Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wrap-Up of Lake Worth's 2016/2017 Budget

Last night was the wrap-up on the 2016/2017 Budget.  A hearing will be held on September 13 and the 2nd Public Hearing on September 20.  It is on these dates that the public gets to comment. This is cutting it close as the new budget year begins on October 1, 2016.

Essentially, we will be spending more than we make.

With four on the dais being businessmen, only Commissioner Christopher McVoy, a scientist, sounded like one. He doesn't understand why the commission would pass a Beach budget knowing that it will be in the red.  Who does? The answer seems obvious--some want it to fail.  Why would you purposely throw more expenses into the Beach Fund without more revenue to pay for the additional costs?

Commissioner McVoy insisted that the Burton and Associates matrix (a study we paid for but ignored in this instance) be in the record that proved by raising the parking twenty-five cents an hour every three years or ten cents every year, we would stay in the black (if we didn't throw in more expenditures) and that's with the two extra sheriff deputies, one extra full-time lifeguard, keeping four months reserves, keeping the pool opened as it is now and paying back the loan to ourselves at $500,000 a year.

Commissioner Amoroso wants to analyze operations at the pool after six months. Vice Mayor Maxwell still wants to close the pool and by their consensus last night, (voting to add costs without raising revenues) they have intentionally made it difficult to have a profit. If this is how they want to run our beach operations, they need to get the entire beach out of an Enterprise Fund like they did the golf course and allow it all to survive. The Lake Worth beach and pool are our most important assets and what drives tourism to our city.

Regarding our entire operational budget, Non-Controllable Expenses will go up $1,474,000 from the previous year of 66.15% of our general revenues. This includes five new sheriff deputies, two of whom, as mentioned above, will be assigned to the beach (I didn't realize we had so much crime there too),  two other deputies, assignment unknown, and one at the Electric fund. That is a curious one. The total general fund budget now is $32.8 million up from $31.1 million.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunset 8-23-16

Restrictions on I-95 at 10th Avenue North postponed

Please be advised that the I-95 southbound diversion scheduled at 10th Avenue North for this Wednesday night, Aug. 24 and Thursday night, Aug. 25 (please see below) has been postponed and will not occur as planned.

This activity is weather-dependent and will be rescheduled based on developments with Tropical Storm activity.

New dates will be announced in this Friday’s press release.

10th Avenue North
Restrictions: I-95 southbound diversion: I-95 southbound traffic will be diverted at 10th Avenue North to allow for bridge beam setting over I-95, nightly, 11 p.m. until 5 a.m., Wednesday night, Aug. 24 and Thursday night, Aug. 25. FHP will divert I-95 southbound traffic to the southbound exit ramp at 10th Avenue North. Motorists will then be routed back to I-95 southbound via the southbound I-95 entrance ramp from 10th Avenue North. Advanced Notice: I-95 northbound traffic will be diverted at 10th Avenue North to allow for bridge beam setting over I-95, nightly, 11 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday night, Aug. 28 and Monday night, Aug. 29. FHP will divert I-95 northbound traffic to the northbound exit ramp at 10th Avenue North. Motorists will then be routed back to I-95 northbound via the northbound I-95 entrance ramp from 10th Avenue North.

Lawrence Gordon for Palm Beach County Commissioner District 7

Drew Martin for County Commissioner District 3

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Hoffman's Chocolates

Buy One Ice Cream, Get One Free!
On Wednesday, August 24th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Buy any size ice cream cup or cone and get one FREE!
 It's our way of celebrating being back in school with something sweet.

Lake Worth 2016/2017 Budget Wrap-Up tonight

6Pm City Hall

So, what will we learn? We will spend more than we take in?
  • The PBSO's budget will go up by almost 2% or $272,219 for a total outlay of $12,465,000.
  • 3 additional street maintenance workers at a cost of $57,179 each and this total cost of $172,000 was not included in the proposed 2016/2017 budget.
  • The budget for basic street maintenance is lower for 2016/2017 or down 7.36% even though the Mayor was concerned about this.
  • The city is depending upon the General Obligation bond to pass.
  • William Waters will get his $866,000 for a new division concentrating on non-compliance issues.

Crooked Hillary and Voter Fraud

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Hillary a National Security Threat?

U.S. Army WTF Moments...

Daily Caller) – A leaked Army operational security brief appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director David Petraeus listed as two key examples of potential insider threats.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunset 8-22-16

Violent Punk gets a break by the Liberal Court

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"A 23-year-old Lake Worth man, described by prosecutors as a member of a gang that perpetrated a 'Category 5 hurricane of violence', got 228 years shaved off his sentence last week."

Why did that happen? He was a 17 year old punk when he committed the crimes. Read about the liberal court and what it did.

Trump will make America Great Again!

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Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
601 Lake Avenue
Exhibits are Free to the Public | Tuesday – Saturday | 10am – 5pm

Women in the Visual Arts  | Through Oct. 1
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center

Selections from the Armory Art Center  | Aug. 26 - Nov. 19  | Main Gallery
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center

Evenings at the Council Lobby Desk Concert | Friday, October 7 | 6 pm - 8:30 pm | Free

Robbery Downtown Lake Worth

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ROBBERY - PERSON 400 BLOCK LAKE AVE 8/21/2016 @ 10:32 AM Palm Beach County Sheriff Case number: 16117131.

Lake Worth General Obligation Road bond amendment

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City Manager, Michael Bornstein has said, "The problem with our roads was studied and quantified in 2013, when the City hired an engineering firm to conduct a detailed analysis of all City owned roads.  Using high tech equipment along with actual samples taken by drilling down into the roads, a list from best to worst was created.  The report became the basis for the bond issue (Lake Worth 2020) that went to the voters in 2014.  It failed by 24 votes.  While there are many reasons why the bond did not pass, the fact is the potholes and cracks are still a major problem.  To make matters worse, the roads continue to degrade with each passing season and patching is only a temporary and unsatisfactory band aid.

Moving forward, we will engage in a community-wide discussion on what a road improvement program should look like.  It is our hope that this effort will result in a clear and concise list of projects, how to pay for them, and a timeline on their implementation.  This will be another opportunity for Lake Worth to build on our sense of community and come together for the good of all.

The LW 2020 lost by 25 votes under overwhelming odds--the city had all the cash and clout to pass it.
The City of Lake Worth's administration did everything it could to reverse the count even going so far as to accuse the Supervisor of Elections of a Sunshine violation.
When can the residents get some answers and actually speak to this?
Why did the city reduce the roads maintenance budget from over 1 million a year down to $500k of which only 200k was used for roads?
When will the residents know the total cost of this 30 year bond with interest?
Why do you feel that we need to be educated on what a road improvement program should look like?
There was supposed to be a calculator on the Lake Worth web site for residents to use to determine what they would be paying? Where is it?
As it is only 77 days until the November election, when do we get to ask questions or will it just be about receiving the city's propaganda to grab the cash?

Get out and Vote Republican

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"...reflect on the Democratic Party’s candidates who in recent decades were either elected, or nearly elected, president of the United States: Bill Clinton, a lifelong, serial sexual predator; Al Gore, a raving lunatic; John Kerry, who betrayed his fellow Vietnam vets and his country; Barack Obama, a deceitful, America-hating, Marxist radical; and now Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt person ever to run for the White House, accurately described by Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient William Safire as “a congenital liar.”

Read more... of David Kupelian's article telling all of us to vote for the Republican nominee to make America a safer, better and more prosperous nation otherwise we will get the same disastrous policies of Obama as our country slips further and further into socialism and despair.

Make America Great Again.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tonight's Sky

Trump rally in West Bend, Wisconsin

Ben Hur

I went to see Ben Hur on opening day on Friday. I had seen the original movie  and had forgotten what it was all about.  It was predominantly an action flick--had to cover my eyes at times during the chariot race, cried when Jesus was on the Cross and felt uplifted when the two "brothers," (the film made them "brothers" but in the original they were childhood friends) Judah Ben Hur, a Prince from Jerusalem and devoted to his faith and his childhood friend, Messala, who believed in the glory of Rome's imperial power, were reunited as "brothers" in the end.

I can't call this a religious movie per se but it is about reconciliation and forgiveness under the worst of circumstances. Jesus was featured several times but his "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do," was a subtle theme. But the ultimate message is exactly what Mike Olive preaches right here in Lake Worth, "Love, not hate."

The only thing I didn't like was the price of the ticket--$13.95.

Quote of the Day - Newt Gingrich

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“Donald Trump’s going to win because in the end the country is not going to reward big banks and big unions and big bureaucracies and big donors and big corruption by voting for a big liar. And in the end, the country is going to say, you know, whatever Trump’s weaknesses may be, he’s a sincere guy trying very hard to get this country back on the right track.”

~ Newt Gingrich