Saturday, March 7, 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:

Beach Scene in Lake Worth, 1921, Courtesy of FAU Library.


Demi Moore and Kathleen Turner: Striptease in Metro Miami and Body Heat in City of Lake Worth Beach.


Striptease starring Demi Moore. “The film is based on the novel Strip Tease by Floridian crime writer Carl Hiaasen. It was published in 1993 and was a bestseller.”

Striptease the movie, “[W]ound up winning
several Golden Raspberry Awards. . . . Among these awards given to Striptease was the Award for
Worst Picture of 1996.”


Body Heat, the classic film noir. “The film launched [Kathleen] Turner’s career — Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the ‘100 Sexiest Stars in Film History’.”

A substantial portion of the 1981 thriller Body Heat, starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner was filmed in Downtown Lake Worth Beach. Many famous scenes from this classic were filmed on South ‘J’ St., the backdrop being what is now called The Book Cellar bookstore at ‘J’ and Lake Ave.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida.


Stop by today and visit
the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

The Visitors’ Center is located in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.).

“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.


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.

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.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said. . .


“[T]hey were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’
It’s like calling the Vatican
Church Joey.”


Below is more recent history about the Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth Beach many of you will find drop dead hilarious. And many long-time residents will recall a name or five from an old newspaper clipping published in the Post fourteen years ago. This clipping had to be cut and pasted the old-fashioned way for this blog because the news article in print spanned recto with five very short columns above the fold.

You’ll also note the spelling, “GulfStream” with a capital ‘S’ as some liked to title this famous landmark. The historic name for the hotel was ‘Gulf Stream’ (two words) and blended over time into one (called a portmanteau). The current and most commonly accepted usage is “Gulfstream” with a lowercase  ‘s’.


Without further ado. . .

Hope you enjoy this blog post about
“Frank discussions”.


Take special note of the date,
December 23, 2005:

“Frank” as in Frank Zappa? Frank Sinatra?
Or other famous “Franks”?


Column one under banner headline.
Click on image to enlarge:

CSC Lake Worth was the developer that owned the Gulfstream in 2005. The Great Recession began in 2007 and the rest is history as they say.

And the balance of the article by staff writer
Tanya Wragg continues. . .


“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said Thursday. “Then they were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s like calling the Vatican Church Joey.”
     Spinelli, who said he otherwise thought the project was “a great idea,” added: “That may be OK in South Beach or downtown Clematis with a brand-new hotel of something, but this is the GulfStream. It’s a historic building.”
     During the meeting, which lasted more than five hours, CSC Lake Worth, which paid $13 million for the hotel in July [2005], asked the board to approve modifications to the 1925 structure. They include adding French doors and balconettes, reducing its units from 160 to 90, and demolishing three adjacent buildings.
     Hotel Frank would be a tribute to famous “Franks”, such as Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and comedian Frank Miller, said CSC Lake Worth President Adam Schlesinger, adding his attorney, former CRA board member Frank Palen, to the list.
     “Frank is such a great name and so many great people in American history have been named Frank. It’s (Lake Worth) a city that is receptive and warm to everybody,” Schlesinger said Thursday.
     Board member Jon MacGillis said he would have liked an emphasis on The GulfStream, rather than Hotel Frank.
     “The applicant did stand up and give a good explanation behind Frank,” he said Thursday. “Some board members were concerned that maybe residents would be offended by taking out the GulfStream name. It’s a new hip idea and concept they’re trying to float to attract a new type of clientele they see is in that area.”
     The announcement was made at an otherwise empty meeting, which only a handful of residents attended. The city might have seen more had the locals Schlesinger said he planned to pay to speak for his project showed up.
     Schlesinger on Wednesday confirmed reports he planned to hire local actors to talk for the project meeting. He said he went through an advertising agency to look for extras. He planned to show them the project. Then, if they were in favor of it, he’d pay them to support him at the meeting, he said.
     “We just want to get as many permanent residents as excited as we are,” he said.
     The historic board approved many of CSC Lake Worth’s modification requests, but deferred voting on the demolitions until February.
     Sharon Jackson, the city’s community redevelopment director, said the preservation board may negotiate on the name with CSC, which does not need the board’s approval for the name.


Thank You for visiting today and on a
more serious and somber note. . .


Excerpt from a Letter to Editor in The Palm Beach Post dated April 4th, 1994 written by “Wes Blackman”:


“It [the Pennsylvania Hotel] is one of the few remaining structures from the city’s glorious but fading past.


Click on image to enlarge: 

Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth,
the Pennsylvania Hotel, and the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair: What history teaches us about historic preservation.


Newspaper clipping, front page of Palm Beach
Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet), Sunday,
February 19th, 1995:

The process of demolishing the Pennsylvania Hotel began much earlier than 1995. There is a name for that. It’s called “demolition by neglect”.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Join Lake Worth Beach Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso for a “Green” event tomorrow at 9:00 ᴀᴍ.


Click on image to enlarge:

For more information about The HATCH building located at 1121 Lucerne Ave. in the downtown
click on this link.

“. . .look. . . it’s a pool again!”


Newspaper clipping from April 2008.

Click on image to enlarge:

Next time you and your family go to the beach look at that space south of the Casino and wonder, “When will that space not be a pool again?” Why cant it be a skate park? An outside theater? Why is Lake Worth Beach always left ‘holding the water’ for the Town of Palm Beach?