Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
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... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
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  TO GOVERNOR CRIST by Lynn Anderson
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 @ 08:27:30 EST by admin

Lake Worth
May 2, 2007

Mr. Gerald Goosby
State of Florida
Department of Community Affairs
2555 Shumard Oaks Blvd.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32399

Dear Mr. Goosby,

The following are Policies of Lake Worth’s Comprehensive Plan which is being violated by the beach redevelopment plan recently submitted to you:

05 01 06 03
The city will continue to pursue designation of identified sites or districts of historic, cultural or archaeological significance in the coastal area that may be eligible for listing on the National Register or Florida State File.

05 01 06 04
The city will continue to pursue designation of sites or districts in the coastal area that may be eligible for local designation as significant contributors to the aesthetic or architectural character of the community.

The building which the contractors intend to raze was built in 1921 and was a magnificent example of Addison Mizner influenced original Palm Beach County style. The original columns and arches are still in existence on the western facade; the eastern columns and arches were destroyed long ago in a hurricane. The building is sound enough to have withstood the winds of Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma with virtually no damage. Recent Lake Worth Commissions have ignored maintenance and even left exploratory diggings exposed to the salt air, but this well built structure has withstood these trials.

A similar structure, the 1925 Palm Beach County Courthouse, is being carefully restored at this moment with several million dollars of county funds. The Casino is the oldest significant structure in Lake Worth and to allow its destruction, rather than "pursuing historic designation" so it can be declared historic and restored, is a direct violation of the above 2 policies.

Four additional policies which the present plan violates are:

05 02 02 00
To maintain the amount of physical public access to beaches and shores consistent with estimated public need.

05 02 02 01
Existing facilities for public access to beaches and shores shall be maintained or replaced by new development so as to insure no net loss.

05 02 02 02
The (city) will continue to enforce LDRs which should ensure that existing public access to beaches be maintained by new development or redevelopment.

05 02 02 04
The only beach access point in the city is public land. It is the city's policy to maintain that access.

The construction plan before you removes over 200 convenient, existing public parking spaces adjacent to the beach, relocates them to a lot west of the proposed building, and creates a net loss of c. 170 existing convenient spaces. These are replaced by spaces much less conveniently located for the beachgoer, downhill from the beach, and more than a block away. 05 02 02 01 and 05 02 02 02 are Policies violated by this proposed change.

A loop road runs adjacent to the beach and along its entire length. In addition, there is an entrance to the beach at the south end of the property from A1A. The proposed plan removes this loop road and closes the public access at the south end. This violates 05 02 02 00 because neither the public access to the beach nor the ability to drive by the ocean are maintained.

In the introduction to the Comprehensive Plan, it is stated that, "Policies are guides to action that control present and future decision making; they are not discretionary, but mandatory."

Since the proposed plan violates all the above mentioned policies of Lake Worth's Comprehensive Plan, I respectfully request that you reject it as not in compliance with these LDRs.


Lynn Anderson
Member, Save Our Neighborhood, Inc. PAC
2204 Lake Osborne Drive #21
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Governor Charlie Crist


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