Monday, September 10, 2018

Once again, John Prince Park is not in the City of Lake Worth.

John Prince Park is a County park managed and maintained by Palm Beach County.

For example, the Sun Sentinel got the story wrong:

Video shows plane engulfed in flames moments after it crashed in Lake Worth park.

The City of Lake Worth has many public parks but John Prince Park is not one of them.

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But following this incident it took some time before the press and news media figured out how to inform the public where this incident occurred. It happened in suburban Lake Worth well outside the municipal limits of the City of Lake Worth not far from Congress Ave. The nearest municipality is the Village of Palm Springs just west of Congress.

Within moments anyone could find this information.


Ever heard of the Geo Nav mapping tool? Learn more about it below. After a few tries using this tool, in just seconds you will be able to find out if a location is in a municipality or in an unincorporated area of Palm Beach County, and lots of other helpful data as well.

For example, in last week’s weekly edition of the Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Cursory Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE), in the section titled “IN FOCUS: LAKE WORTH” is this excerpt:

Winefest 2018: The American German Club at 5111 Lantana Road, will be transformed into wine village on Sept. 8.

One would or could assume, of course, this event is “in Lake Worth”. But it’s not. Not even close (FYI: the actual City of Lake Worth uses two zip codes, 33460 and a very small part of 33461).

The American German Club of the Palm Beaches
is located in suburban Lake Worth, it has
a 33463 zip code.

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The American German Club is a wonderful facility. If you’ve never been you should check it out some day. However, this club is located west of the Great Walled City of Atlantis and south of Greenacres.

It is very easy to verify and/or clarify if a press or news media story is accurate — or not — when reporting about any location in Palm Beach County

It’s called the Geo Nav mapping tool (link to site below) from the PBC Property Appraiser’s Office.

For example see the map below. Just by clicking on the “County Parks” tab (explained below) the County’s John Prince Park shows up as light green. Use the municipal parks tab and every park within a municipality will appear. Click on the “Municipalities” tab and each municipality shows up a different shade of color.

The areas not shaded? Those are unincorporated areas in PBC such as suburban Lake Worth where the German American Club is located, clarifying the news today in the LWVVSMCPE.

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See the legend in the top left?
Go to the Geo Nav mapping tool and click on
“Layers” tab (far left) and have fun!

The Geo Nav mapping tool will come in helpful for viewers of one TV news station in particular, e.g., a person was recently struck by a vehicle on Congress Ave. “in Lake Worth” according to CBS12. Congress Ave. does not go through the City of Lake Worth.

Now go and check out the Geo Nav mapping tool!