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$591,898
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  Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 10:44:06 EST by admin

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Open letter to city management & Greater Bay regarding our beach and pool

This letter was received in the mail from an anonymous source. After careful examination of its contents, LWM felt that it deserved recognition because of its relevance to an important issue regarding one of our most important assets, our beach. Protections for anonymous speech as well as anonymous sources used on this web site are vital to democratic discourse and allows writers to express their views without fear of retaliation.


>CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF THE LETTER TO THE EDITOR


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Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by Walter_B on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 11:44:41 EST
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I have no idea who wrote this letter, but they ask and state issues that have been expressed time and time again to and with the city and G/B's planned actions on the beach. Of course when we did ask, we were told there was plenty of time to see the plans, the figures and all the rest. What did they tell us again?
The city repeatedly told us, including the mayor, the dais, the P&Z, and just about every other department involved, that nothing, repeat, nothing would be done with complete disclosure and submitted plans and approvals by the P&Z, and the building and permit departments. This is when the public would have it's final say in the process. If it is true as the author of this letter states, that no plans, no permits, no engineering reports, no board approvals, no inspections have been made available, which is public information and should be disclosed to anyone asking for it, that to me means one of two things. Either the city is allowing special guidelines and conciderations to G/B, something that we all know the city put's the tax payers and property owners/businesses of the city through hoops just to get, much less complete. If this is not the case, then the only other conclusion is that G/B has performed the work done to date illegally. Wonder which is true?
As far as the rest of the questions on profits, while I do have an interest in knowing, that is part of doing business. The more you make, the better deal you got, and we all know G/B has received one heck of a sweet deal with the beach property.





 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 12:27:35 EST
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There are a LOT of charges in this document. Some we have heard before. Some we know about like Greater Bay not having to get its financing per our City attorney because of the law suits. Tthe City allowed GB to get off the hook there. But some, if not a majority of the charges, are explosive and demand answers.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 13:13:55 EST
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The problem is that no one knows anything about olympic pools. Our consultant, Mr. O'Gorman, probably has taken a crash course. We do not meet the standard regarding the depth at the ends. We have 3.5 feet and the standard is 4 ft. We seem to meet the standard in yards. The lanes were not done correctly and we only have 10 starting blocks, and a one-1 meter board. They never installed the 3 meter board because we were told that the pool was not deep enough. A 3 meter board only needs 11 feet, we have 12 ft. I plan on going over there in a few days to see the finished product. Mr. Willard is in town staying at his normal place I have heard.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by SaveOurBeach on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 14:43:39 EST
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I still, to this day, do not understand why some people want to build a big building where our parking is. This is just plain wrong. How are the law suits going?




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 15:56:00 EST
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I was told by a reliable source that the 1 meter diving board is not new. It is refurbished. This is just FYI.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by hktorr on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 21:13:56 EST
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I hate to say this, but the city will ignore this letter because it is not signed. An anonymous letter/complaint is tossed aside by the administration, we have seen that before. It's an easy out for them.
It's to bad because the letter does bring up a lot of good questions new/old and should be answered.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 06:54:33 EST
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Anonymous or not, they also ignore my questions as well as others when we speak in front of them. It doesn't matter whether it is signed. The citizens are virtually anonymous all of the time.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 08:46:58 EST
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Yesterday, I contacted Wayne Oras from Illinois and in the Ilinois Diving Hall of Fame March 1985. He has been affiliated with diving for 52 years. I asked him what the standard depths are for 1 and 3 meter boards. This is his reply:


FINA rules regulate diving depths for all International events. FINA 1 meter board minimum depth is 3.4 meters and 3 meter is 3.70 meters. USA Diving follows FINA guidelines. Hope that answers your question.
Wayne


So, that would make the standard for the 1 meter depth at approx 9.5 feet and the 3 meter board at 12.13 feet.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by My_Opinion_And_Experience on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 08:16:29 EST
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Yesterday, at 4:00 PM the Baldwin Boys led Lake Worth into a brave new world. Led by Marc LaFerrier, Interim Director Community Services and Joe Kroll, Public Services Director: the Pool Grant Project was completed, done on time and within Budget. What a novel and unique concept in Lake Worth. What better example could we have of symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change----

We dare not forget today that we do not have to be heirs to what we have inherited. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Lake Worth Staff—born to serve in this century, tempered by war with the unproductive, disciplined by hard and bitter lawsuits, proud of our Historical Districts—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human amenities to which this City has always been committed.

Let every person know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay only the contract price, bear any burden of poor past City Commission leadership, meet any hardship born by lawsuits, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Lake Worth. (JFK, may you rest in peace and not turn over in your grave)

The following was heard from totally unreliable sources;
1) The City Appointed Consultant, Cory O’Gorman, qualifies for a $25,000 Performance Bonus for actually shepherding through a City Project that was completed.
2) O’Gorman’s demand for a $50,000 combat pay bonus is being considered given the perils of dealing with self appointed consultants who consistently insisted on expanding the scope of work; had a blatant disregard for the legal liability their recommendations would have generated; and whose personal conduct has rendered them persona non grata with City pool personnel.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:06:22 EST
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The pools was virtually finished today when I was there. They did open to the public yesterday and I will have photos later of that event. They were time dated and stamped and sent to the proper people in order to get our grant.
I would like to report that the pool WAS not opened to the public by 11:30am when I left it today.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 12:30:04 EST
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To My Opinion you certianly have one. If it were not for the outside "consultant," the pool would have been filled in the middle to a depth of 6 feet. Now we have a pool that can have events and especially 1 meter diving. Referencing law suits, I believe that the city filed suit against the citizens.




 
 

 
 

Re: Open Letter to Lake Worth concerning the beach (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 19:45:14 EST
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I just heard back from Mr. Oras--I guess that I don't understand how to calculate meters into feet. This is what he said in reference to my calculations:

3 meters = 9ft 9in. The answer for a 1 meter is 11 ft. The answer for a 3 meter is 11 ft 10 in. These are rounded off numbers.

Does anyone understand that? :):):)






 
 

 
 
 
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