Monday, June 24, 2019

A Look Back: “Historical Overview of our Current City Hall (former Municipal Auditorium)”

It’s hard to believe sometimes . . . this blog began 13 years ago. Now and then, especially for new or recently new blog readers, I’ll go back and find a blog post about our City’s history that will surprise a lot of residents, especially all those who’ve come to call Lake Worth Beach “home” in the last 2–3 years or so.

Looking back through some of those early posts found this one about Lake Worth City Hall from August 2006. The current City Hall was once the City’s Municipal Auditorium, what you know now as the “City Hall Annex” at the Cultural Plaza was City Hall “back in the day”.

Enjoy this look back in our City’s history and how the current City Hall came to be, a blog post titled, “Historical Overview of our Current City Hall”.

Click on images to enlarge:

“Living Large in Small Spaces”: Cottages of Lake Worth book honored as finalist of Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are referred to as the ‘Sundance’ in book publishing, these are literary awards honoring authors and publishers of notable and noteworthy independently published books in seventy categories ranging from “Action/Adventure (Fiction)” to “Best Overall Design Non-Fiction”.

Would you like to see the Cottages book? It is available at the following locations:

The Book Cellar bookstore in Lake Worth Beach (more details below), the Lake Worth Beach Public Library located at 15 North M St., the Maria Paz Art Studio at 515 Lake Ave. and at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County at 601 Lake Ave.*

The Cottages of Lake Worth book is cited by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of “Coffee Table Book/Photography”:

Here is the front cover of

Worth noting is The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach where one can peruse The Cottages of Lake Worth book on display. The Book Cellar is located at 801 Lake Ave. at the corner of Lake and J Street.

*Other locations outside Lake Worth Beach: Hand’s Art Supplies at 325 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, the Palm Beach Book Store at 215 Royal Poinciana Way in the Town of Palm Beach, and several venues in West Palm (Excentricities, 1810 S. Dixie Hwy; Mecox Gardens, 3900 S. Dixie; Norcross Patio and Gift, 5023 S. Dixie; and The Painted Ox at 5800 S. Dixie.

Discerning shoppers shop at World Thrift: Taste, style, fashion and shoes!

  Wednesday at World Thrift
is Senior Citizens Day in
Lake Worth Beach!

Shoppers at World Thrift want to know,

“What’s the difference between an Anarchist and an Apatharchist?” Find out the answer below.

People are getting confused because Anarchists and Apatharchists look so alike. In fashion there is the Anarch-style and many of those items are For-Sale at World Thrift. But what makes Apatharchists so different is they,

“Don’t give a ■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■■■ about politics any more!”

Basically, the Apatharchist is a former Anarchist who got tired of attending all those meetings all the time and being told what to do. After hours and hours wondering who is snitching on who many former Anarchists come down with a case of “apathy”: an absence of passion, emotion or excitement.

Apathy  +  Passionless Anarchist  =  Apatharchist.

Apatharchists are more concerned about coffee prices at Starbucks, lobbying IKEA to open a store on Dixie Hwy., talking about real estate and wondering what’s the deal with ‘kicks’ when there are so many other styles of shoes for a woman to choose from?

Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day at World Thrift in Lake Worth Beach!

The competition is on for best parking spots, the best shopping spots and restaurants too.

The BIG DAYS at World Thrift are Monday (when all the new and really great stuff is out) and Wednesday (Senior Citizen Day). So you’ll want to get in line early on those days.

The hip and cool World Thrift opened up 3½ years ago. And things have never been the same.

World Thrift, if you didn’t know by now, is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sunday. Call 561-588-4050 for more information. Use this link to see some of the incredible fashion and garments available for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

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 PBC and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!

Following wave after wave of good news coming from our little City the philosophy of Apatharchism has firmly taken hold here. Adherents include former 60’s-style Anarchists, Millennial-Anarchists, Anarch sympathizers, and affinity members once focused only on the bad news, doom and gloom, and the “Wolf at the Door” that never appeared.

As far as all the other Millennials go, not quite enamored with the Anarchist lifestyle. . .

Are you a Millennial Hipster looking for a place that’s “up and coming”? Do you want to stand out? Make yourself noticed? By definition a Hipster is born about 1980, and is attracted to up-and-coming cities: that’s Lake Worth Beach, Florida!

Having World Thrift located here makes all the sense in the world now. The New Times rated World Thrift one of the best thrift stores ever:

[I]t remains the only place in town to score a vintage silk kimono, a $3.99 collection of mint-condition '70s-era teen magazines, a plethora of options for the next ugly Christmas sweater party, and a White House Black Market dress with the tags still on for ten bucks, all in one afternoon.

However, the looming question remains: are Hipsters really hip and why do they all seem to look alike? Or are they really raging non-conformists who have all conformed?

There are other options as well. You can take another path like the Anarchist Millennials:

Look closely at the written instructions on how
and when to empty the poop bucket. And who
knows, you might even catch an Anarchist

musical while you’re in town.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Festival of Día de los Muertos in Lake Worth Beach. A festival like no other in South Florida.

When is it time to begin the preparations for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities? The time is now:

Para más información o oportunidades
de venta llaman 561-493-2550.

Or contact Emily Theodossakos,
Marketing Program Manager by email:

Become a sponsor at this year’s
Day of the Dead festival!

This year’s 4th annual Día de los Muertos will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, just about 4½ short months away.

Playa Lake Worth es una ciudad acogedora y un verdadero punto de encuentro para las diferentes culturas.

[Lake Worth Beach is a welcoming city and a true meeting point of different cultures.]

Start getting ready all you face painters, vendors, dancers, musicians, entertainers, and all who wish to honor and celebrate those who have passed on.

The Day of the Dead is one of South and Central America’s most distinctive holidays, Día de los Muertos is considered a day of cheerful celebration rather than one of mourning.

Each November, LULA Lake Worth Arts presents a FREE day of fun for the whole family. This year Day of the Dead, as it is each year, will be celebrated on the first Saturday in November at The HATCH building located at 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The annual celebration will feature traditional foods, folkloric dances, traditional ofrendas, a procession, cultural arts and crafts and children’s activities.

Admission and parking to the festival and
exhibitions are always FREE.

“Strong Towns” and the public narrative (storytelling) coming to Lake Worth Beach on Wednesday, June 26th.

To get registered for this seminar at the Casino and Beach Complex including ticket prices, guest speakers and list of sponsors, all that information is later in this blog post today. This all-day event (7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) will include breakfast and lunch and FREE parking is also available.

This event is called “Planning Challenges 2019: City Stories” organized by the Palm Beach County Planning Congress (PBCPC).

Excited to announce Daniel Herriges — a long-time contributor and content manager for Strong Towns — will be the keynote speaker at this event in Lake Worth Beach.

Strong Towns is “a nonpartisan organization where strong citizens from across the political spectrum can gather around the common goal of making the Strong Towns approach real in more places. We consistently find that our movement is uniquely politically diverse, and our readership consists of people identifying as broadly liberal, conservative, moderate, and everything in between.”

At this event on Wednesday the Palm Beach County Planning Congress will have master storytellers and a wide-ranging group of well-known planners and other professionals, community members and leaders including keynote storyteller Daniel Herriges from Strong Towns; the luncheon keynote storyteller will be Tony Garcia with Street Plans Collaborative; will hear stories by Caren Neile from the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at FAU and others throughout the day ending with a “Sidewalk Talk” along the Lake Worth Beach seawall.

About the Palm Beach County Planning Congress:

The PBCPC includes public and private sector professionals in fields of urban planning, water resources, transportation, education, local, regional and state planning, architecture, growth management and environmental law, engineering, landscape architecture, real estate, health and human services, and other related fields. The PBCPC meets on a regular monthly basis. To become a member of the PBCPC use this link.

The sponsors of “Planning Challenges 2019: City Stories” are:
  • The host City of Lake Worth Beach
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • KCI Technologies
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Lewis Longman and Walker
  • NZ Consultants
  • Palm Beach County
  • Treasure Coast Section – APA FL
  • WGI

Event fee:

  • For PBCPC members: $75.00.
  • Non-members: $85.00.

For attendees purchasing tickets at the door on the day of the event the cost is $65 for those who become members of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress.

Click on this link to get registered for “Planning Challenges 2019: City Stories”.

Setting the bar high in Greenacres: Making education, families and children a high priority.

The City Council led by the honorable Mayor Joel Flores and the administration in the City of Greenacres deserve a lot of credit for creating one of the best After School and camp programs in the United States and the honor of receiving Florida Gold Seal Designation as well. Here is recent news published on the front page in the Coastal and Greenacres Observer headlined, “Greenacres After School Program Receives National Accreditation”:

The Council on Accreditation (COA) has proudly recognized the City of Greenacres After School and Camp Programs (a licensed, year-round, K-12 grade program) as an outstanding provider.

National accreditation demonstrates that the program successfully implements high performance standards and delivers the highest quality services to all of its children, youth and families. In addition to this achievement, the City of Greenacres After School Program was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice or core standards.

The assessors were extremely impressed with the City’s operations, extended learning and enrichment programs, community partnerships and resources available. They travel all over and country, and even internationally, and claimed it was one of the best programs they have ever assessed.

COA accreditation allows the City to obtain the Florida Gold Seal Designation, that provides for a higher per child/per day, rate of reimbursement, from the Early Learning Coalition. For more information on the program visit the City’s website at or call 561-642-2193.

The COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor providing a full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

Congratulations to the City of Greenacres!

To learn more about the City of Greenacres click on this link.

And in other recent news just last week Greenacres reopened their renovated gymnasium at the City’s Community Center at 501 Swain Blvd. You can learn more about that on the Greenacres official Facebook page.

The Coastal and Greenacres Observer is a FREE weekly publication published by the Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc. To download the Observer click on this link and then use the Options tab to download the PDF. For more information contact the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to:

Build it and they will come?

Four years ago during some of the most wonderful weather in South Florida the municipal pool adjacent to the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex remained for the most part empty of people.

As some consider going down the same lane once again it’s worth wondering whether or not a pool scene in March–May 2025 would look any different than the scenes below in March–May 2015.

When we had a pool open to the public at the beach in Lake Worth. . .

It was a pool that needed people. . .

Friday, June 21, 2019

Lake Worth Beach now has an official Facebook page!

For many of you this news will be hard to believe but it’s true. Below is a press release from the City including a link to the official page on Facebook.

This is what came to mind on learning the news about Lake Worth Beach now having a official presence on Facebook:

Here is the press release datelined June 20th:

Lake Worth Beach, Florida — The City of Lake Worth Beach is pleased to announce the launch of the official Lake Worth Beach Facebook Page. The City invites all who want to learn more about what is happening throughout the City to like and follow the new page.

For more information please contact Ben Kerr, Public Information Officer at 561-586-1631; email:

Here is more information Worth Noting about Lake Worth Beach: To become a subscriber and receive official updates and future press releases from the City use this link.

Pier at the beach in Lake Worth Beach is named in honor of William O. Lockhart, a former commissioner.

William Osborne Lockhart was the former pier master who passed away in 2003: “[I]t was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.”

The news below is from July 2003 by long-time South Florida editor and reporter Kari Barnett.

Click on image to enlarge:

Newspaper clipping from the Lake Worth Forum dated July 8th, 2003. The Forum is published by the Sun Sentinel for distribution in Palm Beach County.

The caption beneath the photo reads in part:

The pier at Lake Worth Beach, first opened in 1954, was recently renamed by the city commission for long-time activist William O. Lockhart, who died in April at age 71.

Article continues on p. 6 . . . three excerpts:

“William Lockhart was a friend of society and a proud member of this city,” said Paul Martin, who was overcome with emotion at the unanimous vote [July 1st, 2008 at City Commission] to change the name.
     Martin, along with others in Lake Worth, started a grassroots campaign months ago to raise funds to pay for the lettering on a new sign showing that the pier is named in Lockhart’s honor.

and. . .

     Along with his charitable efforts, Lockhart was a city commissioner in the late 1980s who attended many meetings around the city’s neighborhoods.
     After retiring from his city job in 1991, Lockhart was a volunteer with the Lake Worth Citizens on Patrol and was president of Lake Worth Citizens on Task.
     But it was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.

and the article concludes. . .

     Commissioner Nadine Burns took time at the end of last week’s commission meeting to recall what she thought Lockhart meant to the City of Lake Worth.
     “I was cleaning out one of the file cabinets here at city hall and I realized William Lockhart was one of the most repeated names,” Burns said.
     “We did a good thing tonight.”

The William O. Lockhart Pier was one of the sites visited by writer Lori Durante* of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in a blog post dated Oct. 2012 titled, “Black Bahamian descendants from Miami tour historic Lake Worth”. According to Durante former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard provided research on Lockhart’s ancestry.

Another stop on the tour was the St. John’s Episcopal Church in the City of Lake Worth: “Lake Osborne Addition was once Lake Osborne ‘Colored’ Addition that was settled around 1917 by black Bahamians.” Durante then states that in 1999 the City deleted the derogatory term ‘Colored’ from City plat maps.

Durante’s tour also visited the Grant AME Chapel, “[E]stablished in 1922 and is the oldest black church in Lake Worth. The church organization originated in the neighboring Town of Lantana.”

More history about the William O. Lockhart Pier: the hurricanes of 2004–2005.

After the pier was renamed in 2003 and according to reporter Kari Barnett some thought the name change would be “confusing for some visitors” and others wanted the name to remain the “Lake Worth Pier” a much bigger issue came along in September 2004. What no one could have predicted and very few were prepared for: hurricanes Frances and Jeanne and then Wilma visited the very next year.

Here is news from 2006 as reported by Palm Beach Post staff writer Nicole Janok on, “Lake Worth moving to rebuild pier”.

“The $2.8 million project is slated to begin in January and take approximately 10 months”.

LAKE WORTH — Longtime surfer James Linkins remembers the days when Lake Worth Beach had sandbars that produced killer waves. But ever since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroyed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier two years ago [2004], the waves haven’t been the same.”

Newspaper clipping from October 28th, 2006.

Click on image to enlarge:

On Sept. 4th, 2004, Hurricane Frances pummeled Lake Worth — then two weeks later we got hit by Hurricane Jeanne — winds estimated 120 mph. Then along came Wilma in 2005. Fast forward to 2009. . .

The William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier held its grand reopening on May 9th, 2009 and Lockhart has kept his place in City of Lake Worth history.

*Does the name Lori Durante sound familiar? It should. Durante is one of Lake Worth’s greatest ambassadors. She was featured in an article by Palm Beach Post business reporter Jennifer Sorentrue:

Delray Beach resident Lori Durante launched Taste History Culinary Tours in 2011, combining the idea of a narrated bus tour with the growing popularity of food tastings.
     She started the venture in Delray Beach, and then added tours in Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth [emphasis added], and West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village neighborhood and Arts and Entertainment District.

The Palm Beaches [sic] Marathon: A 26.2 mile race yet to reach its potential.

The Palm Beaches [sic] Marathon will be held in early December later this year. This full marathon, the 26.2 mile race route has been slightly improved over the years but not by much. For example, there is no beach along the full marathon route. Not one single beach.

Should this race be called the Palms Marathon instead? There are plenty of beautiful palm trees along the race route but not one single beach.

West Palm Beach is the star each year for the Palm Beaches Marathon but West Palm does not have a beach. Lake Worth Beach has a beach but each and every year the full marathon falls short of our beach. What LWB should do is what the Town of Palm Beach did: tell the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon to go pound sand somewhere else. Later in this blog post is information about all that.

For residents and business owners in this City of Lake Worth that’s where you come in. Start lobbying now for a better presence and a better stage for our City in this year’s race and years beyond. Our City deserves an equal seat at the table, not just race infill or an afterthought.

The Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon last year. They said it wasn’t “town-serving”. Our City of Lake Worth needs to demand this annual race serve our City better than it has in the past. How many in the public and those in the running community even know part of the full 26.2 mile marathon goes through this little City?

Several City neighborhoods are included in the race and all are east of Dixie Hwy. and the runners never even get one single glimpse of the Lake Worth Lagoon off the shores of LWB. Runners will see a lot of the Intracoastal in West Palm (No Beach) though. Ironic. It’s not called the West Palm Beach Lagoon for a reason.

Question: Did you know of all the types of races in the Palm Beaches Marathon event lineup (there are several of different length and skill level), the biggest and by far the most popular is the 26.2 mile race called a full marathon as opposed to a half marathon and other shorter races.

Organizers hope this annual event will some day rise to the level of the Boston and New York marathons.

But for this City the full marathon is basically race infill. Race designers picking the streets and turns to make it exactly 26.2 miles. The race does not make it to the Casino at the Beach. The race does not make it to either of our iconic Downtown streets: Lake and Lucerne avenues. The race doesn’t even come close to the Cultural Plaza. How sad.

Remember, last year the Town of Palm Beach rejected the Palm Beaches Marathon. Their elected leaders called it not “town-serving”. That’s right. Rejected. Get out of town.

So what are residents, business and restaurant owners in this City of Lake Worth to do? Here are several ideas:

Start contacting the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, your elected leaders here in the City of Lake Worth, and the good folks at LULA Lake Worth Arts and tell them you want the 2019 Palm Beaches Marathon to be more “town-serving” for our City.

What happened in the Town of Palm Beach last year? Why did they reject the race?

How we got to this point starting off with the news in the Palm Beach Daily News.

In August 2018 organizers of this marathon had a glimmer of hope the Town of Palm Beach would allow the race to enter the town according to journalist William Kelly at the Shiny Sheet. But those hopes were dashed on August 15th.

Deputy Town [of Palm Beach] Manager Jay Boodheshwar said marathon organizers must meet several conditions to receive a special event permit from the council that would allow bringing the marathon into town. Councilman Lew Crampton suggested last week that marathon organizers make a donation to the town in return for being able to bring the race here. [emphasis added]

and. . .

     “It’s not in the interest, I think, of our residents,” Lindsay [Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay] said. “It’s a small town, it’s quiet, they’re here to have peace and quiet … it’s a drain on our police and also the rest of our staff.”

Here is more news from reporter Ian Cohen at the Shiny Sheet, more excerpts:

The Town Council on Wednesday [8/15/2018] voted 4-1 to reject a permit request by the marathon’s managing director, Kenneth Kennerly, to allow the annual race to run through about 1.2 miles of town.

and. . .

     “It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving. The president [U.S. President Donald Trump] will be in town,” Moore [Council President Danielle Moore] said. “This would just be another piece of a very complicated weekend in Palm Beach. It causes me great consternation to think about the things that could possibly go wrong.”

The Lake Worth Tropical Triathlon every year uses the Robert Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge and the Casino as part of the course for runners. So why can’t the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon find a route to include our Casino in this City?

In 2017 it was sort of like the organizers tweaked the race to make it exactly 26.2 miles and that was our City’s only role. The stars of the show, of course, were the Town of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

About the race two years ago from the organizers of the Palm Beaches Marathon:

“We [2017 Palm Beaches Marathon] have worked to improve the course from previous years, in order to make the route the best and most scenic as possible. The Marathon course will be a Boston Qualifier, and fast, flat and beautiful. For the first time in the event’s 14 year history we will be crossing into the Town of Palm Beach!”

Below is the Lake Worth leg of the
2017 full marathon race.

Click on image to enlarge:

Full marathon runners in 2017 entered the City, headed east on Duke Dr., then south on Lakeside Drive to 10th Ave. North. and then at the turn exiting the City on Federal Hwy.

In 2018 runners ran seven blocks further south prior to the turnaround. To see the 2018 map of the full marathon race click on this link.

The Palm Beaches Marathon in 2019?

Make your voice heard! Further on over the bridge to the Lake Worth Casino!

BREAKING: The real BEACH plan, kept secret til now, finally exposed in Lake Worth Beach.

No way! Not on my watch. Keep your HANDS OFF OUR BEACH in LDub! Don’t change a thing!

Are you a member of the SRS platoon? Did you take your sign down? Put that thing back out in the front yard! Hurry!

And don’t forget about the pool either. “We don’t care if its condemned and crumbling because its ours! HANDS OFF all you vultures trying to fix our old, broken stuff!”

Hope everyone had a good laugh and, once again, Thank You for visiting today.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lake Worth Beach press release.

Lake Worth Beach, Florida — The 18th Annual Great American Raft Race will take place in Bryant Park as part of the City of Lake Worth Beach 4th of July celebrations. This year’s theme is “As Seen on TV”. The race is preceded by a parade of competitors down Lake Avenue to Bryant Park starting at 11:00 a.m. The Great American Raft Race is organized by the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council and is an opportunity for local groups to take part in friendly competition and celebrate life in the quirky City by the Sea.

Please note that in order to accommodate the race the City will be closing down the Bryant Park boat ramps on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. and will reopen them on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

For more information please contact Ben Kerr, Public Information Officer at 561-586-1631; email:

News from The Coastal Star: “South Palm approves merger deal with sheriff”.

Here are two excerpts from the story by journalist Dan Moffett:

After running its own police department for more than a half-century, the Town of South Palm Beach has decided to join forces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The Town Council voted 4-1 on June 18 to approve a draft contract for services with the sheriff that would begin on Oct. 1 and run for 10 years. Councilwoman Stella Gaddy Jordan voted against the merger agreement, saying she wanted to see the final version of the contract before considering approval.

“I just hope everybody is happy with us moving forward in this town,” said Mayor Bonnie Fischer. “It was a big step but I think it’s going to be good.”

and. . .

Council members credited Kellogg and Town Attorney Glen Torcivia, who oversaw Lake Worth Beach’s switch to the Sheriff’s Office a decade ago, with negotiating the 10-year commitment, an unusually long term for interlocal law enforcement agreements.

For Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, taking over South Palm Beach is a significant inroad into the county’s barrier islands. The sheriff has service contracts with 10 other municipalities, and one in the works with the newly formed Westlake community, but currently has only a limited presence along the coast.

To read the entire story in The Coastal Star use this link.

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida!

Getting ready for 2019–2020 Snowbird and Holiday Season at the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

Stop by the LWB Visitors’ Center in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.) and pick up several post cards today. Remind your favorite Snowbird that the Winter Season officially begins on December 21st this year.

A huge leap forward for Lake Worth Beach: Official recognition by PAPA.

On March 12th the electorate in the City of Lake Worth voted to rename this municipality as Lake Worth Beach and the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Public Access (PAPA) website has since been updated to reflect the name change (see map below).

However, as newsworthy as Lake Worth Beach is and continues to be, there is a much bigger story happening out west that is largely going unnoticed in Central Palm Beach County and that is the growing dominance of the City of Greenacres, a municipality expanding at a rapid rate.

Click on map to enlarge, note the label “Lake Worth Beach” and annexations further to the west:

Many areas west of LWB (unshaded) will keep a ‘Lake Worth’ mailing address until being annexed by Village of Palm Springs (shaded blue) or Town of Lantana (verdenia red). In both square miles and population the City of Greenacres is expanding rapidly, already exceeding Lake Worth Beach.

Which delves into zip codes. . . Lake Worth Beach has two zip codes, 33460 and a portion of 33461:

What if Lake Worth Beach was all one zip code (33460) including all incorporated areas west of I-95 (shaded blue)?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

News from reporter Austen Erblat: FREE community event in Lake Worth Beach to discuss sanctuary city ban.

According to the Sun Sentinel the Florida Immigrant Coalition will be at the Guatemalan Maya Center this coming Friday, June 21st, from 5:30–7:00. This event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. This event will also have free food and drinks available for attendees.

The Guatemalan Maya Center is located at 430 North G St.

Here are two excerpts from the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, an issue that brought activists and protestors to the Florida Capitol from across the state when it was being discussed in the state legislature.

DeSantis ran for governor on the issue of promising to ban so-called sanctuary cities, which aim to prevent local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials if they arrest immigrants for low level or nonviolent crimes. Some critics have called the bill unnecessary since Florida did not have any sanctuary jurisdictions, according to the Department of Justice.

and. . .

Now a group of organizations led by Florida Immigrant Coalition, who led the opposition efforts to the state’s senate and house bills in Tallahassee, will host a community awareness event to educate South Florida communities on what the bill means for them.

Click on this link to read the entire article in the Sun Sentinel.

It is worth noting the City of Lake Worth, now called Lake Worth Beach, was never a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ and the Town of Jupiter was also mistakenly confused as a sanctuary as well because that municipality is home to the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center.

About the reporter at the Sun Sentinel:

Austen Erblat is a reporter covering various communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel Media Group. He has covered music, politics and environmental issues for regional and national papers, magazines and blogs. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University, where he was news editor and managing editor of the student paper.

To follow or send a message to Erblat on Twitter use this link.

Lake Worth Beach City Commission meeting last evening.

The meeting starts off with a legislative update from District 89 State Representative Mike Caruso:

Worth noting tonight is a meeting of the City’s Recreation Advisory Board at 501 Lake Ave. in the downtown. The meeting begins at 6:30 and is open to everyone from the public. Tomorrow evening (Thurs., 6/20) at Lake Worth Beach City Hall is a Commission Budget Work Session which begins at 6:00.

To look over the City’s official calendar use this link.

Monday, June 17, 2019

News from Andrew Boryga headlined, “Just add humidity: How this air-to-water machine can quench your thirst”.

Learn more about the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter at the end of this blog post including his contact information. Now is a very good time to become a subscriber to the Sun Sentinel, for unlimited digital access click on this link.

This latest news from Boryga will have you wondering about the inconceivable, what if the humidity here in South Florida can be turned into a necessity for everyone, an everyday and essential need? On that Boryga asks his readers,

But what if that humidity could serve as a commodity for our current and future water needs in South Florida and beyond? What if clean water could be created . . . right out of thick air?

Below are two excerpts from the Sun Sentinel story datelined June 17th about a company called Atmospheric Water Solutions (AWS). Later in this blog post are ways to contact AWS and find out where their products are available locally.

The information about AWS changes the narrative model about drinking water in any number of ways including improving the environment and reducing plastic pollution. One can see how this technology can help eliminate plastic water bottles and on a larger scale bank more clean water underground for future drought conditions.

This technology acts like a dehumidifier and an air cleaner and works optimally at 75° and 40% humidity and a home unit can produce up to five gallons of water per day. AWS says, “It’s time to reimagine water”. Here is a list of FAQs produced by AWS including why water produced from the air is more efficient and healthy than distilled water:

There are many volatile organic compounds found in ground-sourced water used to create distilled water — and many of them have boiling points below that of water (like pesticides or herbicides and a whole lot of other volatile chemical compounds that have names far too difficult to pronounce, much less spell). The point is that when water boils into steam and then re-condenses as distilled water it still contains these dangerous volatiles. And distilled water has a large carbon footprint — it takes a tremendous amount of energy to boil water.

Skeptics of atmospheric water generators may recall the history of air conditioning, once thought to be too expensive and too cumbersome to ever be economical on a large scale. Here are two excerpts from the story in the Sun Sentinel:

Atmospheric Water Solutions or AWS, sits in a very unassuming office park, but since 2012 they have been tinkering with a very remarkable product. They dub it the AquaBoy Pro. Now in its second generation (the AquaBoy Pro II), it is one of the only atmospheric water generators available to the everyday buyer on the market in places such as Target or Home Depot.

Atmospheric water generator sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. But Reid Goldstein, the executive vice president of AWS who took over in 2015, says the basic technology traces back to the development of air conditioners and dehumidifiers. “It’s essentially dehumidification technology with modern science thrown in.”

And looking forward in South Florida, why atmospheric water generator technology makes sense from the perspective of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD):

By 2025, 6 million new residents are projected to make Florida their home and more than half will settle in South Florida, according to the SFWD. This will increase demand for fresh water by 22 percent. Smith [Randy Smith, SFWMD spokesman] said that any technology that would aid in the conservation of water is “critical.”

AWS believes products like theirs, which requires zero groundwater to function, are perfect to reduce day-to-day needs, such as drinking water or filling up your coffee machine.

However, their leaders have a vision of expanding business for needs such as growing agriculture, servicing kidney dialysis machines, and providing drinking water to hospitals — some of which they already do. They are currently developing a mobile unit that can create 1,500 gallons of water a day, which they say could serve construction sites, emergency relief and remote areas.

Click on this link to read the entire story in the Sun Sentinel.

AWS is located in the South Florida region, in Cooper City, Broward County. For any questions you have call 954-306-6763, fill out this form on their website, or send an email to:

And to learn more how AWS and their atmospheric water generator technology can help to reduce plastic pollution and also reducing the amount of ingested microplastic particles in the body follow their page on Facebook.

About the reporter,

Andrew Boryga is a general assignment reporter at the Sun Sentinel. Previously he freelanced for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times and other outlets. He has taught writing to college students at the University of Miami and inmates at Everglades Correctional Institution. He is a Bronx, New York native and current Miami resident.

To follow Mr. Boryga on Twitter use this link. If you have a story to share with Boryga send an email to:

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) takes an alternate view on “Green” energy.

Please Note. The video below may be disturbing for some viewers. You’ve been warned.

Very important: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”. But for many of the public in places like Palm Beach County searching for new ideas, disturbed by western sprawl, and disappointed with the leaderless and languishing environmentalist community in South Florida then DGR may be what you are looking for.

One of the more outspoken members of DGR is Lierre Keith and over the years she has drawn a tremendous amount of traffic to this blog. Why? Perhaps because within the “radical space” Keith is a most unwelcome voice.

Once again, some may find the
video below very disturbing.

Others may find it provocative. Draw your own conclusions. The video was first posted on this blog in 2014 and many times since. At the 54 second mark in the video a member of DGR says:

“Today we’re going to introduce you to some ideas that you’re probably familiar with as environmentalists. But we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.

Two members [Max Wilbert and Cameron Foley] of Deep Green Resistance talk about green energy alternatives that have created unintended consequences, for example, they mention 1.2 million Tibetans forced to work in Chinese mines, massive strip mining operations all over the planet, pollution, toxic runoff, and enormous amounts of greenhouse gases produced by heavy-duty hauling and digging equipment and the machinery used for mining in the search for rare earth metals, copper, and for the production of steel, and bird deaths at California’s Ivanpah concentrated solar field project. Mr. Wilbert says in the video below,

There is no way to produce industrial technology without industrial devastation. Green technology requires global trade, global exploitation, global destruction of the land, air and the water. You just can’t do it any other way. It’s impossible.

Wilbert and Foley take a sobering view of modern-day environmentalism and call out some groups by name, including the Sierra Club. Although they don’t mention the Anarchist community (EarthFirst!) here in the City of Lake Worth by name, they do talk about their failed pipeline protest in Texas at the 44:00 mark and question whether protesting is getting results or just draining money and resources from other environmental causes.

Once again, Max Wilbert from DGR says in the video:

“. . . we might also be talking about some things that are surprising or even shocking to some of you.”

End of discussion about DGR and solar energy. Very interesting is it not? Has it changed your view of solar energy?

“. . .look. . . it’s a pool again!”

Newspaper clipping from April 2008.

Click on image to enlarge:

Next time you and your family go to the beach look at that space south of the Casino and wonder, “When will that space not be a pool again?” Why cant it be a skate park? An outside theater? Why is Lake Worth Beach always left ‘holding the water’ for the Town of Palm Beach?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Lake Worth Beach press release:

Books and Bubbles: Literacy in the Laundromat

Healthier Lake Worth Funds Unique Project Developed by the Lake Worth Beach Public Library

Lake Worth Beach, Fl — The Lake Worth Beach Public Library is pleased to announce that Healthier Lake Worth has chosen to fund its groundbreaking Books and Bubbles program. This project seeks to encourage literacy in the City of Lake Worth Beach by bringing Storytime events and books to families who are not currently library users while they wait for their clothes to wash and dry in local laundromats.

“These funds will enable us to purchase start up materials and books to give to the families who attend the programs – thank you, Healthier Lake Worth!” said Children’s Librarian Cindy Ansell as she accepted the $3500.00 check.

The impact of this program is 2-fold. The families who attend the programs will be encouraged to develop early literacy behaviors and the volunteers who attend the training session will be provided with a way to positively change their community for the better.

In August, the Lake Worth Beach Library will begin training volunteers on how to present a Books and Bubbles Storytime program. The program will consist of reading simple books and singing songs to familiar tunes. Each volunteer will wear an apron which will identify them as a Books and Bubbles volunteer. Volunteers will begin visiting laundromats in September.

For more information about this project contact Cindy Ansell at 561-533-7354.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Press Release. LWB Public Library with exciting news: CloudLibrary service.

Lake Worth Beach — Over 97,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available with Lake Worth Beach Public Library’s new cloudLibrary service. Residents will be able to access eBooks with their Lake Worth Beach Public Library card using the cloudLibrary app (see link below).

The cloudLibrary app is easy to use on a mobile device, computer or tablet. Apps are downloaded directly from the Apple Store or Google Play. Other options include downloading the app for Windows PC or Mac OS X. Once the app is downloaded a user can log in with their library card number and then browse and borrow eBooks. Borrowed books will remain available through the app for up to 2 weeks.

The cloudLibrary app is available using this link:

For information about cloudLibrary or to learn how to get a library card residents should contact the library by calling 561-533-7354 or send an email to:

“A love letter to Lake Worth” by Rena Blades.

This was a letter from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County published in March 2017 by The Palm Beach Post in a first-of-its-kind “Special Keepsake Series”.

The Cultural Council is located in the downtown in Lake Worth Beach.

Featured in this Special Insert two years ago were Mayor Pam Triolo, “[T]his City is on the road to recovery and renaissance”, a feature story on City Manager Michael Bornstein, a full-page story on the historic cottages in Lake Worth, local artist AnnaMaria is quoted, “True [local] artists need to create. True [local] artists have a passion that must be expressed.”

There was a feature story about the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex, “The crown jewel of city amenities, home to a beach, a pier, restaurants, a casino building, and an award-winning wedding facility.” But there was no mention of a municipal pool at the beach in Lake Worth and hopefully that community eyesore will be removed in short order.

That Special Insert published in the Post was an incredible piece of work led by editor Jan Tuckwood and photojournalist Bruce R. Bennett.

And also in that Special Insert was another feature story. One by Rena Blades herself, the past president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Click on newspaper clipping
from the Special Insert to enlarge:

Rena Blades left the Cultural Council in January 2018 to start Delos Consulting. To meet the current administration at the Cultural Council use this link.

Just for kicks: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Don’t Spook the Horse”.

From the 1990 vinyl album Ragged Glory included in the “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”. Los Angeles Times music critic John D’Agostino called the record “impressive primitivism coming from a 45-year-old rock icon”:

From Wikipedia: “Crazy Horse is an American rock band best known for their association with Neil Young. Beginning in 1969 and continuing to the present day, they have been co-credited on a number of Young’s albums, with 11 studio albums and numerous live albums being billed as by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. They have also released six studio albums of their own, issued between 1971 and 2009.”

Monday, June 10, 2019

A work in progress.

The officially new website for Lake Worth Beach was unveiled over the weekend. To look it over for yourself click on this link.

On March 12th of this year the electorate approved renaming this City to Lake Worth Beach and then later that month the City’s website was taken down for well over two months. Part of the new website is dedicated to the “Strategic Plan 2020–2025”; worth noting, however, there are still six months left in 2019. About the new website:

This is evolving for format and to best coordinate with new name and new marketing and branding. Concept captures individual feedback meetings with each commissioner and the similarities they have.

Here is how to contact your elected leaders in Lake Worth Beach with your feedback on the new website:

  • Mayor Pam Triolo: 561-586-1735; email,
  • Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso (District 3): 561-586-1733;
  • Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell (District 1): 561-586-1731;
  • Commissioner Omari Hardy (District 2): 561-586-1732;
  • Commissioner Herman C. Robinson (District 4): 561-586-1734;

There are several public meetings at City Hall this week. This will be a good test going forward how well the City gets the word out and posts the agendas for the public.

Stay tuned. 

2020 Elections in Palm Beach County: A rematch, Caruso vs. Bonfiglio?

Before long the 2020 Election Season in PBC will be a very big topic. For an early look at the field and candidates thus far according to the Supervisor of Elections click on this link. It’s hard to believe but it was just six months ago that Susan Bucher was suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis then appointed Wendy Sartory Link to become the Supervisor of Elections and Link promptly announced she would not become a candidate for the office in 2020. But that was then.

Another Caruso/Bonfiglio race for District 89 will most certainly focus on what happened in 2018 but it remains to be seen if that issue alone will drive the voters to the polls. It may have the opposite and negative effect and depress voter turnout or drive up undervotes especially in a highly partisan election year.

Many of you will recall in November 2018 when Jim Bonfiglio lost the House District 89 race to now-State Rep. Mike Caruso; it was a very close and contentious election. Already Bonfiglio has filed to run against Caruso once again even though the five-day qualifying period does not begin until June 15th, 2020, just about a year from now. How does one get ones name on the District 89 ballot? That information is a little later in this blog post.

Is another Caruso/Bonfiglio all but certain? Of course not. A lot will happen between now and June 2020 and most certainly others will enter the fray.

In 2018 both Caruso and Bonfiglio were vying to replace Rep. Bill Hager who was term-limited but the 2020 race will pose a much different dynamic: Mike Caruso is now the incumbent which is a huge advantage.

Caruso defeated Matt Spritz in the August 2018 Republican Primary and Bonfiglio won over Ryan A. Rossi in the Democrat Primary; interestingly, both Caruso and Bonfiglio got 56% of the primary vote heading into the November General Election. Thus far no one else has joined the 2020 race for District 89 but if a primary election is held it will occur on August 25th, 2020 with the General Election the first Tuesday in November. Terms in the Florida House are for two years and term-limited to four terms.

In the 2018 Democrat Primary for District 89 Ryan Rossi had just recently graduated from FAU and was only thirty-two years old at the time which may have been a disadvantage but two years later Mr. Rossi could be a formidable challenger in the 2020 race. For more about Rossi read an article by feature editor Thomas Chiles in FAU’s University Press from November 2017 by clicking on this link. It is very likely Caruso will also have a primary challenge as well.

The State of Florida has yet to complete the 2020 Election Year Handbook with all the details and requirements to become a candidate, e.g., the candidate petition process, but in the meantime here is the address for more information to become a candidate:

Department of State, Division of Elections
Bureau of Election Records
Room 316, R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

District 89 covers coastal Palm Beach County along Highland Beach to the south to Riviera Beach in the north with Lake Worth Beach roughly in the center of the district. Here are two excerpts from journalist Ryan Nicol at Florida Politics, news datelined June 6th:

Former Ocean Ridge Mayor Jim Bonfiglio is pushing for a rematch against GOP state Rep. Mike Caruso in House District 89.

Bonfiglio has filed to enter the 2020 contest as a Democrat, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. The two competed in 2018 to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Bill Hager, who was term-limited.

That 2018 contest was one of six throughout the state to head to a mandatory machine recount. After all votes were cast, Caruso edged Bonfiglio by just 32 votes out of more than 78,000.

and. . .

Bonfiglio gave Caruso some stiff competition both in the vote tally and in the fundraising game, with Bonfiglio willing to put in his own money. Still, Caruso largely led in outside donations.

The district has been competitive for several cycles, though not nearly as close as the 2018 contest.

The news from Ryan Nicol ends with this short paragraph, “So far, no other candidates have filed to run on either the Democratic or Republican side.”

But once again, it’s still very early.

Palm Beach County expected to open shooting park later this year.

Below is news from journalist Lois K. Solomon at the Sun Sentinel about a new shooting park scheduled to open in Palm Beach County and it will be one of the largest in Florida. For those of you in the environmental community this new park is southwest of what used to be called the Briger Forest and was the former “Biotechnology Research Park” concept that ended up being located in Jupiter.

According to the Sun Sentinel this new park is,

Being paid for with funds from national excise taxes on weapons and ammunition, as well as money from Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, and the South Florida Water Management District.

This shooting park is west of Palm Beach Gardens and north of Westlake. To go and see the location of this new park for yourself go west on Northlake Blvd. all the way to the end and then head north on Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd. After about three miles the shooting park will be on the right side of the road opposite the JW Corbett Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. The address of the shooting park is 11730 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd. in unincorporated PBC.

Here is the news in the Sun Sentinel datelined June 3rd:

The opening of the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park would be three years after construction started and a year later than a target date announced last year. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have blamed delays on problems with contractors. The most recent holdup involves completion of the potable water plant.

and. . .

Palm Beach County’s park is close to completion, according to the update. The administrative buildings and restaurants are finished, while landscaping is set to be installed this month.

When the water plant is done, the Wildlife Commission will open the 100-yard rifle and handgun ranges on the weekends. Contractors will keep working on the 200- and 300-yard shooting lines and trap and skeet fields, according to the update.

When these projects are completed, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday.

To read the entire article in the Sun Sentinel click on this link.

‘Sober home’ resident murdered and stuffed into a trash can. Case remains unsolved. Video by PBSO below.

Tyler Etue was found murdered 3½ years ago
in City of Lake Worth.

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Former Palm Beach Post journalist Alexandra Seltzer was the lead on this story after Etue was reported missing and posted this update on Sept. 19th, 2015.

On September 9th, 2015, Tyler Etue was found murdered in the City of Lake Worth. It was this news that shocked a lot of people and had the public wondering what was actually happening in those so-called ‘sober homes’ being bought all over town. The people buying these properties called themselves “investors”.

Then a so-called ‘church’ opened up in our Downtown attracting even more drug addicts promising they could get help here in our City. And then the ‘counseling centers’ and self-described treatment centers opened up in this City known as having a “Key West attitude” as some would call it. A party town.

Desperate families up north thought they were sending their children to a treatment center in a sprawling gated community ‘in Lake Worth’ but in actuality these young people were stuffed into overcrowded single family homes in the City of Lake Worth, a coastal municipality four years ago already overwhelmed with problems.

Too late for people such as Tyler Etue was a public meeting the next year on the evening of Sept. 26th, 2016. The public had had enough of sober homes. What happened at that meeting in this City shook the walls in Tallahassee and got everyone’s attention in the halls of the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama too. For those of you not here at the time click on this link to find out what happened.

Yes. People did come to this City to get help. And yes, many of them did go home in body bags. The murder of Tyler Etue remains unsolved. Somebody knows what happened:

September 2015—While PBSO deputies and detectives handed out information to the public in Lake Worth trying to find a missing person (Tyler Etue) they discovered his body in a trash can. The public is asked to call the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers (800-458-8477) with any information they may have to solve Tyler's murder.

This video is in two parts. One is of the initial investigation and the second concerns the events leading up to the discovery of the body:

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Flag Day 2019 is Friday, June 14th. Everyone is invited to Lake Worth Beach to honor American flag.

The City’s American flag flying full mast in
Bryant Park for Flag Day 2018.

Flag Day is celebrated at the Bryant Park Bandshell each year attended by dignitaries and a huge crowd. There is plenty of free parking nearby and the program begins at 6:00.

Here is an excerpt from a 2016 article in The Lake Worth Herald about Flag Day:

     In 2008, then Mayor Rene Varela invited the Flag Day ceremony back home to Lake Worth, where it has been magnificently celebrated and greatly revered annually ever since. The ceremony this year was hosted by Scottish Rite General Secretary, Mike Cribbit who said he was pleased to see more people than ever in attendance.
     The brief but moving ceremony in recent years has included hailing the names of our sons and fathers who attended Lake Worth High School since the school began in 1922, and who have given their lives in service to our Country. Another treasured part of the ceremony is the recitation of “What the Pledge Means to Me,” written and originally performed by the late Richard “Red” Skelton [see video below], a 33 degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Fraternity.

News you can use from the Sun Sentinel, “Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil”.

For those of you concerned about CBD oil and products containing CBD, or wish to learn more about this topic, there is a must-read article just recently published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel by journalist Cindy Krischer Goodman; here is one excerpt focused on the lack of regulation:

Chris Martinez, who operates Evio Labs, an industry-accredited cannabis testing laboratory in Davie, has observed the ways in which companies are taking advantage of the absence of regulations. His lab tests CBD products for pesticides, bacteria, metal, solvents and potency (the levels of cannabis). Martinez said not all labs have the same machinery and the ability to detect smaller levels of substances.

“Some labs will run a test and show not an element is not detected, but their instrument can’t go deep into the product and the consumer doesn’t know,” Martinez said.

Martinez said while testing products he has seen results that illustrate how haphazard the industry is at this time. "We might test five bottles from a manufacturer and one has two and one has one, and one has none at all. There is no consistency in products,” he said.

Martinez said some products have substances made in China that have high levels of metals, and some have ingredients to simulate CBD. “They will put melatonin in so you will feel relaxed and think the CBD is taking effect,” he said.

To read the entire article in the Sun Sentinel click on this link.

About the reporter:

“Cindy Krischer Goodman covers the health beat for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, providing readers information on healthcare delivery, consumer news and public policy. Cindy is an award-winning journalist, former business columnist, and 32-year veteran of the South Florida news industry. She also is a Florida native and double UF grad.”