Saturday, February 20, 2016

Our City's biggest embarrassment, the Lake Worth Casino Complex and pool, is back in the spotlight again

This was the only and last group picture of the 'architects' of the Casino complex taken in 2012. No one is laughing any more.
On March 1st at the next City Commission meeting, unless a Herculean effort is made to solve this problem, the contractor, the contractor's bond company, and the architect of the Lake Worth Casino will be found in default. You can read how this all came about using this link.

The public, business community, elected's, et al. have had egg on their face for too many years because of this. Here is just one example, one of way too many to mention in this blog post, of the problems at the Casino building; here is the video of the news segment:
If it couldn't get any worse, it gets much worse. The only thing keeping the Casino complex afloat (pardon the pun) is the parking revenue. It was the parking revenue that was supposed to be the surplus money to help fix the streets and infrastructure in the City. Because it was a failed business plan from the beginning, now it's the other way around and the City taxpayers are left holding the bill.

The City's municipal pool was another broken promise. Because the project was mishandled so badly there was no money left over to fix any problems at the pool and pool building. Here is how the locker room looked just a few months ago:
These are things to remember on March 15th, election day in Lake Worth.

The water releases east and west from Lake Okeechobee are big news but what about all those septic tanks along the IRL?

The water releases from Lake Okeechobee and the efforts to keep the Herbert Hoover Dike in safe condition are big news of late. Below is a blog post from last year following the failed plan by some environmental groups to spend $3+ billion ("billion" with a 'b') to move water south of Lake Okeechobee to be cleaned and then sent to the Everglades. In October of last year this article from TCPalm titled, "Research: Septic systems ‘primary' source of river, reef pollution" in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) was published. 

The debate about water levels in Lake Okeechobee is an important one but shouldn't the debate about so many communities along the Indian River Lagoon using septic tanks also be a part of the debate? JP Sasser has thoughts about this as you'll read in this blog post from last year:

On the heels of the pitch by The Palm Beach Post over the end of the "sheet flow" debate the focus may now shift to our friends north and east of Lake Okeechobee. Here is how I ended my post on the end of the Everglades land buy and the grief by the Post:
Now about all those septic tanks . . .
And wouldn't you know it, the VERY NEXT DAY this "Point Of View" appears in the Post editorial page by JP Sasser, the former Mayor of Pahokee:
JP Sasser was right all along.
Here is an excerpt from Mr. Sasser's contribution to the debate (with emphasis in red):
     The final point was that the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay pumped our raw sewage into the lake. We have had modern centralized sewer systems for over 40 years.
     The Treasure Coast needs to look in the mirror.
Some waters in Florida are polluted with human fecal matter — particularly the IRL [Indian River Lagoon].
     “Buy the land and send water south” is not the only road to water salvation.
     My question is: When are we going to get serious about our water? Florida’s agriculture-industry pollution is regulated statewide and has to meet specific limits. Our septic tanks are not held to the same requirements.
The following video has nothing to do with this debate but it is an interesting look back at the political career of JP Sasser:

Today (2/20) in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society

1864 – The Battle of Olustee took place on this date. Also known as the Battle of Ocean Pond, it was the largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War. Union General Truman Seymour and 5,500 troops met Confederate Brigadier General Joseph Finnegan with a force of around 5,000 troops clashing near present day Lake City. Union forces were driven back to Jacksonville after intense fighting, although casualties remained high on both sides. The site of the original battle is now an historic state park and a reenactment of the battle takes place every year within the park grounds.

Urinating in public IS A BIG DEAL despite what an elected official said at a Lake Worth City Commission meeting

Urinating in public is not acceptable in Lake Worth or anywhere else for that matter. However, Commissioner Ryan Maier's take on the situation is it's "not that big a deal" as long as no one sees it happening. Judging from the reaction of my blog readers (and other sources) after this comment was made the public in Lake Worth is in agreement this is completely unacceptable.
Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo and Commissioner Andy Amoroso have businesses in downtown Lake Worth. They're doing everything they can to make the downtown a clean and healthy place to be for everyone including families and visitors. Maier also has a business downtown but he thinks that urinating in public, as long as no one sees it, is just fine by him.

You can hear for yourself what Maier said in the short video below. Following Maier's remarks Commissioner Amoroso responds and he is none to happy with what was said:
If you see any activity in the City, such as anyone urinating in public, "Make the Call Y'all"!

The City of Lake Worth's Lucenté townhome community featured in The Palm Beach Post

As part of your downtown Lake Worth experience take a walk over to Lucenté and see the new townhome community coming to life. It is located just southeast of the City's Publix and very close to the Post Office. Here are two excerpts from the feature in the Post:
What is this Lucenté that the whole Town of Lake Worth is talking about? Lucenté is the newest townhome community by Kennedy Homes, LLC, and it’s already 50 percent sold out and celebrating its Model Grand Opening with huge savings.
     Located in trendy downtown Lake Worth, these Key West-inspired townhomes start from $259,900, and there’s no better way to experience this mecca of value, style and convenience than by attending the Lucenté Model Grand Opening now in full swing.
[and. . .]
     “New construction so nearby to eclectic downtown dining and shopping and the amazing entertainment that Lake Worth is famous for is just unheard of at these prices,” said Robin Abrams, sales manager at Lucenté. “And with the amazing features that come standard in a Kennedy Homes townhome—features that almost always cost more with other builders”

Address: 114 North J Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460. A furnished model is on the southwest corner of 2nd Ave. North and North K Street
Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily
Telephone: (855) 782-0566 and the website for Kennedy Homes.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Business news in Lake Worth: uBreakiFix opens location in the City's downtown

Susan Salisbury at The Palm Beach Post has this welcome business news in Lake Worth:
     Is your iPhone’s screen cracked? There’s no excuse for looking so tacky.
     Now there’s a place in Lake Worth that specializes in same-day repair service of electronics such as phones, tablets, iPods, computers and game consoles.
     uBreakiFix has 165 stores nationwide, and Friday opened its newest location at 706 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. [emphasis added]
[and. . .]
     Other uBreakiFix franchises in Palm Beach Beach County are in Wellington, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton.
     uBreakiFix has saved Americans an estimated $500 million in replacement costs since its inception in 2009 and has an average repair cost for electronics of $85. The company offers repair services for all brands of smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles and more. Each repair comes with a 90-day warranty.
Now there's no reason to look tacky any more in Lake Worth using that phone with a cracked screen. While your repair is getting done you can walk down the street and have lunch at Callaro's, one of my favorite lunch spots in the downtown:

The TCRPC meeting is TODAY (2/19), great news about Brightline (All Aboard Florida), and a Lake Worth commissioner said what?

There's real good news about the future of transit in Lake Worth (below) but first to clear up something very important. Commissioner Ryan Maier said the following at the Lake Worth City Commission meeting on Feb. 2nd:
"I sit on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council [TCRPC]. I've spoken about that many times." [quote made at the 8:50–9:00 mark in the video below]
Commissioner Maier is the City's liaison to the TCRPC. He is not a sitting member and has no formal role; he sits with the rest of the public at meetings there. The Chairman and other sitting members of the TCRPC may be somewhat annoyed some elected officials are making claims like this to their constituents. Use this link to see all the members of the TCRPC and the list of alternates also. The next meeting, if you're interested, is TODAY (February 19th).

On the discussion that followed at the City Commission about Brightline (formerly All Aboard Florida) the vote taken was 5-0 to support rail transit going forward. You see, bipartisanship is possible here in Lake Worth. Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, Commissioners Andy Amoroso, Ryan Maier and even Chris McVoy all agreed on "WHAT IS POSSIBLE" and the bright future that the soon-to-be passenger rail project, Brightline, presents for city's like Lake Worth.

Another topic of discussion was the future "Coastal Link":
The Coastal Link will follow the Brightline service and link all of the coastal cities in Palm Beach County together. For instance, you'll be able to take the train from Lake Worth to West Palm Beach and then take Brightline to Disney, for example, or if you wish go to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.

I'm glad I was there to videotape this discussion/vote about Brightline and the Coastal Link and to see all the elected officials in Lake Worth set aside their differences to bring the City together.

As always, Thank You! for visiting my blog.

Clickbait Journalism: Would you know it if you saw it?

There is debate within the journalism community about clickbait. Here is the definition in Wikipedia:
Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over online social networks. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap", providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.
I've blogged about this subject in the past and will make this point again to be clear: I am not a journalist. What I do on this blog is feature items sent to me by readers or news items from sources such as newspapers, TV news, other blogs, press releases, etc., and also write about issues (mainly concerning Lake Worth), this for instance, I think will interest my readers.

On Twitter, for those of you who don't know, you're limited to 140 characters (including word spaces) but that changes if you add an image. In the Tweet below by CBS12/WPEC there was plenty of room to indicate where this tragic event occurred. Was it Boca Raton? Wellington? Somewhere in the Treasure Coast?
If you were curious to find out where this event happened and clicked (Gotcha!) you learn it occurred in Texas. That's right. The state of Texas just north of Mexico. A long, long way from southeast Florida. But in order to find that out you had to click on the CBS12/WPEC Tweet.

Here's another one from ABC25/WPBF:
Where did this brawl happen? Somewhere in Palm Beach County, Florida? In Palm Beach Gardens? West Palm Beach? No. This happened in Birmingham, Alabama. But you don't find that out until you click the link.

Now you know what clickbait journalism is. FYI, here in my review of TV News in central Palm Beach County.

Editorial in The Lake Worth Herald, 2/18/16

Below is an excerpt from the editorial. To read in its entirety and for other news and events in Lake Worth use this link or pick up an issue at the newsstand at Lake Ave. and 'L' Street (across from Starbucks):

     "Years after the casino building re-opened there are still problems with the building. The parking situation at the beach has left the many elderly of Lake Worth unable to enjoy the beach. All thanks in part to a couple former commissioners, and they are knocking on your doors trying to blame current electeds.
     There are two current electeds who benefited from these scare tactics. Let’s set the record straight.
     The City cannot and will not take your mobile home park.
     The City cannot and will not SELL THE BEACH.
     The current commission did not raise building heights. In fact, the current commission has lowered the building height restrictions. No, we will not see skyscrapers or big box buildings in the downtown corridor of Lake Worth. If anyone tries to tell you we can, tell them they are a LIAR.
     The three currently elected officials running for re-election have worked hard on behalf of the residents to improve the tax base and ease the tax burden on residents. They have lowered electric rates. They have improved areas with the use of Community Development Block Grant money that the former commissioners knocking on your doors left unspent and almost forfeited during their terms.
     This list goes on and on, but the fact of the matter is, Lake Worth is much better off than it was four years ago."

The NAPC's "The Great Taste of Lake Worth" is TONIGHT starting at 6:00*

The Street Painting Festival follows the next day; both Saturday and Sunday.
Here are locations to purchase tickets:
  • CJ's Island Grill at 606 Lake Ave.
  • The Mad Hatter at 1532 N. Dixie Hwy.
  • The news shop at 600 Lake Ave (across the street from Starbucks)
  • Or use this link at the Lake Worth NAPC
 "The Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC; also on Facebook) is proudly hosting The Great Taste of Lake Worth special event on Friday, Feb. 19, from 6–10 p.m., rain or shine! If that date seems familiar that’s because that’s the night before the Fabulous Street Painting Festival weekend, held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21."

[and. . .]

"Tickets are $25 and include an identifying wristband, a map with all the participating merchants locations. Ticket holders will also receive a $5 discount on the Great Taste of Lake Worth T-shirts, available at the regular price of $15 for everyone else. T-shirts will be sold at the NAPC Great Taste Check in tent, located at the intersection of K Street and Lake Avenue."
*Please spread the word: There is NO 'curfew' in Lake Worth. This is false and an irresponsible use of loaded language in The Palm Beach Post and one bottom-dwelling TV news station also. Please be highly critical and question what you hear and read in the 'news'.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Video from Last Night's Historic Resource Preservation Board re the Gulfstream Hotel

If you have an extra five hours, here is the meeting in a video playlist. I will be sorting out the highlights, but this is everything until the batteries died at 11 p.m.. The good news is that the Historic Board passed 4 of the 7 items on their agenda and will come back on March 9th to finish up. The major items like the site plan and the conditional use were approved. I'll have more detail on what is still left to be reviewed soon.

Here are some stills of the crowd and the presentation. Many people came out and were generally supportive of the requests. The board made many suggestions and adjustments, including the removal of the retail space from the parking garage and relocating that as a retail/restaurant space off of Lake Avenue as part of the new building. They also adjusted the setback of the new building on the west side of the property so that its colonnade will be five feet closer to the right-of-way.

Take TriRail to the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival next weekend OR Park & Ride from Palm Beach State College

Note the Twitter hashtag for the Festival: #CanWeChalk?
Learn more about the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival using this link and this is the official website for the festival on February 20th and 21st.

Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth Campus) is located outside the City west of John Prince Park and Lake Osborne. Here are the driving directions to the campus.

Here is the link to TriRail's weekend schedule. See you at the Festival!

News from The PalmBeacher: C.W.S. Craft Cocktails and Kitchen coming to Lake Worth

Nicole Danna at the Broward/Palm Beach New Times was the first to report on this. C.W.S. (aka, Charles William Stache) will be opening soon in the Cottage on Lucerne Ave in downtown Lake Worth.
Mr. Stache is coming to The Cottage on Lucerne Ave. in Lake Worth.
Now Lyssa Goldberg at The PalmBeacher has more news on this:
     We've found you a new morning coffee spot. And new outdoor hangout. Plus a new late-night cocktail haunt (you know, for good measure).
     In fact, it's all the same place.
     C.W.S. Craft Cocktails and Kitchen, opening in Lake Worth, will offer all of these environments and more when it arrives next month. Owners are aiming for a mid-to-late March debut.
     "We believe in what the city of Lake Worth was founded on—art—and want to integrate food and beverage to elevate the Lake Worth lifestyle and enhance the food and beverage industry in Palm Beach," he [co-owner Jeff John] said.
     C.W.S. will initially offer dinner service and Sunday brunch, while daily breakfast and lunch hours are in the works for later. Nonetheless, the location will open at 7 a.m. every morning so guests can enjoy a Panther Coffee bar serving up light pastries.
     "We’ve taken the day-parts and organically transitioned them to incorporate coffee, cocktails and a scratch kitchen, adding to the art culture of the city," John said.
Stay tuned to this blog for more information and the opening day.

The Anarchist Ryan Hartman: A radical EEF! environmentalist or just a radical farce?

Ryan Hartman and two young girls disabled a van at a protest in Palm Beach Gardens. What happened next was hilarious. Instead of drawing attention to a plot of land being proposed for development he made Everglades EarthFirst! (EEF) a joke throughout south Florida and the country as well.

Here's what Hartman and his little band of merrymakers did: Instead of reviewing the Anarchist library for ways to disable a vehicle they removed the battery and threw it into a lake! This is not a joke. It really happened. The Palm Beach Gardens PD even took a picture of the battery in the lake and a HazMat team was assembled to remove it. Luckily, no acid was released.
But the story gets better. Hartman and the girls go on trial and they're all found guilty. The judge even felt sorry for them and didn't sentence any of  them to jail time. So what does Hartman do next? He cleans himself up, turns Hipster, and decides to run for office and challenge Lake Worth Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell.  
Hartman prior to his Hipster makeover.
Knowing full well the people of Lake Worth wouldn't vote for him looking like an Anarchist, Hartman then changed his appearance to make himself more palatable:
Hartman has a whole new look and beams with delight. Note he shaved, got a haircut, and sports trendy new clothes.
And in another later development, the dwindling Anarchist community in Lake Worth put the callout for Anarchists everywhere to descend on the City and help to get Hartman elected by staging a "musical":
If you see a "musical" about to begin contact PBSO and enjoy the show!
Which makes you wonder why Hartman, an anti-government Anarchist, would run for a political office in the first place. Would there be a bigger objective like obstructing and hampering law enforcement in Lake Worth? Not so funny and entertaining any more is it?
A sign at an EEF! 2014 protest in Lake Worth outside PBSO District 14.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Videos and background: Default Declaration on Lake Worth Casino Building Architect and Contractor

There are observations by Yours Truly below.

A couple of things to note here. By watching and listening to these videos, you will learn the City is done with being patient and is ready to declare both the contractor and architect in default as it relates to the construction of the Casino building. The building is operating under a temporary Certificate of Occupancy due to a number of outstanding flaws. Chief among these flaws is water intrusion. This is more than just a problem when it rains. Ultimately, it will affect the integrity of the building and negatively impact the value of the City's investment in it.

The volume of information on this topic throughout the years on this blog is voluminous to say the least. Here is a short synopsis.

What follows is the Reader's Digest-like version of how the City got into this position. The City had no one with the required construction expertise to watch over the project while it was underway. Mistakenly, many people (including The Obtuse Blogger [TOB]), wrongfully thought that the contractor, Morganti, was working for Lake Worth on the City's behalf. That is half true. Morganti was working for the City on Morganti's behalf. Likewise, so was the architect. Both were chosen by a Commission which included Christopher McVoy, JoAnn Golden, Suzanne Mulvehill, Rene Varela and Rachel Waterman. The project was during the administration of Susan Stanton as City Manager.

Let's remember the progression of this project. The City unilaterally broke off the private/public partnership with Greater Bay that ended up in years of litigation. The City spends almost $1 million in defense of itself in the matter, only to settle out of court by paying Greater Bay $1.4 million. The City Commission at the time, particularly Suzanne Mulvehill, promised to SAVE the Casino building. The architect chosen by the City Commission at the time used that as its prime criterion in the selection process. The Casino building was then 94% demolished.

This is how the SAVED Casino building looked in July 2011.
Looking southwest at the area that eventually would house Mulligans.
Jump to 2012 and early 2013 upon the cessation of construction activity, the City was left with a building that leaked and many pieces and hardware already showing signs of corrosion. The building not being watertight contributed to the City's inability leasing the upstairs restaurant space which is still vacant today.

Listening to the video from last night, the City has been working with an expert on construction law, Mr. Kennedy, for the past two and a half years to resolve these outstanding issues. This was brought to a head last night and the City Commission nearly declared the contractor, architect and the contractor's bond company in default. The item ended up being tabled, by a unanimous vote, to be considered at the next Commission meeting. It was hoped that all the parties could reach some conclusion and resolution/solution to the problems present in the building.

Interestingly, in the second video, the time for public comment came around. It so happens that former Commissioner JoAnn Golden had submitted a card indicating that she had wanted to speak on this item. She didn't speak and ran out of the room when her name was called. It appears that after hearing what was said she had no interest in speaking and high-tailed it home. TOB left the room right behind her.

So, stay tuned for more on this news on this blog (and from other sources, if any) leading up to the next City Commission meeting.

"$60 million Gulf Stream project up for final vote tonight"

So reads the headline above of an article today (2/17) by The Palm Beach Post's Kevin Thompson. I hesitate to provide a link to it as it has a snarky tone. This from our local paper of record, by the way. And, to top it off, includes mention of a lawsuit brought by a former commissioner. Here is how Thompson reports what the lawsuit is about:
This 'news' is very misleading.
Excuse me Mr. Thompson, it is about how Golden and her small crew thinks heights CANNOT exceed 45 feet in this area. That effort by Golden et al. was declared "null and void" by the state legislature. Let's not further confuse an already confused group of Lake Worth citizens. A correction/clarification is in order.

The point is the Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) will be reviewing the various Certificate of Appropriateness applications, including the site plan, at a special meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall today. Make sure to attend if you want to know more about what is being proposed. Below are some renderings to get you excited about the project. I really think the architects have done an excellent job with making sure that the new building is subordinate to the historic hotel. They have also made sure that the height and intensity of the project diminish as it approaches the neighborhood to the south.

Plan to attend the meeting at the HRPB tonight at City Hall beginning at 6:00. Here are some renderings:
View looking southwest from Lake Avenue.
View looking southeast from Lake Avenue, new building in foreground.
Looking southeast down South Lakeside Drive. The parking garage is on the extreme right in the image.

Looking east from the new building's courtyard with historic Gulfstream hotel in background to the left.
Looking west from second floor pool deck area to the south from the historic hotel.

Mayor Pam Tiolo announces EDA grant award of $1.38 million for infrastructure in the Park of Commerce

After many tries, the City finally received approval of a $1.38 million from the Economic Development Administration for infrastructure improvements in the Lake Worth Park of Commerce. This press conference was held yesterday afternoon (2/16) on the steps of City Hall. Mayor Pam Triolo explains the positive economic ramifications of the award. County Commissioner Shelley Vana makes some remarks about Palm Beach County's involvement in this economic development effort. This good news is worth listening to, as is the Mayor's explanation of how this grant award will help diversify the tax base of the City and aid with other infrastructure improvements.

Lake Worth Community Meeting in District One on Street Lighting Upgrades is TODAY at 6:00

If you live in District One, or anywhere else in Lake Worth that lacks adequate street lighting, then this meeting tonight is very important. The Lake Worth City Manager, Michael Bornstein, writes about this in a recent newsletter titled, "Light Done Right". To sign up for the City's newsletter use this link and it only takes a few seconds.

I will not be able to attend this meeting but would appreciate any notes/observations from my blog readers who attend. Use this link to find out where Wingfield St. is located. Below is more information on the next community meeting about this important issue:
The meeting is tomorrow (Feb. 17th) at 6:00 at the Lake Worth Osborne Center (1699 Wingfield Street).

Ahead of today's (2/17) crucial meeting at the HRPB on the future of the Gulfstream hotel in downtown Lake Worth

The Palm Beach Post editorial board, in one their few and far between 'Captain Obvious' moments concerning Lake Worth, examined the Gulfstream hotel project and gave it a big thumbs up (see excerpt of editorial below).
A former city commissioner, Joann Golden has filed a lawsuit* to try and stop the project and she recruited two candidates, the Anarchist Ryan Hartman and new Lake Worth resident (formerly of Delray Beach), Frank McAlonan, in an attempt to scuttle the hotel's renovation. In another clever tactic, they're trying to confuse the public by linking two separate topics as one: the City beach property and the Gulfstream hotel.

I encourage everyone, if you're a supporter of this project, to show up at the Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:00 at City Hall in downtown Lake Worth. Even if you're not a resident of Lake Worth please come out and support our City if you can.

Below are three short excerpts from the Post's endorsement of the Gulfstream hotel project:
     After 10 long years of sitting empty in a key location in Lake Worth, the Gulfstream Hotel, a faded grande dame perched between the town’s raffish downtown and the Intracoastal Waterway, is finally inching toward a renaissance.
[and. . .]
     We appreciate that the developer is taking care to preserve the historic echoes of this building while seeking to make it a driver of local renewal. “We are going to be an enormous economic stimulator to the city of Lake Worth,” he [Steven Michael of Hudson Holdings] told the Editorial Board. “I want to see a lot of investment follow us.”
 [and. . .]
     If all goes smoothly, work on the hotel might begin in the spring. A year or so after that, the hotel might start receiving its first guests (the annex and the parking garage would be built later), Michael estimated.
     This is one revival we’re eager to see.
Hope to see many of you at the meeting tomorrow and make your voice heard.

*Remember: Don't Get Angry! That's how they want you to react! Do the opposite and stay excited.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Post's Julius Whigham II on fatal car accident and ABC25/WPBF gets it wrong again, and again, and again

Here is the accurate news about that terrible car crash yesterday west of Lantana:
     Two people were killed Monday afternoon in a vehicle crash west of Lantana, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports.
     Shortly after 2 p.m., a car crashed into a sign near Lantana Road and Strawberry Lakes Circle, just east of Jog Road. Its occupants died at the scene, said Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Fire Rescue.
Here is what ABC25/WPBF inaccurately reported:
LAKE WORTH, Fla.—Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double-fatal crash in Lake Worth.
You would think "Lantana Road" would be WPBF's first clue the accident didn't happen in Lake Worth. By the way, here is my review of TV news in central Palm Beach County.

[A LOOK BACK] One of the ways you know it's getting close to election day in Lake Worth

[A Look Back to mid-January: The "curfew" nonsense has dwindled somewhat since mid-January, although one local TV news station (the always bottom-dweller in the ratings), is trying to keep the misinformation alive. Some editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post clearly employed an unethical tactic called loaded language. In the article by the Post reporter Kevin Thompson the word "curfew" is not used one single time (the word Thompson uses is "ordinance"). The word "curfew" (the definition understood by nearly everyone) is a way for the authorities and governments to keep you inside your home and not free to go about your life. The City of  Lake Worth IS NOT suggesting that or considering that as an option.
The definition of the word "curfew" understood by most in the public. It's a loaded word used to elicit a negative reaction.
The Post was clearly, and cleverly, trying to manipulate the public. I could go on but won't—except for this: Remember this when it comes time for their editorial board to begin their election endorsement process. Not just in Lake Worth but everywhere in Palm Beach County. The Post would never endorse an Anarchist for a City Commission seat but in a de-facto way they already did by showing their willingness to push forward this mis- and disinformation in the community.

Continue reading below the blog post from January 22nd after the "curfew", errrr, the debate over the City's new ordinance to control park hours began. . .]
In the article by reporter Kevin Thompson the word "curfew" is not used one single time.
Curfew? Here is one of the definitions of the word curfew that most people think of when they hear the word:
regulation requiring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time
I know a lot of people in Lake Worth and elsewhere got angry as hell when they saw the headline this morning, above the fold on the first page. But this is Free Speech and what happens when you have a newspaper without competition.

It's a very clever headline and hope you all had a good hard laugh when you settled on the word curfew. But did you know The Palm Beach Post paper you read today wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Sun Sentinel in Broward County? That's right. The Post needs the Sentinel to print their papers and then all those bundles of papers are shipped by big trucks north to Palm Beach County. Just think of all the fossil fuels that have been wasted over all these years.

Anyhow, now the City and PBSO and a whole lot of other groups like the NAPC, for example, that are working so hard to make this City a better place to live woke up today to discover their jobs became a little bit harder because of a few people at our paper of record. They're going to have to explain to the public there is no curfew and they are still free to leave their homes at night.

You can get mad or, if you get the paper delivered, you can call this number (800-926-7678) and tell the Post you don't want their paper any more. Or you can call the Managing Editor, Nick Moschella (561-820-4441), and ask him why the word 'curfew' was used. There might be a few businesses like a major car dealership that will become very unhappy that it's been reported, falsely, that a curfew will be enforced in Lake Worth. Will any restaurants lose customers or will the Lake Worth Playhouse sell a few less tickets? It's hard to tell.

Don't get angry. Do something. Like make a few phone calls. And if you want to learn more about what the Lake Worth City Commission really did to help clean up areas like the Cultural Plaza of criminal activity pick up a copy of The Lake Worth Herald.

Monday, February 15, 2016

News that should have been a feature in The Palm Beach Post—Makes you wonder, doesn't it?*

Notice of Investment Award for City of Lake Worth's Park of Commerce from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA):
Title: Construction of Infrastructure Improvements
DOC Bureau: Economic Development Administration
Investment No and Type: 04-01-07113 – Public Works
Applicant: City of Lake Worth/Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
Contact Information: Greg Vaday, Principal Planner, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Department of Economic Sustainability (561) 233-3630,
City/County, State: Lake Worth/Palm Beach County, FL
U.S. Congressional District: 20, 22
EDA Investment Amount: $1,389,100
Total Project Cost: $5,426,600
Anticipated Impact/Outcome: 320 jobs created and $19.3 million in private investment leveraged

Description: This EDA investment funds critical infrastructure improvements to support development of a 375-acre commerce park in Lake Worth. The improvements will support expansion of existing manufacturing businesses and will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster. By boosting new commercial and industrial development, this project will create opportunities for job creation in the region.

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at

Should you have any questions, please contact EDA at (202) 482-2900.

*This news first became officially public on Friday, 2/12. It wasn't until Tuesday, 2/16, that the Post made any mention of this item and it still hasn't made the print edition. Question: How long did it take for the false news report about a 'curfew' in Lake Worth to make the print edition?

On tomorrow's (2/16) City Commission agenda in the little City of Lake Worth: Item 12A, pages 88 and 89

Declare REG Architects, Inc., The Morganti Group, Inc., and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in default.
For the Lake Worth City Commission agenda use this link. Scroll down for the link to the agenda; once there proceed to pp. 88 and 89. Here are two excerpts:
     In June 2010, the City entered a professional services agreement with REG Architects, Inc. (REG) to design the new Casino Building. In November 2010 (and as amended in June 2011), the City entered into a construction agreement with The Morganti Group, Inc. (Morganti) to construct the new Casino Building. Morganti secured a Public Construction Bond for its work with The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (Surety).
     During construction, the City notified REG and Morganti of various issues occurring at the Casino Building including, but not limited to, water intrusion through and/or around the doors on the second story (east elevation); water pooling on the second story deck; and, rusting surfaces. While some efforts were made to correct these issues, the City continued to experience the same and additional issues at the Casino.
[and. . .]
     The City along with Mr. Kennedy* have worked for an extended period of time with representatives of REG and Morganti in an effort to resolve the issues without litigation. Since the tolling agreement expired in January 2016; REG and Morganti appear non-responsive to the City; and, the uncorrected issues with the Casino are a breach of REG’s, Morganti’s and the Surety’s respective contracts/bonds, Mr. Kennedy recommends placing REG, Morganti and the Surety in default and proceeding with litigation without further delay. The City Attorney concurs with this recommendation. If REG, Morganti and the Surety are declared in default, Mr. Kennedy and the City Attorney will notify them of the same and immediately proceed with filing a lawsuit. MOTION: I move to declare REG Architects, Inc., The Morganti Group, Inc., and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in default. 
*The City of Lake Worth retained construction attorney Michael Kennedy of Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens & O’Connell, P.A.

Why CBS12/WPEC News is 'The One to Turn Off': Can't comprehend city borders and they even spelled Mayor Triolo's name wrong!

Believe it or not CBS12/WPEC did it again. Another crime way out in western Palm Beach County they report happening "in Lake Worth." It didn't happen in Lake Worth. Remember, this is the same TV 'News' that misspelled Lake Worth Mayor Triolo's name not once, but twice. Here is an excerpt from the latest inaccurate news report:
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened in Lake Worth.
     The shooting happened on Ferne Lane in the Brairwood mobile home park.
Here is the City of Lake Worth:

Why it might be a good idea to hold off writing a check to the Alan Grayson for Senate campaign

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat, is the one who took Allen West to the woodshed and taught him a thing or two about American politics; here's one for example: Wrapping yourself in the flag and shouting silly slogans will only get you so far.

In more good news for Patrick Murphy the U.S. Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, had a thing or two to say about Alan Grayson, Murphy's opponent for the Senate seat. Here are two excerpts from John Kennedy in the Post on Politics blog:
     [Harry] Reid said in a statement that Grayson claims to be progressive but seems to have “no moral compass.” He said [Alan] Grayson used his office to unethically promote a hedge fund that until recently had been based in the Cayman Islands.
[and. . .]
     “His [Grayson's] actions aren’t just disgraceful to the Democratic Party, they disgrace the halls of Congress [emphasis added],” Reid said.
     Reid’s decision to take sides in a Democratic primary is unusual. But the Democratic establishment has been getting behind U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, seeing him as the stronger general election candidate in a swing state.
Some of you might be wondering, "who is Allen West?" Exactly. Old news.

From Discover the Palm Beaches: The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival on February 20th and 21st

Here is the link to the Discover the Palm Beaches festival website. Here is what you see when you visit Lake Worth's VisitFlorida web page:
Lake Worth has great beaches, a new fishing pier, historic buildings, and a revitalized downtown with an eclectic mix of antique stores, specialty shops, restaurants, art galleries, music venues and special events. One event not to be missed is the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, where the asphalt becomes a canvas in a temporary, open-air museum. Other cultural activities center around the tree-shaded square on Lake and Lucerne Avenues. Golf is a favorite, too, at the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course, one of the most scenic courses in The Palm Beaches, right on the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon. 
Oh, and the weather?
Average Temperatures in February: High: 75° F, Low: 56° F.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A message from the Lake Worth NAPC to the PBC Office of Community Revitalization

You can read the entire news release at the Lake Worth Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents Council (NAPC) Facebook page. If you're interested in learning more about the NAPC and/or would like to find out about your neighborhood association (NA) use this link. A list of NA's is under the banner on the website. You can also email for more information (copy & paste):

"On Friday, February 12th, officials from the PB County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) and neighborhood leaders from around the County came to Lake Worth to see the many projects our Neighborhood Associations have accomplished with REAP grants over the last few years. OCR organized the tour and the NAPC was honored to serve as tour guide when the Trolley hit our city limits."

[and. . .]

     "If one theme emerged in telling the stories of all these projects, it was that none of these wonderful projects were completed in isolation. Partnerships and collaboration among the Neighborhoods, with our friends in so many non-profits and civic organizations, with our business community, our community of artists, PBSO [District 14], Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, SWA, other County agencies and with our City government were clearly evident in everything they saw. It was this aspect that we believe made the most positive impression with our guests. Over and over the question was asked—How did we do it? How did so many people and so many agencies come together for so many volunteer projects?
     It doesn’t happen by magic and it didn’t happen overnight. One successful project led to another."

[lastly. . .]

"On behalf of the Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents Council, Thank You to Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization and to all of our guests who came on the tour. Well Done Lake Worth!"

From WLRN (South Florida/Miami)—"Keys Study: 'Bloodline' Lures Tourists To Islands"

WLRN's Nancy Klingener also has a link to this radio show on the impact of cable/film entertainment in Florida and the resulting increase in tourism. Here are two excerpts from the text of the article:
     The Netflix TV series "Bloodline" has added millions of dollars to the local economy and employed hundreds of people in the Florida Keys. But a study commissioned by the region's tourism agency says the bigger benefit is in tourism.
     "We found in the first six months since the show was released, which was March of 2015, we already had a huge impact in visitation," said Jessica Bennett, director of market research for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
     That's the agency that collects taxes on short-term lodging in the Keys and spends it advertising the destination and promoting events.
     The study found that while the local production spent $5.8 million in the Keys, it generated more than $65 million in tourism.
[and. . .]
     Florida's film incentive program is due to expire in July unless the Legislature takes action to renew it. [emphasis added]

To all of my readers, Happy Valentines Day!