Saturday, February 15, 2020

“Save the Historic Gulfstream Hotel”: An event sponsored by the Lake Worth Beach Business Committee.


The partial image below is from p. 6 in today’s Lake Worth Herald.

Save the date!


To read Ballot Question 3 scroll down to the blog post which follows (or click on this link).

Election Day is March 17th: Public notice published in this week’s LOCAL Lake Worth Herald.


Below is a “Notice of Referendum Election” and appears on p. 3 in today’s paper along with much more LOCAL community news. For example, the front page story this week is headlined, “Statement from Palm Beach County Regarding Homeless Individuals at John Prince Park” and the lede paragraph begins with this sentence:


“To set the record straight, Palm Beach County staff is NOT removing persons because they are homeless from John Prince Park on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, as has been reported by the news media.”


Of course, John Prince Park is a County park located west of Lake Worth Beach. For more about this topic at the end of this blog post is how to become a subscriber to the Herald.

Without further ado, here is the public notice published in today’s paper:


NOTICE OF REFERENDUM ELECTION

CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH


Pursuant to F.S. 100.342, notice is hereby given that the City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, will hold a referendum election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to consider three pro-posed amendments to the City Charter, as set forth by Ordinances 2019-10 and 2019-11 passed by the Lake Worth Beach City Commission on December 3, 2019 and Ordinance 2019-16 passed on December 12, 2019:

In order to reduce the City’s maintenance costs and enhance City facilities, shall Article II, Section 3, of the City of Lake Worth Beach charter entitled “City-owned Property East of the A1A Roadway” be amended to allow for a lease of up to 30 years with all proceeds used exclusively for the City-owned property east of the A1A roadway?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]


In order to continue the county’s management and maintenance of the Jewell-Steinhardt Cove as a nature preserve, which preserve is generally located adjacent and west of A1A and adjacent and south of the Lake Worth Beach Bridge, shall the City be authorized to extend its current lease with Palm Beach County to a total lease term of 99 years?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]


To make the renovation and reopening of the historic Gulfstream Hotel financially feasible, shall Article IV, Section 11, of the charter entitled “Building Height Limitation” be amended to allow a maximum height of 87 feet (matching the existing height of the Gulfstream Hotel) instead of 65 feet, for those properties located north of 1st Avenue South and south of Lake Avenue and east of South Lakeside Drive and west of South Golfview Road?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]


Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and all qualified electors in the City of Lake Worth Beach are eligible to vote. Polling locations will be the same as those used for the General Election. Absentee ballots may be obtained from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, 240 South Military Trail, [suburban] West Palm Beach, Florida 33416, or by calling 656-6200.



End of public notice.


To look over the LOCAL front page news in
this week’s paper click on this link.

The LOCAL Lake Worth Herald is still ¢50! Pick up the print edition at the City’s downtown newsstand called Studio 205 located 205 N. Federal Hwy. in LWB. To contact the editor at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or by email: Editor@lwherald.com

A special treat ahead of Presidents’ Day 2020.


Presidents’ Day is on Monday, February 17th.

Below is news about ‘The Donald’ from erstwhile political journalist George Bennett at The Palm Beach Post, news from way before the election results on November 8th, 2016. Bennett retired from the Post in June 2019 and so did a lot of loyal readers of that newspaper.

Besides being a true professional in the journalism business Bennett has a talent for the “turn of phrase” so to speak. Sometimes whimsically satirical he could turn an ordinary story into one the public actually sees as taking the time to read. Proper satire, when used properly, is not something thrown at you. That is called bloviating. George Bennett was not a bloviator.

Without further ado. . .


A special treat for Presidents’ Day.


“The Donald”: From journalist George Bennett.


News datelined
February 23rd, 1995.


Click on newspaper clipping to enlarge:

BTW. Did you hear the rumor “The Donald” requested the Palm Beach County Commission move the Palm Beach County jail one mile further away for longer drives and wider bunkers at the future Trump International Golf Club?

IT’S NOT TRUE! Many reporters actually fell for that one. But not George Bennett.

Community Crime Walk. Save the date and time: March 14th from 3:00–5:00.


Here is a message from PBSO District 14 Cpt. Todd Baer:

For contact information and to learn more about PBSO District 14 in the City of Lake Worth Beach click on this link.

Whilst the pool at the beach in Lake Worth Beach remains an item in limbo. . .


Many former swimmers and water exercisers from the pool at the beach in LWB now use the pool at Lake Lytal, including Yours Truly. Some pool refugees from LWB use the County pool in Delray Beach. Below is an update on both public pools.

The Lake Lytal pool facility, a short distance from LWB, has FREE parking and an exceptional staff but the pool is an older one with a multitude of maintenance issues.

While the existing Lake Lytal pool remains open to the public the County is moving forward with plans for a new pool at Lake Lytal in partnership with the YMCA, one of the projects made possible by the ¢1 increase in sales tax which the voters in Palm Beach County approved in November 2016. The pool complex Aqua Crest in Delray Beach, also a County facility, is slated for a major renovation as well.

Without further ado, here is information from the County’s office of Facilities Development and Operations:


Lake Lytal – With truth in concept for a joint collaboration having been verified, the Development Agreement between the YMCA and County (documenting all of the improvements, assignments, responsibilities, timing, commitments and distinguishing between individual and shared obligations) has largely been negotiated and is nearing final completion. While the end product is a greater scope of improvements than would result if the County proceeded alone, it is a complicated transaction to coordinate and reduce to writing. In the interim the existing pool is being maintained to uphold continuous operations, and hence the scope of work you have seen in action. Upon completion the Agreement will be the subject of a BCC [Board of County Commissioners] agenda item. Contingent upon approval, the attention of both parties will then turn to design of their respective improvements and coordination on delivery.

Aqua Crest – Final selection of a professional design team occurred on December 11. The recent completion of that milestone could be why you were giving the impression that priorities had changed, while in fact both are priorities as funded projects, are being given attention, and are coming into alignment on timing/schedule only because of the negotiated nature of the Lake Lytal improvements (which otherwise would likely be tracking ahead). The agreement for design services is being negotiated and will be the subject of a BCC agenda item once in final proposed form.


This is good news for everyone who uses the public pools in Palm Beach County. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Lake Worth Beach Bonfires. 2019–2020 Bonfire Season is nearly over.


This evening is
the penultimate beach bonfire!


Please share this important and topical update
with all our loyal Snowbirds!

How to stay current with all the news and upcoming events in Lake Worth Beach? Very simple. Receive email updates and the latest press releases from the City by clicking on this link.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Compass’ Palm Beach Pride 2020 will be held on March 28th and 29th.


Take note all sponsors, vendors, and all those who wish to participate in this year’s parade, for more information click on this link or send an email to Julia Murphy at Compass: Julia@CompassGLCC.com

The festival is held in Bryant Park and the PrideFest Parade will be held on Sunday, March 29th in downtown Lake Worth Beach. For more about the background of Palm Beach Pride use this link.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane!


One of my all-time favorite videos on my YouTube channel. Former Mayor Jeff Clemens at the dedication of Compass on March 20th, 2009!

Next month will be the eleven-year anniversary of this event. Hope you enjoy the video:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A look back to 2014: Journalist Leslie Gray Streeter on Street Painting Festival in downtown Lake Worth Beach.


Pull quote:


I [Maryanne Webber] think Lake Worth [Beach] is so diverse, so trendy and quirky. When we started (the festival) we were trying to change people’s perception of it.”

     Bruce Webber [Maryanne’s husband] recalls that at the time the festival began, “half of Lake Avenue was empty. [emphasis added] We wanted people to know this was a fun, quirky town rather than a dirty, seedy one.”

News by Streeter datelined August 13th, 2014, published in Palm Beach Post.


Now fast-forward to 2020 Street Painting Festival. . . 


Calling All Street Artists!


Get your application in for the 2019 Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth Beach.


This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. Would you like information on how to become a sponsor? Then click on this link.

And once again, about the Street Painting Festival. . .

Bruce Webber recalls that at the time the festival began, “half of Lake Avenue was empty.”

But not any more.

Enjoy the video:

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” —Yogi Berra


Enjoy the video!

Discerning shoppers shop at World Thrift: Taste, style, fashion and shoes!


  Wednesday at World Thrift
is Senior Citizens Day in
Lake Worth Beach!


Shoppers at World Thrift want to know,

“What’s the difference between an Anarchist and an Apatharchist?” Find out the answer below.


People are getting confused because Anarchists and Apatharchists look so alike. In fashion there is the Anarch-style and many of those items are For-Sale at World Thrift. But what makes Apatharchists so different is they,

“Don’t give a ■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■■■ about politics any more!”

Basically, the Apatharchist is a former Anarchist who got tired of attending all those meetings all the time and being told what to do. After hours and hours wondering who is snitching on who many former Anarchists come down with a case of “apathy”: an absence of passion, emotion or excitement.


Apathy  +  Passionless Anarchist  =  Apatharchist.


Apatharchists are more concerned about coffee prices at Starbucks, lobbying IKEA to open a store on Dixie Hwy., talking about real estate and wondering what’s the deal with ‘kicks’ when there are so many other styles of shoes for a woman to choose from?

Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day at World Thrift in Lake Worth Beach!


The competition is on for best parking spots, the best shopping spots and restaurants too.

The BIG DAYS at World Thrift are Monday (when all the new and really great stuff is out) and Wednesday (Senior Citizen Day). So you’ll want to get in line early on those days.

The hip and cool World Thrift opened up 3½ years ago. And things have never been the same.

World Thrift, if you didn’t know by now, is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sunday. Call 561-588-4050 for more information. Use this link to see some of the incredible fashion and garments available for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

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

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City the philosophy of Apatharchism has firmly taken hold here. Adherents include former 60’s-style Anarchists, Millennial-Anarchists, Anarch sympathizers, and affinity members once focused only on the bad news, doom and gloom, and the “Wolf at the Door” that never appeared.

As far as all the other Millennials go, not quite enamored with the Anarchist lifestyle. . .


Are you a Millennial Hipster looking for a place that’s “up and coming”? Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? By definition a Hipster is born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth Beach, Florida!

Having World Thrift located here makes all the sense in the world now. The New Times rated World Thrift one of the best thrift stores ever:


[I]t remains the only place in town to score a vintage silk kimono, a $3.99 collection of mint-condition '70s-era teen magazines, a plethora of options for the next ugly Christmas sweater party, and a White House Black Market dress with the tags still on for ten bucks, all in one afternoon.


However, the looming question remains: are Hipsters really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are they really raging non-conformists who have all conformed?


There are other options as well. You can take another path like the Anarchist Millennials:

Look closely at the written instructions on how
and when to empty the poop bucket. And who
knows, you might even catch an Anarchist

musical while you’re in town.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Work of artist and illustrator Raúl Colón on display at the Cultural Council.


The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach. The Council is closed on Sundays and Mondays and is open to the public Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On Saturdays the Council opens at noon. To plan your next visit to the Council at the end of this blog post is more information.

Artist Raúl Colón recently visited local elementary public schools in Lake Worth Beach to meet with students and last Saturday he was a special guest at the City’s 4th annual BiblioArte! Festival.

From the Council website here are more details about the Raúl Colón exhibit:

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” is a Pablo Picasso quote that Raúl Colón often invokes because, to him, the statement is true.

Colón is an artist and illustrator interested in the possibilities that the visual image can bring to the minds of others who see it. “No matter if it’s editorial art produced for magazines, posters, murals or art for art’s sake . . . the visualization of ideas has been with humanity since ancient times,” says Colón. “I’m glad to be able to work in the visual arts, especially when I produce pieces that may inspire young viewers as I once was inspired by children’s picture books.”

Colón was born in New York City, studied art in Puerto Rico and designed puppets and animated films in Florida. An illustrator of over 30 books for children, Colón has received a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award and both a gold and silver medal in the Original Art show.


Image: Official 2019 “Brooklyn Book Festival
poster created by Colón:

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach. There is plenty of FREE parking nearby. For more information and to make inquiries click on this link.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida!


Greetings from the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

Stop by and visit the LWB Visitors’ Center in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.).

City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, will host the 2020 NLC Small Cities Council Conference.


The National League of Cities (NLC) is a nonpartisan, “voice of cities, towns, and villages representing more than 200 million people.”


Lake Worth Beach is seeking sponsors for this important event. For more details about this conference at the end of this blog post is contact information.

Here is the message from LWB City Manager Michael Bornstein, two excerpts:


We are proud to announce the City of Lake Worth Beach has been selected as Host City for the 2020 National League of Cities (NLC) Small Cities Council Conference scheduled for July 15–18, 2020.

This conference will bring together mayors and city council members from municipalities with populations of 50,000 or less from across the nation to provide opportunities to learn and network through a variety of expert presentations, tours and best practices. The conference theme is SMALL CITIES IN BIG PLACES. By NLC definition, eighty-two percent of Palm Beach County's municipalities are small cities. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Lake Worth Beach as well as our sister cities.

We ask for your support as a sponsor to make this event extraordinary. We know our efforts will go even further with your organization as a sponsor. We have categorized our needs into four (4) sponsorship categories (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze).

and. . .


Your support and sponsorship is extremely valued and appreciated. With you by our side at this upcoming event, we are sure to highlight our community in a way that will make us stand out as a destination. We are hopeful your organization can collaborate with us as a sponsor. Please complete the application attached at your earliest convenience so we may begin including your logo on our marketing material.


Sponsorship information.


The sponsorships available are Platinum ($10K+), Gold ($7–10K), Silver ($3–7K), and Bronze (< $3K).

The Platinum sponsorship includes logo inclusion on event flyers and billboard, sponsor acknowledgement and distribution of promotional material during the event, recognition of business on City social media and additional benefits.

For more information contact Project Manager Jessica Savidge at 561-586-1674 or send an email to: jsavidge@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

“[W]orking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Inland Navigation District. . .


“and county parks and recreation officials to create the Snook Islands Natural Area. . .”


The news below is from ‘back in the day’ when local news about the environment was very big local news in Lake Worth and beyond the City limits.

Former Palm Beach Post reporter Lady Hereford focused a lot of effort on in-depth environmental journalism and she was later succeeded by another reporter who covered this City, an acclaimed environmental reporter in his own right, Willie Howard.


From December 2003.
Front page news in The Palm Beach Post.

Click on image to enlarge:

Over strong objections from homeowners along the golf course and local environmentalists who wanted this area to remain ‘pristine’, former Mayor Rodney Romano pushed the project forward.


The Snook Islands Natural Area, a Joint Project with Palm Beach County, “Creating habitat in a busy city” is one of the most popular. So the next time you visit the Snook Islands remember all the hard work by people such a former Mayor Rodney Romano and former Palm Beach County Commissioner Warren Newell who later ended up in prison and claimed his only real crime was staying, “in my position as county commissioner too long.”

The good news is Newell remained on the County Commission long enough to push through the Snook Islands project!

The original idea for the Snook Islands was a boardwalk the entire length of the golf course and extending south past the Robert Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge allowing the public to walk a boardwalk from 16th Ave. North all the way to Bryant Park, “without ever having to cross a road”.

Twenty years ago, during the period when a future boardwalk along the Intracoastal Waterway was envisioned the critics began spreading rumors about selling the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and that the City was removing mangroves and all other kinds of nonsense. Despite the facts these rumors persist to this day, depending on how the political winds are blowing at the time.

But back in 2003 the public got tired of hearing those homeowners along the golf course that wanted to protect their view and turned a deaf ear to those who wanted a ‘pristine’ Intracoastal and then the dirt and sand began to move. . .


Click on image to read the caption:

“Let’s Look At Florida, 1950”


In the video below at the 7:40 mark Palm Beach is “fabulously endowed by nature” and “Lake” Worth (the Lake Worth Lagoon) is briefly shown at 8:10.

Then there’s a city with “kindly tradewinds”, West Palm Beach, a municipality without a beach.

Architecture and house colors are highlighted in an entertaining way. Watching this video one can understand why after World War II the population of Florida increased so fast. Following the Depression years and a second worldwide war who wouldn’t want, or seriously consider, relocating to Florida?

Friday, February 7, 2020

Tonight at 7:30 sharp: Monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Lake Worth Beach (more details below).


Very important: This bike ride the first Friday of each month is AT YOUR OWN RISK!


In some circles this event is still called the “LDub Critical Mass” ride. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘LDub’ click on this link for more information.

To be part of this ride show up this evening at Bryant Park along the Intracoastal at 7:00 between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. (use 30 S. Golfview Rd. in GPS). There is plenty of FREE parking close by for those transporting bikes by vehicle.

There are rules that must be followed. The ride begins exactly at 7:30 sharp. All traffic regulations must be followed by all participants. Bike lights are required (rear red light, white light on front). All children must wear a helmet. Bring along a container of water and plastic straws are prohibited.

Critical Mass rides are referred to as an “organized coincidence” with no leaders or members. Routes are decided either spontaneously or by popular vote and the ride ‘leaders’ (sometimes referred to as corkers) are out front in front and mingled in with the group.


Here’s a blast from the past in LDub!

A pamphlet from 2005: a bike tour
hosted by panagioti e. tsolkas. . .

“featuring visits to the sites of some of Lake Worth’s most heated issues. . .”


Well, anyhow. Continue reading to learn more about the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and tour of Lake Worth Beach.



Are you a Boomer? Hipster Millennial? A discerning World Thrift shopper? An Apatharchist? If you’ve never been on a Critical Mass ride you don’t know what you’re missing. Get on that Dutch Style 7-Speed Step-Thru Hybrid 44cm Cream Commuter Road bike and show up. Don’t have a bike? Use this link to locate the closest SkyBike kiosk.

The Critical Mass ride in LDub is always on the first Friday of each month and begins at 7:30 sharp. The start time is a major rule.


 Here’s a video of a previous LDub bike ride:




“We meet in Bryant Park for a 10–12 mile bike ride
 1st Friday of every month”.

“Brought to you by the Good People of Lake Worth”, so leave your sociogeoanarchopolitical agendas at home!


Things to remember:
  • The ride is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Helmets for children 16 years old and younger ARE REQUIRED BY LAW.
  • Lights are REQUIRED (Red [rear] and white [front]).
  • Pay very close attention to the “corkers”.

But the ultimate rules of the road
are enforced by PBSO:

A “corker” can’t give you a traffic ticket.
But a PBSO deputy can.

From The Interfaith Prayer Book: “Reading of Popul Vuh”.


A traditional reading of Popul Vuh is below, an ancient Mayan prayer originating from what is now called Guatemala.

This ancient prayer is from a compilation of prayers by author Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Beach Interfaith Network* in the 2014 expanded edition of The Interfaith Prayer Book:


This Expanded Edition adds prayers from eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh.

Additional information about the Popul Vuh.


According to Joshua J. Mark writing for the Ancient History Encyclopedia the Popol Vuh is,


[T]he story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. [emphasis added] Translated as ‘The Council Book’, ‘The Book of the People’ or, literally, ‘The Book of the Mat’, the work has been referred to as “The Mayan Bible” although this comparison is imprecise. The Popol Vuh is not regarded by the Maya as ‘the word of God’ nor as sacred scripture but rather as an account of “the ancient word” and the understanding the Quiche had of cosmology and creation before the coming of Christianity.


Included in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” in The Interfaith Prayer Book:


Harmony with nature is a predominant theme in many native traditions, ranging through North, Central and South America. The world is structured according to the four cardinal compass points, east, west, north and south, and by the vertical axis linking Mother Earth below with Father Sky above. All of creation, mountains and plains, plants and fruits, humans and animals are seen as interconnected sacred elements. The well-being of each is dependent upon the whole. 


Now to the “Maya prayer for visitation to sacred sites and reading the creation epic, Popul Vuh” from p. 23 in author Ted Brownstein’s prayer book:


Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.


*The Lake Worth Beach Interfaith Network is a group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action.

“That’s a whopping figure and stands out like Madonna at a convent.”


“Code Violations Real Shocker”


Remember this “$21 Million Outstanding” next time you read another one of those verbose, repetitive, and tiresome stories from the usual suspects about our Code Enforcement Dept. here in the City of Lake Worth Beach.


Click on image to enlarge.

Commentary published in The Lake Worth Herald, May 23rd, 2002.

“Pride should kick in at some point and help clean up this mess.

*Adjusted for inflation, $29.5M in 2019.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

CDBG Funding for Lake Worth Beach. Public meeting rescheduled to February 27th.


TAKE NOTE: The public meeting scheduled for tonight (Feb. 6th) has been rescheduled.


What follows is an updated public notice published in The Lake Worth Herald:


CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

PUBLIC MEETING

Please join the City of Lake Worth Beach for a Public Meeting to discuss the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Fiscal Year 2020–2021. During this meeting City staff will describe eligible uses of CDBG funds and solicit public input on how these funds should be used.

DATE: February 27, 2020
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
LOCATION: CITY HALL CONFERENCE ROOM, CITY HALL
7 NORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
LAKE WORTH BEACH, FL 33460

The actual allocation of CDBG funding for Fiscal Year 2020–2021 has not yet been announced. It is estimated that it will comparable to the CDBG allocation of $235,870 that the City received for Fiscal Year 2019–2020.

Eligible uses of these funds includes the following activities:
  • Acquisition of real property for a public purpose
  • Demolition/clearance
  • Infrastructure installation and improvements
  • Public facilities and improvements
  • Historic preservation
  • Code enforcement

All eligible activities must meet one of the following National Objectives of the CDBG Program by:
  • Benefitting low and moderate income persons;
  • Preventing or eliminating slums or blight; or
  • Meeting an urgent community development need.

PUBLISH: The Lake Worth Herald,
Thursday, January 30, 2020


End of public notice.

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“FEC [Florida East Coast] Railway station at Lake Worth, Florida”.


Image Number: DG01369. 1965 or 1966. Source: Howard C. “Pappy” Yochum. Description: 1 digital image, b&w. Click on image to enlarge:

For interesting history enter “Lake Worth” into the search bar at “Florida Memory: State Library & Archives of Florida” some time soon. If you would like to contact the State Archives use this link.


Pier at the beach in Lake Worth Beach is named in honor of William O. Lockhart, a former commissioner.


William Osborne Lockhart was the former pier master who passed away in 2003: “[I]t was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.”


The news below is from July 2003 by long-time South Florida editor and reporter Kari Barnett.

Click on image to enlarge:

Newspaper clipping from the Lake Worth Forum dated July 8th, 2003. The Forum is published by the Sun Sentinel for distribution in Palm Beach County.

The caption beneath the photo reads in part:


The pier at Lake Worth Beach, first opened in 1954, was recently renamed by the city commission for long-time activist William O. Lockhart, who died in April at age 71.

Article continues on p. 6 . . . three excerpts:


“William Lockhart was a friend of society and a proud member of this city,” said Paul Martin, who was overcome with emotion at the unanimous vote [July 1st, 2008 at City Commission] to change the name.
     Martin, along with others in Lake Worth, started a grassroots campaign months ago to raise funds to pay for the lettering on a new sign showing that the pier is named in Lockhart’s honor.

and. . .


     Along with his charitable efforts, Lockhart was a city commissioner in the late 1980s who attended many meetings around the city’s neighborhoods.
     After retiring from his city job in 1991, Lockhart was a volunteer with the Lake Worth Citizens on Patrol and was president of Lake Worth Citizens on Task.
     But it was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.

and the article concludes. . .


     Commissioner Nadine Burns took time at the end of last week’s commission meeting to recall what she thought Lockhart meant to the City of Lake Worth.
     “I was cleaning out one of the file cabinets here at city hall and I realized William Lockhart was one of the most repeated names,” Burns said.
     “We did a good thing tonight.”


The William O. Lockhart Pier was one of the sites visited by writer Lori Durante* of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in a blog post dated Oct. 2012 titled, “Black Bahamian descendants from Miami tour historic Lake Worth”. According to Durante former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard provided research on Lockhart’s ancestry.

Another stop on the tour was the St. John’s Episcopal Church in the City of Lake Worth: “Lake Osborne Addition was once Lake Osborne ‘Colored’ Addition that was settled around 1917 by black Bahamians.” Durante then states that in 1999 the City deleted the derogatory term ‘Colored’ from City plat maps.

Durante’s tour also visited the Grant AME Chapel, “[E]stablished in 1922 and is the oldest black church in Lake Worth. The church organization originated in the neighboring Town of Lantana.”

More history about the William O. Lockhart Pier: the hurricanes of 2004–2005.


After the pier was renamed in 2003 and according to reporter Kari Barnett some thought the name change would be “confusing for some visitors” and others wanted the name to remain the “Lake Worth Pier” a much bigger issue came along in September 2004. What no one could have predicted and very few were prepared for: hurricanes Frances and Jeanne and then Wilma visited the very next year.

Here is news from 2006 as reported by Palm Beach Post staff writer Nicole Janok on, “Lake Worth moving to rebuild pier”.

“The $2.8 million project is slated to begin in January and take approximately 10 months”.


LAKE WORTH — Longtime surfer James Linkins remembers the days when Lake Worth Beach had sandbars that produced killer waves. But ever since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroyed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier two years ago [2004], the waves haven’t been the same.”

Newspaper clipping from October 28th, 2006.

Click on image to enlarge:

On Sept. 4th, 2004, Hurricane Frances pummeled Lake Worth — then two weeks later we got hit by Hurricane Jeanne — winds estimated 120 mph. Then along came Wilma in 2005. Fast forward to 2009. . .


The William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier held its grand reopening on May 9th, 2009 and Lockhart has kept his place in City of Lake Worth history.



*Does the name Lori Durante sound familiar? It should. Durante is one of Lake Worth’s greatest ambassadors. She was featured in an article by Palm Beach Post business reporter Jennifer Sorentrue:


Delray Beach resident Lori Durante launched Taste History Culinary Tours in 2011, combining the idea of a narrated bus tour with the growing popularity of food tastings.
     She started the venture in Delray Beach, and then added tours in Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth [emphasis added], and West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village neighborhood and Arts and Entertainment District.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hear Ye. Hear Ye. News in the Herald: Annual BiblioArte! Festival returns to downtown LWB this Saturday.


Support your LOCAL newspaper and support LOCAL small town journalism.


As most newspapers managed by oversized corporations retreat from local small town news reporting it’s LOCAL newspapers like The Lake Worth Herald that continue to serve the public.

And did you know the Herald still costs only ¢50. At the end of this blog post today is subscription information and how to contact the editor too.

Here is a recent feature news article about the upcoming BiblioArte! Festival and headlined, “BiblioArte! Features Raúl Colón”:


LAKE WORTH BEACH — On February 8 [this Saturday!] the fourth BiblioArte! Festival will take place in the Lake Worth Beach Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue, from 11 a.m.–3 pm.

Free and open to the public, this year’s BiblioArte! is celebrating the art and books of Raúl Colón, an awarding winning artist and illustrator. With many hands-on art activities and music provided by Lake Worth Beach school bands this festival will be fun for the whole family.

The BiblioArte! Festival marks the end of BiblioArte! Week in Lake Worth Beach. This special week is celebrated with the personal appearances Raúl Colón will be making in Lake Worth Beach schools. At each school Raúl will meet with students and tell the story of how he became an artist, what inspires him, and explain his style and favorite techniques.

BiblioArte! Week also features an exhibit of Raúl Colón’s illustrations at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. The Cultural Council is located at 601 Lake Avenue. Its exhibits are free and open to the public.

Opening at 11 a.m., the BiblioArte! Festival will provide opportunities for children to enjoy and participate in a variety of arts and crafts activities including painting and creating recycled art. Playing with magnets and sidewalk chalk will be available for the younger set.

Music will be provided by Barton Elementary Tribal Rhythm, Highland Elementary Band and World Drum Core, North Grade Band, and South Grade Band.

Through the day Raúl Colón will be available to speak with attendees. He will speak at 2 p.m. in the Lake Worth Beach City Hall Annex and give away signed copies of his books. Each family attending the festival will be given a signed copy of Colón’s Imagine! to take home [see YouTube video below].

Literacy vendors will have tables with information and activities. Free face painting will be available. Food and drinks will be sold at the Cultural Plaza.

During the BiblioArte! Festival the Lake Worth Beach Visitor Information Center and the Lake Worth Beach Historical Museum will be open to the public inside the Annex. The Lake Worth Beach Public Library will be closed so that the staff can assist with the festival. BiblioArte! is a project developed by the Lake Worth Library and supported by the City of Lake Worth Beach.


The YouTube video about artist Raúl Colón’s picture book titled, Imagine!





Make plans to attend the BiblioArte! Festival on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza in downtown Lake Worth Beach and remember. . .



Now more than ever it’s important to support LOCAL news reporting and support LOCAL newspapers.

Pick up this week’s print edition at Studio 205, the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. in the downtown. To subscribe to the online and/or print edition of the Herald click on this link. To contact the editor call 561-585-9387 or email: Editor@lwherald.com

From the archives: The former Casino Building at Lake Worth Beach c. 1935.


Click on plat to enlarge:

An interesting look back at the beach in Lake Worth Beach. Note the orientation of the Casino property plat, the “Boulevard” and the parking in front of the former Casino.


This is a cool piece of history that I recently found. It is dated 1935 and is a plat drawing of the Casino building area on the Atlantic Ocean. A few important things to note. Its purpose was to show the location and connection for new wells when the pool at the beach was saltwater. It shows the location of the pumphouse at the beach which drew saltwater to fill the pool. All this was south of the tunnel that went under A1A along with the boardwalk along the eastern side of the road. Notice the limited parking area and the L shape of the building.

The western wing contained locker rooms and lasted until the ‘new’ pool was constructed in 1971. Then check out how nigh the waters of Lake Worth Lagoon are to the Casino. That waterway is now referred to as the Intracoastal Waterway.

Following the disastrous 1947 hurricane plans were put in place to fill the area west of the Casino building. That is where the main parking lot is today. It is also the new location of A1A, or South Ocean Boulevard as the locals refer to it. The area west of A1A north of Lake Ave. wasn’t created yet by infill. Condominiums run along the west side of the roadway along the Intracoastal where there was only a brackish lagoon before.

Recognizing the historic significance of the beach property the former City of Lake Worth is now called the City of Lake Worth Beach — a name change by voter referendum in March 2019 — making the case once again the one constant in this City is constant change.

Region called Lake Worth named in honor of military hero, General William Jenkins Worth, “Ducit Amor Patriae”.



Which translates to:

 

“The Love Of Country
Leads Me.”


The historical connections between New York City and Lake Worth are numerous including this interesting fact: There are only two historical monuments in Manhattan that serve as mausoleums: one is Grant’s Tomb and the other is an obelisk in honor of General William Jenkins Worth, who Lake Worth, Florida is named for:


Image from Wikipedia.


See link below which explains this plaque (dado) on obelisk in NYC.


FYI: In 1842 then-Colonel William Jenkins Worth declared victory when the defeated Seminoles were forced far into the Florida Everglades seeking safety from the American forces. John Horse (1812–1882) was a fighter of African and Seminole Indian ancestry who fought in the Second Seminole War against the American Army. The vanquishing of John Horse was the deciding defeat for the Seminoles and for which officer then Col. William Worth was promoted to General Worth.

As a side note, the Town of Lake Worth was incorporated in 1913 which included the beach.* As the Seminole’s retreated many from the Town of Lake Worth from places up north headed west and draining the Everglades as they went creating what would later be called John Prince Park, further to the west the City of Atlantis incorporated in 1959 and the Village of Wellington was incorporated in 1995.


Click on this link for the website dedicated to information about General Worth’s obelisk in Manhattan; an excerpt:


     General Worth was a military hero who fought in the Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848. He died of cholera in 1849 and was originally buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; but in 1857 his body was moved to Manhattan and placed under the Worth Monument.
     The monument was designed by James Goodwin Batterson and dedicated on November 25, 1857. The obelisk contains four sets of bands with the names of 16 places of importance in the life of Major General Worth. On the south facing front of the pedestal is a bronze tablet with a high relief of General Worth on horseback, with dress military uniform holding his sword in his right hand while pointing it forward. Above this figure is a complex trophy depicting cannons, swords, flags and eagles.


The dado on the east side of the obelisk contains the inscription:


DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE



*The Town of Lake Worth, the municipality, became the City of Lake and in March 2019 the name was changed to the City of Lake Worth Beach (LWB). Vast uincorporated areas west of LWB are still referred to as “Lake Worth”.

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 (see below). 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 in March 2018 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 nineteen 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 with so much potential, “the P-word” if you will:


Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Do you know your risk?


Today from 4:00–7:00 p.m and tomorrow from 9:00 a.m.–noon is a public Open House to look over how the flood maps in Palm Beach County are changing.


Click on image to enlarge:

The Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center is located at Gaines Park in WPB. The street address is 1505 N. Australian Ave. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

The LWB 2020 Residential Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Guidelines booklet is available now.


Have all the answers all year long:

The Solid Waste & Recycling Division of Lake Worth Beach has created a new booklet for 2020 with all the answers to all your questions about trash, bulk, recycling and vegetation pickup.


Pick up the new 2020 booklet at one of the following locations:
  • City Hall, 7 N. Dixie Hwy.
  • City Hall Annex, 414 Lake Ave. (at the intersection of Lake Ave. and Federal Hwy.).
  • City Library (across the Cultural Plaza, just to the west of the City Hall Annex).
  • Public Works Administration, 1749 3rd Ave. South.

For more information, or to request bulk quantities of the booklet, call the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 561-533-7344.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Prayers and insight from “The Interfaith Prayer Book”, expanded 2nd edition, published in 2014.


The Interfaith Prayer Book was compiled by Lake Worth resident Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN). Learn more about this organization at the end of this blog post.

From p. 31 by Siddur Avodas HaLev titled,
“A Jewish View of Prayer”:


“Prayer: Its Hebrew name is, tefillah, a word that gives us an insight into the Torah’s concept of prayer. The root of tefillah means to judge, to differentiate, to clarify, to decide. In life, we constantly sort out evidence from rumor, valid options from wild speculations, fact from fancy. Thus, prayer is the soul’s yearning to define what truly matters and to ignore the trivialities that often masquerade as essential.”


From p. 69, the “Hymn of the Good Samaritan”:


From every race and land,
The victim of our day,
Abused and hurt by human hands,
Are wounded on life’s way.

The priest and Levite* pass
And find not time to wait.
The pressing claims of living call;
They leave them to their fate.

But one of different faith
To care he felt compelled.
His active love like Jesus’ own
Uplifted, healed and held.

May this example lead,
Inspire and teach us all
That we may find in others’ faith
The God on whom we call.


From p. 23 in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” is the ancient reading from the Popul Vuh, a region in South America now called Guatemala:


Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.


To learn more about the “Reading of Popul Vuh” in The Interfaith Prayer Book and the Ancient History Encyclopedia click on this link.

The Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN) is “[A] group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action. . . . LWIN hopes that sharing our experience will be helpful to other communities who desire to create similar local interfaith organizations.”


*Levite: “[M]ember of the tribe of Levi; descendant of Levi, especially one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle.” Learn more at Wikipedia.