Friday, July 31, 2015

Mayor Pam Triolo forgot her Big Girl Panties

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We know what's respectful, Mayor, and last night you were anything but. True, everyone on the dais has the right to express his opinion, even Commissioner McVoy. Every citizen has that right as well. It would behoove you to sit there "respectfully" and listen to the other commissioners and the people you serve instead of losing it, yelling at an elected official, calling a resident a liar and storming out of the meeting. All good leaders need to regulate and control their own emotions.

WPTV Channel 5 on last night's Lake Worth meeting

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See WPTV's video from last night.

If truth be known, and that's what we all want, right? one has ever suggested that a developer was going to build a hotel or condos on the beach. If Mr. Bornstein heard that, then it's a new one on me. And to the local newspaper editor, no resident has lied about anything when it comes to the city wanting to screw up our beach. 

The city initiated this secret ITN process that went on for nearly ten months and last night we got to hear one-half hour presentations from the two presenters--Hudson Holdings and Oceanside Bar & Grill on what they would like to do on our beach. Hudson Holdings scaled down its plan from building 65,000 square feet to 22,000 square feet and still not too many residents were thrilled. Residents got to speak for two minutes with the mayor insisting that we pose questions to the presenters rather than making statements.  It was like pulling teeth in the beginning.

Lake Worth Beach property

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Back in March of this year, City Manager Bornstein said, "The way the casino building is operating now, is a broken business plan." I would say that just about everyone got offended with this statement other than Scott Maxwell and Pam Triolo. From inception, we had many experts working on this and even hired Fishkind & Associates to do a Pro-Forma Analysis on the redevelopment of the Lake Worth casino.  The Finance Advisory board was heavily involved in the process as was our Finance Director, Steven Carr. Staff and the FAB wanted to be fair and ensure that the building would be a success; they were not out to gouge prospective tenants as the city's goal was to cover expenses.

How broken is it?  We were told originally that it would take several years for it to start operating smoothly and that it would take one full year of operations to estimate the CAM correctly.  We counted on the upstairs vacant space to be leased out. For some reason, even after hiring two real estate companies with the final one being Anderson & Carr as the exclusive firm to broker the deal and find a client, they never did.  The city maintains the 2nd floor ballroom and it is doing well with private parties and weddings.

As an example of a lease, Mamma Mia's is for ten years with two, 5 year renewal options.  The rents escalate at 3.5% a year starting from a  $35.00 a s.f or $3,885 a month on up to $47.696 a s.f. or $5,294.26 a month.

Last night the mayor complained that the CAM was only $7 for the tenants at our casino which is common area maintenance and a pass through expense.  Originally, the consultants projected the CAM  at $6.89 a s.f. before the building was even a reality. CAM means all of the costs borne by the city relative to the operation of the building:  maintenance, repair, and a slew of other expenses such as garbage removal, materials, tools, supplies, roof repairs and the list goes on. By September 30 of each year, the city estimates the CAM and the tenant pays a certain percentage of that total based on his leased square footage. That wordage is in all leases and I am assuming it still applies.

Our failure to rent the upstairs vacant space has not helped the business model but to say it is a failure is an exaggeration. The pool was never included in the business plan and all sorts of expenses are dumped into that line item. The pool has never been marketed.  If you talk to old timers they all will tell you about the college meets we used to have and the pool was rented out regularly and making money. Now management likes to tell you that swim meets are not working anymore or our pool is outdated, etc. which is untrue. Wellington is getting the business. Or they tell you that we have a "white elephant" when in fact it is one beautiful Olympic pool on the ocean. What town can claim that? We need to hire someone who has an interest in making our pool a success.

To continue to blame any failure, perceived or real, on failed business plans is a cop-out.  The only thing that has failed here is management and the on-going dispute in order to solve various problems with the building and with the contractor, Morganti. If we handed it over to Hudson Holdings as an example, we would only get $550,00 a year out of the deal on the first 20 year lease minus a day.

My suggestion would be to continue negotiations with Oceanside Grill excluding the ballroom space and eliminate the pushcarts and a few other incidentals. The only thing we need to do in the immediate future is to get a tenant for the upstairs space.  Although not thrilled with the proposal, we do have someone interested so let's work with him...get it done and hold onto control of our valuable beach complex. We should be making the money, not a developer.

What do you all think?

The City Screw-Up - Mess of the Week

535 Wright Drive

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stupid decisions in Lake Worth

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Lake Worth already has a baby pool. So, why in the world would they ever consider a proposal by Hudson Holdings to fill this one in and build another one, one of which Hudson would have control?

This is the same idea of spending $13 million at our beach park just a few years ago and then tearing it up and rebuilding it and losing control of our beach to a developer, one for whom they know nothing--any financials even provided by an auditor?  How nuts is that?   Do we really have money to burn?  Will our property be in limbo just like Hudson's Gulfstream Hotel purchase that lanquishes one year later? Who is dreaming up these ideas at our city? Does management sit around at Calleros over lunch and brainstorm?

But we'll get our most valuable asset out of our hair 
says management..."we can't manage squat and
we're the first to admit it."

Hands Off!

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No long term leases.
 No messing around with our Olympic Pool.
No "freakin" push carts.
No handing over our ballroom.
No cheap rents at $20 s.f that include CAM
No construction of a Convention Center
No construction of a Parking Garage
No construction of a Small Public Pool
No construction of a Small Kiddie Pool--we already have one!
Absolutely NO creation of a Private Club at our Public Beach Complex

 Be Happy!
Take care of what we have.

Hudson Holdings - Imagine!

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And I've got all sorts of cooperation from the city manager and the boys
to grab hold of the Lake Worth beach complex.
What a sweet deal to add to my growing portfolio!

Someone still should have had some common sense

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But common sense doesn't work sometimes, at least not in Lake Worth. It would be interesting to know how this happened in the first place--how an owner could just change the legal address of his house from Wright Drive to 6th Avenue South in order to dump a shed on the front lawn. How did he get a permit based on a false legal address? The Property Appraiser has it as 535 Wright Drive. The Deed has it on Wright Drive. But the city allowed the owner to use a different address? Is this competence? Because the City royally screwed up, this is a note from ROLO president, Robert Waples:

Dear Neighbors,

We got a response from the City and Commission that the "loop"hole in our city code is going to be addressed and taken care of on order to not allow the issue with the shed in the front yard to happen again.

Currently if anyone applies and the issue comes up again while the language is being drafted, the request will be denied and hopefully in the August meetings planning and zoning will come up with the appropriate language and it will be passed by the commission.

As far as 535 Wright goes, the shed is legal based on the current code and will have to remain.

We want to thank the City and Commission for acting swiftly in this issue to ensure that this does not happen again any where in the City of Lake Worth as well as in the Residences of Lake Osborne,


ROLO Residences of Lake Osborne
Proudly serving the Residents
Of Lake Osborne

The City is responsible for this disgusting and inappropriate situation that brings down a residential neighborhood. The City should force the owner to plant trees to hide it all from the blight they caused.

Come on PBSO-Don't give Lake Worth credit when it's NOT due

Lake Worth is a popular place for crime.  Perhaps that is why we get attributed to even crimes that do NOT occur in our city. The Palm Beach Post did it did Channel 5 and perhaps the blame is not entirely theirs. This was the headline from the Post:

Man shot by PBSO near Lake Worth in critical condition

The area where this guy was shot was no where "near" Lake Worth. It was out on Military Trail.

We pay PBSO way too much money when they don't give an accurate description of where a crime occurred to their media information staff member, Teri Barbera.

Read about it...

Read Jose Lambiet and see the Bradshaw explanation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunset 7-29-15

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Federal Corruption Investigation

We're not known as Corruption County for nothing--

Read about another one biting the dust on Gossip Extra.

Lake Worth Playhouse

Quote of the Day - Margaret Menge

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Wes Blackman is working for Hudson Holdings and has been since last year. Wes, you should have disclosed this long ago. Your dishonesty and deceit is absolutely breathtaking. The public needs to know who else posting on these pages has taken money from Hudson Holdings or stands to personally benefit in some other way from giving our beach away to a private developer.

~ Margaret Menge

The above was found on Lake Worth Voice Facebook page. Once Margaret posted, many there immediately went into attack mode even the Facebook page monitor. Truth is hard to take.

Miami is here? Bodegon took roots

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Supermercado El Bodegon

Bodegon opened Monday at the Town & Country Shopping Center at 1910 Lake Worth Road. I dropped in  to see what was up. I spotted a check-out gal and asked if she spoke English.  She gave me a blank look.  I then walked over to Customer Service...more blank looks.

Everyone spoke Spanish. No one, other than the security guard spoke English; he is bi-lingual. I asked him who I would go to if I needed a question answered. His reply--"don't give them a hard time, they only speak Spanish." So, of course, I had to ask why they weren't hiring bi-lingual employees as this was an English speaking country. He said I had to ask the owners. I told him they were going to miss out on a large segment of customers but he said they were doing very well without them. That's when you know you are a stranger in your own country.

One of the requirements of American citizenship is that you must be able to read, write and speak English. America is a wonderful place, no doubt about it..

July 30th City Commission Workshop

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Come on down to City Hall and listen to what the city wants in store for our beautiful beach park, you know, the one that they tell you they are losing money on when in reality they are making money and where parking is going up 12.5%. Gosh, Peter Willard must be laughing his azz off while he counts that $1.6 million.

A. Lake Worth Beach Complex, Casino Building Vacant Space and Municipal Pool
Invitation to Negotiate (ITN)


1) Hudson Holdings
has submitted revised drawings.  Of course, NO one can read them. Apparently they have scaled back "what they originally want" but so what?  This is a group that can't even clean up the blight at the Gulfstream.  After a year, they did trim some trees and got rid of some brush recently.

2) Oceanside Bar and Grill
still wants a lease term of ten years with 3, five year renewals. Sorry, can't do it. They also want control of the total upstairs level . All ballroom rentals will be under their control. Want rights to rent the courtyard. Wants hotdog stands and carts. Willing to pay $20sf including CAM. Such a deal.

At the April 28, 2015 meeting, the Evaluation Committee (dissolved on that date) made three recommendations to the City Commission:
1. That the City Commission direct City staff (William Waters) to develop a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a qualified firm to prepare a traffic/development impact study with related evaluations in order to discern viable levels of development and intensity of uses at the beach.

2. That during the budget process, the City Commission hold a separate workshop on the Beach Fund in order to address policy decisions that must be made for the FY 2016 Beach Fund budget.

3. That the City Commission continue negotiations with Anderson Carr (on behalf of Oceanside Bar & Grill) for the lease of the upstairs vacant space at the Casino Building and management/lease of the ballroom.

The Evaluation Committee also recommended that the foregoing be concluded within six (6) months. So, that would be October 28, 2015 when we are into our new 2016 budget. So the city wants a decision waaaaaaaaaaay before that. And they want to, once again, hand over our beach complex (that could be up to 99 years) because they just want it off their less thing to worry about in this city that can't fix a pot hole but can find $8.6 million to pour into the Park of Commerce.

Early Morn

Hudson Holdings

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Well, we can't blame Hudson Holdings for trying, or can we? They were invited to submit a proposal and now they have been invited back.  We have to listen to them on Thursday night whether we want to or not. I want every vocal person in Lake Worth affiliated with this company to stand up...come out into the Sunshine. We already know John Szerdi's position and he lost. And we also know that Hudson can't even take care of the hotel they bought here. What will they do if they get their hands on our "beach?"

Site Plan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunset 7-28-15

Co-Founder of Greenpeace speaks out on benefits of CO2

Posted for another view on Global Warming and fossile fuels--

Media and Democrats say Iran is a Bad Deal

The Narcissist?

Obama says, "I love me."

Getting the Facts straight regarding Lake Worth's beach park

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Well, if Kevin D. Thompson, PBPost reporter can recycle old articles, I can once again publish facts about our beach complex. Thompson says that Etta James might be crooning, "At Last."  Retha Lowe might still be tossing her football regarding the beach, but we residents are happy with our beach park and that it all got upgraded just a few years ago to the tune of $13 million.  Where has Mr. Thompson been that he doesn't know that? And $13 million ain't hay for a poor city. Read his article.

Following are some of the important points that were NOT mentioned in the article:
  • The $6 million was borrowed from ourselves out of reserves to build the casino. There are people out there who after reading his article, believe we are defaulting on a loan and Mr. Thompson says that the city is worried about paying back the money.  We are not worried. This is one point that really drives me nuts as it leaves out the facts and it comes directly from City Hall to scare people.
  • The most insipid statement in this article: Since the site was restored three years ago and had its Roaring Twenties opening in March 2013, the city has said it’s having a hard time paying back the $6 million it borrowed to fix the building, mainly because the site doesn’t have enough tenants. Think about that for a moment.  The square footage is constant no matter if one tenant leased the space or ten. And now the city will listen to a presentation on Thursday night from a prospective tenant that wants to lease the entire upstairs at $20 a s.f. including CAM (Common Area Maintenance) ...such a deal.
  • This commission has voted to delay principal payments on the Casino loan to ourselves because of other issues however we have paid back $250,000 in 2014 and 2015 for a total of $500,000 and have paid all interest on the loan to ourselves. Ridiculous stuff comes up such as hiring a public information officer, some obvious priority for this majority commission that is up for re-election. They don't need to hire anyone at taxpayer expense; They have Kevin D. Thompson of the Post.
  • The mayor is wrong about our pool.  It IS regulation for high school and college for 25 yard meets.
  • The city has 100% failed to market our pool or to even let visitors know we have a pool.
  • We just upgraded our entire beach park of 19 acres with the casino opening in 2012 for $13 million. Maxwell and the CM are not allowing the financial plan to work because the city has not rented the upstairs space. Pool operational expenses were thrown into expenses that never were included in the financial plan.
  • The city manager went out on an ITN on his own initiative. It was brought before the commission with no discussion or approval by the public. The CM appointed the Select Committee other than commissioner Amoroso. There was never any discussion on this and if there was, they would have known to keep their hands off our beach.
Our big problem in this city has always been lack of maintenance.  No one takes care of anything. Our pool is not cleaned properly even if a lifeguard just told me that "it is not mildew; it's a stain on the bottom of the pool."

At its worst
Now I ask you, who in their right mind would want to swim in a pool that looks like this?  Just another reason why they are not getting business.

Is your Business really yours?

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If you own a business you can't make certain decisions for your own company, the one you created through hard work, blood, sweat and possibly tears. Now businesses are being sued across the country by anyone who charges that they have been picked on even fired for non-performance of their job. How do we protect the rights of the business owner? The government has intruded into our daily lives and now businesses have to be careful about everything they do.  You can't sell to whomever you want and more and more government restrictions apply. Remember the famous statement first made by Elizabeth Warren, the socialist, with Obama and Clinton (the other two socialists) jumping on the same bandwagon?
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

A franchisee of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant chain will pay $22,000 and take other measures to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit over its decision to rescind a job offer to a Seventh-day Adventist believer who declined to work on a Friday night.  How did something like this get to a lawsuit? Dunkin Donuts needed him on a Friday night to bake donuts. He refused. Do employers have to coddle everyone out of fear of being sued? Who runs this show?  The guy who insists he's worth $15 an hour?

Read about it...

The Clowns

A few days ago, Glenn Beck announced that he was not going to even mention the name of Donald Trump on his show or his web site out of respect for his good friend Arianna Huffington who decided not to publicize anything on "the Donald" for calling her a "liberal clown." That was all short-lived.

Read The Blaze and why Beck had a change of "heart."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunset 7-27-15

Obama violates Court Order for 2nd time


"The government has once again violated a federal court’s injunction prohibiting the implementation of President Obama’s executive amnesty plan. The action comes right before high-ranking federal government officials, including the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have been ordered to appear in an August hearing to show why they should not be held in contempt for prior failures to comply with the injunction."

Read Breitbart

Desperate Measure

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If the article is in the PBPost we must be closer to more bullshit.

It is getting near election time, right? Anything that John Szerdi proposes, question the intent. The majority commission, all running for re-election, want to hire an Information Officer in order to counteract social media and blogs? 

Out for a Stroll - Moscovies at John Prince Park

Like pigs to the slaughter - Who is listening to our concerns?

Farmersville, twenty-five miles away from where two radical Muslims were shot to death after the Mohammand cartoon event in Garland, Texas, Muslims now have bought some land for a cemetery.  Residents in the surrounding area are up in arms, scared that eventually the Muslims will build a mosque and more radicals will move to that vicinity. Read more...

We know there are Muslims in every state in our country and homegrown Jihad is something our government does not talk about. But as we welcome everyone to America and our Constitution protects everyone, they infiltrate; this is the radical Muslim plan. Where do they learn their radical ways?  They learn in the mosques and the teachings from the Koran. Our own police are afraid to even enter these Muslim communities that have Sharia law.

Obama refuses to even admit the facts that Muslims are taught that we are all infidels and must be eradicated from the face of this Earth. He is allowing more of them to enter our country and settle here. According to Godfather Politics, "America’s first Muslim leader could be on the verge of allowing up to 7 million Syrian Muslims to enter the US."

Truth Uncensored says, It starts off innocently enough with them wanting to share a neighborhood with like-minded, religious thinking community dwellers. They slowly grow larger, and incorporate more Muslims into the area, and begin buying up property as fast as it becomes available or leasing it. Then they install their own courts, government, justice and punishment system, Sharia law. At that point threats are aimed at anyone living in the neighborhood that is non-Muslim.

These areas have been formed with ‘ethnic cleansing’ harassment tactics; forcing existing residents out of their homes by Muslim provocation and fear of property damage and physical harm. It’s very effective, and the results advantageous to the Muslim community in establishing another ‘no-go Sharia controlled zone.’

Can you blame the residents of Farmersville, Texas for their concerns especially when we read about more and more radical Muslims killing our citizens? Why isn't the Muslim community speaking out about these terrorist attacks if they really are an aberration?

And then we have our own naive politicians with whom to deal--The mayor of Farmersville says the citizens concerns are "unwarranted." And Obama still refuses to identify terrorists as Muslim extremists.

Global Warming

As predicted, the city commission on a 4/0 vote (Mayor Triolo was absent from the meeting) affirmed enthusiastic support for the Florida Regional Climate Action Plan. I believe that the Vice Mayor said it was a "no brainer." All of them now believe in global warming. As mentioned, the purpose of this Resolution 40-2015 is to affirm the City’s support of the RCAP and agree to consider integration of its goals and action items into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Climate Action Plan is for the purpose to work cooperatively to:
  • Develop annual Legislative Programs and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding
  • Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to include mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Meet annually in Regional Climate Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.
And on the other end of the global warming argument, I recently published information from the Telegraph that predicts another Ice Age.  Now it is reported in the London Daily Mail that their model suggests solar activity will fall by 60 percent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the mini ‘”ice age” from 1645 to about 1715. During that period, known as the “Maunder Minimum,” London’s River Thames froze over and snow fields remained year-round even at lower elevations.

There has been a lot of controversy about global warming with the vast number of scientists believing that human caused global warming is happening. There are other climate scientists who say the opposite. Both arguments are convincing. As we plan to incorporate it into our comprehensive Plan, it would be good to know, with certainty, which scientific hypothesis and data are correct.

The Pelican and the bully might not want to recognize sea level rise or may even ridicule McVoy's comments from time to time.  We even have witnessed eyes rolling on the dais anytime Commissioner McVoy speaks to it, but there is climate change and sea level rise and now this commission has admitted they believe it too.  And to the bully, McVoy was not a commissioner when it was decided to build our new casino on the same footprint that had been there for nearly 100 years. The city administration took the advice of experts in the field on where this building should be built.

Crime Lake Worth - A crime is a crime is a crime

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But, but, bwaaaaahhh, it's only an open container!

See Sec. 15-27.5. - Alcohol restrictions; city outdoor public areas and special events.
No person shall drink any spirituous, vinous, malt, or any other intoxicating liquor in or upon any street, avenue, alley, municipally owned or operated parking lot, or any other public way or on any public property in the city unless such activity falls within one of the city's exempted activities set forth in subsection 15-27.5(2) of this Code. 

The crime reports here are only from a 2 mile radius from where I live.  This is a drop in the bucket as our city is six square miles.  Consider what is going on in other parts never depicted here.  If a police report has been filed, it is a crime no matter how insignificant one might believe it to be. You can't twist truth. The national median for crimes per 1,000 residents is 3.8 with Florida at 4.70.  Lake Worth's is 12.83.

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15101169--700 BLOCK WASHINGTON AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 10:10:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15101122--1000 BLOCK 14TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 7:06:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15101099--900 BLOCK S K ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 6:28:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15101085--300 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 6:08:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15101077--300 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 5:55:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15100996--2900 BLOCK LAKE OSBORNE DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 1:41:00 PM

ASSAULT--15100890--1800 BLOCK LAKE WORTH RD--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 10:07:00 AM

THEFT/LARCENY--15101615--700 BLOCK S LAKESIDE DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/25/2015 1:45:00 AM

ROBBERY - PERSON--15101618--100 BLOCK S E ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/25/2015 1:28:00 AM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15101609--700 BLOCK S LAKESIDE DR-Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 11:26:00 PM

ASSAULT--15101592--600 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 10:58:00 PM

STOLEN TAG--15101567--500 BLOCK N D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 10:09:00 PM

DRUNK DRIVER--15101560--LAKE AVE & N D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 9:20:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15101353--400 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 12:56:00 PM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15101335--500 BLOCK BARNETT LN--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 11:42:00 AM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15101322--700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 10:24:00 AM

DISTURBANCE--15101254--1300 BLOCK N FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 7:38:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15101248--800 BLOCK LATONA AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 6:18:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15101240--600 BLOCK LATONA AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/24/2015 4:36:00 AM

THEFT/LARCENY--15101615--700 BLOCK S LAKESIDE DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/25/2015 1:45:00 AM

ROBBERY - PERSON--15101618--100 BLOCK S E ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/25/2015 1:28:00 AM

God will have the last laugh

After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place. Just after 11 p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil.

Read about the Insanity... at WND.

And remember this, God will have the last laugh.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunset 7-26-15

Fire at Townhouse on 2nd Avenue North

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Code Complaints Closed on Wright Drive

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This was an open code case. This owner of the house on Wright Drive (the property has been coded on many occasions through the years) installed a modular facility right on the front lawn. Vehicles park on the lawn throughout the day. It seems that this residence is being used as a business and they are using the modular unit  for storage? This particular complaint was the storage unit on the front lawn. Now the owner has built a fence to hide the modular unit. Now the case is closed???????????

This house blights the community.

I guess it's much more fun going after Commissioner Maier

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Are you a possible target for a terrorist?

It must have been about four months ago when a friend of mine whose son-in-law is in the National Guard and stationed on Long Island as a helicopter pilot trainer and officer got a directive from his commander that all military personnel who are off base must wear civilian clothes.  They were told that the entire U.S. military and their families were being targeted by terrorists who live in our country.

These Muslim terrorists live here under some pretense that they are law abiding immigrants or whatever excuse our government affords to them. One might be your next door neighbor or another could be your college roommate. They are trained to "fit in" and act like Americans.

Since the shooting terrorist incident in Chattanooga where five of our military were gunned down by a Jihadist terrorist, the Marines and Navy are considering the removal of any military emblem on cars entering a military base or facility for safety purposes. This is something that the United States government doesn't tell anyone especially the press. Our military is not allowed to discuss it either.  Off hours, they have to sneak around and pretend they are non-military.  Obama must believe if the government doesn't give it any coverage perhaps it will all die down or go away.

The truth of the matter, terrorists are more bold and empowered than ever due to recent events such as the latest in Iran and the entire crowd in Iran screaming death to Americans as Obama strikes a deal with the enemy. Why would a country that hates our guts and wants to wipe us off the face of the planet as well as Israel make any kind of deal that we could really trust?

Note left on a soldier's windshield
One of my neighbors is a retired Marine Captain who was also the Grand Marshal in the last Veterans' Day Parade. He had a Marine emblem on his car and Marine Corps license tag. Is he a potential target? What about any of us who fly the American Flag or wear red, white and blue? Are we next?

No wonder world powers call us Arrogant Americans

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The Milestone

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Yesterday Lynn's Little Bit of Trivia hit the 2 million mark. For a little local conservative blog, I was not sure that I could do it. When it was started, I was getting 50 hits a day. Readers from Lake Worth enjoy a perspective that may not always agree with City Hall. We try to keep up on the facts and attend every city commission meeting.

There are two distinct political factions in our city and one other faction that is not too vocally prominent--that of the conservative middle that I like to call the silent majority. These are the people I think about when I am writing as I know that I will never make a dent in the mind of the "growth at any cost" crowd or the atheist socialist crowd, the liberals and far-left.

Lake Worth is overwhelmingly a "progressive" city loaded with Democrats that don't seem to agree on the really important issues facing our city or country or living within a budget that they control. There is constant in-fighting and back-stabbing and everyone is "right." There are liberals who won't admit the truth on policies they hate when it comes to their own city...It's sort of like a 'love it or leave it' attitude. Illegals have taken over, homeless all over the place and crime galore. They think it only affects the western side of the railroad tracks, out of sight, out of mind, and then they tell you to your face that they love Lake Worth and its diversity but wonder why their property values are stagnant or why retail business is not re-locating here fast enough.

It's been interesting writing this blog and I want to thank all my readers even those who keep me on my toes and crack me on my head every now and then. There's a lot in which we agree and just enough diverse political opinion to make it all worthwhile. Sometimes it seems that issues are impossible to solve. It's like that snowball rolling down a hill. It gets so huge and out of control and then the people suffer. Politics is, after all, what makes the world go round. Leadership is the key.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tonight's Sky

Without a care in the world

One of BarbaraJean's cats

Quote of the Day - Marco Rubio

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"I don't think anybody running for president understands what life is like for people today more than I do. My parents lived paycheck to paycheck and I had student loans until four years ago. No one running has more experience on the issues we face right now, today, in the 21st century, with a world that's more dangerous than ever and an economy that's changing faster than we've ever seen since the industrial revolution."

~ Marco Rubio

Answering the question that arises from time to time that he hasn't been around long enough. I guess people are leery after experiencing Obama for the past 7 years who wasn't around for very long either.

His youth and his financial struggles have given him more of the kind of experience a president needs, he said.

Former Lake Worth City Commissioner has article featured in the Palm Beach Post

Letters to the Editor
Palm Beach Post
July 25, 2015
Op Ed Piece
POINT OF VIEW: Agricultural Reserve a misnomer with so few farms now photoAgricultural Reserve a misnomer with so few farms now

Whether you are for or against development, the Palm Beach County Agricultural Reserve doesn’t exist anymore. Long gone are most vegetable crops, farmland and all the flower farms. In the 1950s, Delray Beach was the “Gladiolus Capital of the World” and a major center for growing vegetables and flowers.

Do you realize that, today, no gladiolus or flowers are grown here, and only 1 percent of the vegetables grown in Palm Beach County are grown in the Agricultural Reserve?
Palm Beach County modeled its Agricultural Reserve after Maryland’s Montgomery County Ag Reserve, with one major difference: Palm Beach County allowed development. So the few remaining farmers are now forced to farm next to schools, houses of worship, shopping centers, a hospital, supermarkets, new roads and housing developments.

Like it or not, today’s Agricultural Reserve is a flourishing new residential community with 5,000 new homes and 5,000 more being built. Schools include Somerset Academy and the soon-to-be-built Happy Hollow Charter School.

Nursery owners: Fighting unfair rules or ‘a little greedy’?

St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church is just one of the churches being built. The Delray Marketplace and Canyon Town Center, two major shopping centers, are new and thriving destinations.
Bethesda West Hospital, with a 400-bed capacity, was also approved and built on former farmland — to serve the emerging community in the Agricultural Reserve.

Commercial, industrial, institutional and residential developments; conservation areas; and county-owned property occupy 87 percent of the land in the reserve. The remaining farmers are unfairly restricted by the outdated policies in the Agricultural Reserve.

Forced to Farm is a political action committee to assist private property owners who have been unduly burdened by property restrictions. We advocate that Palm Beach County government treat the private property owners in the Agricultural Reserve equally to private property owners throughout the county.

The agriculture of the past has been lost to development in the Agricultural Reserve. Let’s adjust our policies to the 21st century and allow remaining parcels to serve our community.


Editor’s note: Suzanne Mulvehill, chairwoman of Forced to Farm, is a resident and landowner in the Agricultural Reserve.

Republicans pass Sanctuary Cities Act

On Thursday, in a party lines vote, the U.S. House passed a measure cutting off federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to states and cities that refuse to enforce current immigration laws. We don't enforce them in Lake Worth or anywhere in Palm Beach County because of Ric Bradshaw who wimped out and will not comply with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless there is an active arrest warrant for the individual.

The “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" from U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., R-Calif., passed the House on 241-179 votes. Six Democrats joined the Republican majority in supporting the measure while five Republicans voted against it. My question is, what in the hell is wrong with Democrats?

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I have asked Scott Maxwell as well as the city manager if whether Lake Worth has any specific policy on its being a sanctuary city.  What makes us a sanctuary city now that the Mentoring Center (day labor center) no longer exists. Are we a sanctuary city or get any money from the federal government for being on a list recognizing Lake Worth as a sanctuary city. I did hear back from the city manager with this reply:

From: Michael Bornstein []
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 11:19 AM
To: ''; Scott Maxwell
Subject: RE: sanctuary city status


We have not been able to find any legislative action designating us as a ‘Sanctuary City’ therefore I assert the answer is no. I believe we were included in a list compiled by web sites back in the early 2000’s possibly based on the employment center?


Allen West - "When Iran Says ‘Death to America’, We Must Say: ‘You First!’"

This is Allen West at his greatest!  Don't miss watching this speech.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tonight's Sky - a little glimmer of light

Obama to blame for rise in ISIS

A top U.S. Army general with nothing left to lose has publicly admitted something that conservatives have been saying for a long time — the rise of the Islamic State terror group can be directly attributed to President Barack Obama’s premature withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq.

Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Fox News on Wednesday that a continued U.S. troop presence in the region would have kept Iraq on a positive track.

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Meet Vickie

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I met Vickie on the trail the other night at John Prince Park at Lake Osborne. She is two months old, leery of strangers and guess the breed! I know, you're going to say the same thing I did--a Chihuahua. Partly correct. She is Chihuahua and Pit Bull mix--now how did that work?

Sanctuary City Poll

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Do you supprt sanctuary cities?
Obama threatens veto
Do you supprt sanctuary cities?
You chose:NO

Having a swim in our Lake Worth Intracoastal

Thanks to a reader--
This is a Sea Turtle in back of her Lake Worth home

"a rare sighting"

Feeding on algae

Click here to follow the 6 turtles that were recently released back into the ocean and are being tracked by satellite.

Planned Parenthood deserves a big condom

Not only does Planned Parenthood promote the killing of life and harvesting body parts of fetuses, now they have been exposed as LIARS.

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Don't screw around with Trump - “No, no! You’re finished!” he tells reporter

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Crime Lake Worth

THEFT/LARCENY--15098895--600 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 12:40:00 AM

ASSAULT--15098872--000 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 11:40:00 PM

ASSAULT--15098821--500 BLOCK N E ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 8:52:00 PM

ROBBERY - BUSINESS--15098794--900 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 6:55:00 PM

ASSAULT--15098754--800 BLOCK S G ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 4:11:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15098698--1300 BLOCK N M ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 2:53:00 PM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15098660--900 BLOCK S G ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 2:02:00 PM

SHOPLIFTING--15098649--1200 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 12:56:00 PM

VANDALISM--15098604--1500 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 11:53:00 AM

VANDALISM--15098509--1400 BLOCK N J ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/17/2015 6:53:00 AM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15099312--200 BLOCK S F ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 3:42:00 AM

SHOOTING--15099295--700 BLOCK WASHINGTON AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 1:53:00 AM

DRUNK DRIVER--15099190--1000 BLOCK S G ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 9:01:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15099187--2700 BLOCK 6TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 8:39:00 PM

ASSAULT--15099053--1200 BLOCK 12TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 1:57:00 PM

ASSAULT--15099048--1700 BLOCK 6TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 1:05:00 PM

DRUNK DRIVER--15098983--400 BLOCK LUCERNE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/18/2015 10:20:00 AM

Other--07/16/15 06:30 PM--500 BLOCK OF DIXIE

Other--07/16/15 12:17 PM--200 BLOCK OF H

Other--07/16/15 12:23 PM--200 BLOCK OF H

Other--07/16/15 12:22 PM--200 BLOCK OF H

Theft--07/16/15 06:52 AM--200 BLOCK OF PALMWAY

Other--07/16/15 10:20 PM--900 BLOCK OF J

Theft--07/16/15 09:06 PM--900 BLOCK OF E

Other--07/16/15 03:41 AM--3100 BLOCK OF SCANLAN

Theft--07/19/15 09:44 PM--100 BLOCK OF C

Vandalism--07/19/15 10:43 AM--500 BLOCK OF GRISWOLD

Vandalism--07/19/15 10:25 AM--500 BLOCK OF GRISWOLD

Theft--07/19/15 10:13 PM--00 BLOCK OF OCEAN

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15100003--1200 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 4:27:00 AM

THEFT/LARCENY--15099909--700 BLOCK S C ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 8:31:00 PM

STOLEN VEHICLE--15099830--2000 BLOCK 10TH AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 3:13:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15099780--600 BLOCK S H ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 2:44:00 PM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15099735--1600 BLOCK LUCERNE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 12:36:00 PM

DISTURBANCE--15099694--2600 BLOCK 6TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 10:22:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15099666--1600 BLOCK OSBORNE CIR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 9:29:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15099641--400 BLOCK OCEAN BREEZE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 8:15:00 AM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15099627--400 BLOCK RINKER WAY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/20/2015 6:53:00 AM

STOLEN TAG--15099555--100 BLOCK N C ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 9:44:00 PM

SHOPLIFTING--15099532--100 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 8:13:00 PM

ASSAULT--15099525--700 BLOCK N G ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 7:16:00 PM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15099515--500 BLOCK 5TH AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 6:58:00 PM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15099412--400 BLOCK N O ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 12:23:00 PM

VANDALISM--15099379--500 BLOCK GRISWOLD DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 10:43:00 AM

VANDALISM--15099378--500 BLOCK GRISWOLD DR--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 10:25:00 AM

ROBBERY - PERSON--15099336--700 BLOCK LAKE AVE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/19/2015 6:12:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15100414--300 BLOCK 5TH AVE S--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 5:20:00 AM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15100332--2400 BLOCK 2ND AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 8:53:00 PM

BURGLARY - VEHICLE--15100331--2400 BLOCK 2ND AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 8:06:00 PM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15100321--700 BLOCK S FEDERAL HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 7:48:00 PM

THEFT/LARCENY--15100296--1700 BLOCK 17TH AVE N--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 6:48:00 PM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15100160--1000 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 1:22:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15100112--1000 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 12:06:00 PM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15100105--1000 BLOCK S DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 11:56:00 AM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15100081--200 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 11:02:00 AM

BEVERAGE VIOLATION--15100080--200 BLOCK N H ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 11:00:00 AM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15100101--1100 BLOCK S J ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 10:56:00 AM

STOLEN VEHICLE--15100092--600 BLOCK LAKE OSBORNE TER--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 10:41:00 AM

VERBAL THREATS--15100063--500 BLOCK SUNRISE CT--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 10:08:00 AM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15100056--400 BLOCK OCEAN BREEZE--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/21/2015 9:22:00 AM

BURGLARY - BUSINESS--15100819--800 BLOCK N DIXIE HWY--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/23/2015 12:53:00 AM

ASSAULT--15100724--300 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 6:43:00 PM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15100604--1200 BLOCK N C ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 1:56:00 PM

ROBBERY - PERSON--15100586--700 BLOCK S E ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 1:52:00 PM

BURGLARY - RESIDENCE--15100483--400 BLOCK S J ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 9:42:00 AM

SHOOTING--15100415--1100 BLOCK S D ST--Palm Beach County Sheriff--7/22/2015 5:15:00 AM

Trump interview with Anderson Cooper

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At 12:42 minutes into the interview, Donald Trump says to Anderson Cooper, "People don't like you and the  people don't trust the media and I understand why."

Seattle has lost its mind

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I know it rains a lot in Seattle...maybe we can blame the insanity on the weather.

Major U.S. city poised to implement Islamic law
Have the political leaders in America lost their collective mind?

What this U.S. mayor plans to do for Muslims in his famous city just might make your head explode.

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The Militarization of America?

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According to the Tea Party, the evidence of impending martial law is overwhelming--

  • While campaigning in 2008, Obama cites a need to form a "civilian national security force."
  • One year later, Department of Homeland Security warns of the threat of "Rightwing Extremism," and Christians, anti-abortionists and returning veterans as "the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists."
  • Obama purges hundreds of military leaders while gutting $1.3 TRILLION from the Pentagon budget.
  • IRS singles out tea party groups.
  • The U.S. Post Service, Social Security Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stockpile billions of rounds of ammunition.
  • Revelation of mass government surveillance programs targeting U.S. citizens.
  • Prosecution of government whistleblowers.
  • Increasing militarization of police.
  • Borders left naked and defenseless, while beckoning mass illegal immigration of "unaccompanied minors" who are upon arrival assigned taxpayer-funded attorneys.
  • Mass tax breaks for illegal aliens.
  • Signage of Presidential Decision Directive 51, which during declared emergencies grants Obama power to institute martial law and suspend elections.
  • Numerous examples of military operations and drills--often at night--conducted in major American cities.
  • Fake cities, modeled after American towns, constructed for military drills.
  • Media and military exploitation of any incident with racial unrest.
  • Internal checkpoints manned by border agents that demand proof of citizenship and travel plans.
  • Jade Helm 15, mass military "live drills," with participants often in plainclothes, unfolding over eight states.

Code Complaint against Commissioner Maier

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On April 21, 2016, exactly 42 days after Ryan Maier overwhelmingly won at the polls defeating John Szerdi, one of Szerdi's supporters filed a code complaint against our new commissioner.  Mr. Maier had not even had time to even get his feet wet in his new job. That side of politics were all reeling in anger and in shock at the results of the election that threw their guy out of office. They were out to get the newly elected commissioner in any way that they could.

Even our resident hothead who loves to toss around the race card and the N word, falsely accused him in a public meeting of running a business out of his house. Mayor Pam Triolo allows this outrageous behavior and denigration, free speech and all. It's like a sick reality TV show--who should we humiliate today?  Did Commissioner Maier's political enemies trample on his private property snooping around in order to drum up something? What we know for sure is that they did trample on his rights.

The complaint was filed by Jessica Angeli Teutsch who does not live in our city. We are still wondering why Jessica Angeli got so heavily involved in this alleged code infraction as there is absolutely zero evidence. They even called the press and made a big to do about it, finding delight in their attempt to sully Mr. Maier's character even with the Vice Mayor, Scott Maxwell, trying to discuss it from the dais. The newly assigned reporter to Lake Worth with the PBPost fell right into their political trap, never interviewing Commissioner Maier.

In the meantime, Mark Woods, the Code Compliance Director has said on each and every pursuit of code officer Yolanda Robinson to justify her case, that there was NO evidence. No complaint could be confirmed. The City finally did the right thing.

This case has now be officially CLOSED.

Number Type Status Reported Disposition
15 - 00000077 CODE ENFORCEMENT CASE CLOSED 01/13/2015 Public
15 - 00000626 CODE ENFORCEMENT CASE CLOSED 04/21/2015 Public

Florida National Guard Centers to be Armed

Rick Scott is going to arm recruiters to ensure that they can defend themselves, something that Obama has been silent on.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunset 7-22-15

This was taken at 7:30 tonight. The sun doesn't set until 8:13. Who knows what it may look like later and that's what's so fabulous about sunsets.

Contentious exchange - Ted Cruz and ICE on illegal criminals

Race relations - It's not like making instant oatmeal

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Is it because I'm black?

154 years later, race is still an issue in this country. People are more angry than ever. You would think that we would have made great strides after the Civil Rights Act. Now, because of some whack job who shot up a church and had a Confederate Flag wrapped around him in some photo as well as other situations--the demands of liberals (do-gooders) everywhere, some people are more belligerent than ever and say anything they want still tossing around the race card with vengeance. It is obnoxiously exhausting.

Just a short while ago I was in back of a black woman who was picking up at Walgreens Pharmacy drive-through window. From the moment she pulled up to the window, she was flailing her arm wildly, yelling and screaming obscenities and giving the pharmacist hell. It seems that her prescriptions were not moved to that store quickly enough from her store in another city. She yelled for the employee to do her damn job and would not listen to any explanation. That was beyond her comprehension and patience and even asked, "Is it because I'm black?"

Curiosity had me hooked as to what was coming next but finally, after seven minutes of waiting in line for this woman to move on and stop her screaming, I backed up, parked and went inside to get my order. I then talked to the store manager. If I had been that pharmacist, I would have first called the manager. If he were not available, the sheriff would have been called. No one needs to put up with abuse, not for one second, by some ignorant customer believing that the world owes her a living and using the race card to take whatever retribution she believes she deserves.

All things take time. It's not like instant oatmeal. However, after 154 years or 50 years there is still half of Americans today who believe that race relations have become worse under Obama. If this sort of behavior continues, there will be no winners.

News Anchor slams Obama

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Decal Parking at the Lake Worth Beach

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I always drive up the north end of our beach park and enter the resident decal parking. I never drive down the south end of our beach. Who would have known that 23 spaces were moved from our original and dedicated decal parking lot? It was never confirmed at City Hall that this was decided. It was never voted on. Is this not policy? I don't particularly have an objection to this other than it was never discussed at City Hall. As I recall, this was brought up by Mr. Bornstein, casually and not in depth.  No details were given at all other than he wanted to move some of our decal parking to the south end.

My concern was whether the County had to give Lake Worth permission to move these spaces as our resident decal parking lot was part of our 30 year agreement with them in order to get the $5 million in bond money. I asked Juan Ruiz our Leisure Services Director and he said, "NO," as long as we have 613 spaces for the general public. There have been complaints from some residents that there were no decal parking spaces at the south end near Benny's and the pier. The city made a good compromise.