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February 12, 2019
Dear Merchants and Business Owners,

Greetings and Happy New Year.  I wanted to write to you to express appreciation for the important role you play in providing goods, services and jobs to our citizens.  Lake Worth is an energetic and dynamic place full of promise, and it is on the move.  As the New Year begins, it is important for you to be involved and to develop a better understanding of what’s on the horizon so you can participate and express your opinions as we work towards success. 

Downtown Lake Worth has been and continues to be a vital part of this wonderful community.  As the geographic center and the historic place where people come to purchase goods and services, have drinks and a meal, or gather for community events, it has seen a lot of changes.  These changes have mirrored the ups and downs of the larger economy as well as changes in business models, technology and the spending habits of customers.  Additionally, there have been changes that are the result of the political cycles within the City itself.  Currently, we are in a period of adjustment as buildings are being purchased and renovated and the basic infrastructure including the roads, drainage, sewer, water and electric utilities are all being fixed after decades of neglect.  New businesses are joining our Downtown, while several long time ones are closing or are moving as a strategic business decision.  It can be disconcerting to take all this activity into account and try and make sense of it without understanding the necessary next steps as the City of Lake Worth evolves.

The Mayor and Commission have spent much effort and time creating a context for investment and redevelopment to happen.  There has been a positive response with new people moving in and redevelopment underway, including planned infill and refilling vacant properties.  With the same commitment they have demonstrated with fixing our aging infrastructure, they are also now grappling with issues such as parking, easy to use way-finding signage, improving the poverty rate, and continuing crime reduction.  Much has been done and more is coming, but it cannot be successful without you.

Over the coming months, there will be opportunities to find out more about what is happening and planned.  Please be sure that City staff has your email address so you can be kept apprised and be involved.  Our  upcoming newsletters will be tailored to our business community.   

Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Michael
City of Lake Worth Mayor, Pam Triolo, invites you to join her for her annual State of the City Address being held in the Lake Worth Casino Ballroom on Tuesday, February 26 at 6pm. Mayor Pam will be discussing the City’s current progress and exciting plans for the future.  City staff will have tables with information and guests will be able to meet with select staff to learn more about what is being done to move the City forward. 
 
Free parking will be available at the Casino and Beach Complex premises starting at 5:30 PM.  Seating and parking will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

Admission is free.
 
Special Events can be seen as an interruption or inconvenience. However, they can also be a source of new business for your shop or restaurant. Take advantage of the people coming to the City! Plan on special sales during the event to attract people to your shop.
  • Notify regular patrons ahead of time if you will be having different hours or sales during the event.
  • Remind your staff that parking will be limited during the event. Plan ahead for parking for your staff.
  • Temporary Signage: Section 23.5-1 (12) contains the regulations regarding temporary signage. A few key issues to take note of are:
    • Temporary signs cannot block sidewalks or be placed in the Street Right-of-Way
    • Any temporary sign larger than 6 square feet will require a permit
    • All temporary signs must be removed 3 days after the event
    • Signs cannot block ADA ramps
    • Signs cannot be attached to existing utility poles, existing sign posts, or landscaping
    • Banners are allowed  (See subsection C (vi)
    • You cannot remove an existing banner without permission from the banner owner. If there is already a banner where you would like to install one you must contact the owner of the banner that is already there before proceeding.
  • An existing business cannot expand their outdoor displays onto the public Right-of-Way or block a public access sidewalk.
  • Any establishment that sells alcohol must abide by their State license including the area permitted for sales and the restrictions on the sale of drinks for carryout. (i.e. A bar cannot start serving drinks in plastic cups for patrons to take with them to the festival.)
  • Existing shops cannot set up a temporary sales area on another parcel or lot without the express permission of the City or the event organizer, as well as the property owner of said lot.
  • Noise regulations are still in effect.
  • Always be thinking about public safety:
    • Do not block or cover fire hydrants
    • Do not place items in the public Right-of-Way that may limit accessibility of emergency response vehicles.
    • Do not block doorways or points of egress
The CRA is Currently Accepting Applications for Commercial Grants

The latest and greatest grant offered by the CRA is the Commercial Signage Grant. This program is intended to provide assistance for new and existing businesses within the CRA district by encouraging the installation (or replacement) of new, attractive, decorative and professionally installed exterior signage. This program will offer a forgivable matching grant, which can be used towards the costs of new professionally, designed and installed permanent signage for eligible businesses. Business and commercial property owners can apply for up to $5,000, which would be used to cover most costs associated with new signage.
 
CRA Staff review all grant requests with recommendations and final approval from the CRA Board of Commissioners, if necessary. Funding is budgeted on an annual basis and awarded on a first-come, first served basis. For more information visit: www.lakeworthcra.org or call (561) 493-2550.
We are pleased to inform you that the Downtown Water Main Replacement has reached final completion. Staff are working with the contractors to correct any remaining minor items and these corrections are to be completed by the end of January. We understand that this work has caused some difficulties for you and we thank you all for your patience during this period. You will be happy to know that you can now look forward to better water pressure, increased fire protection, improved water quality, and less disruption of service due to the frequent breaks of the old water main.
Lake Worth CRA presents: Small Business on a Budget: Market Research
Tuesday, February 26th


Do you have a great product or service, but still not enough customers? Join the CRA and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Tuesday, February 26th at 9 am to learn how to use market research to identify who your best customers are, where they live and how to market to them more effectively without breaking the bank.
 
 For more information or to RSVP please email Emily at: etheodossakos@lakeworth.org
Electric Utility line workers have recently completed a load balancing project on the downtown circuits to reduce potential circuit overloading events. System Operations and Distribution Engineering Departments continue to monitor loads on City circuits to correct any potential issues before they impact Lake Worth customers. The team is also making use of information provided by electric meters city-wide to identify businesses and homes where low voltage conditions could occur, and proactively make changes to the system in order to reduce that possibility. 
Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth

After an 18-month planning process, the City of Lake Worth, Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County have officially launched the Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth.
 
Funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and Jon Stover Associates, the plan aims to boost arts and culture within the City, create a thriving downtown and enhance the quality of life for Lake Worth residents and guests. 
 
The master plan focuses on five key priorities: maintaining and promoting Lake Worth’s unique character; retaining and enhancing the downtown vibrancy 24/7; encouraging greater arts and culture engagement and collaboration; improving access to arts and culture within the downtown; and strengthening public support. There is a series of strategies and tactics to support the plan that the City and its partners will explore in the future. 
 
Click here to download the Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth
City staff recently pressure washed all the sidewalks throughout downtown to get them ready for Spring. In addition new benches and new refuse containers are getting installed as part of a joint project between the City and the Lake Worth CRA.

The 25th annual Street Painting Festival will be taking place in the downtown area of the City of Lake Worth on Saturday February 23, 2019 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and February 24, 2019 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

 

Parking at the locations listed below will be temporarily prohibited from:

6:00 AM Friday February 22, 2019 until the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday February 24, 2019 at 10:00 PM (approximate).

 

  • Lake Ave. from South Dixie Hwy to South Federal Hwy.
  • Lucerne Ave from North Dixie Hwy to North Federal Hwy.
  • J,K,L,M, Streets from 2nd Ave. North to 1st Ave. South.

 

ALL business owners are urged to have all deliveries made prior to 6:00 am on Friday February 22, 2019 since all streets will remain closed until Sunday February 22, 2019.

 

To assure a safe and successful Festival your cooperation in this matter is urged. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may tow vehicles left parked on the street in violation of this temporary order.

 

The Lake Worth (Robert Harris) Bridge will remain open during the festival. There will be detour signs in place to direct vehicle traffic to access Lake Worth Bridge. Anyone wanting access to the bridge from the south end will be detoured at 6th Ave. South, south then east bound to the bridge and anyone wanting access to the bridge from the north end will be detoured at 10th Ave. North then east bound to the bridge.
Lake Worth Electric Utility is currently in the process of bringing a Thermograph Imaging company on board. This company will be scanning our Electric equipment and lines with Infrared technology to identify “hotspots” on the line. With this information we will be able to perform maintenance on those items to prevent a possible failure from occurring. This is one of the ways we are working to improve system reliability to all of our customers including our downtown merchants. There will be no disruption to electric service or any impact to vehicular or pedestrian traffic during the scanning process.
Upcoming Events

2/16 | Festival of Trees | Cultural Plaza
2/23-2/24 | Street Painting Festival | Downtown
2/26 | Small Business on a Budget | HATCH1121
3/1 - 3/3 | Midnight Sun Festival | Bryant Park
*3/8 | Lake Ave Block Party | Downtown
3/30 - 3/31 | Pride Fest | Bryant Park

*Please Note: The date of the March Lake Ave Block Party has been changed from March 1 to March 8.
Lake Worth tree trimming crews recently surveyed the downtown corridor and performed trimming along Lake Avenue to remove branches and palms that were impacting the electric lines.  Proactive trimming today, prevents outages tomorrow.
Lake Worth Electric Utility staff recently installed spot lighting on J-Street with timers to improve visibility during events like the Lake Ave Block Party. Due to the success of this project additional lighting opportunities are currently being assessed throughout downtown.
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