Saturday, January 25, 2020

This afternoon at 3:00 is a Community Crime Walk in Lake Worth Beach.


Make plans to attend this event today:

You are hereby notified. . .


What follows is an excerpt from a public notice published in this week’s Lake Worth Herald:


ATTENTION OWNERS, AGENTS, CUSTODIANS, LESSEES AND OCCUPANTS OF REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Commission of the City of Lake Worth Beach, Florida, in accordance with provisions found in Ordinances 2016-08, 2016-09 and 2016-10, is hereby giving notice to property owners that:

You are hereby notified that you are required by law to cut and prevent the accumulation of weeds, grasses or other vegetation over ten (10) inches in height or that otherwise are conducive to harboring vermin, reptiles, or other wild animal life upon your property; and to remove any trash, waste, rubble, debris, refuse, garbage, or other nocuous matter or condition located on any property owned, controlled or occupied by you in the City of Lake Worth Beach; and that upon your failure to do so, the City of Lake Worth Beach will institute nuisance abatement proceedings against your property and cause such nuisance to be abated. The cost of such abatement will constitute a special assessment lien against the property on which the nuisance is located. Such special assessment lien shall be coequal with the lien of all state, county, district, and municipal taxes and superior in dignity to mortgages and all other liens, irrespective of the date of the recording of the special assessment lien, if recorded, or the date of the recording of any mortgage or any other lien on real property. A failure to pay said lien, even such lien upon homesteaded property, may result in a loss of title to your property.

AND

You are hereby notified that you are required by law to maintain vacant or unoccupied structures so that no doors, windows or other openings are broken or missing so as to allow access to the interior and to have a valid boarding certificate when boarding the structure is necessary. Upon your failure to do so, the City of Lake Worth Beach . . .


End of excerpt.


The entire public notice in the Herald this week is three long paragraphs and appears on p. 5 below the fold.

To pick up this week’s print edition visit the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. And guess what. The Herald costs just ¢50.

To look over this week’s front page headlines click on this link.


Support your LOCAL newspaper
and support LOCAL small town journalism.

Also worth noting in this week’s paper is a front page feature story headlined, “Lake Worth Beach Opportunity Zone Master Plan Adopted”; this is a major development in this City’s redevelopment efforts.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Old Covers: Palm Beach Life magazine. Sunny images for just ¢25!


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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lake Worth Beach Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso wants to have a conversation with you.


Event is this evening, 6:30,
at the beach in Lake Worth Beach.


Click on image to enlarge:

Not sure if you can attend this event and have a question or comment for the vice mayor? Call Andy Amoroso at 561-586-1733 or send an email to: aamoroso@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

“The Bohemian”: A CRA redevelopment proposal for the downtown in Lake Worth Beach.


The following information comes from the January 14th meeting of the LWB Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).


Memorandum


TO: Chair, Vice-Chair and Members of the Board

FROM: Joan C. Oliva, Executive Director

DATE: January 14th, 2020

SUBJECT: Financing Agreement between 1017 Lake Ave. LLC and the LWB CRA


EXPLANATION:


The development of the City’s western downtown area continues to be a priority for the CRA. The two main thoroughfares, Lake and Lucerne, saw little development before the CRA infused grant dollars and assisted developers. Over the past several years, CRA assisted developments in the area include the Urban Arts Lofts, The Hatch, West Village, 1013 Lucerne, the Downtown Shops and others.

In 2018 the CRA helped attract the MID development to Dixie Highway. This project, by Affiliated Development will bring 230 new, one and two-bedroom units and 9000 square feet of retail to the Dixie Highway corridor. The founding partners of Affiliated, Jeff Burns and Nick Rojo, approached CRA Staff in fall of last year with a new mixed-use development concept.

Affiliated has a contract to purchase a 2+ acre site bounded by the FEC railroad on the west, East Coast Street on the east and Lake Avenue to the north and the remaining Padron site (201 East Coast Street) to the south (Exhibit “A”). The proposed plan would include 186 residential units, ground floor retail, parking and room for a future train station platform (Exhibit “B”).


Click on Exhibit A to enlarge:

Note the area hash marked from Lake Ave. south to 2nd Ave. South; this is the site for the proposed Affiliated Development project called “The Bohemian”.


The following two images are Exhibit B:






The CRA memorandum continues. . .


One of the CRA’s goals in the Redevelopment Plan is to encourage market rate housing opportunities in the redevelopment area. Affiliated’s new project, The Bohemian, will provide new, modern housing opportunities in the district that will attract professionals and couples who will support not only the commercial component of the project, but also businesses in the downtown, as well as the artisanal area. The Bohemian also provides an opportunity for the attraction of additional restaurants, retailers and much needed new housing to the area, making Lake Worth Beach’s downtown a destination for art, entertainment and shopping, while also providing choices for urban living enthusiasts.

This project addresses other goals and objectives in the CRA’s Redevelopment Plan including:
  • Create programs for land development and property rehabilitation, using financial or other incentives, to facilitate new investment in the district
  • Work creatively to provide incentives for private sector participation in redevelopment projects and programs
  • Elimination of conditions that decrease property values
  • Facilitation of new investment in the redevelopment district
  • Establishment of a safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing community environment
  • Identify and market areas where private interests can develop housing and necessary support facilities in the Redevelopment Area
  • Encourage efforts toward building housing in the Redevelopment Area
  • Initiate infill housing development

Staff recommends the CRA Board consider giving assistance to the project in three ways. First, the CRA would provide immediate funding from our already budgeted program/economic development and commercial grant lines to assist with pre-development and infrastructure costs. Staff recommends providing the TIF subsidy over a three year period. The CRA could grant a total of $800K this fiscal year. To provide the subsidy needed, the CRA is also being asked to provide an additional $400K for the next two fiscal years, bringing the direct appropriation total to $1.6M. Affiliated is also requesting $200K in Neighborhood Stabilization Funding. These funds can be used in the future for demolition and/or to help subsidize the portion of workforce units that may be provided.

Lastly, Staff recommends awarding 1017 Lake Ave. LLC with a tax-increment rebate. The CRA only receives increment from two of the nine taxing entities in the County, the City of Lake Worth Beach and Palm Beach County. For purpose of this award, the current increment distributed to the CRA would be frozen. Property taxes, over the next eleven years, would be paid by Affiliated to the tax collector. The CRA portion (the additional increment created after the project reaches stabilization) once received, would then be reimbursed to the developer. The project is estimated to produce over $6M in taxes by 2030. Of that the CRA would receive $1.9M. The eleven year term under consideration is directly related to the life span of the CRA. Because the CRA amended their boundaries in 2001 the sunset date for the Agency is 2031. A spreadsheet showing the annual increment and payments is attached for your review as Exhibit “C.”


[To look over exhibits C and D click on this link.]


A financing commitment is needed at this time for the project to move to the next step. A copy of the commitment is included for the Board’s review as Exhibit “D.” The letter details the CRA commitment to the project while also granting authority for the Chair, Vice Chair and/or CRA Director to sign a future development agreement with 1017 Lake Ave. LLC provided no material changes are made.

REQUEST:

Staff requests the Board approve the funding agreement with 1017 Lake Ave. LLC and give authorization to two of the three signers, the Chair, Vice Chair and/or the Executive Director to approve the future development agreement, once complete.


End of memorandum.


Note that The Bohemian redevelopment project was passed at the CRA meeting on January 14th and the next step will be the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board. At this point it is still to be determined whether or not this will be an item up for discussion at the City Commission. The P&Z may give the final go-ahead approval to proceed with The Bohemian.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

“What’s happening in Lake Worth Beach”: To find out go to the source.


Below is the latest press release from the City.


To look over all recent press releases and to join the Lake Worth Beach mailing list click on this link.

To follow the City on Twitter use this link and the City also has an official page on Facebook.

Without further ado, the latest press release:


FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT

City of Lake Worth Beach
7 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460
www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov

January 21, 2020

Contact: Ben Kerr
Phone: 561-586-1631
Email: bkerr@lakeworthbeachfl.gov


Lake Worth Beach — In preparation for heavy swells and strong winds the City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the pier [closed as of Tues., Jan. 21st]. Once the inclement weather has subsided staff will assess for damage and reopen the pier when it is safe to do so. At this time staff anticipate the pier re-opening Friday the 24th.

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Beach Public Information Officer with any questions or comments.


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, January 20, 2020

News in The Coastal Star: Lake Worth Beach and Lantana take leadership role in Central Palm Beach County.


Being municipal neighbors and coastal communities how vulnerable are the Town of Lantana and the City of Lake Worth Beach to weather events and any potential shifts in the climate?

What are the vulnerabilities of the beaches in Lake Worth Beach and Lantana? On a policy matter, for example, should LWB construct a new swimming pool at the beach or instead focus on fortifying the beach property and seawall protecting the Casino and Beach Complex?

On these questions and more what follows are two excerpts from a piece by journalist Mary Hladky datelined Dec. 31, 2019, published in The Coastal Star:


Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Lantana [emphasis added], Ocean Ridge and the county have approved an agreement to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment. The County Commission was the last to sign on, voting Dec. 17.

Once the municipalities and county have data on the threats they face, they will take up the task of making the region more resilient.

and. . .


The municipalities and county set a Jan. 15 deadline for consultants to submit proposals on how they would conduct the vulnerability assessment, and will select one in February to do the work.

The consultant’s tasks will be completed in two phases, with two tasks to be completed by June 30. The remaining tasks will be finished and a final report issued by March 31, 2021.

The consultant also will create a geographic information system-based interactive mapping tool that can be updated with new data and will allow users to zoom in on a specific neighborhood to see climate change impacts or zoom out to see regional impacts.

The assessment will evaluate the vulnerability of people, property, water and transportation infrastructures, critical facilities, the economy and natural resources.

The governments have budgeted $366,797 to do the work and will share its cost, supplemented by a $75,000 Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant to Boynton Beach.


To read the entire piece published in The Coastal Star by Mary Hladky click on this link.

As noted in the first excerpt above the consultant’s final report will be issued at the end of March, in just about eleven weeks.

NYT Book Review of “Savage Appetites”. Writer Rachel Monroe is savagely entertaining and “delightfully untoward”.


There is an update. . .


Before we get to The New York Times book review, more plaudits for Rachel Monroe, this latest one from The Marshall Project:


She has a unique ability to take a crime and go beyond the salacious facts and find the deeper cultural and political implications, without losing her ability to keep you reading with propulsive, what-happened-next prose. 


Does the name Rachel Monroe sound familiar?


Three years ago Monroe was the talk of the town here in the City of Lake Worth and all of South Florida as well. And no doubt being a writer and journalist Monroe will be quite amused and delighted to learn this little six square mile City changed its name to Lake Worth Beach last March.

Possibly our local bookstore, The Book Cellar in the downtown will be included in the upcoming book tour promoting Monroe’s new book which just recently received an outstanding review in The New York Times!

Many of you here in Lake Worth Beach will recall Monroe’s gripping nonfiction account of the radical enviro monkeywrenching by EarthFirst! back in 2016, a famously popular piece titled Monkeywrench published in the Oxford American.

Later in this blog post today we’ll revisit the piece called Monkeywrench, when this little municipality became ground zero in the world of radicalism and Anarchy fused with entertainment and small town politics too. And Monroe was right in the center of it all. 

But first, on Monroe’s latest endeavor. Her new book is titled, “SAVAGE APPETITES: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession”; here are two excerpts from the NYT book review penned by Kaitlin Phillips:


In “Savage Appetites,” the journalist Rachel Monroe is interested in a paradox: upper-middle-class women who find that proximity to murder makes them feel more alive. This enthralling book devotes case studies to four bored or directionless women whose fixations on other people’s crimes unlock a sense of purpose and give them a vocation. For such women, someone getting killed is the best thing that ever happened to them. It’s delightfully untoward.

Monroe zeroes in on the aftermath of murder, on the morbid curiosity that draws eager civilians toward the crime scene and catapults them into starring roles. She avoids the formulaic professional tropes of true crime, choosing for her case studies a “detective” who never solved any crimes; a murder victim’s family whose members are apparently victimized by self-appointed victim advocates; a “defender” who is really a litigious jail wife; and, finally, a “killer” who doesn’t pull the trigger. (She gets only as far as picking the perfect outfit for a planned shopping-mall massacre.)

and. . .


The rest of the book delivers more visceral pleasures, focusing on contemporary women who court something other than just impropriety and imaginative philanthropy. “They were immoderate and occasionally unwise” in pursuit of their obsessions. They made phone calls, they wrote letters, they chatted online. They tangled themselves in people’s lives. Then they crossed a line — you might as well call it the Rubicon — that you and I would not.


Now let’s take a stroll back to 2016, when the City of Lake Worth was ground zero for radicalism and Anarchy. . .


Flyers were sent to radical communities all over the country inviting attendees to attend a ‘musical’ in “Lake Worth, Florida” and they began to arrive en masse by bus, train-hopping and beat-up old vans.


“Yes! It is Happening!”

A ‘musical’ is code for direct action. Rachel Monroe was right in the center of the action and chronicled what happened.


“[S]eating based on willingness to risk arrest. Hurrah!”



“There’s an Earth First! tradition of naming the toilet in honor of the enemy of the moment, and so at the final performance in late February [2016], the musical’s audience was invited to use the Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter.”

Excerpt from Monkeywrench published in the Oxford American, August 2016.



Rachel Monroe was all the buzz when Monkeywrench was first published (see more excerpts and link below). That all this was happening just prior to the municipal elections just added more fuel to the fire. Then everything came to a screeching halt on March 15th, 2016. All the incumbents on the ballot, Mayor Pam Triolo and commissioners Andy Amoroso and Scott Maxwell were all reelected in landslide victories. The radical balloon had burst and the show was over.

Without further ado, now that the stage is set, here are two excerpts from Monkeywrench written by the superbly talented Rachel Monroe:


The first day I showed up for the Earth First! rehearsal in Lake Worth, Florida, a small coastal town thirty-five miles north of Fort Lauderdale, I 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.

“Now the machine speeds up,” instructed Maren, the rosy-cheeked Minnesotan who was codirecting the musical. The imaginary-lever pulling became a little more frantic. “Now it’s breaking down!” Everyone’s movements became strained; a guy in a black hoodie bounced like a deranged spring.

and. . .


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. They wore black boots and rode bikes; they all seemed to know each other from protests and actions and summers spent picking blueberries in Maine.

They were here because, in October 2015, just as the winter chill had started to creep into people’s bones, a flyer began circulating among activists, inviting anyone willing and able to travel to sunny Lake Worth for the month of February “to help devise, build, perform and otherwise scheme on” a musical that celebrated the history and philosophy of the radical environmental group Earth First! (In 2010, Earth First! had moved its publishing operation from Tucson to Lake Worth, making the town the de facto headquarters of the diffuse, controversial organization.) “The show will involve audiences writing to political prisoners, cast members repelling [sic] down cardboard redwoods, and seating based on willingness to risk arrest,” the flyer promised. “Hurrah!”


For all new and recently new residents of Lake Worth Beach would highly encourage reading the entire piece by Monroe published in the Oxford American. It is quite lengthy and very entertaining. Kick back and relax and then click on this link.

The book “Savage Appetites” is now available on Amazon for both Kindle, audio CD and in hardcover as well.

Another option would be to proceed downtown and visit The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach located at 801 Lake Ave. with plenty of FREE parking nearby. If the book is not available at the moment it can be ordered for you to pick up later on.

Buy LOCAL! Support your LOCAL bookstore!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

MLK Day schedule of events in Lake Worth Beach.


Information from the City on Twitter.


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