Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Today is an exciting day.

Will be leading a mobile workshop through one of Lake Worth’s historic cottage neighborhoods. These are planners from around the State of Florida that are here for the annual Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association conference being held in West Palm Beach. We’re getting on a bus at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and begin our time travel back to the early part of the 20th Century.

I’m referring to our bus ride from what I refer to as Manhattan to Mayberry: We all know the little City of Lake Worth is the Ying to West Palm’s Yang. After a short orientation we have made special arrangements to tour Lake Worth’s Historical Museum in the City Hall Annex on Lake Ave. at the corner of Federal Hwy.

After that we make a stop at The Book Cellar bookstore, then brave the heat with a walk down ‘Jumpin’ J St. and then throughout the area south of Downtown where most of the cottages on 25′ wide lots are located.

About the Downtown in Lake Worth is recent news by journalist Ron Hayes about the resurgence of the local bookstore in South Florida and The Book Cellar in “[T]he heart of Lake Worth’s bustling downtown.”

A very special Thank You to Ashley Alshut, Jon Faust, Sandy Weston, Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo, Herman C. Robinson, Erin Fitzhugh Sita, Barbara Resch Aubel for joining us today. The tour leader is Wes Blackman.

Our guests will get be welcomed by Mayor Triolo at 501 Lake Ave. the City’s Recreation Dept. On the return to the Convention Center our visitors today will each receive The Cottages of Lake Worth book.

FYI: The book subtitled, “Living Large in Small Spaces” is available at two locations in Downtown Lake Worth: At The Book Cellar bookstore and at the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy (stop in and say “Hi” to Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso).

The blog post following is another look back
to the letter written by Capt. Wm. S. Stafford (Ret.) and a video montage of historic postcards of the City of Lake Worth.