Saturday, March 2, 2019

Then One Foggy Christmas Eve . . .


Let’s make today a ‘Christmas Day’ in early March!

Why wait until ‘Christmas in July’?

And who made up that rule you have to wait until July anyway? Well, it is actually a rule and journalist Katherine Owen explains, “The Real Story Behind Christmas in July Started in North Carolina”.

So we’re breaking the rule today. Gather ‘round everyone headed to the Midnight Sun Festival this weekend in the City of Lake Worth. . .


Now moving on. . .

A Special to
The Lake Worth Herald.


 By Paige Turner.


 Learn more about this
very special Little Free Library below.

The “Rudolph” Little Free Library was unveiled at Santa’s Workshop in the Cultural Plaza on December 15th, prior to the 53rd Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Lake Worth.


To the special news in the Herald by Paige Turner. . .



You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen but do you recall? Ten years before Johnny Marks wrote the song in 1949 that Gene Autry made famous and long before Burl Ives sang it as Sam the Snowman in the 1964 stop motion animated television special, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” flew into Christmas Eve history thanks to the writer, Robert May and the artist, Denver Gillen who together created the most famous reindeer of all.

In 1939, May and Gillen worked at Montgomery Ward’s flagship department store in the copy and art departments. They were tasked with coming up with a promotion to celebrate the season; a booklet to be handed out to thousands of holiday shoppers. Thus Rudolph, the very shiny-nosed legend of that foggy Christmas Eve and hero to every child who ever felt left out, was born.

Everyone knows the story of how the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, how they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games until that special night when Santa chose Rudolph to lead the way. But did you know that Rudolph has a special connection to Lake Worth?

Our Downtown Jewel neighbor, Jenifer Gillen, is Denver Gillen’s daughter. Jenifer has graciously allowed Lake Worth Little Free Libraries to draw from the original illustrations created by her father to decorate our newest Little Free Library. Our Eden Place neighbor, artist Carl Stoveland, selected images from the very first printing of the booklet and lovingly recreated them using colors to match the originals.

Utterly charming depictions of Rudolph and Santa cover all sides of the Little Free Library including a special note to “Deer Lake Worth” from Rudolph himself. This homage to Denver Gillen also includes a nod to Todd Bol, the recently departed creator of Little Free Libraries which he started in 2009 in Hudson Wisconsin.



Want to go by and see “Rudolph” the Little Free Library? Rudolph is planted somewhere along South N St. Or is it North N St.? Anyway, it’s planted somewhere in that neck of the woods.


Look for him there any day or night, except on the foggiest Christmas Eves!

When visions collide: Zoning, home occupations, and “The Arts”.


At the Lake Worth City Commission on February 5th were two agenda items under “New Business” which were actually just more old business in a new package.

Four years ago was a political battle of visions that continues to affect our City politics to this very day. For some they still see that vision of an artist community, the City of Lake Worth being the new “Key West”, a mecca for artists from all over the world to come here and transform this place. But also in this place are neighborhoods and communities that do not share that vision.

In 2015 those two visions collided. It was not a pretty time and the fallout continues.


At the City Commission meeting earlier this month we were reminded once again about what happened four years ago. Instead of educating the community about zoning and “The Arts” a group tried to legislate without educating with disastrous results as you will learn more about later.

But before we got to that discussion first we had to revisit more old business, a “Discussion regarding a plastic bag/plastic straws ordinance”. This matters because it gets to the problem that creates so many other problems. Mixed messages from City Hall. On the one hand we’re told this City needs to “educate and not legislate” but only on some things and not others.

The “plastic bag/plastic straws ordinance” was Item 12A on the agenda. Then came Item 12B.

It was not long before what happened in 2015 came up.


Item 12B was a, “Discussion regarding the Arts Overlay District brought forward by Commissioner Hardy” specifically regarding the language, or lack of, in the Comprehensive Plan.

Commissioner Omari Hardy acknowledged he knew about what happened back in 2015. However, Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso and Commissioner Scott Maxwell actually experienced it. What happened in 2015 was a direct result of trying to legislate without educating. Many of the public on both sides had come to believe things that were absolutely untrue.

On this topic is this from the agenda on February 5th:


The purpose of the Lake Worth Cultural Arts Overlay District, hereinafter referred to as the “Arts District” is to provide an optional set of land development regulations in a targeted subarea of the City’s Downtown, Mixed Use East, Artisanal Industrial and residential areas in close proximity to these zoning districts. The establishment of such an “Arts District” provides for regulations that are more responsive to the needs of artists in the community, encourages more owner-occupied dwellings in this geographic area and expands the economic opportunities for home owners, property owners and artists.


It was this very language that created so many problems.

Why? Because so many people interpreted this language in so many different ways.

Talk of changing a city’s Zoning Code can rattle neighborhoods, homeowners, and the business community like few other things can. It has to be done very carefully and with as much community input and education as possible.

Remember: A “minor zoning adjustment” isn’t always so minor when it happens next door.

Below is a cautionary tale — how not to go about changing zoning in a city, any city — not just here in the City of Lake Worth.


The “Official Zoning Map” for the City of Lake Worth:

Use this link to the City’s website for Planning & Zoning, Land Development Regulations, helpful links, contact information and much more.

Below is a cautionary tale about zoning. . . and when all hell broke loose four years ago.

Despite the City Commission’s hard work in recent years to tighten zoning ordinances, there was and remains in this City public concern over the talk of expanding the definition and allowing more types of home occupations (what some call ‘upzoning’, which confuses the issue even more), especially as it relates to residential property values, increased traffic, and what role code enforcement would have in all this, to name just a few concerns.

A group called the Lake Worth Artist and Cottage Entrepreneurs (ACE) had been promoting the expansion of home occupations and I met with them in 2015. You can read about that using this link. What I found interesting about ACE was their goal of engaging the public by beginning a community-wide discussion about changing the zoning to attract more artists to this City.

But for some reason that never happened and that’s exactly why ‘all hell broke loose’ a few months later. Instead of engaging the public what they did instead was try to gain political support through various back channels but not in a very public way with community involvement.

And added to that was the confusion that was created by comparisons way out of scale to such a small city like this City of Lake Worth. For example, when Chris McVoy, PhD (a former District 2 commissioner who went on to lose his re-election bid in March 2017) cited Portland, Oregon and other large cities as examples to emulate that just muddled the issue even further.

Then there’s always that special place — the mecca for artists working out of their homes, the beacon on the hill and shining example for home occupation proponents everywhere — Key West.

Just one problem. It’s not true.

It is easy to get carried away with what you think a situation may be in another city. The viewpoint you hold may be influenced by anecdotal evidence, word of mouth, tourism advertising, etc. There seemed to be the expectation that Key West would be a thriving home to people working out of their homes in sort of an artists’ Garden of Eden.

Well, I checked their code and Key West is as strict or moreso than Lake Worth’s when it comes to home occupations in residential districts. So the image that some had and some still have of Key West’s residential ‘progressive’ artsy mystique was a myth.

It’s also easy to not know what is zoned residential and what is commercial if you are just visiting a town and you don’t have a zoning map with you.

How many people carry zoning maps
around with them?

There were other possible examples around the nation that could have served as models for home occupations, places more in scale and layout to Lake Worth. But I cautioned everyone back then to not get carried away with romantic notions that may not actually be based in reality. I know that can be a challenge here in the charming little City of Lake Worth.

Another former Lake Worth commissioner, Ryan Maier, was one of those proponents of expanding home occupations in this City. However, prior to being elected in 2015 he had much concern for traffic and congestion in his own neighborhood.

How one squares expanding the zoning code to allow more artists (one example) to work out of their homes, having deliveries made, clients visit, and possibly adding employees (without additional parking) didn’t make any sense coming from someone who was already worried about congestion and traffic in his neighborhood.

That is what’s called a “disconnect” and why the public became so worried and confused. Zoning, when it’s discussed and debated in a public way, doesn’t have to be confusing.

And talking about zoning, in a very public way, is always the best way to educate and engage the public going forward.

Hear Ye. Hear Ye All. All friends of our Finnish neighbors with a long history in Lake Worth, Florida, USA.


Have you heard?


Midnight Sun Festival begins again TODAY at 11:00 this morning in scenic Bryant Park.



Would you like more information?

Then you have two choices: Either scroll down to a blog post further below titled, “Celebrate Midnight Sun Festival in City of Lake Worth” or if you learned of this on Twitter click on this link. Have you been to the City of Lake Worth lately? Why not come and check it out?

Friday, March 1, 2019

Public Safety. Pedestrians and drivers of all motor vehicles, bicycles, scooters and skateboards too.


Midnight Sun Festival begins today!

There will be many people from out of town unfamiliar with our traffic regulations.

Please watch out for them and keep them safe.

Make certain our Finnish visitors return home to say wonderful things about us.


The annual weekend-long Midnight Sun Festival begins today in Bryant Park along the Intracoastal at 5:00.

Many visitors will be arriving by Tri-Rail with bicycles or using Palm Tran. Please keep your eyes out.

For more information about this annual event please see the blog post that follows this one.


Public Safety: Did you happen to see this news in The Palm Beach Post recently and headlined,

Delray vice mayor struck by car, breaks knee while walking to City Hall


Before we get to the news from Delray Beach also below is a bonus, a short introduction to Fundamental Erudition at the Midnight Sun Festival.

And if you happen to see an unattended plastic straw or one near a stormwater drain just pick it and throw it away or notify an official at the festival. As per Lisa Toy, the Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator at the PBC School District demonstrated, this is not rocket science, it’s basic science children can understand: “Only Rain Down the Stormwater Drain”.

Bonus. Introduction to Fundamental Erudition:
How to behave during Midnight Sun.


Again, it’s not rocket science, or even soil science. And the annual obligatory gripe, “Why aren’t there any PBSO deputies here today!” This is not even Basic Science 101. Deputies don’t always wear uniforms and we’ll leave it at that.

Now back to walkers and drivers today.

To and from Midnight Sun STAY ALERT!


In just one moment your day can turn badly as what happened in Delray two weeks ago.

An elected official in Delray was struck by a motor vehicle during the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament. This very unfortunate but completely avoidable ‘accident’ was reported by Post journalist Lulu Ramadan.

Everyone is encouraged to have fun and frivolity in our City of Lake Worth this weekend!

Theft, vandalizing and ‘switching out’ political yard signs IS A CRIME.



Remember: No one can put a political yard sign on your property without your permission. You can remove it any time; either throw it away or call the campaign and tell them to swing by and pick it up. No political campaign signage can be on public property and that includes a public right-of-way, e.g., a swale or any municipal property.


Moving on.


Let’s review what happened in 2017 and 2018.



Do you know what ‘switching out’ a campaign sign is? Find out a little later.

New residents of this City may be alarmed about the blog post below but there’s no reason to be. For many years it’s sort of like a tradition in Lake Worth politics for Anarchists and their Affinity members to send out teams on black bikes in the dark of night to steal and vandalize political yard signs.

It should be noted these nocturnal teams are completely harmless, except to themselves of course.

In 2017 massive numbers of campaign signs put out by the campaigns of Messrs. Herman C. Robinson and Omari Hardy were stolen or vandalized. And all the other signs that remained were clipped. In other words a wire cutter was used to snap one of the metal supports so the sign would shake, rattle and roll all day in the wind. And then a volunteer would have to go out and fix it. The metal stand costs more than the Cloroplast plastic sign does so one can see this tactic can be costly and wear down a targeted campaign.

Then things ramped up in 2018.

The Great ‘Switching Out’.


During the Midnight Sun Festival that year, on Friday and Saturday evening the unbelievable occurred. Each night campaign signs were switched out with another campaigns’ sign! All over town people would walk out the door the next morning, see a campaign sign in the front yard and start scratching their head, “Gee wiz, I thought I was supporting Mayor Pam Triolo?”

But ended up the Great Switching Out failed. The mayor went on to win in huge landslide.

Here is how you should look at this: It’s actually sort of a compliment to how well some candidates and campaigns are doing when their signs are getting vandalized, stolen, or switched out.

Important to remember:


Stealing, vandalizing and switching out political yard signs IS A CRIME. Someone trespassing on your property and stealing YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH as well.


However, the ultimate question is, do yard signs work?

If yard signs weren’t effective why do you think some put so much time and effort stealing, vandalizing and switching them out? The answer is because political signs do workjust not in the way you might think they do. An article in Politico by Eliza Collins (see excerpt below) is a very interesting read and explains why campaign signs are effective.


But first, besides being a crime, stealing signs in the dark of night is someone who is infringing on
your right of Free Speech:

These two were spotted stealing political signs around the Lucerne building in Downtown Lake Worth in March 2015.
 


If your sign gets stolen or vandalized:


Call the PBSO non-emergency number and report it: 561-688-3400. Whoever stole your political sign trespassed on your property and is disrespecting your right to Free Speech. Contact the campaign you are supporting and request another sign.



Other tactics, mind you, are using bolt cutters to cut one of the metal supports to make the sign dangle awkwardly. That also forces the targeted campaign to order more stakes. The stake, by the way, costs more than the sign. And curiously, it seems the ones who always say “listen to the people”, e.g., such as the small and ever-dwindling cabal of Anarchists here in the City of Lake Worth, were the ones always out stealing other “people’s” right to Free Speech? Ironic, isn’t it?

Anyhow, back to the article in Politico: the value in yard signs isn’t to increase an election turnout, their value is getting your name and message to those who will likely be voting on election day. The effect of political signs is small but nonetheless very effective. Here is the excerpt from Politico:


     “We were surprised by these findings, because the conventional wisdom is that lawn signs don’t do much — they’re supposed to be a waste of money and time. Many campaign consultants think that signs preach to the choir’ and not much else,” Coppock [Alex Coppock, co-author of the study cited in Politico] said.
     “The effect is small in terms of percentage points, though the implication is that thousands of voters would have voted for someone else if not for the signs, [emphasis added] Coppock said. “My guess is that part of the reason that the effect is small is because any campaign tactic — signs, ads, mailers, calls, etc — only move people around at the margin. In many ways, it would be strange if the effect were bigger. Imagine a world in which the presence or absence of lawn signs could swing an election by 10 points.


And lastly, almost every year here in the City of Lake Worth comes the call from some quarters to have candidates and campaigns stop using political yard signs. Listen closely the next time you hear that lament and then ask yourself this question: “Why would anyone want to quell completely legal Free Speech in the City of Lake Worth?”

And consider this: All that effort to ban plastic straws and balloons in this City! Plastic straws and balloons can be recycled. Chloroplast cannot and they end up taking a lot of space in landfills. Think about that for a while.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Always short and not always sweet and not always ‘Quirky’: Endorsement and no endorsement in today’s Herald.


But first. . .


UPDATE: See latest information on “The Philly Grill on Wheels” food truck below. Will it be at the Midnight Sun Festival this weekend? Stay tuned. Research has indicated that may indeed be the case.


And despite what you may have been led to believe, FREE SPEECH in the City of Lake Worth is alive and well.

The editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post/Gatehouse Media made their political endorsements and now the editor at The Lake Worth Herald made his (see two excerpts below).

Many of you may find the endorsement in The Lake Worth Herald today shocking, disturbing and maybe you will jump up and celebrate. And also below, near the end of this blog post, is a sentence about more news in this week’s Herald.

Let us pause briefly for really good news in The Palm Beach Post today.

It was news in the ‘LOCAL/BUSINESS’ section about a Lake Worth food truck and a Downtown eatery that recently had perfect inspections from the Florida Dept. of Professional Regulation. They are the Subway restaurant located at the 210 S. Dixie Hwy. and a food truck too. Learn more below about the food truck serving steak sandwiches a little later. Who knows! It might be at the Midnight Sun Festival this weekend.

And worth noting there was another error in the Post today too and once again,


Or maybe it wasn’t an error after all. But information in the paper today that might confuse the ‘Foodie’ and food truck community.


Not a subscriber to the Post ? All that information and more is always on p. A2 including subscription rates. If you have any issues or concerns please call 561-820-4663 or send an email to:

subscriberservices@gatehousemedia.com


To become a subscriber to the Herald all that information is a little later.


Moving forward. . .


Election Day in the City of Lake Worth is on March 12th. The full text of Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City address held last Tuesday evening is published on pp. 4–5 in today’s Lake Worth Herald. The speech was titled, “We are a Community of Neighborhoods”.

And to read the news in The Palm Beach Post by Julius Whigham about the mayor’s State of the City address click on this link which includes much more information as well..

Also worth noting in the Post today is news about a food truck serving Philly steak sandwiches. This food truck may very well be at the Midnight Sun Festival beginning this Friday, possibly a new experience for our fun Finnish friends.

Now to the front page endorsement in the Herald. Have you been following the candidates and the issues? Good.

Not quite up to speed? Then go back to what you’ve been doing and Thank You for visiting once again today.

FREE SPEECH and thoughts from editor Mr. Mark Easton at the Herald; two excerpts:


In the District 2 Lake Worth City Commission race, the Lake Worth Herald endorses challenger Cathy Turk.

Turk shows spirit and concern for Lake Worth and all of its needs. Incumbent Omari Hardy has continuously brought partisan politics to the dais after being elected to a non-partisan seat and has shown no respect for his colleagues.

In the District 4 Lake Worth City Commission race, the Lake Worth Herald will not endorse. The imcumbent, Herman Robinson has brought nothing to the dais except partisan positions and issues which, by state law, the City Commission is preempted from making rules for.

and. . .


The Lake Worth Herald believes the cons heavily out weigh [sic] the pros with each candidate in the District 4 race.


And there’s more!



A sentence about more news in the Herald this week.

Also in this week’s paper is news about the recent 25th annual Street Painting Festival, the Midnight Sun Festival this coming weekend, Finnish guitarist Pontus J. Back and the band AMB, the Greater Palm Beach Rose Society, a helpful quarter-page ad for Las Americas Pharmacy in the nearby Town of Lake Clarke Shores, a brief Letter to the Letter from the Chair of the Tree Board by the honorable Mr. Richard Stowe, and a spotlight on John I. Leonard teacher Kerrigan Francis-Beckford by reporters by James Simone and Betty Turso, a “Tech Trailblazer Program” in the Palm Beach County public schools and the elementary school menu for Monday, March 4th–Friday, March 8th and an ad for the Lake Worth Jaguars football team, “Be Part Of The Team!”, LOCAL fishing news by Everglades Ernie, “Car Creepers” being sought by PBSO, the Official Notice of General Election sample ballot on p. 7, FLOLFing 2019 and dining and entertainment on p. 8, and since the City of Lake Worth does not have a hardware store there is a huge ad for ACE Hardware on 414 W. Lantana Rd. and at 1212 W. Lantana Rd. too and news about the Lake Worth Playhouse, “It Was A Very Good Year” starring Tony Sands and the 2019–2020 Playhouse Season and the specials at The Beach Club and Dave’s Last Resort & Raw Bar,


“After FINN FEST ‘Carry Your Wife’ in, AND FINNISH UP THE FEST!” and


news about the Salvation Army Annual Dinner, “It is About Hope” by Helen Vogt Greene with a photo and a caption too on p. 10 and Helen Vogt Greene again with the “Sugar Cane Tour: How Sweet It Is!”, on the next page is about the Rose Luncheon and the Dress For Success Sixth Annual Fundraising Luncheon and an ad for the very last Lake Worth Candidate Forum on March 7th at the Casino Ballroom, public notices on pp. 12–13, cartoons and puzzles and a “Trivia Test” by Fifi Rodriguez, the classifieds on p. 15, “The Great Taste of Lake Worth 2019” held last Friday prior to Street Painting and a list of participating restaurants and merchants with accompanying photos and all ending with a caption,


“Waiting in line for the wrist band before making the mad dash through the Downtown district in search of a 30+ course meal afoot.”


So that’s about it, a sentence summing up what happened and will be happening in L-Dud this week, published in The Lake Worth Herald today.

And a Special Thanks to Post reporter Julius Whigham.

Whigham was at the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex last Tuesday evening to report on the mayor’s State of the City address. Being there and posting a news report at 10:30 p.m. for the readers the next morning was very much appreciated here in the City of Lake Worth.

And was there another error in The Palm Beach Post today? Is the “Philly Grill on Wheels” food truck affiliated with the Philly Grill restaurant located in suburban Boca Raton with a ‘Lake Worth’ address? We’ll find that our a little later on this week at the Midnight Sun Festival.

You may not agree with the endorsements in the Herald today or you may not agree. That is called FREE SPEECH. And the Post reporting about the “Philly Grill on Wheels” ‘in Lake Worth’ is FREE SPEECH too!

Which is why everyone needs to follow the advice of Mr. Al Tompkins.


“The public needs to sort out what’s accurate and what’s true. And voters need to be responsible in understanding how they are being persuaded.”



Are you interested in checking out The Lake Worth Herald today?


To check out this week’s front page
headlines click on this link.

The Herald is ¢50. Support your LOCAL community newspaper and Gatehouse Media too (owner of Palm Beach Post). Support ALL newspapers if you can afford to. To contact editor Mark Easton at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or by email: Editor@lwherald.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Public meeting tomorrow evening at Lake Worth City Hall, 6:00, 2019–2020 CDBG.


 CDBG. What’s what?


Find out what’s what later in this blog post.

Note the regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission on March 5th HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Is there a meeting of the EUAB on March 26th? That is uncertain at this time. But more information will certainly be available soon, most probably after Election Day on March 12th.

Now to the topic of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.


Because many in the public were concerned and demanded it earlier this month, a public meeting on 2019–2020 CDBG proceeds was scheduled as soon as possible proving once again that your elected officials ‘Don’t listen to me!’ is not true at all.

Tomorrow (Thurs., 2/28) at City Hall is a Commission Work Session on CDBG. Other than editor Mark Easton from The Lake Worth Herald will additional press and news media be in attendance? Most likely. Maybe even a reporter from The Palm Beach Post will show up.

With this public meeting just twelve (12) days before Election Day — if you are a concerned citizen or from the press and/or news media — get to the chambers in City Hall well ahead of time for a good seat or you will have to stand outside in the hallway and peek through the door window now and then. This is what some refer to as being “sequestered” but that’s not true at all. You got there too late is all.

How can you find out about upcoming public meetings? Click on this link for the official City calendar.

But always double-check!


Looking over the City’s official calendar it’s unclear if the Lake Worth Farmers Market is now an all-year event or if there is an Electric Utility Advisory Board (EAUB) meeting on March 26th, 6:00, in the City Hall conference room. If you have any questions or need additional information contact the City Clerk, Mr. Ben Kerr, the City’s public information officer or your representative on the City Commission.

FYI: On a serious note. If you haven’t been to the City’s popular Farmers Market yet you better make plans soon. This is an annual Fall–Spring event and ends in April each year.

News from long-time Palm Beach Post reporter Julius Whigham II.



“While solar and nuclear could be considered as part of our current normal power operations, Lake Worth is audacious enough to take a leadership role that has worldwide implications,” she [Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo] said.

Quote. Reporter Julius Whigham on one topic addressed at the State of the City address last evening at the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex.


This was BREAKING NEWS last night in the Post, a paper of record in Palm Beach County.

Very exciting news from Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City.

Learn more about that news below; first here is a short excerpt, the first paragraph from Whigham datelined 10:30 p.m. and updated one-half hour later:


LAKE WORTH — Addressing a packed room for her annual State of the City address, Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo reflected on some of the city’s accomplishments during the past year and laid out her vision for the year ahead.


It’s starting to feel like the curse has been lifted off this City, it was like a black shroud wafting over our streets and roads. When did that curse begin?

A lot of people think that in March 2015 the City of Lake Worth was snakebit. You see, when an elected official that used to be mayor of Lake Worth really, really, really ticks off the governor of Florida, bad things can happen, especially when it becomes news blasted all over Planet Earth.

Political debate is one thing. Grandstanding and making fun of the governor is another thing entirely.

So everyone, please keep this in mind. Angering the governor of Florida is a really bad thing.


And did you happen to miss the news about what happened at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex on February 12th, 2017? Information about that is also below.

In the caption accompanying the first photograph (see below) is a link to the news from the reporter which is a MUST READ today.

Apparently, Mr. Whigham was at Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City Address last night. I met Mr. Whigham very briefly many years ago but apparently did not notice him amongst the massive throng last evening.

No doubt Mr. Whigham was not amused when he saw this Tweet. But later on, hopefully, sending that news to many other reporters around the state and country, including a few at the The New York Times made up for that oversight.


My apologies to Mr. Schorsch.*




Have you ever heard of the Southeastern National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University?


There will be much more news from last night to come. A lot more. A really lot more. And get used to hearing the acronym SNMREC at lot too.

But we’ll get to that at a later time.

Setting the stage, the Lake Worth City Commission on stage last evening.


Mayor Pam Triolo at podium.

From R–L (seated): Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell, Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso, Commissioner Omari Hardy and partially obscured is Commissioner Herman C. Robinson.


Click on image to enlarge.

Click on this link for the breaking news from the reporter last evening.


A view of the crowd last evening:

Well, that’s it for right now. Oh. To learn more about what happened two years ago and about SNMREC too, please click on this link.



*Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine.

Annual Midnight Sun Festival begins this Friday and end on Sunday.


The Midnight Sun Festival began in 1983,


“[F]ounded by [former] Lake Worth Mayor David Hinsa, who is Finnish-American, to celebrate Lake Worth’s rich, century old, Finnish heritage. The greater Lake Worth area has more people of Finnish descent than almost anywhere else in the United States. Lake Worth even has a sister city in Finland, Lappeenranta!”


And more important information. . .

Please update your event calendar: Monthly Lake Ave. Block Party in Downtown L-Dub has been rescheduled.


A significant change of plans:

This month’s Lake Ave. Block Party will be held on Friday, March 8th (not first Friday of the month this month). Please inform all your friends and family. And for additional news about archery, anlace and the atlatl please click on this link.

A judicial relapse. A setback, 2½ years of hard work. To call this blog post troubling is an understatement.


Is there going to be a ‘relapse’ in the the fight against sober homes once again here in the City of Lake Worth and other municipalities along coastal Palm Beach County?

May be. Continue reading more about this very serious topic.

First. How we got here.

And the reason why you need to get involved. Today.

On September 26th, 2016 the public had had enough. They demanded change. Our elected leaders listened. Sober homes were once thought to be a problem with no solution. Communities and neighborhoods were anxious and worried.

There was talk of forming a task force back in 2016. And one was. It is called the Sober Homes Task Force and Lake Worth Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso is a member. Below is more information about that.

Amoroso is worried. And you should be too. You should reach out to Andy Amoroso (contact information below). And reach out to Rick Christie too. Find out who Mr. Christie is a little later.

What happened that September evening 2½ years ago in the City of Lake Worth (see link in caption below) set off a chain of events that shocked our County government, the State legislature in Tallahassee and then ended up in the halls of the U.S. Congress. It suddenly became a top priority at the White House then occupied by President Barack Obama.

Change happened. And quick. Word came from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee. Get this fixed. You have the full support of the Federal government.

And now because of one ruling by a Circuit Court here in Palm Beach County so much progress that has been made in 2½ years is at risk of being erased, you can call it a judicial relapse if you wish.

The editor at The Palm Beach Post, in an editorial headlined “Judge’s ruling threatens Aronberg’s war on opioid abuses” wrote this on Feb. 13th:


Too much is at stake here.

After years of lives lost and neighborhoods damaged, our communities — like Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth — can’t afford a relapse. To call this ruling “troubling” would be an understatement.


This editorial in the Post was posted fourteen (14) days ago [as of Feb. 27th]. There have been no follow-ups on this troubling news since and that has to change.

The public needs to get engaged NOW and so does our paper of record here in Palm Beach County. Contact Rick Christie, the editor at the Post and make your voice heard. This issue needs to be a top priority.

“The Palm Beach Post welcomes your letters.”


Let the editor at the Post know you, your family and neighborhood are very concerned about this recent ruling by a circuit court judge here in Palm Beach County.

Your letter must include name, address and daytime phone number. Try to keep your letter to a maximum of 200 words:

  • Email: letters@pbpost.com
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Snail mail: Letters to the Editor, The Palm Beach Post, 2751 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm, FL 33405

If you submit a letter today it should be enough time to make the most-read Sunday print edition of the Post.


Use this link if you wish to learn more about the Sober Homes Task Force led by the Office of State Attorney Dave Aronberg.


For residents of the City of Lake Worth. To reach out to Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso call 561-586-1733 or send an email to: aamoroso@lakeworth.org

For the entire City Commission click on this link.

To learn more about what happened at the public meeting held on Sept. 26th, 2016 click on this link. Please scroll up and compose your letter to the editor today. And later on today or tomorrow follow up. Explain why your letter is important. Call 561-820-4476 or email: rchristie@pbpost.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Reading tea leaves, hearing footsteps, another and another candidate forum and mayor’s State of City tonight.


First up is reading tea leaves and then
next up is hearing footsteps.


Some of the candidates look beat up and tired now. They need a break and they get one. The next candidate forum is on March 7th at the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex. This will be nine days from now and five days prior to Election Day. Of course, Mayor Pam Triolo’s highly anticipated State of the City Address is tonight, 6:00, in the Casino Ballroom ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜


UPDATE: The next regular meeting of the City Commission on Tuesday, March 5th has been cancelled. However, the City Commission work session this coming Thursday in City Hall, 6:00, a discussion on 2019–2020 CDBG funding remains on City calendar.


Moving on.

Have you not been to the Casino at Lake Worth Beach for a while? Then maybe you’ve never seen that Earth-conscious water cistern that stores precious rainwater. You can see it from the 2nd floor at the Casino tonight and encourage everyone to check it out. See link at end of this blog post.

And hopefully another rumored candidate forum will not happen prior to March 12th. But if it does move forward would highly encourage a protest by the public.

Learn why below.

FYI: The videos of the candidate forum last night will be available soon.

Professional athletes and professional clowns and trained racehorses are all required to be ready for the stage and to do that they need rest. There will be no election of candidates next year so this election coming up on March 12th is very significant.

However, when inviting anyone on the ballot to a candidate forum consideration needs to be shown to all electeds seeking re-election and all the challengers too. It is a grueling process no matter how old or young one is. And they all need rest too. They are all professionals who show up at these candidate forums and not one of them is a clown. And not one of them should be expected to race like a racehorse. Unless you want to.

Having a candidate forum the night prior to the State of the City Address is not exactly civil to commissioners Herman Robinson and Omari Hardy. But they will be there tonight doing their jobs as elected officials. All the candidates get to sit and relax and watch.

The forum last night was too long. A standard needs to be set by the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) setting time limits for candidate forums.

Concerned too about electeds hearing footsteps and looking over their shoulder.


Tonight is the mayor’s State of the City Address.

Many are concerned the majority leadership on the Commission is still hearing footsteps from a former administration back in 2011. With eight years under their belt and one-third way through a three-year term big things need to happen. And soon. Will a new bold direction come tonight? Maybe. Maybe not. But hopefully it will with the grabbing of reins.

The former administration never kowtowed to the current commission and there is no reason to kowtow to them. Former elected officials are former elected officials for a very good reason

Now to another candidate forum and another candidate forum and possibly another. . .


Surprisingly or maybe not it was a small crowd at the candidate forum held last night. This could possibly be a signal the public is making up their minds and forming a plurality. But those reading tea leaves last year predicted Sarah Malega would beat Commissioner Scott Maxwell. They were wrong. And the readers of tea leaves thought Mr. Herman C. Robinson (standing in photo below) would go into a run-off election two years ago with Maryann Polizzi.

The editor(s) at the Post called it a tossup. They were wrong too by a very wide margin.


From L–R sitting in photo below are. . .


Well, we’re going to give them all a break today.

But Commissioner Hardy (last on right, seated) and Commissioner Robinson get no break tonight.

Click on photo to enlarge:

On Election Day, March 14th, 2017, what was expected to become a run-off election . . . Enter Commissioner Herman C. Robinson. No run-off.


Very important. Everyone elected or re-elected in Districts 2 and 4 will serve a three-year term on the City Commission. Big things cited tonight at the State of the City will raise everyone’s boat in the ocean (no pun intended) or conversely no big things happening will lower everyone’s boat in the ocean.

And no big things will have people wondering if giving our elected officials three-year terms was a good idea in the first place.


That’s all for now and hope to be there tonight
with my camera and tripod.

The not-quite-so-enthusiastic crowd last night.

However, Mayor Triolo runs a tight ship when it comes to the State of the City, usually 30–40 minutes. Make plans to be parked by 5:30 later today (FREE PARKING!) and up on the 2nd floor outside the Casino Ballroom pause and check out that water cistern from the 2nd Floor!

“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said. . .


“[T]hey were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’
It’s like calling the Vatican
Church Joey.”


Below is more recent history about the Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth many of you will find drop dead hilarious. And many long-time residents will recall a name or five from an old newspaper clipping published in the Post thirteen years ago. This clipping had to be cut and pasted the old-fashioned way for this blog because the news article in print spanned recto with five very short columns above the fold.

You’ll also note the spelling, “GulfStream” with a capital ‘S’ as some liked to title this famous landmark. The historic name for the hotel was ‘Gulf Stream’ (two words) and blended over time into one (called a portmanteau). The current and most commonly accepted usage is “Gulfstream” with a lowercase  ‘s’.

And it did not go unnoticed recently when an elected leader on the Lake Worth City Commission referred to the City’s Historic Resource Preservation Board as the “Hysterical Board”. What followed was a lot of rolling eyes and some chuckles too. When one is elected and then re-elected four times one is entitled to a good old joke now and then. Moving on!


Without further ado. . .

Hope you enjoy this blog post about
“Frank discussions”.


Take special note of the date,
December 23, 2005:

“Frank” as in Frank Zappa? Frank Sinatra?
Or other famous “Franks”?


Column one under banner headline.
Click on image to enlarge:

CSC Lake Worth was the developer that owned the Gulfstream in 2005. The Great Recession began in 2007 and the rest is history as they say.

And the balance of the article by staff writer
Tanya Wragg continues. . .


“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said Thursday. “Then they were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s like calling the Vatican Church Joey.”
     Spinelli, who said he otherwise thought the project was “a great idea,” added: “That may be OK in South Beach or downtown Clematis with a brand-new hotel of something, but this is the GulfStream. It’s a historic building.”
     During the meeting, which lasted more than five hours, CSC Lake Worth, which paid $13 million for the hotel in July [2005], asked the board to approve modifications to the 1925 structure. They include adding French doors and balconettes, reducing its units from 160 to 90, and demolishing three adjacent buildings.
     Hotel Frank would be a tribute to famous “Franks”, such as Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and comedian Frank Miller, said CSC Lake Worth President Adam Schlesinger, adding his attorney, former CRA board member Frank Palen, to the list.
     “Frank is such a great name and so many great people in American history have been named Frank. It’s (Lake Worth) a city that is receptive and warm to everybody,” Schlesinger said Thursday.
     Board member Jon MacGillis said he would have liked an emphasis on The GulfStream, rather than Hotel Frank.
     “The applicant did stand up and give a good explanation behind Frank,” he said Thursday. “Some board members were concerned that maybe residents would be offended by taking out the GulfStream name. It’s a new hip idea and concept they’re trying to float to attract a new type of clientele they see is in that area.”
     The announcement was made at an otherwise empty meeting, which only a handful of residents attended. The city might have seen more had the locals Schlesinger said he planned to pay to speak for his project showed up.
     Schlesinger on Wednesday confirmed reports he planned to hire local actors to talk for the project meeting. He said he went through an advertising agency to look for extras. He planned to show them the project. Then, if they were in favor of it, he’d pay them to support him at the meeting, he said.
     “We just want to get as many permanent residents as excited as we are,” he said.
     The historic board approved many of CSC Lake Worth’s modification requests, but deferred voting on the demolitions until February.
     Sharon Jackson, the city’s community redevelopment director, said the preservation board may negotiate on the name with CSC, which does not need the board’s approval for the name.


Thank You for visiting today and on a
more serious and somber note. . .


Excerpt from a Letter to Editor in The Palm Beach Post dated April 4th, 1994 written by “Wes Blackman”:


“It [the Pennsylvania Hotel] is one of the few remaining structures from the city’s glorious but fading past.


Click on image to enlarge: 

Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth,
the Pennsylvania Hotel, and the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair: What history teaches us about historic preservation.


Newspaper clipping, front page of Palm Beach
Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet), Sunday,
February 19th, 1995:

The process of demolishing the Pennsylvania Hotel began much earlier than 1995. There is a name for that. It’s called “demolition by neglect”.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lake Worth Christian High School in the City of Boynton Beach.


Questions: How much do you know about non-public secular education in Palm Beach County? Do you support prayer in schools? Do you think your local public school is substandard? Not the teachers but the system.

Are all non-public schools effective at teaching history and math and all the basics? Of course not. 

All of these questions, for many in the public, are relevant in many areas of Palm Beach County. Questions that parents and municipalities and public policy professionals grapple with all the time.

Oft-asked are the pros and cons of a public education. And the pros and cons of charter schools and private schools too. There is a lot of excitement in the City of Lake Worth now about public schools and on the Lake Worth City Commission is an excellent public school civics teacher any municipality in the County would be proud to have teaching civics to children and young adults.

And on topic this year’s municipal elections in Lake Worth are the most civic of any in recent memory, not at all a “war of words” as reported in The Palm Beach Post recently.

But it needs to pointed out once again, this blog post today is a very long story about a very short story published in the Post last Saturday.

It was a brief story by reporter Wendy Rhodes.

And before we continue there is terrible news today. Sarah Peters left The Palm Beach Post last Friday. But she joins an exclusive club. A lot of reporters have left the Post recently.

Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach is very fortunate. For quite some time Peters has been one of the most reliable reporters at the Post. Steady and always newsworthy. Stay tuned to find out what Peters will be up to.

What this portends for Gatehouse Media in Palm Beach County is unknown. The turnover of reporters at the Post is unsettling to say the least. The turnover should be occurring further up in the leadership, not in the younger and energetic rank and file. May 1st is the one-year anniversary of ownership by Gatehouse Media.

Maybe some really big changes will happen by then. But don’t hold your breath. The Post rarely reports anything about what is happening at their headquarters located at 2751 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm.

Now back to that very long short story.

If you are reading this blog today you most likely did not see that news in the Post about a fundraiser for a non-public secular religious school in Boynton Beach. The City of Lake Worth has at least one such school.

Check back soon for the entire list of public, non-public and the one charter school in this City.

Just to be clear, a religious school is one that has a religious component for the mission of educating children and/or adults in the faith of Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other faith. Like public schools these schools can be good or bad. At the end of this blog post is an example of an excellent non-public secular school in the City of Lake Worth

There really is no debate about prayer in schools. There are options if this is a major issue for your family. But there is a lot more time and effort required like weekend car washes, fundraisers and other events to promote the school.

Random questions. How much do you know about the Sacred Heart Catholic School in the City of Lake Worth?

Did you know the City of Boynton Beach had a Christian high school?

Do you support the mission of non-public private education vs. a public education?

And what is all this about the City of Lake Worth changing its name and where exactly is unincorporated Palm Beach County and all thirty-nine (39) municipalities? Which ones have non-public schools?

“Gee wiz, this is getting complicated!” But actually it’s not; it’s elementary unless you happen to be a reporter or an editor who doesn’t care about accuracy.

As reported last Saturday in the Post there was a very short story on p. B3; it was a minor story and a major one too. And it was all true and accurate as well.

That brief news story is further below with a few redactions.

Depending on one’s perspective it was either a normal news story or one that took a lot of time and research. Because according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser the Lake Worth Christian High School has a ‘Lake Worth’ mailing address. You have to dig deeper to find out the facts. And knowing how to do that takes some time and effort.

But either way some or many in the public learned more about what is the City of Lake Worth and what is not the City of Lake Worth.

Did you know there is a well-respected and productive Catholic elementary school in this City? And in the City of Boynton Beach there is a school in a formerly unincorporated area in suburban Lake Worth called the Lake Worth Christian High School? It’s unclear when this property was annexed by Boynton Beach but will try to find out some time soon.


Will explain this image at a later time.

Click on map to enlarge.

See a red box? That is where the Lake Worth Christian High School is located — in Boynton Beach south of Town of Lantana (shaded Verdenia Lantana)  — unshaded areas are unincorporated PBC, also called “suburban Lake Worth”.


Keep in mind the effort to rename this City to the “City of Lake Worth Beach” is already a lost cause. Every week the editor at The Lake Worth Herald makes fun of this effort and the Post published another negative letter by the same malcontent who often gets published in the Post, this latest one referring to how ridiculous renaming this City is, which was a topic of numerous public meetings after which ALL our elected officials ALL voted unanimously to put on the March 12th ballot.

But then later a few suddenly came up with better ideas. Not surprising at all. Sadly, it was expected.

Now back to that news story published in the Post last Saturday.

It was published in the “IN BRIEF” section on p. B3 above the fold, the very first item ‘In Brief’ right next to the top news story of the day by long-time reporter Olivia Hitchcock. Being tasked with reporting about a stolen monkey named “Kari” was a welcome break from the normal mayhem in West Palm Beach which does not have a beach but the news about that rare and missing Goeldi monkey WAS big news.

But there was also important information above the fold too in the Post last Saturday for those who support education with a focus on faith. And one of the ways these schools support themselves is by fundraising. And up against the Palm Beach County School District’s public and charter schools they sometimes need to be very creative. And they need to be accurate too.

For example, the news from Post reporter Wendy Rhodes last Saturday. Here it is with some information redacted and remember, this event was held last Saturday, but if you wish you can contact this school to learn more about what they do.


BOYNTON BEACH

Collectibles for sale at annual show today

The 27th annual South Florida Political and Historical Collectibles Show is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at Lake Worth Christian High School, 7592 High Ridge Road.

The event will feature nearly 50 dealers from 12 states selling rare books, antique toys, vintage postcards and political collectibles like buttons, posters, china, glasses and even hot pads.

If you think you have something special tucked away in your attic, organizer ■■■ ■■■■■■■ says they will offer on-the-spot estimates and bidding at the event.

Whether you are buying, selling or just browsing, the show offers the opportunity to connect with the history and politics in an up-close and personal manner.

Admission is $5. For more information, call 561-■■■-■■■■.

Wendy Rhodes


So that’s it for the day. And check back tomorrow for more information about this topic of “Where exactly is the City of Lake Worth?”

It’s taken a lot of hard work by a lot of people to get the “City of Lake Worth Beach” to ballot. But maybe it’s just not the right time and no one should feel bad. And the critics need to let off too. Whether you agree or not this has been a wonderful public debate and we are all the better for it.

Oh. And to learn more about the Sacred Heart School in the City of Lake Worth, located at 410 North M Street, click on this link.

Mission Statement


“As a faith community enthroned in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our mission is to provide all our students, of diverse cultures and abilities, an education of excellence, in a Christ-centered environment, encourage them to live the gospel values of love, peace, justice, respect, and service, and prepare them for success in higher education and life, and to be productive, responsible, and effective members of society.”

Information Worth Noting. Tonight at 6:30 is another candidate forum here in the City of Lake Worth.


Note that if you plan on attending this event this evening and have an issue of concern please educate yourself about ‘the food chain’ first which is also referred to as an upward linear network for problem-solving. One example would by your missing pet in John Prince Park. This public park is not in the City of Lake Worth.

FYI: For the list of public parks in this City click on this link.

The list of things your elected officials CAN CONTROL vs. the list of things your elected official CANNOT CONTROL would truly shock you.

Many times the solution to your problem can be solved by contacting State Representative Mike Caruso or PBC Vice Mayor Dave Kerner or State Senator Lori Berman. The list of all of your elected officials higher up in the chain is later in this blog post.

How the upward linear network works is contacting Caruso first and then either Kerner or Berman or both. Still no answer? Then contact your elected leadership in Washington D.C., e.g., the honorable Congresswoman Lois Frankel.


Now moving on.


Everyone is invited this evening to The Beach Club bistro at #1 7th Ave. North, the City’s municipal golf course. Last Monday at The Beach Club was standing room only for candidate forum.

Please show up early tonight for a good seat.

For a primer on where we are right now, ahead of the elections on March 12th, please click on this link for the latest from journalist Joel Malkin. And also on the topic of politics and the future of this City, there will be another candidate forum on Thursday, March 7th just five (5) days prior to Election Day.

What will be one of the topics under discussion this evening? It could be anything. Maybe even an issue from west of I-95 or even about alligators at the municipal golf course.


Without further ado, let us proceed.



“Gators really don’t like humans to eat. They eat other things like fish.”

Quote. Published in The Palm Beach Post on Jan. 31st, 2019, in a story headlined, “Harmless or harmful? Massive 12-foot gator dragged out of Lake Osborne” (link to story below).



Having your pet alligator taken away is a huge problem because Lake Osborne is located in suburban Lake Worth, in the County’s John Prince Park.

But there is a solution!


Contact your elected leadership on the County Commission and your elected leadership in the Florida legislature. How? All that information is below.

The following scenario actually happened.


This incident was published in The Palm Beach Post by a beat reporter with contribution from a community staff writer. To learn more click on link below (highlighted in yellow).

Worth Noting: The alligator’s name has been changed to avoid harassment.


Here we go. . .


You are a resident of the City of Lake Worth but you have a pet 12′ alligator you keep in Lake Osborne. The gator’s name is “Ripples”. But Lake Osborne is in John Prince Park which is outside the municipal limits of the City. John Prince Park and the lake are managed and controlled by the County, not the City of Lake Worth.

Imagine that, every day you are close enough to wave and yell, “Good Morning, Ripples!” but one day Ripples is gone. Frantically you search and then find out that trappers took Ripples out of the lake for so-called ‘public safety’ reasons. Before Ripples ends up gator nuggets on an appetizer menu you want answers. So you march on down to Lake Worth City Hall demanding that Ripples be returned. But the City cannot help you!

Ripples and Lake Osborne are outside the City’s control.

That’s where your state representative comes in. Contact you representative in Tallahassee and say, “I want my Ripples back!” But Ripples is a really big alligator. And therein lies the big question an editor the Post asked, is Ripples “Harmless or harmful”.

Join the debate about Ripples! Return Ripples to Lake Osborne because he or she is just a harmless pet? Click on this link to learn more.


Hope you found the scenario above helpful..

Now moving on, who is YOUR elected state representative in Tallahassee. . .


In the map (see below) the un-shaded areas are a combination of unincorporated PBC, suburban Lake Worth and what is called the Lake Worth Corridor.


Shaded areas in map below are:

  • Town of Lantana (shaded red) is to the south.
  • Village of Palm Springs (shaded blue) and the Great Walled City of Atlantis (shaded Royal White) are to the west of County-owned (unincorporated) John Prince Park, PBC Park Airport and PBC State College.
  • Town of Lake Clarke Shores is to the northwest.
  • West Palm Beach is directly to the north (border is the C-51 Canal).


Note in this map one can see the process of “annexation” occurring.

So if you live in one of those unincorporated areas now, that may change in the very near future.

Click on image to enlarge.

Now compare the map above with the district map of the House of Representatives below:


Four districts pass through and include the City of Lake Worth. They are Districts 87–90.


The east-west State Road “802” is Lake Worth Rd. and Lake and Lucerne avenues in Downtown Lake Worth.

The north-south highways are Dixie (US 1) and Federal (nearest the Intracoastal).

Click on map:

To learn who represents your neighborhood and community here in this City in the Florida House of Representatives note the links below.

Going from the east (Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex) to the west (unincorporated Palm Beach County and nearby western municipalities):


District 89 will be represented by recently-elected Mike Caruso (R; shaded lime green): Areas of this district include Lake Worth Beach and all areas east of Federal Hwy. to the Intracoastal. Click on this link for the news about Caruso’s win defeating Jim Bonfiglio (D) by a very slim margin.

District 88 is represented by Representative Al Jaquet (D; shaded lemon yellow): District includes Dixie Hwy. to Federal Hwy. and then expands west at 6th Ave. South to I-95 and District 90.

District 87 is represented by Representative David Silvers (D; shaded bright lavender): District includes areas west of Dixie Hwy. extending outside the City and south to 6th Ave. South and is bordered by District 90 as well.

District 90 is represented by Joseph Casello (D; shaded pear green): District includes areas west of I-95 but not all (a small area of District 87 is west of I-95). District 90 continues west into suburban Lake Worth including the unincorporated John Prince Park, Palm Beach State College, and the Great Walled City of Atlantis.

Also very important:


Your representative in the Florida Senate is Senator Lori Berman.

Your representation on the Palm Beach County Commission is District 3 County Commissioner Dave Kerner and District 7 and Vice Mayor Mack Bernard.


And here is your Lake Worth City Commission:

Election Day is March 12th. District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy (to left of Mayor Pam Triolo) and District 4 Commissioner Herman Robinson (to right of mayor) are up for re-election. Click on this link to learn more about these two races and all the candidates on the upcoming ballot.

Public notice in Herald: Public meeting on “single destination retail”, major site plan at 10th Ave. North and A Street.



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning & Zoning Board of the City of Lake Worth, Florida, will hold a public hearing in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 7 North Dixie Hwy., at 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 to reconsider a request for the following, due to the applicant’s traffic study inadvertently being excluded from the January 16, 2019 agenda packet:

PZB Project# 18-01400009: a request for a Major Site Plan to allow the construction of a 7,441 square foot “single destination retail” use at 1615 10th Avenue North. The subject property’s PCN is 38-43-44-21-15-262-0031.

Written responses can be sent to the Lake Worth Planning & Zoning Board at 1900 2nd Avenue N, Lake Worth, FL 33461 and must arrive before the hearing date to be included in the formal record. You also have the opportunity to attend the meeting to provide oral testimony. For additional information on the above issues, please visit the City of Lake Worth Division of Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation [link added] located at 1900 Second Ave. North, Lake Worth, Florida 33461 or contact City Staff at 561-586-1687.