School board member: ‘We want our students….to be the best they can be’

LAKE WORTH — With school starting this week, city commissioners invited Erica Whitfield, a District 4 Palm Beach County School Board member, to speak at tonight’s meeting.

Whitfield said the district is focusing on creating a positive school climate.

“We want our students to come to our schools and be the best person they can be,” she said.

She also noted how the district will be looking at breaking down  between different ethnicities and how they perform on tests.

“We hadn’t really looked at that.” Whitfield said. “We have to tackle these problems head on.”

Whitfield said Lake Worth High School has struggled with graduation rates, but the school has shown recent improvement.

In 2012, the school had a 71 percent graduation rate. That number increased to 75 percent last year.

“The numbers are actually going up,” Whitfield said.

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What award did Lake Worth recently win?

LAKE WORTH — The city’s Special Events Division received 1st place in the under-$50K event category for their Lake Worth Car Show poster at the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA) Convention and Trade-Show in Orlando.

The award winning poster is used in the marketing of the monthly Road Rascals Car Show.

The FFEA is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information.

The FFEA awards program recognizes the creativity, innovation and excellence of member organizations.

 

Lake Worth updates bicycle, chronic nuisance property code, laws

LAKE WORTH — Three new ordinances became law in the city last night.

City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting on second reading passed a bike ordinance to remove outdated regulations, amended the Chronic Nuisance Property Code to include overdosing and code enforcement violations and updated the nuisance abatement code to also include overdosing.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said the bike ordinance could be an opportunity for the city and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to help solve the bike theft problem and to get the bicycles back to the rightful owner.

 

Lake Worth passes settlement agreement for casino repairs

LAKE WORTH — The Morganti Group and REG Architects will continue fixing the Lake Worth Beach Casino at no cost to the city.

By a 4-1 vote, city commissioners tonight approved a settlement between the city and the two companies. The city’s experts will perform routine inspections and issue a certificate once the work is finished.

The work is scheduled to be completed by February 15.

“If this is successful, we will enjoy an improved casino,” said Glen Torcivia, the city’s attorney.

But Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, who opposed the settlement, was less than enthused.

“In my mind, you will never make this whole,” he said.

 

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.

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Get a load of these mug shots in Lake Worth

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 reaches settlement over casino building

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.

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

 

 

 

New fitness gym opening near Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH — Five Star Fitness and Wellness Center is opening a new location near the city Monday.

The business has been operating in Boynton Beach the past five years, but will be moving close to Lake Worth on 7435 S. Military Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m.

The center is owned by Ricardo Ranglin, a Lake Worth resident.

Five Star Fitness is a personal fitness gym and wellness center that focuses on creating custom workouts for clients.

 

 

Lake Worth city employee dies Thursday night

LAKE WORTH — Maxime Ducoste, the city’s assistant director for planning and preservation, died after a short illness Thursday evening, the city said.

Ducoste was at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach surrounded by close family and friends.

He played a key role in the city’s community sustainability department, the city said.

Information regarding services and his family will be forthcoming.

 

More than 400 people recently arrested in Lake Worth

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:

  • 186 arrests
  • 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
  • $11,796 recovered

“We’ve been watching the crime trends,” Baer said.

 

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