Friday, April 9, 2021

Lake Worth Beach Resident Decals Available Now


Effective immediately, per City ordinance, Lake Worth Beach will begin selling beach decals online for residents and seasonal residents that live in the 33460 and a limited area of 33461 zip codes only.  The beach decal period is effective May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.  The price will remain the same including tax: $42.80 for residents and $64.20 for seasonal residents.  Please check the interactive map to see if you qualify prior to completing the application.  Beach decals are available for purchase online by going to the City of Lake Worth Beach website Parking Page and completing the application and uploading the required forms. Once purchased the beach decals will be mailed out.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lake Worth Beach CRA Zoom Sponsored Workshop: Monday, March 29th

The Lake Worth Beach CRA in partnership with Tenant Mentorship presents a free ZOOM Workshop:

OMNICHANNEL 1, 2, 3 -- Bridging the gap between physical and online businesses.

Date: Monday, March 29th

Time: 11:00 AM

Where: online via ZOOM

Registration: THE WORKSHOP IS FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK.

www.angelcicerone.com/omnichannel-mar-29

The bridging of on and offline business is no longer an option for independently owned retail and restaurants. It's a mandatory move necessary for long term survival. Yet so many small businesses view this transition with fear and trepidation. The process doesn't have to be overwhelming. With the proper training and a solid understanding of how it can improve business, the conversion to omnichannel can be both painless and seamless.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Lake Worth Beach Commission Meeting Reopens To Public

Lake Worth Beach, FL-- Lake Worth Beach, FL -- The City of Lake Worth Beach will be holding a commission meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 6pm which will have limited public seating available. Since March 11, 2020 all City meetings have been fully virtual with commission or board members originally joining from home, then joining from separate rooms in City Hall, and finally returning to the dais towards the end of 2020. As the vaccine rollout continues the time has now come for members of the public to be able to return to meetings in person, if they so choose. To facilitate this reopening, the City Chambers and adjoining conference room will be laid out and seated at half capacity. The meeting will still be livestreamed to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofLakeWorthBeach) and the City website (lakeworthbeachfl.gov) for those who wish to watch from home and Public Comments may continue to be delivered remotely via the City Website. 

Those who wish to attend in person will be required to follow these guidelines:

  • Masks must be worn at all times while in City Hall.
  • Please sit in designated seating areas only.
  • Once capacity is reached no additional people will be allowed to enter.
    • The meeting is live streamed so those who can't get into City Hall can still watch the meeting.
  • Please do not attend the meeting if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms.

The City of Lake Worth Beach remains committed to keeping the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning of the pandemic the City has been a leader in finding innovative ways to continue City business and adapt to the new normal. This change will provide those that wish to join a meeting in person a safe means to do so.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lake Worth Beach Election Certification and Swearing in Ceremony March 16, 2021

Lake Worth Beach, FL-- On Tuesday, March 16, the City of Lake Worth Beach will certify the results of the election, swear-in the newly elected commission, and authorize a run-off election for district 2. This important afternoon will take place as follows:

  • 4:30pm - City Hall - Special City Commission Meeting to certify the Election Results. 
  • 6:00pm - Bryant Park - Newly Elected Commissioners Swearing in followed immediately by a Special City Commission Meeting to set the ballot for the March 23, 2021 Municipal Run-off Election for district 2.

The ceremony and both meetings will be livestreamed for the public to view on the City Website, https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov. Members of the public and press may attend the swearing in ceremony and follow up meeting being held in Bryant Park but should follow social distancing and mask wearing guidelines.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Results of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Election 2021

Welcome Mayor Betty Resch, District #1 Commissioner Sara Malega and District #3 Commissioner Kim Stokes. 

Note that there will be a runoff election in the District #2 race between Carla Blockson and Chris McVoy on March 23rd. Stay tuned for more updates. 

 

Monday, March 8, 2021

The municipal pool at the Lake Worth Beach was shut down 10.5 years ago. Why? Not enough money in City budget.


A previous City administration discovered in October 2010 that having an Olympic-sized lap pool at the Beach wasn’t economically feasible. Then something very interesting happened the very next year.

But first, enjoy this video:



Our precious pool wasn't making enough money to stay open. So it was shut down in 2010. . .

So revenue was a concern, you see. Or was. The city manager back then was Susan Stanton. She was fired in 2011 and a few months later Michael Bornstein was hired to be the city manager. Now fast forward to 2015 following all the pressure that was put on Bornstein and the City to reopen the pool, which it was, but guess what happened next? A surprising turnaround. Learn more about that below.


 Some former electeds and administration official
responsible for this mess at the Beach:
From L to R, facing: Joann Golden has her hand on Suzanne Mulvehill’s shoulder, Chris McVoy, PhD, Susan Stanton (former city manager), and Cara Jennings (on far right).

The surprising turnaround. . .

The very same former commissioners from that prior administration who closed the pool in 2010 all of sudden in 2015 were no longer concerned the pool complex was losing money to the tune of $123,000 that fiscal year. It was now an ‘amenity’ that must remain open no matter what the burden or shortfalls in City budgets.


Here are the numbers to keep the pool
open three years ago:
Then came the cry, “Just increase the pool hours to make up the shortfall!” But with every increase in hours comes with it an increase in cost. The shortfalls don’t go away because of additional hours open.


If we are to conclude that a pool at the Beach is a precious amenity that must remain open then why did a previous administration close it? Looking out to future City budgets if the pool was losing $300,000 or $500,000 every year who would be tasked with footing the bill? Would the nearby well-heeled residents in the Town of Palm Beach help with the shortfalls funding this ‘precious amenity’?

The point here is the pool was ignored as an amenity for many years even though its value was used to compute the percentage of the ‘renovation’ to the Casino building. But the so-called renovation wasn’t a renovation at all. It was new construction. The pool was just the distraction.

The IG had a thing or two to say
about that back in 2011.

Click on image to enlarge:

So. Still think constructing a new pool
at the Beach is a good idea?

This won’t take long. Doesn’t the Greater Bay plan in 2009 for our Lake Worth Beach look really good right about now?

However, the public was never allowed to see this plan. Why? Because a previous administration (see the “happy” photo below) thought they could come up with a better plan than Greater Bay did.

Because the contract with Greater Bay was broken that later cost the City a $1.6M settlement (how many potholes could that money have fixed?), countless bills for lawyers, embarrassment for the City of Lake Worth and “egg on our faces” as Mayor Pam Triolo, first elected in 2012, likes to say.

Note the location of Casino. The Greater Bay plan included a parking garage with a new pool facility to the north plus ample access for the handicapped and emergency/commercial vehicles.

The majority elected in 2012, Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso were left to pick up all the pieces.

In 2010–2012 “. . . it appears some corners were cut”, said the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post. You ain’t kidding.

When Commissioner McVoy comes knocking on your door asking for your vote again, just say “I think I’ll pass.

Commissioner McVoy, PhD (beaming, next to former City Manager Stanton) was once so pleased with himself. He was first elected in 2010. Are you ready to give McVoy a raise and 2 more years on our City Commission?

Monday, February 22, 2021

MEDIA ADVISORY Deputies Remind Residents to “Lock It or Lose It”

 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing an increase in vehicle burglaries occurring in the Lake Worth Beach. Many of the burglaries have been occurring due to owners forgetting to lock their vehicles. 

 

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office would like to REMIND the public:

 

·      Do not leave valuables in plain view

Such as: GPS devises, lap tops, PDA’s, cell phones and purses

·      Do not leave windows open

·      Do not leave doors unlocked

·      Do not leave the keys inside the vehicle

·      Do not leave out items with personal information

·      Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Message from Christina Lambert City Commissioner West Palm Beach, District 5

 REMINDER: Tomorrow, February 17th at 5:30 PM there will be an update on the progress of the West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course.

Since our last community-wide update, a group of local business and golf leaders, led by PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, has established the West Palm Golf Community Trust as a 501c3 non-profit organization to raise funds to rebuild the former West Palm Beach Golf Course. Their design for our public facility will feature an 18-hole Gil Hanse designed golf course, a 9-hole par 3 course, a practice facility and a putting course. 

The Trust plans to operate the facility in a manner that will provide a welcoming environment for people with all levels of golf experience.

Join us tomorrow, February 17th at 5:30 PM as Mayor Keith James welcomes the President of the West Palm Golf Community Trust, Seth Waugh, to provide a community update regarding the plans for the new West Palm Golf Park. 

See below for the login details:

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2568358038?pwd=V0k3VEo1emQ5V2ZiVjVQZ0E2b1NKQT09
Meeting ID: 256 835 8038
Passcode: 793495
Dial In: 646-558-8656

I hope to see you there!

Yours in service,

Christina Lambert
City Commissioner
West Palm Beach, District 5

Monday, February 15, 2021

TONIGHT-Parrot Cove February Meeting - Meet The Candidates - Mon Feb 15 7PM - Live Stream Link

The Parrot Cove NA will be hosting a Meet The Candidates event at our February meeting this coming Monday February 15th, 2021, at 7pm.

Given the current situation with the Covid and the high number of candidates running, we faced many challenges on how, or even if, we could provide this as we have in the past.. We also know that our members and neighbors have appreciated the information they get from these events as we have done a number of them in the past. 

To safely accomplish this, we have opted to have the meet the candidates evening take place outside, and we are severely limited in the in person capacity. So to that end, we will be live streaming the event so everyone can participate from the comfort of their home.

If you wish to join in person, you may, but please know that we have limited outdoor seating and it is offered on a first come first serve basis. 

To watch from home, please use this link:


Once we start, the video feed will show up. It will not be there until we do, so please click on it once it is there. 

The format will be similar to what it has been in the past. Candidates give an intro, a closing, and answer some questions. Again, with the number of candidates in this election cycle, we are limited on the amount of time we can get in, and will do our best to move it along efficiently so we can hear as much from them as possible, without pulling an all-nighter. 

Thank you.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

PBSO- Lake Worth Beach - Weekly Update 2/8/21

 Crime:

We had four robberies last week. Two were outside convenience stores, one was prostitution related and one was a carjacking in front of the victims residence in the 1300 block of South L  Street. We also had a stabbing in the 100 block of North Federal. The victim and suspect appear to have knew each other. Regarding property crime, we had three to structures and three to vehicles. There were no patterns. Two firearms were taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of North Dixie Highway.

Community Policing:

With the cooler weather we handed out blankets to the homeless this week. We also assisted a family with a rodent problem.

Covid 19:

A mass vaccination site is opening at the Fairgrounds. It is still for those 65 and older and by appointment. Please be patient and follow all CDC guidelines.

Neighborhood Association Meetings:

Our Community Policing deputies are available to attend you virtual neighborhood association meetings. Please give them at a minimum a weeks’ notice so they can ensure availability and pull the crime data.  We are not attending the in-persons meetings right now due to Covid 19.

Stay safe and healthy,

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Neighborhood Clean-up in Tropical Ridge 2/25/21


 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

PBSO- Lake Worth Beach- District 14 - Weekly Update

We had a mixed week crime wise.  There were two shooting calls, both in the Sunset Ridge neighborhood. . One was domestic related.  The other was a drive by to a business where no one was struck. We had one robbery to a person in the Memorial Park neighborhood. We had two business burglaries where copper was stripped from the building along with four residential burglaries and ten auto burglaries. The burglaries were mostly in the north half of the city and nine of ten auto burglaries were to unlocked vehicles. We are following up some good investigative leads on the burglaries. 

In the past week, three of your Lake Worth Beach deputies have been recognized for their actions.

 

Lifesaving Medal : Deputy Goodman and Deputy Concepcion responded to a call where the owners dog had mauled her. The deputies had to first deal with the dog before finding the victim and rendering aid. She suffered critical injuries and lost a lot of blood, however the deputies actions saved her life.

 

Combat Star (Similar to the Purple Heart) : Deputy Acierno received the Combat Star for actions that he took on a traffic stop where the driver purposely struck him with the vehicle. Deputy Acierno sustained serious injuries including a dislocated hip. I am happy to report that he recovered from his injuries.

 

These are just a couple examples of the bravery displayed by our deputies on a daily basis.

 

Covid 19: The vaccine news is promising and hopefully it will be more readily available soon. This is not the time to let your guard down. I have seven employees currently out with it or in quarantine due to a direct exposure. Continue to follow CDC guidelines so we can get this under control.

 

Community Policing: We had a great event today at North Grade Elementary. Through a partnership with “Jacobs Shoes” we were able to provide new sneakers, socks and bags to forty children that were chosen by the school. We have events planned at the other schools in the near future.

 

Be safe,

 

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Enhance Your Big Game Experience with TooJay’s Deli’s Game Day Bundle

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 21, 2021) – Nothing says Game Day more than party platters of piled-high sandwiches. Be the MVP of the Big Game with TooJay’s Deli’s Game Day Bundle.

Available now, TooJay’s Game Day Bundle feeds eight to 10 people and offers an assorted signature sandwich platter, potato salad, Cole slaw, pickles, a dessert platter with TooJay’s signature sweets, condiments, plates, utensils and napkins.

The Game Day Bundle is available for takeout or contactless curbside pick-up. Guests can order online through TooJay’s website or call their nearest location to place an order. Curbside is available only on pre-paid orders through the app or website. Delivery is also available on orders of $50 or more. Delivery times are limited so orders should be placed in advance. Guests are encouraged to call their nearest location for delivery details.    

TooJay’s is excited to welcome guests into its dining rooms at all locations throughout Florida in accordance with all state and local requirements, including safe sanitation and food handling with team health checks and enhanced cleaning procedures. For information on how TooJay’s is implementing COVID-19 safety regulations, please visit TooJays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19. Guests also can enjoy TooJay’s great comfort food through curbside, takeout, delivery and catering.

 

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

 

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

 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

WiFi on the Go! Lake Worth Beach City Library


Check out a TMobile Hot Spot from the Lake Worth Beach City Library. If you have a City Library card you can check out a hot spot for 2 weeks to use at home or on the go.

Mobile hotspots can connect more than just a laptop to the web. They’ll work with a tablet, a camera, and pretty much any other Wi-Fi enabled device. With a mobile hot spot, you can bring Wi-Fi with you wherever you go.

A fully charged mobile hot spot’s battery can provide up to 17 hours of service. Video streaming and Zoom applications may drain the battery at a faster rate.

The Library’s mobile hot spots are provided through a 1 year grant from SEFLIN (South East Florida Library and Information Network).