Lake Worth is on the rise and getting better, mayor says

Lake Worth has moved beyond years of distrust, fear of the future and is no longer just a quirky city with a lot of issues, Mayor Pam Triolo said Thursday night at her annual State of the City Address. 

“We’re honest about our problems...and do not give up until the  job is done,” Triolo said at the Lake Worth Casino Ballroom. “But we still own quirky with a capital ‘C.”

She pointed to several items during her 70-minute remarks, including Lake Worth’s 

taxable evaluation of all the properties increasing from $990 million in 2012 -- Triolo’s first year in office --  to $1.6 billion in 2017; more than $250 million in private sector development since 2012 and stabilizing crime rates.

“I’m so pleased at the progress we’re making,” Triolo said. “We’re creating a financially culturally  and environmentally sustainable Lake Worth.”

She also addressed some of the city’s problems, saying although crime is down, prostitution and overdoses are still an issue in the city.

“We will continue to apply pressure for change,” she said.

Triolo also said slumlords hurt the market and create a neighborhood nuisance.

But she said Lake Worth’s future is bright.

“How far have we come from those days of dysfunction,” she said. “We have turned the corner and now we’re on the road to success. We’re facing the warm sunshine of our future. The state of Lake Worth is strong, it’s vibrant and healthy and getting better each and every day.”

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