Saturday, March 16, 2019

“I’m off the record, right?”

And. . . If. . . But. . .

Try asking reporters what “off the record” means to them. Truth is, not even veteran reporters know for sure what “off the record” really means.

The search for a definition began following a kerfuffle when a City of Lake Worth resident was quoted in the print edition of The Palm Beach Post after telling the beat reporter something “off the record”. The problem with “off the record” is it means different things to different reporters. Here’s a good explanation from MediaManoeuvres:

Whatever The Meaning: Tread With Caution.

     The important thing to remember is that the success of speaking off-the-record depends entirely on trust. As journos are often ranked lower than car salesmen in the honesty stakes, entrusting a career or reputation to a journo can be a big call. So no one should go off-the-record unless they actually trust the journalist concerned. It is important to remember that whilst journalists are guided by their code of ethics this is not legally enforceable and isn’t strongly policed. [emphasis added]
     When approached by a reporter or called on the phone your first decision is whether or not to speak at all.

From Chatterbox is this titled, For the Record. What “Off the Record” Means:

You know: background, deep background, not for attribution, and off the record.

“Chatterbox, who has been a Washington journalist for nearly 20 years, doesn’t have a clue what most of these terms mean, and doesn’t believe anyone else does, either. Or rather, thinks that if you ask different journalists what the terms mean, they will give you different answers.”

Here are excerpts from Chatterbox:


“Background means that you can use the information but not attribute it . . . to a name, and I think it’s the responsibility of both the source and the reporter to get clear between themselves how the attribution will be rendered in print.”

Deep Background

“I take that to mean that you can use the information but you can’t attribute it, period.” Also, “it’s up to you to satisfy yourself that it’s good information by doing good reporting.”

Not for attribution

“Able to quote but with a characterization that links it to a smallish number of people.”

Off the record

“Means you can’t quote me. No, I don’t remember . . . You can’t attribute, but you can use it? No, I take that back. If someone says ‘off the record,’ you can’t use it at all.”

So. The next time you go “off the record” with a reporter you know what that means. Errr. Well. Kinda sorta.

Ask the reporter what “off the record” means to them. And never talk to a reporter and then say, “this is off the record”. If you want something “off the record” make this very clear at the outset!

And what if a reporter publishes something you didn’t want to be published? Just never, ever speak to that reporter again.

Problem solved.

2010 Flashback — Amendment 4: A ‘conservative blogger’ protesting with “fellow travelers”, anti-government Anarchists and affinity friends.

Remember back in 2010 when the world as
we know it was on the verge of total collapse if
Amendment 4 didn’t pass?

Well, here we are, nine years later. . .

What happened to all the panic about the fate of the world in Lake Worth? Pay special attention starting at around the 1:00 mark in the video below. Lake Worth’s ‘conservative’ blogger makes a cameo supporting her Anarchist friends and allies in “The Struggle”:

Only thirty-three percent of voters statewide voted for Amendment 4. It needed over 60% to pass into law.
Local governments like the City of Lake Worth would have been paralyzed if Amendment 4
had passed.

Imagine having elections for almost
anything and everything?

To have even the simplest and mundane functions of government — like fixing street lighting — having to be put up for a vote. Need to purchase another vehicle for the fleet? Have a vote for that too. That’s what life would have been like in Florida had Amendment 4 passed. The business of government and governing would have ground to a halt.

Imagine life here in Lake Worth in
perpetual election season.

Never stops. The signs, mailers, and knocks at the door a constant fact of life. There are some people who like that idea. Imagine that.

When it comes to elections here in the City of Lake Worth we took a big leap forward. A referendum in 2017 to increase the terms of mayor and commissioners from two-year terms to three-year terms passed passed by a comfortable margin.

What that means is we’ll have an election of candidates in March of 2019 and the year 2020 will be an off year, no election of candidates until 2021.

Imagine that.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Soccer tournament tomorrow morning: Guatemalan community-building in the Town of Jupiter.

This annual event in Jupiter may be of much LOCAL interest.

From Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach to the Jupiter Community Park is about a forty-five minute drive using I-95 but on a Saturday morning it’s probably a bit quicker. The soccer tournament tomorrow begins at 8:00 a.m.

As reported by Hannah Morse this week in the print edition of The Palm Beach Post the community-building efforts by the Jupiter Police Dept. and the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center continues to be a huge success.

What is happening in Jupiter could provide helpful ideas for the Guatemalan Maya Center (GMC) in the City of Lake Worth, community-building with PBSO District 14 and the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) as well. Learn more about the GMC at the end of this blog post.

Maybe a road trip tomorrow morning by a contingent of community-builders from Lake Worth to watch some soccer and participate in other fun events for the entire family? The event is from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at Jupiter Community Park located at 3377 Church St.

To read the entire story by Hannah Morse in the online edition; here are two excerpts:

JUPITER — It began with a timely follow up on a popular worldwide event — the World Cup — but seven years on, organizers say the annual soccer tournament organized by the Jupiter Police Department and El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center continues to be a success.

The seventh annual tournament will take place Saturday at the Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church St. Officer Roberto Diaz said he expects at least 1,000 people to attend.

and. . .

“We just thought about ways to best reach out to our community members,” Diaz said.

Sixteen community teams — including one representing the police department and another for El Sol — will compete in the single-elimination tournament starting at 8 a.m. Last year, the El Sol team dominated the tournament.

If you would like more information about this community event call 561-746-6201.

In the news published in the Post about this annual soccer tournament Suzanne Cordero, the executive director of the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center was cited.

From long-time journalist Susan Salibury in April 2018 is this news about Suzanne Cordero; the opening three paragraphs:

Suzanne Cordero has been named executive director of El Sol, Jupiter’s neighborhood resource center. She is transitioning into the position and will take over full time on June 4 [2018].

Cordero, a Jupiter resident, replaces Jocelyn Skolnik, who has been executive director at El Sol for 10 years. Skolnik has accepted a position as executive director of Funsepa, a nonprofit educational organization in her home country of Guatemala.

Cordero has served as the executive director of the Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund for six years, and is a former member of El Sol’s board of directors. She has been part of El Sol’s strategic planning group.

If you wish to contact the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center for more information use this link.

If you would like to become a volunteer at GMC use this link. The center is located at 430 North G St. and open Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Call 561-547-0085 or send an email to:

Breaking news today from editor at Lake Worth Herald.

Despite Mr. Tom Copeland conceding the election to District 4 City Commissioner Herman Robinson — per the rules laid out in the City Charter — the run-off election on March 26th must be held as reported in the Herald.

But as yet no public notice of a run-off election is publicly noticed on the City’s official calendar.

FYI: Editor at the Herald made no endorsement
in District 4 race this year.

The election results from last Tuesday:

But the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post (owned by Gatehouse Media) pitched real hard the endorsement for Copeland citing he is “a high-octane campaigner who pitches an array of proposals.”

However, not certain it’s applicable in this case, but former District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier was able to remove himself from the ballot in early January 2017 (see details below) after qualifying for the election in March of that year leading the way for the election of Mr. Herman Robinson.

Here is the news in the Herald datelined today, March 15th and headlined, “Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”:

The election held on March 12 produced no clear winner in race for the District Four Commissioner. A majority of 50% plus one vote is required. The two top vote getters in the four way race were incumbent Herman Robinson with 48.81% and Tom Copeland with 27.73%. Although Copeland has “conceded” the race to Robinson, the run-off is still mandated and preparations for the election are underway according to the Lake Worth City Clerk’s office. [emphasis added] According to the Deputy Supervisor of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office, Robin Rorapaugh told the Herald that the decision lies with the City Clerk who is bound by the City Charter which states in Article 5, Section 4,

“Whenever a general or a special election is held to fill any elective office in the city, the candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast at such election to fill such office shall be declared to be duly elected; provided that in the event no candidate for a particular elective office shall receive a majority of the votes cast at such election to fill such office, then a run-off election shall be held two (2) weeks after the original election to elect a candidate to fill such office.” 

Therefore, because Commissioner Robinson did not reach the magic number of “50%  +  1” he will have to face Mr. Copeland in a run-off election on March 26th. Possibly a high-level meeting between Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Wendy Sartory Link and Chief Elections Deputy Robin Rorapaugh can explore this matter more fully in the coming days.

As per today on the SOE website there are run-off elections scheduled for March 26th in Lake Worth Beach, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach which does not have a beach.

And looking back at the situation in 2017 with former Commissioner Maier in typical fashion it took nearly a month for this to become news in The Palm Beach Post but it was breaking news in the very next edition of The Lake Worth Herald:

Here is the letter submitted to the Lake Worth
City Clerk in December 2016.

Click on image to enlarge:

Whether a letter such as this from Mr. Copeland could have avoided a run-off election on March 26th is unclear. This can be explained in more detail by City Attorney Glen Torcivia at the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 19th.

UPDATE: Special Commission meeting rescheduled to next Tuesday.

The required public meeting to certify the election results from last Tuesday in the City of Lake Worth Beach will be next Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 just prior to the scheduled regular City Commission meeting.

Originally this Special Meeting was set for later today, so please share this information around town.

Next Tuesday evening Lake Worth Beach commissioners Herman C. Robinson and Omari Hardy will be sworn in to serve another term on the City Commission but this time for three years. Consequently there will by no election of candidates in 2020.

Back in 2017 when the referendum passed extending terms for elected officials from two to three years some predicted the fall of Western Civilization just like now about renaming this municipality to become Lake Worth Beach.

Also back in March 2017 Mr. Omari Hardy narrowly avoided a run-off election by just eighteen votes and was elected to the City Commission.

Whilst on that note below is a YouTube video taken at the Lake Worth Playhouse debate on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017.

Interestingly, the previous day the top news story in The Palm Beach Post ‘LOCAL’ section was about a new shop opening on Lucerne Ave. called Artsy Fartsy Deècor and More. Maybe some of you will recall that former shop which was a distraction for a year or so. Sometimes a welcome distraction but more often not.

However, what grabbed the public’s attention that January two years ago was Hardy’s closing statement at the Playhouse debate. That four minutes on the stage cut through all the noise and later Hardy was elected defeating the long-time incumbent in District 2

Last Tuesday Omari Hardy was re-elected.

So without further ado. . .

In his own words from January 2017:

Former Lake Worth commissioner praises leadership in West Palm Beach for efforts to aid the homeless.

However, after steeping high praise on the City of West Palm Beach 3½ years ago (see YouTube video below from Sept. 2015), this same former commissioner said this about the City of Lake Worth:

“If a boat load of refugees came across on our shore here [Lake Worth Beach], how would we feel? I’d be ashamed to say we would probably take out guns and get rid of ’em. [emphasis added] Just like we’re doing with the folks in our city who are homeless and don’t have homes.”

—Quote. JoAnn Golden, former Lake Worth commissioner first elected in 2007 and soundly defeated by Mr. Andy Amoroso (now Lake Worth’s Vice Mayor) in 2011.

Golden, at the 40 second mark in the video below, praises the City of West Palm Beach for all their incredible work to help the homeless there and then goes off the rails at the 1:15 mark with a terribly unfair characterization of the caring and giving people of Lake Worth:

Which begs the obvious question: Are the loudest critics of the efforts to help the homeless in the City of Lake Worth really about helping those in need or just political pandering? For example, do you remember ‘Mr. Snarky’? And since when did the rights of the homeless trump the rights of people and families to use City parks in peace? Business owners and their customers who frequent these businesses?

And think you’ll find this interesting: What happens when citizens, even those supportive of helping the homeless, get pushed to the breaking point:

An email to Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein.

Click on image to enlarge.
From the email: “A rigorous cleaning program might also work with the sleepers on the Bryant Park tables. And we would have a cleaner park.”

And one more thing. . .
A tourist walks past homeless passed out on pier in City park to take photographs. Is this the future you want for our City parks?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The City of Lake Worth Beach and “Visioning”.

Watching City meetings on YouTube is one thing. Watching City meetings in person is another thing entirely.

For example, a very important public meeting is at City Hall next Tuesday, March 19th on landscape regulations and the public is highly encouraged to attend.

Whilst on visioning. . .

At an all-day work session at City Hall on July 24th, 2018 most notably absent was any reporter from The Palm Beach Post who if present could have shared this news with the public:

“Where We’re Going . . .
Themes  →  Priorities

Branding/Name Change Add “Beach”?

Whilst on visions, let’s take another look back to the City’s Visioning Session in July and a “very difficult and public conversation about code enforcement.”

Friday, March 13th, 2015 was one of the ugliest and most uncivil days ever in the chambers at Lake Worth City Hall.

And for those of you who were there that day you will never forget what happened. But that is old history now. Or we can all hope it is old history and not have to revisit that day once again.

Only the editor at The Lake Worth Herald reported what happened that day four years ago.

And shortly afterwards his building was vandalized. Repeatedly for several weeks. This news about what happened at City Hall never did make The Palm Beach Post even though what happened was confirmed by another independent editor at another newspaper.

On that day in 2015 Mayor Pam Triolo held the official public meeting certifying the re-election of Chris McVoy, PhD and incoming-Commissioner Ryan Maier in Districts 2 and 4 respectively.

And on Tuesday, March 19th prior to the next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting Mayor Triolo will certify the re-election of commissioners Omari Hardy and Herman C. Robinson in Districts 2 and 4 and this certification will then be forwarded to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

Fully expect Mayor Triolo to run a very tight ship.

If anyone from the public happens to have a problem with anything that happened last Tuesday save it for the next scheduled City Commission meeting next Tuesday at 6:00.

Why? Because this coming Friday at 5:30 IS NOT for the airing of grievances.

This Friday is the next day as our City moves forward with commissioners Herman C. Robinson and Omari Hardy beginning their second terms on the Lake Worth Beach City Commission, this time a three-year term.

Commissioner Robinson was heading to a run-off election on March 26th. However, yesterday (March 13th) Mr. Tom Copeland conceded the race and the 2019–2020 Election Season is now almost officially over.

Here is the message from Mr. Copeland in its entirety:

It is with a mindful conscious this afternoon that I’ve decided to concede my race for Lake Worth City Commission for District 4 to Commissioner Herman Robinson. The reasons are manyfold, and I hope you'll take a few minutes to read this letter to understand why.

Before I go any further, I must extend the sincerest gratitude to so many of you. To my wife, Tracie Copeland; my campaign team comprised of neighbors and friends including Lindy Seto, Cheryl Rashkin, and so many others; and the 769 people who voted for me in this election.

I also want to thank the men and women of IAFF (our local firefighters), the REALTORS of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board for their endorsements.

Without you, none of this would have been possible.

In reviewing the results of yesterday's election, two things became evident: First, the “numbers gap” between Commissioner Robinson and I is likely too wide for me to overcome in a runoff. Second, I realized that I have an opportunity now to put my pride aside, concede the race, and in the process, avoid what will likely be a tumultuous, divisive second election.

Ultimately, it is the selfless nature to concede for the benefit of our community as a whole that has compelled me to believe I've made the right decision.

I will be supportive of Commissioner Herman Robinson in his second term. However, with that support comes accountability. I'm happy to report that I have spent some time with Herman today over lunch, and he has committed to welcoming my presence and voice at City Hall. I look forward to working with him in whatever capacity I can in the coming years.

This was a very difficult choice I had to make. I want you to know that I did it carefully, meticulously, and with only the concern for what is best for the City of Lake Worth Beach, and you, my fellow citizens.

Ultimately, I hope this campaign has inspired you. There are so many different ways to contribute to our amazing little city by the beach. We have many fantastic Advisory Boards with open seats that need to be filled. Your neighborhood association could always use a helping hand. We have city-wide cleanups, non-profit organizations with needs for volunteers, and so many world-class events and activities that rely on us as residents to pull off.

Most importantly, let’s stay engaged at City Hall. Join me in helping to build the future of Lake Worth Beach, together. We are #WorthIt!

-—Tom Copeland

Mr. Copeland deserves a shout out for doing something no other candidate for elected office has ever done before and that is giving credit to Wes Blackman’s YouTube Channel, videos which are all FREE to the public and for use by the editor(s) at the Post too for a pull quote or to confirm what a candidate said or did not say.

Here is one of Copeland’s videos he used during his campaign, a very well thought out position on the condemned municipal pool at the Beach:

But why, Tom! Please why!

Why on Earth did you add that terrible
background elevator music?

To learn more about the debate which will hopefully end very soon on the question, “Do you support or oppose a brand new pool at Lake Worth Beach?” please click on this link.

News in Coastal Observer today: “Patti Waller Wins Big in Palm Springs”.

Editor Mark Easton endorsed Patti Waller in last Tuesday’s election and long-time Councilwoman Waller won running away in a huge landslide.

Read more about this momentarily. . .

Support LOCAL newspapers and community
journalism in Palm Beach County.

To see this week’s headlines in the Coastal Observer and The Lake Worth Herald click on this link.

The Coastal Observer is FREE. To read the paper every week use this link and go to “Options” at the top of the page and then click on “Download as PDF”.

FYI: The Herald is still just ¢50. To become a subscriber to the online edition call the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to:

Without further ado, to the news
in the Coastal Observer. . .

Long time Council person Patti Waller retained her seat Tuesday garnering 78.77 percent of the vote over challenger Paula Prudente.

Waller who has held the seat for 20 plus years was overwhelmingly re-elected by the voters of Palm Springs. Waller has made a career on the dais by doing what she honestly feels is best for the Village of Palm Springs and the residents of the Village.

Waller has always worked hard as a council member fighting to keep taxes in check and the Village of Palm Springs a great place to raise a family. Voters once again rewarded her with another term to do the work.

The Palm Springs Village Council under the leadership of Mayor Bev Smith is always striving to make Palm Springs a family friendly place to live and Waller has been an integral part of the team.

The editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post made no endorsement in the Village of Palm Springs’ election last Tuesday; not sure if any news at all was reported about this election. Palm Springs is the immediate municipality west of Lake Worth Beach.

If you are unhappy the Post has given up reporting on elections and most other public policy news between Lake Worth Beach and the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach here in Central Palm Beach County please click on this link and make YOUR voice heard.

Upcoming community forum on March 19th being held by Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College.

FYI: Interested elected leaders and the public in the City of Lake Worth, Village of Palm Springs and nearby suburban areas may want to make preparations for a road trip to address specific topics of interest.

The information below was published in this week’s print edition of The Palm Beach Post on Tues., March 5th on p. B9 in the first column.

The administrative offices of the college are closed today but will re-open tomorrow morning. Call 561-967-7222 for business hours.

The agenda for this public meeting is available for public scrutiny at the suburban Lake Worth Palm Beach State College (PBSC) campus located at 4200 S. Congress Ave. in administration office 210 (see map below). Or if you wish you can look over the agenda by using this link.

The reason for this meeting:

Pursuant to Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees Policy 6Hx-18-1.02,* the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College will hold a Community Forum and its regular, monthly Board Meeting. The purpose of the regular meeting is for the District Board of Trustees, the legal governing body of Palm Beach State College, to conduct public business [emphasis added].

This upcoming Community Forum will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430.

To look over the upcoming agenda at PBSC Lake Worth campus at 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Click on map to enlarge:

Off Congress Ave. using the main entrance proceed to the southern Copper Lot for parking. The PBSC administration district offices are indicated in maroon (dark red)

*“Special meetings of the Board can be called by the chairperson, by the president when requested by a majority of the board, or by the majority of the Board itself. In the event a special meeting is called, the Board shall notify one newspaper of general circulation in the District of the time, date, place and purpose of the meeting at the earliest possible time.”

Writer Rachel Monroe is in Marfa, Texas, “I am going to write a book! Yay/yike!”

Rachel Monroe is the author of Monkeywrench. This exceptional piece of writing is about our City of Lake Worth. A small City that became part of a very big political struggle in February 2016.

The City’s municipal elections were held in March 2016. And when it was all over we all thought we’d seen it all.

And little did we all know that just 8½ months later a man named Mr. Donald J. Trump would become the next President of the United States.

But anyhow. . .

Below is the link to read the piece by Rachel Monroe for yourself. And then later you’ll want to read it again.

Prior to going off to Texas the writer was observing the goings-on here. What Monroe produced was a work of nonfiction. But it reads like fiction. You’ll be scratching you head and asking yourself, “This really happened?”

Later in this blog post you’ll learn about Monroe. And more about Lake Worth too.

Many new and recently-new residents of this City will have a hard time believing this all happened. Rachel Monroe chronicled the entire thing. She interviewed a lot of people. She embedded herself in the story. And it was later published in the Oxford American.

Briefly, in late 2015 trouble was brewing. Everyone could feel it. Fresh off a huge defeat at the “Briger Forest” in Palm Beach Gardens and then another devastating defeat in Ft. Lauderdale, the Anarchists set their eyes on the City of Lake Worth. For many years the Anarchs had settled in this City and it was their home base from where they launched ‘actions’ in South Florida. But for the most part they tried to keep a low profile here in the City. And for the most part it didn’t work. But they tried. It was sort of truce most times with law enforcement and the City government.

But that all ended in a very big way.

Starting around November/December 2015 they began to arrive. Anarchs from all over the country. From Oakland and the Midwest and the Northeast. By beat up old buses and rusted old cars. Any way they could. Everyone was wondering what was going to happen.

And then a flyer appeared.

Portions of that actual flyer are below. It was hard to miss. It was pasted on electric poles and traffic signs all over the City and all over the Downtown too.

Now that the stage is set.

Last August marked the two-year anniversary of writer Rachel Monroe’s piece published in the Oxford American about our six square mile City.

Meet the writer, now in Texas writing another book.

Please pause momentarily for Tweet to load:

Follow Rachel Monroe on Twitter on her quest to write a book for a major New York publisher: Click on this link.

And continue reading to learn more about this exceptional writer. If you didn’t know, Monroe spent a lot of time talking to people in our City of Lake Worth. And one of those people was Yours Truly.

This happened to be during one of our more, well, let’s just say spirited election seasons. And what Monroe later had published created quite the stir.

Without further ado. . .

From the Oxford American,
“Later that day I met with
Wes Blackman. . .”

As recently as last month was still getting surprised, incredulous calls and emails from people who just somehow happened to stumble across this article by Monroe in the Oxford American, titled “Monkeywrench”. Emails and people calling, “Why haven’t I seen this before!”

The article by Rachel Monroe really is a unique and highly interesting look back at what happened in our little City of Lake Worth back in 2015–2016.

After the article was published used several excerpts from this very lengthy, extremely well-written, and highly entertaining work. Recommend you read in it’s entirety when you have the time. Following the images from Everglades EarthFirst! (see below, “Yes! It is Happening”) is the first excerpt. For excerpt #2 use this link. From Monroe’s article:

“Most people in the room were not Floridians; instead, they lived in fringe towns—Ithaca, Bloomington, Oakland—where the rent was cheap enough that radical politics could flourish.” [emphasis added]

For excerpt #3 use this link:

“. . . I [writer Rachel Monroe] walked in late to find a dozen tattooed people pretending to be a machine. Tentatively at first and then with increasing enthusiasm, they pantomimed the pulling of levers and the pushing of buttons and other nonsensical but orderly tasks.

Without further ado, hope you enjoy the very first excerpt below the images from EF! (EarthFirst!) plastered all over town in February of 2016.

“. . . we will converge in Lake Worth . . . seating based on willingness to risk arrest. Hurrah!”

A ‘musical’ is code for something else entirely.

“Later that day I met with Wes Blackman, the blogger who’d been leading the anti-Hartman,* anti-musical faction. The anarchists’ nemesis. . .

. . . turned out to be a tall, broad-bodied man who spoke so reasonably and blandly—about the history of zoning ordinances in the town, and height restrictions, and other wonky city-planning topics—that I nearly forgot the rancor he embodied online. ‘I’m a liberal Democrat, but the political spectrum in Lake Worth is skewed so terribly that most people here would see me as a right-wing Republican type,’ he told me. ‘They think that money is an evil, that people having the ability to make money somehow is a bad thing, that there’s greed involved. That if someone’s making profits, that’s not the way it should be, and we should live at a subsistence level so other people can live better? I’ve really tried to figure it out, and I end up scratching my head.’ ”

Moving forward. . .

Following the 2015–2016 Election Season here in this City things began to return to normal. Well, at least as normal as it can be in this tiny municipality. It was a relatively uneventful Election Season in 2016–2017 when a long-sitting do-nothing finally got booted off the dais and the revolving door in another district revolved once again, the “spinning seat” some call it. That would be District 4.

But then in January 2018 things went nuts again.

An environmentalist from the Sierra Club and most prolific letter-writer to The Palm Beach Post thought he could become the mayor of Lake Worth. And as recent history has proven, it was downright delusional to think he couldn’t. But he didn’t win. He got clobbered.

And hope springs eternal. And much thanks to Rachel Monroe for chronicling what happened two years ago. And maybe even that ‘spinning seat’ will finally stop spinning next year following the upcoming 2018–2019 Election Season!

*“Hartman” is the Anarchist Ryan Hartman who lost in a landslide to then-Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell in March 2016. To read Hartman’s fact-challenged concession message following that election use this link. An excerpt:

“By the end of the campaign, they [press] refused to even call me [Hartman] for interviews (in fact, Kevin Thompson [beat reporter at Post] lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me).

Where we are now: Commissioner Andy Amoroso is now Vice Mayor. He ran unopposed this year. Mayor Pam Triolo was re-elected for the second time in 2016. And then again this year. Commissioner Maxwell faced the voters once again in March 2018 too. He won again. But this time to a three-year term.

Maxwell’s challenger was endorsed by the Post.

Learn how to do a proper TV news interview in just ten minutes!

Below are the instructions how to do an interview for the TV news media and all you need is a mirror and about 10–15 minutes a day. Really. It’s that easy.

Let’s take this scenario:

You show up at Lake Worth Beach City Hall and you see news vans and cameras and reporters standing around with notepads and one or more of them want to interview you. You could just decline and walk away.

Or. . .

This blog post includes instructional videos (see below) and according to feedback from my readers many have found this information to be very helpful.

For example, 2½ years ago prior to the City of Lake Worth’s Neighborhood Road Bond referendum in Nov. 2016 a certain member of the local press and news media (to go unnamed) were showing up around the City trying to get negative responses and spin the referendum in a very negative way.

That effort, am happy to report, ended up in vain. The referendum to fix our roads and potholes passed by a whopping 69%. But the problem remained: When a reporter is bent on spinning an issue negatively or making the City look bad, how should the unsuspecting public react?

For example, have you or someone you know ever been approached by a reporter asking for comment and maybe were surprised to see on TV or in the paper your positive comments went unreported but the one negative thing you said is what appeared in the news!

Or. . . Are you a seasoned pro dealing with the press and news media? How does one quickly teach the average person in the public how to give a TV news or press interview? It’s easy!

Rephrase the question
Give to Get.

To learn these two very effective techniques. . .

All you need to practice and become proficient is
a full-body mirror and 10 minutes.

Understand that most reporters in TV news and the press are a good bunch and highly professional. When you see a reporter don’t hesitate to walk up and say, “Hi” and strike up a conversation. If they’re in a hurry the best of the best will hand you a card and apologize for not being able to stay.

Keep the card handy to contact the
reporter later on.*

A little trick: Most of the time you’ll find the video crew or an intern following along to be very polite and respectful. Sometimes the best way to get information to a reporter is to “bend the ear” of the crew or intern.

They’ll pass that information on if he or she thinks it’s important to get the story narrative correct.

But what do you do if you’re approached by a reporter asking leading, hostile questions?

First pause for a moment! Never respond quickly.

Take your time and think it out for a moment. Then. . .

  • “Rephrase the question”
  • “Give to Get”

This short 2-minute video explains how these techniques work:

Try this technique if a reporter approaches and asks you a leading question: Take a deep breath, pause, and remember what to do.

Rephrase the question and then “Give to Get”. 

Now for another example: A news crew showed up at Lake Worth City Hall (see video below) during the discussion at the City Commission about moving forward with the referendum to fix the roads and potholes late in 2016. However, despite all the efforts by one particular former commissioner to put a negative “spin” on the referendum, he failed. That referendum later passed overwhelmingly with 69% saying, “Yes” to the bond.

The positive messages won the day at
that Commission meeting.

If you see an interview in progress and hear false and/or misleading information being given to a reporter don’t hesitate to walk up and get the facts out. Approach the reporter and ask to be interviewed and remember to be polite, respectful, stay calm, and don’t get too excited.

Just stick to the facts.

However, study the body language closely in the video below of a former commissioner, Chris McVoy, PhD, who opposed the Neighborhood Road Bond in 2016, e.g., the hand gestures, posture, reassuring facial expressions, smiles, and try using these techniques the next time you’re interviewed by the media and press (please note, if you’re short on time, watch this three-minute segment of the video below and practice these techniques yourself in front of a mirror).

FYI: The TV news reporter in the video above is Kathleen Walter, formerly at CBS12 (WPEC). Walter is now the spokeswoman for the City of West Palm Beach. The news report produced by CBS12 in Oct. 2016 was very fair and accurate leaving out the open-ended questions posed by those interviewed and keeping to the facts.

*When interviewed by the TV news or press ALWAYS GET THE REPORTERS CONTACT INFORMATION, either a business card or write down their phone number and/or email. When the news hits the print edition or airs on TV and there is a reporting error you want that corrected as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Very timely question: Why didn’t City of Lake Worth Beach have a seat at the table to discuss proposed HRC2?

HRC2 is the proposed “Homeless Resource Center 2” on County-owned property along Lake Worth Rd. abutting the Village of Palm Springs and west of Lake Worth Beach (see map below).

A very important public meeting is on Thursday at 6:30. More details are below.

For some perspective, if HRC2 moves forward it would be located ≈ 1½ miles west of the County’s John Prince Park and the Villages of Lake Osborne community located in Lake Worth Beach.

As noted in the news report below — front page news last week in the Coastal/Greenacres Observer — the Village of Palm Springs and the cities of West Palm, Greenacres and Atlantis and the Town of Lake Clarke Shores were invited to meet with County staff and homeless experts but not Lake Worth Beach!

Was this City not invited to learn more about HRC2?

If you have questions and/or concerns about this make your voice heard, contact your elected officials prior to tomorrow night’s meeting to make sure this City is represented concerning HRC2. This public meeting is coming up tomorrow (March 14th) at 6:30.

[T]he area is always looked at for “these types of facilities” and never for economic development. “Don’t just look at us for homeless resource centers,” he [Torcivia] told the commission.

Quote. Palm Springs Village Attorney Glen Torcivia addressing the Palm Beach County Commission. Source: Former journalist Alexandra Seltzer at The Palm Beach Post, datelined Dec. 5th, 2018.

Learn more, the location for this public meeting is given in the news report in the Observer; two excerpts follow:

The public is invited to attend a courtesy presentation by Palm Beach County for a proposed Homeless Resource Center 2 (HRC2), proposed to be located on vacant property owned by Palm Beach County at 3680 Lake Worth Road.

and. . .

The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Mid-County Senior Center, 3680 Lake Worth Road, [suburban] Lake Worth. There will be time for questions and answers following the presentation.

A previous meeting, attended by representatives from Atlantis, Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, West Palm and Palm Springs met with County Staff members and Homeless “experts” Kat Hammer from the Phil Lewis Center and Sophia Eggleston, President of the Homeless Coalition and several others to discuss the location for the HEC2.

The proposed HRC2 is located at 3680 Lake Worth Rd. (note red boxes on left; west side of map).*

Click on map to enlarge:

The Villages of Lake Osborne community in Lake Worth Beach is located at 2430 Lake Worth Rd. (east of L-4 Canal; shaded light green). Also note Lake Osborne and John Prince Park in suburban (unincorporated PBC) located to the east of Palm Beach State College campus.

*Note that only the Village of Palm Springs, Lake Worth Beach and unincorporated PBC are indicated in the map above. The City of Greenacres is further west of the proposed HRC2, Atlantis to the south, Lake Clarke Shores and West Palm to the north.

For more reference and background on HRC2, in mid-December 2018 was this blog post titled, “Looking past the New Year, this is the calm before the storm.”

Public in Lake Worth Beach needs another referendum on ballot next year.

A ballot referendum eliminating run-off elections.

In other words, winner take all on Election Day. Because Commissioner Herman Robinson missed getting 50.05% yesterday by just 1.25% of the vote there will be a run-off election on March 26th. Fifty percent of the vote plus .05% would have guaranteed a win without a recount for the incumbent in District 4.

Prepare yourselves everyone.

The next two weeks could very well be the worst of City politics you will ever experience.

At the end of this blog post is a link to what happened back in 2006, a run-off election that tore this City apart.

Here are the election results from
the District 4 race yesterday:

Commissioner Herman Robinson: 48.8%
Tom Copeland: 27.4
William Joseph: 12.0
Richard Guercio: 11.8

Tom Copeland couldn’t even muster 30% of the vote and Copeland was considered a strong challenger to Commissioner Robinson. If either Messrs. Joseph or Guercio were not on the ballot Robinson would most certainly have been re-elected yesterday.

Is this the kind of politics you want in the City of Lake Worth Beach?

Stack the ballot to force a run-off election?

Fully expect Commissioner Robinson and Mr. Copeland to keep to the high ground. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is how much control do these two men have over their campaign team? How much control do they have over their campaign manager? What will William Joseph and Richard Guercio do in the next two weeks? Has Commissioner Herman Robinson been the target all along?

Frankly, as much as the public decries money in politics campaign contributions are a way to gauge a candidates’ support from the public and business community and by far Commissioner Robinson has raised the most campaign funding. No other candidate was even close.

Now it’s back to campaign fundraising and yard signs and mailers and the knocks on the door. All because of just a few votes? Is this what you expected yesterday?

And it is worth noting Mr. Copeland taking such a strong position on a new pool at the Beach did educate many of the public about that long-standing problem. Copeland vehemently opposes a new pool at the Lake Worth Beach and he should be respected for taking such a strong position.

How did we get here? A two-week run-off?

Robinson announced his intention to run for re-election a year ago, in March 2018.

Then in September 2018 Tom Copeland qualified to run for election in District 4, then William Joseph qualified in October and then Richard Guercio in December.

Did Joseph and Guercio believe they had a chance to win the election in District 4? Maybe. But what they most certainly did is make certain that Commissioner Robinson would not win on Election Day yesterday. But it was real close. Herman nearly pulled off the impossible.

Now because of a few votes our City has to go through a run-off election on March 26th.

Remember, Mr. Copeland received the ‘coveted’ endorsement from The Palm Beach Post editorial board. And Copeland didn’t even get 30% of the vote!

The Post endorsement for Copeland was a non-factor and in 2017 the editor(s) called it a toss-up between Commissioner Herman Robinson and Maryann Polizzi. Herman won running away.

Once again, a run-off election can be one of the most devastating things for a City to ever experience and so many new and recently-new residents of this City have never experienced a run-off.

But many long-time residents recall well what a run-off election can be. It’s not fun. Two candidates and two campaigns fighting endlessly for two weeks non-stop. Two more weeks of yard signs, mailers and knocks on the door and what you have left afterwards is a bloodied and bruised winner who has to try and pick up all the pieces.

So that’s why this City of Lake Worth Beach needs another referendum on the ballot next year, a referendum to eliminate run-off elections. Make it winner take all on Election Day. And that would also go a long way in making sure the field does not get flooded again with candidates that don’t care whether or not they win or lose.

Just like what happened in the District 4 race this year. And what happened in District 2 race back in 2017 too when Mr. Omari Hardy avoided a run-off by less than twenty votes in a race between then-Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, and William Joseph.

Yes. That would be the very same Mr. Joseph in the District 4 race this year. In 2017 he got 8.92% of the vote in District 2 and two years later received 12% of the vote in District 4.

If you are interested in learning more about what happened in 2006, when four candidates ran in District 2 back in 2006, learn more by reading a blog post from September last year.

The run-off election that followed has haunted this City for thirteen years.

Post-election day and the City of Lake Worth Beach.

Question #1 on the ballot yesterday was approved by the electorate:



First a shout out to Willie Howard, a former beat reporter who once covered the City of Lake Worth for The Palm Beach Post. Learn more about Howard’s role in this story later in this blog post. And a shout out to the new news media as well, Andrew Lofholm at WPTV and Andrea Marvin at CBS12. What did Lofholm and Marvin do?

What they did is they both reported the facts about “Lake Worth Beach” way before anyone else in the news media did. For example,

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (CBS12) — Changing the City of Lake Worth’s name to the ‘City of Lake Worth Beach’.

It’s a move leaders are ready to make, after city commissioners voted unanimously [on Dec. 4th, 2018] on the change. But in the end, it’s up to voters.

—Source. CBS12 journalist Andrea Marvin, news segment datelined Dec. 5th, 2018.

To read about Andrew Lofholm’s news report from the City Commission meeting on Dec. 4th, 2018 click on this link.

And at the very end of this blog post is a YouTube video from a City Commission Work Session in November 2018 and each of our elected officials, in their own words, explain why they support rebranding our City by adding the “Beach” to our name.

Renaming this City was breaking news by WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm late last year and then a little later Andrea Marvin at CBS12 did an excellent news report as well. Where was The Palm Beach Post? Nowhere. And then later on they had to scramble to catch up.

And then Frank Cerabino had to chime in too. Read all about that a little later in this blog post today.

In many ways the name change to “Lake Worth Beach” highlights the generational digital divide in a major way. Many in the older generations will get the news about Lake Worth Beach from a dinosaur, a printed newspaper. Younger generations will get this news on social media.

To their credit many from older generations like Commissioner Scott Maxwell don’t understand social media but they do most certainly understand its power.

Harry’s Banana Farm on N. Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth Beach getting in the spirit last year.

From Harry’s on Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth Beach to the Post building on Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach is just 3½ miles. But West Palm does not have a “Beach”. Our City does have a “BEACH”.

It’s worth noting the effort to rename this City was a very serious public policy debate and to confuse the public the critics took a two-pronged approach: First, that renaming this City ‘is just silly’ and secondly that renaming this City will be too expensive.

However, consider first that due to terrible and irresponsible news reporting in The Palm Beach Post and other news outlets that a municipality in Palm Beach County would even have to consider changing its name in the first place. Think about that for a few moments.

On how expensive a name change to Lake Worth Beach would cost, the hard costs like signage and print material would change over time. In some cases, many years. There is no rush. The immediate effect would be on social media, marketing and branding. And the effect will be almost immediate.

Whilst on the topic of cost, do you receive the Sunday and daily print edition of the Post with digital access? That costs $683.79 annually. 

Now back to Cerabino, Lake Worth Beach and comparing apples to sour grapes.

Ever since NBC5 reporter Andrew Lofholm broke this story the Post had to scramble. Three days after Lofholm’s report the Post beat reporter put together something and then Cerabino got into the act. The story in the online edition was headlined,

Name change worth the trouble in Lake Worth

And then the next day in the print edition the headline was,

‘Lake Worth Beach’ wasn’t quite
what I had in mind

So according to Cerabino on one day it’s “worth the trouble” and then a little later it’s not “quite what I had in mind”? Just curious. Does anyone remember asking Cerabino what he thought or thinks?

And then following the usual ramblings are the obligatory quotes from patrons at Harry’s Banana Farm which explains why Cerabino never quite made it to City Hall.

About Question #1 on the ballot yesterday Cerabino opened up his missive with these two lines last year:

Oh, no. Lake Worth’s thinking about changing its name again.

This happens every so often. The last time was about six years ago.

Here is what Cerabino left out: This was a big news story by former Post reporter Willie Howard in 2012 (see below). Howard interviewed Commissioner Scott Maxwell about his proposal to rename this City. The City’s Millennial year was in 2013 and most everyone agreed that the timing was bad as was recently stated by Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso. But in 2018 almost everyone agreed that renaming this City is a good idea worth considering or at least give the public the opportunity to decide.

From 2012 to the present the idea of renaming this City never went away. Interest in pushing this forward would go up and then other things would take priority and interest would go down. But the idea of renaming this City as “Lake Worth Beach” never went away.

So the suggestion by Cerabino that the idea of renaming this City, ‘happens every so often’ is ludicrous and petty.

And then there is this from Cerabino:

Lake Worth city leaders think by adding “beach” [sic; s/b “Beach”] to its name, Lake Worth will distinguish itself as both a coastal community and one that is distinct from the larger Lake Worth postal region to the west, which has a higher crime rate.

“That doesn’t give us the ability to say our crime is down double digits,” Mayor Pam Triolo explained. “When people are looking to invest or purchase a new home to bring their family here, I’d like them to be comparing apples to apples, not apples to cucumbers.”

But instead of cucumbers, let’s talk about sour grapes.

The Post editorial board did not endorse Scott Maxwell in his re-election bid last year. The Post endorsed his challenger, Sarah Malega. But it didn’t matter. Maxwell won anyway.

A bite of cucumber will help after sour grapes.

FYI: Maxwell first served on the City Commission from 2001–2003. Then Maxwell got re-elected in 2009 and has been re-elected another four times. So when Cerabino posits that renaming this City to “Lake Worth Beach” happened ‘about six years ago’ not citing Maxwell’s role in this effort is short-sighted at best.

And then Cerabino goes on to say. . .

Lake Worth is the undisputed offbeat capital of Palm Beach County. It’s a cultural hub for both Finnish tourists and anarchists . . . Just sticking the word “beach” [sic] at the end of Lake Worth doesn’t do justice to the city’s singular charms.

The ‘anarchists’ in this City are not even worthy of mention any more. They have been largely replaced by the Apatharchists, former Anarchists who gave up on politics are much more concerned that this little six square mile City continues to be maligned by news stories like this still circulating on the Internet.

For more information about “Making the case for changing the name of our City to Lake Worth Beach” click on this link.

And also making the case is this excerpt from a Willie Howard article published in The Palm Beach Post in 2012:

“Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell is suggesting changing the city’s name to Lake Worth Beach to help distinguish Lake Worth from parts of unincorporated Palm Beach County that have Lake Worth mailing addresses. According to postal officials, places as far west as Wellington can use Lake Worth mailing addresses. [emphasis added]
     In a memo to the commission about the name change, Maxwell notes that crimes committed west of the city in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County are sometimes reported by the media as happening in Lake Worth. Residents with Lake Worth mailing addresses who live west of the city mistakenly come to city hall seeking solutions to their problems.
     Maxwell said Lake Worth is distinctive, with its walkable downtown and beach, and that the new name would create an ‘instantly recognizable brand for the city.’
     With the 100-year anniversary of the city next year and the opening of the renovated beach site and casino scheduled for this fall, he said, this is a good time to change the city’s name.
     ‘The timing is just about right,’ Maxwell said. ‘It kind of gives us a renewed since of pride for the next 100 years.’ ”

Causing so much confusion for so many years is this oft-asked question:

“Where exactly is Lake Worth?” 

Click on this link to learn why changing the name of our City will clear up so much of the confusion for visitors, tourists, investors, Realtors, and the press and news media as well.

And in conclusion, listen to Mayor Pam Triolo and each of the four City Commissioners explain why they support renaming this City of Lake Worth with a spectacular BEACH!

The discussion lasts about fifteen minutes and ends with public comment by well-known City resident AnnaMaria:

Notable events and public meetings this week at Lake Worth Beach City Hall.

This evening at 6:00 the Historic Resource Preservation Board meets at City Hall (agenda posted on City’s website).

Tomorrow (Thurs. 3/14) at 5:30 the Tree Board meets; as yet there is no agenda. And then on Friday at 5:30 is a Special City Commission meeting to certify the results of Tuesday’s elections.

Also worth noting if you are looking to do business with the City of Lake Worth Beach.

The City’s website for “Invitations for Bids (IFB), Requests for Proposals (RFP) and associated documents” is being re-formatted.

Lake Worth’s procurement process is managed by the Finance Department. They are responsible for contracts and services related to construction or services provided to the City.

The Finance Dept. is located at City Hall. For more information call 561-586-1654 or send an e-mail to:

On Lake Worth Beach: “I think it’s time for us to turn a page in the history and move forward”.

Last Tuesday our City of Lake Worth did turn a page in our history when the voters approved renaming this City to become the City of Lake Worth Beach.

And let us be clear. Every single vote by the City Commission was unanimously in support of moving this question to ballot. And every elected official had plenty of opportunity to make their thoughts known.

And one last thing, the ridiculous notion that the effort to rename this City was “to distance itself from unincorporated Lake Worth crime stats” was repeated again by the beat reporter in today’s print edition of The Palm Beach Post. That is only a small part of the story as will be explained later this week.

Until then, let’s deal with some civics from the longest serving member of the Lake Worth City Commission. . .

“. . . Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. West Palm Beach really doesn’t have a beach. We have a beach.
     And if there is one thing that folks that come to Florida are attracted to oftentimes is the word ‘Beach’. I enthusiastically support a name change. I know that some folks may be a little uncomfortable with that and I understand that. Change is difficult. But I think it’s time for us to turn a page in the history and move forward . . . So yes I support that.”

Quote. Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell in making the straw poll unanimous on Oct. 30th, 2018.

This question passed on the March 12th ballot yesterday:

“Rename this City to be called Lake Worth Beach?”

Once again, every single vote by the City Commission has been unanimous to put this question on the ballot. At the final vote, at Second Reading on December 13th to send this question to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Commissioner Maxwell had some strong words for one critic in particular. To learn more about that click on this link.

Here is the entire quote from Commissioner Maxwell last October at the straw poll vote with emphasis added:

On the name change [to “Lake Worth Beach”] I could not more enthusiastically recommend going that direction.

As you recall, several years ago I suggested this for a variety of reasons. . . . I am quite sure many of those reasons for a name change were brought up and discussed. The two biggest ones in my mind going forward is we’ve done so many wonderful things here in the last several years for this City and we’re moving in a different direction.

There are some legacy reputation issues that we’re trying to fight to get away from and unfortunately we’re unable to do that sometimes because of other parts of the County that have a Lake Worth address.

And when they [unincorporated “suburban Lake Worth”] fall into a situation where something has happened in those areas, and not terribly positive, be it crime or something else, oftentimes those news accounts are associated to us here in the City of Lake Worth and I think it’s time that we shed some of the things that are going on in the western part of the County and basically force the media to recognize just exactly who they are reporting on when these things come up.

The other thing too is it’s really interesting when you look at a lot of the names here in Palm Beach County. For example, Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. However we’ll have to give them credit for being proactive on sea level rise issue because maybe that will catch up with them one day. But Royal Palm Beach doesn’t have a beach. West Palm Beach really doesn’t have a beach.

We have a beach. And if there is one thing that folks that come to Florida are attracted to oftentimes is the word “Beach”. So if you’re visiting Palm Beach County or thinking about Palm Beach County and your kind of looking through all the thirty-nine municipalities and you don’t know any different you might just pass Lake Worth over because the word ‘Beach’ isn’t affixed to our name.

I enthusiastically support a name change. I know that some folks may be a little uncomfortable with that and I understand that. Change is difficult. But I think it’s time for us to turn a page in the history and move forward and get up there with everybody else. So yes I support that.

By the way, Commissioner Scott Maxwell was first elected in 2001 and served a two year term. In 2009 he ran again and won. Then in 2011 he won again. And then again in 2013, 2016 and 2018. Maxwell is now serving a three-year term ending in 2021.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

UPDATE: You are a resident of the City of Lake Worth but your pet alligator in Lake Osborne is taken away by trappers.

“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.

Thank You for visiting once again today and hope you found this information helpful!