Today we are going to Muse about some special places in our community and also about FEMA. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Some Little Gems
Hustle bustle crowds and mediocrity. That is everywhere. But there are some little gems around. Here are a couple you might enjoy.
Casper’s on Park
The main street through the town of Lake Park (just north of Riviera Beach, Florida) is Park Avenue. Yes, like in Monopoly. And not far from town center on Park Avenue is a little eatery: Casper’s on Park. We think it is great.
The owner is Italian. Before finding his way here he spent a number of years in France and in New Orleans. So, his menu is a blend of French and Creole cuisine. Each day he posts four or five specials, all fresh and well prepared. The space is intimate. I think there are six tables inside and a like number outside. It is very casual, nice with white table cloths. We have eaten there several times. It is lay back and unpretentious. The prices are modest. The food has been very good. We recommend it.
The cafe is open seven days a week, though it closes at 7 PM on Monday and Tuesday.
The French Corner Bistro and Rotisserie
Another gem is The French Corner Bistro and Rotisserie located in West Palm Beach in the north side shopping center on Okeechobee Boulevard immediately west of Military Trail. It also is small with only six or seven tables inside and several outside. The cuisine is gourmet. It is well worth a try.
Don Victorio’s Market
Related to dining is the purchase of good produce.
Several years ago Don Victorio’s Market, a produce store on Dixie Highway three blocks south of Forest Hill, opened. They specialize in locally grown food and supply many of the restaurants in the area. This is a great store. It is definitely not fancy but the produce is fresh and amazingly inexpensive compared to the super market chains.
On a different topic
in today’s paper this article appeared.
The article explains that FEMA is in the process of updating its flood zone maps for the first time in 30 years. Much of the county which heretofore was not considered to be in a flood zone is likely to be reclassified . Today scientists use satellites and lasers to measure topography. The measurements are said to be correct to within an inch. This is a vast improvement over what could be done thirty years ago. In this case unfortunately the finding has been that the land surface is lower than had been thought. This can have a significant economic impact.
Last week I wrote about the threat to much of our coastal areas brought on by the rising sea levels. John Englander in his book High Tide on Main Street discusses the new flood zone mapping ability using lasers and what it tells us.
One danger in areas like western Palm Beach County is that, as the sea level rises, it displaces the fresh water flowing under the state. The water table rises. Low lying areas ultimately will flood from water rising to the surface. It is a real problem.
We need people, politicians especially, more focused on the issue so steps are taken to mitigate the problem. Today’s article has people alarmed because it may have economic impact on them directly. We all should be alarmed.
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