Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pebble Beach of South Florida

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Speaking about our Lake Worth Golf Course that just got new greens, “This course is a treasure,” said Capt. Rolando Silva, an avid golfer and commander of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s District 14 office in Lake Worth. “It’s like a Pebble Beach of South Florida.”

Read more... about Mayor Triolo making a putt.

Residents get a win

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Read more.. about another power grabbing city council

Happy Halloween Obama style

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Power providers narrowed down to three for Lake Worth

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The Lake Worth Selection Committee, consisting of all five commissioners, Chair of the EUAB Lisa Maxwell and Steve Carr, Finance Director, met last night to narrow down the energy supplier bidders to a short list.

There was much political rhetoric from Lisa Maxwell on selling our utility. A few of their friends of like mind were in the chamber. She asked why it wasn't in the RFP originally. The mayor jumped on the bandwagon being accusatory of a former commission for its failure to have a sale included in the original RFP.  The mayor said that we were comparing apples to oranges--using that fruity line again. Sue Hersey, the energy expert said, no, "You are comparing apples to apples.

The only thing Lake Worth was considering was to find a new energy provider, not the sale of the electric utility. This must be accomplished and finalized by the end of 2013. "Selling the utility is a separate and different undertaking," Ms. Hersey said. There is a small and vocal lobby within the city to sell our Utility. As Commission McVoy has said, reducing a very complex issue to the usual campaign rallying cry is not in the best interest of the city.

In spite of all the political  talk about an option to sell our utility and the bogus complaint of it not being included in the RFP,  the Commission narrowed down its choice (based on cost) to the following:

Wartsila and Burns & McDonnell as top choice
Florida Power and Light came in second
Orlando Utilities Commission was in third place,

A motion was made to begin negotiations with the top three.

Quote of the Day - Burt Aaronson

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The experience of the company's management team, not the track record of the company, should count.

~Burt Aaronson, Palm Beach County Commissioner

Southern Waste Systems (Sun Recycling) is back in the news today.

The Palm Beach County Commission agreed to ease its rules on who can compete for its garbage business. It used to be that you had to have experience hauling residential garbage with at least 30,000 curb side customers. Palm Beach Commissioners instructed staff to re-write the restrictions so that Sun Recycling can bid.

Lake Worth has had its experience with Sun. They dumped all sorts of crap on our landfill and left the 66 acres unusable. If you recall, Sun dumped over 6,000 truckloads of construction material on our landfill, some of which is 3.6 or 3.8 inches thick, hauling in material from south Florida construction sites, giving that commission (one of the WCE) a song and dance abiout using it for a disaster staging site. Our reclamation of the land was again, dead. This was in a lawsuit but I don't see it any longer on the list. Perhaps it was settled or dropped and we weren't informed. This is what I  hate about our lawsuits--the public never knows what's happening.

They also gave campaign contributions here in Lake Worth. You remember the Retha Lowe incident that got her in all sorts of trouble with Tallahassee. Retha lived in our landfill district.  Because they wanted to do more business in Lake Worth, Sun companies contributed the same amount in the general election as they did in the primary to Tom Ramiccio...$2,500. A few years back,  Sun companies gave $2,500 to Lisa Maxwell, now Chair of the Electric Utility Advisory Board as well as $1,400 to Shanon Materio's  BacPac that was supporting certain candidates. Materio, as you know, is now commissioner in West Palm Beach.

Our commission voted not to renew any contract with Sun Recycling (the BCE) and we would use our own rolloff containers.  Palm Beach County made a decision on May 18, 2010 to extend Sun's permit.

Burt Aaronson is finally term limited but Southern Waste Systems is moving right along.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tonight Lake Worth Selection Committee Meeting

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On August 14, 2012, presentations from the following eight power supply proposing firms for alternate sources of power were made:

1. Constellation Energy Commodities Group
2. Covanta Energy
3. Florida Power & Light
4. Gainesville Regional Utilities
5. Orlando Utilities Commission
6. Tampa Electric Company
7. UR Solar Power
8. Wärtsilä and Burns & McDonnell

Reducing these eight companies to a short list will be the first most important decision they make for our city. 6pm tonight.

Last night the EUAB met to discuss this process and some wondered why the sale of our Utility was not in the RFP. Lisa Maxwell said, "The seriousness would be dictated by a public vote." She further stated that it is imperative to put out the sale as an option "otherwise we are doing a disservice to the citizens."

Our energy attorney passed out a report that said that if Lake Worth wanted to sell our Utility then we  would have to receive compensation well in excess of $200 million.

Illegal Foreign donations to Obama?

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In September, Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes, according to data posted on the Federal Election Commission Web site....Chris Walker, a British citizen who lives outside London, told The Post he was able to make two $5 donations to President Obama’s campaign this month through its Web site while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney cash was rejected. It is illegal to knowingly solicit or accept money from foreign citizens.

Read more... at the New York Post about Obama accepting illegal donations.
Out of Commission today--back later

Christopher McVoy on our Electric Utility

Palm Beach Post
Letter to the Editor
October 29, 2012

In response to Wednesday’s editorial “Stafford over McVoy,” the needed “critical eye” for Lake Worth is the city commissioner who will ensure that the lights will still be on in Lake Worth when our current power contract expires.

To do that, the commission must select a wholesale provider, finalize a contract, initiate transmission agreements and finalize transmission contracts. This is the imperative that faces the commission at this time and one that demands critical, fact-based reasoning, so as to avoid the bad decisions and lopsided contracts of the past.

Putting the question of selling the utility on the ballot is possible, but our charter requires that the terms and conditions of a sale be presented to voters. We could never meet the deadline for a March referendum, the option proposed by what The Post called the “well-informed” Jim Stafford, my challenger.

Our Stanton coal plant and St. Lucie nuclear plant contracts have tax-free bonds that we are prohibited from selling to Florida Power & Light Co. The city of Vero Beach is faced with a $20 million to $50 million penalty to sell its Stanton contract, and possibly a greater penalty to sell its St. Lucie contract, but the sale price ($179 million) won’t necessarily cover that. The city’s own consultants estimate that Vero Beach will net only a fraction of that sale price in the end.

My immediate focus, and that of the city, is on the task before us now — choosing the best purchase contract to continue our rate reductions. My opponent has shown that he does not understand the intricacies of an issue that has financial repercussions that will send shock waves through the city for years to come. He is trying to reduce a very complex issue to the usual campaign rallying cry.

Shifting the focus from choosing the best power provider will find us all sitting in the dark 15 months from now. Buyer, and voter, beware.


Lake Worth

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Run Around

A vast majority of politicians are arrogant and CORRUPT. They do not care what the residents say or what they have voted on in the past. Realizing that situations and circumstances can change, especially after 15 years, heights should always be voted on by the people and never by a 3 to 2 vote from the dais.

Read about where Business leaders in West Palm beach want the commission to raise the heights at the old City Hall to 10 stories for a hotel even though there is a 5 story height limit. In 2010 residents voted against giving the old city hall site an exemption.

Message from John Voight to Obama

Marco Rubio endorses Allen West


Stuart, FL - Allen West for Congress today announced an endorsement from Senator Marco Rubio who provided the following statement:

"I am pleased to endorse my fellow Floridian, Congressman Allen West, in his campaign for re-election. Congressman West provides a strong, clear voice for conservative principles in the House of Representatives, and his willingness to tackle the critical issues facing our nation demonstrates not only the strength of his character but the depth of his courage.

Character and courage are indeed the fundamental qualities of Allen West, a man who served this country in the uniform of the United States Army for 22 years, and continues to serve in elected office.

At this crucial time for our nation, when damaging fiscal policies have left millions without jobs and added trillions to our national debt, when ambiguous foreign policy emboldens our enemies and isolates our allies, we need leaders like Allen West to help guide the United States back to prosperity and ensure its citizens are secure for generations to come."

Body parts found in Lake Worth

And now for some shocking news--

From: Obray, Jerrie R []
Subject: Case of Interest
On 10/29/2012 at approximately 10:40 am, deputies responded to the 1300 Block of South L Street reference to a black trash bag omitting a very strong foul odor.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered possible remains of a human body.  PBSO Violent Crimes Division did respond to the scene to continue the investigation.  The remains were removed by PB County Medical Examiner.

Cpt. Kimo's latest Sunrise

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Cape Elizabeth Maine at Fort Williams Park at Lighthouse

If you want to see some really great photography, go to HDR Photography by Cpt. Kimo

Damage at our Pier by Hurricane Sandy

From: Jamie Brown
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:30 AM
To: Michael Bornstein
Cc: Juan Ruiz; William Waters
Subject: Pier damage

Water and sanitary lines under the Pier have been damaged and Benny’s is pretty much non-operational. Low tide is supposed to be around 2pm today, so we’ll get out there and see what we can get done.

More on Jim Stafford in his own words

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Monday, May 25, 2009 The down and dirty to why “our beach” is a mess….(Stafford has removed this blog)
In 2002 the city voted down the 19 million dollar beach bond referendum with 61% of voters saying “No!” So why does the Kool-aid (always attacking when anyone disagrees with him) cabal think that it will be any different now? What do they really want at the beach? (What they wanted at the beach was to finally, after decades of neglect, fix it up) Why do they sue to block any redevelopment? (No one sued in order to block any redevelopment. Stafford totally twisted the point or didn't understand the point)

Well, it all goes back to the infamous “plan B.” After the failure of the 2002 bond they came up with another plan supported by Larry and Dee McNamara, Lynn Anderson, and Jim McCauley. (I was not even living here nor was I active or interested in politics then but I was against Plan B once I learned about it because of the location of the building for one thing--however, it was better than the alternative by $7 million)

Below is a quote from an April 14, 2002 article where Jim McCauley explains “plan B.”

“The Citizens Committee, led by Jim McCauley and architectural designer Doug McIntee, explained how their $12.3 million project for the 19-acre municipal beach property was different from the city plan rejected by voters on March 12. The two plans look a lot alike, McCauley said, but the Citizens' Committee plan is smaller. It cuts most of the retail space included by the city but leaves a two-story parking garage, a nighttime restaurant, convention space and improvements to the pool.”

Fast forward to the present, the current majority on the city commission rejected a public private partnership between Greater Bay and the city that would have been yet another similar project at “NO COST TO THE RESIDENTS!” (Thank God we kicked Greater Bay off of our beach for non-performance and kept it in public control. That commission did the right thing)


Because, it was not EXACTLY what they wanted! The Kool-aid Cabal does not compromise. (The "compromise was another plan to present to the residents that would not leave them with a $19 million dollar debt) The current plan could cost as much as 10 million for the building alone. The total project could easily exceed 20 million dollars and other Cabal effort’s (RO mess)) (The RO is anything but a mess and has saved us millions) have strained our relationship with county (untrue) and could jeopardize a 5 million dollar grant to improve the property. (The building cost $6 million, the price we have always agreed to and the beach redevelopment was from the $5 million Recreational bond from PB County along with the cost of infrastructure that we had in our capital budget..spreading baseless fear is just another smear tactic because he wanted a passive park on our 19 acres even though we had a commercial building there for nearly 90 years)

Cara and her crew have come up with yet another pretty picture by a Michael Singer of Delray. Fear not they oppose the Singer Design group concept as well. (Totally false statement) Remember, compromise is not in this group’s vocabulary. (Again, compromise was to present a different plan) Visit Lynn Anderson’s Blog….(True, I was definitely opposed to the Singer  design initiated by Cara Jennings and Rene Varela, Jungle Jims for little Jimmy and taking away 163 upper level parking spaces—still am)

I would personally love to see a passive park at the property but this group’s PAC’s have received financial contributions from beach tenants. (I would seriously doubt that $500 contributions from a couple of merchants turned the tide) This equals no passive park at the beach! They are not friends of the environment any way and have opposed projects like the Snook Islands Natural Area (learn more) but then claim that they want to “Save Our Waterfront.”


The Net result of this group action’s is a beach that resembles a dumpster, a “Hot Dog Park-ing Lot”, (again, another personal attack against a couple who helped save this property from a developer and kept it in public control) No lifeguards two days a week, and a promise of higher taxes to pay for their newest “plan B.”
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EUAB Meeting Tonight

At 6:00pm, the Electric Utility Advisory Board meets to review Board Recommendations on Wholesale Power Supply Bids.

Also under  NEW BUSINESS:

A. Power Plant Activity
B. Electric Meter Demonstration
C. Set agenda for next meeting

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stafford in his own words

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This is an e-mail from Jim Stafford to Lake Worth Media. Stafford was trying to become a member of the site and he balked at the process.

----- Original Message -----
To: billc
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: from LWM

On 2/11/08, billc <> wrote:
If you do not intend to conform to our requirements for membership please discontinue phony applications.

BillC ~ "conform">>  Nahhh, not me, not ever. Nobody dictates what I say or do.

                 "phony applications">> & well, hell, why not? Phony applications to a phony site, makes sense to me.


      Anyway, I have stopped applying after two attempts because now that I see how true it is that you and your site suck I don't want to be there.

Across from Mulligan's at Lake Worth beach

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Another Failed Decision by Obama

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Obama fibbed again. This is getting to be a pattern. Now it is another solar company that received a guaranteed federal loan of $400 million that went belly up.  Will this nonsense ever end?  November 6th is D Day.

Read more... about Abound Solar and the big lie.

It's all about the Economy and Jobs

There are 75,000 Palm Beach County residents who have faced foreclosure over the last four years.  Very few people can say that they are doing better today. The economy has stalled and we see no improvement.

Robert Waples, president of his homeowner's association and a man who goes out of his way to help anyone in need, at times has been needy himself ever since he lost his job some time ago. He is working again but making much less. We hear these stories all of the time. We all know someone for whom the economy has affected negatively. I would wager to say that everyone in my condo community alone has been affected because of banks that got us into this crisis to begin with and banks that Obama bailed out with Stimulus. Interest on our savings that we depended upon to help pay our day to day bills is now non-existent and has been during the course of Obama's presidency.

“On the foreclosure issue, which frankly is affecting my home and my vote, the current solutions do not fit my situation which is the same as millions of other homeowners,” said Waples, who supported Obama in 2008. “Many of us, the middle class, lost our jobs during the crash and have spent the last four to five years rebuilding our income but do not fall into the HAMP or HARP or any other program that Fannie Mae and others have in place.”

Last month, Waples changed his voter registration from Democrat to no party affiliation. “Sadly, I will probably make my choice when I walk into the booth,” he said.

After being a life-long Democrat, I have yet to change my Party affiliation as basically I vote for the person, not the Party. Being an Independent would not allow me to vote in Primary elections. I did not, however, vote for Obama in 2008. Sadly, all of my fears have come true. I will be voting for Mitt Romney on November 6.

We really do need change. And as Bill Clinton once said, "It is the economy, stupid."

Click here... to read on the foreclosure crisis.

Romney gets another major Endorsement

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 DesMoines Register endorses Romney.

Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic contender in the 1972 election, explained the significance of Iowa like this: "Iowa is terribly important. It's the first test in the nation, where we get any test at all" [source: University of Iowa].

The DesMoines Register says, "American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands.

Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate."

The Latest Projection - Obama/Romney

Click here...

There were four presidents who took office without winning the popular vote. They were elected, instead, by the electoral college. John Quincy Adams was elected by the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral votes.
  • John Quincy Adams who lost by 44,804 votes to Andrew Jackson in 1824
  • Rutherford B. Hayes who lost by 264,292 votes to Samuel J. Tilden in 1876
  • Benjamin Harrison who lost by 95,713 votes to Grover Cleveland in 1888
  • George W. Bush who lost by 543,816 votes to Al Gore in 2000.
It could happen again in 2012. Romney has to win Florida, North Carolina and Virginia in order to be President, states that are extremely close.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Electric Utility Advisory Board Recommendations on Lake Worth Energy Providers

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Electric Utility Advisory Board

Covanta Energy
Smaller service area compared to the other bidders. Concerns with the level of interruptions for Lake Worth if the plant goes down. The location is not known for reliability of infrastructures and agreements. Due to significant pitfalls, this option will be highly price sensitive. Low level of comfort ability with waste energy facilities – trash to energy technology

Orlando Utilities Commission
 Is there a concern with the 15% peak load plus 15% reserve margin minus our entitlements? Whether or not it is reasonable or the possibility of an issue because they can adjust the demand charge? The time frame is favorable. The transmission responsibility was thoroughly explained. In favor of the balanced authority that was included. It can help reduce rates based on how well we market and generate revenue.

Constellation Energy Commodities Group
Does the City have the capacity to provide the load and update annually? If so, can it be done effectively without affecting the energy rates? Not in favor of the contract term. Whether the City will invest in the Tom Smith power plant upgrades, determines favorable contract terms.

UR Solar Power, LLC
In review of the contract, members do not see the benefit of being exclusive to them to offer solar service. City encourages the use of solar energy, but can be facilitated through rebates or other avenues. Company is not offering a preset agreement.

Tampa Electric Company
Concerned with the structure of pricing Flexibility with contract term such as 3 years with a 2 year extension option. This supports the option for the City to upgrade the Tom Smith’s power plant. Diverse fuel mix -spreading the risk out

Gainesville Regional Utilities
Prefers 3-5 year contract Will pay capacity credits

Wartsila and Burns & McDonnel
Lends us opportunities for revenue in the future The City becomes a more attractive asset facility. The potential to lower utility costs. Is this something the City can afford at this time? Conduct a long term cost benefit analysis Provides flexibility and we have proper permitting for this asset Bond costs are at an all time low. Can we issue a revenue bond for this? Heat rate is competitive with partial loads.

Option 1 - buy all power supply from FPL. We have the obligation with St. Lucie and Stanton. It’s unclear as to what we will do with excess energy. The City would have to use it or find someone to use it for us

Option 2 – Carve out St. Lucie and Stanton out of the demand cost and would only supply energy over and above. FPL would supply replacement power if St. Lucie or Stanton were out of service at the replacement cost. No comments from the board

Option 3 - Since the City owns a combined cycle plant, FPL will carve out the capacity rates and set partial requirements that the City would purchase. It would run after St. Lucie and Stanton and before the combined cycle plant.

No comments from the board

Adam Hasner for District 22

Pugliese Padded his Pockets?

A few years ago I wrote a few blogs on Mr. Pugliese, a resident of Gulfstream, as it was highly suggested that it was he who wanted to get hold of Lake Worth's 19 acre beach property. This, of course, got my interest. He is connected through business and family connections with one of our business owners and his tentacles are wide.

Today he is back in the news for allegedly defrauding Fred Deluca of Subway fame regarding the 41,000 development of planned sprawl known as Destiny, south of Orlando in Osceola County near Yeehaw Junction, Florida. Read more... at the Palm Beach Post.

Past Lynn's Little bit of Trivia blogs written about Anthony Pugliese:

Anthony Pugliese

5 billion dollar law suit filed

We need growth management and the DCA

Mr. Sunshine and connecting the Dots

Professional Proprietorship and Pissed -- The Photo

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There are millions of photos on the Internet and tons of my photos floating around in cyber space. If  someone grabs one, in many cases there is no way of knowing if the shot is mine or if it is copyrighted or the circumstances unless it has a disclaimer. Normally it is not a problem. Last year I got a call from a woman writing a technical report on the ECR. She wanted to use some of my photos. As her report was not for personal use but for a commercial business report that might have been a benefit to her, I said, "Sure, just give me a credit" as she would with any source. I am, after all, just an amateur but we still like a little credit from time to time.

Lake Worth Voice is on Facebook and says it is "a medium for all members of the City of Lake Worth to express their opinions to the elected leaders and to distribute information to the community that we live in and love."

Therefore, I thought you might find this exchange interesting between activist Mary Lindsey and pro photographer Jim Stafford, as he is running for elected office, Lake Worth Commissioner District 2 regarding a photo of Herman Robinson taken at the July 4th raft races.

Mary Lindsey
Prosperity & Achievement: Well Done!
Share · July 5 at 4:54am
4 people like this.

Jim Stafford-- This photo has been placed on this blog without my permission. I in no way endorse the blog, its content, or the author.
July 5 at 10:24am

Mary Lindsey-- Good Lord, Jim, I didn't know it was your picture or I would have given you credit immediately. You just sent me a notice two minutes ago telling me to take it down or give you credit or pay a $100 fee. I've answered your email. I've given you credit. But if you want me to take the picture down, I will.
July 5 at 10:31am

Jim Stafford-- Taking what is not yours is stealing! I don't want my work used to push your political agenda.
July 5 at 10:34am · Edited

Mary Lindsey-- OK, One more time, when I saw the picture this morning, I DIDN'T KNOW it was yours!. Do you want me to take it down?
July 5 at 10:33am

Mark Easton--Mary, I will post more pictures and you are welcome to use any you wish.
July 5 at 10:41am

Mary Lindsey --Thank You Mark.
July 5 at 10:42am

Jim Stafford-- I would prefer that you remove it.
July 5 at 10:48am via mobile

Mary Lindsey-- done
July 5 at 10:51am

Mark Easton-- Now a nice pic of Herman that will never again be seen by Lake Worth.
July 5 at 10:58am

Mary Lindsey-- I back tracked where I first saw the beautiful picture and it was on a page called Lake Worth. How in the name of heaven was I supposed to know that it was copyrighted photo? Sheeesh!
July 5 at 11:28am

Marty Rosenblatt-- Pretty cool cover photos, Who runs that Lake Worth site??
July 5 at 11:33am

Marty Rosenblatt-- Never mind! heh
July 5 at 11:35am 

Jim Stafford--Mary Lindsey are you Lake Worth? They hired me to cover the event. Again, what is not yours is stealing!
July 5 at 11:56am

Mark Easton-- Mary, that's not the best thing you have ever stolen, You have stolen Lake Worth's (the community) Hearts
July 5 at 12:00pm

Jim Stafford-- Mark Easton they don't give food away at the market so why should I give my photo away. That image cost thousands to take in equipment and training. If Mary Lindsey professional photography on her blog she can pay for it like anyone else!
July 5 at 12:05pm

Mark Easton-- Jim, I just love your community spirit. I do know the cost of equipment, and just happen to have some of it. Here at the Herald, we're just a little less worried about sharing.
July 5 at 12:07pm

Jim Stafford-- I have four children 2 of which have autism. I don't have the luxury to give services away.
July 5 at 12:18pm

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mitt Romney has the Tampa Tribune's Endorsement

Tampa Tribune endorses Romney

"A successful executive in the public and private sector, Romney is a committed capitalist who understands that the nation's prosperity is driven by free enterprise, not government....Just as we warned four years ago, this master orator (Obama) has pushed America toward a European-style social democracy."

Navy SEALS training at the Lake Worth Pool

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As there was a doubter here today regarding SEALS training at our pool, following is a photo taken in July 2010. They also trained in the Atlantic Ocean off of Lake Worth beach north of the Pier and did for years. Read more...

Let's save our Lake Worth Pool.

Romney gets another important Endorsement in Florida

Sun Sentinel endorses Romney.

Of course, the left wing socialist rag written by Obama groupies, The Broward New Times,  is dissing the Sun Sentinel. Sounds about right for that paper. Read more... -- and just proves my blog on the Entitlement and 47% and some of the pathetic lying news media in this country today.

Entitlement and the 47%

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Mitt Romney's 47%

There have been a couple of cowardly anonymous (always anonymous) commentators who have come after me regarding the above and stating that I am among the 47% of entitlement people included in Mitt Romney's statement and further stating that I am among the deadbeat dragging down the country. They do everything they can and say anything they want to make a point in favor of Obama and against Romney. They get down right personal and nasty with their snide remarks just like Obama did in the last debate. The don't like Senior citizens nor do they like themselves. They believe that "entitlements" are for everyone else but those who paid into the system. This is the latest one received yesterday:
You should understand the news better. Romney was talking about ALL 47% that don't pay taxes but have their hands out for money and free healthcare. Ryan was talking about the 30% of moochers, a category you also fall under.

The large majority of Medicare and Social Security recipients have paid payroll taxes, in many cases for decades. In my personal case, I paid into the system for 40 years. Seniors are not moochers. Most all of us owe nothing:  no mortgage, no car payment, a credit card we pay in full monthly. We were resourceful allowing us to retire. We are responsible citizens and we vote. In the vast majority of cases, we don't go out and ask for food stamps or housing subsidizes...we find a part-time job. We pay what we are billed for in services and taxes; we live within our means and in houses we can afford. We are not bankrupting  or scamming the system.

Although the government may include Social Security and Medicare as entitlements, I do not, nor do SS recipients, place themselves into this category. Seniors have paid into that system in order to draw money out of it when they annuity. There is no doubt that both of these programs must be overhauled so that they are sustainable well into the future. Mitt Romney's intention was unclear when he uttered his statement on the 47% but what he meant were those people getting something from the government for nothing and people who would rather have their hands out than work. Because of liberal socialistic government policy, we will continue to have people on welfare roles and taking advantage of America's generous and unsustainable programs.

Some (there are many, many more) of the federal assistance programs that Romney referred to are:
  • 6.4% of U.S. households had someone enrolled in Medicaid (the health-care program for low-income Americans)
  • 15.8% lived in a household receiving food stamps
  • 4.5% of households received assistance with their rent
  • 1.7% had a member receiving unemployment benefits.
But most of all, Mitt Romney is talking about those people who would rather soak the system instead of contributing. Take your illegal immigrant as an example--someone who crosses our border and gets free housing, food and medical assistance and who pays no income taxes and who has never contributed anything to support our government.

Romney and Ryan believe in Ben Franklin's 1776  statement:  "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."  Unlike the Democrats and President Obama, that's the Republican goal.

City Manager of Lake Worth attends ECR meeting

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City Manager, Michael Bornstein, attended the ECR Board meeting in West Palm Beach and was recognized as the official representative of the City of Lake Worth.

According to Mr. Bornstein, the following actions were taken:
  • The City of West Palm representative made a motion to reconsider the Pelletizer which he seconded.
  • Another motion was made to table the vote until the December Board meeting.
  • The Board directed the attorney to send a letter to the SWA to address various issues and to provide a firm proposal which will hopefully be reviewed by the ECR Board at the November 14th meeting and will be available to the commission prior to its meeting.
  •  Hazen and Sawyer, the consultant on the project, was authorized to work with lake Worth on presentations and meetings required to assist the commission in determining its position for the December East Central Regional Board meeting where the reconsideration vote will occur.
Michael Bornstein will be working to schedule a public meeting for the Commission to consider this issue and provide direction. Each commissioner will have one on one meetings with the consultants and others prior to the public meeting in order to get comfortable with the project and the issues involved.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Detroit News on board with Romney

Detroit News endorses Romney

"Obama said himself in a midterm television interview that if by the end of his first term the economy was still broken, he should not be re-elected," the editorial continued. "Well, the economy is still broken, and we have lost confidence in the president's ability to make the necessary repairs."

Alligator Hunting in the Loxahatcheee National Wildlife Refuge?

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 Sick S.O.B.'S

From now until Wednesday, October, 31st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on a proposal to open the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to alligator hunting for the first time in its 61 year history.  Comments can be submitted by email to Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader at:

There is an underscore _ between rolf and olson

Snail-mail postmarked by October 31st, can be sent to:

Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader
ARM Loxahatchee NWR
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33473

Established in 1951, “the Lox” is a completely unique National Wildlife Refuge which receives visitors from every state and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the benefit of all.  It is a part of your natural heritage wherever you happen to live.

See our article below for more information on this important topic.  If you’re sending in comments of your own - and we suggest you do - feel free to borrow as you see fit.  The entire hunt proposal from the Fish and Wildlife Service can be accessed at the website below (scroll down about halfway):

Also - protecting wildlife, habitat, and quiet access to public lands in south Florida is not easy.  It requires time and money.   If you are able, please consider a donation to South Florida Wildlands Association.    We are certified by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit and donations to our organization are completely tax-deductible.  See link below to find out how you can help:

Best regards,

Matthew Schwartz
Executive Director
South Florida Wildlands Association
P.O. Box 30211
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303

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From John Adair on our Lake Worth Olympic Pool

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From: John Adair []
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:05 PM
To: Jamie Brown Cc:; Scott Maxwell; Michael Bornstein
Subject: Lake Worth Casino pool

Jamie, I called last week. The person that answered the phone gave me your message receiver. I have not had a return call. I called to request all pool files that you know about be made available to me. As you know, I designed the pool in 1970. One of several large pools that I designed. I quit small pool design in the early 1960’s.

I have been back to the pool. I find no evidence of a cracked beam. My intermediate conclusions are that the workmanship by the contractor who re-did the pool tile work, etc., was inferior and will need to be re-done. (My estimate for that work is $50.000. ) I do not know the extent of his contract or what professional observed the work and approved the work. Hopefully, the City’s files will contain good information.

I found nothing to support any conclusion that the pool, after 40 years, has settled. I do recommend that the City hire Dennis Painter, surveyor with A &B Engineering to take some elevations. This information will assist in the evaluation of possible settlement. I’ll be happy to select the locations for the elevations.

Let me know when and where the files will be made available to me.

The pool bathhouse was designed recognizing State regulations for public pools. I will also take a another look at the bathhouse. The steel corrosion and concrete spalling is significant.


Quote of the Day - Frank Cerabino

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And it's still tough to figure out what's really afoot with that one (Amendment 4), which can be simply boiled down to this:

Are you willing to help the Florida Association of Realtors sell homes by increasing the tax burden on existing homeowners so first-time home buyers, house flippers, snowbirds and businesses can get bigger tax breaks?

~ Frank Cerabino

Those who support this amendment are many of the very same people who support growing our downtown Lake Worth taller. It's all about money in their pocketbook, not the health and welfare or quality of life in this city.

Don't forget, it is candidate Jim Stafford who got the endorsement from the Realtor's Association and he is the one supporting taller buildings in downtown Lake Worth. The only benefit would be to all those in the development and real estate business, not to Joe Taxpayer or anyone who believes that our city, with its quaint downtown shops and restaurants, a look we have had for over 100 years, would be more welcoming or friendly or generate more money to the city or to the commercial businesses by building taller.

Crime in Lake Worth

At approximately 2:37 AM deputies responded to shots fired in the area of 7th Ave S. and S. Dixie Hwy. An individual was found deceased in the alley from an apparent gunshot wound. Homicide detectives and Crime Scene responded.

Sgt. John Roberts
PBSO District 14/ Lake Worth
(561) 586-1611

Lake Worth Library Fundraiser October 26

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Everyone is invited to a fundraiser for the Lake Worth Library Friday, October 26, in the Cultural Plaza from 6 - 9 PM.

Admission is free. Money is raised through donations and by vendors who will be there. Rock Band Love Handles will play live on stage. There will be a mini book sale and entertainment. Buy some food and soft drinks from our vendors. I hope we see you there supporting our library! We are looking for a few volunteers to sell books at this event. Let Vicky Joslyn at the library or e-mail me if you are interested in volunteering that night.

It's Lake Worth Library's 100th Anniversary. Join in the fun and celebrate with us at a Centennial Party in the plaza on Friday night, November 16. Tickets, at $10, include food, birthday cake, entertainment and much more... All proceeds from our events, parties and book sales are used for library projects, events and children's programs.

Our next official Friends of the Library Book Sale takes place Saturday, November 17, in the plaza. It will be held rain or shine. If it rains, the sale will be inside the City Hall Annex. Enter by the Lucerne Avenue entrance between Federal HWY and M St.. I will send reminders to our much valued volunteers. If it rains, we still need our volunteers

 Help! We need volunteers to move books back into the Annex after this book sale (from 2:45 till 3:45) Call me (586-7136) or e-mail me ( to volunteer.

The next Friends of the Library meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 13, from 5:30 till 6:30 at Mother Nature's (2nd Ave, North between Federal HWY and M Street). Interested in learning where the raised money goes? Come hear monthly reports and requests that Library Services Supervisor Vicky Joslyn brings to our meetings.

Thank you for your continued support. Our newsletter, with lots more info, will be mailed to members next month.

 Best Regards, June June Evans, Friends of the Library President and Book Sale Chairman

Appeaser and Apologizer - Obama

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lake Worth Low-Life

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James Grantlin of Lake Worth faces charges of domestic battery and aggravated child abuse.

Someone needs to do something about this guy!


Crime - Lake Worth woman robbed

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Sheriff looking for one of the 47% losers who just robbed a Lake Worth woman.

Let's hunt her down. Check your stuff. They want it. If they don't get it from the government, they will get it from you.

Today's Surf

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As expected because of hurricane Sandy, it was windy with a red flags at the beach today.

Quote of the Decade - Barack Obama

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

The above quote comprises two excerpts from a long speech delivered by Barack Obama during a Senate debate over raising the national debt limit on March 16, 2006. Along with his entire party, then-Senator Obama voted against the increase, which passed nonetheless with overwhelming Republican support.

Obama Hypocrisy

More on the hypocrisy of the Obama team--

A subsidiary of Hill International secured a lucrative contract to build 100,000 homes in Iraq shortly after the brother of Vice President Joe Biden, James Biden, joined the company as an executive vice president.

Read more... at the Washington Free Beacon.

Lies our Mothers never warned us about

It seems as if most politicians lie or don't tell us the whole truth.  Democrats seems to be the worst offenders. They also get smug, disrespectful and condescending when they have a different opinion...take Joe Biden and the President during Monday's debate. The bullies of the liberal left world loved it and had both of them winning those debates.

Most of the media seem to lie also and the worst part of that is, the media are left and liberal and Obama supporters. They don't want to acknowledge any conservative view at least in an unbiased way. They love to focus on one gaffe and beat it to death.

The more immediate the news media, the more likely they are to lie. Think local. They have their own political agendas. Here's a hint--Suzanne Mulvehill was behind the casino rehabilitation and constructing a building that everyone had complained about for decades and ensuring it stayed at the same location it has been since 1922. Christopher McVoy was not in office when that vote was taken. Suzanne Mulvehill is not responsible for inferior products that were used to construct it no matter how politically twisted the media message.

You've heard the expression that" nice guys finish last." Well, Perkle on Politics says that the reasons politicians lie are because the public doesn't want to hear the truth. People want to hear what they want to hear. The one who says what the public wants to hear wins the election. In Lake Worth it is the high cost of electric and everyone has been screaming about it.  Two candidates are running and one of them tells the truth and the other says what the public wants to hear.  Thus, and there are exceptions to this, if you want to win an election, you better start lying or exaggerating because the guy who's telling you the truth doesn't have a chance. Think District 2 candidates and the PB Post's total lack of knowledge on the electric utility and its endorsement today.

Hopefully we're too smart for that in Lake Worth and Perkle on Politics is wrong even if  some candidates, their supporters and the media lie to us especially about selling the electric utility with NO analysis or data of any kind, no vote from the dais to even explore it, no offer on the table from any company and using a high rate as a bogus reason why businesses are not locating here--just emotions over any common sense.

We know why politicians lie. But why does the Media lie? Answer:  Because they can. They love to sound like they know what they're talking about and the rest of us need to follow.

In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

"People will believe what the media tells them they believe."
 ~ George Orwell

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
~ Richard Salient, former President of CBS News

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."
~ Willam Casey, CIA Director, 1981

"Tell a LIE often enough, loud enough, and long enough, and people will believe you.
 ~ Adolph Hitler

Free press and free speech are guaranteed rights under our constitution. Our forefathers forgot to protect us from a lying press and a lying politician and that is a pity.

Stafford gets Post endorsement

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Jim Stafford gets Palm Beach Post endorsement.

As a reminder, Read blog on our Utility

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Well, if the Palm Beach Post can't figure out who is the best candidate and refuses to take a stand on an endorsement for District 22, we will--

Also, no surprise that they did not endorse Allen West for district 18, a patriot who exposes Obama's dangerous foreign policy and failed domestic policy. Why would a Democratic liberal newspaper endorse a Republican?

Last Night's Lake Worth Debate

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Read the PB Post article

The Post article pretty much sums it up other than Stafford's forceful, accusatory and aggressive manner which came out in this debate. Some people like this style and they were all there last night. Obsessed with the electric utility, Stafford wants to reduce our revenues even further by having all consumers pay the exact same rate. Conservation or the idea that those who consume more should pay more is not in his radar. Selling the electric utility is his platform without one bit of knowledge of what it is worth or what we owe..."put it on the March election," he says.  He does not want to wait for the new energy provider where rates are expected/could be decreased by 25%...he's not interested in making our asset better.

Neighborhood Association Council Debate 

Ryan Anderson, NA Council President
 and John Paxman, Moderator

Nothing controversial this year. Mr. Paxman only asked predetermined questions from neighborhood association members. One humorous question to the candidates was, "Do you have a job and will you reveal your tax returns?"

John Szerdi, new commissioner for District 4. After his speech, it is obvious where his politics lie. Perhaps all 1,719 people who signed the height limitation petition can contact Mr. Szerdi and let your feelings be known...if he cares. He volunteered to help Respectful Planning PAC but now we know why he only got two signed petitions during the petition drive.

Dustin Zacks on right, who turned the tide of last year's mayoral election by personally attacking Rachel Waterman allowing Pam Triolo to win by 220 votes. The mayor said that Zacks really had nothing to do with her win.

Katie McGiveron and Karri Casper
Neighborhood Association volunteers

Wes Blackman, campaign manager for Jim Stafford
 who has been paid $3,000 for his services thus far.

Ozzie and Susan Ona waving McVoy signs.
They haven't been paid anything.

The Last Debate

In today's mail, I got a message from an Obama campaign supporter saying, "Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama performed exceedingly well in the final Presidential Debate. He appeared knowledgeable, strong, and authentic, and controlled the dialogue in almost every exchange." That was his biased opinion--Obama APPEARED to have all of these attributes.

We don't want someone as President to only appear knowledgeable; we want him to make it all right. We want him to solve the jobs situation and get people back to work--get people off of welfare--stop spending more than we make and solve the Middle East situation and why people hate our guts, not only there but across the globe.

Romney proved he is not a war mongeror or some evil conservative. He came across as calm, cool and collected with in-depth knowledge of the Mid-East and the solutions to turn-around the problems. He convinced us that he had the answers to turn this mess around. Obama continued to interrupt him with petty attacks. Just looking at the split screen, Obama showed his contempt for Romney, not only in this debate but all past debates.  Last night Obama's contemptuous feelings were obvious to everyone dare you challenge the President of the United States.

Although some of the polls have them neck and neck or even Obama with a slight edge, on November 6th, Obama will have a rude awakening. I can't imagine people voting for welfare over prosperity.