Monday, February 24, 2020

“Save the Historic Gulfstream Hotel”: An event this Wednesday sponsored by the Lake Worth Beach Business Committee.

The partial image below is from The Lake Worth Herald.

Save the date!

To read Question 3 on the upcoming March 17th ballot click on this link.

Whatever happened to the bells and whistles, pots and pans, bullhorns. . .

. . . protesters chanting slogans, clever signs, colorful papier-mâché costumes, and noisemakers from the dollar store?

The absence of protests here in Lake Worth Beach has the public all over the County asking, “Whatever happened to good ole Lake Worth?”

This little six-square-mile City was once known as ground zero for the protest movement in Palm Beach County. Almost anyone could start a protest for almost any reason. For example, somebody from ‘Food Not Bombs’ upset about development in the Ag Reserve could rally local radical environmentalists (aka, “rads”) and fellow-travelers from places like Ft. Lauderdale and Sarasota, make a few calls to the press and news media, show up outside City Hall one day and . . . Voilà! A protest!

Getting 40–50 supporters to show up and protest used to be the norm here in this City until about ten years ago.

Below are newspaper clippings, examples of how it used to be, protesters circa 2003–2005 shutting down traffic and climbing up in trees!

It truly is incomprehensible there has not been a protest of any significance in this City since early January to mid-March 2016, almost four years ago during that year’s municipal elections. The Election Season in 2017 was quiet. And so was 2018 and 2019 too. What gives?

Sure, there have been a few polite and non-confrontational gatherings at City Hall and at City parks and a couple of well-controlled and well-mannered ‘marches’ from one place to another, but nothing like what happened in Downtown Lake Worth in early 2016.

One reason could be the tradition of protesting, shutting down traffic and protesters climbing up into trees went by the wayside after PBSO took over in 2009. PBSO, one could say, is a bit less tolerant of such activities than the former Lake Worth PD was. No doubt law enforcement improved greatly after PBSO took over but the case can also be made it’s become a whole lot less entertaining.

For example, the former LWPD had their hands full “back in the day” when the news first hit about a structure called the Lucerne in Downtown Lake Worth.

Front page of The Lake Worth Herald
datelined April 10th, 2003.

Click on image to enlarge:

Construction of the Lucerne began in 2003. Despite lawsuits and quite frequent and very creative protests, the structure was completed in 2005.

Now from the archives: Newspaper clippings from The Palm Beach Post and The Lake Worth Herald, protests and protesters circa 2003–2005.

From the Post: An Anarchist suspended from a bamboo tripod being saved by LWPD.

Click on all images to enlarge:

“. . . [W]ho was protesting downtown condominium plans in Lake Worth.” LWPD allowed the protesters a lot of leeway for Free Speech . . . but not when it came to shutting down traffic.

Back then Rodney Romano was the mayor
of Lake Worth.

Clipping from The Lake Worth Herald:

“More than 65 percent of the
condos have been sold.”

Another newspaper clipping from the Post:

“Protester goes out on a limb”: Thankfully our former City horticulturist was trained in
crisis management.

Summertime is always a slow time of year for protesters. Remember, protests are open to the public. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to join a protest everyone is welcome to participate. Maybe some time soon the call will go out:

“Hey! Let’s protest like it’s 2016 again!”

Lake Worth Beach Bonfires. 2019–2020 Bonfire Season is nearly over.

Next Friday is the final
beach bonfire of the Season!

Please share this important and topical update
with all our loyal Snowbirds!

How to stay current with all the news and upcoming events in Lake Worth Beach? Very simple. Receive email updates and the latest press releases from the City by clicking on this link.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: “Today at the Lake Worth pool”.

How the “charming” municipal pool at the beach
looked most of the time.

Should our City construct a new pool at the beach? Or somewhere else in the City? You decide. Enjoy the blog post below from four years ago prior to the pool being condemned:

I went for some self-paced water exercise today. The lanes are still in the north/south direction, which creates about nine 50-meter lanes for lap swimming. Two of the lane dividers were down for people who just wanted to enjoy the pool, so lap swimming lanes were reduced by two. There were 25 people inside the pool area but only about 10 in the pool at any one time. There was a mixture of families and individuals. This during the time from about 12:30 to 1:30.

It should be noted the pool facility is approved for a maximum occupancy of 312 people. At the most, and I go there two to three times a week, I’ve seen about 60 people. That amounts to about 20% of what the pool and surrounding areas could hold. Here is the sign that shows the capacity of the pool:

And you really have to keep in mind that if the pool is set up for lap swimming, the capacity is significantly reduced as only one or two people can really occupy one lane comfortably. Most of the time it is just one person in a lane. When the lane markers are switched east/west, you have a large area in the center that can be used for “free” swimming, but it’s 10 feet deep, frightening for many people.

So you don’t find parents with their children in this area of the pool unless they are using the diving board. There are more lanes in this configuration, but it’s this 25-meter distance which lap swimmers do not like as much; they have to turn around more frequently.

The question has to be asked: is such a large pool really the kind of pool the city needs going into the future?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

“A Riddle”. Poem by poet unknown. Guest at Gulfstream Hotel. Lake Worth, Florida. 1963.

           “ A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,

                                      The Ocean ~ deep and green ~ ”

Click on image to enlarge:
The image above is from the 2015 Coastal Observer series about the history of the Gulfstream Hotel. The first issue was titled, “Dog Days and Glory Days”.

From that series, a poem. . .

. . . can you guess My riddle?*

Some folks, they like a riddle,
Now here is one for you.
It’s square, not deep, but open
Soft breezes blowing through.

Beyond the sky is lovely,
While clouds go sailing o’er.
I hear the call of song birds,
A distant train’s low roar.

A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,
The Ocean ~ deep and green ~
Now can you guess My riddle?
It’s my window ~ at Gulf Stream

*Poem about the Gulfstream Hotel from December, 1963 titled, “A Riddle”, written anonymously by a visitor to the hotel. Poem reprinted in the Coastal/Greenacres Observer (publisher: Lake Worth Herald) on October 29th, 2015.

Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City Address.

Save The Date!

Here is a message from the City of Lake Worth Beach:

Please join us Thursday, March 12th as Mayor Pam Triolo presents the annual State of the City address in the Lake Worth Beach Casino Ballroom at 6:00 ᴘᴍ.

The Mayor will be discussing the City’s current progress and presenting her vision for the coming year. Before and after the Mayor’s address City departments will have tables set up with information about their work and staff members will be available to answer questions.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about what is being done every day to improve the lives of all who reside in or visit the City. Free parking will be available at the Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex starting at 5:30 ᴘᴍ. Seating and parking will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Admission is free.

Click on image to enlarge:

Have a question or comment for the mayor? Click on this link for contact information.

One could call this blog post, “How not to do a project at the Lake Worth Beach.”

What you’ll see below is from:

April 13th, 2012.

So as we proceed forward let’s hope we never see anything like this ever again. . .

I took a drive up to the beach Friday afternoon [in April 2012] and captured these pictures. Below you will see a group of people trying to navigate the main walkway from the lower parking lot to the PEDESTRIAN ACCESS leading to the actual beach. I say “navigate” since the walkway was covered by water from some unknown source (this was before any of yesterday’s rain).

Click on all images to enlarge.

The former Casino had been demolished by 2012. And the new Casino was nearing completion. And officials said the Beach ‘was open’. 

Moving into the future, whatever is decided to do at the Beach, let’s make certain the Beach truly remains open for the public.

You can check out the video of these girls trying to negotiate the water covered path.

Benny’s on the Beach.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida.

Welcoming all visitors to the downtown for this year’s Street Painting Festival!

Stop by today and visit
the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

The Visitors’ Center is located in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.).

Election Day is March 17th: Public notice published our LOCAL Lake Worth Herald.

What follows is a “Notice of Referendum Election” publicly noticing the three referendums on the upcoming March ballot for voters in Lake Worth Beach:



Pursuant to F.S. 100.342, notice is hereby given that the City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, will hold a referendum election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to consider three pro-posed amendments to the City Charter, as set forth by Ordinances 2019-10 and 2019-11 passed by the Lake Worth Beach City Commission on December 3, 2019 and Ordinance 2019-16 passed on December 12, 2019:

In order to reduce the City’s maintenance costs and enhance City facilities, shall Article II, Section 3, of the City of Lake Worth Beach charter entitled “City-owned Property East of the A1A Roadway” be amended to allow for a lease of up to 30 years with all proceeds used exclusively for the City-owned property east of the A1A roadway?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]

In order to continue the county’s management and maintenance of the Jewell-Steinhardt Cove as a nature preserve, which preserve is generally located adjacent and west of A1A and adjacent and south of the Lake Worth Beach Bridge, shall the City be authorized to extend its current lease with Palm Beach County to a total lease term of 99 years?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]

To make the renovation and reopening of the historic Gulfstream Hotel financially feasible, shall Article IV, Section 11, of the charter entitled “Building Height Limitation” be amended to allow a maximum height of 87 feet (matching the existing height of the Gulfstream Hotel) instead of 65 feet, for those properties located north of 1st Avenue South and south of Lake Avenue and east of South Lakeside Drive and west of South Golfview Road?

Yes [  ]

No [  ]

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and all qualified electors in the City of Lake Worth Beach are eligible to vote. Polling locations will be the same as those used for the General Election. Absentee ballots may be obtained from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, 240 South Military Trail, [suburban] West Palm Beach, Florida 33416, or by calling 656-6200.

End of public notice.

To look over the LOCAL front page news in
this week’s paper click on this link.

The LOCAL Lake Worth Herald is still ¢50! Pick up the print edition at the City’s downtown newsstand called Studio 205 located 205 N. Federal Hwy. in LWB. To contact the editor at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or by email:

“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 Beach 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 fourteen 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’.

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”.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A special treat ahead of Presidents’ Day 2020.

Presidents’ Day is on Monday, February 17th.

Below is news about ‘The Donald’ from erstwhile political journalist George Bennett at The Palm Beach Post, news from way before the election results on November 8th, 2016. Bennett retired from the Post in June 2019 and so did a lot of loyal readers of that newspaper.

Besides being a true professional in the journalism business Bennett has a talent for the “turn of phrase” so to speak. Sometimes whimsically satirical he could turn an ordinary story into one the public actually sees as taking the time to read. Proper satire, when used properly, is not something thrown at you. That is called bloviating. George Bennett was not a bloviator.

Without further ado. . .

A special treat for Presidents’ Day.

“The Donald”: From journalist George Bennett.

News datelined
February 23rd, 1995.

Click on newspaper clipping to enlarge:

BTW. Did you hear the rumor “The Donald” requested the Palm Beach County Commission move the Palm Beach County jail one mile further away for longer drives and wider bunkers at the future Trump International Golf Club?

IT’S NOT TRUE! Many reporters actually fell for that one. But not George Bennett.

Community Crime Walk. Save the date and time: March 14th from 3:00–5:00.

Here is a message from PBSO District 14 Cpt. Todd Baer:

For contact information and to learn more about PBSO District 14 in the City of Lake Worth Beach click on this link.

Whilst the pool at the beach in Lake Worth Beach remains an item in limbo. . .

Many former swimmers and water exercisers from the pool at the beach in LWB now use the pool at Lake Lytal, including Yours Truly. Some pool refugees from LWB use the County pool in Delray Beach. Below is an update on both public pools.

The Lake Lytal pool facility, a short distance from LWB, has FREE parking and an exceptional staff but the pool is an older one with a multitude of maintenance issues.

While the existing Lake Lytal pool remains open to the public the County is moving forward with plans for a new pool at Lake Lytal in partnership with the YMCA, one of the projects made possible by the ¢1 increase in sales tax which the voters in Palm Beach County approved in November 2016. The pool complex Aqua Crest in Delray Beach, also a County facility, is slated for a major renovation as well.

Without further ado, here is information from the County’s office of Facilities Development and Operations:

Lake Lytal – With truth in concept for a joint collaboration having been verified, the Development Agreement between the YMCA and County (documenting all of the improvements, assignments, responsibilities, timing, commitments and distinguishing between individual and shared obligations) has largely been negotiated and is nearing final completion. While the end product is a greater scope of improvements than would result if the County proceeded alone, it is a complicated transaction to coordinate and reduce to writing. In the interim the existing pool is being maintained to uphold continuous operations, and hence the scope of work you have seen in action. Upon completion the Agreement will be the subject of a BCC [Board of County Commissioners] agenda item. Contingent upon approval, the attention of both parties will then turn to design of their respective improvements and coordination on delivery.

Aqua Crest – Final selection of a professional design team occurred on December 11. The recent completion of that milestone could be why you were giving the impression that priorities had changed, while in fact both are priorities as funded projects, are being given attention, and are coming into alignment on timing/schedule only because of the negotiated nature of the Lake Lytal improvements (which otherwise would likely be tracking ahead). The agreement for design services is being negotiated and will be the subject of a BCC agenda item once in final proposed form.

This is good news for everyone who uses the public pools in Palm Beach County. Stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Compass’ Palm Beach Pride 2020 will be held on March 28th and 29th.

Take note all sponsors, vendors, and all those who wish to participate in this year’s parade, for more information click on this link or send an email to Julia Murphy at Compass:

The festival is held in Bryant Park and the PrideFest Parade will be held on Sunday, March 29th in downtown Lake Worth Beach. For more about the background of Palm Beach Pride use this link.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane!

One of my all-time favorite videos on my YouTube channel. Former Mayor Jeff Clemens at the dedication of Compass on March 20th, 2009!

Next month will be the eleven-year anniversary of this event. Hope you enjoy the video:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A look back to 2014: Journalist Leslie Gray Streeter on Street Painting Festival in downtown Lake Worth Beach.

Pull quote:

I [Maryanne Webber] think Lake Worth [Beach] is so diverse, so trendy and quirky. When we started (the festival) we were trying to change people’s perception of it.”

     Bruce Webber [Maryanne’s husband] recalls that at the time the festival began, “half of Lake Avenue was empty. [emphasis added] We wanted people to know this was a fun, quirky town rather than a dirty, seedy one.”

News by Streeter datelined August 13th, 2014, published in Palm Beach Post.

Now fast-forward to 2020 Street Painting Festival. . . 

Calling All Street Artists!

Get your application in for the 2019 Street Painting Festival in the City of Lake Worth Beach.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. Would you like information on how to become a sponsor? Then click on this link.

And once again, about the Street Painting Festival. . .

Bruce Webber recalls that at the time the festival began, “half of Lake Avenue was empty.”

But not any more.

Enjoy the video:

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” —Yogi Berra

Enjoy the video!

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

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

Shoppers at World Thrift want to know,

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

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

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

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

Apathy  +  Passionless Anarchist  =  Apatharchist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for lunch or dinner at Tacos Al Carbon. It’s the new hot spot everybody is raving about in Central PBC and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

musical while you’re in town.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Work of artist and illustrator Raúl Colón on display at the Cultural Council.

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach. The Council is closed on Sundays and Mondays and is open to the public Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On Saturdays the Council opens at noon. To plan your next visit to the Council at the end of this blog post is more information.

Artist Raúl Colón recently visited local elementary public schools in Lake Worth Beach to meet with students and last Saturday he was a special guest at the City’s 4th annual BiblioArte! Festival.

From the Council website here are more details about the Raúl Colón exhibit:

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” is a Pablo Picasso quote that Raúl Colón often invokes because, to him, the statement is true.

Colón is an artist and illustrator interested in the possibilities that the visual image can bring to the minds of others who see it. “No matter if it’s editorial art produced for magazines, posters, murals or art for art’s sake . . . the visualization of ideas has been with humanity since ancient times,” says Colón. “I’m glad to be able to work in the visual arts, especially when I produce pieces that may inspire young viewers as I once was inspired by children’s picture books.”

Colón was born in New York City, studied art in Puerto Rico and designed puppets and animated films in Florida. An illustrator of over 30 books for children, Colón has received a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award and both a gold and silver medal in the Original Art show.

Image: Official 2019 “Brooklyn Book Festival
poster created by Colón:

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach. There is plenty of FREE parking nearby. For more information and to make inquiries click on this link.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, will host the 2020 NLC Small Cities Council Conference.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is a nonpartisan, “voice of cities, towns, and villages representing more than 200 million people.”

Lake Worth Beach is seeking sponsors for this important event. For more details about this conference at the end of this blog post is contact information.

Here is the message from LWB City Manager Michael Bornstein, two excerpts:

We are proud to announce the City of Lake Worth Beach has been selected as Host City for the 2020 National League of Cities (NLC) Small Cities Council Conference scheduled for July 15–18, 2020.

This conference will bring together mayors and city council members from municipalities with populations of 50,000 or less from across the nation to provide opportunities to learn and network through a variety of expert presentations, tours and best practices. The conference theme is SMALL CITIES IN BIG PLACES. By NLC definition, eighty-two percent of Palm Beach County's municipalities are small cities. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Lake Worth Beach as well as our sister cities.

We ask for your support as a sponsor to make this event extraordinary. We know our efforts will go even further with your organization as a sponsor. We have categorized our needs into four (4) sponsorship categories (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze).

and. . .

Your support and sponsorship is extremely valued and appreciated. With you by our side at this upcoming event, we are sure to highlight our community in a way that will make us stand out as a destination. We are hopeful your organization can collaborate with us as a sponsor. Please complete the application attached at your earliest convenience so we may begin including your logo on our marketing material.

Sponsorship information.

The sponsorships available are Platinum ($10K+), Gold ($7–10K), Silver ($3–7K), and Bronze (< $3K).

The Platinum sponsorship includes logo inclusion on event flyers and billboard, sponsor acknowledgement and distribution of promotional material during the event, recognition of business on City social media and additional benefits.

For more information contact Project Manager Jessica Savidge at 561-586-1674 or send an email to:

“[W]orking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Inland Navigation District. . .

“and county parks and recreation officials to create the Snook Islands Natural Area. . .”

The news below is from ‘back in the day’ when local news about the environment was very big local news in Lake Worth and beyond the City limits.

Former Palm Beach Post reporter Lady Hereford focused a lot of effort on in-depth environmental journalism and she was later succeeded by another reporter who covered this City, an acclaimed environmental reporter in his own right, Willie Howard.

From December 2003.
Front page news in The Palm Beach Post.

Click on image to enlarge:

Over strong objections from homeowners along the golf course and local environmentalists who wanted this area to remain ‘pristine’, former Mayor Rodney Romano pushed the project forward.

The Snook Islands Natural Area, a Joint Project with Palm Beach County, “Creating habitat in a busy city” is one of the most popular. So the next time you visit the Snook Islands remember all the hard work by people such a former Mayor Rodney Romano and former Palm Beach County Commissioner Warren Newell who later ended up in prison and claimed his only real crime was staying, “in my position as county commissioner too long.”

The good news is Newell remained on the County Commission long enough to push through the Snook Islands project!

The original idea for the Snook Islands was a boardwalk the entire length of the golf course and extending south past the Robert Harris (“Lake Worth”) Bridge allowing the public to walk a boardwalk from 16th Ave. North all the way to Bryant Park, “without ever having to cross a road”.

Twenty years ago, during the period when a future boardwalk along the Intracoastal Waterway was envisioned the critics began spreading rumors about selling the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and that the City was removing mangroves and all other kinds of nonsense. Despite the facts these rumors persist to this day, depending on how the political winds are blowing at the time.

But back in 2003 the public got tired of hearing those homeowners along the golf course that wanted to protect their view and turned a deaf ear to those who wanted a ‘pristine’ Intracoastal and then the dirt and sand began to move. . .

Click on image to read the caption:

“Let’s Look At Florida, 1950”

In the video below at the 7:40 mark Palm Beach is “fabulously endowed by nature” and “Lake” Worth (the Lake Worth Lagoon) is briefly shown at 8:10.

Then there’s a city with “kindly tradewinds”, West Palm Beach, a municipality without a beach.

Architecture and house colors are highlighted in an entertaining way. Watching this video one can understand why after World War II the population of Florida increased so fast. Following the Depression years and a second worldwide war who wouldn’t want, or seriously consider, relocating to Florida?

Friday, February 7, 2020

Tonight at 7:30 sharp: Monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Lake Worth Beach (more details below).

Very important: This bike ride the first Friday of each month is AT YOUR OWN RISK!

In some circles this event is still called the “LDub Critical Mass” ride. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘LDub’ click on this link for more information.

To be part of this ride show up this evening at Bryant Park along the Intracoastal at 7:00 between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. (use 30 S. Golfview Rd. in GPS). There is plenty of FREE parking close by for those transporting bikes by vehicle.

There are rules that must be followed. The ride begins exactly at 7:30 sharp. All traffic regulations must be followed by all participants. Bike lights are required (rear red light, white light on front). All children must wear a helmet. Bring along a container of water and plastic straws are prohibited.

Critical Mass rides are referred to as an “organized coincidence” with no leaders or members. Routes are decided either spontaneously or by popular vote and the ride ‘leaders’ (sometimes referred to as corkers) are out front in front and mingled in with the group.

Here’s a blast from the past in LDub!

A pamphlet from 2005: a bike tour
hosted by panagioti e. tsolkas. . .

“featuring visits to the sites of some of Lake Worth’s most heated issues. . .”

Well, anyhow. Continue reading to learn more about the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and tour of Lake Worth Beach.

Are you a Boomer? Hipster Millennial? A discerning World Thrift shopper? An Apatharchist? If you’ve never been on a Critical Mass ride you don’t know what you’re missing. Get on that Dutch Style 7-Speed Step-Thru Hybrid 44cm Cream Commuter Road bike and show up. Don’t have a bike? Use this link to locate the closest SkyBike kiosk.

The Critical Mass ride in LDub is always on the first Friday of each month and begins at 7:30 sharp. The start time is a major rule.

 Here’s a video of a previous LDub bike ride:

“We meet in Bryant Park for a 10–12 mile bike ride
 1st Friday of every month”.

“Brought to you by the Good People of Lake Worth”, so leave your sociogeoanarchopolitical agendas at home!

Things to remember:
  • The ride is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Helmets for children 16 years old and younger ARE REQUIRED BY LAW.
  • Lights are REQUIRED (Red [rear] and white [front]).
  • Pay very close attention to the “corkers”.

But the ultimate rules of the road
are enforced by PBSO:

A “corker” can’t give you a traffic ticket.
But a PBSO deputy can.

From The Interfaith Prayer Book: “Reading of Popul Vuh”.

A traditional reading of Popul Vuh is below, an ancient Mayan prayer originating from what is now called Guatemala.

This ancient prayer is from a compilation of prayers by author Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Beach Interfaith Network* in the 2014 expanded edition of The Interfaith Prayer Book:

This Expanded Edition adds prayers from eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh.

Additional information about the Popul Vuh.

According to Joshua J. Mark writing for the Ancient History Encyclopedia the Popol Vuh is,

[T]he story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. [emphasis added] Translated as ‘The Council Book’, ‘The Book of the People’ or, literally, ‘The Book of the Mat’, the work has been referred to as “The Mayan Bible” although this comparison is imprecise. The Popol Vuh is not regarded by the Maya as ‘the word of God’ nor as sacred scripture but rather as an account of “the ancient word” and the understanding the Quiche had of cosmology and creation before the coming of Christianity.

Included in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” in The Interfaith Prayer Book:

Harmony with nature is a predominant theme in many native traditions, ranging through North, Central and South America. The world is structured according to the four cardinal compass points, east, west, north and south, and by the vertical axis linking Mother Earth below with Father Sky above. All of creation, mountains and plains, plants and fruits, humans and animals are seen as interconnected sacred elements. The well-being of each is dependent upon the whole. 

Now to the “Maya prayer for visitation to sacred sites and reading the creation epic, Popul Vuh” from p. 23 in author Ted Brownstein’s prayer book:

Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.

*The Lake Worth Beach Interfaith Network is a group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action.

“That’s a whopping figure and stands out like Madonna at a convent.”

“Code Violations Real Shocker”

Remember this “$21 Million Outstanding” next time you read another one of those verbose, repetitive, and tiresome stories from the usual suspects about our Code Enforcement Dept. here in the City of Lake Worth Beach.

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Commentary published in The Lake Worth Herald, May 23rd, 2002.

“Pride should kick in at some point and help clean up this mess.

*Adjusted for inflation, $29.5M in 2019.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

CDBG Funding for Lake Worth Beach. Public meeting rescheduled to February 27th.

TAKE NOTE: The public meeting scheduled for tonight (Feb. 6th) has been rescheduled.

What follows is an updated public notice published in The Lake Worth Herald:




Please join the City of Lake Worth Beach for a Public Meeting to discuss the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Fiscal Year 2020–2021. During this meeting City staff will describe eligible uses of CDBG funds and solicit public input on how these funds should be used.

DATE: February 27, 2020
TIME: 6:00 P.M.

The actual allocation of CDBG funding for Fiscal Year 2020–2021 has not yet been announced. It is estimated that it will comparable to the CDBG allocation of $235,870 that the City received for Fiscal Year 2019–2020.

Eligible uses of these funds includes the following activities:
  • Acquisition of real property for a public purpose
  • Demolition/clearance
  • Infrastructure installation and improvements
  • Public facilities and improvements
  • Historic preservation
  • Code enforcement

All eligible activities must meet one of the following National Objectives of the CDBG Program by:
  • Benefitting low and moderate income persons;
  • Preventing or eliminating slums or blight; or
  • Meeting an urgent community development need.

PUBLISH: The Lake Worth Herald,
Thursday, January 30, 2020

End of public notice.

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“FEC [Florida East Coast] Railway station at Lake Worth, Florida”.

Image Number: DG01369. 1965 or 1966. Source: Howard C. “Pappy” Yochum. Description: 1 digital image, b&w. Click on image to enlarge:

For interesting history enter “Lake Worth” into the search bar at “Florida Memory: State Library & Archives of Florida” some time soon. If you would like to contact the State Archives use this link.

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

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

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

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

The caption beneath the photo reads in part:

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

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

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

and. . .

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

and the article concludes. . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newspaper clipping from October 28th, 2006.

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

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

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

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