Friday, September 19, 2008

Latest News on Lake Worth Beach

Would you believe it? Our daily paper this morning had this headline and article:
The last days for a historic hangout*

There are a couple a neat historic photos, enlarge them and take a trip back in history. And a report on the renovation of the Casino Building on Lake Worth Beach. We just discovered the area and now they are going to tear it down in March to build a new modern one. Of course if things go as things go in Florida, it may take a few years instead of a few months.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lake Worth Beach

We spent several hours today on the beach of Lake Worth.

The City of Lake Worth is located in central Palm Beach County on the eastern coast of Florida. It is due south of Palm Beach and considered part of the South Florida Metropolitan area. It gets it’s name from a historical General, William J. Worth. Actually we found out that there are several cities names for this general and he has a very interesting history. If you are keen on knowing more about him then click on his name above.

There is even a paperback book, (used) at Amazon called “Lake Worth(Images of America: Florida. Better hurry as there were only 4 available costing from $99 to $158. It has 128 pages and was published in 1999. That is a pricey paperback affair. But the cover is a really neat photo. Check it out.

Lake Worth Beach has 1,300 feet of guarded beaches. Most of the life guard huts are set among the vegetation bordering the beach. Today they had yellow flags flying which means medium hazard and some sea pests.

The amenities are very nice and include showers, and picnic facilities. A nice park borders the beach area and many people bring their chairs and books and enjoy the ocean view while resting in the shade of the many trees.

There are 6 retail stores in the Casino building and 2 sit-down restaurants. There is a full service restaurant and bar on the pier, called Bennie’s on the Beach. You can see it in the distance in the 2 photos below. It sits right at the beginning of the pier and there are always thirsty, hungry folks there.

The pier is being repaired and these two photos below show the damage from two different storms. Here is a link to the story on the pier. It was damaged quite a lot during Hurricane Frances in 2004. The project is supposed to take 18 months but Benny’s on the Beach is open.

We had noticed that a little south of this beach area was a hot spot for surfers and while looking around the Internet we fell on this site with photos of kids surfing on Lake Worth Beach so thought I would include it here Some nice photography there.

In the photo below you can barely see two sailboats way out in the ocean. We are sure there are other areas of Lake Worth just waiting for us to explore another time. Hope you enjoyed this visit.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Movin’ On Up

Yes we have moved up the road a piece. We have left Fort Lauderdale for West Palm Beach. For those of you who don’t know the area, it is about 45 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and still on the Atlantic Coast. The photo above shows the Intracoastal Waterway and across is Palm Beach and then the ocean.

Because of the move and all the things that one has to do when one moves, we have not posted to our blog in almost two months. Can’t believe how time has gone by.

We have been riding some and have taken a few photos. It is quite beautiful here too. Downtown West Palm Beach is very scooter friendly and we see lots of other people scootering around the city. The town really has a big city flavor with all the tall buildings. Many are new and many are restored. A great mixture of architecture and sitting right on the Intracoastal Waterway, which by the way is much wider here than in Fort Lauderdale. We love walking and riding along it.

There is a nice area on a street called Clematis where they have a park and a slew of water jets for kids to play in. There are usually at least a dozen little ones running and jumping and playing in the water. We took this picture early on a Sunday morning before the crowd arrived. It is a great way to cool off on a hot summer Florida day. And then stop by Sloans for an ice cream.

The roads along the ocean in Palm Beach are spectacular for riding. On One side of the two lane road there is the ocean, a huge turquoise blue spreading out for miles and on the other side of the road sits mansion after mansion in park like settings. A truly spectacular ride.

We are excited to have lots of new places to discover. Now that we are back in the swing of things, we should be posting pretty regularly. We have also missed out on reading a lot of our favorite scooter blogs. We're back!