armed burglary was dispatched nearby (4th Ave North and North F Street). A suspect tried to break into two separate houses while armed with a knife. The suspect fled on foot from the deputies. A perimeter was established and K9 responded. The suspect was caught by the dog a few minutes later.

·         Last week in Lake Worth Beach HANDGUN’S were stolen from two different vehicles. Both vehicles were left unlocked. PLEASE remove all valuables and particularly firearms from your vehicles.  With this crisis there has been an uptick in criminals checking for unlocked vehicle doors. Those two handguns are now in the hands of criminals and may be used against a resident or deputy.

Be safe,

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Monday, March 30, 2020

Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex NEWS - COVID-19

Look how empty the beach is right now, not a single person on the sand, in the water, or on the pier. This is not because of photoshop but rather is because the Beach and the Beach Park are closed to ALL VEHICULAR, BICYCLE, AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC! The only exception being made is for those in vehicles that are picking up food from Benny's, Mulligan's, Kilwin's, or Mama Mia's.

So far this weekend over 1900 cars and bikes have attempted to reach the beach, the 20% that were collecting food from the restaurants were able to go up and park until their food came out (they were not able to leave their vehicle), all the others were turned away at the first round about. We must request that you do NOT come to the beach unless you are collecting food from Benny's on the Beach, Mulligan's Beach House - Lake Worth, Killwins, or Mama Mias!

The beautiful #LakeWorthBeach will still be here when this has passed, so for now enjoy it through pictures and #StayHome to fight the virus!


COVID-19 Impacts on Local Traffic Palm Beach County, Florida

The amount of traffic on our roadways has drastically reduced since the issuance of executive and local orders related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provides permanent traffic counter sites for a few major roadways within Palm Beach County. The graphic shows the site located on Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Comparing this past Wednesday to two weeks ago, traffic has reduced around 40% (~80,000 vehicles) between the hours of 6 AM and 7 PM. The TPA will continue to monitor the impacts to transportation due to COVID-19. Click here for more FDOT information on traffic counts.

Another quick update from your local PBSO District:14 - Lake Worth Beach

·         I will continue to send these out as needed and at least weekly to keep you informed

·         Our PBSO District in West Delray Beach did have a scammer claiming to be with the CDC. He was wearing medical garb and fled when law enforcement was called. It is important to reiterate to neighbors that agencies such as this are not doing door to door visits and to call us when this happens. They tend to prey on the elderly with these scams

·         We recently had two different locations in the Royal Poinciana and Tropical Ridge neighborhoods tagged with graffiti which met the criteria for a hate crime. One was the Guatemalan Maya Center. If you see anything please call right away. We have a limited description of a stocky suspect dressed in all black clothing

·         It still looks like the majority of you are doing your part regarding social distancing – this is great to see – thank you!

·         The beach and surrounding park areas are closed. You can get takeout orders from the restaurants up there. You cannot go up to sightsee. I have been told that staff is turning away hundreds of cars, bikes etc.

·         PBSO is still fully operational - initially crime slowed way down – criminals are starting to come out again – particularly the street robberies and auto burglaries at night – Please call if you see anything suspicious 

Thank you and be safe, 

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Office:    (561) 202-9601

LATEST OPERATIONAL UPDATES FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY - COVID 19

*New* Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County.

Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: 
(561) 642-1000

On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments are required.

All Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public health and to ensure availability of supplies. 

Palm Beach County remains under a State of Emergency.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Food Distribution this Tuesday 3/31/20


If you recently lost your job or cannot access food due to Covid – 19, the Lake Worth Beach CRA, LULA – Lake Worth Arts and the City of Lake Worth Beach have partnered to bring you a car-only food distribution site on Tuesday, March 31 at Hatch 1121. Due to the virus, only cars will be served at this location. For the health of the volunteers, PBSO and your fellow Lake Worthians, please do not walk or bike to this event. Any crowds that form, no matter how small, could jeopardize providing food to our in-need families. Information on other opportunities for food pick up will be made available through Feeding South Florida. LULA Lake Worth Arts will also be distributing crayons and children’s activities to families with children. All items will be placed in the trunk of your car. Cars will be served, beginning at 9am at the entrance of Hatch (1121 Lucerne) on the Lake Avenue side of the lot. Do not try to enter the lot from Lucerne. Cars who try to enter from Lucerne will be turned away. The event will end at 11am or when supplies run out.

If possible, we ask that you support our local restaurants. A list of restaurants that serve take out or delivery are listed at this link. CRA Staff are updating this information when provided. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

To download a Spanish version of the flyer click here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Lantana Chamber Member Restaurants Open For Business (also in Lake Worth Beach)

Restaurants open for food service

Atlantis Bar & Grill - Takeout
Hours: 11:30 -2:00 pm and 4pm – 7pm
561-641-3330 | 5805 S Congress Ave, Lantana Fl 33462

Anchor Inn (Lakeside Anchor Inn) - Takeout
Hours: After 1pm only
561-868-5900 | 2415 Floral Ave, Lantana FL 33462

Chili’s Restaurant - Takeout and Curbside
561-434-0319 | 5910 S. Jog, Lake Worth, FL 33467

Common Grounds - Takeout
561-318-8980 | 12 S J St, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Daves Last Resort - Takeout
561-588-5208 | 632 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Ice Cream Club - Pick up
Hours: 11am-9pm
561-582-0778 | 278 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL 33462

Lantana Pizza – Takeout
561-582-5550 |467 Greynolds Cir, Lantana, FL 33462
www.lantanapizza.com

Marina Café Open, Fully Stocked
Hours: 8am-7pm
Takeout or delivery via Ubereats
561-424-4222 | 100 NE 6 th Street #108, Boynton Beach, FL

Mario's Ocean Ave - Takeout and delivery
Hours: -2pm – 10pm 7 days
561-582-3013| 225 E. Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 33462

Oceano Kitchen
Hours: Tue – Sat open 5pm
www.oceanokitchen.com

Palm Beach Express - pick up or delivery
pre-order individual meals
Hours: mon-sat 5am-9pm
561-335-8852 | 200 Hypoluxo Rd, ste 105-109 Hypoluxo, FL 33462
Facebook: PBEcatering

Park Ave BBQ Grill Takeout
Hours: 7days 11am-9pm
561-357-7427 | 4796 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Polar Bakery Takeout and Curbside
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 10am-2pm
561-214-4545 | 5817 S. Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL
www.polarbakery.com

Riggins Crabhouse Lunch and Dinner Takeout
Hours: 10am-8pm
561-586-3000 | 607 Ridge Rd, Lantana, FL 33462

Tacos al Carbon Takeout
561-722-5701 | 4420 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33461

The Hive Bar and Grill Takeout
Hours: Tue-Sun noon-7pm
561-513-9168 | 618 W. Lantana Rd, Lantana, FL 33462

Toojays Restaurant and Deli Takeout
561-582-6684 | 419 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Thursday, March 26, 2020

SHOP SMALL EAT LOCAL

During this difficult time, we ask that everyone shop local to support our local businesses, when allowed.
The provided list includes restaurants that will remain open for take our or delivery during the shutdown. However, we ask that you call the restaurant before going in person to ensure they are open and food is available.

Our compiled list includes restaurants in the downtown area. If you have a restaurant or provide food and are a Lake Worth Beach business (33460), feel free to send us your information and we will do our best to post names and hours of business that continue to operate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Palm Beach County to Hold Press Conference on COVID-19 Virus – 4:00 PM Today, March 25

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Palm Beach County government just announced that all county and municipal parks/golf courses (public and private) are closed as of 4 p.m. today.

PBC Press Conference - 3/25 @ 4PM
Palm Beach County to Hold Press Conference on COVID-19 Virus – 4:00 PM Today, March 25

Officials will provide an update of local actions pertaining to the COVID-19 virus.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner will be joined by County Administrator Verdenia Baker, Florida Health – Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Reginald Duren, Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson and other local officials.

Who: Palm Beach County Officials

What: COVID-19 Update

Where: Emergency Operations Center, 20 South Military Trail, WPB, FL 33415

When: 4:00 PM on March 25, 2020

A video message from Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner


Captain Todd Baer Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Just a quick update from your local PBSO District:

· While our lobby is closed, PBSO is otherwise  fully operational. Citizens can call in non-emergencies at 688-3400 use 911 for emergencies. Our LWB number 586-1611 is available Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for matters which were previously handled by walk in. 

· Records can be obtained through e-mail at emailcentralrecords@pbso.org

· In my daily patrols of the city I am seeing much more compliance with the closures and social distancing. Most open businesses are operating safely. Thank you!

· Yesterday we arrested the infamous graffiti suspect who uses the tag “Feral” again. This time he stole two of our graffiti surveillance cameras. He was charged with two counts of grand theft. We are working with the State Attorney’s Office to see that he receives a proper sentence. You can find more information on this on our PBSO “Busted” flyer on social media. 

· Keep an eye out for suspicious activity – Crime has been slow since this started but I am sure criminals will look to take advantage as this progresses.

· Scams – There are several scams related to the COVID 19 epidemic. More on this can be found on our social media pages. Be careful of unusual e-mails and phone calls from those claiming to be from agencies such as the CDC, WHO etc. Also, none of them will be going door to door so call us if someone knocks and claims to be with one of these agencies. 

· In person census activities have been suspended so call if anyone knocks on your door claiming to be from the census.

· A couple of our local schools are feeding the children twice a day (Highland Elementary and LW High School).

We will get through this by working together,

Be safe,

Captain Todd Baer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Support local Lake Worth Beach Restaurants and Businesses

Support local Lake Worth Beach restaurants and businesses during these difficult times.

Who:  Calling all restaurants offering take out/delivery.

What:  Help the Lake Worth Beach CRA spread the word about the services you are providing during the coronavirus crisis. 

Why:  The CRA is reaching out to LOCAL 33460 & 33461 restaurants and food/drink establishments with the following questions:

 • Are you open for takeout, curbside pickup?

 • Are you offering delivery?

 • Have you switched into convenience store or package store mode? 

Please answer questions at link to be included in a restaurant/services guide publication this week to be posted online and via social media. 

Questions please call (561) 493-2550. 

Important Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce Announcement

In this tough business environment, the Chamber stands ready to provide any assistance we can to help your businesses get through it as well as possible.

The Town Manager of Lantana and the City Manager of Lake Worth Beach have asked us for guidance as to how they might relax restrictions temporarily.

We’ve suggested to Lantana that they suspend enforcement of sign regulations so that businesses can put out signs or banners advertising that they are open, or that restaurants are open for takeout and delivery.

Lake Worth Beach is open to allowing restaurants to have a dedicated parking space in front of their establishments to allow customers to have easier access for the same purposes.

If you have any ideas as to what Lantana and Lake Worth Beach might further do to help our small businesses, please email your suggestions to info@lantanachamber.com
The Board of Directors hope that you, your family and your employees stay healthy and safe. And remember to wash your hands!

Best wishes,

David Arm
President

Monday, March 23, 2020

Notice just now, issued by the Town of Palm Beach. However, reiterating a Palm Beach County order.

"Effective immediately per Public Safety Order #1, within Palm Beach County, including all municipalities therein, all boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are hereby closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public. Commercial fishing, commercial marine operations, and support services related thereto are permitted to continue operating."

Sunday, March 22, 2020

City of Lake Worth Beach - Announcement on Bryant Park Boat Ramp Closing

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately, the County Mayor and PBSO have ordered the City of Lake Worth Beach to close the Bryant Park Boat Ramp until further notice. Access will continue to be provided for those currently on the water to return to their vehicles but no further vessels may be launched at this time.

For more information on closures within the City please click here.


(Editors note: I took a bike ride yesterday through Lake Worth Beach. Right after I left my house, I saw three cars in a row headed north with canoes on their roof. It was about 5:15 p.m. They probably spent the day on the Intracoastal Waterway/Lake Worth Lagoon and were headed back home to West Palm Beach. The thought immediately dawned on me, "What a good idea for open air exercise." Later on during the ride, I heard racing of motorboat engines off to the east and then I thought to myself, "That sounds a little lawless to me." Then I wondered how many people were on the water, partying and practicing some reckless abandon as a stress reliever. Apparently, PBSO and others want to focus their efforts on the emergency we face than patrol the waterways. Or at least restrict access to it in the form of one access point. I wonder if other boat ramps are closing?)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Statement Regarding Suspension of Utility Disconnections From the Desk of the City Manager

Statement Regarding Suspension of Utility Disconnections
From the Desk of the City Manager

There has been information circulating regarding the City of Lake Worth Beach’s Suspension of Utility Disconnections.   In an effort to ease any fear being experienced by any of our residents and customers, and to set the record straight I want to provide the facts.

During the COVID-19 crisis the City of Lake Worth Beach IS NOT DISCONNECTING UTILITY SERVICES for any utility accounts within the entire utility service area.  This includes within the City limits and the areas our utilities serve in unincorporated Palm Beach County and the Village of Palm Springs.  Any information to the contrary is false.  All will continue to receive electricity, water and sewer services.

The suspension of disconnections began on Wednesday March 18th and is in effect until April 30th.  It may be extended based on the needs of the community at that time.

There were customers whose service was temporarily suspended during the transition period earlier in the week before the suspension was fully implemented.  Most contacted the City and they were reconnected immediately, and all fees and charges are being credited back to those customers.   A few accounts did not contact the City for reconnection and staff is visiting those addresses in person to confirm that these units are vacated either because the customer moved at an earlier date or because they are one of our ‘snow birds’ who are living somewhere else right now.

Please know City staff and the City Commission are doing our very best to address the issues involved in this crisis and to take care of our residents.  Thank you for remaining calm and understanding as we move forward together.

Town of Palm Beach - Action Plan for Condos - COVID-19

From the Town of Palm Beach:

"COVID-19 Notice #1 for 3/21/20 (Action Plan for Condos)
When a virus with pandemic potential emerges, it is vitally important for citizens to take steps to help slow the transmission throughout our community. In multifamily buildings where residents encounter each other frequently in the elevators, corridors, and other common areas, the need to address preventative measures much more involved than in single-family homes that have limited common areas. This communal living presents a unique set of issues when dealing with the spread of a virus as dangerous as the Covid-19."

Click here for link to download an action plan for multifamily buildings from CDC.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Palm Beach County's Lack of Intensive Care Unit and Isolation Rooms

Of all the things I heard yesterday, one of the more revealing turned out to be the briefing given by the Palm Beach Town Manager. It aired at 3 p.m. Carried on the Town's website, these are supposed to occur daily at the same time. Yesterday's lasted 38 mins. You can hear the whole thing on the Town's part of the website that has a list of past meetings.

They solicited comments via email and combined 65 responses/questions into 12 different categories related to Town operations.

This is the headline: Palm Beach County has a population of 1.4 million people. The entire county only has a total of 112 ICU beds. and just 63 isolation rooms. This number adds up all the facilities in all hospitals in Palm Beach County. 

If this doesn't underline the importance of hand washing, social distancing and isolation, nothing will.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2010 Special Commission meeting - Unique in Many Ways

Here is the agenda for tomorrow's meeting which begins and 6 p.m.
You can find the entire packet by clicking here, taking you to the city's website. In the middle of the page, look for the March 19, 2020 meeting in the table and look under the column labeled "Packet."

There are a number of items on the consent agenda. Perhaps the most important item will come under New Business, Item A  - Resolution No. 11-2020 - Mayor’s and City Manager’s Emergency Powers. You may want to take a look at that one since the procedures of how an emergency is declared and who's responsibility it is to carry out special powers. In short, the proposed resolution would reaffirm that the Mayor is responsible for declaring an emergency and the City Manager would carry out actions during that emergency. In that capacity, if an action conflicts "with an existing ordinance, resolution or policy of the City Commission, the City Manager shall temporarily activate said policy and seek ratification of the policy by the City Commission at such time as is reasonably possible and consistent with all Federal, State, County and/or Local emergency directives."

MOST IMPORTANT - HERE ARE THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS FIRST EVER MEETING OF THIS TYPE:

Due to the pending Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Federal, State and Palm Beach County’s Declarations of State of Emergency, the City of Lake Worth Beach will be conducting the March 19, 2020 Special Meeting via Communication Media Technology (“CMT”). Use of CMT will allow the City to have City Commission meetings as necessary during the COVID- 19 pandemic. The following specific information is provided as to the March 19, 2020 Special Meeting:

(1) The Meeting will be held at City Hall, 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Physical access points will be City Hall Commission Meeting Room (Chambers) and City Hall Main Conference Room, both of which are normally open to the public. In keeping with social distancing and limiting gatherings to less than 10 persons, once a physical access point reaches capacity, the next physical access point will be opened to the public.

(2) Persons interested in attending the meeting may go to City Hall to an available physical access point.

(3) If the physical access point at City Hall Commission Meeting Room (Chambers) is full, the City will provide access via video with closed captions and/or via audio access at the other physical access point(s).

(4) Interested persons may also access the meeting online on the City’s website at: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/mar19. Interested persons are encouraged to utilize this alternative access point in keeping with social distancing. After the Meeting, the audio recording will be available by contacting the Office of the City Clerk.

(5) If interested persons need more information, they may contact the Office of the City Clerk at 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, FL; email the Office of the City Clerk at: dandrea@lakeworthbeach.org or call the Office of the City Clerk at (561) 586-1662.

(6) In order to address the concerns with the COVID-19, for this Meeting, public comment will be handled as follows: If an interested person desires to provide public comment, all comments must be directed to the Office of the City Clerk at the above provided physical address, e-mail address or by telephone. The City will receive such public comment up to fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the Meeting. If timely received by the Office of the City Clerk, the Chair will read the public comment at the Meeting. Public comment cards are available on the City’s website.

Consistent with section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.