Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour 2019 will be on Sunday, January 27th.

UPDATE: Tickets for the tour later this month are selling briskly and am happy to report the merchants in the Downtown that have tickets available are seeing a big uptick in interest. One of those merchants is The Book Cellar bookstore at 801 Lake Ave. (at the southwest corner of ‘J’ and Lake) and tickets are also available online; learn more below.

From the number of tickets sold thus far, it’s looking more and more there will be no tickets available “at the door” on the day of the tour, so would encourage everyone who has an interest to pick up a ticket real soon.

And next week, on Friday, Jan. 11th at 7:00 you can come out and meet Yours Truly, Wes, at the Studio Café & Market at 515 Lake Ave. Was invited to come and talk about how The Cottages of Lake Worth came to be, this volunteer organization, the book, and answering any questions you may have. Look forward to seeing you there!

Without further ado. . .

About the upcoming Cottages of Lake Worth
Home Tour 2019.

This blog post is a tribute to former Palm Beach Post journalist Lona O’Connor who played a major role in The Cottages of Lake Worth story back in November 2013.

O’Connor, since retired, made a true and lasting impact on this City.

And later in this blog post, published in a recent Lake Worth Herald, is a feature article about the upcoming Cottages Home Tour.

It was the initial story by Lona O’Connor in the Post five years ago about a group of resident volunteers that set things in motion for The Cottages. . .

“Among the group’s plans are to set up a cottage website, a Facebook page, cottage driving tours, street signs directing people to cottages, maps and brochures with historical information and anecdotes and, with the permission of the owners, feature a few cottages in home tours.

“The photos could be incorporated into a coffee-table book, [Roger] Hendrix said.”

Quote source: Lona O’Connor, Palm Beach Post, news datelined November 10th, 2013.

“The photos could be incorporated into a coffee-table book. . .”

Then three years later. . .

The hardcover book in 2016.
Then a second printing in 2017.

The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour 2019 is offering a combined tour/book ticket. Read more about that in The Lake Worth Herald below.

The feature story in the Herald:

The Cottages of Lake Worth Tour is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include 10+ cottages, along with appetizers, refreshments and trolleys. Attendees will visit the interiors and gardens of select Cottages in the Eden Place and Mango Groves areas of the City.*

Tickets are $30 in advance and, if available, $35 at the door. Combined book/tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $55 [emphasis added] and the book will be waiting at check-in on tour day.

Tickets can be purchased at:
  • The Book Cellar bookstore, 801 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth.
  • Paws on the Avenue, 525 Lake Ave.
  • Studio 205, 205 N. Federal Hwy.
  • Online at and Eventbrite.

[To follow the Cottages of Lake Worth on Facebook use this link. The news in the Herald continues. . .]

In addition, the hardcover book The Cottages of Lake Worth – Living Large in Small Spaces, will be available for purchase at check-in [list price $USD32.95; tour/book combination ticket $55].

The January 2017 Tour sold-out in advance so don’t wait to purchase your tickets.

City of Lake Worth volunteers formed a Cottages of Lake Worth organization in 2013 to promote this unique housing with the goals of encouraging tourism and the improvement of the properties.

Cottages are predominantly smaller houses that may serve as guest, holiday, vacation, or primary residence. They can be of any number of architectural styles, but in Lake Worth styles include Mission Revival, Frame Vernacular, Masonry Vernacular, Bahamian, Craftsman, Art Moderne, Art Deco and Contemporary. They can be of either one or one and half story in a simple form and massing. Many of Lake Worth’s approximately 1,000 cottages are on 25′ lots, under 1,000 square feet and built prior to 1939 and others after World War II.

After Henry Flagler extended his rail line south from West Palm Beach to Miami in 1896, a land development scheme was created for a town between the railroad and the lake. Purchasers of agricultural lots west of town received a 25′ wide lot within the City of Lake Worth, closer to the beach. Development slowed down then started again after World War II with many modest pensioners, especially from Quebec, Finland, and eventually Germany, moving to the city and building cottages.

The mission of the Cottages of Lake Worth is to educate the citizens and visitors of Palm Beach County through a variety of programs by celebrating and promoting the history of these unique structures and its people, assuring that this legacy is passed on to future generations.

Many of the cottages on this upcoming tour are featured in The Cottages of Lake Worth book. This City of Lake Worth is home to over 1,000 historic cottages, the largest concentration of historic cottages in Florida, and located within minutes of the spectacular Lake Worth Beach.

Of note: Sorry to say, but this tour is not apropos for children or pets.

This tour will feature the Eden Place and Mango Groves neighborhoods north of the Downtown.

Once again: Tickets are $30 and limited (if any remain available $35 at the door). The combined tour/book ticket is $55. Trolley transportation, food and refreshments will be provided.

The tour begins from The Beach Club bistro located at the City’s municipal golf course.

For those who wish to learn more about
The Cottages of Lake Worth.

Last September there was a tour of this City’s historic cottages taken by the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) from their annual conference in West Palm, the municipality to the north without a beach.

The tour taken by APA members included the Lake Worth Historical Museum, historic cottages south of the Downtown, and spending time with City officials including Mayor Pam Triolo and Lauren Bennett from the Dept. of Leisure Services. And of course Helen Greene at the Historical Museum.

Many planners on that tour were surprised to learn that West Palm ‘Beach’ does not have a beach!

In conclusion, debunking one of the biggest myths of all.

Our City of Lake Worth and the City of Delray Beach have had a friendly rivalry for a very long time. But that oft-used line about Lake Worth ‘becoming another Delray’ is a complete myth. It could never happen. And there are several reasons why which include geography, western annexation, population, and most significantly, where the exits off I-95 are located.

To learn more about what those reasons are click on this link and more about “comparing apples to oranges”.

Hope all this information inspires you to become part of The Cottages of Lake Worth Home Tour on January 27th.

And if you are interested in learning more about The Cottages, a video with more information. . .

From back in November 2014 is a YouTube video about The Cottages of Lake Worth. An interview of Your’s Truly with radio host Allan Mason at WBZT:

*The Mango Groves and Eden Place neighborhoods are two of the fourteen-member Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC). To see where these two neighborhoods are located click on this link for interactive GIS map.

“Our Neighborhoods have Boundaries. Our Commitment to Each Other Does Not” is the motto of the NAPC and they encourage everyone to learn more about the volunteer association that serves your neighborhood.

To learn more about the Mango Groves neighborhood, their goals and photos of “Merry Merry from Mango Mango!” click on this link.

For more details about the Eden Place neighborhood use this link.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Town of Palm Beach will caucus next Tuesday, the 8th day of January, A.D. 2019.*

This Public Notice was published in The Palm Beach Post on p. B5 dated Monday, December 24th, A.D. 2018:


You and each of you are hereby notified that a caucus of the qualified voters of the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, will be held in the Town Council Chambers of the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 8th day of January, A.D. 2019 [emphasis added], for the purpose of nominating three council members, to be voted on at the general election to be held in the Town on the second Tuesday in March (March 12, 2019), following the publication of this notice.

All qualified voters of the Town of Palm Beach are entitled to be present and to place in nomination such candidates as they desire. For a nomination to be effective, it must be seconded and all nominations and seconds thereto may be made only by qualified voters of the Town.

Nominees must receive the signatures of 25 registered voters, as well as file additional documentation with the Town Clerk, by the end of the qualifying period, which is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

*“2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.”

Hear Ye. Hear Ye. Public notice published in The Palm Beach Post.

FYI: The blog post below is a lot more that just about elections. If you’ve ever wondered about the walled City of Atlantis near John Prince Park below is lots of information including an upcoming event next Saturday called “A Whole New World” (with or without walls?), a map showing where Atlantis is, and about chocolate too. Yes. Chocolate.


2019: Municipal elections in
City of Atlantis.

Three seats on the City Council in the City of Atlantis are up for election on March 12th, 2019.

An excerpt from the “Notice of Municipal Election” is below, published on December 15th.

Worth noting before we proceed: Atlantis City Hall and the Atlantis Police Dept. are both located at 260 Orange Tree Drive. However, when you Google that address it comes up as “Lake Worth”. The ‘Lake Worth’ is just the mailing address, not the physical location. Hope that clears things up.

Briefly, just by coincidence, coming up on January 12th from 1:00–4:00 is an event on the theme “A Whole New World”. This fundraiser is being held in the City of Atlantis — a city protected by walls — but inside those walls will be a cash prize, raffles, and wonderful baskets.

This “Great Holiday Gift” only costs $50 and one needs to RSVP by January 5th [TODAY!]. For more details click on this link.

And also interesting and worth noting about ‘Lake Worth’ is two former mayors from the City of Lake Worth reside in the City of Atlantis. And a former Lake Worth City Commissioner once protested in Atlantis chanting “Tear Down These Walls” that surround a large portion of that city and just this year to enhance its public image the City of Lake Worth will have a referendum on March 12th, 2019 to rename and rebrand itself the “City of Lake Worth Beach”.

In a real-life example — confusion over two chocolate stores, but both using ‘Lake Worth’ zip codes — you’ll come to understand why renaming this City by adding the “Beach” makes sense for this 6 sq. mi. municipality.

Moving forward.

To familiarize yourself with the City Council in the City of Atlantis click on this link. Up for re-election this year are:
  • Group 1: Councilwoman Keller Lanahan (appointed to Council on July 18th, 2018).
  • Group 2: Councilman and Vice Mayor Aaron Rinker.
  • Group 4: Councilman Michael LaCoursiere.

To challenge any of the above incumbents the deadline to file is January 10th at 4:00 p.m.

Up for re-election in 2020, if they opt to run again, are Mayor Catherine Higgins (Group 5) and Councilman Allan Kaulbach (Group 3).

Briefly, let’s pause for one moment.

A public service announcement for the Spanish-speaking community in the City of Atlantis.

SU CENTRO ELECTORAL está nombrado en su Tarjeta de Identificación Electoral. Tendrá que informar a la Oficina de Elecciones si se muda de la dirección nombrada en su Tarjeta de Identificación Electoral. Si no está seguro del lugar donde debe votar en su nuevo distrito electoral, llame al 561-656-6200.

SE REQUIERE IDENTIFICACION VALIDA Y VIGENTE CON SU FOTOGRAFIA Y FIRMA cuando usted va a los centros de votación a emitir su voto.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.

City Council in the City of Atlantis, “[I]s presided over by five Council Members . . . All are elected at-large. The Mayor is chosen by the Council at its Organizational Meeting each March. Council meetings are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, unless otherwise noted.”


Notice is hereby given that the City of Atlantis, Florida, will hold its Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing three councilmembers, two for a term of (2) years [Councilmen Rinker and LaCoursiere] and one for a term of (1) year [Councilwoman Lanahan]. There will be one councilmember elected representing Group 1 (one year), one councilmember elected representing Group 2 (two years), and one councilmember elected representing Group 4 (two years). Candidates must be a qualified elector of the City of Atlantis.

The first day of qualifying begins January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., and the final day for qualifying is January 10, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Candidates must file in person with the City Clerk at City Hall, 260 Orange Tree Drive, Atlantis, Florida, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. until said date and time. Each candidate shall be voted upon by the electors at large.

Registered voters in Precinct 3082 [click on this link] are qualified to vote in this election.

End of excerpt from public notice.

If you have any questions contact:

Kristen Puhalainen, City Clerk
Atlantis City Hall
260 Orange Tree Drive
Atlantis FL 33462
Phone: 561-965-1744

More about Atlantis from their official website:

This 834-acre development was formerly known as Mulberry Farms and owned by former State Senator Philip D. Lewis, who formed the Mission Company to raise Brahman cattle. In 1958, Nathan Hunt and Paul Kintz purchased this 828-acre ranch and the remaining two parcels along Lantana Road. 

For more information about the City of Atlantis, a helpful map is below showing exactly where this municipality is located. And no, the nearby ‘Lantana Airport’ is not in the Town of Lantana. Officially called the Palm Beach County Park Airport it is owned and managed by the County, not by any municipality.

Note the Town of Lantana is also holding municipal elections on March 12th, 2019. To learn more about that, from a public notice published in The Lake Worth Herald, click on this link.

“What’s that about zip codes and chocolate stores?”

Recently another really dumb Letter to the Editor got published in The Palm Beach Post. Rambling nonsense about this City of Lake Worth on renaming this municipality the “City of Lake Worth Beach”. The letter writer opposes adding the “Beach”, even citing the construction of walls. Walls to keep who in? Walls to keep who out? That is never fully explained by the letter writer.

How does this stuff make it past the editor?

The letter writer is a bit unhinged because of a public meeting held on December 13th. The Commission set the ballot for March 12th, 2019 and one of those items was the referendum on renaming this City to become “Lake Worth Beach”.

Just to be clear. The boundaries of this City will not change! To even suggest that is just absurd. And the letter writer — one who has special status apparently due to the frequency of silly letters published — is clueless as to why our elected leaders have chosen, every single time unanimously, to move forward with this referendum.

About those two chocolate stores. . .

Kilwins Chocolate is located in
the City of Lake Worth.

The problem is way too many business owners in this City are losing business to other businesses ‘in Lake Worth’ that are not actually in this City of Lake Worth.

For example, Scheurer’s Chocolate has a ‘Lake Worth’ address but is not located in this City. It has a ‘Lake Worth’ address (5901 S. Congress Ave., zip code 33462) but is located in the City of Atlantis, in a commercial area outside the southeast wall that shelters the residents within.

In other words, the wealthy residents of Atlantis can smell the chocolate. They just can’t see it. They can hit this chocolate store with a rock from the other side of the wall but it’s a five minute drive to get there. However, there is plenty of wealth in Atlantis to support their chocolate store.

People complain our stores in Downtown Lake Worth are not getting enough visitors or business. They complain shops and restaurants on Dixie Hwy. are too empty. They complain the Beach could do better.

If “Shop Local” is important to you and you support this City of Lake Worth then please support businesses actually located in this City. The “Beach” would go a long way towards educating the public and the press and news media as well.

Kilwins is an absolutely spectacular chocolate shop and it’s located at Lake Worth’s Beach next to the City’s Casino and Beach Complex on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Kilwins is a must-visit. For the Kilwins website with hours and more information click on this link.

And follow Kilwins on Twitter too: They will Tweet out the latest creation like, “We’re making a fresh batch of Kilwins amazing nutcracker sweet!”

Hope that clears things up. And also of note: Hoffman’s Chocolates used to have a location in Downtown Lake Worth.

But up against Kilwins they had to close their doors and move out west somewhere.

For reference, the map showing where the Great Walled City of Atlantis is located.

Atlantis is shaded Royal Yellow in the map below, along Congress Ave., west of the County-owned Park Airport.

To the north of Park Airport is John Prince Park, also County-owned. Note that north of Atlantis and west of John Prince Park is the Village of Palm Springs (shaded spring water blue). All areas unshaded are unincorporated PBC.

Click on map to enlarge.

[Orientation: Up is north.
The Great Walled City is to the left (west).]

From Atlantis as a bird flies, heading east of the airport across scenic Lake Osborne, is the unincorporated area called Lake Osborne Heights
(a helicopter-aversive community).

Further east, and not disturbed by helicopters, is the Town of Lantana (shaded Verbenaceae-red) and the City of Lake Worth is north of Lantana (shaded Earth-friendly green).

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lake Worth City Commission Work Session on Thursday, Jan. 10th at 6:00.

But first, before we proceed. . .

Please Note: Exactly one month ago tod
ay at the City Commission, on December 4th, 2018, was the kerfuffle over “PEACE” (learn more about ‘PEACE’ below). And sadly, what happened last month now has some bringing up all that nonsense about ‘sanctuary cities’ once again. To learn the facts about ‘sanctuary’ click on this link.

‘Sanctuary’ is a political tactic to get the public all riled up and upset. ‘Sanctuary’ in reality is a myth. It’s a red herring. It’s the boogeyman. Or the wolf at the door. Call it what you wish. 

Don’t let this political nonsense interfere with our LOCAL politics!

Some are claiming that because Commissioner Herman Robinson voted “Yes” on an agenda item last month that therefore he supports ‘sanctuary’. Completely ludicrous. 

Later on in this blog post is more about what happened last month. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.

Below is the agenda summary for next week at the City Commission Work Session: proposed modifications to the LDRs and the long-awaited completely redone landscape regulations as well. With Hurricane Michael and the devastation caused by fallen trees still fresh in everyone’s minds the updates and changes to the City’s landscape regulations will be very welcome news for the public.

Briefly, whilst on the topic of landscape regulations, what a mess! Last October 16th was Second Reading of Ordinance 2018-15. How this proposed ordinance even got this far is a mystery. Bypassing a workshop with the entire City Commission was a huge mistake.

At one point staff asked for direction going forward and all they got back was blank stares from the Commission. Basically the electeds said go back to square one and start all over.

To learn more about that formerly proposed ordinance last year and about increased code enforcement activities within what’s called “the CDBG Target Area” click on this link.

And word is. . .

Soon there will be a Work Session on the Casino and Beach property as well. That will most certainly generate much interest.

And no. Everyone can take a sigh of relief.

Thus far there has been no work session or workshop scheduled about PEACE and $10,000 for those of you who recall agenda items 12C and D at the last regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission. For those of you unfamiliar with this topic learn more at the end of this blog post.

Ironically, because of a group called PEACE our City could be headed for a nasty political skirmish. How charming! The municipal elections in March are just over two months away.

And of great importance is parliamentary procedure, Robert’s Rules of Order, and how elected officials and the public conduct themselves at public meetings. There needs to be City Commission workshop on this topic very soon.

Hopefully there will never be another presentation from PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts), at least not until after the upcoming March elections. Ever since what happened on December 4th there appears little headway has been made getting West Palm Beach and/or Jupiter to take the lead on this issue and there appears to be little interest in this City of Lake Worth taking the lead either.

Agenda item 12C (Resolution No. 78-2018) did pass on a 3-1 vote on Dec. 4th but without the funding (Item 12D) the vote on 12C doesn’t matter (see video below)

Cooler heads have prevailed such as Commissioner Herman Robinson’s suggestion that this City wait for WPB and Jupiter to step up with a major commitment and funding first, to scale, and then maybe the County Commission and PBSO will take another look. A very big leap of faith considering the County Commission overwhelmingly rejected the proposed program by PEACE and so did PBSO. And City Manager Michael Bornstein’s suggestion also makes a lot of sense: hold off doing anything until the next budget cycle.

But more about PEACE at a later time. Or not.

Now to what is happening next week,
information “Worth Noting”:

To download the entire agenda click on this link and scroll down for the January 10th “Agenda & Backup”. What follows are the two executive briefs:

Executive Brief:

Land Development Regulations Section 23.3-6, Use Tables

Summary: Overview and discussion of modifications to Land Development Regulation (LDR) Section 23.3-6, Use Tables.

Executive Brief:

Amendments to Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Summary: Review and discuss Amendments to the Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Background and Justification: Based on staff’s review of the ordinance, staff is proposing to amend the following sections:
  • Article 1- Section 23.1-12: Definitions.
  • Article 6- Section 23.6-1: Landscape Regulations staff is proposing to repeal the existing section in its entirety and replace with an amended section once all changes are discussed.

Scrolling through the agenda for next Thursday one can clearly see A LOT of changes have been made to the Landscape Regulations. And that is a very good thing, for example, the entire section on volunteer boards being able to levy fines has been eliminated.

And a lot of over-burdensome regulations have been taken out completely or simplified. It sort of looks like a chainsaw (aka, strikethroughs) were used on the formerly proposed regulations which will please many in the public and of course those who would be left to enforce all those pages of proposed regulations.

Stay tuned, as they say.

Now back to ‘War and PEACE’, politically-speaking of course.

To look over that particular item on the agenda click on this link and scroll down for the December 4th Regular Meeting and look for “Agenda & Backup”. Agenda items 12C and D are on pp. 109–117.

Ironically, the big news of the night on December 4th had nothing at all to do with PEACE. It had to do WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm showing up for First Reading of Ordinance 12E, “Ballot language to change name of City to Lake Worth Beach by referendum on March 12, 2019”. It passed unanimously. Again. But this time 4-0 with the mayor absent.

But anyhow, the group PEACE presented a project by “FaithAction” headquartered in North Carolina and South Carolina:

FaithAction offers presentations on the history, purpose, logistics and impact of a community ID card program, as well as intensive training and materials for communities interested in joining the FaithAction network.

To learn more about this program, for presentation rates and more information contact:

Exec. Dir. Reverend David Fraccaro.
Call 336-379-0037

If the program presented by PEACE ever makes it back to the Palm Beach County Commission or to PBSO maybe an invitation can be extended to the police chief in Burlington:

“The Burlington Police Department has been involved with the FaithAction ID Card program for several years. Every month we are able to attend an ID drive and engage new residents. We discuss many aspects of public safety and build great relationships with folks who previously were suspicious or fearful of the police. These relationships lead to enhanced safety for immigrants and citizens alike.” [emphasis added]

Police Chief Jeffrey Smyth, Burlington, North Carolina.

Hard to believe but the City Commission took two hours and twenty minutes for agenda items 12C and 12D. After thirty minutes, by the rules, it should have been sent to a workshop to be scheduled for a later date. At one point during discussion of Item 12C Mayor Pam Triolo had enough and went home.

The vote to approve Item 12C was 3-1 with Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and commissioners Herman Robinson and Omari Hardy in the majority and Commissioner Scott Maxwell voting in opposition. 

The video below is the last twenty minutes or so of Item 12D that kind of sums things up nicely:

And lastly, as contentious as these two agenda items were nothing ever got reported about this in the press or news media except for a letter to the editor that somehow got published in The Palm Beach Post.

Sobering: Three municipalities in Palm Beach County accounted for forty-five homicides in 2018.

There were ninety-nine homicides last year in Palm Beach County. In 2017 there were one hundred and two homicides in PBC. In 2017 there were twenty-eight murders in West Palm Beach.

“Nervous — make that terrified — residents need to see that the police department can be relied upon to keep their neighborhoods from feeling like war zones.”

Editor(s), Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017, “Unacceptable rise in WPB homicides requires quicker action”.

Here is the latest news published in The Palm Beach Post:

West Palm Beach had 26 homicides, the most of any county municipality, and two shy of the city’s total for 2017. There were 27 homicides in the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County. In Riviera Beach, there were 12 homicides, one shy of the city’s total in 2017.

—Source: Palm Beach Post reporter Julius Whigham, news datelined Dec. 31st, 2018, headlined, “Palm Beach County homicides in 2018: Nearly 100 people were killed”.

For some perspective, in all of unincorporated Palm Beach County and seven municipalities patrolled by PBSO there were forty-three (43) homicides in 2018. In just three municipalities — West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Delray Beach — there were forty-five (45) homicides.

The number of homicides below is from the Post’s “Homicides tracker” database (highlighted in yellow are areas patrolled by PBSO):

West Palm Beach: 26
Riviera Beach: 12
Delray Beach: 7
Boynton Beach: 4
Pahokee: 4
Lake Worth: 3
Palm Beach Gardens: 3
Belle Glade: 2
Boca Raton: 2
Greenacres: 2
Lake Park: 2
Royal Palm Beach: 2
Highland Beach: 1
South Bay: 1
Unknown municipality: 1
Unincorporated PBC: 27

And an oft-posed questions on this blog.

What happened in WPB that caused the homicide rate to fall so dramatically from ten homicides back in 2016 and then spike up to twenty-eight in 2017? Shouldn’t that be the focus of an enterprising reporter or editor(s) at the Post?

Radical environmentalists you’ve supported in the past now just a disappointment? Then consider Deep Green Resistance (DGR).

Please note, this is very important: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”.

However, since so many of our coastal communities in Palm Beach County are the home base for radical environmentalist (rad enviro) cells, instead of them trying to monkeywrench local city politics and initiatives — which only drains rad enviro resources, time, money, and personnel — don’t you think the rads need to focus instead on the big issues such as western sprawl, the Ag Reserve, and rallying volunteers to help clean up the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge during this latest Federal government shutdown?

If you are a dedicated environmentalist or from the Loxahatchee Sierra Club and would like to help clean up the ARM Loxahatchee Refuge the address is 10216 Lee Rd. in suburban Boynton Beach. The easiest and most direct route from the coast is to take either Lake Worth Rd. or Boynton Beach Blvd. to State Rd. 7 (441) and head south. The refuge will be on the west side of the road.

Without further ado. . .

Are you a supporter of radical environmentalism
and looking for bold ideas?

Tired of retelling old stories of tree-sits? Public relations fiascos like a rad enviro throwing a battery into a lake? Confusing ‘musicals’ sending mixed messages too?

“Yes! It is Happening!”

Nearly three years later, what did this ‘musical’ accomplish except for a well-written account by Rachel Monroe in the Oxford American?

“Community Action Group”?

Click image to enlarge. Pretty clever, huh?
The 1960s is calling and they want their
Lake Worth hippie back.

The self-described rad enviros in Palm Beach County are a big disappointment, especially when it comes curbing or at least slowing down western sprawl. You would be hard-pressed finding any proof of their success if you read the newspaper every day. Especially the “Real Estate” section.

If you’re looking for new ideas “outside the box” then consider donating much needed funds to DGR. Consider this:

     Throughout history all resistance movements have faced ruthless enemies that had unlimited resources. And, unlike the past, now everything’s at stake.
     We are battling those who are destroying the planet for their profit, not ours. Not all of us can participate on the frontlines. Many people have important reasons to stay back – families, children, or character traits. [emphasis added]

and. . .

     We are a young organization, but we have a message that is more unique and strategic than anything else we have seen. The DGR strategy – Decisive Ecological Warfare – lays out a simple (though not easy) plan to get from here – a society based on wholesale exploitation and destruction of human communities and the natural world – to there – thousands of local communities based on respect, human rights, and balance.
     As an aboveground organization, our work is strictly nonviolent. 
     Our tasks are simple: to promote the need for an underground, to shift the culture of activism, to normalize resistance, and to build movement towards true justice, sustainability, and equality.
     Join those of us who cannot be on the front lines in supporting the struggle for life and justice. With your help, we will make this dream a reality.

To help, send a check or use one many other options:

Deep Green Resistance
PO Box 925

Commissioner Omari Hardy said, “We need to get very serious about this issue” and the editor at the Herald said, “Stop the bleeding!”

FYI: The City of Lake Worth is once again in the annual budget cycle. Budget Work Session #2 was held on June 26th. The next work session is scheduled for July 16th and there is a “Visioning Work Session” scheduled for July 24th.

The quotes below from Commissioner Hardy are from last year, in the 2017 budget cycle. . .

Quote #1 by Hardy:

“When this line [referencing Beach Fund graph] gets to zero in Fiscal Year 2018 that means we’re taking money out of the General Fund. . . . the idea of taking money out of the General Fund to subsidize what’s happening at the Beach is repugnant to me on many levels.”

Both the quote above and the quote below are from a Budget Work Session held in the City of Lake Worth in July 2017, a year ago.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know there have been many developments (pardon the pun) vis-à-vis the now condemned municipal pool, Casino complex and Beach property.

Also below are a few excerpts from a newspaper editorial penned last year in The Lake Worth Herald titled, “Stop the bleeding!”

Quote #2 by Hardy:

“As regards the pool [now condemned at the Beach], I’ve been corresponding with staff. Staff has been great getting me information about other pools throughout the County. Basically, I just want to make sure this is very clear. A lot of people assume when we talk about the pool there is a negative correlation between traffic and losses at the pool, ‘If we double our traffic at the pool we’d lose less money.
     Based on what I’ve seen throughout the County, that’s not true. . . . You can talk about Lake Lytal [Family Aquatic Center] which a lot of people compare us to, you can talk about the North County [Aquatic Complex] pool, you can talk about the Gaines Park pool [Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center], you can talk about the aquatic facility they have out in Wellington, or the Boynton Beach [John H. Denson] pool.
     They all have traffic that’s twice what we have and guess what their losses are? Two or three times what we have. . . . As we get the pool designs back, which I understand we’re in that process, we have to understand that what we’re doing — I’m not even sure that I can call it taking a risk — because what we’re doing is talking about spending more money at the pool to achieve an outcome that is the opposite of what we want, which is the pool to not contribute so terribly to the losses we’re experiencing at the Beach.
     We need to get very serious about this issue because it’s really going to threaten our ability to provide services to people who really need them. And need more than we’re able to provide. I think that’s incredibly important. We cannot be immature. I don’t use that word lightly. But if we’re unable to have priorities about this stuff, what we’re being is immature.”

Excerpts from an editorial in
The Lake Worth Herald:

Lake Worth needs a pool, not necessarily an Olympic pool, but at least one big enough to serve the community and teach children how to swim. There are plenty of opportunities for children to come into contact with water in Lake Worth. It is imperative they learn to swim.

and. . .

     Lake Worth does have some under-utilized parks with enough space to accommodate an aquatic center and should consider investing in a pool somewhere other than the beach. Bryant Park has space, but that would raise the ire of those who walk their dogs in the park. What is more important, dogs or children?
     What about Sunset Ridge Park, there might be enough space there too.
     Go to the north end of the city, there sits numerous baseball and softball fields, some of which are never or seldom used. Take PONY field for example, it is in shambles and occupies a large portion of the park area.

and. . .

     Stop the bleeding!
     Lake Worth needs a pool, but they also need some Staffers with some creativity. How many times do we have to fail at the same thing before we realize it is the taxpayers who suffer in other areas so we can keep failing?

Have thoughts on this issue?
Use this link to contact your
“Mayor and Commissioners.”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

News from Sir Eddie Ritz at the Post: “See streets of downtown Lake Worth transformed into work of art”.

This year is the 25th year of the Street Painting Festival in Downtown Lake Worth!

And for twenty-five years this annual festival is still filling the hotels in downtown West Palm (without a beach).

For those of you who like to plan lodging ahead of time, e.g., have family and friends visiting to attend the festival, the Visitors’ Information Center in West Palm is located at 100 N. Clematis St., call 561-881-9757 or one can send an email to:

Another useful tool from West Palm is the travel guide, “Plan Your Next Trip”:

Soak up the sun along our nearby beaches. Treat yourself to the most diverse dining, arts and culture, rediscover natural Florida, and shop districts of all sorts. You own your moment in our city!

Planning your West Palm Beach vacation is easy with our visitor information, planning tools, and maps. Download WPB Travel Guide. Save on hotels, tour packages, and services!

Hope you found this information helpful. Now back to the Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth without a hotel in the Downtown:

Calling All Street Artists:

Get your application in for the 2019 Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Would you like information on how to become a sponsor? Then click on this link.

The news below is from Sir Eddie Ritz about the festival last year, this was front page news in The Palm Beach Post. To read the entire article click on this link; two short excerpts:

     This annual affair will be held Saturday and Sunday and will bring in over 600 artists.
     There will be featured artists from all over the country as well as local featured artists with incredible talent from right in our own backyard.

and. . .

     In addition to the beautiful artwork, the festival will also include live music, beer tents, a festival food court as well as Lake Worth’s usual downtown restaurants and shops.

Enjoy the video!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Information “Worth Noting”.

There will be no public meetings in City Hall tonight. Two meetings originally scheduled have been cancelled.

The Planning & Zoning Board meeting has been rescheduled to January 16th and the next regularly scheduled Electric Utility Advisory Board meeting will be on February 6th.

But guess what!

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t something very interesting on the City’s website for “Agendas, Minutes & Action Minutes”.

Specifically, some time over the New Year’s weekend the meeting minutes for the Tree Board from February–September were posted. And interestingly from those minutes learned that Chris McVoy, PhD, seems to be getting involved once again. McVoy, a former three-term commissioner, was defeated by now-District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy in March 2017.

If you recall, in the endorsement for Hardy the editor at the Post called McVoy a “gadfly”. Not a very nice thing at all to call an elected official.

Actually, calling any elected official a ‘gadfly’ is sort of mean-spirited.

Also interestingly, looking through the recently posted minutes from the Tree Board the Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) seems to have become a very big issue at the board or possibly that particular issue has since been resolved. We’ll know more when the minutes from October–December are posted or by other means.

Apparently, the seven-member Tree Board meetings in May, July, August and September had no quorum (not enough voting members in attendance) and were converted to work sessions where no votes were taken.

And as duly noted by the Tree Board Chair Richard Stowe, the board secretary and board advisor David McGrew, although an official voting session did not happen the meeting minutes still have to be recorded: who was present, what was discussed and any future action to be considered.

The next Tree Board meeting will be on January 10th, 5:30, in the City Hall conference room. The board meets the second Thursday of the month and meetings are open to the public.

Here are some interesting minutes taken at the February 2018 meeting following the 13th annual Tree Festival last year:

  • Festival of Trees (February 17th, 2018) exhibitors (23–25 tables needed); encourage a few exhibitors to bring tables.
  • A few additional vendors including a Vegan food truck.
  • Recruitment of volunteers to run Earn-A-Tree event.
  • Raffle tickets will be given out after residents attend a presentation; residents sign in for a tree with a volunteer at City Tree Board table.
  • Residents will then use raffle ticket to meet with one of eight native tree consultants.
  • Festival posters and postcards printed by Mark Easton [The Lake Worth Herald] and designed by Nigel Holmes distributed at meeting.

Whilst on the topic of meeting minutes. . .

There are still no meeting minutes at all in 2018 for the Finance Advisory Board (aka, the “Fabulously FAB”). And there are no minutes posted in 2018 for the Library Board or the Bond Citizen Advisory Board either. Did meetings happen? Who knows.

As noted in the Tree Board meeting minutes above — even if no official meeting occurs and no votes are taken — the meeting still has to have minutes to notify the public about what happened. Or in some cases, what did not happen.

So in the spirit of the New Year,

Let’s make 2019 the Year of
Timely Meeting Minutes!

Calling All Youth Basketball Players and Future All Stars: Season begins January 12th in City of Lake Worth.

Time is running out to get signed up for Co-Ed Youth Basketball in the City of Lake Worth. The deadline is this coming Saturday (Jan. 5th).

Co-Ed basketball for ages 3–16:

  • Instruction for bitty ballers ages 3–6.
  • Junior players ages 7–9.
  • Shooters, 10–12.
  • All Stars, 13–16.

Fee for bitty ballers is $50; for all other ages $75.

Click on image to enlarge:

Play and instruction will be held at the Norman
J. Wimbley Gym located at 1515 Wingfield St.
Call 561-540-5133.

To get an athlete registered today click on this link or call the Dept. of Leisure Services at 561-533-7363.

Now that “Silly Season” is over let’s once again re-examine the myths and fallacies of ‘sanctuary’ and ‘sanctuary city’.

What exactly is the ‘Silly Season’? And why is the ‘sanctuary city’ a red herring? Please continue reading to find out.

Briefly, let’s set the stage.

For those of you familiar and well-schooled on the topic of ‘sanctuary’ Thank You for visiting today and please scroll down or look in the right-hand column to find about some really interesting stuff going on.

For everyone else — especially for new and recently news residents of the Town of Jupiter and the City of Lake Worth — continue reading to learn more about a topic that once raged in these two municipalities in Palm Beach County.

Briefly, what happened is this: Two centers opened to help undocumented immigrants from Central America, primarily Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. One center in 2005 that later came to be called the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center in Jupiter and then in 2007 the Guatemalan-Maya Center (GMC) opened in Lake Worth. Then the problems began. It wasn’t the migrants causing the problems. It was the people trying to take advantage of those people.

The El Sol Center in Jupiter went one direction. And the GMC went another.

To learn more about that, after you finish reading this blog post, scroll back up and click on this link.

But no matter which approach these two centers chose, their approach to helping the undocumented and immigrants, the battle raged about whether or not Jupiter and Lake Worth were ‘sanctuary cities’. Neither municipality was. But there were troublemakers doing everything they could to confuse the public. And word was spread to Central America that immigrants could find ‘sanctuary’ in Palm Beach County.

And when those immigrants arrived they learned the truth.

Without further ado, looking forward. . .

‘Silly Season’ is, of course, the recently held 2018 November General Elections.

And to make certain our local municipal elections next year in Palm Beach County don’t become nonsensical and a “propaganda box” again, this is very important to remember:

When you hear any politician in any city, town or village in this County bring up the topic of “banning” the mythical ‘sanctuary city’ or ‘sanctuary’ the very first thing you do is laugh at them. And the second thing is say, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!”

Never in the history of Florida has such a thing as a ‘sanctuary city’ ever existed. It’s a lie. A complete myth and nothing more.

And also on the topic of ‘sanctuary cities’ that red herring should always be used lowercase in print and in public speaking the speaker should always raise both hands in the air, above the shoulders, pause momentarily and wiggle the index and middle fingers of each hand prior to saying the words ‘sanctuary city’ or ‘sanctuary’.

Why? Because finger quotes, also called air quotes, denote a lie or a myth is being presented and not to be taken seriously.

There is a big difference between a ‘sanctuary city’ and a “Welcoming City” like the city of West Palm Beach is. The City of Lake Worth is also a Welcoming City. To learn more about this topic click on this link. For example, take this sentence:

“The City of Lake Worth is a Welcoming City but our City is not and never was [raise hands and wiggle fingers] a ‘sanctuary city’.”

It’s very sad to hear local politicians stooping so low as to bring up that false narrative and cheap political stunt about ‘sanctuary’. What’s needed are local and County elected officials — and those seeing elected office in the future, e.g., in the March 2019 municipal elections — to keep to the high road. Keep your fingers crossed.

There were twenty-two (22) cities, towns, and villages in PBC that had municipal elections in March 2018 and in none of those political races was the red herring fallacy ‘sanctuary city’ used as a political tactic which is excellent news. This was a huge leap forward in Palm Beach County politics.

But the same can’t be said for those in this County in the recent 2018 November General Election from other parts of Florida cherry-picking for votes. Very sad. They need to keep their dysfunctional and silly politics north of the I-4 Corridor.

This particular red herring, the ‘sanctuary city’ can cross the political spectrum from left to right and is only used to try and gain an advantage politically. The good news is, in the last 5–6 years, it has failed miserably for the most part and those throwing around that nonsense should take note. Let’s all hope this stupidity stops real quick and continue through future elections in PBC. Bury this claptrap for good. Once and for all.

Jupiter did not have municipal elections in March 2018 but the City of Lake Worth did. Kudos to all the candidates and each campaign in Lake Worth for not introducing that most-false of all political lies about ‘sanctuary’.

There is no legitimate reason to use that red herring UNLESS the intention is to try and divide and confuse the public for political reasons. For those of you unfamiliar with this political topic that once raged in Palm Beach County, please continue reading about. . .

The term ‘sanctuary city’ is one “that was created to divide people and to demonize diverse areas.”

Find out below for the source of the quote above.

This particular red herring. . .

“According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a red herring may be intentional, or unintentional; it does not necessarily mean a conscious intent to mislead.

What happens is the unsuspecting public hears the term ‘sanctuary city’ in the press, media, or from a politician or candidate and then several things will quickly happen. There will be outrage from some quarters. There will be calls for ‘sanctuary’ from others. But for most of the public, they will be in a state of utter confusion about the entire thing.

And that folks is exactly what this red herring
was designed to do: confuse, anger, and
frighten the public.

But all the while there were those in positions of responsibility that could have educated the public, e.g., the editors at The Palm Beach Post, who could have helped settle all this nonsense many years ago by just informing the public and elected officials as well that creating a ‘sanctuary’ would be politically and legally impossible in Palm Beach County.

Why? Simply because there has never been any policy created or even a definition of what a ‘sanctuary city’ is.

Any attempt to create a ‘sanctuary city’ would end up in the courts for a decade or even longer and even after that the Palm Beach County Commission would not allow it. And neither would PBSO. Because, in the end, it would be left up to PBSO to clean up the entire political ‘sanctuary’ mess.

But in December 2017, in what may have been content good enough for the ‘B’ section made the front page of the ‘A’ section in The Palm Beach Post with this headline: “Boynton Beach won’t be sanctuary city following unruly meeting” with a blaring black and white graphic:


Then came a few more articles about an imaginary ‘sanctuary city’ and later an editorial about the “sanctuary city” once again. Why was so much attention given to all this nonsense? Aren’t there other more pressing immigration issues to deal with than bring up the red herring ‘sanctuary’?

And ask yourself this question: Would a city such as Boynton Beach, with its own police department, be able to manage and control a ‘sanctuary’? Of course not. It would be a huge drain on resources and they would have to ask the County and PBSO for help. There would be no other option. 

But what gets lost in all this nonsense is this: There has never been, ever in the history of Palm Beach County, a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ despite what you may have been led to believe. So. . .

Just to be very clear: The City of Lake Worth
and Town of Jupiter are not, and never
, a ‘sanctuary city’.

The City of Lake Worth and the Town of Jupiter both welcome our immigrant neighbors and are doing everything they can to protect the immigrant population. But first, starting within the immigrant community, reporting of criminal activity needs to be a priority. Staying silent will only make the gang and crime problems worse. This is very important as well:

“Because a city or town has a center to help immigrants, DOTH NOT a ‘sanctuary’ make.”

Remember: The term ‘sanctuary city’ is one
“that was created to divide people and to
demonize diverse areas.”

Below is a quote by a reporter at SaintPetersBlog on that term, ‘sanctuary’, used to “demonize diverse areas”:

Regarding the issue of sanctuary cities and/or counties, Castor [U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D), 14th District of Florida] told the crowd they should stop using that phrase, as it was intentionally divisive. . . . “There’s a lot of confusion and emotion around the term,” Castor said. “I think it’s a trap. I think it was a term that was created to divide people and to demonize diverse areas.”

For more about this topic click on this link:

     Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein was mystified to learn this month [July 2015] that his city has been labeled a sanctuary city.
     “It caught us all by surprise,” he said. “I asked if there was any ordinance or proclamation in the past, and there was nothing. I think we just got roped up with a bunch of other cities.”

Hope you better understand now this
red herring fallacy.

And please share this information with your friends and neighbors and especially others you know who live in communities with diverse populations here in Palm Beach County.

Just because that red herring seems to have disappeared this year, that doesn’t mean it won’t rear its head once again in a future election.

Remain vigilant!

Today is Senior Citizen Day at Lake Worth World Thrift (LWWT): Where the discerning Senior Citizen shops for Hip fashion, style and accessories.

“Is it possible to be a Senior Citizen and a Hipster too?”

In the little vibrant City of
Lake Worth it is!

EVERY Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day at LWWT. The prices will knock your socks off!

And don’t fret about losing your socks. There are plenty of very traditional and trendy Hipster socks available!

LWWT is conveniently located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy. Questions? Call 561-588-4050. For the really great stuff get in line early! Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

“Shopping at World Thrift is not shopping. It’s an experience.” The #1 attraction in our little City of Lake Worth for over 3 years.

On Senior Citizen Day the lines start forming early so it’s a good idea to get there at least 15–20 minutes ahead of time for a good parking spot and also the really good stuff goes fast. Use this link to see some of the incredible fashion and garments available for everyone!

LWWT is now the #1 shopping destination in the City of Lake Worth according to fashion experts, Snowbirds, Millennials, Hipsters from West Palm Beach who can’t find a home in Lake Worth, and the Apatharchist community as well.

Men’s clothes, women’s clothes and for children too! Casual and formal wear as well, but you have to get there early for the awesome stuff.

They even have a huge selection of men’s pants too. Finding a quality men’s pant is a very serious problem here in the City of Lake Worth.
Some have called it a crisis.

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for lunch or dinner at Tacos Al Carbon. It’s the new hot spot everybody is raving about in Central Palm Beach County and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!

Body discovered east of Palm Springs between Palm Beach State College and John Prince Park.

This case remains unsolved. The body of Jessica Medina was discovered on November 14th last year.

If you have any information that could help solve this homicide please contact Crime Stoppers ASAP. Below is more information and a map.

Stay anonymous and be eligible for a reward.
The smallest tip could solve this terrible crime:

If you have a tip call 800-458-8477. To learn more about Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County
click on this link.

Many news organizations including the Sun Sentinel reported the body of Jessica Medina was found ‘in Lake Worth’ which is absolutely false.

The body of a female was found floating in a canal in Lake Worth [sic] on Wednesday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The female appears to be a victim of foul play,” said Teri Barbera, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman. “Detectives are investigating this death as a homicide.”

Find out the actual location of this crime scene below; it was not ‘in Lake Worth’.

Knowing the exact location is critical. There may have been a witness in the area who saw something.

Here is what is known thus far: The body was found on November 14th, a Wednesday afternoon floating in a canal between Palm Beach State College and John Prince Park (see map below). PBSO says it appears to be foul play. The victim was 33 years old and white.

The news published in The Palm Beach Post on November 17th needed to be clarified but never was.

The dateline incorrectly read, ‘LAKE WORTH’. The correct dateline should read “SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH” because the body was discovered outside the City of Lake Worth nearest to the Village of Palm Springs. This unincorporated area (which includes Palm Beach State College) uses a ‘Lake Worth’ zip code but is not to be confused with the actual City of Lake Worth which is further east.

The Post’s homicide tracker database inaccurately cites the “Location of death” as Palm Beach State College (PBSC) located at 4200 S. Congress Ave. The location of death has not been determined as yet by investigators. PBSC is where the body was found

PBSC is indicated below bordered by red lines.
Note where red line abuts the L-4 Canal.

Click on image to enlarge:

John Prince Park is to the right (east) in this image. Note the north-south L-4 Canal. Not shown is Lake Osborne or the nearby bridge in the park. Also note the Village of Palm Springs (shaded blue) is located north and west of PBSC. 

Public Safety: “Worth Noting” again about mobile home units and fires.

Make certain there is a fire detector with a charged battery.

And please stress the importance of this to all the returning Snowbirds full of mirth and joy: safety is always priority #1.

Our City of Lake Worth looks forward to each and every Snowbird Season and we all want our annual flock to be safe. And everyone of course also acknowledges, “It’s the ‘Snowbird Effect’ that keeps Florida going.”

About this City many in the public were surprised to learn there are four (4) mobile home communities within the municipal limits of Lake Worth with a total number of units at a whopping six hundred and sixty-five (665).

Learn more about this below, a little later in this blog post, data presented at a Commission Budget Workshop last year.

But what is even more alarming is this year in Central Palm Beach County two people have died in mobile home fires, news from The Palm Beach Post:

Get the word out to everyone you know who resides in a trailer park. Check to make certain the unit has a working fire detector and that it has a new battery.

By the numbers, about mobile home parks (MHP) in this City of Lake Worth:

  • Orange Grove MHP (120 units) on north side of 2600 block on 6th Ave. South and sad to report the location of recent homicide; the third in the City this year.
  • Palm Beach MHP (335 units) on east side of Boutwell Rd. in Park of Commerce.
  • Holiday MHP (70 units) on 1800 block of Lake Worth Rd. (west of Tri-Rail Station).
  • Holz MHP (140 units) on south side of 1700 block on 12th Ave. South.

The data above comes from information provided by the City. For example, below is the MHP Rate Structure for waste and refuse collection.

The previous rate prior to 2018–2019 budget
(click on images to enlarge):

Very important: None of these mobile home parks are managed or maintained by the City. They are all privately owned.

 The current MHP rate:

FYI: The last protest of any significance in City of Lake Worth was nearly three years ago at Palm Beach Mobile Home Park. The press and news media jumped on that story before learning the facts: read about CBS12’s silly ‘forced relocation’ and the retraction published in The Palm Beach Post.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

“Hmmm. I heard about something called the Sunset property. Where is it?”

Many long-time residents of the City of Lake Worth will remember the “Sunset property” (see image below). For a stroll down memory lane or to learn more read this blog post from June 2006. This property — still underutilized — is located west of I-95 in the southwestern area of the City very near the County’s John Prince Park (now home of the World’s largest dog park).

Interestingly, just east of I-95 in the northwestern part of the City, another long-time vacant property is presently being developed near Vernon Heights for new single-family houses: Meritage Homes’ Lake Cove Residential Development was unanimously approved by the City Commission.

If you’re interested, use this link and check out the City of Lake Worth’s Zoning Map, Future Land Use maps, and Land Development Regulations. Without further ado. . .

Image from The Lake Worth Herald, October 13th, 2005.
Click on image to enlarge:

Opening paragraph in the Herald about this City Commission meeting back in 2005: “When the tumult and shouting died down Tuesday night, Lake Worth was still without a decision on the number of townhouses the city would allow at 826 Sunset Dr.