Friday, October 11, 2013

Vote for your favorite Playground for the Tropical Ridge Fitness Park!

Go to this website set up by the CRA and vote for your favorite playground. 

The Lake Worth CRA would like your input regarding a new playground being planned in the City. The new playground will be built next April at the Tropical Ridge Fitness Park (215 North ‘H’ Street). This playground is courtesy of a grant received from KaBOOM! Inc., the School District of Palm Beach County and the CRA. Please review these 7 renderings and vote for the one you would like to see built. Please note that none of these renderings are final and can be adjusted slightly by design and color. Your vote will help our agency select a vendor and final design. All voting will end November 30, 2013.

Bloggers cover Lake Worth, quibble |

If you missed it before, the Lake Worth bloggers' article appears in the Accent section today, print edition, of the Palm Beach Post. Click title for link to article. It appeared in the online edition a few weeks ago.

Friends of the Lake Worth Pool & the @City of Lake Worth's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Expo Day at Lake Worth Pool.

Convention center hotel to break ground in December |

That hotel is going to be 400 rooms, in addition to other hotels going up in West Palm Beach. Click title for link to the Palm Beach Post article. Here are some tourism statistics that appear at the end of the article:
Tourism stats up for 2012-13
$30.5 million — Tourism tax collections*
Up 11% over prior year
73.8% — Hotel occupancy rate**
Up 5.9% over prior year
$152.92 — Average daily rate** of a hotel room
Up 3.2% over prior year
* County’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Collections are for prior month hotel stays.
** Calendar year to date.
Source: Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
Just to keep you up-to-date on the Lake Worth side of the ledger, the HRPB approved a Certificate of Appropriateness request for new doors and railings for the 30 room Holiday House motel at the southeast corner of Federal and 4th Avenue North. The long closed and derelict property is being rehabilitated so that it can be used as a motel again. Everyone is hoping for the best - fingers crossed. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lake Worth Democratic Club- October 16th Meeting 7PM South Shores Tavern

Lucerne and M Street, downtown across from PNC Bank
[preceded by a brief Board Meeting at 6:30]


Obamacare-What does it all mean?

Meet a Navigator for the 

Affordable Care Act

Our guest is Vicky Tucchi, the trained official for the Affordable Care Act with the Legal Aid Society of PB County

She will speak and answer any questions you may have, on the individual or business end of the upcoming changes!

Bring your friends!
Bring your questions!
Bring your friends' questions!

Also a report on the PBC Democratic Party's Annual Truman-Kennedy-Johnson Banquet from Sam and Betty Lou!
Call or email me with any questions you have!
Sam Goodstein
President, Lake Worth Democratic Club

Azerbaijan releases results of its discredited general election a day BEFORE voting begins | Mail Online

Obviously, time travel is possible as is retroactively making "null and void" previous elections. Click title for link. 

You may be interested in Florida's second effort to scrub the voter roles. Click here for more information on "Project Integrity." Click here for Congressman Ted Deutch's statement about the process. He was refused permission to read the statement this week at the Ft. Lauderdale stop of the "Project Integrity" tour. From what I am hearing, there are major discrepancies between the state and local voter databases that lead one not to believe this cannot be performed with surgical precision.

Public officials should celebrate the public’s right to know, rather trying to find new ways to frustrate it. | Florida Open Government Watch

Joel Chandler, two time High Noon in Lake Worth guest, decries the practice of centralized record retrieval practiced by some agencies. In many cases, this can lead to wild goose chases between different departments and physical locations. Click title for link to his blog post - here's a bit of it.
Polices that centralize public records access are indicative of an agency culture, which is antithetical to openness.  In order to change this culture agency leadership must first embrace the fact that public records access in Florida is a constitutionally protected civil right.  That fact needs to be regularly reinforced to all agency personnel.

All Shook Up Shakes Up The Lake Worth Playhouse

The Lake Worth Playhouse opens its 61st season with a young and vibrant new musical, All Shook Up, a tribute to the life, songs and rock-and-roll style of the music king.
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
The story is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play Twelfth Night.
All Shook Up is a 2004 American jukebox musical with Elvis Presley music and with a book by Joe DiPietro. The story is based on William Shakespeare's 1602 play Twelfth Night.
The musical had a developmental staging at the Goodspeed Musicals May 13-June 6, 2004, with most of the Broadway cast, except for Manley Pope in the lead role of Chad. Christopher Ashley directed, with choreography by Jody Moccia. The musical had a tryout in Chicago from December 19, 2004, through January 24, 2005. After the tryout, changes were made to the finale and to add "a more specific instrumental and vocal voice" for Chad.[1]
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 2, 2005 and closed on September 25, 2005 after 213 performances and 33 previews. Directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Ken Roberson, the original Broadway cast included Cheyenne Jackson (Chad), Jenn Gambatese (Natalie Haller/"Ed"), and Jonathan Hadary (Jim Haller).
It has been performed in the USA at regional theatres, colleges and high schools.
  • Preview Night is Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. ($23 & $27)
  • Opening Night is Friday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. ($28 & $32 – includes Opening Night Elegance)
  • Evening and Matinee Performances will run October 12 – October 27 at 8pm and 2pm.  ($26 & $30)
  • Dinner & Show Night is October 10 and includes a 6:00 p.m. pre-show dinner at Paradiso, an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Lake Worth, prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance. The all-inclusive dinner/show package price is $55 and includes a three-course meal and premium seats for the preview performance.

Tickets can be purchased through the Lake Worth Playhouse Box Office at 561-586-6410 or online at
Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave in Downtown Lake Worth.  Valet Parking is available for $5.  Street and lot parking is also available.
ABOUT LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE Lake Worth Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the Playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate black-box style theatre equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theatre available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.
CONTACT:Theresa Loucks
Tel:  561-586-6169 (ext. 216)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This week's High Noon in Lake Worth guest Lierre Keith...

Besides being a reformed vegan, she is also part of the Deep Green Resistance (DGR) movement. Another member of the DGR movement is former guest Rachel Ivey. Click here for that archived show.

Developer plans to ask $5.5 million per unit in... |

Acrophobia sufferers look away. This West Palm Beach's Chapel-by-the-Lake property along the east side of Flagler Drive, just south of the middle bridge to Palm Beach. This building(s) will carry Palm Beach prices - you can pick up a unit if you have an extra $5.5 million laying around. Click title for link to the Eliot Kleinberg article.

Lost Dog Alert


Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Neighborhood Development for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Penn.
The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
The Lake Worth NSP-2 Consortium undertook a significant housing redevelopment effort, beginning in 2010. With just over $23M from the federal government through the Neighborhood Stabilization Grant, the CRA, as lead agency, put together a team of almost twenty partners that together, acquired foreclosed, dilapidated property in a very specific and targeted area of the City, completed substantial rehabilitation on the homes and then sold or rented the units to income qualified families or individuals.
While creating this comprehensive implementation plan, careful thought and consideration was given to providing a complete program of stability and self-sufficiency. Classes and opportunities were incorporated into the program, such as budgeting, credit counseling and individual deposit accounts were offered to help people save. Training was also offered for residents at the local community college.

OUR MISSION “The Lake Worth CRA is investing in our community to revitalize and rebuild our neighborhoods and commercial corridors. We are dedicated to maintaining the character of the City, responding to community needs and encouraging sustainable economic growth to improve the quality of life for our residents and the future health of our City.”

The CRA was responsible for purchasing all the properties for the program and conveyed most to partners, while keeping 20 for development by the CRA. In conjunction with another CRA program, called LULA – Lake Worth Arts, the CRA focused on a specific group of individuals to help revitalize the area – artists. By integrating arts and arts-related activities into the stabilization plan, the local arts community was able to not only participate but grow in strength and numbers, providing additional opportunities for artists to live and practice their craft. “The development of the 12 unit, Arts Lofts have really helped transform the area just west of Dixie Highway and opened the door to many more exciting projects,” says Joan Oliva, CRA Executive Director, “Approximately 100 new units have been built in the CRA area and another 60 are under construction thanks to the NSP-2 program and its partners.”
The project also paid close attention to the CRA’s commitment to the environment and embraced not only cost cutting improvements to benefit the homeowners but environmentally sensitive materials, appliances and methods, leading to green certification.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. 

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, A Giant Shuffleboard Nightclub Now Being Built in Brooklyn

Shuffleboard may not be dead yet. Trendy Brooklyn is getting into the act. This will be an upscale, indoor shuffleboard club. Check out the video by clicking title to get to webpage. They use a postcard from Lake Worth showing a time when the shuffleboard courts were north of the current City Hall (then the Municipal Auditorium) in their video.

Lierre Keith - Writer, Small Farmer, Feminist Activist 10/11 by High Noon in Lake Worth | Politics Podcasts

Join us for another edition of High Noon in Lake Worth as host Wes Blackman welcomes Lierre Keith as a guest. Lierre is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of two novels, as well as a work of nonfiction, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (PM Press, 2009), which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.”  She is coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012). She’s also been arrested six times. You can read more about Lierre at

Click title for link to live show between 12 and 1 p.m. Friday 10/11, or for the archived version of the show after it airs. Leave questions as comments below.

EXCLUSIVE — The Palm Beach Post Bets on Bizarre Idea Bar!

Recent "High Noon in Lake Worth" guest Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, formerly of the Palm Beach Post, takes a few jabs at his former employer's efforts to stay afloat in the digital media era. What he describes can be called outlandish. Click title for link to article.

Town of Palm Beach, county to settle trash fight - Sun Sentinel

I am amazed that this sort of dumping is allowed to continue. Surely, Palm Beach could afford the tipping charges at the Solid Waste Authority. From the article - click title for link.
Palm Beach is the only town in the county that dumps yard waste at satellite dumpsites outside of its boundaries instead of hauling the waste to the county landfill or private recycling sites.
The town of Palm Beach generates about 13,000 tons of yard waste a year and for decades has been dumping that waste at dump sites on Okeechobee Boulevard and Skees Road, far from its upscale neighborhoods.
The town started dumping waste at the site on Okeechobee Boulevard in the 1930s, long before the neighborhoods grew up around them and before tougher permitting requirements.

Council: Taxes fairest way to pay for beach projects |

Palm Beach is devising a way to pay for beach re-nourishment throughout the town and is looking at various methods. It doesn't look like a special assessment will be one of them. Click title for link to Shiny Sheet article.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tonight at the Cultural Plaza

Furthering the investigation into the Census Complete Count Committee...

A friend passed a zip-file to me containing tons of information from the time of the Complete Count Committee selection process. 

I am just starting to sift through the information. I did find the above after a quick review. This was part of the vendor package submitted by by Get Counted, LLC, consisting of Shauna Coolican and An(n)abeth Karson (Carson). Kind, and not-so-kind, readers have questioned my spelling of Ms. Karson's full name. On this notarized form, apparently she is challenged by spelling of her name as well. 

Is that one "n" or two? Such things are important in a digital world.

'End of suburbia' may nearly be upon us: Sam Zell

Perhaps we should focus on our schools to help re-populate Lake Worth. What about those 2,000 vacant residential units?

Congratulations Captain Rolando Silva!

On September 20, 2013, Captain Rolando Silva, City of Lake Worth, Graduated from FBI National Academy, 254th Session in Quantico, VA

Girls' Night Out - Downtown Lake Worth - This Thursday - 10/10

‘Daily News’ asks judge to order town to release emails |

There seems to be a "dust-up" between the Town of Palm Beach and the Shiny Sheet regarding a public records request. Here are some of the details. Click title for link to full article.
The motion, filed Friday by the newspaper’s attorney, Martin Reeder, asks Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser to order the town and Town Council President David Rosow to release the records within 72 hours, or to appear at a court hearing and show why they should not be required to do so.
The town and Rosow sued the Daily News and Sterling Palm Beach on Aug. 30 over a public records request to see email exchanges between Rosow and Sterling or between Rosow and the National Arts Institute relating to lease negotiations between Sterling and the National Arts Institute for the Royal Poinciana Playhouse.

The "Holiday House" is on the HRPB Agenda tomorrow night - 10/9/13

Postcard c. 1954

Postcard c. 1962
The current owner of the property is proposing the restoration of a motel use at this property south of 4th Avenue North and on the east side of Federal Hwy. Click here for the application packet and staff review.
Here are part of the original plans from the city dating from 1949.

Flagler Drive at Dyer Road expected to re-open in mid-November |

You've seen pictures of this project on this blog recently. It was obvious as an observer that the neighbors around the West Palm Beach side of the work getting the worse end of the deal. Diesel fumes, noise, lights during night work, etc. There is a house "for sale" right at the corner of Dyer Road that won't likely be sold until the work is finished.

Here is one resident's reaction to the 24 hour work schedule this past weekend.
The plastic surgeon said noise from 24-hour work Saturday into Sunday kept him up all night, and forced him to cancel three surgeries Monday.
“They haven’t planned well, and the thing is a mess,” Dr. Rosenthal said. “Workers have left trash on the street. It is just a joke. They gave us five days’ notice they would start the drilling for four months. It is corporate misconduct. They have done whatever they have wanted.”
And this:
Rosenthal said he was not given notice about Saturday’s overnight work, which was originally supposed to have been completed by then. He and his wife returned from out of town to find out it was still going on. He questioned why only email notifications have been sent out, but no notices have been placed on residents’ doors.
“I would have stayed in a hotel, but by the time I figured it out, it was 10 o’clock,” Rosenthal said.
In addition to noise from diesel-fueled equipment being used to place a conduit under the Intracoastal, there was the “beep-beep” of trucks backing up and down the street all night, he said.

Monday, October 7, 2013

WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News - Top Stories - Abandoned home becomes neighborhood dumping ground

This appeared as a follow-up story to a problem Lake Worth property on South E Street. What is frustrating is that there was not a response from the city and the reporter vowed to check back to see if the city's administration - or anyone - has addressed the issue. I know that it is a complicated one, but where is the city's response in social media in answer to this inquiry?  It is not a flattering picture to have as the lead story at 6 p.m. Click title for link. 

There are solutions here that may not be the responsibility of the city. Let's keep that in mind too.

Pictures of and around the FEC Freight Depot

The south end of the building, the one current targeted for re-use as an artist workshop as described in the recent Palm Beach Post article, has a covered open area.
The building is difficult to get to. You can see it from East Coast Street but can't get there. It is just west of the tracks and best accessed off of South F Street, but you have to use one of the numbered streets to get close to it.
It was built in the mid 1920s to accommodate shipments of building supply materials to fuel the building boom that was on at the time.

 This is the most interesting facade, but still a plain and utilitarian building. 

There was this small memorial at the edge of the gravel and the grass along the right-of-way. It is dated 7/26/13. Anyone recall the circumstances?


The area immediately surrounding the building is a mix of run down industrial and residential structures. Not the garden spot of the world in its current state, but it does have potential.

Boynton to discuss old high school lawsuits |

Different city, place, names and property, but something brings this to deja vu all over again. Click title for link to article. A key part of it appears below:
“The city made a commitment to do something which is in the eyes of many a wonderful thing to do,” Sales said, adding that just because the commission had new members who were not around when plans for the old school site were debated should not mean the board can now say “so sad, too bad” to the project days before the developer was set to break ground.
In the second lawsuit, where Boynton Old School Partnership LLC is asking the court to reverse the zoning decision which ultimately eliminated the project, court records show the city has filed a request for mediation.

So noted...

From the West Palm Beach city website...

This is the graphic they use above whatever announcement is current on their News Page. The one here happens to be about the Mayor addressing the 45th Street Flea Market. There was a shooting there recently. The graphic shows six different Internet based platforms that the city uses to reach out to its residents. It actually is missing one since the city uses YouTube quite regularly too.

Pay Parking Back in Effect on Downtown Surface Lot at L Street and Lucerne...

This is how many people were taking advantage of the space this past Sunday afternoon. The lot is owned by Lucerne Holdings, LLC.

Council to hear coastal financing ideas |

The Town of Palm Beach is weighing options on how to finance coastal protection and beach re-nourishment projects. They are playing with different formulas depending on whether a property is oceanfront and trying to gauge who benefits from the work.The $85 million number is near what Lake Worth is considering for general infrastructure improvements. Click title for link to the Shiny Sheet article. The Town Council will be discussing this tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m.

Realtors tout international sales, but fight over insurance could come back | The Florida Current

We heard this from Jack McCabe last Friday on High Noon in Lake Worth, at least the part about foreign buyers playing heavily in the real estate marketplace. Do you think they have a point here? Click title for link to article.
“Floridians should not be financially responsible for the property insurance needs of homeowners who live out of the state or country. To continue to require all Floridians, including Florida’s business community, to subsidize homeowners property insurance for these individuals is unfair and unjust,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida, a business lobby that's part of the coalition.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

We need a solution to bike storage downtown...

I don't think that our Foxtail Palms and Live Oaks appreciate the abuse. But there are no other alternatives right now

This is a common scene any day of the week. These pictures were taken on a Sunday.

Glassworks, foundry would anchor Lake Worth’s art district |

This is a great project and will help to solidify the city's arts branding efforts. It also blends well with our historic profile as it represents part of the boom period from the 1920s. This was an FEC warehouse that was to be used to store building materials - making the boom possible. However, the end of that era came soon after this depot was built. This is from the Lona O'Connor article and click title for link.
The warehouse, built in the 1920s, was a station on the FEC railroad line. In 1972, Dennis Thies and Bruce Mills bought the building and used it as a beer distribution center. They donated the building at 1105 Second Ave. S. to the city in 2011. Its appraised value at that time was $535,000.
The gift came with some costs, however. Removing it from the tax rolls costs the city about $3,000 a year in lost property taxes and assessments, based on collections for the 2010-11 budget year. It costs about $35,000 a year to maintain the warehouse.

Let''s all admire Lynn Anderson's Photoshop expertise again...

Everything is coming up lollipops and rainbows on her blog due to Domestic Violence Awareness Month - and the fact that the media spotlight shined on her handiwork.

Click here for help if you are in a threatening domestic situation. Don't know if they have a special section that applies to this kind of threat. It's all purple lights at Lynn's condo.

Urban art installation or Adult Playground - Thomas Heatherwick's 'Spun' installation in Southbank Centre Square, London

Photos from yesterday's bike trip to the 1928 Hurricane Mass Grave site...

Bill and I were looking for a place to ride to yesterday that would be a bit longer than our usual bike ride. So we decided to head north into West Palm Beach, go through downtown and head towards the Northwood area. We had heard of a WPB city park that honored the victims of the flood caused by the 1928 hurricane over Lake Okeechobee. You can read a little bit about it here.

I can tell you that it was a little off-putting to see a CRA redevelopment sign at the southwest corner of 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue. It had been there a while too since Mayor Frankel's name was on it and few of the current city commissioners. In the background of the sign, there is a general map of the area called Coleman Park, of which this burial site is a part.
Here is some other signage at that corner indicating where you are and what the park is about. If you go there by bike from Lake Worth, it ends up being around a 20 mile round trip. We took Flagler Drive there and back - going through the downtown for a quick errand. There is some on street parking if you want to drive there.
If you do bike there, go with someone and don't prattle around too much. As Bill was taking some of these pictures, a homeless man who had sort of set up camp under one of the small pavilions there told him to "Be careful. Someone in this neighborhood would shoot you for that bike your riding." Sage advice.T
As you walk around the park, there are various monuments and the feeling is solemn, much like a cemetery. It is general well-kept, with only some normal maintenance items needing some attention.
The area above, closest to 25th Street was separated from the rest of the area. There wasn't much explanation as to why, but you got the idea that was the place where most of the bodies were buried at the time.
There are various markers as you pass the corners where the monuments are commemorating those that lost their lives during this tragic historical event.
I wonder what is in this time capsule. We have some time to wait before it is opened. This is right next to the state historical maker. The site made it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. This was after a long period of indifference shown for the site.

Above is the actual historical marker which tells the grim story of the hurricane and its aftermath. Below, you get a sense of the size of the area.
I was surprised how much land was devoted to it. All in all, a nice weekend bike ride.

Joe Negron Calls for Feds to Turn Over Control of Lake Okeechobee | Sunshine State News

Some of the upshot from the Florida "fly-in" to Washington, D.C. this week. A good summary of what went on. This from the article, click title for link.
Speakers from South Florida governments and environmental organizations testified in support of restoration projects that will redirect the overflow from the lake. A few residents, given time to speak, pushed for the federal government to acquire agricultural land south of the lake where the overflow could be stored and cleaned before it reaches the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., defended the farmers, ranchers and sugar growers south of the lake, saying they have reduced pollutants from exiting their land.
Negron, one of four state legislators who spoke during the session, pitched his idea for the state to take control of the lake, saying the intent is to have more consensus from different state agencies before releases are made.
"The Army Corps of Engineers has been running this project for decades; they have failed, and they need to be replaced with those of us in Florida that we can vote for or against and people that have our best interest at heart," Negron said.

Man Uses 'Water Bike' To Commute Across San Francisco Bay & Hudson River

Cool - reminds me of our raft race. Not sure how time effective this is, but hey. Click title for link and check out the video.