Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunset 2-23-17

Diamond & Silk on Maxine Waters

Vote NO on three Year Terms

It was nearly a decade ago when three year terms lost by a landslide in Lake Worth.  We had  three lazy commissioners back then. Below are the particulars on that election.

Citizens Come First, Political Action Committee, was formed in Palm Beach County on December 26, 2007. It has subsequently closed.

Our first campaign was for the defeat of three ballot issues voted on by 3 out of the 5 City Commissioners in Lake Worth and placed on the January 29, 2008 ballot:

1. Three year Commission terms:......NO (68%) YES (32%)

2. Eliminate run-off elections:......... NO (67%) YES (33%)

3. Residency requirement for
Police & Fire Chiefs:..............NO (49.76%) YES (50.24%)

Because of the confusing ballot language of Item 3 (we wanted our chiefs to reside in the City by Charter), it lost by 21 votes. It is moot now because Fire Rescue is in PB County.

We encourage you to VOTE NO once again on March 14. 

Mulligans tries to shift responsibility for Grease Trap spill

Page 1 news is now on page 9 of the Palm Beach Post--

Whose responsibility is it to pay for the clean-up?

"Restaurant says it will share costs of grease spill cleanup"

Mulligans says it is partly the city's fault because of the ballroom upstairs. Just one problem--that little kitchen is only a prep facility--they don't fry food. Mulligans says it is the city's responsibility per their lease to maintain the grease traps. Normally I would think there is probably something to that as the city maintains NOTHING. However, under a typical Repair and Maintenance section of our restaurant merchants' leases, it is the tenant's responsibility to maintain and repair grease traps. It would be hard to imagine that Mulligans was given an exception.  City Manager Bornstein says maintaining the grease traps is a condition of their permit.

Palm Beach County Republican Party Meeting

Ryan Hnatiuk
Republican Party of Palm Beach County Executive Director

Yesterday Katie and I went to the Republican Party of the Palm Beaches lunch meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in West Palm Beach.

Mr. Hnatiuk was the speaker and gave the local party’s view of the political events of the recent past and what to expect going forward. His aim is to make Florida "red" which all starts at the local municipal elections.

Local candidates who spoke were Ron Berman, Michael Paolercio and Joe Russo all from Palm Beach Gardens.

Fun and Games in Lake Worth - Prostitution Sting

Read about it...11 women rounded up. We can't, however, get the gang bangers or the shooters off the streets.

Why are we having so much of this going on in Lake Worth? Addicts looking for a fix. Sober Homes attracting addicts and the circle continues.

Commissioner McVoy and candidate Maryann Polizzi are making Sober homes and crime a priority focus.

Suicide bomber in Iraq former Gitmo prisoner

An Islamic State suicide bomber who attacked an army base in Iraq this week was a British former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was awarded more than $1 million in compensation by the UK. It is uncertain at this time whether any others were killed by him. The Associated Press reported that a series of suicide bombings in that area of Mosul on Sunday killed at least seven soldiers.

Read about it...
This won't happen under President Trump as he has vowed to fill GITMO with "bad dudes." There are still around 41 prisoners and won't be released as Obama did.

Principle on behalf of Women's Rights

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tonight's Sky 2-22-17

President Trump makes surprise visit

Unbeknown to reporters and a surprise to 800 attendees, President Trump made an appearance: at an elegant fundraising gala being held for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property and headlined by musician David Foster.

Our city attorney, Glen Torcivia, was at the event and took the following photos.  He said he was approximately 10 feet from our president.

CNN's Don Lemon Does "hit" interview on Trump - Fake News

When he finally got to Paris Dennard, a former staffer in the George W. Bush administration and now a political analyst and commentator, Paris called Lemon's segment "fake news." Lemon cut him off...he only wanted people to agree with him. This is something liberals do.

And this CNN Lemon segment was very fake news!

FL SB 10 - Water Resources in Everglades

SB 10: Water Resources


Water Resources; Providing an exception to the requirement that bonds issued for acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests and resources be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund and distributed in a specified manner; requiring the South Florida Water Management District to seek proposals from willing sellers of property within the Everglades Agricultural Area for land that is suitable for the reservoir project; increasing the minimum annual funding for certain Everglades projects under specified circumstances, etc.

APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/8/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources Location: In committee/council (AEN)

Bill Text

When I asked Drew Martin, this was his reply:
"I think that we must purchase land south of the lake and move water south or we will continue to destroy our estuaries. This water always flowed south before the lake was altered and the land south of the lake was drained. Property values along the estuaries and businesses along the coast have suffered greatly. This does not prevent agriculture south of the lake or destroy the communities south of the lake. We can have both storage and agriculture. Without it we are putting greater pressure on the berm around the lake and putting communities at greater risk along the rim of Lake Okeechobee."

People with wet noodles can damper a party

Our pool got a reprieve last night. There were four reasons why the city commission did not act but tabled the aquatic facility presentation and any idea to go forward with it at this time--

1.  The chamber was 95% in favor of saving our present pool--the room was filled with swim noodles.
2.  The Mayor--the pool has been neglected, mistreated and left to rot when it closed in 2012.
3.  Commissioner McVoy--Wants the city to develop a list of all the work that needs to be done getting opinions from 3 experts. Does not want to rely on one opinion.
4.  Comments from the public.  I especially appreciate Jim Finnegan's comments and putting Maxwell and Triolo's mind at ease as he revealed that he was Commissioner McVoy's unnamed source {McVoy had taken heat earlier for not naming his source] who did an analysis on the pool with a pool expert who said all of the pool problems are fixable.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell saw the odds before him and did not get into the fire. He knows exactly when to fold them. In fact, he was on the vote to table it. There was no mention as to when it would come back to the Commission and there was no mention that the city would do anything but continue to ignore the problems there thus making them worse.

It doesn't matter whether our pool is old, something everyone wants to tell us. With proper maintenance, it can be fine. We sat through a presentation by Bob McAllister, Aquatic consultant, hired by city manager Bornstein at a cost the city is not revealing. No one really wanted to sit there for two hours to listen to the three different super expensive scenarios for fixing/replacing our pool. We were there to see if the Trio would lower the boom on our pool and all the residents who want to save it..
  • Option 1--$2,772,500 was to repair the pool and build a new locker room and make the necessary repairs to the Pump House.
  • Option 2--$3,272,500 or $4,612,500 with extra features includes Option 1 and converts the pool to zero depth so that little kids can walk in with no problem.
  • Option 3--$7,310,921 build a new aquatic facility

I'm sure that the dollar figures that were floating around were giving Scott Maxwell a headache.

Enterprise Florida Dead as a Doornail?

The House Appropriations Committee just made a lousy decision. Yesterday, they voted 18-12 to advance a measure that
  • 1) eliminates Florida's 21-year-old economic development agency
  • 2) emasculates its tourism marketing arm.
[Orlando Sentinel] "A House budget panel voted Tuesday to slash state spending on tourism marketing and eliminate Florida’s main economic development agency, drawing harsh criticism from Gov. Rick Scott."

Governor Rick Scott is madder than hell saying, “Today’s vote by politicians in the Florida House is a job killer. I know some politicians who voted for this job killing bill say they don’t necessarily want to abolish these programs but instead want to advance a conversation."

Read about it...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Another pretty Lake Worth Sunset


More on the Grease Spill at the Casino



February 21, 2017

Contact: Ben Kerr, Communications Specialist
Phone: 561.586.1631

WHEN: FEBRUARY 19th & 20th, 2017


Lake Worth, Florida- On February 19, 2017 at 5:00pm the City was informed by staff of Mulligan’s Beach House Restaurant in the Lake Worth Casino building that the Mulligans’ grease trap was overflowing. At 5:30pm further inspection revealed a more serious problem and a City vacuum truck was dispatched to vacuum out the grease trap. During this process the parking lot in that area was cleared to allow clean up to take place.

The following day (February 20) at 06:00am the City dispatched a street sweeper and vacuum truck to carry out the next stage of clean-up. Shortly after 5:00pm it was reported that the vacuum process had failed and the grease trap began to overflow again, this time after the trap was emptied a plumber was brought in by Mulligan’s who discovered that the sewer outflow pipe was clogged with grease due to improper maintenance. The outflow pipe has now been jetted and the grease trap is fully serviceable again.

The City is continuing with clean-up and will be bringing in hazardous waste specialists to assist in ensuring any environmental impact is minimized.

Chapter 14 of the Utilities; and Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM-W) for the Water/Wastewater Utility Department states that commercial and industrial facilities must demonstrate monthly maintenance on grease traps to remove fats, oils and greases as a condition of their annual Fat, Oil and Grease Permit.

At this time no decision has been made regarding who will incur the cost of clean-up. An investigation into this event is being undertaken by the City. Recommendations will be issued to ensure that such a problem does not occur again.

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Communications Specialist with any questions or comments.

Quote of the Day - Ted Cruz on Expatriate Terrorist Act

“The Expatriate Terrorist Act will ensure that any American who forfeits their country to intentionally join [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] will have their citizenship stripped and won’t be able to use a U.S. passport to come back and murder American citizens.”

~ Sen Ted Cruz

From The Hill:
Under this bill, an individual could have their U.S. citizenship revoked if they pledge allegiance to, work for or serve in the military of a group or government designated as a foreign terrorist organization; commit treason against or try to overthrow the U.S. government, or provide material support to a terrorist group. Cruz’s bill would also let the secretary of State deny a passport to someone who joined or is trying to join a terrorist organization or is a “threat to the national security interest of the United States.” An individual would have 60 days to try to appeal the State Department’s decision.

Neighborhood Associations ARE Political

As much as they like to tell us that they are a forum for neighbors to share information, concerns and ideas about creating a family friendly community with a voice in Lake Worth, they all deny that they are political. We know better. In some respects, they have dangerous and influential leaders to indoctrinate the residents.

The only Neighborhood Associations that are not political are ROLO and Murry Hills. The Rest of them forget about it. Even the NAPC is politically charged...just take a look at its Board of Directors with Mary Lindsey now an exception and someone who does a hell of a great job for our city.

This notice below is to show you just what I'm talking about. The president of this newly formed neighborhood association, Sam Goodstein, is also affiliated with a current candidate's campaign acting as  Treasurer. He is the President of the Lake Worth Democratic Club.

And all these people are incensed about anarchists in our city (I only know one) but then they turn around and protest against our president or anyone with a different or conservative view.

3 story Townhouse planned on S. Federal Highway

The applicant is proposing a 7 unit townhouse development. The unit mix will consist of 7 three (3) bedroom townhouses, located within three (3) buildings. Each three (3) bedroom townhome will have 2,557 square feet of area under roof, (2,018 consist of air-conditioned space), and a 752 square foot paver patio for each townhome. The units will be allocated throughout three (3) buildings, with each being three (3) stories with a height of 35 feet. On the first floor there will be a covered entry (87 square feet) along with a 430 square foot two car garage for each home. Also, there will be a 42 square foot covered balcony on the second floor and a 28 square foot open balcony on the second floor

 In addition, there will be a 30 square foot open balcony on the third floor for each home. Entrance and exit from the site will be from South Federal Highway.

Presently only 30 feet are allowed, or two stories. Staff is recommending the approval of Long Boat.

The owner of this property?  Charles Gusmano, principal of Longboat Development, and the very same Charles Gusmano, Founder and COO of Southern Waste Systems (Sun Recycling). Mr. Gusmano and Longboat Development have been around Lake Worth for years and involved in our local politics.

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Grease spill from Mulligans at the Lake Worth beach to A1A

Photo contributed to the PBPost

This is an important article. It was relegated to page 4 in the Local section of the PBPost. It halted traffic for 4 hours and was an environmental nightmare.