Monday, April 27, 2015

Lake Worth Casino Complex

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"I don't like the idea of a Beach Club.
 I don't like the idea of a pool operating with memberships.
 Talking about a pool, they [Hudson Holdings]
are considering building a large bathtub.
I'm not opposed to option two. I want the group to work fast."

As Juan Ruiz Lake Worth's Leisure Services Director said during the Selection Committee meeting of  February 10th, "My marching orders are to bring this home, sooner than later." Can we guess who gave him "marching orders" in order to screw up our beach?  Bornstein wants to incorporate anything that might affect the budget (discussion soon to start) that will be in effect on October 1 and he wants something to be done because the city and its staff  just can't take care of anything and make it work. We won't even be getting the Audit until June.

Later Juan says, "The pool needs to go." Do we pay him $95,626.06 to make a statement such as this? Well, we don't but the city manager just might.

If you listen to this Audio , this committee, especially Commissioner Andy Amoroso, is all for totally re-doing our casino/parking/beach complex along with a parking garage. We will lose revenue with a parking garage...not to worry, says Juan, our expenses will be down. Hudson Holdings is a turn-on to Amoroso. He wants Hudson to come back to them and give the committee a scaled back proposal and to see if they can live within those parameters even though Hudson wants to destroy our Olympic pool.

Well, I say, 1) don't do it and if this commission votes to proceed anyway, 2) let the people vote on this.  Better yet, the commission needs to listen to the people. We just spent $13 MILLION DOLLARS re-doing our beach and now they want to screw it up?  It is OUR beach. If this commission votes for the Hudson Holdings "deal," every resident needs to revolt.

Why is it that this city always believes all the hype anyone throws at them to get control of our beach?  Why?

Commissioner Ryan Maier to speak at Pineapple Beach Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood Meeting

Tonight, Monday April 27th, 7pm (networking 6:30), South Grade Elementary School cafeteria (716 South K Street). Bring a neighbor and come meet newly elected City Commissioner Ryan Maier who will be their honored guest and speaker.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunset 4-26-15

Crime Lake Worth - 3 days

Numerous vehicles vandalized

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15066557--1400 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 2:07:00 AM

ASSAULT    15066559--900 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 1:43:00 AM

ASSAULT--15066497--600 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 9:25:00 PM

ASSAULT--15066468--900 BLOCK N C ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 7:55:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066438--1200 BLOCK S N ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 7:23:00 PM

VANDALISM--15066429--1500 BLOCK S K ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:40:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066415--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:27:00 PM

VANDALISM--15066416--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:27:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066411--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:26:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066412--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:26:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066417--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:17:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066393--500 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 5:38:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066390--800 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 5:26:00 PM

DISTURBANCE--15066340--1200 BLOCK N FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 2:56:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066317--1500 BLOCK WINGFIELD ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 2:11:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066292--1100 BLOCK S L ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 12:42:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15066273--400 BLOCK N L ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 12:23:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066243--700 BLOCK S E ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 11:06:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066184--3500 BLOCK 23RD AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 8:34:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15066189--2400 BLOCK 2ND AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 8:33:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066178--1000 BLOCK S A ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 8:13:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066174--700 BLOCK LATONA AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 8:04:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066169--500 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 7:37:00 AM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15066168--900 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 7:32:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066154--400 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 6:27:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066150--1700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 5:44:00 AM

DRUNK DRIVER--15066132--5TH AVE S & S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 12:44:00 AM

DRUNK DRIVER--15066118--1800 BLOCK LAKE WORTH RD--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 12:06:00 AM

DRUNK DRIVER--15066121--2ND AVE S & S J ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/24/2015 12:04:00 AM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15066069--500 BLOCK N FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 8:21:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066013--1200 BLOCK S N ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 6:58:00 PM

STOLEN VEHICLE--15065952--2000 BLOCK 10TH AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 4:28:00 PM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15065943--1800 BLOCK LAKE WORTH RD--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 3:54:00 PM

ROBBERY - PERSON--15065936--400 BLOCK 2ND AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 3:33:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15065935--700 BLOCK LATONA AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 3:30:00 PM

15065930--2500 BLOCK LAKE WORTH RD--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 3:08:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15065858--1500 BLOCK S M ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 12:25:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15065802--700 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 10:57:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15065791--1500 BLOCK WINGFIELD ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 10:46:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15065766--2400 BLOCK 2ND AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 9:33:00 AM

VANDALISM--15065760--1300 BLOCK S PALMWAY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 9:23:00 AM

THEFT OF AUTO PARTS--15065746--500 BLOCK N O ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2015 8:24:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15066915--300 BLOCK S B ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/26/2015 4:19:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15066914--300 BLOCK S B ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/26/2015 4:19:00 AM

DRUNK DRIVER--15066844--1300 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 10:36:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066721--1400 BLOCK WINGFIELD ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 3:24:00 PM

DISTURBANCE--15066685--1200 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 1:46:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066687--1400 BLOCK S M ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 1:31:00 PM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15066662--500 BLOCK S L ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 12:44:00 PM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15066656--500 BLOCK S L ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 12:07:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15066640--2100 BLOCK MARK DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 11:04:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15066611--900 BLOCK S PINE ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 8:49:00 AM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15066606--800 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 8:37:00 AM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15066596--1000 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 8:05:00 AM

VANDALISM--15066593--1200 BLOCK 12TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/25/2015 7:00:00 AM

John G's - Manalapan

Always the perfect place for breakfast or lunch.

Bryant Park's Derby Day Lake Worth

14th Annual DERBY DAY

Saturday, May 2nd
South Shores Tavern
Time: 4:00 - 7PM

Contests, Prizes, Yummy Food, Discounted Drinks, and FUN
Watch the Race and root for your favorite horse or jockey.
Wear your biggest hats and your loudest shirt and root for your favorite horse and jockey. Fundraising with an emphasis on FUN :)

Tickets:  $15 per adult
Contact June Evans or me for tickets :)

It will be a blast and I hope to see you all there,
Karla
Secretary 
Bryant Park Neighborhood Association

Wrap your mouth around this!

World's Biggest Hamburger - Dave's Last Resort


After Earth Day festivities yesterday,
we visited Dave's for a big fat burger--delicious!

Love not Hate - Common Ground Church

Do you want to hear something really inspirational...something that will get you to thinking and on the right path? Come on down to Common Ground Church this morning at 12 S. J Street in Lake Worth for 10am services. Pastor Mike and the entire congregation will be happy to see you.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sunset 4-25-15

It's been an eyesore, says Lake Worth resident

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Commissioner Ryan Maier said, "So far in this fiscal year, the city has demolished seven properties. We have two that are set to be demolished and an additional 12 that are in the pipeline."

Read more... and see the video.

Republicans gave Obama what he wanted

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Obama should be thanking the Republican Party. Ten Republicans voted for Loretta Lynch as Attorney General with the final outcome at 56/43. The Senate changed its rules in 2013 allowing a simple majority to stop a filibuster and confirm Lynch. Therefore, she only needed support of four Republicans on the Senate floor to secure a majority. Five Republicans had already committed to go with Lynch before the vote.

It's no wonder that Glenn Beck has no use for Republicans when he announced in March--“I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican. I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.”

Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Thad Cochran (Miss.)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Ron Johnson (Wis.)
Rob Portman (Ohio)

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Lake Worth Tribune Editorial 4-24-15

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Hurricanes and the FEMA Fiasco


This is a blast from the past as hurricane season will begin in just one month's time (June 1) and the city manager brought FEMA up at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

If you recall, we went through three major hurricanes in 2004 and 2005--Through the course of the three hurricanes (Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005 whose eye of the hurricane went over Lake Worth), approximately $26 million in reimbursement for damages was given to Lake Worth from FEMA and distributed to the city from the State of Florida.  Included in all of the wreckage and losses was damage to our Pier shown above.

For a small little city, 5.945.2/sq miles, we suffered the most damage when it came to our Utility. The various damages included (but were not limited to) downed trees, our electric grid, poles, switches, transformers, meters, city buildings.  We on Lake Osborne were without power for 12.5 days and cold showers got to be the norm.  They ended up removing 18,148 CY of debris in 2004 and 19,111 CY in 2005. The City received invoices from all companies as well as linesmen from outside the State that were involved with helping to get our city back on track after the hurricanes in order to restore our power.

FEMA wanted proof for the $26 million and we got involved in a mess trying to prove our claims. The utility department, the biggest culprit, had lost invoices and documents and the city commission didn't feel we should be responsible to pay it all back due to those document losses from so many years ago. Millions were not paid from FEMA's original requested amounts--Read blog and they accepted the City's pathetic plea.

FEMA still is asking for $4 million to be reimbursed to them from the City of Lake Worth  because they don't believe in Lake Worth's rationale to justify all the millions they were given. Carolyn Ansay of Torcivia's law firm is working on the FEMA issue.  She is the former General Counsel to the South Florida Water Management District. She is going through the documentation to make sure that what FEMA has, matches up with our records. The City says that there has been a million dollar discrepancy that has been discovered. 4,000 load tickets (no one explained what a 'load" ticket is--value could be up to $1.3 million) that were submitted have not shown up on the FEMA web site. Torcivia is going to try and settle for $25,000 as he has connections with a former FEMA attorney?

Obama's Amnesty by Edict


Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election.

Read more...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sunset 4-24-15

West Palm Beach south-end revitalization Dream

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Well, if we know anything by now, we know that former Lake Worth CRA member Shanon Materio who is a  commissioner in West Palm Beach, is all for revitalizing the Dixie corridor where she has a business as well as developing the area in the south end of West Palm Beach.

Last night Mrs. Materio along with former commissioner Kimberly Mitchell were at a meeting that lasted about 1.5 hours hosted by the WPB South End Neighborhood Association held at the South Olive Community Center in order to tell the neighbors what they have in mind for the south end of the city--create what they call a spectacular southern entrance to West Palm Beach. The Redevelopment Management Associates, hired by West Palm Beach as a strategic planning agency, conducted the meeting.

When they say "spectacular" they mean opening up the canal on both sides (Lake Worth as well as West Palm Beach) that would entail creating a boat-lift on the C-51 canal with little finger canals like the city of  Venice, Italy.  Once completed, it would become an anchor feature. West Palm Beach bought the old IHOP property in 2012  for $2.9 million which is at the most southern tip of West Palm Beach directly on the canal. WPB leaders bought it in order to eventually revitalize the south end.

Ms. Materio answered  a few questions from the audience. One attendee asked a question on the C-51 Canal and  stated that "7 permits are needed" but Materio said that it is a long way out and therefore that as well as environmental concerns are premature and don't need to be addressed at this stage.  As it is on the Lake Worth side, Materio said that Lake Worth had to be involved. Also it was mentioned by the consultants after Mrs. Materio had left the meeting, that she has been talking to Lake Worth about this project for the past two years.

A few Lake Worth residents were in attendance, one of whom was Commissioner Ryan Maier.