Lake Worth - A Vision
for the Future!
The City of Lake Worth enjoyed a fantastic 3rd and 4th
of July celebration, thank you to all who joined us at the Star
Spangled Band Showcase, the NAPC Parade and Raft Race, the July 4th
Concert or finally the (slightly wet) Fireworks Display!
Join PBC Commissioner David Kerner and Lake Worth
Commissioner Omari Hardy along with representatives from
FDOT & PBC Public Works Dept this Thursday from 6-8pm at the
Casino Ballroom for a discussion about the traffic issues on 10th Ave
N. Parking for the event is FREE
On Tuesday the Lake Worth Commission undertook a
Visioning Session to try and work toward a common future vision for
the City. This was an opportunity for the Commissioners to talk
through their ideas and work together to develop a single vision that
staff can work to make possible. It is just the beginning of the
process and although long afterwards we were able to speak with City
Manager, Michael Bornstein, about his thoughts.
What were you hoping to get out
of the session going in?
It was my
hope to have the Commissioners discuss and decide on our main
strategic areas of focus.
session was 6 hours long, what would you say are the key
takeaways, for people that don’t watch it all, from the session?
themes included: infill development and
redevelopment, improving demographics, school ratings, customer
service, and, public relations and messaging. There were
many discussions within each of these categories.
this just the beginning of a longer process and if so what comes
consultant will compile this list in the framework of a
developing strategic plan/vision for the City. Staff will
then take that framework and flesh out ideas and concepts on how
to address each with a plan of action for each. That draft
will go back to the Commission for input, questions and honing
and may be reworked several times until it meets their
you feel that when all was said and done there was the beginnings
of a unified vision for the City?
For the first time in recent memory, the Mayor and Commissioners
had the opportunity of focus to sit down and have this public
discussion. That is how consensus is formed and where a
unified vision is pulled together.
have any final thoughts about the Visioning Session?
It was an
amazing meeting that allowed the Mayor and Commissioners to speak
with each other about their beloved City. Ideas, concerns
and perspectives that you do not usually hear at more structured
regular Commission meetings were presented and discussed.
In some ways it was forum for them to hash out differences and
build consensus while not being constrained formal processes like
Roberts Rules of Order or prohibited by the Sunshine Law.
The openness and freedom not only produced an outline of a plan
but also allowed for better understanding among the
Commission. It is part of building a sense of Team.
evident that our Mayor and Commissioners love the City of Lake
Worth and wants the best for every citizen.
VFW Post 9610 is organizing a Spartan Pledge Day in
Bryant Park on July 28th. The goal is to unite the communities with a
fun family friendly atmosphere and establish a platform to better
assist and educate the public to include the warfighter community on
veteran suicide prevention. This will be the 1st Annual Spartan
Pledge Day/ Veteran Suicide Prevention Day in Lake Worth.
Although the Lake Worth Ocean Rescue team's main focus is on saving
human lives they do undergo training to perform rescues of other ocean
visitors. Last week the team partnered with Loggerhead
Marinelife Center and learned to safely rescue a sea turtle!
Hurricane Season Has Started
YOUR PROPERTY IS
IN, OR VERY NEAR A FLOOD HAZARD AREA!
When most Floridians think of Hurricane Season, they
think about wind damage. Did you know that flood damage can be
more devastating and costly than wind? Did you know that Palm
Beach County issues Evacuation Orders for the storm surge threat, not
Purchase a Flood Insurance policy today Standard
homeowner’s and renter’s insurance does not cover property damage
caused by flooding. You should purchase a flood insurance policy for
your building and its contents whether your property is in a Special
Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or not. Renters should buy flood
insurance for their belongings. Don’t wait until the next storm
is coming to buy flood insurance as there is usually a 30-day waiting
period before a flood insurance policy takes effect. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov for
Know Your Flood Hazard To assist residents
in understanding the flood hazard and the effects on construction,
remodeling, and maintaining buildings, the City offers the following
free services to residents. Call the Building Division today at
561.586.1647 to find out:
· In which flood zone
your property is located.
· If your property is in
an area predicted to flood in the future
· If your property is
located in an area that has previously had flooding problems.
· If your property is
located near an area that should be protected because of its natural
· If an elevation
certificate is on file for a building.
Have a Plan! Understand our local alert
notification systems and know what you should do, so you are prepared
to evacuate or take actions to protect your property when flooding is
imminent. Residents should be aware that Lake Worth is directed
by Palm Beach County Emergency Management Division who will advise
our community of impending storms and flood threats. Stay tuned
to local television and radio stations and the Weather Channel for
up-to-the-minute information. For more information about
emergency notification, go to the Palm Beach County website at www.pbcgov.com .
Safety Tips For your own safety, there is no
substitute for advance planning and preparation for flood
events. Do not drive around road barriers. Roads may not
be distinguishable from canals. Do not walk through flowing
water. As little as six inches of moving water can knock you
off your feet. Stay away from power lines and electrical
wires. Evacuate the area as soon as the order is given or
sooner if possible! If evacuation becomes necessary be sure to
turn off all utility services at the main connection.
Know How to Protect Your Property There are
practical and cost effective methods for reducing or eliminating your
property’s exposure to flooding. Check your building for water
entry points such as doors, low windows, and dryer vents. These
can be protected by the construction of low walls, barriers, or berms
to keep water away from the building. You could elevate the
building, elevate electrical equipment, and install backflow
valves. Find more information at FEMA’s website www.ready.gov/floods.
City Staff members are available to provide property protection
consultations including site visits and drainage evaluations.
Call the Building Division at 561.586.1647 for advice.
Build Responsibly! Any development in the
floodplain requires a building permit. Always check with the
Building Division before you alter, re-grade, or bring fill onto your
property to ensure that projects do not cause drainage problems for
you or your neighbors. Call 561.586.1647.
Drainage System Maintenance The City’s
Stormwater Division has a certified, technical staff and fleets of
heavy equipment that work to maintains proper drainage and to prevent
pollutants from reaching inlets and storm drains that lead into our
coastal waterways. The Streets Division cleans drains before
and after rain events and major storms. You can help by
reporting blocked drains and keeping garbage and debris away from the
drains. It is prohibited and unlawful to deposit anything that
is not identified as acceptable stormwater directly or indirectly
into the stormwater system. If you witness unlawful
dumping, please call the Public Works Division at 561.533.7346
to report it immediately!
More Information is available at the Palm Beach County
Public Library and on the City of Lake Worth website at
Click on “Hurricane
& Flood Info”.
As Florida enters the 2018 hurricane season, the
City of Lake Worth Electric Utility reminds you to stay safe and be
prepared. If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed
power lines – don’t touch them. Electric crews will be working
diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.
Don't forget that after the storm it is important to
look at the above diagram and if any of the black parts are damaged
on your property then you will need to call a
licensed electrician to assist as these belong to you and LWEU
workers are unable to fix these. If the blue areas are damaged LWEU
staff will make the repairs. Do not attempt to perform any of the
electric repairs yourself, hire a professional licensed electrician
who will work with LWEU to make necessary repairs safely.
The safety of our customers is of the utmost
importance to us so we encourage every household to have an emergency
plan and a disaster supply kit before the storm hits, preparation is
key not just for every resident in our community, but for your public
power utility, as well. The City of Lake Worth Electric Utility
has been making investments to strengthen electric systems so they
are ready when severe weather strikes.
2018 Refuse Schedules are now available!
You can download a copy here or
you can pick a hard copy up at any municipal building. As a reminder
the normal weekly schedule is:
The upcoming Bulk Pick-up dates are:
Zone 1 - Monday, August 20
Zone 2 - Thursday, August 16
Zone 3 - Friday, August 17
Zone 4 - Tuesday, August 21
Residents are reminded that no refuse containers may be left out in a
position that is visible to the street, except on the day they are
being collected and from 6pm the night before the collection. Code
enforcement will be issuing citations for any container visible from
the street not on collection day.
Starting Oct. 1, residents and businesses in the City
of Lake Worth will have two recycling bins instead of one, as the
City restarts its partnership with the Solid Waste Authority of Palm
Beach County (SWA).
The new partnership will have a big impact on making
recycling in the City of Lake Worth more sustainable. Lake Worth’s
single stream recycling partner had raised the cost of recycling by
$90 per ton and regular assessments of single stream recycling showed
that over a third of loads were contaminated and unable to be cleanly
recycled. By re-partnering with the SWA, the City of Lake Worth will
see economic savings as well as benefit from the SWA’s Recycling
Revenue Share Program.
Recycling efforts through the SWA go back into the
local community as a Revenue Share. Since 2010, local municipalities
have shared almost $9.3 million in recycling revenue. Lake Worth will
now be a part of this program, and benefit from the sale of
The SWA has operated a two-bin recycling system since
the late 1980s, keeping paper separated from dirty food and drink
containers. This ensures that the paper that is recovered is very
clean and has a higher value, while wasting as little as possible.
The yellow bin is for cardboard, newspapers and
inserts, office and school paper, mail, magazines, dry food boxes,
paper bags, cardboard paper rolls, and pizza boxes. The blue bin is
for plastic bottles and containers, cans for food and beverages,
glass bottles and jars, cartons for milk and juice, and drink boxes.
Items that do NOT go in either recycling bin include:
plastic bags, foam products, aluminum foil and pans, shredded paper,
plastic eating utensils and straws, paper plates, paper towels and
napkins, coat hangers, light bulbs, and needles.
The City of Lake Worth remains committed to
environmentally conscious living. An effective recycling program is
an important part of that commitment along with our progressive
projects such as our Municipal Solar Energy Field, Low Impact LED
lighting, and our continued work with the Southeast National Marine
Renewable Energy Center on capturing the energy of the Gulf Stream
current. We look forward to partnering with the Solid Waste Authority
of Palm Beach County to provide a more efficient and lower cost
recycling program to all residents.
The City of Lake Worth is pleased to announce Rec2Go,
a free recreation program every Wednesday night from 5-7pm in Bryant
Park starting June 20 and running through August 8. Every week new
activities will be available for residents ages 5yrs-105yrs to take
part in and enjoy including; kickball, volleyball, relay races, and
other outdoor field games. Rec2Go does not require any registration
and is completely free for all participants.
Located at One 7th Avenue North Lake Worth Golf Course
and Pro Shop has been in business since 1927. The golf course is
comprised of a unique old Florida design with a scenic 6,100 yard,
par-70 course located along 1.2 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway.
For more information please click here
Mark your calendars for the most fun Summer Movie
Nights. Join Lake Worth for Screen on the Green in the Lake Worth
Cultural Plaza on select Friday nights starting at 6:30pm for a night
of family friendly outdoor cinema.
August 3 | Despicible Me 3
See you there!!!
Join the Lake Worth CRA on Friday, September 21 at
HATCH1121 for a FREE showing of Disney Pixar's Coco starting at 8pm.
Worth Public Library will
be closed for inventory Monday,
August 6th through Saturday, August 11th. It will
resume operations on the following Tuesday, August 14th. No
books will be due during this week and no fines will be given. Books
may be returned in the book drops during the week on the front porch
of the library.
Before it closes however, the Lake Worth Public Library will be
holding its summer book sale. From Tuesday, July 24 -
Friday, August 3. Used books are priced from 25
cents and up. Books are viewable at the library during its normal
hours of Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am
to 6:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have
questions please call the library at 561-533-7354.