Saturday, July 27, 2019

Demi Moore and Kathleen Turner: Striptease in Metro Miami and Body Heat in City of Lake Worth Beach.

Striptease starring Demi Moore. “The film is based on the novel Strip Tease by Floridian crime writer Carl Hiaasen. It was published in 1993 and was a bestseller.”

Striptease the movie, “[W]ound up winning
several Golden Raspberry Awards. . . . Among these awards given to Striptease was the Award for
Worst Picture of 1996.”

Body Heat, the classic film noir. “The film launched [Kathleen] Turner’s career — Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the ‘100 Sexiest Stars in Film History’.”

A substantial portion of the 1981 thriller Body Heat, starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner was filmed in Downtown Lake Worth Beach. Many famous scenes from this classic were filmed on South ‘J’ St., the backdrop being what is now called The Book Cellar bookstore at ‘J’ and Lake Ave.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Beach Scene in Lake Worth, 1921, Courtesy of FAU Library.

Florida history: “The Road to Beauty” (1965) — Film sponsored by the Florida Citrus Commission.

Below is a video from the State of Florida Archives. Advertising and promotion of Florida’s citrus industry has, shall we say, evolved over time. Here is an excerpt from the text of the article:

“Health maintenance techniques are demonstrated, including how to walk properly, dance as exercise, nutrition (such as citrus), and sports. The film then moves on to discuss career, marriage, and home life. A wife announces that she is pregnant and the couple promptly drinks some orange juice to celebrate.”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Elected leaders setting the bar high in Greenacres: Making education, families and children a high priority.

Another Greenacres Community and School Update!

Here’s the latest news from this week’s Coastal and Greenacres Observer about the City of Greenacres:

The City of Greenacres Leisure Services invites all Greenacres residents to join in the fun at the City’s Back to School Block Party!

This free event will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m to 1 p.m at the Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park.

Enjoy free school supplies, inflatable amusements, interactive vendors and more. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase.

The Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park is located at 2905 Jog Rd. This park has a Little Free Library, a multi-purpose playing field, lighted Pickleball and racquetball courts, restrooms, picnic areas with grills and gazebo, a playground pavilion, exercise equipment and a jogging path.

For more information about all the public parks in Greeenacres, including helpful maps and directions, click on this link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the City of Greenacres!

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Today at 5:30: Public meeting at LWB City Hall.

FDOT will be holding a “Project Kick-Off Meeting” concerning the intersection of 10th Ave. North, I-95, and North A St. at Lake Worth Beach City Hall. The public open house begins at 5:30 and the FDOT presentation starts at 6:00.

This is a public meeting open to everyone from the public interested in this topic.

Click on flyer to enlarge:

For more information from FDOT about the I-95 Interchange Improvements at 10th Ave. North click on this link.

Press release: Road closure in Lake Worth Beach.*

Lake Worth Beach, FL — In order to install a watermain the City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing South A Street between 6th Ave S and 10th Ave S from Monday, July 22–Friday, July 26 between the hours of 8am–6pm.

During the closure hours, traffic will be redirected to South B and South C streets. Drivers are encouraged to schedule extra travel time if passing through this area.

For more information and media inquiries contact Ben Kerr, PIO. Call 561-586-1631 or send an email to:

*Located in Central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth Beach is a dynamic, multi-cultural City with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lake Worth Beach Library news in this week’s Lake Worth Herald.

Have you been to the public library in the downtown lately? Below is more information about this public facility. Here is the headline, the byline and an excerpt from the news in the Herald:

LWB Library CreatElab to Expand

By Cindy Ansell, Children’s Services Librarian.

The Friends of the Lake Worth Beach Library have been awarded a grant for $5060.00 from Healthier Lake Worth to increase the equipment available for use by the students.

“There are many more students using the Lab today than when we opened the Lab almost three years ago, “ said Kay Ralston, supervisor of Lake Worth Beach Public Library’s CreatElab. The Lab, located in the children’s area within the Library, seeks to offer support to Lake Worth Beach students. Students, who possess library cards, have access to desktops, laptops, and tablets to complete homework assignments or play computer games.

Currently, the lab has 22 seats, but only has equipment for 12 students at a time. According to Ralston, the Lab serves more than 350 students per month, requiring students to place their names on a waiting list on a daily basis.

The Friends of the Library will use the funds to purchase additional devices for student use, as well as a charging station and other Lab supplies. “We are thrilled to expand the Lab,” Ralston stated, “thanks to the generosity of Healthier Lake Worth.”

To follow librarian Cindy Ansell on Twitter use this link.

The LWB Library is closed on Sunday and Monday; open 10:00 a.m.–7:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday; on Thursday the hours are 10:00 a.m.–6:00; Friday and Saturday the library is open 10:00–5:00.

The address for the library is 15 North M St., a historic structure located just to the west of the Cultural Plaza in the downtown. There is plenty of FREE parking nearby. For much more information and all the services available click on this link.

To speak with someone at the library or to leave a message, call 561-533-7354; the email address is:

“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”.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

“. . .look. . . it’s a pool again!”

Newspaper clipping from April 2008.

Click on image to enlarge:

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