Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sunset 4-24-14

Warning flags at Lake Worth beach

I was told it was Man-O-War, not sharks! Portuguese Man-O-War, through its venomous tentacles, can deliver a painful sting. It was a beautiful day at the beach with a few people in the water.

Bryant Park's Derby Day

Utility Rate Study and the Lake Worth 2020 Program

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The meeting was all too mind boggling other than grabbing the cash. At Tuesday night's commission workshop meeting on the 2020 Infrastructure presentation, it was mentioned, on more than one occasion, that Burton & Associates had told us that we needed to raise our water rates at 5% for 5 years.  So, by adding another 3%  to that rate to pay to replace all the 2 inch water pipes costing $14 million through year 2019 was no "biggie" in their eyes...what's another 3 percent? It is all compounded over years. The power of compounding was said to be deemed the eighth wonder of the world - or so the story goes - by Albert Einstein.

Rate projections have changed over the last few years.

In actuality,  Burton & Associates recommended the following in 2012, the last rate study that was presented to the commission--Subsequently, there is a new rate study dated July 9, 2013. Perhaps this was presented during last year's budget process but I don't recall it. The public is told less and less or on a "needs basis."

Although not relative now, because the city wants to spend bucko bucks of your money for a roads infrastructure program, (re-building half the city from the ground up) below are excerpts from the 2012 Utility Rate Study Update for Lake Worth by Burton & Associates:

Water System:

Reduce rate adjustment for FY 2013 from 5.25% to 0.00%
Adopt new multi-year schedule of rates as presented through FY 2016
0% in FY 2014, 4.50% in FY 2015 and FY 2016

Regional Sewer System:

Reduce O&M rate adjustment for FY 2013 from 20% to 15%
Continue efforts to receive full payment from members
Consider adopting FY 2014 rate adjustment of 5% as presented herein

Local Sewer System:

Reduce rate adjustments for FY 2013 from 13% to 0%
Do not adopt any future rate adjustments at this time
Dependent upon resolution of Regional Sewer collection issues by FY 2015

**Now things have changed due to the Regional Sewer settlement and the Capital Improvements Fund**

Going back to Water, while the FY 2013 RSA confirms no need for a rate adjustment in FY 2014, slightly larger annual rate increases of 5.00% per year are required starting in FY 2015 in order to provide sufficient funds for a larger multi-year capital improvement program (CIP). The five-year retail rate adjustment plan developed in the FY 2013 RSA is presented below.

FY 2013 RSA RATE ADJ. FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
Water Rate Adjustment 0.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00%
Avg. Res. Bill (5,000 GAL) $32.65 $32.65 $34.28 $36.01 $37.80
Monthly Increase / Yr. $0.00 $1.63 $1.73 $1.80 $1.89

Historically, this enterprise fund has faced significant challenges related to the disproportionate burden of wholesale costs from the Regional Sewer Enterprise Fund.  That's what the report said.

The above does not seem to be quite the same as the rates presented on Tuesday night. The city commission is still reducing the electric rate each year until it is in parity with FPL all to attract investment. Screw the water users, though. The city will make up that monetary loss on the other end of the utility. If the majority of the city can no longer afford to water its lawns, then the entire place will turn to weed...slum...blight and then NO ONE will want to move here. I was estimating how much more it would cost our condo association on a yearly basis, if the city decided to go out on a revenue bond based on their figures and our last water bill,--- $4,047 more in year 2015 and $5,506 more in year 2019. Is that possible?

Downtown Lake Worth Crime

Update on jewelry snatch and grab criminals at Brogues--they were caught!

VANDALISM--14065021--300 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2014 2:36:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--14065019--100 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2014 2:22:00 PM

ROBBERY - PERSON--14064959--2ND AVE N & N FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/23/2014 12:23:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION-- 14064936-- 400 BLOCK LAKE AVE-- Palm Beach County Sheriff-- 4/23/2014 11:22:00 AM

Clemens' State Speed Limit bill SB 392

It seems like Sen Jeff Clemens is holding his ground on what he believes, and a bunch of women senators won't deter him regarding his bill SB 392 to raise the speed limit to 75 on some highways in Florida.

According to men, what do women know about driving? Men think all women are lousy drivers anyway.  Several women senators are critical of his bill, calling it dangerous and an invitation to more car crashes. The opponents include Sens. Nancy Detert, R-Venice; Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville; Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange; Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa; Gwen Margolis, D-Aventura; Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood; and Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando.

So who are better drivers: men or women?
The Answer Is ...
In a study released by Quality Planning, an analytics company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers, women came out on top. The study analyzed different kinds of vehicle code violations (traffic violations) and then compared how many times men were cited versus women. The conclusion was that men break more traffic laws and drive more dangerously than women. Because they violate laws designed to make the roads safer, men cause more accidents and expensive damage.  See the stats,

So, maybe Sen Clemens should be listening to these women senators who are against his bill.

SB 392: State Speed Zones

GENERAL BILL by Brandes ; Clemens
State Speed Zones; Raising the maximum allowable speed limit on certain highways; increasing the maximum allowable speed limit on roadways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, etc.
Effective Date: 7/1/2014
Last Action: 4/23/2014 Senate - Placed on 3rd reading
Location: On 3rd Reading Calendar
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

Read more here:


Just when the government is trying to give back-door amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens, our law enforcement departments are in full gear. There seems to be "over-kill" on rounding up nine to twelve illegals who came on shore. Police from Tequesta, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony as well as deputies from the Palm Beach and Martin County sheriff’s departments are on the scene this morning.

Read about it...

Crime in Lake Worth

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Last year Palm Beach County crime was down. In fact, for the past six years, it has been down in the County. However, Lake Worth is not part of that trend--this year Lake Worth's crime is on the rise again. Although the County's overall crime stats have gone down, Lake Worth along with Delray Beach, Riviera Beach and Greenacres had increases. PB Post article

There is nothing surprising in this report when it comes to Lake Worth. In fact, there is so much crime here that most of it goes unreported.  It would scare the living hell out of you if you knew the facts. No one would want to foot a bond measure for potholes. It is no wonder developers/investors don't come here. They read the stats too.  If they knew, the residents would all demand that this city do something about the slum, blight and the crime it all breeds.  They would demand that the CRA fulfill its mission of eradicating blight where most of the crime exists. They  would demand that the city start with the basics first. They would demand that the commission live up to its promises.

For FDLE's annual crime clock, Click here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sunset 4-23-14

Crime Lake Worth

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VANDALISM--14064803--000 BLOCK S M ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/22/2014 11:16:00 PM
Crime on this block is consistent. So is blight.  Did that owner repair the hole in his wall?

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--14064793--300 BLOCK LAKE OSBORNE DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--4/22/2014 10:05:00 PM
Decided to feature this one because crime is sneaking onto Lake Osborne Drive. As soon as The Villages are rented out, expect more in this area as it travels around the curve to the other side of the lake.

Quote of the Day - Joe Negron

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“In-state tuition discounts should, in my view, be reserved for legal residents of Florida. Florida law does not prohibit students who are undocumented from accessing our state colleges and universities. Once these students favorably resolve their residency status, they could become eligible for in-state tuition.”

~ Joe Negron

Negron made the announcement last week in a statement issued by his office as the agenda for the Appropriations Committee’s final regularly scheduled meeting was being released.

Mess of the Week revisited

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Directly on the lake on Lake Osborne Drive, this house used to be beautiful.  Look what happened to it once it got in foreclosure and the bank took it back. It has been an on-going problem for over two years.  The yard is nothing but weeds. The renters sell personal items off their yard (constant unpermitted yard sales)  and have been trying to sell this boat for a year that is either parked on the front yard or under this questionable portable canopy on the driveway. Cars park all over the side of the property, on the public rights of way and the sidewalk.

Owner according to PAPA: ONEWEST BANK FSB, 2900 ESPERANZA CROSSING, AUSTIN , TX 78758-3658

This bank was acquired by Ocwen Financial last summer in a $2.53 billion dollar deal so who knows if this property is still owned by Onewest.

There is no rental license regarding this property. And as of Monday, there was no open code file which is a real mystery. All kinds of people coming and going trashing the neighborhood.

SB 582 - Regulation for Sober Houses Dies in Florida Senate

It crashed and burned for 2014 passage. Jeff Clemens' bill was posed for approval in the Senate Appropriations Committee until one Democrat and one Republican threw him curve ball amendments at the last minute. Clemens would not accept the amendments. One would have stripped his bill from proposed regulations and the other was to create a crisis stabilization database to track the use of beds at public mental health stabilization units. Joe Negron, chair of the committee, said they simply ran out of time which contradicts Clemens' explanation that Negron told him his bill would not be heard unless he agreed to the two amendments.

CS/SB 582: Substance Abuse Services

GENERAL BILL by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs ; Clemens ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Sachs
Substance Abuse Services; Prohibiting a sober house transitional living home from operating in this state without a valid certificate of registration from the Department of Children and Families; requiring a sober house operator to annually apply for a certificate of registration with the department; requiring certain sober house transitional living homes to apply for a certificate of registration by a specified date; requiring the department to adopt rules pertaining to the application process for obtaining a certificate of registration, etc.
Effective Date: 7/1/2014
Last Action: 4/17/2014 Senate - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building --Not Considered
Location: In committee/council (AP)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

South B Street Painting event

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Mark Parrilla's Slideshow:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tonight's sky

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Was 2 minutes late for the sunset but we had a colorful sky.

Daytime "Rape" in a Lake Worth park

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Pervert can't keep his pants zipped.

Read about the low-life here

Filmmaker Dave Janetta and his latest intriquing film

A documentary film by my 2nd cousin, Dave Janetta. One review says, "The center of intrigue is where a well liked professor disappeared one night. Months later his scorched corpse was found bound to a tree on the outskirts of town past a very dense pathway. That mystery is the primary hook. It’s the surrounding elements that make the movie sing."

Dave Jannetta is the founder of 32-20 Productions, a Philadelphia-based production company covering the full spectrum of film and video production with a focus on telling quality stories of all shapes and sizes. Dave has worked closely with Poe Ballantine to turn his story Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere into a documentary movie.

Earth Day celebration in Lake Worth

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement...the hippies, the flower children, and the tree huggers.

There is a group in California that advocates Californians for Population Stabilization  that wants to stop human population growth-- says people are ruining the planet, ruining our Earth -- more people mean a terrible environment especially with the illegals.

To protect the air, water and land in California, they want American immigration policy to become more like Europe, and not let children of illegal immigrants be citizens just by being born and enforce immigration laws rather than encourage illegal immigration by doing another round of amnesty. Just when I was thinking that everyone in California was nuts.

Earth Day Celebration in Lake Worth
When:  Sat, April 26, 12pm – 9pm
Where:  Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue (map)