Saturday, April 26, 2008

Greetings from Mars and Venus

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Extra! Special! Roosevelt Inaugurated 03/05/33

This film footage amazes me at many levels. Of course, it comes from a pre-television era, but an important event like this would have had the finest technology at the time. I think the description of the "super fast" plane to transport the film from Washington D.C. to New York just underlines the contrast between our technology now versus then. Now the information would be sent over wires or by satellite.

It also is wild to think that we know have the ability to recall historical events, at will, and peer into the past. We have had the ability to do that before, but not with the ease of doing it now through You Tube or other Internet media. I'm not sure if this rises to the importance of publishing the Gutenberg Bible, but I think it is close. The ramifications of this will be long lasting and profound. It amounts to "time travel" on demand.

Here are more images and sounds from the Roosevelt era:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Progress on the Pool

Sources tell me that all the major systems are in (heaters, chlorination and new Marcite) and, as you can see, the pool deck is about 65% finished. The water is still adjusting to the chlorine and I understand that more is being added. I will have to admit that I was a skeptic, but I think they will make the April 30th deadline and retain the grant money.

These pictures were taken on Monday, April 21st.

This the area (S/E) that remains to be completed, along with the finer work along the edge of the
deck and the pool coping..

Kiddie Pool area.

Below is the budget for the pool work as performed by Greater Bay. This one dates from the first City Commission meeting in February. There may have been an update at the first meeting in April, but the back-up is not available on line.

Two Beach Pics from Today's Visit

Monday, April 21, 2008

Status of Pier - as of 4/21

You can see the elevation of the pier as it heads towards its eastern limit. The extra height is supposed to provide more protection from storms so that we don't have to go through this again. The ramp is done to allow accessibility per ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act - standards. A change order went through during a recent Commission meeting that took into account some piers that proved to be unusable in their current condition.

Work was on-going while I was there. I'll check on what is considered the current estimated time of completion.

Surfrider Foundation - Fundraiser Party - 4/24 - 8 p.m.

A nice addition to the downtown...

This renovation project turned out very well. This is in the downtown historic district, immediately east of the Lucerne. It blends in with the building at the corner and I like the colors and the way they're applied - a little rainbow power never hurt anyone, right?

When I was on the Historic Resource Preservation Board, this building came through with a proposal that was originally just more ersatz Mediterranean revival and would have looked like any other building, any other place in south Florida. We encouraged the owner to go back to the drawing board and bring something back that better reflected the context and the unique nature of the downtown. They worked with Darrin Engle while he was still here and now we see the result. Let's hope we get some quality retailers to fill these spaces and broaden the retail market in the downtown.

Nice job!

Sue Gibbons talks about the FEC Corridor Transit Study Analysis - 4/24

Introductory and Intermediate Level Courses - Community Land Trusts - Atlanta, 5/19 - 21

Response from FEC Transit Study Consultant

SFECT Study - Lake Worth Presentation

Mr. Blackman,
I am in meetings out of the office today. For the moment, please accept the following clarifications:

I will pass on your name and contact information on to the individuals who will be organizing the charette which is currently scheduled for June 21-27. The charette (which is not being conducted under the auspices of the SFECC Study) will be conducted by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

The station area planning analysis is still work-in-progress and will continue over the coming months. The slide you are referring to was one which, as I stated during the presentation, illustrated the results of the initial broad-brush analysis conducted in 2006. As I stated, more station areas are still being identified and more analysis is still being conducted.
The project team is in the process of refreshing the project website, which contains much more information > documents, presentations, maps, newsclips, etc.
You may want to visit to view and download additional information from Phase 1 of the Study and then visit it again in another 2 weeks when it will be populated with additional updated information.

Thank you for your interest in this important project.

Michael Moore
Regional Office Manager
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Residential Real Estates Sales within the Past 30 Days...

Below you will find a link to the recently sold properties within the 33460 (City of Lake Worth) zip code. This lists represents all closed transactions for the past 30 days. I'd be interested in your reaction.

Click here.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

This Week's Monday Song - Blue Monday

This version is from 1983 by New Order:

This version is from 1999 by Orgy: