Friday, January 18, 2019

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher: “Heed state’s advice and stop illegally tossing ballots”, was the headline in Palm Beach Post.

“[I]t remains an offense to democracy. So alarming was it to city leaders in Lake Worth that the commission passed a resolution denouncing [Susan] Bucher’s policy and directed the city’s attorney to get involved.”

Editorial published in The Palm Beach Post on December 2nd, 2014 (see excerpts below).

There is breaking news today from Sun Sentinel reporters Steve Bousquet and Skyler Swisher:

Susan Bucher, the long-time supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, was suspended Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis following a series of post-election controversies.

At a news conference at The Historical Museum of Palm Beach, DeSantis said he would follow Secretary of State Mike Ertel’s recommendation to suspend Bucher in order “to right the ship” in Palm Beach County.

“Palm Beach County stands alone in their level of ineptitude” in the election reporting process, DeSantis said.

The City of Lake Worth will not miss Susan Bucher.

See two more excerpts from the editorial in the Post below.

In August 2014 the Lake Worth Neighborhood Road Bond failed by just twenty-five votes.

From a former tabloid in the City came this front page story with some favorable spin for Susan Bucher:

“Susan Bucher Quits” is one of the reasons why that former tabloid no longer exists. A nice spin on the story. Bucher quit before she was shown the door.

Here are two more excerpts from the
Post editorial in 2014.

When it turned out that Palm Beach County elections officials threw away at least 14 legitimate votes in the August primary elections, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher stubbornly defended the decision.

Yes, those voters had a right to vote, she said. But her workers hadn’t known how to process their provisional ballots and mistakenly mislabeled or left parts of the ballot envelopes blank. Bucher’s solution: to disenfranchise those voters entirely, throwing away their ballots and never counting them. [emphasis added] She brusquely dismissed any questions about the legality of her decision.

Now state elections officials have declared that her actions violated state law, and they have directed Bucher to do more to protect voters’ rights in the future. Bucher, who has declined to comment on the state’s ruling, should heed the advice.

The number of people affected by Bucher’s policy appears to have been small. A Post investigation found that at least 14 people in the city of Lake Worth had their votes tossed because of mistakes made by precinct workers. The number affected countywide is not known because Bucher has not given reporters full access to the provisional ballots.

and. . .

For decades, Florida courts have ruled that conflicts in the law regarding the right to vote generally should be resolved in favor of the voter. In August, Bucher and the county’s canvassing board did the exact opposite.

In Lake Worth, some precinct workers mislabeled or forgot to mark a box on more than a dozen provisional ballots confirming whether voters had voted in the Republican or Democratic primaries. Bucher said this was a problem because state law only allows people registered in a political party to vote in its primary election.

But since voters had been handed the provisional ballots directly by elections officials after identifying themselves, there was no reason to think they had voted in the wrong primary. Still, Bucher argued that the incomplete ballot forms created doubts. Since it would be illegal to look at the ballots directly, she decided to deep-six them. She claimed that doing so was required by the law.

Thankfully, the state Division of Elections sees it differently. In a memo to Bucher last month, the department’s director ruled that just because a canvassing board has doubts about in which precinct or primary a vote was cast, that doubt “does not alter the board’s duty to count the ballot.”

It continued: “If the canvassing board is unable to determine where the provisional ballot was cast and which ballot style was used, the canvassing board should adhere to the statutory requirement that the provisional ballot is to be counted.”

And to rub salt in the wound, the editorial
ends with this paragraph. . .

You’d think Bucher would be thankful for this clarification. But so far she’s remained silent. Instead, she’s sent the city of Lake Worth, which first raised the issue, a $3,440 bill – to cover her own legal fees.

The editor(s) at the Post never specifically advised the City what to do with that bill, but I, and many others, have some good suggestions. One good way would be to treat the bill like the same way those 14 ballots were treated almost 4½ years ago.

On August 26th, 2018, was the four-year anniversary of the LW2020 bond vote.

Due to concerns about sea level rise and street flooding a former commissioner here in this City of Lake Worth, Chris McVoy, PhD, successfully rallied enough votes to defeat the City’s LW2020 road bond in August 2014. That bond vote failed by just twenty-five votes.

The subsequent Neighborhood Road Bond in November 2016 passed by a “whopping 69%”. The very same critics back in 2014 used the same argument again about sea level rise as the reason to vote no on the second bond vote. But that argument didn’t hold any water in 2016.

On the four-year anniversary of the failed LW2020 bond asked readers of this blog to think for a moment how far ahead our City would be right now had that bond passed? Ironically, one of the most vocal opponents of the LW2020 bond later wrote a letter to the editor (see below).

August 2016. The two-year anniversary
of the failed LW2020 bond.

March 20th, 2016.

“Paid Political Advertisement Paid For By

Four-year anniversary.

On CDBG funding in the City of Lake Worth: Does it actually matter to you? The answer is “Yes!”

And further down in this blog post is information about a very important public meeting coming up at Lake Worth City Hall.

“You know, Mabel. This city really needs a pool or pools west of Dixie Hwy. for children to learn how to swim.

“I know, George! How irresponsible. All these families with children have no way to get to Lake Worth Beach. And $3 every hour for parking. It’s just absurd.”

Are you someone that thinks children learning to swim is a matter of urgent public safety? That going to a public pool would cost $3 to park every hour? Are you uncomfortable with the rich and well-to-do in the Town of Palm Beach having better access to a pool at the Lake Worth Beach than most of the residents in the City of Lake Worth do?

Is there a way to address this problem? Yes. Attend a public meeting on Wednesday, January 30th, 6:00, at Lake Worth City Hall (more details below).

And as to the question, does CDBG matter? And what exactly is CDBG? Continue reading to find the answers to those questions.

Do you remember how 2nd Ave. South in the Downtown used to look?

How embarrassing it was every year having visitors and fans of the annual Street Painting Festival see that mess on 2nd Ave. South? The potholes, broken sidewalks and unsafe conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles as well.

Well, guess what? Because of CDBG funding 2nd Ave. South got fixed. And the organizers of this year’s 25th annual Street Painting Festival are ecstatic! For 2½ decades this road 2nd Ave. South presented problems. Complaints from the public were nearly constant. But no more. Read all about that by clicking on this link.

Yes. CDBG funding does matter.

What is exactly is CDBG? Simply, this is funding from the Federal Government that Palm Beach County then distributes on a proportional basis. Find out more about CDBG at a public meeting coming up soon. Here is a public notice published in this week’s Lake Worth Herald:

Please join the City of Lake Worth for a Public Meeting to discuss the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Fiscal Year 2019–2020.

During this meeting City staff will describe eligible uses of CDBG funds and solicit public input on how these funds should be used.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall Conference Room, 7 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL.

The actual allocation of CDBG funding for Fiscal Year 2019–2019 has not yet been announced. It is estimated that it will comparable to the CDBG allocation of $294,477 that the City received for Fiscal Year 2018–2019.

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

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

At this public meeting on Jan. 30th on CDBG funding bring your ideas and/or concerns.

Are you happy with how the red-tagging of inoperable vehicles on public and private property has been progressing, cleaning up that long-standing problem with slum and blight? Are you happy that slumlords are finally being forced to improve the living conditions for residents living in substandard housing?

Then show up at City Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30th.

Is it about time for the City of Lake Worth to construct a new public pool or pools for children to learn how to swim? Not another ‘white elephant’ at the Beach but actually pool(s) accessible to the public? Should the City construct another Palm Tran bus stop at the Beach?

Are there properties you would like the City to take over? Turn slum into a public purpose?

Would you like another fishing pier constructed at Spillway Park?

What would you like to see done
with CDBG funding?

Make plans to be at City Hall on Jan. 30th at 6:00. In the meantime look around for things you believe are “[A]n urgent community development need” and “Public facilities and improvements” that could improve the lives of residents in this six sq. mi. City of Lake Worth.

Public meeting next Tuesday. Helping children in Palm Beach County be “HEALTHY. SAFE. STRONG.”

[FIRST PLEASE NOTE: There is breaking news about elementary schools in the City of Lake Worth and nearby Palm Springs as well.

For more information about what happened at the Palm Beach County School District headquarters last night, at the end of this blog post is the latest news from WPTV/NBC5 reporter Andrew Lofholm and background from education journalist Sonja Isger at The Palm Beach Post. This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for more information.]

Now back to the public meeting next Tuesday and more about “HEALTHY. SAFE. STRONG.”

The information below comes from a Public Notice published in The Palm Beach Post today. This upcoming public meeting is open to everyone from the public.

Early Childhood Cabinet

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

This public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd from 2:00–4:00. Address is 2300 High Ridge Rd. in Boynton Beach (just west of I-95 turn north onto High Ridge Rd. Off High Ridge Rd. take your first right for parking).


Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County is an independent special district established by Palm Beach County voters in 1986. Today, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of Palm Beach County’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.

About the Council:

Governance of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County consists of a 10-member board. Five are gubernatorial appointees, and they serve staggered four-year terms. Five others serve by virtue of their positions in other bodies [emphasis added], and they are:

Palm Beach County School Superintendent [Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D.], Southeast Florida Regional Director of the Department of Children and Families [Dir. Dennis Miles], a school board member selected annually by the school board [Debra Robinson, M.D.], a county commissioner selected annually by the county commission [Commissioner Melissa McKinley], and a juvenile court judge selected annually by the Chief Judge for Palm Beach County Circuit Court [Judge James Martz, 15th Judicial Circuit].

Please Note: Meetings of the Council are held in the Ebbole Room. Please call 561-740-7000 X2199 for additional information.

About the budget of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County:

More than 89% of funding goes directly into programs for children/families. Millage rate: .6590 About the millage rate: The owner of a single-family home with a taxable property value of $250,000 (with $50,000 in typical exemptions) would pay an ad valorem tax of about $132 a year.

A video which explains more:

About the public meeting held at the PBC School District headquarters last night.

The background for this developing story comes from journalist Sonja Isger datelined Jan. 17th and was headlined, “Plan to fix crowding at 2 Lake Worth schools, fill 2 others open to public comment”. The story by Isger was posted in the morning online edition.

Later that evening WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm followed up with live report from the scene:

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — There is a plan in place, that with approval, would relieve overcrowding at two Lake Worth elementary schools. But there is one thing that a local principal [South Grade Elementary School principal Ana Arcie-Gonzalez] hopes the school board will consider moving forward.

Highland and South Grade are both over their utilized capacity, 108 percent and 112 percent respectively. There are two other elementary schools in the area, Barton and Palm Springs that are under. The Palm Beach County School District is looking to send some students to those schools.

To watch the video and the text of Lofholm’s news report from last night at the PBC School District headquarters click on this link.

And a Special Thanks to WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm for doing great work covering the big issues here in the City of Lake Worth. Remember, it was Lofholm who first broke the news about the City of Lake Worth considering a name change to the “City of Lake Worth Beach” and many other items of interest in this City.

To reach Lofholm on Twitter click on this link. On Facebook use this link.

Check back tomorrow for more information, “What happened at the P&Z meeting last Wednesday evening?”

Due to the number of public in attendance last Wednesday, Item 5 under “New Business” was moved up to be the first project under consideration before the Planning & Zoning Board:

PZB Project # 18-01400009 — Consideration of a Major Site Plan to allow for a ± 7,441 square foot “single destination retail” use at 1615 10th Avenue North

This agenda item pertained to a proposed new Dollar General location at the corner of 10th Ave. North and A Street. Dollar General has an existing location at 2 N. Lakeside Drive in the Downtown.

Many of you will recall that location on 10th Ave. near the I-95 exit was once considered by Wawa. That proposed project never even made it to the P&Z for a number of reasons. Wawa found other much more desirable sites nearby in Central Palm Beach County. However, the applicant last Wednesday for Dollar General came with a staff recommendation for approval and they came prepared with land use professionals, attorneys and a stenographer too.

The P&Z voted to deny the project, traffic being the biggest concern.

But the applicant will most certainly appeal to the City Commission, which is their right. And if they lose that appeal this will most likely end up in the courts. Apparently, Dollar General is very accustomed to this process and this is nothing new to them. Not liking a particular use at a particular location is not the issue. Not liking Dollar General is not sufficient reason for denial.

So that’s the basics. Check back tomorrow for more information about this topic and be prepared for a public hearing at City Hall. Most likely after the municipal elections on March 12th.

Come celebrate the Midnight Sun Festival in the City of Lake Worth’s Bryant Park.

Staff writer Sir Eddie Ritz at The Palm Beach Post has this question. . .

Do you have a “petite wife and deep desire to visit Finland?”

Why does Sir Ritz ask that question?
Continue reading to find out.

The Midnight Sun Festival returns to the City of Lake Worth once again on Friday, March 1st–Sunday, March 3rd.

To contact the festival organizing committee, e.g., how to become a sponsor and press inquiries, click on this link or call 561-200-8683.

The big event at the festival is the
“Wife-Carrying Contest”!

Sir Eddie Ritz, one of the top entertainment reporters at The Palm Beach Post writes in last year’s TGIF in the lead-up to the Midnight Sun Festival:

Got a strong back and legs?
     How about a petite wife and deep desire to visit Finland?
     Then lift up that loving ball and chain and go for glory during the Florida Championship Wife-Carrying Contest on Sunday. [emphasis added]
     The winning team will win a trip to Finland at the end of June to represent Florida at World Championships.

To learn more about the Midnight Sun Festival 2019 click on this link.

Looking for something to do Saturday morning? Healthy, eco-friendly and plastic straw- and balloon-free too?

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

Before we get to the authentic farmers market held on Saturday mornings in the City of Lake Worth, note there was a very disturbing situation recently where it was noted that West Palm Beach needs to,

“[C]onsider adopting an alternative to balloons to celebrate its festivities in a more enlightened fashion.”

Especially so near and along the treasured Lake Worth Lagoon. It’s worth noting the Lake Worth Farmers Market many years ago was on the cutting-edge of the environmental movement and banned balloons. They weren’t forced to. They just knew it was the right thing to do.

That people still festoon with balloons in West Palm is most certainly not enlightened in the present day. So therefore if you have never visited the Lake Worth Farmers Market then please consider doing so this Saturday morning.

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.

About the Lake Worth Farmers Market.

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein encourages everyone to attend this annual market every Fall/Winter Season. 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 popular Farmers Market will be open 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.

To plan your upcoming events and upcoming Festival Season would you like more helpful information? Easy! Go to the City of Lake Worth’s website for “Special Events”.

About the fireworks in Lake Worth. . .

Were you there in 2008 to see the big show!

Who ever declared that West Palm (without a beach) is a “world class city”?

Does a city become a ‘world class’ one by painting more and more murals? Or should some of that money, like maybe $5,000, go to organizations like PEACE? West Palm has declared itself a “welcoming city”. Doth that make a city a ‘world class’ one?

Interestingly, earlier this month in The Palm Beach Post were two items about West Palm, one about homelessness and another one about murals.

“We are faced with alleviating the trauma to victims that is caused by deranged transient street people and finding ways to address the economic and financial impacts on our businesses, and our reputation as a world class city.”

West Palm Commissioner Paula Ryan. Quote from a “Point of View” published January 5th on the editorial page in The Palm Beach Post headlined, “Less talk, more solutions to downtown West Palm Beach homeless problem”.

And then there is this recent information about the homicide rate in West Palm:

West Palm Beach had 26 homicides, the most of any county municipality, and two shy of the city’s total for 2017.

Could there be an answer to these vexing problems? A way to solve homelessness and the homicide rate?

Well, let’s see. Maybe more murals will help.

Here is news also that was published in The Palm Beach Post by reporter Tony Doris on January 5th:

WEST PALM BEACH — A story will unfold on a West Palm Beach water tank in weeks ahead and another on a busy intersection, as the city brings public art to the fore in projects that are literally high-visibility and low-visibility.

The city commission is expected to vote its approval Jan. 14 for the two projects, one by international artist Daas on the water tank at 4400 Parker Ave., and the other by Dreyfoos School of the Arts students on the intersection of Fern Street and Tamarind Avenue.

This could make for an interesting editorial in the Post some day, the editor(s) can ask, “How many murals is enough?”

And if West Palm is a ‘world class city’ are they setting a good example for the rest of Palm Beach County by ignoring vexing problems and just painting more and more murals all over town?

Just a reminder about PBSO and our LOCAL neighborhood volunteers.

Volunteering for PBSO is powerfully effective keeping neighborhoods and communities safer.

“[T]here is no debate about
the result.”

The short excerpt above is from a recent quote (see below) by the editor at The Palm Beach Post.

In the Post is just the latest of observations and acknowledgements by the editors, staff writers and beat reporters about the effectiveness of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, PBSO, and all the volunteers who have made such a big impact on the quality of life here in Central Palm Beach County (CPBC).

It’s important to remember there are now six (6) cities, towns, and villages in CPBC — including all those vast areas of unincorporated CPBC — that have PBSO as their LOCAL law enforcement agency:

From just east of the Herbert Hoover Dike to the malls of Wellington and onward to the east, to the bright Shores of L-Dub!

Below, at the end of this blog post, are the instructions. Everything you need to know about, “How to become a volunteer for PBSO”.

Volunteers are making a huge impact on public safety in neighborhoods and communities from the Glades region in CPBC to the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach eastward into suburban (unincorporated) Lake Worth, in the fine City of Greenacres as well and eastward still into the ‘Quirky’ City of Lake Worth “with a capital Q” where no one quibbles or quips annoyingly of the quizzicalities any more about merging with PBSO ten years ago.

In short, the quixotically-challenged have fallen into their own quicksilver of false quintessence. So quick quivering all you malcontents and quibblers!

Everyone has noticed the result of all those volunteers. Even The Palm Beach Post. For example, on the merge with PBSO in the City of Greenacres,

[T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.” [emphasis added]
Quote. Editor at The Palm Beach Post, March 10th, 2018.

Also recently on this topic, the editor at the Post recently praised PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw who “smartly requested $1.8 million to hire 15 entry-level deputies” applying for a highly coveted federal grant for COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services.

This program is,
“[T]he component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing . . . through information and grant resources.”

Do you or someone you know have time to
volunteer with PBSO?

Then contact PBSO’s Volunteer Headquarters or the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC; see below for contact information):

  • PBSO Volunteer HQ: Call 561-433-2003
  • Email:
  • Or visit the Volunteer Services Unit at 2601 S. Military Trail, Ste. 29 in West Palm Beach: open Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00 p.m.–4:00.

Volunteers are needed for the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP), media unit, traffic monitoring, parking enforcement, Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT), honor guard, mounted unit, and bike patrol.

On your own you can contact the NAPC and try to organize another “Walk The Walk” neighborhood event with PBSO.

Neighbors walked the streets with PBSO reminding residents that, “No tip is too small”, you can remain anonymous (no fear of retribution), and collect a reward for solving a crime even homicides from past years. Do you remember Thomas Altman? Tyler Etue? Woodley Erilas?

To contact the NAPC visit their Facebook page or
send an email to:

You may have that one small tip to help solve the murder of Thomas Altman. Refresh your memory: read the Post article by reporter Hannah Winston from March 2016.

Volunteers are needed from every community and neighborhood here in our City of Lake Worth:

“Volunteering not only fosters a great feeling of accomplishment but helps your community
become a safer place.”

Noticia importante de seguridad.

Los trenes no soplan cuernos
en Lantana, Lake Worth
y West Palm.

Manténgase fuera de las vías, excepto en los cruces designados y nunca pase por alrededor de las
cercas cerrados cuando un tren este acercandose.

¿Ves Rieles? ¡PIENSA TREN!

¿Qué es Operation Lifesaver? Operation Lifesaver que empezó en 1972 para poner fin a las colisiones, muertes y lesiones en lugares donde los caminos cruzan las vías férreas, y en las vías férreas mismas.

Nuestra Misión: Operation Lifesaver es un programa internacional educativo, de concientización y sin ánimo de lucro, dedicado a poner fin a las colisiones trágicas, a las víctimas mortales y a las lesiones que ocurren en los pasos a nivel y en las vías férreas.

Curb Cuts: One of the great social victories in modern American history.

The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) has this article titled, “Smashing barriers to access: Disability activism and curb cuts”. Curb cuts are everywhere now and taken for granted. After World War II though they were still very rare in America. Curbs were typically 6″ high and very difficult for those in wheelchairs and for others with mobility issues to go up and down.

The high number of handicapped veterans returning from WWII demanded change. Here is an excerpt from Julie Peterson's article:

Today, this seems like an odd thing to rejoice about, since curb cuts are now so commonplace in cities throughout the U.S. However, sidewalks and public spaces in the built environment were not always so accessible to people with disabilities. The development of curb cuts and the concept of accessible public spaces has been long in the making and has only become possible through the hard work of activists like Mr. Fisher [Jack Fisher of Kalamazoo, Michigan], the passage of federal legislation on accessibility requirements, and developments in design.
     Wheelchair-using individuals have navigated obstacles in the built environment since the first wheelchairs. In the 1940s and 1950s, a large contingency of veterans returned from World War II with mobility-related injuries. Many of these individuals pushed for changes to the built environment to make college campuses and public spaces more accessible to wheelchair users and other disabled people.

Click on image to enlarge:

This image is from the article by Julie Peterson
in the Smithsonian.

There was a public vote with far-reaching consequences two years ago.

This blog post today is the reasoning why the voters should re-elect District 4 City Commissioner Herman C. Robinson on March 12th. Very important: City Commissioners are elected city-wide! All voters in all four Commission districts will have their say in Districts 2 and 4 on Election Day.

And this blog post today will also answer some very common questions from the public.

For example. . .

Do you remember what happened in March 2017? There was a referendum on the ballot that passed.

And in January 2017 was another significant political event. The Lake Worth City Commission voted to give themselves a pay raise. The last pay raise for the Commission was in 2005. The grandstanding two years ago by then-Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, in opposition to the pay raise took to unimaginable heights and think he quoted Ghandi or Abraham Lincoln. But McVoy ended up getting what he wanted. No pay raise. He got booted out of office in March 2017. 

No raise for you!

The reasoning by City Manager Michael Bornstein for a pay raise was solid. Learn more about that later in this blog post.

And did you know this coming March whomever gets elected to sit on the Lake Worth City Commission will serve a three-year term? Terms for electeds used to be two years. Now it’s three. Two years is a long time in politics. Three years can be an eternity. A lot of people say that can do a great job on the City Commission. But the incumbent has an actual record. A very big difference.

Have you ever been through a run-off election?

It can be a very nasty thing. A candidate, or possibly two in the District 4 race this year, are determined to take this City into a run-off election to be held two weeks after the municipal election on March 12th. They have no chance of winning. But they are running anyhow.

Why are there four names on the March 12th ballot this year in District 4? For one reason and one reason only. To force a run-off election. There were three names on the ballot in 2017. It’s very possible somebody or some group did not get the result they were anticipating two years ago and think that four names on the ballot will do the trick this time.

The results from District 2 and 4 in March 2017:

Most everyone was anticipating a run-off election or possibly two. Then Messrs. Robinson and Hardy won outright. FYI: The Post made no endorsement in District 4. The editor, in the endorsement for Hardy called McVoy a “gadfly”.

Back on topic, is a run-off election in District 4 this year all but certain? No.

There is a way to thwart this political tactic and send a message. That on Election Day the incumbent commissioner in the District 4 race gets over 50% of the vote and wins the race outright. Getting 50%  +  1 vote in a four-person race is very difficult. But not impossible. It’s been done many times before.

Meet your commissioner in District 4.

Am happy to report a large crowd came out last month to show support for Herman C. Robinson and his re-election to the Lake Worth City Commission. This fundraiser was held at Victoria’s Pisco Lounge located at 806 Lake Ave. in Downtown Lake Worth Beach. Stay tuned for the next fundraising event in the near future.

A photo is below of Herman’s well-attended campaign event and also later in this blog post is much more information about City of Lake Worth politics too. For example, is it time to get rid of run-off elections?

Election Day will be held on March 12th. Herman brings continuity and stability to this City district, District 4, one that’s been a ‘revolving door’ for far too long. Another election. Another new face. Round and round goes District 4.

Briefly, on March 13th, 2017, Herman was in a three-person race for the “open seat” election. Former Commissioner Ryan Maier opted not to seek re-election. Most everyone predicted this election would go to a run-off. But Herman ended up winning by a wide margin. District 4 is flooded once again with new faces. This time it’s a four-person race. If Herman does not get 50%  +  1 there will be a run-off election on March 26th. Two more weeks of knocks on the door and mailers in the mailbox.

Soon will do a breakdown of this year’s races in Districts 2 and 4. District 2 is fairly straightforward: Incumbent Commissioner Omari Hardy is being challenged by Cathy Turk, a former P&Z Board member. This race will be a very good one. Quality public debate on the issues and no ‘shill’ to monkeywrench the result.

The District 4 race is another complete mess once again. Right at the last minute another one jumped in making it a four-person race. So now the voters have to decide who the “shill” is. The one or two candidates not “in it to win it” but just trying to manipulate the result.

And to not tempt future shills and keep elections fair, there is actually a very simple solution. Let the voters decide. By referendum put the question up for a vote: Should this City get rid of run-off elections? Simply put. The highest vote-getter wins. That magic number of 50%  +  1 is taken off the table.

Back on topic.

So what exactly what was so significant about a public vote in March 2017?

This public referendum passed by 55% of the electorate.

And in that referendum the electors (the voters) voted to raise terms for elected officials from two- to three-year terms.

A two-year term is a choice by voters. A three-year term is a commitment.

Which delves into why the vote to give the City Commission a pay raise back in January 2017 was significant. The Lake Worth City Commission also serves as the elected body which oversees the Lake Worth Electric Utility which is tremendously complicated job all on its own. Being a City Commissioner is a very serious job.

Three year terms and a pay raise is all about attracting talent and serious people to run for an elected seat. To learn more about, “Why salaries need to rise for elected officials” click on this link.

Commissioner Robinson has been the sitting commissioner in District 4 for nearly two years. He has brought stability and reason to District 4. And Commissioner Robinson has worked very hard for 50%  +  1. At the very least.

 Robinson speaking to the crowd last month.

Click on photo. In the crowd, center frame (next to woman seated) is Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso.

Also of note. Due to that referendum in 2017 there will be no election of candidates in 2020. For example, Amoroso was re-elected (unopposed) in March this year to a term ending in March 2021.

Imagine that. A year off in 2020.

Meet Herman when he’s not dressed up.

A former Post reporter covering the Lake Worth Beach beat may be coming back soon! You may recall Chris Persaud made history winning awards for election reporting. Stay tuned as they say.

Election Day is March 12th.

Would you like to show your support for Herman in District 4? See caption below.

Suggested contribution: $25, $50 or $100. Maximum allowable contribution is $1000 per individual or corporation. Call 561-651-1499 or by email to:

One can also make an online contribution.

Or one can choose to volunteer. Help put out campaign signs, hang door hangers, be a poll watcher or wave campaign signs on Election Day!

If you would like to make a contribution by mail, send a check payable to “Herman Robinson Campaign Account” to this address:

Campaign of Herman Robinson, 114 Ocean Breeze, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Herman Robinson for Lake Worth City Commission, District 4.

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.

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:

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.

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.”

Another really, really bad idea that just won’t go away. . .

“We’re in a housing crisis!”

“Why can’t we just live in shipping containers?”

This is a terrible idea that just won’t go away as evidenced by the increasing number of shipping containers being stored and used in the City of Lake Worth’s Park of Commerce and staged around the City for current and upcoming infrastructure projects,
“Hmmm, those shipping containers would make good homes for people.”

These containers, if you didn’t know, are those large containers that get placed on tractor trailers and trains for distribution of commodities, products, etc. throughout the country. You’ll also see these containers used by companies for storage, temporary and permanent, on back lots and work sites.

Many who have recently relocated permanently to Palm Beach County— many of whom have struggled to solve societal issues, unsuccessfully, such as homelessness or vagrancy in other areas of the country — can and do suddenly become the ‘experts’ on how to solve those same vexing problems here in South Florida. For example, many of you will recall Mr. Snarky.

But there’s a big problem with people living in shipping containers: it’s called the Building Code.

We’re prone to hurricanes in South Florida. By the time one secures a shipping container on a foundation, adds a sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen, water and utilities, one may end of wondering afterwards if hiring a developer to build more apartments to code would have made more sense.

All of this nonsense about using shipping containers as homes for people was fueled once again last year by an article that appeared in The Palm Beach Post. Here’s an excerpt:

During an affordable housing summit in West Palm Beach Wednesday, he [Craig Vanderlaan, executive director of Crisis Housing Solutions] told a ballroom full of county officials, lenders and developers that re-purposed shipping containers can be part of the answer to a problem they said has reached a crisis point.

Somebody or some group very soon here in the
City of Lake Worth is going to fall for this.
Again. Just wait and see.

This really bad idea gets recycled every now and then going back a decade or longer: groups of people here in the City of Lake Worth, for example, wanting to build small communities or find neighborhoods to place shipping containers for visiting fellow-travelers or as part of a neighborhood garden. The problem is there were some who actually believed it could happen. Before long somebody will throw out a line like this at a City meeting or write a Letter to the Editor at the Post:

“Perhaps this could be
replicated here?”

There’s just one problem, as was pointed out on this blog several years ago, a blog post titled, “Airbnb, eco-tourism, hipster cred, and shipping containers”:

But before you get all excited check the zoning code first before diving ahead. More likely than not this type of structure is prohibited where you live. For instance, you couldn't build this in Lake Worth or most other cities in the County.

No one is going to get approval to live in a shipping container here in a coastal city in Palm Beach County. Perhaps in the unincorporated County somewhere, but certainly not here in the little City of Lake Worth.

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).

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 is located which has since been condemned?

We now know a large pool at the Beach is no longer economically feasible, lost most of its allure long ago after I-95 came through, and is no longer popular with the public. However, a public pool is absolutely necessary — e.g., to teach children how to swim and water safety classes — but a public pool could be constructed in many locations around the City. How does a pool at the Beach benefit families with children having to make that trek to the Beach, paying $4 to park every visit on top of the cost to enter the facility? And, really, don’t those people on ‘The Island’ have enough pools nearby already?

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
in the City of Lake Worth.

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, January 17, 2019

Hear Ye. Hear Ye All. Public Notice published in The Lake Worth Herald.

“A failure to pay said lien, even such lien upon homesteaded property, may result in a loss of title to your property.”

Sentence from public notice (see entire notice below). Issued by Village of Palm Springs. Dated January 17th, 2019.

[PLEASE NOTE: Everyone who recently visited Lake Worth City Hall in opposition to efforts by the City’s Code Enforcement Dept. please be advised: If you have friends, allies or affinity members who reside in the Village of Palm Springs the following information is worth noting.]

“Question. Where exactly is
the Village of Palm Springs located?”

The Village of Palm Springs is located between the cities of Greenacres and Lake Worth Beach (north of the Great Walled City of Atlantis). Click on map:

Without further ado. . .


Attention Owners, Agents, Custodians, Lessees And Occupants Of Real Property Within The Village Of Palm Springs.

You are hereby notified that you are required by law to cut and prevent the excessive accumulation of weeds, underbrush, grass or other dead and living plant life upon your improved property; to remove any trash, waste, rubble, debris, refuse, abandoned appliance, or other nocuous matter or condition located on any property owned, controlled or occupied by you in the Village of Palm Springs; and that upon your failure to do so, the Village of Palm Springs will institute nuisance abatement proceedings against your property and cause such nuisance to be abated.

The cost of such abatement will constitute a special assessment lien against the property on which the nuisance is located. Such special assessment lien shall be co-equal with the lien of all state, county, district, and municipal taxes and superior in dignity to mortgages and all other liens, irrespective of the date of the recording of the municipal lien or the date of the recording of any mortgage or any other lien on real property. A failure to pay said lien, even such lien upon homesteaded property, may result in a loss of title to your property. [emphasis added]

Kimberly Wynn, Village Clerk, Village of Palm Springs, Florida.

To contact the Village Clerk in the Village of Palm Springs click on this link. For common FAQs use this link.