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🧪COVID19 Testing 🧪

 

COVID testing this Saturday, June 6:
This Saturday, June 6 there will be 2 opportunities at 2 sites for free COVID testing for Lake Worth Beach residents, clients of the Caridad Center and clients of For The Children. Both testing sites require pre-registration.

  • Early morning risers can be tested at The Osborne Center from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM thank you to coordination and partnership with the Caridad Center and For The Children. Please call 561-853-1634 ext. 128 to make a reservation to be tested. (Please note this testing site is for those who are currently uninsured or on Medicaid/Medicare)
  • In the afternoon, The Guatemalan Maya Center spearheaded another testing at Harold Grimes Memorial Park from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.  Please call 561-547-0085 to make a reservation to be tested.
Next week’s COVID testing:
  • Wednesday, June 10 | Harold Grimes Memorial Park | PBCFR | 11:00 AM- 2:30 PM | No advance registration needed.
  • Thursday, June 11 | Peniel Haitian Baptist Church | 2000 North D Street | Genesis | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM | Reservations recommended, but Walk-Up available | Call 561.767.5349 or 561.770.2270 for reservations
  • Saturday, June 13 | The Osborne Center | Genesis | 8:00 AM-12:00 NOON | Reservations recommended, but Walk-Up available | Call 561.767.5349 or 561.770.2270 for reservations
  • Monday, June 15 | Sunset Ridge Park | PBCFR | 11:00AM-2:30 PM | No advance registration needed.



Information about additional testing sites in Palm Beach County can be found at https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/testing

 

COVID19 Safety

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Virtual Sandcastle Competition
June 19 – July 19

Do you have what it takes to be a sandcastle master?
Enter into our virtual sandcastle competition and show us what you’ve got! Build your best sandcastle, tag us in your photo and you’ll be entered into our virtual sandcastle competition!

For competition rules please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/recreation-programs/virtual-recreation/

Library Take-Out Service
Curbside book pickup!

 

The Lake Worth Beach Public Library has started offering Take-Out Service for books with curb side pickup. If you have a Lake Worth Beach Public Library card (solid yellow) go to the City website (www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov) and click on the Library Catalog button. Log in to your account with your library card number and pin. If you do not have a pin number, call the Library (533-7354) and we will assign you a pin.

Locate the book you would like and press the place a request. Your item will be available for next day pick up.

If you do not have a Lake Worth Beach Public Library card go to the City website (www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov) and click on the Apply for a Library Card button. Fill out the application, check the agreement, and click on submit. Be sure you include an email address or phone number in the application. The Library will contact you with your card number and pin.

To call in your take out order, have your library card number ready and the list of books you need. Call the Library (533-7354). DVDs and magazines can only be ordered by phone.

Orders will be put in bags marked with your last name, placed on carts, and rolled out to the Library’s front porch for pick up. You may pick up your order between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, and between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

King’s Trail
5 Week Step Challenge

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the FREE #LakeWorthBeach Kungsleden (King’s Trail) Step Challenge! Can you manage the 570,240 steps to reach the finish line?

https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/recreation-programs/virtual-recreation/

Virtual Trivia

Are you the smartest household in the City? Find out at FREE virtual trivia every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from June 24 starting at 7pm! Register now at https://webtrac.lakeworth.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html 

(Registration ends the Monday prior to each trivia night)

Coffee with a Commissioner

Join Commissioner Herman Robinson for a Virtual Coffee with a Commissioner on June 10 at 9:30am. To take part you must register here: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/coffee-with-a-commissioner/ and make sure you have access to Zoom!

Homebound Resident Testing 

 

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, with the support of the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will begin the testing of homebound residents this week. Residents eligible for the new testing option include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites.

Residents who believe they are eligible for the in-home testing option should call the Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center (EIC) at 561-712-6400 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The testing line is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

Beach Safety

Lake Worth Beach has reopened. The beach will close and be cleared daily at Sunset, no one will be allowed on the beach after hours.

To facilitate social distancing measures all beach patrons should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Listen to the directions of Ocean Rescue staff.

  • Keep groups to 10 people or less

  • Stay 6ft Apart

  • Swim near guarded areas

  • Use showers one person at a time 

  • Practice good hygiene and hand washing

  • Wear a face mask where possible.

Beach Parking

Lake Worth Beach has reopened parking at the Beach Complex, including all resident decal parking. 

Parking meters will be active and the public is encouraged to utilize the ParkMobile app (https://parkmobile.app.link/SYLSYDYShR) to pay for their parking space so as to avoid having to use the Parking Meter Machines and risk germs.

Customers may still use curbside pick-up as an alternative to the dining-in services at the Beach Restaurants. For the safety of staff and other patrons social distancing and the continued use of masks in accordance with CDC guidelines is recommended.

 

BEACH DECALS ARE NOW ON SALE.


Current beach decal holders will have until July 1st to renew and avoid penalties. Please allow a few days for processing as the decal will be mailed.

To apply for a Lake Worth Beach resident decal please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/parking/beach-decal-program/

A Quick Update from Mayor Pam

 

Restart Grant Program

Open for Applications Now 

 

The COVID-19 crisis forced the Palm Beach County business community to confront immense challenges.  Small business owners in particular are facing highly difficult circumstances.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved the Restart Business Grants Program on May 15, 2020 to accelerate the reopening businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. 

The $60 million Restart Business Grants Program uses a portion of the County’s $261 million allocation from the federal CARES Act approved by Congress.  The Board will dedicate $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards business with greater than 25 employees.

To apply visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/HES/Pages/PBC-Cares-Business.aspx

Job Seeker Recovery Assistance

 

‘Help Is Here’ Web Portal Launched to Help Job Seekers, Employers Access Recovery Assistance

As businesses across our region reopen, CareerSource Palm Beach County is launching a new ‘Help Is Here’ web portal to assist job seekers and employers in their efforts to access assistance needed for recovery.

 Help Is Here is CareerSource Palm Beach County’s focused public and business outreach effort to:

  • Connect job seekers and businesses to critical resources for local, personalized help
  • Develop innovative solutions to generate job recovery/retention and business continuity, driving economic recovery
  • Provide links to state and federal assistance programs

Many businesses are ramping up to rehire staff as well as hire new candidates. The CareerSource Business Services staff connects employers with qualified candidates – at no cost. They can be contacted at www.careersourcepbc.com [careersourcepbc.com] or call 561.340.1060 and select option 3. CareerSource also is scheduling virtual hiring events. Business continuity is being supported through grants that help employers train and upskill employees.

Job seekers can gain a competitive edge in searching for a new career by accessing online virtual job readiness workshops. There is no cost to view any of the workshops covering key skills needed when looking to get hired in in today’s labor market:

 Creating a professional resume and cover letter

  • Building a LinkedIn profile and using social media in your job search
  • Handling online job applications
  • Conducting an effective job search and networking campaign
  • Preparing for job interviews
  • Online job, industry and employer research
  • Following up after a job interview

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

TUESDAY, JUNE 9th

If you recently lost your job or cannot access food due to Covid – 19, the Lake Worth Beach CRA, LULA Lake Worth Arts, Healthier Lake Worth Beach and the City of Lake Worth Beach have partnered with Feeding South Florida to bring you a CAR-ONLY food distribution site at HATCH 1121.

More information: https://feedingsouthflorida.org

Food Finder Map

The Palm Beach County Food Finder map was created by United Way of Palm Beach County in response to COVID-19 to connect individuals seeking food resources to sites near them in a quick and accessible way.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1mKqsln49CLM8bXJWXF4ZnBC47gLNRhpN&ll=26.635994739986234%2C-80.38901239999996&z=10

PLEASE NOTE: United Way of PBC updates the information on this map weekly. However, locations and hours of distribution may change. Please consider calling the site before visiting to verify the information listed. Please note that sites may have specific requirements.

Community Sustainability Still Open!

(but no in person visits)

The Lake Worth Beach Community Sustainability department has not stopped providing their services throughout this period. All of the departments operations including building, planning, zoning, preservation, code compliance and the issuance and renewal of business licenses have continued through the use of the web site, email and phone contact, and through a drop off service at the office door. Lake Worth Beach is one of the only municipalities, which has not had a disruption of services provided.

If you need to apply for a permit, learn more about historic preservation, renew a business license, or contact a code officer you can do so by visiting lakeworthbeachfl.gov/online-services or by calling 561-586-1647

Protect Yourself from Car Break-ins

Do not leave tools or firearms in your vehicle overnight.

With car break-ins, thieves are usually not looking for a huge payoff. What this type of thief wants is a quick result for as little work as possible. By making your car a harder target for these people, you make it less desirable. So:

  • Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
  • Activate your security system if you have one.
  • Consider window tinting, since it makes casing your car more difficult.
  • Use after-market measures, like mechanisms that lock the steering wheel to protect your car and alert thieves that you’ve taken extra security measures.
  • Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes. These are obvious to thieves, too.

Finally remember look out for your neighbors, if you see something, say something! Do not try to stop a theft in progress but call PBSO at 911 and let them handle the situation.

Another Successful Meeting

Lake Worth Beach successfully hosted its Commission Meeting while observing Social Distancing Measures via VoiP this week.

The following meetings are coming up:
June 8 | City Commission Quasi Judicial Meeting – the Bohemian | 6pm
June 9 | City Commission Budget Work Session | 7pm

Meetings can be watched at www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/watch
 

Social Distancing


Even though we advise you avoid visiting with other people right now, if you must be around others then try to stay 6ft apart! How much is 6ft? See below and be a #LocalHero

Local Food for Local Folk

Do you want to support local businesses and restaurants but don’t know how to easily find them? Are you tired of eating food from a tin and want to enjoy someone elses cooking for dinner? Then check out the all new Lake Worth Beach Local Business guide. Get to know the wide variety of local establishments you can order from today.

Visit: https://local.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/ and be a local hero!

State and County Emergency Orders!


Governor’s Executive Orders

 

Florida Health Department

  Palm Beach County Orders and Actions
Lake Worth Beach Orders and Actions

Census 2020 – Make it Count Lake Worth Beach!

We need you to be a Local Hero and complete your 2020 Census! At this time Lake Worth Beach has a 47.5% completion rate which is 11% lower than Florida and Palm Beach Counties completion rates. Only 28.2% of residents in the Royal Ponciana neighborhood have completed their census (the lowest completion rate) while Sunset Ridge is currently leading the pack with a 72% completion rate. 

Completing your Census takes less than 10 minutes but will make a big difference for our community over the next 10 years. You do NOT need a code or mail from the Census Bureau; You only need your address, the people connected to this address and their birthdates.

You can complete your Census right now online at https://my2020census.gov/

The 2020 Census can also be completed by phone in multiple languages
English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

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Assistance with Utility Bills and/or Rent

Are you struggling to pay your utility bills or rent? There are options available to assist you at this time and Palm Beach County Community Services is a great first contact in this situation.

Online Services:

  • Utility Assistance
  • Rental Assistance
  • Other emergency services available


Apply for utility or rent assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS
Utility assistance (LIHEAP & EHEAP) – (561) 355-4792
Rental and emergency services assistance – (561) 904-7900

Visit our website at www.pbcgov.org/communityservices and click on “Contact Us” to:

  • Ask how to apply for services
  • Schedule a callback over-the-phone appointment
  • Request an application to be sent to you via email or regular mail (a prepaid envelope will be sent with application)

Online Reemployment Assistance

For residents whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they may file a Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System  http://floridajobs.org/.

If you are unable to apply online please see the link below for the Florida Reemployment Assistance Paper Application.

If you do not have access to a printer FedEx stores will have paper applications available. But please remember to practice social distancing!

Before you seal the envelope please make a copy or take a picture of your form and keep a record of the date you mail it.

http://www.floridajobs.org/…/r…/claimants/rapaperapplication

Housing Assistance

Palm Beach County Housing Programs continues to offer assistance to homeowners and prospective renters through the following programs:

  • Foreclosure Prevention – Funding may be provided to assist with delinquent mortgage payments, property taxes and homeowner insurance to prevent foreclosure.  Applicants can apply for up to $20,000. 

  • Rental Assistance – Funding may be provided to assist with rental security deposits, utility deposits, connection fees, housing stability counseling and rent payments up to 12 months.  The best way to apply for assistance is through the Department of Community Services electronic system via the link below or by calling (561) 904-7900. Community Services Eligibility 

  • The Purchase Assistance Program assists pre-approved applicants with financial assistance to purchase their first home. 

  • The Rehabilitation/Repair Housing Assistance Program assists approved clients with rehabilitation or emergency repair to their owner-occupied homes. 

  • The Workforce Housing Program assists approved buyers purchase homes at one of the workforce housing sites. 

To discuss housing needs and available funding, contact DHES at 561-233-3600, or visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/hes

 

Aging & Disability Resource Center Helpline

Seniors 60+ are encouraged to call the ADRC Helpline 1(866) 684-5885 for assistance with food, food stamps, COVID 19 information and questions on Medicare or Medicaid. Specially trained counselors are available to help in English, Spanish or Creole Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Elderly Resident’s Assistance Program

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has established a new program to assist our Palm Beach County elderly residents who are unable to get out of their homes to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. Our amazing team of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers is ready to deliver orders directly to their doors. Seniors in need of assistance should first contact PBSO at the numbers/emails below:

Between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm please contact:

Krysti Nast – 561- 688-3918 email address NastK@pbso.org or
Nephateri Burrell – 561- 681-7241 email address BurrellN@pbso.org

After 4:00 pm please contact: Cpl. Greg Newborn at 561-307-5422

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How the program works:

Seniors must contact a qualifying store (retail establishment) to place and pay for their orders.
A PBSO Volunteer will be dispatched to the store to pick-up the orders, which are prepackaged by the retail establishment.
The Volunteer does not shop for or provide payment for any items. All orders must be prepaid.
The Volunteer will deliver the order to the specified residence.
The Volunteer will place the items at the front door and leave.
The Volunteer does not make contact with anyone at the residence.


What is a qualifying store (retail establishment)? To qualify, the store must be able to do the following:

· Take orders over the phone or online

· Accept payment over the phone or online

· Package purchased items and hold for pick-up

Currently the only stores with this capability are Costco, Walmart, and Target. However, when it comes to prescription medications, most pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) are able to accommodate.

211 Sunshine

211’s Sunshine is a free program that provides a daily phone call with a friendly hello and well-being check for seniors who are feeling isolated and alone.  The Sunshine program is for individuals 60 or older, or those who are housebound or disabled. Dial 2-1-1 or visit https://211palmbeach.org/sunshine

U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment Assistance

 

COVID19 Resources For Floridians!

In response to COVID19 the governor’s office has published a list of resources available for all Floridians to utilize at this time.

General Information

For Small Businesses

For Families

Livestream Story Time!

Join the Lake Worth Beach Library staff every Wednesday at 10am for online Preschool Storytime. 

Stories, Music, Fun!

Get your crayons and paper and bring your Teddy Bear!

https://www.facebook.com/LWPLChildren/

Read ALL THE BOOKS!

Lake Worth Beach Municipal Library maintains an extensive online library of e-Books and  e-audiobooks that can be accessed with your library card. You can access these services below


If you would rather take a walking adventure and find a book the City of Lake Worth Beach is home to over 100 Little Free Libraries maintained by a team of volunteers who are keeping them stocked with books. To view the Little Free Library map visit the Little Free Library Map!

Building Permits!

Many of the services provided for permits, contractor certification, code enforcement are now online.  In-person, face-to-face contact inside a building is being limited. For a complete list of online services please visit https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/online-services

The issuance of building permits will still take place while the office is closed to public access.

Permit submittals will take place in the following ways:

  • Permits may be dropped off at our offices located at 1900 2nd Avenue North. There is a drop box by the front door.
  • Permits may be submitted online at the city website. There will be a digital portal on the Building Division webpage. https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/community-sustainability/building-permits/building-permit-application/
 

If you have any questions, please email bpermits@lakeworthbeachfl.gov or call 561-586-1647.

Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Closed Until July 6

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has extended the temporary closure of Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers until at least July 6, 2020. CBP is taking this precautionary measure to minimize the exposure of the public and CBP personnel to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The temporary closure applies to all public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers and FAST enrollment locations. Global Entry mobile enrollment events are also paused until further notice.

 

EU Financial Difficulty Proactive Assistance

The Electric Utility energy conservation team has initiated an outreach service to customers who may be experiencing financial difficulties. The team has made 2167 outbound calls to customers and provided 92% of those who spoke with staff a referral to agencies who may be able to help them during their period of financial need.

 

Do Not Flush Disinfectant Wipes

You know what would make quarantine so much worse? Blocked sewage pipes! While you continue your disenfecting regimen it is important to remember not to flush disinfectant wipes down the toilet. They can block your pipe causing expensive plumbing repairs or block the City sewage pipes causing very angry neighbors!

 

Utility Bill Payments

Remember you do not need to come in to Lake Worth Beach offices in person to pay your bills. You can pay online, use pay near me to pay at a local business, or pay by mail. For more information please see https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/payments-portal/

Closures and Cancellations

The city’s up-to-date closures and cancellations list is being maintained on the City website. Please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/cancellations-closures/

School Food Service

The start of summer doesn’t mean the end of free meals for children. On Thursday, June 4, and through the summer, food distribution will expand to 52 school locations, with the addition of Pleasant City Elementary School and Bear Lakes Middle School. Food distribution is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Each day, parents and guardians who pick up food will receive a kit with three days’ worth of meals for each child. Meals are FREE to anyone 18 years of age and younger (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need.  

Public Transport Updates

Palm Tran Fixed Route and Paratransit Resumes Regular Service

  • All passengers are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while riding.
  • The number onboard is limited to no more than 20 passengers on fixed-route buses.

Go Glades Service

  • Palm Tran’s western community bus service, Go Glades, Routes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are currently not running a regular service. You will be able to book a trip directly to and from your destination by calling: (561) 649-9838.
  • The Palm Tran call center (561) 841-4BUS (4287) is operating from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Many trip planning functions may be done through the Palm Tran app and on palmtran.org.

Tri-Rail

  • Passengers are urged to wear masks while riding. Tri-Rail continues to offer an amended schedule until further notice, with 18-trains every 2 hours starting at 4:17 a.m. on weekdays, and 12-trains every 3-hours starting at 5:17 a.m. on weekends. Trains have suspended fares.

Brightline

  • Train service is suspended until further notice.

PBC Courts

JURY DUTY

All jury selection proceedings are suspended through July 2. Jurors who were summonsed for jury duty through July 2 do not have to report for service. Those with questions regarding jury service can call 561-355-2930 or visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/jury.

CIRCUIT COURT

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit is limiting most face-to-face hearings. Anyone who enters the courthouse will undergo a non-invasive temperature scan. Any person who refuses to have their temperature taken or has a temperature of 100.4 º F, or higher, will not be permitted to enter the courthouses. For updated information, visit http://15thcircuit.com  

Small Business Support


Lake Worth Beach Local businesses and the downtown area are facing the threat of significantly reduced foot traffic and sales, due to ever changing protocol and regulations regarding the COVID-19. Below is a list of resources that could help your business.Latest Business News  Business Resources The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.Please click the link below for more information:https://bit.ly/3bYYdEX

For more information for Small Businesses please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/sba-covid19/
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