SEARCH
 
 


 
 
Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
Waste Meter
$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
$591,898
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
$123,098
... 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
$64,000
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
Total Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:
$1,621,591
 
 

 
 
LWM Menu

· Home
· Advertising
· Authors and Articles
· AvantGo
· Downloads
· FAQ
· Feedback
· Forums
· Groups
· HTML Newsletter
· Journal
· Recommend Us
· Search
· Statistics
· Stories Archive
· Submit News
· Surveys
· Top 10
· Topics
· Web Links
 
 

 
 
Who's Online

There are currently, 28 guest(s) and 0 member(s) that are online.

You are an Anonymous user. You can register for free by clicking here
 
 

 
 
Site Info

Your IP: 54.92.163.105

Welcome, Anonymous
· Secure Login/Registration
· Forgot Password?
Server Date/Time
22 October 2018 21:58:44 EST
 
 

 
  LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:52:45 EST by admin

Opinion
by LynnA

Lake Worth Goes GREEN


The EcoCentre
a living building

The EcoCentre is a 33,000-square-foot office building located on Lake Avenue adjacent to the Lake Worth City Hall and built on the site that was once Dr. Randolph Romano's (John Romano's father) medical practice from 1957 to 1991.

Today was the grand opening of the new EcoCentre, offices of Romano Law Group.

Mr. Romano says, “Our new office building, EcoCentre, the Living Building, is not just a 'green building'. It is actually a 'living building' that is designed with integrated systems that work in harmony with nature and with each other. For instance, integrated rooftop gardens and other green roof elements collect rainwater, minimize runoff, mitigate internal microclimate changes, and are used to treat graywater, while providing a valuable site amenity. Treated graywater and rainwater are reused in the living building to create an appealing green Biolarium® space that is accessible to all.”

Romano opened in style with uniformed attendants and valet service for the EVENT attended by friends and special guests.

L. Anderson
6-20-08


 
 

 
 
LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN | Login/Create an Account | 19 comments | Search Discussion
The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.
 
 

 
 

No Comments Allowed for Anonymous, please register

 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by hondalife007 on Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 14:27:10 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

Trees look nice. I didn't get my invitation.




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 15:22:21 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

What exactly is green IN THIS BUILDING?




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by Crystal on Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 18:57:39 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

Please explain what this building has in it to make it energy efficient. All you people out there going goo goo eyes over this, tell me about this bldg. Is it made with recycled materials? What?





 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by TruthMatters on Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 12:59:02 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

For a summary of what makes up the building,
    http://wesblackman.blogspot.com/2008/02/emerging-ecocentre-in-lake-worth.html




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by GregRice on Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 15:44:44 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

Thanks Wes for sending the info on LEED buildings. On the east side of the construction fence around the building for over 2 years, they had a complete explanation on the process and mechanics of all the resource saving features of the building. I'm surprised as up on everything that goes on in this town that everyone on here seems to be that a question about a green building would never have to be asked.

And whoever it was that said they liked the looks of the Eco Centre better than the Lucerne, well I do too. If the developer of the Lucerne didn't have to spend so much time and money defending himself from lawsuites he could have put that money into the facade and made it look better.

The Eco Centre looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside let's hope it kicks off the re-development of the western commercial area.

Thanks John for taking such a big gamble, making that investment here in LW!




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 15:53:03 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

The developer of The Lucerne got 10 years tax free. He could have used some of that money. There is no excuse for making the Lucerne look like a prison in Oklahoma. Also, I don't think people stop, park their car, and read something on the side of a building. Is that normal? So, there are people who don't know what is in the building. Can you post what is there that makes it green?





 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 16:00:05 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

The building looks great. How much is he leasing out? What is the rate? What type of tenant is he trying to attract? Is it sound proof from the trains going by?




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by SaveOurBeach on Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 15:05:28 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

I like the building. It dresses up that entire area there. What's with the tiny windows? Is that a 4th floor with those little windows?





 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 14:05:55 EST
(User Info | Send a Message | Journal)

Quote from Greg Rice
If the developer of the Lucerne didn't have to spend so much time and money defending himself from lawsuits he could have put that money into the facade and made it look better.

Actually, Greg, this was answered somewhat on the front page here but I want to further state that if if were not for Mr. Laurence McNamara and friends, this building would have been much higher. The developer had to reduce the height of this building.

Next, to blame the ugly architecture on the developer defending himself in a lawsuit, please be reminded that Koolik gets $120,000 of Lake Worth's citizens' tax money per year for the next 10 years and I'm sure the city refunded him the $19,000 when Mr. McNamara had to pay legal fees. A lot can be done with over $1.2 million dollars that the CRA gave to him. A LOT. Also, I believe that we got screwed to some parking there.

The building is inappropriate for our downtown and it is just plain unattractive. There are some who say that they like it. I think we all are just getting use to it. You can get use to anything.

We need lower heights and some consistent architecture. Developers should not be allowed to get away with this sort of thing. It is up to our Boards and ultimately our City Commission to set standards that are reasonable and accepted by the people.




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by GregRice on Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 20:02:12 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

Lynn,
I know that from where I stand things might seem taller than they are but I don't think that the Lucerne is any taller than The Gulfstream or The LW Towers. I also belive that the addition hight that the developer wanted for the Lucerne was not additional square footage it was architectural aesthetics.

$120,000 for a few years is a nominal sum for the risk his company and lenders took in bringing a development of that caliber to LW. The building is becoming the core of downtown. The businesses within in a block or so of that core are surviving, while some just a couple of blocks away are really having a tough time.

You gave the opinion that, "The building is inappropriate for our downtown and it is just plain unattractive." Who's to say what's attractive and what's not? Was that decided by a pole on here too? Remember, beauity is in the eyes of the beholder. That's why Kilwins has so many different flavors of ice cream, we all like diferent things.

You also exspressed your opinion that, "We need lower heights and some consistent architecture." Consistent with what? The Casino, LW Towers, The Dollar Store on the east end of town. If you like more uniformity maybe you'd like Boca, (I also hope you like the color pink too). "Ugly architecture" is also an objective notion and should not be up to one person, one committee or one group of devoted website blogers to determine what's good and what's not for LW. We have a master plan that spells out what should go where and how tall or small it should be.

I do agree with your opinion that "You can get use to anything." We got used to Jimmy Carter when he was President, thank goodness we only had to get used to him for 4 long years! (Just my opinion!)

I'm sorry I didn't get to say hi to you on Friday at the vine cutting ceremony for The Eco Centre. I think it was a nice tribute to the Romono's parents and Dr. Romano's contribution to our town.





 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 @ 07:45:33 EST
(User Info | Send a Message | Journal)

Hi Greg-

You are right. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. However, I don't have to look at Brad Pitt and Kevin Bacon to determine which one is more handsome. Sometimes facts are facts. I still don't like the looks of The Lucerne no matter what. I know that you own a unit in it, so I am not trying to be personal here. I think most of the people who bought into this building were spec buying anyway. There are some that don't like where I live either.

The height is mandated in our Charter. The City wanted to allow the developer to go 10 feet or more beyond that. We have a Charter. We have Ordinances. We should stick with that and not have exceptions for developers everytime they want them. Also, why should this town not have standards as far as how buildings look.

For our city thats wants to grow and not lose its small-town feel, creating an environment where the old and the new can thrive is a challenge. We need to expand our economy and in doing so, preserve our historic character and charm.

So how can we do that? We need to connect the two ideas and create a smart growth plan and that can be done by creating design standards. Why have a Mizner next to an art-deco. To me, that is ridiculous.

Also, it is too bad that Mr. Romano did not invite a few more people to this Soft Opening but I suggest that there be other "openings" for others such as those in the C.O.P. program, Neighborhood Association Presidents, Volunteer Board members and perhaps even activists in this City. We all should see what went into this first green building in our city. That would be a great thing and I hope that it will happen. Not only could Mr. Romano be a first with a green building but he could be a "first" at bringing the city factions together in a common belief.






 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by Crystal on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 @ 09:29:19 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

Great idea. I would love to see the building. I wonder if they have security. Do you think I could just park and walk in and look at it?




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by hondalife007 on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 @ 11:52:49 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

You also exspressed your opinion that, "We need lower heights and some consistent architecture." Consistent with what? The Casino, LW Towers, The Dollar Store on the east end of town.

That is exactly the problem. all these different styles look like hell--- almost jokable. That is why we need standards. You just made the point.




 
 

 
 

Re: LAKE WORTH GOES GREEN (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 14:57:17 EST
(User Info | Send a Message)

This is a great looking building. let's get more of them in LW.




 
 

 
 
 
Related Links

· More about Opinion
· News by admin


Most read story about Opinion:
The Vulchers Swarm

 
 

 
 
Article Rating

Average Score: 5
Votes: 2



To rate this article please Login first


 
 

 
 
Options


 Printer Friendly Printer Friendly

 
 


 
 
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is editorial © 2007 by William Coakley and unauthorized use is prohibited by law. Anybody who uses, copies or distributes this material in any manner, for commercial or personal purposes, without written permission, would be committing an infringement of copyright.
You can syndicate our news using the file backend.php or ultramode.txt


PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2004 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license.
Page Generation: 0.12 Seconds