Friday, June 21, 2019

Lake Worth Beach now has an official Facebook page!

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

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

Here is the press release datelined June 20th:

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

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

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

and. . .

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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

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

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

Here are two excerpts from the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

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

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

and. . .

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

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

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

About the reporter at the Sun Sentinel:

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

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

Lake Worth Beach City Commission meeting last evening.

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

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

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