If you remember what Lake Worth’s public beach looked like just two years ago, it’s hard not to be wowed by the place today. Once a decrepit, structurally unsound concrete box, the old Lake Worth Casino building has been replaced by a gleaming Mediterranean Revival structure, with a decorative tower and second-floor terrace that echo the beach site’s former splendor nearly a century ago.
The new public beach’s official grand opening this month came months later than originally planned when construction began in the summer of 2011. Delays in hiring the contractor to renovate the area around the Casino building and other complications pushed the date back and led to cost overruns. All told, the beach makeover cost about $13 million, $2 million more than planned.
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