Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Just for kicks: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Don’t Spook the Horse”.

From the 1990 vinyl album Ragged Glory included in the “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”. Los Angeles Times music critic John D’Agostino called the record “impressive primitivism coming from a 45-year-old rock icon”:

From Wikipedia: “Crazy Horse is an American rock band best known for their association with Neil Young. Beginning in 1969 and continuing to the present day, they have been co-credited on a number of Young’s albums, with 11 studio albums and numerous live albums being billed as by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. They have also released six studio albums of their own, issued between 1971 and 2009.”

Tonight. City Hall, 6:00: Final Budget Hearings and much more at the Lake Worth City Commission.

More information and the instructions how to download tonight’s agenda is below.

First, a short quote.

     Having been the student of government, and also my career for last almost twenty years being in government, it’s been a tremendous pleasure working with elected officials, particularly this body, this has been a difficult environment sometimes to work in and for you to work in.
     You go to the store where your constituents shop and you’re readily accessible. You’re not off in some far off conceptual place like Washington or Tallahassee. And the gridlock and just the craziness, the partisan politics that goes on in those levels of government, we need to keep that out of here and you have done that successfully.

—Quote. Excerpt from Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein addressing the Commission on March 20th, 2017

Information “Worth Noting” about tonight’s
City Commission meeting:

To download the agenda click on this link and scroll down for “Staff Reports” and “Agenda & Backup”. The YouTube video of this meeting will be available early tomorrow morning.

Note the City Commission meeting scheduled for October 2nd has been cancelled. October 16th will be the next regularly scheduled Commission meeting.

Making the case. City of Lake Worth needs a name change. Name this City “Lake Worth City” or be bold: “Jewell”?

Is this a new idea, changing the City’s name? No. This was a serious matter of debate first brought up by Commissioner Scott Maxwell back in 2012. Continue reading to learn more about that.

A case example.

In today’s Palm Beach Post in the ‘LOCAL’ section (p. B3) is a heartbreaking story about a family losing their home and pet in a house fire. The dateline reads, “LAKE WORTH”. However, this incident took place off Lantana Rd. just east of the Florida Turnpike, to the south and east of the Village of Wellington and west of the City of Greenacres too. But it has a ‘Lake Worth’ zip code. No connection to the actual City of Lake Worth.

Note that news organizations such as WPTV (NBC5) and the South Florida Business Journal have been doing very accurate news reporting educating and informing the public about what is the City of Lake Worth vs. unincorporated areas in Central Palm Beach County.

The location for the news story in the Post print
edition today shown in this map.

Click on map to enlarge:

Note at bottom of map (south) is Lantana Rd.
and the Florida Turnpike in zip code 33467.
The actual City of Lake Worth has two zip codes: 33460 and a portion of 33461.

Another recent example.

Not far from that tragic house fire reported in the Post is more ‘news’ about a future housing development “west of Lake Worth” (see Tweet below). This location is also west of Greenacres and east of Wellington. But the Post reports this future site for development is ‘west of Lake Worth’?

Really? Why not report it as “east of Wellington”?

However, in the ‘LOCAL’ news today about that house fire is a monumental change by the editor(s) at the Post in citing this incident occurred in “suburban Lake Worth”. But ultimately, until the City of Lake Worth takes a big step forward in branding itself (e.g., “Wayfinding”) there will continue to be confusion about exactly where this City is located in Central Palm Beach County.

We can’t count on the press and news media to do that work for us.

Gee Wiz, Palm Beach Post!

This development is ‘west of Lake Worth’?

Now back to the “City of Lake Worth”
changing its name.

If the City of Lake Worth did begin the process to change the City’s name that would immediately become news all over the U.S. and abroad as well.

What names for this City do you think are real good or really bad? “New Lake Worth”? “Lake Worth City”? Make it officially “City of Lake Worth”? Or make it “Jewel” or “Jewell”? About the history of this City circa 1890, information from Wikipedia:

“The initial name for the post office [future Town of Lake Worth, est. 1913] was Jewell (sometimes spelled Jewel). Fannie James was the first postmaster.”*

Here’s another example, the Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament is coming up at the Palm Beach National Golf Club, “Join us for golf, food and drinks, a raffle and a silent auction, a ball drop, and tons of fun!”

Question. Do you know where the Palm Beach National Golf Club is located? Hint: It has a ‘Lake Worth’ mailing address. Continue reading to learn more about this annual event.

Remember Post reporter Willy Howard?

He sat down with Maxwell to talk about changing the name of our City and the reasons why back in 2012. Read an excerpt from that news below.

Historic sign at the Lake Worth Auditorium,
which is now Lake Worth City Hall. Tourists and visitors saw this sign back in the day when driving south on Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 1).

The idea of changing the name of Lake Worth, the actual City of Lake Worth, comes up from time to time. Interest seems to spike after a sensational or gripping news story ‘in Lake Worth’ that isn’t in the City of Lake Worth. There’s the always-stuff-happening at the Palm Beach State College “Lake Worth” campus that isn’t in Lake Worth — the college is located in unincorporated Palm Beach County, or called, “suburban Lake Worth”. Garlic Fest isn’t held “in Lake Worth” either.

John Prince Park is not in Lake Worth. Neither is the South Florida National Cemetery, the Lake Worth Tax Office, or the Lake Worth Swap Shop. And, no, there is no such thing as “western Lake Worth” when referring to anything outside the City. That false and misleading geographic designation is resurrected now and then from our friends in the press and news media.

The upcoming 17th Annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament benefiting Lake Worth High School is at Palm Beach National Golf Club on October 27th. The mailing address for that golf club is 7500 St. Andrews Rd., Lake Worth. However, the zip code for that location is 33467. By car about a 20–25 minute drive from Lake Worth High and well outside the City’s municipal limits. If you plan on attending this Dollars for Scholars golf tournament click on this link. Please factor in the driving time so as not to be late.

The Palm Beach National Golf Club is located between the City of Greenacres and the Village of Wellington. For golfers on the course they “deliver frozen popsicles to help combat the Florida heat”.

As reported by a TV reporter at WPBF, was Barbie the miniature horse killed by coyotes ‘in Lake Worth’? No. That terrible incident occurred in zip code 33449, west of the Palm Beach National Golf Club and just east of Wellington.

Is a municipality considering a name change unusual?

No. For example, the city of Hollywood debated changing their name to something like “Hollywood by the Sea” in 2016–2017 but the elected leadership ended up backing off according to reporter Michael Mayo at the Sun Sentinel. And note that before the “Beach” was added there used to be cities called Dania, Deerfield, Boynton, and Pompano. But more about all this a little later.

Back in April of 2016 I was part of a conversation and debate about changing the name of Lake Worth and learned there were other discussions, albeit quietly, about bringing this up again. Who was it that made the last major push to do this? Below is an excerpt from a Willy Howard article in 2012:

“Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell is suggesting changing the city’s name to Lake Worth Beach to help distinguish Lake Worth from parts of unincorporated Palm Beach County that have Lake Worth mailing addresses. According to postal officials, places as far west as Wellington can use Lake Worth mailing addresses. [emphasis added]
     In a memo to the commission about the name change, Maxwell notes that crimes committed west of the city in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County are sometimes reported by the media as happening in Lake Worth. Residents with Lake Worth mailing addresses who live west of the city mistakenly come to city hall seeking solutions to their problems.
     Maxwell said Lake Worth is distinctive, with its walkable downtown and beach, and that the new name would create an ‘instantly recognizable brand for the city.’
     With the 100-year anniversary of the city next year and the opening of the renovated beach site and casino scheduled for this fall, he said, this is a good time to change the city’s name.
     ‘The timing is just about right,’ Maxwell said. ‘It kind of gives us a renewed since of pride for the next 100 years.’ ”

Now to what the City of Hollywood debated as reported by Susannah Bryan the Sun Sentinel:

     “What if Hollywood ditched the name it’s had since 1925 and changed it to Hollywood By The Sea?
‘I think it’s catchier than just plain old Hollywood,’ said Commissioner Patty Asseff, who has already pitched the idea to the city’s marketing firm and plans to bring it up at a commission meeting in May [2016].

More helpful information from reporter Susannah Bryan:

     “South Florida cities have a long, proud tradition of tacking bodies of water onto the end of their names so dim-witted [please note, not my words!] tourists will be reminded that, yes, there are beaches in South Florida. Some examples:
1939: Deerfield becomes Deerfield Beach
1941: Boynton becomes Boynton Beach
1947: Pompano becomes Pompano Beach
1998: Dania becomes Dania Beach
2005: Cutler Ridge becomes Cutler Bay


If this City of Lake Worth became “Lake Worth Beach” or some other name change that would go a long way towards helping this City differentiate itself from all those cookie-cutter communities out west in suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth.

And. . . what better way to let everyone know our City has a Beach?

Or do you have a better or more interesting idea for our City’s new name like “Jewel” or perhaps “Jewell”?

*Please Note: The “Lake Worth, Florida” Wikipedia page is a public page and includes information that is completely false and intentionally misleading.
     So please do you own research and verify information, for example, misleading and false data about the crime rate in this City.

“Come Out & Join Us!”

“Calling All Active Senior Citizens 55 & Over!”

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 at Osborne Community Center, 1699 Wingfield St.

Click on image to enlarge, from City of Lake Worth’s Leisure Services Dept.

FYI: Looking for information about Rec2Go? Youth football, soccer and chearleading? 7 vs. 7 adult soccer or possibly pondering picking up that peppy pastime of pickleball? For all that and much more what’s what, including a “Recreation Survey” by the City click on this link.

Barton Elementary School in City of Lake Worth needs help from community.

Ways you can help Barton:

Take donations (see examples below) directly to the school. Clearly mark the intended purpose of your donation. Give that information to the person at the front desk. The school is located at 1700 Barton Rd. Here is the school website and Barton is on Facebook too.

Save The Date! On October 5th at Evening on
Lake Avenue bring donations to the “Community
Schools Outreach” from 6:00–10:00.

Briefly, here are three ways to help Barton Elementary:

  1. Food for the Barton Pantry: Items needed are canned, bagged, or boxed grains, meats, fruits, vegetables.
  2. Trinkets: Good behavior earns students “Barton Dollars”: These ‘dollars’ are then spent in the school store; needed items are Ring Pops, markers, watercolor kits, Play-Doh, stickers, hair ribbons, coloring books, stamp sets, etc.
  3. Funds for Barton Safety Patrol: With good grades and behavior students can join the Safety Patrol in their last year. Patrols are assigned duties that help teachers and administration and each year Safety Patrols from across the State of Florida travel by train to Washington, D.C. to spend a few days exploring and learning. . .

How exciting is that!

“The South’s Most Beautiful Drive-In Theatre . . . Double Features Nitely”

“At the Canal between W.P.B. & Lake Worth”

From back in the day. . . When the C-51 Canal was a landmark and Lake Worth faced the canal. In the 1960s–1970s the City turned its back on this waterway. However, that is changing. The long-awaited revitalization of N. Dixie Hwy. has begun. 

A blog post from yesterday . . .

FYI: Tonight is the night. Marking the end of another Budget Season. Following the Roll Call at 6:00 at the start of the meeting will be a choice for one of the electeds on the City Commission: A prayer or a moment of silence.

Considering the significance of this public meeting the choice may be harder than you think. After reading about the millage rate in the blog post below scroll back up and click on this link to learn more about the choice of prayer or silence and how to download tomorrow’s agenda as well.

Question: FY2019 and beyond. Should the City of Lake Worth make lowering the millage rate a top priority?

Lowering the millage rate in the years ahead to keep up with the competition? One of our competitors is the Village of Palm Springs and that is explained at the end of this blog post, a news report in The Lake Worth Herald.

The idea of lowering the millage rate was first brought up by Commissioner Scott Maxwell in August 2017 starting with a 0.25 mil reduction. However, commissioners Andy Amoroso (now the Vice Mayor), Herman C. Robinson and Omari Hardy — after considering the proposal in further discussion — all became resolute. With so many budgetary unknown unknowns and known knowns thought this year or next year may be the time to discuss the possibility of lowering the millage rate.

And then along came Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

What is the reasoning for lowering the millage rate? It would send a strong message that this City is on strong budgetary ground.

Some of you may find the news from the Village of Palm Springs a bit of a shock. As reported in The Lake Worth Herald, our neighboring village to the west has lowered its operating millage rate for six (6) consecutive years. The last time the City of Lake Worth lowered its millage rate was way back in 2007, according to Commissioner Maxwell.

The proposal by Maxwell might have gotten more momentum last year but the mayor was absent for this meeting and Commissioner Herman C. Robinson was adamant that it was “not the right time” to lower the rate and then along came Irma and Maxwell’s proposal to lower the millage rate was tabled.

And this year the general mood on the Commission is to be prepared for another “rainy day” on the horizon vis-à-vis hardening the Lake Worth Electric Utility. And also this year the topic of increasing compensation for City employees and staff is a very big one. And, of course, there are all those issues (or ‘schemes’) at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex as well.

But what about next year? Follow in
the footsteps of Palm Springs?

The Village of Palm Springs is a wonderful neighbor. Every city in Florida would be proud to have such a great neighbor as Palm Springs. They are a neighbor; but they are also a competitor for new businesses and new residents. The millage rate matters.

Remember, per Commissioner Maxwell there hasn’t been a lowering of the millage rate in 10 years here in this City. Lowering the rate would send a strong signal to Realtors, investors, and those considering relocating to Central Palm Beach County in the future.

If this topic does come up expect a lot of lively debate. Hopefully the healthy and informative type. 

Now to the news about the Village of Palm Springs as reported in The Lake Worth Herald. . .

This front page news was headlined,

Palm Springs Property Tax Rate Lowered
for 6th Year in a Row!

Residents of the Village of Palm Springs will once again see a reduction in the operating millage rate. For the sixth consecutive year, the Village Council has voted unanimously to set the preliminary property tax rate to 3.5 mils. The rate has been reduced each of the last five years, dropping from 3.9 to this year’s proposed rate of 3.5.

and. . .

     The taxable valuation for the Village’s general obligation debt is $1,223,909,135 requiring a proposed millage rate of .3777. The combined proposed millage rates for FY2019 is 3.8777 or  .1785 mils below the FY2018 rate.
     Village Council will be presented the final rate during the September Council meeting. The proposed rate may be lowered by council but it cannot be increased. [emphasis added]

So. In conclusion, do you think this City “needs to send a message” and get the attention of the business and real estate community?

If this topic does come up you can contact your elected representatives and tell them what you think. And whilst you are communicating with your elected leadership you can ask, instead of complaining like too many other people do, ask this question instead:

“What can I do to help?”

The most over-used line in City of Lake Worth politics and political campaigns:

“I decided to run for a seat on the City Commission because the City needs a fresh, new voice.”
—Quote by Mr./Mrs./Ms.
Blah B. Blah.

So where are we? District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy and District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson are both running for re-election. Robinson is unopposed but there is some hemming and hawing from some quarters to put up a challenger.

Hardy has drawn a challenger: Cathy Turk. To look over the campaign reports thus far click on this link. Whomever is elected will serve a three-year term due to a referendum that passed last year.

The election results from March 2017. Prior to these elections elected officials in the City
served two-year terms.

The “Question” passed by a wide margin last year. This year Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and Commissioner Scott Maxwell were all re-elected and will serve three-year terms.

On March 12th, 2019, in District 2 either Cathy Turk or Commissioner Omari Hardy will be elected to a three-year term (unless, of course, a “shill” enters the race) or Commissioner Herman C. Robinson will be unopposed and re-elected.

On the topic of elections and ‘new voices’. . .

Cathy Turk is not a “new voice.” She has been involved in community efforts in District 2 for a long time. For example, last year when a Wawa was considering a site on 10th Ave. North and ‘A’ St. and some were running around warning of a government plot or scheme, being “bamboozled” or “shut out” of the process it was Turk who presented the facts.

Turk was vehemently opposed to a Wawa at that location but cautioned everyone that this issue had not even made it to the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z), just the beginning of a very long process. Denying Wawa the opportunity to go through the process would end up in a costly lawsuit. But in the end Wawa decided on their own to consider another site instead.

By the way, Cathy Turk herself is now a member of the City’s P&Z Board. She joined the P&Z Board well ahead of any decision to run for elected office.

So back on topic. Does our City heading into the municipal elections next March need a “new voice”.

No. This City does not need that kind of ‘fresh’ or ‘new’ voices, those who always seem to pop up at the last minute, e.g., like what Drew Martin did on the very last day of the Qualifying Period last year to get his name on the March 2018 ballot and run for mayor. Mr. Martin isn’t ‘new’ by any means.

Last March candidate Sarah Malega did a whole lot of things right when she began her campaign for the District 1 seat way back in July 2017. But ultimately, Malega lost because she was up against one of the biggest challenges in American politics: an incumbent who had been elected and re-elected multiple times. That is a very big hill to climb no matter how much of a head start one gets.

So if you are considering running for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission and if you think you can do a better job than commissioners Hardy and Robinson, don’t be just another one of those ‘new’ voices. Be an involved voice and start learning more about this City NOW and start getting involved NOW. Learn the difference between the City and unincorporated areas out west and educate the public. Attend Commission meetings, become a volunteer for a City board, start attending Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meetings, learn more about the Lake Worth Electric Utility and the City’s Water Utility, get involved with the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) and the League of Cities, call up Cpt. Baer and say you’re thinking of running next year and you would like a ride-along with a deputy some day in a neighborhood with crime problems, do some neighborhood cleanups, learn about community gardens, learn more about the role of County Commissioner Dave Kerner and State Rep. David Silvers and where the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) fits into all this and. . .

Pretty much do what Messrs. Omari Hardy and Herman C Robinson did to get elected.

And lastly, below is the YouTube video from March 17th, 2017, when then-Messrs. Omari Hardy and Herman C. Robinson were both Sworn In to represent the City of Lake Worth on the City Commission.

Then Messrs. Hardy and Robinson in 2016–2017, now commissioners Hardy and Robinson, “hit the ground running” last year when they were both elected.

They weren’t ‘new voices’ to the community.
Just saying. Enjoy the video:

City of Lake Worth: “[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 this City.

Former Palm Beach Post reporter Lady Hereford focused a lot of effort on in-depth environmental journalism here in the City of Lake Worth 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.

This City of Lake Worth has an abundance of public parks open to the public, click on this link for a list.

The Snook Inlands 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:

Remember all this when the C-51 Canal, Spillway Park and the Blueway Trail becomes news and all those fear tactics, mis- and disinformation that have been used in the past to scuttle worthy projects in this City. Hopefully that will not happen again but the key is to remain vigilant.

Great news! The annual Farmers Market is coming back next month.

 13th Season of Lake Worth Farmers Market: “Not the biggest, just the most authentic!”

This farmers market also called the “Waterside Market” is held on the east side of the Intracoastal. This weekly event does so much to promote and bring attention to this City. Drawing returning Snowbirds and residents west of the City through the Downtown, bringing tourists and visitors into town and many others from “The Island” as well.

More details are below: Opening day at the Lake Worth Farmers Market is October 20th.

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein encourages everyone to attend this annual market every Fall. In a special 2017 City newsletter titled, “Farmers Market Waterside Returns” he wrote:

“Relationships are central to the market’s culture. Eliminating a third party distributor allows residents to have a close relationship with the person who is growing or making their food. As residents return to the market on a weekly basis, they will get to know the vendors, leading to a better understanding of local produce, food, and art.”

The City’s farmers market will open the Season on Saturday, Oct. 20th at 9:00 a.m. The market will then be every Saturday until April from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 in Old Bridge Park across A1A from the scenic Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex (10 S. Ocean Blvd.).

Each week the market features between 45 and 60 booths, including fresh produce, mini-donuts, Southern shrimp and grits, sweet and savory foods, and local artisans as well. Learn more about the Farmers Market using this link to Facebook.

“Where exactly is the Lake Worth Farmers Market?” Good question!

If you’re coming from the west, take Lake Ave. over the Robert Harris Bridge to Old Bridge Park (also called “Hot Dog Park”). After cresting the bridge you will see the market and parking lot on the north side at the base of the former Lake Worth bridge.

What a lot of people do is park at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex and make a day out of it. The walk to the farmers market is a short one across A1A. Prior to or after the market visitors will have breakfast or lunch at Benny’s on the Beach, pizza at Mama Mia’s, checking out the latest menu at Mulligan’s, browsing for chocolate at Kilwins and pick up fabulous fashion at the Lake Worth Beach Tee Shirt Company.

And whilst you visit the Lake Worth Farmers Market look for The Cottages of Lake Worth book, a popular booth at the market.

Two other convenient places to check out The Cottages of Lake Worth hardcover book are The Book Cellar bookstore in Downtown Lake Worth and at the City’s newsstand called “Studio 205” at 205 N. Federal Hwy.

To plan your upcoming Christmas and Holiday Season where can you find more helpful information? Easy! Go to the City of Lake Worth’s website for “Special Events”.

About the Holiday Parade in Lake Worth. . .

Were you there in 2008 to see the elves on horses!

“Is it possible to be a Senior Citizen and a Hipster too?” Answer: Yes it is in this little vibrant City of Lake Worth!

How does one get started on the road to becoming a Hipster Senior Citizen? It all starts with shopping at World Thrift and every Wednesday (tomorrow!) is Senior Citizen Day. The location, hours, and more information is below.

And with so many celebrations and festivals coming up where can one find the right clothing and accessories at exceptionally low prices? World Thrift! It is THE place to shop if one is planning protests on Columbus Day and in the lead-up to Halloween too.

By the way, have you seen the new signage at World Thrift? Spectacular! That section of Dixie Hwy. is all lit up at night now and beautifully maintained.

Have you noticed how cool and hip all the Senior Citizens look nowadays in the L-Dub?

Do you recall that now famous headline published in The Palm Beach Post, “WELCOME TO THE L-DUB”?

So. Are you a Senior Citizen? Did you know the City of Lake Worth is THE ONLY “Hipster Haven” in Palm Beach County? It’s true. But there are many imitators and pretenders to the throne, e.g., West Palm Beach is one and Delray Beach is another mimic. So what finally tipped the scale for this City of Lake Worth?

It happened when the hugely popular, trendy, and hip 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, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00. 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!

Hipster fashion also includes versions such as the Sublimely Hip as shown in the image below.

If you were hip in the 1960s and 1970s why not be Sublimely Hip in the modern era here in
the Hipster L-Dub?

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!

Calling All Hipsters, Millennials, and Senior Citizens!

Make your home in L-Dub, the one & only Hipster Haven in all of Palm Beach County.

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City of Lake Worth, 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” (aka, ‘gentrification’) that never appeared.

Take for example the City’s bond referendum that passed overwhelmingly in November 2016. Those few blocks of the City once occupied by Anarchists and inaccessible by pogo stick, skateboard, and unicycle will soon have new roads! Areas that already have LED street lighting, new water lines and fire hydrants, upgraded parks and Greenways is fomenting the Apatharchist rebellion. “The roads are new in Lake Worth”, the Anarchist holdouts will observe, not quite enthralled as living conditions improve all around them.

As far as everyone else not quite enamored
with the Anarchist lifestyle. . .

Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? Be a Hipster! By strict definition a Hipster is born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth, Florida! But what many people don’t know is there was another Hipster era back in the 1960s–1970s as well and those former youngsters are the Senior Citizens of today. If you were hip then why not be hip now?

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: is the Traditional Hipster really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are Traditional Hipsters really raging non-conformists who have all conformed? That’s exactly what makes World Thrift so special. There are so many Hipster fashions and styles to choose from! Be an L-Dub Hipster, not the typical Traditional Hipster:

There are other options as well. You can take the traditional path of Anarchy like the Anarchist Millennials in the L-Dub:

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’ whilst you are in town.

“I’m off the record, right?”

And. . . If. . . But. . .

Try asking reporters what “off the record” means to them. Truth is, not even veteran reporters know for sure what “off the record” really means.

The search for a definition began following a kerfuffle when a City of Lake Worth resident was quoted in the print edition of The Palm Beach Post after telling a beat reporter something “off the record”. The problem with “off the record” is it means different things to different reporters. Here’s a good explanation from MediaManoeuvres:

Whatever The Meaning: Tread With Caution.

     The important thing to remember is that the success of speaking off-the-record depends entirely on trust. As journos are often ranked lower than car salesmen in the honesty stakes, entrusting a career or reputation to a journo can be a big call. So no one should go off-the-record unless they actually trust the journalist concerned. It is important to remember that whilst journalists are guided by their code of ethics this is not legally enforceable and isn’t strongly policed. [emphasis added]
     When approached by a reporter or called on the phone your first decision is whether or not to speak at all.

From Chatterbox is this titled, For the Record. What “Off the Record” Means:

You know: background, deep background, not for attribution, and off the record.

“Chatterbox, who has been a Washington journalist for nearly 20 years, doesn’t have a clue what most of these terms mean, and doesn’t believe anyone else does, either. Or rather, thinks that if you ask different journalists what the terms mean, they will give you different answers.”

Here are excerpts from Chatterbox:


“Background means that you can use the information but not attribute it . . . to a name, and I think it’s the responsibility of both the source and the reporter to get clear between themselves how the attribution will be rendered in print.”

Deep Background

“I take that to mean that you can use the information but you can’t attribute it, period.” Also, “it’s up to you to satisfy yourself that it’s good information by doing good reporting.”

Not for attribution

“Able to quote but with a characterization that links it to a smallish number of people.”

Off the record

“Means you can’t quote me. No, I don’t remember . . . You can’t attribute, but you can use it? No, I take that back. If someone says ‘off the record,’ you can’t use it at all.”

So. The next time you go “off the record” with a reporter you know what that means. Errr. Well. Kinda sorta.

Ask the reporter what “off the record” means to them. And never talk to a reporter and then say, “this is off the record”. If you want something “off the record” make this very clear at the outset!

And what if a reporter publishes something you didn’t want to be published? Just never, ever speak to that reporter again.

Problem solved.

SunSational 2018 Awards winner (3×): City of Lake Worth at Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA).

Below is a press release issued from the City along with the three category winners: a photo, a billboard and a YouTube video as well.

The SunSational news about this City was also front page news in The Lake Worth Herald, your LOCAL source for LOCAL news. The Herald is still ¢50.

Pick up the Herald at the City’s newsstand in Downtown Lake Worth at Studio 205 at its new worthier location: 205 N. Federal Hwy. Check out 205’s new digs with juice bar, café and newsstand too. You’ll get a kick out of the new menu. It’s fabulous.

For more information about
Florida Festivals and Events Assoc. . . .

Imagine that. This organization has a Facebook page! 

Connect with FFEA: “For over 20 years, FFEA has been promoting and strengthening the festival, event and fair industry in Florida.”

Press/news media. To request an interview or have an inquiry your contact is Mr. Ben Kerr, PIO. Call 561-586-1631; email: bkerr@lakeworth.org

LAKE WORTH, FL — The City of Lake Worth Leisure Services Department received three 2nd place awards at the Florida Festival & Events Association Convention and Trade Show in Bonita Springs, Fl.
     The competition this year was high with over 400 applications representing Florida’s best and brightest event organizers. Lake Worth’s awards were won in three categories [press release continues below].

Event Photo.

Easter Egg Hunt (photo by Sean Moss):

For the City’s list of “Special Events”
click on this link.

Outdoor Signage.

Beach Bonfire Billboard:

Last year Mr. Eddie Ritz at The Palm Beach Post penned an exclusive special report about Beach bonfires and “Gooey marshmallows and chocolate”.

Television Ad.

Biblioarte Event Ad:

Press release continues. . .

     Lake Worth is home to many of Palm Beach County’s most unique and popular events representing the diverse demographics and cultures that make up the City.
     The FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. The FFEA awards program recognizes the creativity, innovation and excellence of member organizations.

“I am very proud of our Special Events team for these awards, their enthusiasm and creativity help give Lake Worth its unique character.”
—City Manager Michael Bornstein.

A Tweet:

More information about this little City: “Located in Central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural City with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.”

October will usher in very big changes to the City of Lake Worth.

One is the change in recycling methods and the other one hasn’t gotten the attention of the press and news media. Yet. A very big change is coming to Code Enforcement: Slumlords Beware.

And expect the ‘G’ word to be resurrected once again. Below is much more information about that.

Another item of note. The scheduled City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd has been cancelled. The next regular meeting of the Commission will now be held on Oct. 16th. Now to big changes coming to this City and. . .

Starting on Monday, October 1st: Expect to see a lot of press and news media in this little City.

The City is switching from single- to dual-stream recycling. One of the publishing leaders of industry news about recycling in the U.S. is called Waste Dive. Journalist Katie Pyzyk’s news datelined Sept. 4th is headlined, “Lake Worth, Florida reverting to dual-stream collection next month”.

Despite all the information coming from the City and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) about the change in recycling methods there will always be those who are not informed, for any number of reasons, or maybe they were informed and then claim they weren’t. But regardless, those are the people the press and news media will be attracted to, with scenes galore of people dragging those new 18-gallon bins out to the street like they were each three hundred pound boulders.

There is also a major change coming to the City’s Code Enforcement Dept. as well. For about Code Enforcement below is much more information about what happened at the City Commission meeting held on September 20th and also watch a portion of the YouTube video from that meeting (at end of blog post).

That this information about Code Enforcement and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding has gone unreported in The Palm Beach Post is nothing short of incredible. For example, one recent story in the Post was that old tired distraction about medical marijuana dispensaries. Enough already.

On getting information out to the public the expected roll-out of the City of Lake Worth’s official Facebook page needs to happen sooner than later. Because as big as the change in recycling methods is what will be happening at the Code Enforcement Dept. will draw just as much media attention or likely much more. Why?

Take note slumlords in this City: October will
usher in very big changes for you.

And expect those slumlords to fight back. And hard. Expect the ‘G’ word to come back with a frenzy. Those slumlords have their allies to protect them. Who are those allies? They are the ones also making tons of money off disgraceful, unsafe and dilapidated properties. The ‘G’ word of course is “gentrification”. If you wish, after reading this blog post scroll back up and read about “the politics of fear” an oft-used tactic in this City.

What happened at the Commission
meeting on September 20th.

At the beginning of the Commission meeting Commissioner Omari Hardy made a request to pull Item B off the Consent Agenda and it was moved to New Business. Item B on Consent was:

Resolution No. 57-2018 - Community Development Block Grant Agreement with Palm Beach County: “[A]uthorizes the Mayor to execute the Interlocal Agreement between Palm Beach County and the City that sets forth the terms and conditions for the use of $294,477 . . . for increased code enforcement activities within the CDBG Target Area.”

Then resolution 57-2018 followed this item on New Business:

Ordinance No. 2018-16 - First Reading - Amending Chapter 2 “Administration”, Article VII “Abatement of Nuisance”, Section 2-75.11 “Foreclosed, Vacant and Unimproved Property Registration Program” and to require additional requirements for vacant and unimproved property and scheduling the Second Reading and Public Hearing [Oct. 16th].

[FYI: To look over Resolution 57-2018 and Ordinance 2018-16 use this link to the City’s website then look for “September 20 Regular Meeting” to download the agenda and all the backup information. To learn more about the City’s Community Code Compliance Dept. click on this link.]

Basically, what is happening is Code Enforcement will be going after the worst of the worst and then going after the less worst. And they are going to keep on going. This information came from the discussion as Commissioner Hardy wanted more information about what would be happening when ordinance 2018-16 passes on Second Reading.

The City of Lake Worth will be getting CDBG funding, this is Federal money administered by Palm Beach County. Due to this CDBG funding more fully-trained and experienced code enforcement officials will be hitting the streets going after “the worst first” in the CDBG Target Area.

The CDBG Target Area is roughly 7th Ave. North to the Town of Lantana border, west of Dixie Hwy. and east of I-95.

Tomorrow is the Post’s Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Cursory Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) so it will be interesting to see if there is any mention of the increase in Code Enforcement officials considering how much focus that newspaper has put on this City’s Code Enforcement in the past.

Here are some takeaways from the Commission meeting last week:

  • City Manager Michael Bornstein emphasized the major goal is compliance with City codes and getting more structures on the tax roll.
  • City Attorney Glen Torcivia talked about the high rate of success by the City before the magistrate but expressed some frustration as well not mentioning any cases in particular.
  • William Waters from the Community Sustainability Dept. said that magistrates, “Need to treat the bad guy like a bad guy”.
  • Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso talked about how important the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council will be in getting the word out to neighborhoods.
  • The practice of abating fines by 90% will be getting much more scrutiny and expect heavier fines (the limit is $250/day which is State law).
  • Commissioner Herman Robinson said, “The public needs to understand there is a new sheriff in town”.
  • And “Insert salty language here”, quipped Bornstein at one point in the discussion.

Now to the video.

The YouTube video below is an 8½ minute segment of the discussion about Resolution No. 57-2018 and Ordinance No. 2018-16, a portion of the discussion which sums things up quite well:

To watch more of this discussion, what occurred previously to this video segment, click on this link and go to the one hour and 28 minute mark.

And as always, Thank You for visiting today.

Explore YouTube videos about the little City of Lake Worth.

For the most-viewed videos on my Lake Worth YouTube channel use this link. Along with each video is a red “Subscribe” button. Subscribers get an email when new videos have been uploaded.

Coming in at #10 of the most-popular is “Art on the Water: Can you do the Can Can? Yes we can!”, a performance prior to the City’s July 4th Raft Race a few years back. At #16 is a former Lake Worth City Commissioner during “Break” to the music, The Love For Three Oranges Suite by composer Lutz Kohler (Op. 33bis: III. March, Arr. F. Tull for Brass Ensemble).

And hope you enjoy this one as well — at #24 the ever-popular visit to City Hall by ‘Weetha Peebull’ — “Why it’s generally unwise to be disrespectful to City employees”.

Hope you enjoy the video below as well. Whilst everyone awaits the end of all the talk and actual work begins to renovate our historic Gulfstream Hotel. . . this video is from February 2016 when the public was very excited about the rezoning of the Gulfstream property believing progress was finally on the horizon: