Monday, March 30, 2020

Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex NEWS - COVID-19

Look how empty the beach is right now, not a single person on the sand, in the water, or on the pier. This is not because of photoshop but rather is because the Beach and the Beach Park are closed to ALL VEHICULAR, BICYCLE, AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC! The only exception being made is for those in vehicles that are picking up food from Benny's, Mulligan's, Kilwin's, or Mama Mia's.

So far this weekend over 1900 cars and bikes have attempted to reach the beach, the 20% that were collecting food from the restaurants were able to go up and park until their food came out (they were not able to leave their vehicle), all the others were turned away at the first round about. We must request that you do NOT come to the beach unless you are collecting food from Benny's on the Beach, Mulligan's Beach House - Lake Worth, Killwins, or Mama Mias!

The beautiful #LakeWorthBeach will still be here when this has passed, so for now enjoy it through pictures and #StayHome to fight the virus!

COVID-19 Impacts on Local Traffic Palm Beach County, Florida

The amount of traffic on our roadways has drastically reduced since the issuance of executive and local orders related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provides permanent traffic counter sites for a few major roadways within Palm Beach County. The graphic shows the site located on Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Comparing this past Wednesday to two weeks ago, traffic has reduced around 40% (~80,000 vehicles) between the hours of 6 AM and 7 PM. The TPA will continue to monitor the impacts to transportation due to COVID-19. Click here for more FDOT information on traffic counts.

Another quick update from your local PBSO District:14 - Lake Worth Beach

·         I will continue to send these out as needed and at least weekly to keep you informed

·         Our PBSO District in West Delray Beach did have a scammer claiming to be with the CDC. He was wearing medical garb and fled when law enforcement was called. It is important to reiterate to neighbors that agencies such as this are not doing door to door visits and to call us when this happens. They tend to prey on the elderly with these scams

·         We recently had two different locations in the Royal Poinciana and Tropical Ridge neighborhoods tagged with graffiti which met the criteria for a hate crime. One was the Guatemalan Maya Center. If you see anything please call right away. We have a limited description of a stocky suspect dressed in all black clothing

·         It still looks like the majority of you are doing your part regarding social distancing – this is great to see – thank you!

·         The beach and surrounding park areas are closed. You can get takeout orders from the restaurants up there. You cannot go up to sightsee. I have been told that staff is turning away hundreds of cars, bikes etc.

·         PBSO is still fully operational - initially crime slowed way down – criminals are starting to come out again – particularly the street robberies and auto burglaries at night – Please call if you see anything suspicious 

Thank you and be safe, 

Captain Todd Baer

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Commander – District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach

Office:    (561) 202-9601


*New* Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County.

Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: 
(561) 642-1000

On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments are required.

All Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public health and to ensure availability of supplies. 

Palm Beach County remains under a State of Emergency.