Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May is Preservation Month.


Looking east from the downtown in Lake Worth Beach.

About Preservation Month: “Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. . . . [E]vents are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.”

Monday, May 20, 2019

That vacant block, a long-time eyesore on N. Dixie Hwy. between Dartmouth and Cornell drives in College Park.


Where is the College Park neighborhood in Lake Worth Beach? Find out below. But first to that vacant eyesore which could be a nice parking lot too like the one across the road, cleaned up and looking nice when it finally catches the eye of a developer with a vision. . .

That prominent eyesore is located in the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district. It wasn’t always an eyesore. It was once a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, like World Thrift is today here in this City.

Who would have thought when World Thrift opened it would attract so many customers from the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm too?

That empty lot on one of our major thoroughfares entering the City — actually three lots which include 2302, 2314, and 2318 N. Dixie Hwy. — was once a thriving part of this region in Central Palm Beach County, the former Patio Coffee Shop:


Across the street at 2401 N. Dixie Hwy. is where the former Park Avenue BBQ once stood. But that lot is now a parking lot for World Thrift, a very nice parking lot, it’s nicely landscaped and kept clean and tidy. Meanwhile, the 2300 block remains a community eyesore.


Where exactly is College Park?


College Park in the little six-square-mile
City of Lake Worth is,

“Between the Dixie and the Lake, South
of the Palm Beach Canal”:

The “Dixie” is now a major thoroughfare (U.S. 1; Dixie Hwy.), the freshwater “Lake” is now the Intracoastal and “the Palm Beach Canal” is now the C-51 Canal managed by the South Florida Water Management District.


For those of you wondering. . .

Where exactly are the borders of the College Park neighborhood within the greater Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council?

This historic neighborhood in the City extends from Dixie Hwy. east to the Lake Worth Lagoon and north from Wellesley Drive (north side of street) to the C-51 Canal which includes the City’s Spillway Park. The C-51 Canal, by the way, is the historical border between the Lake Worth Beach and our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach, a municipality without a beach.


Click on image to enlarge:

“The College Park subdivision was created by plats filed between December 1924 and May 1925. Edgewood Realty Co. of West Palm opened the College Park development.”


Back to the CPNA. . .


“Our goal is to protect and improve the neighborhood by building strong relationships among neighbors, our neighborhood merchants, our City government, local law enforcement [PBSO] and other neighborhood associations throughout the City of Lake Worth.”

Why is this neighborhood called College Park?

“Unique to College Park is the naming of each street after prominent American colleges and universities. From Wellesley to Maryland; from Holy Cross to Vanderbilt, and from Carolina to Notre Dame. . .”.


If you have any more questions about the CPNA and the neighborhood College Park click on this link for the official website.

“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.


Save the date. Friday, May 31st, 7:00.


Event sponsored by the City of Lake Worth Beach,
the City’s Dept. of Historic Preservation, the
Historic Resource Preservation Board and
Historical Society of Lake Worth.

Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.

The Palm Beaches Marathon: A 26.2 mile race that has yet to reach its potential.


The Palm Beaches Marathon will be held in early December later this year. This full marathon, the 26.2 mile race route has been slightly improved over the years but not by much. For example, there is no beach along the full marathon route. Not one single beach.

Should this race be called the Palms Marathon instead? There are plenty of beautiful palm trees along the race route but not one single beach.

West Palm Beach is the star each year for the Palm Beaches Marathon but West Palm does not have a beach. Lake Worth Beach has a beach but each and every year the full marathon falls short of our beach. What LWB should do is what the Town of Palm Beach did: tell the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon to go pound sand somewhere else. Later in this blog post is information about all that.

For residents and business owners in this City of Lake Worth that’s where you come in. Start lobbying now for a better presence and a better stage for our City in this year’s race and years beyond. Our City deserves an equal seat at the table, not just race infill or an afterthought.

The Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon last year. They said it wasn’t “town-serving”. Our City of Lake Worth needs to demand this annual race serve our City better than it has in the past. How many in the public and those in the running community even know part of the full 26.2 mile marathon goes through this little City?

Several City neighborhoods are included in the race and all are east of Dixie Hwy. and the runners never even get one single glimpse of the Lake Worth Lagoon off the shores of LWB. Runners will see a lot of the Intracoastal in West Palm (No Beach) though. Ironic. It’s not called the West Palm Beach Lagoon for a reason.

Question: Did you know of all the types of races in the Palm Beaches Marathon event lineup (there are several of different length and skill level), the biggest and by far the most popular is the 26.2 mile race called a full marathon as opposed to a half marathon and other shorter races.

Organizers hope this annual event will some day rise to the level of the Boston and New York marathons.

But for this City the full marathon is basically race infill. Race designers picking the streets and turns to make it exactly 26.2 miles. The race does not make it to the Casino at the Beach. The race does not make it to either of our iconic Downtown streets: Lake and Lucerne avenues. The race doesn’t even come close to the Cultural Plaza. How sad.

Remember, last year the Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon. Their elected leaders called it not “town-serving”. That’s right. Rejected. Get out of town.

So what are residents, business and restaurant owners in this City of Lake Worth to do? Here are several ideas:

Start contacting the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, your elected leaders here in the City of Lake Worth, and the good folks at LULA Lake Worth Arts and tell them you want the 2019 Palm Beaches Marathon to be more “town-serving” for our City.


What happened in the Town of Palm Beach last year? Why did they reject the race?


How we got to this point starting off with the news in the Palm Beach Daily News.

In August 2018 organizers of this marathon had a glimmer of hope the Town of Palm Beach would allow the race to enter the town according to journalist William Kelly at the Shiny Sheet. But those hopes were dashed on August 15th.


Deputy Town [of Palm Beach] Manager Jay Boodheshwar said marathon organizers must meet several conditions to receive a special event permit from the council that would allow bringing the marathon into town. Councilman Lew Crampton suggested last week that marathon organizers make a donation to the town in return for being able to bring the race here. [emphasis added]

and. . .


     “It’s not in the interest, I think, of our residents,” Lindsay [Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay] said. “It’s a small town, it’s quiet, they’re here to have peace and quiet … it’s a drain on our police and also the rest of our staff.”


Here is more news from reporter Ian Cohen at the Shiny Sheet, more excerpts:


The Town Council on Wednesday [8/15/2018] voted 4-1 to reject a permit request by the marathon’s managing director, Kenneth Kennerly, to allow the annual race to run through about 1.2 miles of town.

and. . .


     “It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving. The president [U.S. President Donald Trump] will be in town,” Moore [Council President Danielle Moore] said. “This would just be another piece of a very complicated weekend in Palm Beach. It causes me great consternation to think about the things that could possibly go wrong.”


The Lake Worth Tropical Triathlon every year uses the Robert Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge and the Casino as part of the course for runners. So why can’t the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon find a route to include our Casino in this City?

In 2017 it was sort of like the organizers tweaked the race to make it exactly 26.2 miles and that was our City’s only role. The stars of the show, of course, were the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

About the race two years ago from the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon:


“We [2017 Palm Beaches Marathon] have worked to improve the course from previous years, in order to make the route the best and most scenic as possible. The Marathon course will be a Boston Qualifier, and fast, flat and beautiful. For the first time in the event’s 14 year history we will be crossing into the Town of Palm Beach!”



Below is the Lake Worth leg of the
2017 full marathon race.


Click on image to enlarge:

Full marathon runners in 2017 entered the City, headed east on Duke Dr., then south on Lakeside Drive to 10th Ave. North. and then at the turn exiting the City on Federal Hwy.

In 2018 runners ran seven blocks further south prior to the turnaround. To see the 2018 map of the full marathon race click on this link.


The Palm Beaches Marathon in 2019?


Make your voice heard! Further on over the bridge to the Lake Worth Casino!

Demise of the shuffleboard courts in Downtown Lake Worth, the place now called “HATCH 1121” or “The HATCH”.


No history topic has generated more interest since this blog first began in 2006 than about the game of shuffleboard. Not even close (see historic postcards below). Public shuffleboard is popular once again and a shuffleboard venue is possible in many areas around Lake Worth Beach.

And now that ‘Lake Worth’ has become Lake Worth Beach it’s interesting to consider the future vs. the past and what is still viable in the 21st Century. For example, if you still support constructing a new lap pool at the beach next to the Lake Worth Casino that idea will go nowhere considering what has happened and is happening in Ft. Lauderdale according to reporter Brittany Wallman at the Sun Sentinel:

Just like in Lake Worth Beach a pool at the beach is a wedge issue that divides the community so much so the ‘pool activists’ in LWB cannot even agree on how to even move forward themselves or even come up with a plan or a vision. On that point,

“You ought to nuke this thing and start over,” Seitz told commissioners. “Get the thing right. This thing is a debacle.”

Mr. Art Seitz, according to the reporter at the Sun Sentinel, is an activist who has been part of this story about a new pool facility in Ft. Lauderdale for a very long time.


I’ll just throw the question out there.


Should Lake Worth plan for a shuffleboard venue in the future? If so, where? Maybe the beach where the former pool was located which has since been condemned?

We already know a large pool at the beach in LWB is no longer economically feasible, the County will be constructing a massive recreation complex nearby on Gun Club Rd. in unincorporated PBC and there is already there is a lot of political support for constructing another pool or pools somewhere else in LWB to make learning how to swim more accessible to the public and even the ‘activists’ have conceded a new pool at the beach is a near impossibility.

But shuffleboard. . . That’s a completely different story.

“Players were illuminated by twinkling white Christmas lights hanging from the rafters above the open-air setup. The hubbub was punctuated by the rhythmic smacking of heavy plastic discs against each other and the intermittent eruption of cheers. I stood, stunned into silence, marveling at this unfettered display of youthful vigor. When did shuffleboard — that bastion of geriatric time-killing  become cool?” [emphasis added]

—Excerpt from article published by reporter Jamie Feldmar in The Ringer titled, “The Unlikely Rise of . . . Shuffleboard?”.

A short history about the game of shuffleboard.


Lake Worth’s former shuffleboard courts were most recently located at the City’s former Annex northwest of City Hall at 1121 Lucerne Ave. and is now called “HATCH 1121”. The courts began falling into disrepair ‘back in the day’ as fewer and fewer people showed up to play. When the Great Recession hit in 2007–2009 the era of public shuffleboard came to an end.

The City’s former Annex building could have been used for many public purposes. But when it was turned into a day labor center instead of a public meeting space for the entire community — another in a long line of terrible decisions by a previous City administration which included Cara Jennings (former commissioner from 2006–2010) — public shuffleboard ended for good in 2008 in this City of Lake Worth, a very sad era in our City’s history.

At the height of its popularity, prior to the shuffleboard courts at the City’s Annex on Lucerne Ave., this once very popular activity occupied the northwest area of the current City Hall on Dixie Hwy. Back then, prior to becoming City Hall that Depression-era structure was the City’s Municipal Auditorium.

So you’re wondering, “Hmmmm. Where was Lake Worth City Hall back then?”

City Hall ‘back in the day’ was located in what’s now called the Cultural Plaza where the Lake Worth Historical Museum is located and also houses the City’s “Utilities Customer Service Center” and has space for public meetings as well.

What has never changed locations since first being constructed in 1941 is the City of Lake Worth’s Public Library, just to the west of the Cultural Plaza.


Here are two pictures from postcards, how the former shuffleboard courts looked prior to becoming City Hall.

Click on images to enlarge:



“Shuffle Board Courts, Municipal Auditorium,
Lake Worth, Fla.”

For those of you unfamiliar with shuffle-
board learn more here.


Briefly, back to when the structure now called HATCH 1121 was used to host shuffleboard games and tournaments, this building once served many other public uses in the City’s long history. You may recall it was recently called the Lake Worth Arts Annex used by LULA (which is short for ‘LUcerne’ and ‘LAke’, the City’s two main east-west avenues).


Enjoy this YouTube video, a look back to the Arts Annex 3½ years ago, a place many people now just call
“The HATCH”:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

“Living Large in Small Spaces”: Cottages of Lake Worth book honored as finalist of Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are referred to as the ‘Sundance’ in book publishing, these are literary awards honoring authors and publishers of notable and noteworthy independently published books in seventy categories ranging from “Action/Adventure (Fiction)” to “Best Overall Design Non-Fiction”.


The Cottages of Lake Worth book is cited by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of “Coffee Table Book/Photography”:




Here is the front cover of

Worth noting is The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach where one can peruse The Cottages of Lake Worth book on display. The Book Cellar is located at 801 Lake Ave. at the corner of Lake and J Street.

Parrot Cove neighborhood monthly meeting on Monday at The Beach Club: Guest speaker is State Rep. Mike Caruso.


Parrot Cove neighborhood meetings are held at The Beach Club bistro located at the Lake Worth Beach municipal golf course, #1 7th Ave. North; the meeting next Monday (5/20) will begin promptly at 7:00.


Meetings of the Parrot Cove Neighborhood Assoc. are open to everyone from the public, all communities
and neighborhoods. To learn more about Parrot Cove click on this link.

About the Parrot Cove public event: “District 89 Representative Mike Caruso will be speaking to us about the recently wrapped up legislative session, his legislative priorities and taking questions from the audience. We have a great group and so I know our guest will be treated with respect and questions will be on point and relevant.”

Post reporter McKenna Ross and the worldwide viral “Zombie Alert”!


Setting the record straight.

It was former Palm Beach Post reporter McKenna Ross who first broke the story about the Zombie Alert last year. And the very next day every other reporter at the Post was scrambling like a pack of crazed zombies trying to take credit. Here is how Ross’ news report began:


LAKE WORTH — A city power outage alert in Lake Worth on Sunday [May 20th] caused concern in residents for its mention of zombies.

That’s correct. Zombies.


Any clever ideas for recognizing
“The Zombie Alert” here in LWB?


FYI: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 just happens to be the next scheduled City Commission meeting in LWB. Whilst on the topic of dead things maybe we’ll get an update on the condemned pool at the beach!

Very relevant now from almost four years ago: Business owner in Lake Worth Beach shares ideas about Casino Complex.


The video (see below) is from May 2015, now one
of the most-viewed all-time on my Lake Worth YouTube channel.


Mr. Lipton is the owner of Benny’s on the Beach. The Casino and Beach Complex along with the former municipal pool (forever closed for safety and structural reasons) are still big items to address. The former commissioner in District 2 (Chris McVoy, PhD, 2010–2017) if you recall chimed in with his ideas on how to fix this mess of which he played a major role:

“[D]o some things you can do with
coats of paint and whatnot.”


Thankfully the people had enough of this nonsense and McVoy was rejected by the voters in March 2017. Now Commissioner Omari Hardy represents District 2 in this City and Hardy was re-elected once again in 2019. Prior to even thinking about a new pool at the beach in LWB is whether or not a pool is even a viable or even a good idea. An idea to consider is a municipal pool located centrally in the City and more accessible for the public. Another idea is a public pool located in the northwestern part of the City near the ball fields.

Whilst on this topic, about constructing a new lap swimming pool at the Casino complex Commissioner Hardy said, “We need to get very serious about this issue” and the editor at the Herald said, “Stop the bleeding!”


Lovely scene at the Beach, is it not?

Another major issue to address: An all-too-common view from Mama Mia’s On The Beach. Parking and/or a loading dock for large commercial vehicles was never part of the planning back in 2009.

In the video below you’ll hear Mr. Lipton say things you agree with and maybe some things you don’t.

Interestingly, at the 20 second mark in the video many of you will recall who that person is that walks past Mr. Lipton while he is making public comment at the City Commission podium. That is none other than Cara Jennings, another former commissioner from District 2 (2006–2010) and another one of those from a previous City administration that made all those terrible decisions in the first place. For example, the “Greenwashing” that occurred due to an out-of-control budget.

Hopefully our City will rally around people with bold new ideas and possible solutions — not all of them accepted or agreed upon — instead of following those self-described ‘visionaries’ from the past.


Enjoy the video.

Lipton talks about the now-condemned pool and ‘potential’ of 2nd floor space at the Casino (more information below).




Here are excerpts from this blog from May 2015:


“It was good to see and hear Mr. Lipton and what he said appearing at his first City Commission meeting. This gentleman has owned Benny’s for the last two years and increased its employment from 21 to 76 employees. He’s made changes and been successful doing so: he has high standards.
     That concept of ‘potential’ strikes again. Tough to argue with what he says. Most definitely worth a listen.”

FYI: When you go visit Benny’s would highly recommend the Tuna Tostada. Excellent!



It also would be a good idea to make reservations to avoid a long wait: call 561-582-9001.

Sushi-grade quality tuna along with a
view of the BEACH!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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


Saturday, May 16th, 2015: “Today at the Lake Worth pool”.


How the “charming” municipal pool at the Beach
looked most of the time.

Should our City construct a new pool at the beach? Or somewhere else in the City? You decide. Enjoy the blog post below from four years ago prior to the pool being condemned:


I went for some self-paced water exercise today. The lanes are still in the north/south direction, which creates about nine 50-meter lanes for lap swimming. Two of the lane dividers were down for people who just wanted to enjoy the pool, so lap swimming lanes were reduced by two. There were 25 people inside the pool area but only about 10 in the pool at any one time. There was a mixture of families and individuals. This during the time from about 12:30 to 1:30.

It should be noted the pool facility is approved for a maximum occupancy of 312 people. At the most, and I go there two to three times a week, I’ve seen about 60 people. That amounts to about 20% of what the pool and surrounding areas could hold. Here is the sign that shows the capacity of the pool:




And you really have to keep in mind that if the pool is set up for lap swimming, the capacity is significantly reduced as only one or two people can really occupy one lane comfortably. Most of the time it is just one person in a lane. When the lane markers are switched east/west, you have a large area in the center that can be used for “free” swimming, but it’s 10 feet deep, frightening for many people.

So you don’t find parents with their children in this area of the pool unless they are using the diving board. There are more lanes in this configuration, but it’s this 25-meter distance which lap swimmers do not like as much; they have to turn around more frequently.

The question has to be asked: is such a large pool really the kind of pool the city needs going into the future?

Scene: Dennis walks up to Mrs. Wilson and asked curiously, “Hi, Mrs. Wilson! Is Mr. Wilson busy today?”


. . . well, Dennis, you know Mr. Wilson gets up early and scoots like hell over to World Thrift every Wednesday and has his lunch at Tacos Al Carbon!


That’s right. WEDNESDAY,
every Wednesday, is Senior Citizen
Day at World Thrift!


Looking for something to do today but you’re not sure exactly what? Maybe watching a few episodes of Dennis the Menace? Well, guess what! Senior citizens from all over the area go to World Thrift every Wednesday. And you’ll meet Hipsters there and Apatharchists too (they are completely harmless and highly entertaining!), and there are Millennials and families with kids there as well.

World Thrift is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sundays. Call 561-588-4050 for more information.

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for breakfast, 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!


When you get to World Thrift say,
“The Skipper and Gilligan” sent you!

So. You’ve been wondering where everyone goes every Wednesday? Well. Now you know.

A reminder. Have you gotten a phone call from Gooz Adalwin Kenneth?


If you ever happen to receive a phone call from someone named Gooz or anyone else claiming to be from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and threatening to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately”:

“It’s a SCAM!”

Hang up immediately!

See your instructions below.


If you did happen to get one of these scam phone calls and you do get scammed, hopefully your first call wasn’t to the press or news media. Why? Because they cannot help you.


Here is what to do:


If someone calls saying they’re from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and threatens to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card” HANG UP THE PHONE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 561-533-7300 (or make a Suspicious Incident Report with PBSO: call 561-688-3400).

More good advice (please refer to
newspaper clipping below):


Do you ride a stolen scooter? Warning: Do not call PBSO for help or use a screwdriver to tinker with the engine. The one caveat is, unless you have a fire extinguisher very close nearby with the arrow in the indicator pointing to the green. If it’s pointing to the red it won’t do much good if the scooter catches fire.

And please be suspicious of emails or phone calls from somebody in Africa or Turkey, or anyone with an odd name like “Gooz” asking for money. Why?

It’s a SCAM!

Also. . .

  • Don’t let “a homegirl” you meet at McDonald’s take car keys for a vehicle you don’t own.
  • Don’t engage mentally ill neighbors. Just walk away.
  • Have someone watch your home while on vacation for a week.
  • Leaving windows open while you take a stroll to the park with your children is also not advised.

Also good advice is this: If someone named “Gooz Adalwin Kenneth” calls and/or sends you an email from Turkey asking for money there are better options than taking a PBSO deputy off the street to handle your issue. Like learning how to screen your emails and phone calls better.

The ‘crimes’ in the image below are from an actual “Lake Worth Crime Blotter” published in a former tabloid that littered our City 3½ years ago.



Hard to believe but it’s true!

Click on image to enlarge.

Note: This tabloid is not to be confused with
The Lake Worth Herald, the City’s newspaper “Established in 1912”
.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Today at The Beach Club bistro in Lake Worth Beach: 2019 Free Hurricane Seminar.


Event is being sponsored by the City of Lake Worth Beach and the LOCAL Lake Worth Herald. The Beach Club is located at the City’s municipal golf course, #1 7th Ave. North.


Special host will be WPBF meteorologist Mike Lyons:

For more information contact organizers Kevin Addison and Sam Hamilton at 561-601-2730, 561-582-5162 or by email: halframe@hotmail.com