Saturday, September 5, 2015

Town of Jupiter taps into biotech fund to help company grow algae

This very interesting article from Bill DiPaolo at the Post should make everyone happyenvironmentalists, supporters of biotech, and the taxpayers. Here is an excerpt:
     A $200,000 loan guarantee for a firm that produces algae was approved unanimously by the town council Thursday.
     Avespa Holdings, LLC is moving into an office in the Jupiter Park of Commerce, south of Indiantown Road and just east of I-95. The algae is used for food for salmon and making Omega 3 for human consumption, said Chief Science Officer Philippe Bois.
[and. . .]
     The loan guarantee is from the town’s biotech fund, which was established in 2006 to attract science businesses to Jupiter. There is about $1 million in the fund, according to Jupiter records.
     Avespa will “enhance wastewater treatment processes that may provide long term cost savings and environmental benefits for the community for years to come,” according to the proposal.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bicycle shop owner in Lake Worth, FL with sage advice to prevent your bike from being stolen

Within this article by Kevin Thompson is sage advice for bicycle owners everywhere in the country: don't make it easy for bicycle thieves! Buy a decent lock to protect your bicycle:
[Mike] Ogonowski [owner of Relentless Bicycles on Lucerne Avenue], said riders need to invest more money in better locks to deter thieves. Too many bicyclists, he said, are opting to buy an $18 braided steel lock that can be easily clipped as opposed to a $36 chain lock that is harder to break.
Makes sense to me. If you have a cheap lock and you know there is a bike theft problem in the City then. . . Read here how a former crack addict stole bicycles to feed his habit and he explains what YOU can do to prevent it. Prevention is the key.

If you have good news from Greenacres or Lake Worth and you want to share it with Kevin Thompson here is his contact information:
Twitter: @kevindthompson1

Former Lake Worth Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill requests widening of road

Wayne Washington from the Eye on Palm Beach County blog has this news about former Lake Worth Green Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill, an excerpt:
     Suzanne Mulvehill, former Lake Worth city commissioner and the president of sales for a nursery west of Delray Beach, is urging Palm Beach County to widen Atlantic Avenue between the Delray Marketplace and U.S. Highway 441.
     “The widening of this small section of roadway was in the 5 year budget in 2013 and years previously, but was taken out of the budget in 2014, when it is now needed the most,” Mulvehill wrote to County Mayor Shelley Vana. “It is clear that with the number of trips nearly doubling on Lyons Road and with the new housing developments being built and PUD’s being built west of Atlantic Avenue, that (there is) need for this small stretch of two-lane road be widened and put into the budget.” [emphasis added]
This is quite the change from when Mulvehill was a commissioner in Lake Worth. Remember when she was all about resiliency, sustainability, and saving the environment? When you become the 'president of sales' for a company trying to make a profit it puts a whole new perspective on things.
This is a classic photoshop from the inimitable former Lake Worth blogger Tom McGow.

Did you miss the news segment from Andrew Ruiz on NBC5/WPTV about the Gulfstream Hotel?

Well, here it is. Andrew Ruiz does a very good segment about the Gulfstream Hotel and interviews the owner, Steven Michael of Hudson Holdings. Here is a link to the entire segment including the text and this is an excerpt from the text:
     Hudson Holdings who owns the property wants the entire site to be downtown mixed-use.
     "We are going to make sure it's done properly,” Steven Michael with Hudson Holdings said.
     Michael is promises the plan will stick to its roots. “This is the most important to us. It's special to us; everything around it, the potential is enormous."
Recently Steven Michael and Hudson Holdings help a public meeting and engaged the good citizens of Lake Worth:

More about the homeless in Lake Worth: Katie McGiveron wows the crowd with latest charm school techniques

Charming Katie McGiveron tells the city commission on Tuesday 9/1 what she thinks about the homeless in the little City of Lake Worth. Note that in the high-fashion world of hair design she is displaying here what's called "Skunk-striped Hair".

Commissioner Ryan Maier, if you didn't know, is a hair stylist. You can see him (3rd from right in red shirt) as he appears to be marveling at Mrs. McGiveron's hair style. But I digress, listen to what Mrs. McGiveron has to say about the homeless in Lake Worth:

On a different topic, one of Mrs. McGiveron's best friends, The Obtuse Blogger (TOB) was none too happy with what ABC25/WPBF did to Mrs. McGiveron's appearance on one of their recent news segments:
TOB writes that WPBF edited out the part where Mrs. McGiveron says that the Lake Worth BEACH! is making money. John Dzenitis, the reporter, did that because IT'S NOT TRUE. The BEACH! is losing money and the City cannot repay back the loan. 

You can watch the news segment by John Dzenitis at WPBF here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I took Uber to the airport!

Everything involved in your Uber experience uses SmartPhone technology, from ordering your ride, to the pickup time and place, and paying for the service. That's right, no fumbling around for money any more. You even tip using your phone!
Here is part of the receipt you receive via email after your drop-off.
So I'm going out of town for a few days and caught a plane out of PBIA. Sometimes I take a taxi which is $25 with a tip one way. Sometimes, if I'm not gone for long I'll take my car and park in the long term parking lotbut I'm not a real fan of that for a number of reasons. Cost is one and the long walk to the terminal with luggage is another. It's also hard to get around that parking garage and find an empty space. So this time I decided to try Uber.

Uber is a smartphone app that links you to a network of Uber drivers that use their private car to pick you up. It's considered part of the new, sharing economy. When you install the app on your phone you register the way you will be paying. There are many options. I used a debit card. When you get dropped off you get your luggage and go; you've already been charged for the ride and no need to fumble for cash or a credit/debit card.

On Tuesday I turned on the Uber app and it immediately presents a map that shows your current location. You touch on an arrow that shows where you want to be picked up and it tells you how many minutes away an Uber driver is. I learned from this driver that the app immediately connects you to the nearest available driver. In seven (7) minutes he was at my house in a nicely kept, late model Honda Accord. I put my bags in the trunk and we were on our way.

It turns out that this driver had been "active" for the past three hours. I asked him what caused him to start driving for Uber and he said that he had been released from a job where he made about $8.50/hr; with Uber he averages about $16.00/hr. On weekends he can make $150 to $200 in a full day. It is at his complete discretion when he activates as a driver and he can do it for as long or as short a time period he chooses.

My total fare to the airport was $10.25 which is less than half the fare a taxi would charge for the same service. The driver was a pleasant gentleman. In his experience dropping off people at the airport was easier than picking them up. Taxis still hold sway at the airport due to an agreement they have with the County; they don't appreciate the competition and they let the Uber drivers know it. He didn't show me but if you know what to look for there is hardware on a vehicle that gives it away as an Uber vehicle.

It looks like Uber is here to stay. If you have used the service or another similar one and want to share your experience, email me and I'll publish your comments here on this blog.

Henry Flagler sent me a Tweet yesterday!

Henry Flagler was responding to this blog post published on 9/2. All Aboard Florida did a video tribute to the great Florida visionary:

Northwood Hills’ 90th Anniversary! Hosting “1925…and All That Jazz” on Sunday, October 18

The proceeds of the event will be used in a number of initiatives, here are two:
  • The re-establishment our “Legends of the Past” Home Tour, celebrating the architectural history of the neighborhood
  • The initiation of “Project: Front Porch” a program to beautify and improve the aesthetics of Thirty-Sixth Street within Northwood Hills. Improvements would include a new branding campaign with banners as well the installation of new street trees and other plantings in the area
Click here to order your tickets online!

All Aboard Florida pays tribute to Henry Flagler: a backwater swamp is now a modern phenomena due to his vision

Learn more about Henry Flagler and the museum in his honor located in Palm Beach, Florida:
Image from Wikipedia.
Here is an excerpt from the Henry Morrison Flager Museum's website. The museum is located in Palm Beach, FL (33480):
     The transportation infrastructure and the tourism and agricultural industries he [Flagler] established remain, even today, the very foundation of Florida's economy [emphasis added], while the building of the Over-Sea Railroad remains the most ambitious engineering feat ever undertaken by a private citizen. When Henry Flagler began his work in Florida, it was perhaps the poorest state in the Union. Today, thanks in large part to Henry Flagler, Florida is the third largest state in the Union with an economy larger than 90% of the world's nations. Indeed, no individual has had a greater or more lasting impact on a state than Henry Flagler has had in Florida.
If you would like to visit the museum here are the directions.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

[UPDATE] Authorities need information on fatal shooting in suburban Lake Worth (and WPBF gets location wrong again)

Below is a comment left on the ABC25/WPBF website yesterday:
WPBF is consistently the worst at knowing municipal boundaries vis-à-vis the City of Lake Worth. The City is working very hard to rebuild its image and news reporting like this is unfair and unprofessional.
[This is the original blog post from 8/31:] Jacqueline Powell at NBC5/WPTV and a staff report from CBS12/WPTV report a fatal shooting in suburban Lake Worth.

If you have information contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

No big surprise here, ABC25/WPBF got the location wrong. At least they're consistent:

Note Lake Osborne to the left of the big "W". If you're west of the lake your most probably not in the City of Lake Worth. That vast area out west is called "suburban Lake Worth".

Attention Lake Worth: Traffic Advisory

Click on images to enlarge.
Email the Water Utility if you have any questions.

Yes, it did occur: Mrs. McNamara did indeed use the word 'n----r' in our Lake Worth City Commission chambers on March 16th

There is revisionism occurring vis-à-vis another blogger in Lake Worth and her best friend's bad behavior in City Hall last March. The account below [which I published on this blog on April 14th] appeared in a now-defunct (always-FREE, delivered FREE, advertising-challenged) tabloid published by Margaret Menge (Vol. 1/Issue 12). Considering Menge's background in "community" news facts and calm analysis aren't high on her list of priorities. What's different here is she actually quotes Mr. McNamara recalling his wife (Mrs. McNamara) using that terribly insensitive word in public:
     [Delores] Key walked up to Dee [McNamara], according to Laurence McNamara, and asked her to move, telling her the front row was reserved for the candidate's family.
[and later. . .]
     "She [Mrs. McNamara] pointed at her own skin and said, 'Are you calling me a n[----]r?' " Laurence remembers.
     Dolores Key, who is white, took offense.
     "She [Dolores Key] got all bent out of shape," said Laurence, and told Dee about seven times to apologize.
So, there you have it. Confirmation from Mr. McNamara that the incident did indeed occur. Former Commissioner Retha Lowe had a few thoughts about this at a City Commission meeting following the incident on March 24th:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Why motorists misbehaving and out-of-date transportation standards are degrading our quality of life

Lake Ave in downtown Lake Worth, Lucerne Ave, Dixie Hwy, and those wide one-way roads where cars recklessly speed all day and all night. . .it's not just a nuisance, it's degrading our quality of life. Here is an excerpt from Jesse Bailey in his Walkable West Palm blog on how out-of-date, misapplied transportation standards are so damaging to our cities and towns:
The building blocks of our public realm – streets, squares, plazas, parks – depend upon civilized behavior by all participants in order for civilization to flourish. In this environment, cars need to move slowly, not just for safety of the people not in cars, but in order for community itself to be able to flourish. Imagine some of your favorite public spaces: A square in Savannah. Duval Street in Key West. Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Central Park. What’s common about all these places? Cars are secondary to people – the dominant species in these environments are the people walking, talking, and playing – and cars are welcome too as long as they behave.
Watch this video Jesse Bailey includes in his post:

The Gulfstream Hotel [and how ordinary functions of government get hijacked by just a few people]

First, here is the news from Kevin Thompson at the Post, an excerpt follows:
     William Waters, director for community sustainability, said the plans will be reviewed by the Historic Resources Preservation Board in October. There will also be a public meeting, with notices being sent to residents who live within 400 feet of the hotel, Waters said.
     First reading of the plans should go before the commission in November.
     Hudson Holdings and CDS International Holdings of Boca Raton bought the Gulfstream in May 2014. Some residents have grumbled it’s taken Hudson Holdings too long to start the project. The company also wants to develop the Lake Worth Casino.
     But Michael said dealing with code issues, and the site’s historic status, takes time.
The line highlighted above is very misleading. I would suggest this is more accurate:
The company is also considering ways to fix the failing Casino complex.
Now to one of the most viewed posts on my blog in recent years:
Grassroots movements do not organically spring up to support a project, but opposition groups driven by fear, self-interest and cynicism can take off like wildfire. The proliferation of digital tools like Facebook and Twitter give average people the ability to find like-minded project opponents and to build effective grassroots opposition movements. While project supporters certainly have access to these same tools, they are far less motivated to use them. The process is overwhelmingly dominated by opponents.
The sobering words above were written by Patrick Fox in an op/ed titled, "Broken Planning: How Opponents Hijacked the Planning Process".

The point is this: there are a some residents in Lake Worth that are opposed to the Gulfstream Hotel re-opening and they will get very loud. They will attract the news media like moths to a flame. One of these people probably made this graphic:
Below is the official social media graphic for the City of Lake Worth:
Sitting idly by while a small group of malcontents try to scuttle this project isn't going to fly any more. If you support our magnificent hotel re-opening once again SHOW UP AT MEETINGS! Contact the elected and staff and tell them what you think.

Don't let the naysayers and malcontents speak for you.

Hilarious! Look at this Tweet from yesterday

Here is a link to The Onion. One of the cool things about President Obama being a lame duck is being able to fix mistakes made a long time ago and not having to worry about the Electoral College.
Official White House photograph of President Barack Obama.

Monday, August 31, 2015

NBC5/WPTV and The Palm Beach Post: Meet former Chair of former Lake Worth Community Relations Board (CRB)

[Panagioti (Peter) Tsolkas, an Anarchist, became the Chair of the Community Relations Board in Lake Worth. The board tried unsuccessfully several times to "monitor" PBSO. Annabeth K(C)arson even went so far as to suggest the board not be subject to the Sunshine Law to "investigate". Enjoy this timely blog post I originally posted in June of 2014 about a "citizen review board" which NBC5/WPTV and The Palm Beach Post thinks is such a grand idea:]

Below is Panagioti Tsolkas' poignant prose on The Ecology of the Police State from August 2013. He reminisces about the salad days of Anarchy in Lake Worth and how they attempted, but failed, at dismantling the sheriff's reign here. You might want to refresh your recollection of his Kalamata Treatise, which sealed his fate as ex-chair of the Community Relations Board, referred to in his article. Here are some screengrabs where we see the behind the veil:
The love for his fellow Lake Worth residents is palpable. No name calling or stereotyping here. No way.
A few more hands on deck. Really?

Congresswoman Lois Frankel will be at the Compass Center in Lake Worth

Congresswoman Lois Frankel is inviting everyone to attend a Social Security Administration Benefits Workshop tomorrow (9/1) at 7:00 pm at the Compass Gay and Lesbian Center in Lake Worth. RSVP here or call 561-998-9045.



LAKE WORTH, FL; August 31, 2015 – The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County were awarded $165,000 from The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Funds received from this grant are being used to help support our new “Creative Corridor Initiative.” The Initiative is a planning project with the goal of rehabilitating vacant storefronts and buildings into arts-related businesses, attracting and recruiting artists to downtown Lake Worth’s Arts and Design District and engaging the broader community on arts and culture in order to strengthen the economy.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the CRA will engage a planning consultant to produce a comprehensive arts district plan for Lake Worth. Also included in the Initiative is the development of a marketing strategy to attract and promote area artists and technical assistance for start-ups or businesses seeking to relocate or expand. Joan Oliva, Executive Director of the CRA stated, “We believe that this program, in addition to the CRA’s small business loan and technical assistance programs, will revitalize both Lake and Lucerne Avenues, create opportunities for small businesses and increase property values.”

[Read entire press release here.]

A Tweet from PBSO yesterday

And another reminder for our residents in the little City of Lake Worth:

The Lake Worth Herald on 8/27/15: Larry A. Johnson, P.E., Director of Water/Sewer Utilities is featured

The Lake Worth Herald if you were not aware, is the City's Oldest Established BusinessEstablished in 1912. Here is an excerpt from the last issue about our City's Director of Water Utilities:

     There are few departments in the City of Lake Worth that have a mission the deals with the health and safety of all of its citizens. Larry Johnson, Director of Water Utilities, and his team of professionals are protecting us 24/7 from a wide-range of water related illnesses. They provide a high-quality water system.
“People depend on potable (drinkable) water daily for a better quality of life. They expect that it will be there when they turn on the tap.” The Water Utilities are considered a ‘critical infrastructure’ and is protected by the Department of Homeland Security.
     When Larry Johnson arrived in Lake Worth two years as the Director, he found an efficient department that had a 100 year old story to tell. There are pictures showing the first pipes being laid on Lake Avenue in c.1913. Some of the pipes were made of wood.
     The first water tower was located where City Hall is today. The water tower and wells were moved to ‘the hill’ in the early 1920’s. It was built just south of the Lake Worth High School which opened in 1922.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

[UPDATE] Attention Lake Worth CRA!

Earlier this morning I posted the image below about the artists in Delray Beach's Artists Alley having to find a new location. Searched through my older posts and discovered I wrote about this sad situation in November of 2014 and again in April of 2015. The latter post was titled, "Are you an artist in Delray Beach and considering other options?" 

This news isn't necessarily unexpected; many in Delray Beach worked hard to find a solution including city staff and the elected but market forces prevailed. In both blog post's I made the case that Lake Worth would be one of many ideal places in Palm Beach County to consider if the worst were to happen and they were forced to move. Now, sadly, that time has come. 

I Tweeted out this news and a fellow in Boynton Beach chimed in. He suggested the artists check out Boynton Beach too:
Everyone's hearts in Palm Beach County go out to these artists and we all wish them the best. Here is someone to contact in Lake Worth if you would like to come up and check out our City:
Emily Theodossakos (Marketing and Program Manager) at the Lake Worth CRA
The CRA office is located at 29 South J Street, Suite 1, in downtown Lake Worth.

Cottage in a Lake Worth Historic District to get restored (but it's a long, slow process)

Kevin Thompson at the Post has another item about the cottage on South 'L' St that will be getting a makeover. Here is an excerpt:
     The property is considered a “historic resource,” meaning it adds to a district’s historical significance. In this case, that’s the city’s Southeast Lucerene [sic] Local Historical District.
     Fairfax [Anne Fairfax, the owner] said she’s preparing a presentation for the city’s Historic Resources Preservation Board to review.
     “I want to make sure (the property) has architectural integrity and that it contributes to the neighborhood,” she said. “The review is necessary to protect the character of Lake Worth, which is very fragile and can be easily disrupted.”
Lake Worth has 6 historic districts and you can view the map here. This particular cottage is located in the South East Lucerne district shaded yellow in the image below.
If you live in Greenacres or Lake Worth and have more good news for the Post reporter, here is his contact information:
Twitter: @kevindthompson1

West Palm Beach asking residents to use Twitter to report flooding around the city

From the City of West Palm Beach website, there are a number of advisories about once-Tropical Storm Erika. You can read them here. What stood out is this request:



I hope that someday the City of Lake Worth will be far enough along the learning curve so that this type of real-world reporting of conditions around the city is commonplace. By the way, the link to their webpage and this announcement appeared on the city's Facebook page.

The mural at the Lake Worth Post Office is featured in The Palm Beach Post today

[This is a re-post about the event I led early this year through our downtown. I am re-posting it today as The Palm Beach Post has an article on Post Office art found throughout the county. The Lake Worth Post Office has one of the more interesting murals that were a product of the Works Project Administration. The example in our downtown generated a little controversy between the artist, Joseph D. Myers and the person he had to answer to that was part of the government program. Interestingly, Mr. Myers went on to become a fairly well known artist in stained glass. You can read today's (8/30) article by Staci Sturrock clicking here. What follows is the original blog post from last April:]

The Palm Beach County Planning Congress held a panel discussion on redevelopment and the arts. It is the second in a three part series that this group of professional urban planners is holding during 2015. The first was a gallery walk-along on Lake and Lucerne Avenues on the first Friday in February. In addition to it being an "Evening on the Avenue" night, about 30 or so planners from south Florida were treated to a presentation by Joan Oliva, Lake Worth CRA Executive Director at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters in our downtown. From there, we circulated to the Lake Worth Art LeagueRolando Chang Berrero's gallery, and the Clay Glass Metal Stone gallery. We also made a quick detour to check out our mural found in the Lake Worth Post Office. Make sure to see it yourself if you haven't.
To read the entire blog post from April click here.

Jan Sjostrom (arts editor) at the Shiny Sheet: news from the Cultural Council in Lake Worth

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located downtown in the little City of Lake Worth. Here is the news from the Shiny Sheet (aka, Palm Beach Daily News):
     The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is recommending $180,000 in grants to 34 small and emerging cultural groups in 2015–16. The grants must be approved by the county commission this fall [sic] when it finalizes its budget.
Here are the groups up for grant money here in Lake Worth:
For the Children: $4,566
Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts: $7,062
Best of luck. Two very deserving organizations here in the City.

Lake Worth Has Lots of Talent—A Fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network


RE/MAX Prestige is holding a charitable talent show to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. This one of a kind event is called Lake Worth has Talent! Come out to the Lake Worth Playhouse and enjoy the ambiance of this historic building!