Funeral will be held this week for former Lake Worth employee

Maxime Ducoste

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

 

 

 

Suburban Lake Worth resident, real estate magnate, dead at 94

Herbert Platzner with his wife, Marylin in an undated photo. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Herbert Platzner, philanthropist, real estate magnate past president of the Morse Life Health System in Palm Beach and one of the most prominent landlords in Westchester, N.Y., died at his home this past weekend.

He was 94.

Platzner lived in The Fountains, west of Lake Worth. He once owned the New Rochelle Railroad Station, making him one of the few private owners of a railroad station in the country, his family said.

Platzner, a WW II veteran, returned home to New York from the pacific and joined his father in a small real estate brokerage business that he soon turned into one of the largest owners of garages in the Bronx, a borough in New York.

Following his success in the Bronx, Platzner moved his business and his family to Westchester, N.Y., setting up offices in New Rochelle, where he became the largest landlord in the city and one of the largest in Westchester County. That business continues to thrive today under the direction of his children.

In 1968 after spending decades acquiring buildings throughout Westchester County, Platzner saw an opportunity when the New Haven Railroad Company filed for bankruptcy and outbid the New Rochelle for its railroad station. The city challenged his winning bid all the way to the Connecticut State Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the sale. Platzner retained the property until the city again attempted to take it away, this time through imminent domain in the 1980s. Platzner opposed the ruling and the case went to the New York State Supreme Court before Platzner settled for ten times the original offer.

Platzner  served on various boards and as the founder of multiple organizations. He served for decades on the board of directors at both United Hebrew in Westchester and the Morse Life Health System of Palm Beach, where he was president, chairman and now Chairman Emeritus of both organizations.

He is a founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle. He led the Urban Renewal Commission of New Rochelle for years.

Platzner is survived by his wife, Marylin, his children, Sharon, Corey (Linda), Harrin (Crystal) and Merrick (Eva), his grandchildren, Jared (Carly), Adam, Casey, Barrett, Brooke, Jason, Nathaniel and Lianna and great-grandchildren, Benji and Harper.

 

Why was Lake Worth’s Compass Community Center honored?

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LAKE WORTH – Compass Community Center was recently accredited for excellence in nonprofit management for the 10th straight year by Nonprofits First.

The accrediation process requires agencies to meet or exceed more than 875 standards, including nonprofit administration, board governance, finance and strategic planning.

The center on N. Dixie Highway serves the LGBT community.

“Achieving accreditation for excellence in nonprofit management is the way our staff and board collectively demonstrates our committment and passion to the generosity of our funders, donors and volunteers,” Tony Plakas, Compass’ CEO said in a statement.

Nonprofits First was started in Palm Beach County by a coalition of funders and other community partners to streghten local nonprofits.

 

Lake Worth delays vote on law banning groups from soliciting on public roads

Lake Worth City CommissionLAKE WORTH — City commissioners were scheduled to vote tonight on a Palm Beach County law that bans charitable groups and organizations from soliciting or distributing goods on public roads, but the item was pulled from the agenda.

City Attorney Glen Torcivia said the measure, which the county adopted in June 2015, will be brought back before commissioners at a later meeting.

The county said the law not only could be applied to public highways within unincorporated areas but also to public roadways if a municipality chooses to adopt it.

The ordinance prohibits a person from going on a public road for the purpose of displaying information of any kind, distributing materials or goods or soliciting business or charitable contributions of any kind.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may issue a notice to appear to persons who violate the ordinance, the city said.

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Atwater, Sachs to speak at PBSC graduation

Jeff AtwaterSen. Maria Sachs

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Sen. Maria Sachs will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College spring commencement ceremonies on Monday.

PBSC will hold two ceremonies at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the more than 2,400 graduates. Atwater will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 984 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. Sachs will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the 1,440 graduates of the Associate in Arts transfer degree. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at www.palmbeachstate.edu.

Atwater has been the state’s elected chief financial officer since 2011. Sachs, D-Delray Beach, has been a member of the Florida Legislature since 2006.

Lake Worth passes resolution supporting Braves stadium site

Braves logo 3LAKE WORTH — The Atlanta Braves hit a solid triple at tonight’s City Commission meeting.

A resolution supporting the team moving its spring training home to John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth, passed 3-1, with Commissioner Christopher McVoy opposed.

Commissioner Ryan Maier was absent.

“This will have a huge economic and social impact on central Palm Beach County and our city is right in the middle of it,” said Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell. “We can use a shot in the arm.”

Calling himself a “baseball Grinch,” McVoy said while he’s not against America’s Pastime, he’s heard many complaints from residents who live in Lake Osborne about traffic, lighting and noise.

“One of my duties is to listen to residents and their concerns,” McVoy said.

The resolution, drafted by City Manager Michael Bornstein on behalf of Maxwell, states the site would have a “tremendous” economic impact and provide additional tourist bed tax revenue.

It also says the site would add another venue for other sporting and cultural activities in Lake Worth and the surrounding communities.

About 25 residents wearing blue “Bring Home The Braves” T-shirts, staged a 30-minute rally outside City Hall before the meeting to support the plan.

Lake Osborne resident showing her support for the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training home to John Prince Park. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
Lake Osborne resident Kathy Bragg showing her support for the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training home to John Prince Park. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

Ellie Whittey said the facility would bring more jobs to the city, echoing the sentiment of many residents.

“That’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Whittey also said players would most likely shop in the city and may even want to buy a home in the area.

The Braves trained in West Palm Beach for 34 years before moving to the Orlando area in 1997.

Not everyone, however, supports the stadium.

“What brings people to that area is the park,” said  one Lake Osborne resident. “The wildlife there is exceptional and stadium construction will destroy it all.”

Former Commissioner Jo-Anne Golden said she also wasn’t in favor of the facility.

“What are the benefits to our residents?” she asked “This is a public park and we need to keep it that way.”

Check back at mypalmbeachpost.com to read more about what commissioners and residents had to say about the planned facility.

 

Lake Worth touts new water main as part of $17 million project

City crews replacing a 1,000-foot water main on North N Street.
City crews replacing a 1,000-foot water main on North N Street.

LAKE WORTH —  To help improve water quality, the city replaced a 1,000-foot, two-inch water main on North N Street, the first of a six-phase, $17 million project.

“This is one of the biggest quality of life projects for our residents,” Mayor Pam Triolo said during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. “We’re looking at a cohesive way to move this city forward.”

Triolo said she’s always been concerned about the city’s water as well as the inconsistent water pressure.

“I always wondered why I wasn’t getting the best water from my faucet,” she said.

Water Utility Director Brian Shields said city crews performed the work for about $50,000. He said the job would have cost over $100,000 if it was bid out to contract.

Mayor Pam Triolo cuts the ribbon where a 1,000-foot water main was replaced as Water Utility Director Brian Shields, Commissioner Andy Amoroso and City Manager Michael Bornstein look on. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
Mayor Pam Triolo cuts the ribbon where a 1,000-foot water main was replaced as Water Utility Director Brian Shields, Commissioner Andy Amoroso and City Manager Michael Bornstein look on. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

Two-inch water mains were replaced with four-inch water mains on North N Street between 13th Avenue North to 15th Avenue North to increase water flow from 100 gallons a minute to 600 gallons a minute.

The next phase, scheduled to start in about a month, will be on Lakeside Drive, south M Street and South J Street between 11th Avenue South and 18th Avenue South. That should take about a month to complete, Shields said.

When the project is finished in six years, Shields said 22 miles of water mains will have been replaced.

That’s the length of more than 300 football fields for those keeping score at home.