Lake Worth mayor to officially seek re-election

Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo

LAKE WORTH — Mayor Pam Triolo has until December to file her re-election papers, but she’s not waiting that long.

Triolo, first elected in 2011, said she plans to have her papers filed this afternoon.

“I’m excited and I want to make sure things keep moving forward,” Triolo said. “I want to make sure our road projects get done properly and I want to oversee things that I started and make sure they come to fruition in a way in which our constitutents are happy.”

Triolo has served three terms.


Lake Worth Commission candidates face off tonight

candidte-forum-imageLAKE WORTH — The Neighborhood Association Presidents Council is scheduled to host a Candidate Forum tonight at the Lake Worth Playhouse.

In District 2, Omari Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School and William Joseph, a private investigator, will face off against  Christopher McVoy. Meanwhile, consultant fundraiser Maryann Polizzi, Herman Robinson, a community organizer and Ellie Whittey, once a senior executive secretary to former Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana are running for the District 4 seat now held by Ryan Maier, who is not seeking another term.

The forum is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m.

Former business owner kicks off Lake Worth Commission campaign

Ellie Whittey
Ellie Whittey

LAKE WORTH — Ellie Whittey, a Lake Worth City Commissioner candidate running for the District 4 seat held by Ryan Maier, is holding a campaign kickoff Thursday at Brogue’s Downunder.

The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.

To RSVP, call 561-201-0360.

Whittey is a former busines owner and senior secretary for one-time Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vanna.

She has also worked for the Department of Agriculture/U.S. Census in Lake Worth and the Palm Beach County Supervisior of Elections.


Lake Worth seeking to extend commissioners’ terms from 2 to 3 years

Lake Worth City Hall

LAKE WORTH — City Commissoners at tonight’s meeting are expected to vote on a charter refereundum election on extending commissioners’ terms from two to three years.

If the ordinance passes, the question will be placed on the March 14 municipal general election ballot.

Candidates running for mayor and commissioner from Districts 1 and 3 will be for three-year terms starting March 2018. Candidates running for commissioner from Districts 2 and 4 will be for three-year terms beginning March 2019.

The ordinance does not extend the term for any current commissioner. If tonight’s ordinance passes, a public hearing will be held Jan. 10.




PBSC expecting more than 2,000 people for Clinton rally

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rallly, (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rally. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend the rally Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have at the college Wednesday morning.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the rally will be held at the Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium on the suburban Lake Worth campus, 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Clinton’s speech is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The event is first come, first served.

There will be an overflow area outside the gym where the speech will be live streamed, Grace Truman, PBSC’s director of college relations and marketing, said.

The Secret Service will handle all security, with Clinton’s campaign paying $1,500 to rent the space, Truman said.

Total cost for the event will be about $7,000, which is also being paid by Clinton’s campaign, Truman said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will assist with traffic.

Clinton’s campaign contacted the college on Sunday about hosting the rally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also reached out PBSC, Truman said.

“They were fixed on a certain date we couldn’t accommodate,” Truman said. “The college is available to both parties.”

It will be Clinton’s first time speaking at the college. Her husband spoke at PBSC four years ago while campaigning for President Obama.

The president held a rally at the college eight years ago when he was running for his first term, Truman said.


And the final Lake Worth results are…

Mayor Pam Triolo celebrating her re-election. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Mayor Pam Triolo celebrating her re-election. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Here are the final results of tonight’s municipal election with all 17 precincts reporting.



Mayor – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Gary L. Antieau
11.77% 641
Diane Jacques
25.53% 1,390
Pam Triolo
62.70% 3,414
Commissioner District #1 – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Ryan J. Hartman
35.32% 1,883
Scott Maxwell
64.68% 3,448
Commissioner District #3 – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Andy Amoroso
58.14% 3,119
Frank McAlonan
41.86% 2,246


Lake Worth mayor, two incumbents hold early lead in city commission races

Pam TrioloLAKE WORTH — Mayor Pam Triolo and City Commissioners Scott Maxwell and Andy Amoroso have the early lead in the City Commission race.

So far, Triolo has received 62 percent of early and absentee votes, while her challengers Diane Jacques and Gary Antieau have garnered 26 and 11 percent, respectively.

In the District 1 race, Maxwell has received 62 percent to Ryan Hartman‘s 37 percent.

As for the District 3 contest, Amoroso has won 58 percent of the vote to Frank McAlonan‘s 41 percent.

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Election 2016: Reminder — Florida is a closed primary state!

Dozens of would-be voters who are not registered as a Democrat or Republican have realized today that Florida is a closed-primary state and they cannot vote, says PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

Florida law requires voters to be party affiliated at least 29 days in advance of a primary. That was by Feb. 16, Bucher said.

“We have dozens and they’re really mad. Traditionally they haven’t voted in primaries,” Bucher said.

Election 2016: Concerns over overdevelopment, unresponsiveness bring voters out in Lake Worth

Signs in front of the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, where polling took place. (Photo by Hannah Winston)
Signs in front of the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, where polling took place. (Photo by Hannah Winston)

By Hannah Winston

In Lake Worth, there were no major lines throughout the morning at any of the downtown or surrounding polling places. While the presidential primaries have put Florida in the national spotlight, the posters and supporters for the local election for the city outnumbered familiar names like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Todd Townsend, a 7-year Lake Worth resident, said he’s supporting Frank McAlonan, Diane Jacques — who is Townsend’s neighbor — and Ryan Hartman. He said he’s worried about “career politicians” who don’t listen to residents.

“We have career politicians in our small town and we want to keep it a small town,” he said.

(More live coverage of today’s election — get news from all over Palm Beach County.)

Townsend, a self-described green anarchist, said environmental issues such as Lake Okeechobee discharges are what continue to bring him out to the polls.

As far as the primaries, Townsend said he voted for Bernie Sanders.

“I like Hillary. I’ve always liked Hillary. But I’m voting for Bernie,” he said.

A woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said two of her biggest reasons for getting out to vote are overdevelopment and building heights in Lake Worth. In her 11 years as a resident, she said she’s seen private companies try and come in and build up the city and is worried the current officials may make the beaches private with all the development.

“We want to keep our beaches public,” she said.