Lake Worth

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Secondary houses called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, will remain unlawful in Lake Worth City's single-family neighborhoods. The Lake Worth city commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to dismiss a proposal to allow them following a heated round of public discussion.

Omari Hardy, the City Commission who first proposed the bill, suggested allowing more residents to build extra dwellings on their property would keep housing affordable and boost businesses, among other benefits. 

Feds Send Unaccompanied Immigrant Girls To Lake Worth-Area Facility

Jul 2, 2019
Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post

The federal government has begun sending immigrant girls to a facility west of Lake Worth Beach, bringing the immigration crisis that has been roiling the U.S. southern border to Palm Beach County.

As many as 141 children described in zoning documents as “unaccompanied minors” can be placed into the facility, located at 4445 Pine Forest Drive off of Military Trail south of Lake Worth Road.

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South Florida is a hub for artists. But like many other working professionals in the region, artists often find they are priced out of affordable housing. 

Phil Laubner / Catholic Relief Services

Last week President Trump threatened to close the U.S. southern border because record numbers of Central American migrants are arriving there – including 100,000 apprehended in March. “I’m not playing games,” Trump warned. “We can’t hold people anymore.”

But what’s lost in Trump’s border-security bluster is that there’s something unusual about this wave of Central American migrants. Most are not from Honduras or El Salvador. Most are instead from Guatemala. And immigrant advocates say the main force driving them to flee here is climate change.

Inspiring women
Courtesy of Christine Sylvain / WLRN

In honor of Women's History Month, WLRN is collecting stories about inspiring women in South Florida. We appreciate your tweets, emails and texts about the amazing women in your communities. 

Christine Sylvain always knew she wanted to help students. She wanted to give public school kids the same attention that private school students got. And when she became old enough, she did.

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Florida Congresswoman Lois Frankel recently toured the U.S. southern border, talking to undocumented parents and children separated by President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.

During a forum this month at the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, Frankel, a Democrat from West Palm Beach, heard how that border policy has begun to touch the Florida peninsula. Frankel interviewed a woman from Guatemala whose cousin was one of the migrants stopped at the border this year and separated from her child – a 10-year-old boy.

Was there a zombie apocalypse in the city of Lake Worth early Sunday morning and we all missed it?

Naah.

But a system message that went out to Lake Worth residents about a brief power outage read: "Power outage and zombie alert for the residents of Lake Worth and Terminus." The latter city is fictional town in AMC's TV series, "The Walking Dead."

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Lake Worth is preparing for a colorful transformation.

Street artists from around the world are getting ready to paint, sculpt and sketch public spaces in downtown Lake Worth.

The city will be the site of this year’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum show Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum, the week-long event aims to transform city streets into a space for world-class art.

The event’s founder, Nicole Henry, said this year’s show is all about the love.

“This year the theme is going to be unity and how art brings us all together,” Henry said.

The Guatemalan-Maya Center, Lake Worth

The Maya have many cool nicknames. The Greeks of the New World. Men of Maize. But you can add a more unfortunate moniker – the Children of Scorched Earth – to explain why they’re suddenly one of Florida’s fastest-growing immigrant communities.

The Maya are the largest indigenous group in the Americas, descendants of the glorious pre-Columbian civilization that occupied southern Mexico and northern Central America. Most live in Guatemala – where in recent decades they’ve faced one violent plague after another.

Andrea Richard

Artist Bill McCaffrey took 15 hours to complete a chalk painting of a Titanic scene on the street in Lake Worth, before the rain came and washed it away. But that's OK with him.

"The longer I do street art, I become less possessive of my work," he says. "You learn to let it go."

McCaffrey was one of the featured artists at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, in which he has participated for 17 years.

The two-day festival drew a crowd of nearly 100,000 people to the small town over the weekend.

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When Charlie Birnbaum saw the logo design for the L-Dub Film Festival, he flipped out . . . but in a good way.

“I said, 'This is perfect!’  I couldn’t have asked for more,” says Birnbaum, manager of Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre.

Graffiti Iconz

In Lake Worth, where the prevalence of gang graffiti motivated city commissioners to create an anti-spray paint ordinance in 2010, artist/business owner Adolphe Latorre has his work cut out for him.