Saturday, May 3, 2014

Part of my presentation last night...

...included information on the current City Hall building
c. mid 1960s - Notice the telephone booths and ample number of park benches
These are three images of the Lake Worth Municipal Auditorium. Since 1972, it has served as the administrative headquarters for city government.
 These are two images of the building, probably taken soon after its construction, in 1935.
Here is some information from the Division of Historic Resources, State Historic Preservation Office master site file on the building. Click image to read.
I would like to see the building returned to its original use as an auditorium some day and find a place for a new City Hall.

Florida Legislature urges Obama administration action on Keystone XL «

Click title for link. From the article:
The measure expresses a consensus view by the Florida Legislature that President Obama should approve Keystone XL. By executive order, only the president can issue a permit for proposed oil pipelines that cross U.S. borders — the executive order came by way of George W. Bush.
“The Legislature is adding to the voice of others that have expressed the same view, including labor unions,” Robert Sanchez, policy director for the Tallahassee-based James Madison Institute, told
“The speculation is that the president is concerned about offending environmental activists — an important constituency — even though environmental studies have shown that the pipeline will cause minimal damage. In fact, more damage is caused by refusing to build the pipeline because it’s a more energy efficient way of transporting petroleum products than trucks and trains,” Sanchez said.

Deputy, “in fear of his life,” shoots suspect in Lake Worth... |

This happened around 1:30 a.m. at 6th Avenue South and Dixie Hwy. Click title for link.

From last night's Lake Worth Museum's Open House Presentation...

I put a "then and now" presentation together from my Lake Worth postcard collection and other historical memorabilia. It took place in the former Commission Chambers that is in the City Hall Annex, which happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum was open upstairs. Hours for the Museum are Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. Nice to see everyone who came out and the exchange of memories. Look for similar events coming up in the Fall.

Palm Beach County gets funding concessions it wanted from... |

Looks like we got a seventh inning stretch here. The state legislature has made some changes to its "sports facilities incentive program" and better aligning financing with the realities of the real world. This was in response to Palm Beach County's lobbying efforts during this year's legislative session which ended. Of note, this article is by Christine Stapleton. Click title for link. Perhaps Mr. Ostrowski was sent to the bullpen for a bit. From the article:
Palm Beach County’s effort to build a new two-team baseball stadium got a boost Friday when Florida lawmakers approved a bill that sweetens financing options for building spring-training stadiums that the Legislature just created in 2013.
“We’ve been working on this for such a long time,” said County Commissioner Shelley Vana. “This is another step in the right direction.”
The county already has Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, but county officials have been in discussions with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals about building a spring training facility that could house them both somewhere in the county. Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and John Prince Park west of Lake Worth have been some of the locations most recently discussed.
Remember to click here to support Spring baseball in Palm Beach County! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Three snips from the monkey house...

Marriott Hotel to open in about a month near Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter’s Abacoa

This is an example of part of the positive economic spin-off from Spring baseball. Do you know of another community that could use some quality hotel rooms? I do. Click title for link.

Bike Valet | SunFest | April 30 – May 4, 2014

Click title for link to the Sunfest website. Check out this unique and FREE program:
Take advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather and the financial benefits that come along with riding your bicycle to SunFest. Ride your bike to SunFest and park it for free in a secure area near the festival gates! Valet bike parking is like a coat check for bicycles. Patrons are issued claim checks in exchange for their bikes and staff members guard them in a secure corral. When you are ready to leave, present your claim check to get your bike back. The bike valet service is located on North Clematis Street at Centennial Square and the fountain, near SunFest’s Clematis Street gate. The service is available Wednesday through Sunday during regular SunFest hours.

Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association - Up-coming Meeting

Greetings to friends and neighbors of Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association,

We will be conducting our monthly meeting next Monday, May 5th, 7:00pm in the First Church of Nazarine hall on N. D street and 2nd Ave North.

Hope to see you all there.


Combination giant pothole and sinkhole...

Actually a retaining wall collapses in the Baltimore area this past Wednesday. Wait for the last 15 seconds.

How strong is our seawall? Just asking.

Delray Beach: City moves toward county beach-light law - The Coastal Star

I wonder if Lake Worth is opting in or creating its own ordinance. Interesting to note that this also affects the placement of beach furniture and having to remove it at night. In the morning, it needs to be replaced in the company of a turtle nest inspector to determine if any nests were made the previous night. Click title for link. From the article:
“We will work with them the best we can for a solution,” Biery said. “But lights can’t be visible from the beach either directly or indirectly by causing illumination.”
    Some violators may be given the opportunity to retrofit existing lighting fixtures by adding sheet metal shields so stray light doesn’t reach to the beach. Amber LED lightbulbs also may be substituted at some locations to reduce glare.
    The law also requires that all beach furniture be removed each night to make movement easier for sea turtles. A turtle surveyor must give approval each morning before the furniture can be returned to the municipal beach.
    Coastal municipalities have the option to either let the county enforce its turtle protection law on their beaches or to adopt a municipal law that is equally strict.
    Manalapan opted into the county law and Ocean Ridge is working to do the same. Boca Raton chose to adopt and enforce its own law.

Conservative group sues to strip manatee of "endangered" status - Sun Sentinel

Downgrading the species from "endangered" to "threatened" is largely symbolic, as the same protections would remain. Many do not want to see the change as it signals a longer term change of policy.  Manatee deaths were up last year from a number of causes, both natural and man made. Click title for link. From the article:
The California-based foundation said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's own study recommended the change in 2007 because of the manatee's improving prospects. This year, a single-day count found 4,834 manatees in Florida, well above the minimum stated by the federal government, the foundation said.
"It has been seven years since the federal government's own scientific review signaled that the manatee should be removed from 'endangered' status," said Christina M. Martin, an attorney in the foundation's Palm Beach Gardens office. "But no action has been taken. Everyone who values responsible environmental management should be concerned by this foot-dragging and failure to follow scientific findings."

Undocumented immigrants win big with in-state tuition, law... |

We'll hear of more laws being passed as today is the last day of session in the state legislature. This is a big one, that still needs some attention in the House since the Senate made some changes to it. Governor Scott campaigned with a hard line towards immigration and this is seen as his attempt to woo Hispanic voters this November. Click title for link.
“We’ve tried to get this bill passed because it’s something we truly believe in,” Thurston [House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston] said. “It’s not something that we’re doing because it’s politically expedient.”
The Senate voted 26-13 in favor of the tuition bill after an hour of impassioned speeches for and against the measure.
Speaking against the bill, Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville, asked the same question he posed during earlier debates: “Does being an American matter any more?”

The Deadliest Animal in the World | Bill Gates

Forget about sharks - look at the lowly mosquito for being the animal causing the most human death over history. Click title for link to a graphic showing the lethal qualities of various species. You will be surprised. Check out this video too.

Henry David Thoreau

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The application deadline for the Snyder Scholarship has been extended to May 9, 2014

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is proud to offer the Deborah Snyder Scholarship.

The Deborah Snyder Scholarship Fund provides an ongoing scholarship opportunity for high school seniors in Palm Beach County. Seniors who wish to pursue a collegiate course of study in Architectural Design, Interior Design or Landscape Design will benefit from a financial award of $5,000.

Applications are available from the Foundation’s website or please contact the Foundation’s Director of Education Amanda Skier at561.832.0731 ext. 104 or via email at

Applications are due May 9, 2014.

This scholarship is named to honor the sister of longtime Preservation Foundation trustee Scott Snyder. Deborah, Scott’s beloved sister, passed away suddenly on June 21, 2010.

Announcement regarding the future of the Gulfstream Hotel coming May 11th...

According to William Waters, Director of Community Sustainability, there will be an announcement about the Gulfstream Hotel on May 11th. This comment was made during the joint work session of the Planning and Zoning and Historic Resource Preservation Boards' meeting last night.

WPTV video over South Shores Tavern this morning...

NextEra, FPL, earnings up for first quarter |

FPL's financial performance is evidence of Florida's increased economic activity. Click title for link. From the article:
“NextEra Energy delivered very strong operational performance and financial results during the first quarter,” said Jim Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy.
“FPL’s customer metrics reflect a strengthening of Florida’s economy and business climate, and we are executing on our major capital projects that will enhance a customer value proposition that already includes excellent reliability, award-winning customer service and the lowest typical residential bill in the state,” Robo said.
This FPL advertisement is about the Indiantown solar - natural gas hybrid plant. I've been there for a tour and the nearby Barley Barber Swamp, home to some of the oldest cypress trees in Florida.

Commentary: All Aboard committed solely to passenger rail travel |

All Aboard Florida President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger does a smack down of the Palm Beach Post's Frank Cerabino. He points out that Florida East Coast Railway, and Florida East Coast Industries are two distinct companies, complete with independent ownership and management. The railway company will always be about freight and the FECI portion will be about passenger service. Click title for link. From the op-ed:
What is missing in Cerabino’s fictional tale is any understanding of the reality that FECR cannot operate any passenger service on its property; and conversely, All Aboard Florida cannot operate freight. The owners and investors of All Aboard Florida won’t spend their money for improvements to a business they have nothing to do with and from which they receive no benefit. And why would they? If FECR desires to expand its infrastructure to accommodate growth, it has the unencumbered right and ability to do so.
[And later]
Rather than get distracted by the tales of conspiracy and intrigue conjured up by Cerabino, we remain focused on doing once again what this railroad has done in the past — building a backbone upon which Florida can grow and compete with other places in the country that are committed to a better, smarter tomorrow.

From the 1920s Florida Boom Period "Success Is the Born Child of Progress"

Early advertisement for the "new" College Park" subdivision from the Palm Beach Post, April 19, 1925. Notice who this particular home belongs to: John Prince. I will do more research, but this might have been the namesake of John Prince Park's home at one time.

Pre-dawn tavern fire out in Lake Worth; investigation underway |

South Shores - corner of M and Lucerne. I just walked by there yesterday afternoon. This fire is considered suspicious since the burglar alarm in the building went off earlier in the morning. It was extinguished quickly, but there is much apparent damage. Click title for link and pictures. Check out Lake Worth Voice on Facebook for more information.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Stray dogs are not their only problem. More crime in Greenfield...




Another tall building looming on West Palm Beach's waterfront...

The final vote has yet to come, but the City Commission passed the project on first reading this past Monday night. The hotel will be 75 feet high and contain 108 rooms. Click title for link to the Eliot Kleinberg article.
The original plans, as approved in February by the city’s planning board, call for a 108-room, 75-foot-high, 92,063-square-foot hotel with 2,650 square feet of meeting space and a 5,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant and bar. It would include a three-story, 131-space parking garage and a 44-space surface lot.
Amy Cosentino, lawyer for St. Ann Catholic School, just a few hundred feet from the hotel site, told commissioners, “the St. Ann community is fearful one of our staff or children will be hurt, or worse, if you allow this project to proceed.”
Most in the audience Monday were from the Waterview Towers condominium, next to the hotel site. Many Waterview residents oppose the hotel as proposed.


"We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box."

Early numbers show tax base increasing in all 38 cities in... |

Gone are the days when Lake Worth led the 38 Palm Beach County municipalities with record property tax decreases. It turns out that, along with Wellington, Lake Worth is likely to register just over an 8 percent increase in our property tax valuation. This happens to be at the top end of the larger cities! While we shouldn't be popping the champagne corks yet, it is a positive indication that we have turned things around and the improving economy helps. Click title for link.

Let's hear what Babs and Judy have to say about the news:

Palm Beach County Tea Party's May 5th Town Hall Meeting - Looking for speakers...

Maybe the other blogger can show off her teal poncho and volunteer to speak on social media? Click title for link.

From WalkableWPB comes this: Meetup tonight at 6 pm at Startup Palm Beach!

Bret Baronak (previous High Noon in Lake Worth guest), Greenways, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator at the Palm Beach County MPO, will giving a presentation on initiatives and questions we’ve asked him. Yes, Okeechobee Boulevard, Tri Rail Coastal Link, Palm Beach County bike plan, and much more. Should be the best meetup yet. See you tonight!

Startup Palm Beach is located at 416 Clematis Street, in the loft space located in City Center pharmacy.

More details and RSVP click here.

Start today Lake Worth | Lake Worth every minute

Click title for link for AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt's preview of activities during the remainder of this week and into the weekend.

Task force on rising seas says Miami-Dade County needs step-by-step plan - Miami-Dade -

Push is coming to shove in Miami-Dade about setting aside a significant sum to address the impacts of rising sea levels. The County has focused on the issue since 2006 and made it a policy priority, but now it is time to find funding for engineering and infrastructure improvements. Click title for link. From the article:
Faced with a looming July deadline, a Miami-Dade County task force examining the threat of rising seas wrestled Monday with how to rally support for a plan that could cost billions of dollars.
“We’ve all heard enough to know we need a plan,” said Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade County’s clerk of courts and chairman of the Sea Level Rise Task Force. “But we’ve got inertia.”
The seven-member panel that has been meeting since November said the county, which has repeatedly studied the issue over the years, needs to take more decisive steps to fortify its infrastructure. Chief among the recommendations: hire engineers to develop a specific plan, not unlike the $20 billion plan.

Business leaders decry jump in parking tickets

Palm Beachers fear they are getting fleeced by the town's enforcement of parking violations. Ticket revenue is way up and there is anecdotal evidence that enforcement is more diligent and persistent. There are many areas were there is pay parking at meters, and the rates are expensive. There are other areas of town where parking is free, but your stay is limited and enforced by chalking tires. Many employees are forced to use these spaces and then move their car to another space before the end of a two hour limit to avoid a ticket. The best spot to park, I have found, is the first block of Chilean, off of South Ocean Boulevard to County Road. That is very near Town Hall and they tend to overlook that block's time limit due people parking cars there for Town business. This is especially true on meeting days (Town Council, ARCOM, etc.). Or, at least that used to be the case.

Click title for link to article. Here is some of the reaction. Notice the mention of the county-wide hotel occupancy from this season:
County-wide hotel occupancy increased 3.5 percent from January through March of this year compared to the same period last year, according to tourism statistics compiled of Palm Beach County. Year-to-date numbers show Palm Beach Count’s tourist development tax collection was up 12 percent.
Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, said she hasn’t noticed significantly more visitors to the island, but she has noticed that parking enforcement officers are out earlier and longer, and they are more diligent in their tasks.
“We have received an increased number of complaints about the enforcement and the high costs,” she said. “The costs are excessive given the low inventory of parking and the lack of alternative approaches to the on-going problem.”

Taco Lady for Cinco de Mayo!

Coupons available at Taco Lady!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lake Worth Beach, 1956

Think about this:

Plagiarism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Someone has submitted comments about this blog "plagiarizing" the work of the other blogger by posting "snips" from there. These are being left as comments that remain unapproved by the blogger-in-charge. First, it would do us all good to read about what plagiarism is and what it isn't. Click title for link to the Wikipedia article on the topic. The core definition is the attempt to pass someone else's work off as one's own, which is clearly not the case here. I specifically identify where these are coming from and most people who have been to the other blogger's blog would know the "look" of her blog, as compared to this one. Most of the "snips" have other indications, including the blog author's name, other names (or Anonymous) leaving comments and even tags which indicate that it is not from this blog. The exact reason why I display these here is to show how "off the rails" most of the comments are. Funny how crazy people don't look so crazy when they are in one room together, but you pull one or two out and put them with the sane, and you can see a contrast. I guess that is what the root of the objection is.

Consider this a public service.

Also plagiarism is not illegal, but is an issue of integrity and morals. It is most often held out as a key to intellectual honesty and not making a claim of another's hard work and ideas as their own. It is not illegal.

Now, if you haven't noticed this is the Internet and in our technologically-oriented society, it has become the "new" public square. We are having a discourse here, between ideas and issues related to the community in which we live. Sometimes it is necessary to refer to, or point out, what another person is saying. What better way is there than using their words verbatim so there is no room for obfuscation.

Here are a few examples and we can talk about them specifically in the comments section of this post.

We can start by talking about where this picture originally came from.

Crime Report from Greenfield:

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Florida homeowners beware...this is about property insurance

Florida homeowners beware...this is about property insurance. This is about my particular situation in Lake Worth, east of I-95. Check with your insurance professional to determine the status of your roof's age. If it is 15 years or older, you will now need to call a roofing contractor and have him/her certify that the roof is good for three (3) more years - before they renew your policy. They will not insure a house if the roof is older than 20 years. I now have a 15 year old roof, that was sold with a 30 year warranty. That doesn't matter. The Florida building code changed recently that requires additional nails and attachment procedure for shingles. The insurance companies only want to insure those newer roofs. Expect to be installing a new roof before you thought it was necessary.

Palm Beach Gardens council meetings to go live online |

Palm Beach Gardens finally flips the switch on broadcasting its Commission meetings live over the Internet. For a city of Palm Beach Gardens' size, it was surprising to hear the excuses being raised about the difficulty and expense of live streaming. It turns out the cost will be $150 per meeting for live streaming. Click title for link.

Chicks of rare bird hatch on man-made island in Lake Worth |

Our Haematopus palliatus had babies! Click title for link. Click here for list of all other federally or state designated species that are either listed by the State of Florida as Federally-designated Endangered (FE), Federally-designated Threatened (FT), Federally-designated Threatened because of similarity of appearance [FT(S/A)], Federal non-essential experimental population (FXN), State-designated Threatened (ST), or State Species of Special Concern (SSC).

Monday, April 28, 2014

Distinguished Urban Planning Professor from UCLA, Donald Shoup, gives a talk in Delray Beach last week...

This is a series of three videos which share the talk that Donald Shoup gave at Delray's Crest Theater last Thursday night. The lecture was part of the City of Delray Beach Town Hall series. Since December of last year, they have brought in some of the pre-eminent minds of the Planning profession each month. On May 7th, the series will conclude with Edward McMahon who will talk about Density without High Rises in Cities and Towns. That topic may be of interest to some people around here.

Delray Beach Mayor Glickstein gave the introduction to the talk, highlighting the previous guest speakers and is an informative part of the program. Dr. Shoup, in his talk, exposes many myths surrounding urban parking and the need to store vehicles. He points out that it is not free, hence the title of his book The High Cost of Free Parking. He starts by taking apart a book put out by the American Planning Association dedicated to parking standards and points out the randomness of many of the standards. The actual construction cost of at-grade or structured parking is discussed and varies widely across the nation. He notes that the high cost takes away from other social priorities. One of his over-riding messages is that this is essentially the "governmentalization" of something that should be determined by the private sector. And he reminds us that we are "the first nation to arrive at the poor house in a car."

He uses the SFPark system used in San Francisco as an example of a system that is able to find the "right price" for parking based upon supply and demand in the actual world. Click on the link and see real time parking space availability in downtown San Francisco. This is how that system works - he shares it in the video too:

By changing prices, they eliminate the cruising for spaces and control the supply of parking so that there is always one or two spaces available. It is accessed by smart phones. He also talks about San Jose and Ventura, CA approaches to parking, with include Parking Benefit Districts. Money collected by meters is directly channeled to the commercial and public spaces that generate the revenue.

That is probably too sophisticated a system for a city like Lake Worth, but he also makes a point of actually getting rid of parking standards in some situations. In the current revision to the land development regulations, we are reviewing changes that would allow businesses to fill the empty buildings and storefronts along Dixie Hwy without providing on-site parking. Parking would likely be on side streets or people would walk or bike to the stores or offices. This would at least open up long-closed buildings and remove an impediment to redevelopment. The thought being is that congestion might be a better alternative to vacancy and continued blight. We have a joint meeting between the Planning and Zoning Board and the Historic Resource Preservation Board this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss these and other changes.

Enjoy the videos!

Lake Worth CRA Choosen as finalist for National Grant! - We need your help!

Voting is currently open for organizations throughout the country to obtain grant funding from State Farm Neighborhood Assist to help address issues within their communities. This year, the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was selected as one of the top 200 finalists in the nation. The CRA is the only organization in Palm Beach County to be selected as a finalist for this grant.

The Lake Worth CRA is aggressively pursuing funds to help build or improve recreational areas in the most economically distressed areas of Lake Worth. Grant funding will be used to further improve the Tropical Ridge Fitness Park and to create new pedestrian and bicycle greenways in Lake Worth. To vote for the Lake Worth CRA you must be a Facebook member. You can vote for our project up to 10 times per day from now until May 17th. Here are the steps to vote:

1.       Go To:  or search Facebook using State Farm Neighborhood Assist
2.       Log into your Facebook account
3.       Hit the ‘VOTE NOW’ button
4.       Search ‘Lake Worth’
5.       Click ‘CHILDHOOD OBESITY’
6.       Click ‘Vote’ & make sure to use all 10 votes per day

Thank you for your help with our initiative in Lake Worth Florida!
For any additional questions regarding our projects, please contact Chris Dabros at the CRA: 561 493-2550.
Thank You,

-Chris Dabros
Project Manager, Lake Worth CRA

From the mail bag: A loyal reader writes...

I am a photographer in Lake Worth. A little background: I'm am politically and socially active in the community. Love baseball! Read the newspapers, watch local television programming, read the Lake Worth Herald and visit the local blogs. Very much enjoy your blog and visit Ms. Anderson's “for entertainment purposes only” from time to time.

And I possess the talent, or the curse if you will, of seeing a photograph (even one taken many years ago) and remembering where and when I first saw that photograph.

This morning found myself in need of some entertainment and visited Ms. Anderson's blog. In one of her stories she used a picture of Commissioner Shelley Vana with shopped labels. The typical stuff you find on her blog, you know, corrupt yada yada yada.

But here's the thing. I remembered where I saw that photograph that Ms. Anderson used. It was in the Sun Sentinel I remembered that much. So I did a little research. And there it was! The picture of Commissioner Vana that Ms. Anderson stole was from a story by Andy Reid on 9/6/13 titled “Vana calls for Army Corps to speed up Lake O fix”. The photographer who took the picture was Sun Sentinel staff photographer Carline Jean. Here is Ms. Jeans email if anyone is interested:

Hypocritical, absurd, and unethical that Ms. Anderson will use a photograph of Commissioner Vana--without permission--to demonstrate Commissioner Vana's “sins” isn't it?

Town takes opposition to inlet expansion plans to state |

The town of Palm Beach, in no uncertain terms, does not want the Lake Worth Inlet dredged at the north end of the island. Click title for link.
The project is headed to Congress where it is expected to win approval as part of the Water Resources Development Act. Congressional approval would not guarantee funding for the $88.3 million plan, and the Port of Palm Beach still would have to figure out how to pay its $35 million share.
Port officials say a deeper and wider inlet will make it easier for vessels to maneuver in and out of the port. That, in turn, will stimulate the local and state economies, they say.
The town, and civic organizations and residents opposed to the plan, say a wider, deeper inlet will result in an higher storm surge that will threaten waterfront properties with flooding. There also is concern that larger vessels might throw larger wakes with the potential to damage privately owned sea walls or bulkheads, and cause erosion of properties.

Historical Walking Tour |

Click title for link. These are the first Friday of each month.

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will host Downtown West Palm Beach History Strolls led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects. The one-hour guided tour showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings and landmarks and includes an historical urban design overview through recent area development. The tours have been organized each season since the development of CityPlace, West Palm Beach.

Tour groups should meet at the Dixie Highway entrance to the historic 1916 courthouse in West Palm Beach. Advance reservations are required.

Trans and/or Womens Action Camp BAY AREA by River Dallas Beck - GoFundMe

Just trying to help some peeps get over their funding hump. Click title for link.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Today, at the park...

Fascinating satellite time lapse of West Palm Beach since 1984

Thanks to WalkableWPB for the link.

And more from ROLOH on Facebook

Groups come together to build new playground in Lake Worth |

More good Lake Worth news, this about new play equipment in the park on North H Street, the area where the TREE was painted blue in honor of this event. Click title for link to the article. Here is the tree that generated so many comments. Oh, by the way, there was a dog tethered outside the house next door, illegal to do in Palm Beach County. A concerned citizen called Animal Care and Control and reported the dog issue. I am including a picture of the chow too.

So maybe we call all just simmer down now?

Residents of Lake Osborne Heights Response from Facebook:

It continues:
Third, well Commissioner Amoroso just does not get the truth and uses circumstance that have not played out yet to make commentary during a meeting that was reversed.
The story is that John Prince Park is now back on the table again. Why? Because our own County Commissioner Shelly Vana (read the article below) Actually could care less about our neighborhood and its impact to this park....why?
This is her last term and she even showed up at the Lake Worth Marriage Equality Rally to show not just support for that issue but to prove that she is in collaboration with Lake Worth's Political Folly for the Baseball Park.
PLEASE Understand that we are FOR a spring training park but NOT in John Prince Park and we have to wonder the motive of Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein when he encouraged a history of the park to be printed in the Palm Beach Post.
John Prince Park was dedicated in the honor of a WWI Veteran for the people of Palm Beach County and these Politicians just simply want to throw that memory away with no regards to the Veterans who served in WWI and WWII and other wars.
This is the commission we have in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County. Now and for all the things that the Lake Worth commission does good there are all the things they do not. Having code visit the edges of Lake Worth for easy code violations for people who can pay fines for code and not addressing the "middle earth" of Lake Worth that is hell bent on absentee landlords and rentals which is where our blight is so present is clearly a sin against he good tax paying residents of Lake Worth.
All the new regulations passed for Code Enforcement and yet no action, this commission is hoping on a dream and a prayer that a Spring Training Park will solve all their issues.
The Truth is that it will not do this and the only recourse for Lake Worth is to finally clean up its blight and not push for a whim like a Spring Training Park that is not in their City Limits with no commitment from the city to invest in this endeavor but giving up Very valuable Park and Nature Habitat Land. "Lake Worth Commission....Not on our backs" is the theme here and on the County Residents who use the park every day.
Here is the article from PBPOST:
Sort of the rambling diatribe we've come to expect. Remember this from the City Commission meeting?

Pro baseball: John Prince Park is back on deck |

Looks like we are going into extra innings! Wow. Things had been quiet on this front for a while and I think many people thought the John Prince Park location had fallen off the table. Now we have this article in today's Palm Beach Post. Apparently much work has been going on behind the scenes and Greenacres Sam Ferreri (an architect and part of the original Palm Beach Garden's failed effort) tweaked previous versions of the plan to be more sensitive to the park's amenities. The new location would be just east of Palm Beach State College. The outfield would back-up to Lake Osborne, offering and opportunity for kayakers to field long hits from home plate. Residents on the east side of Lake Osborne, north of 6th Avenue South, like the lovely Lakeside Gardens condominiums could almost watch night games from their catwalk balconies!

This is exciting for the city - a way to be kinder to the park and take advantage of Tri-Rail and other local synergies. From the article:
“Last year, I went to a game in San Francisco and there were probably 2,000 people outside the stadium trying to catch a ball, either on the walkway or on the bay,’’ said Ferreri, whose firm was involved with the city of Palm Beach Gardens’ efforts last summer to build a spring training facility.
“What an amenity to have 6,500 people in the stands overlooking the lake with a cool breeze. We could have a walking trail along the (back of the) outfield,’’ he said.
The site still has challenges. Palm Beach State College would have to agree to allow its baseball field to be displaced by two practice fields and a parking lot. A dog park where the main stadium is proposed would need to be moved.
But civic leaders say the site’s benefits – it’s a short walk to the Tri-Rail station on Lake Worth Road – provide a chance to offer a major economic boost to the Lake Worth corridor.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this area. For us not to explore the possibilities is irresponsible,’’ said Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell.

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