LAKE WORTH — “Mug Shots,” a show about portraits of faces, heads, pets or folks lining up for photos in the criminal justice system,” begins Friday at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery Friday in Lake Worth.
The wall will fill with portraits and the pedestals with sculpture.
A portrait artist will be on hand at Friday’s opening to create sketches of visitors that will be sold for $20 each.
The show is scheduled to run through Aug. 16 at 15 South J Street.
LAKE WORTH — The city has finally reached a settlement agreement with REG Architects and The Morganti Group over the work that needs to be completed at the Lake Worth Beach Casino.
Morganti and REG will finish the balcony work at no cost to the city. The city’s experts will perform routine inspections and issue a certificate once the work is finished, the city said.
Commissioners are expected to discuss the deal at Tuesday’s meeting.
In June 2010, the city hired REG to design the new casino building. Five months later it tapped The Morganti Group to build it, while securing a public construction bond for its work with The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania.
When the building, which cost $6 million, was opened in 2013, it was riddled with issues, including water intrusion, bad drainage, leaking and rusting.
In March 2016, Rick Gonzalez, REG’s president, acknowledged the building was in “horrible” condition when his company was awarded the contract. He said the best solution was to “bring back the essence” of the historical casino, adding how it sits in a harsh environment and is exposed to rain, sand and water.
The work is scheduled to be completed by February.
LAKE WORTH — The funeral for Maxime Ducoste, the city’s assistant director for planning and preservation, is scheduled for Saturday in West Palm Beach.
The service will be held 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 301 North Olive Avenue.
A viewing has been arranged from 6 to 8 p.m.on Friday at Quattlebaum Funeral Center, 5411 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Ducoste passed away Thursday.
The family has set up a trust account for donations to assist with funeral expenses and the children’s education. The trust is The Ducoste Family Charitable Trust, c/o Megan Gary, St. Ann Catholic Church, 310 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 333401
LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth Commissioners unanimously approved an amended bicycle ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that will allow Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies to ensure bike riders are operating their bicycles safely.
The ordinance will allow any abandoned bicycles to be removed after 48 hours. The recovered bikes will be stored in a secure location until claimed or discarded, according to city purchasing policy.
The ordinance will make it unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon any railway platform or pedestrian way within the city. It will also be against the law to ride a bike upon or across any railway tracks within the corporate limits.
The city said it wants to clarify regulations on abandoned bikes since they are a nuisance and clutter sidewalks and public right-of-ways.
The ordinance also allows for the removal of abandoned, deserted or vacated bikes on any city street, public way or city grounds.
LAKE WORTH — More than 400 bad guys were arrested in the city from mid-May to mid-June, 186 coming from the Operation Perfect Storm gang unit task force.
“Overall crime is down,” Todd Baer, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s captain told City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting.
To deal with the gang violence issue, the sheriff’s office’s gang unit started a 30-day operation that targeted some of the city’s worst areas — 9th Avenue South, South G Street area, Washington Avenue area, 15th Avenue South, 19th Avenue North area and the Dixie Highway corridor.
Here are some of the results:
12 gang members arrested
4 weapons seized
1054 grams of marijuana; 37.1 grams of cocaine; 49.6 grams of crack cocaine; 54.5 grams of heroin seized
“We’ve been watching the crime trends,” Baer said.
LAKE WORTH — Tuition at Palm Beach State College will not increase for the sixth straight year, maintaining the college’s standing as one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the state.
The PBSC District Board of Trustees approved the college’s $129.9 million general fund budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. It calls for in-state tuition and fees to remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.
Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, regulated by the Florida Legislature, remains at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.
“It’s good for the students this year,’’ said Richard Becker, vice president of administration and business services, in a statement.
Becker presented the budget to the trustees at their meeting July 11.
While technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once, Palm Beach State’s tuition has remained flat for six years. To compare, in 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.
The move by trustees helps keep the cost of a college education affordable for students and their families, which has been an initiative pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. It also comes in the midst of growing dialogue about the mounting national student loan debt, now at a reportedly $1.4 trillion. A new state law went into effect on July 1 requiring colleges and universities to give students detailed annual reports on their federal student loan debt so they can keep track of what they owe.