Love Circle Park Master Plan

  1. Planted 65 trees in Jan 2014.  Hoping to plant 120 trees this year.
  2. Funding and scheduled work for improvements (jogging trail, etc.) to begin in 2016.


  1. No playground / shelter / parking – maintain the site as a passive use open space / naturalized area
  2. No trail encroachment into the forested area at the south end of the park
  3. Light levels can be easily modified so that just enough illumination can be provided to observe activity in the park without creating a lighted parking lot’ effect.
  4. Park encircled with cabling for reduced access to motorized vehicles.
  5. Removal of “the road to nowhere”.

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From: Creek, David
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:54 PM
To: Roop, Sami L.
Cc: Zavala, Richard; Bounds, Paul S.; Youngblood, Sandra; Penn, Scott; Rice, Tonda; McElhany, Joel; Adams, Melinda J.
Subject: Love Circle Park

Sami,

Water Department has identified funding in the amount of $200k for future improvements to LoveCircle Park in their FY16 portion of the Lake Worth Improvement Funding Plan. This plan projects funding so things could change between now and then as you know, but Water does anticipate that the funds will be available.

Our Trades Infrastructure group will construct these improvements and Scott Penn has added the project to his crews work plan to begin by the 2nd qtr. of FY16. The construction schedule may be pushed up to the 1st qtr. if crews are ahead of schedule at that point.

I hope the neighborhood group will be happy to learn that funding is now identified and that a project is in a schedule to occur. If you would like, we will leave the neighborhood notification of this advancement to you and Dennis. If you want us to let them know, that would not be a problem.

If you have any questions please let me know.

David Creek
Assistant Director
Parks and Community Services Department
City of Fort Worth
817-392-5744
City of Fort Worth — Working together to build a strong community
Fort Worth


Proposed Security Plan for Lake Worth (the lake)

An increase in crime around the lake has prompted a coordinated effort between the four neighborhood associations around Lake Worth.  Here is a working document for a proposed security plan.  Once the plan is complete and has reached agreement between the associations, then the proposal will be taken to city leaders.

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Coordinated Security Plan for Lake Worth


Purpose of plan:  To implement a set of achievable, measurable, and economically feasible goals to enhance the security and safety for lake residents and lake guests.


Security issues: In addition to crime issues common to the entire city, the lake experiences an additional layer of issues.  These issues include the vandalism and dumping issues to the extensive park properties, theft of water-specific equipment such as boats and tackle, drowning and injury from lake use, and the increase of all types of crime due to the numerous guests who visit the lake.  These issues not only affect the residents of the lake but also the guests who wish to enjoy the lake.  For the safety of all citizens, the security in and around the lake is critically important.


Solutions:


Unify park hours around lake - The FWPD has requested that all parks around Lake Worth share the same hours.  In its current hodgepodge state of widely varying opening and closing times, policing the park hours is difficult if not impossible by beat patrols.  By having all lake parks enjoy the same hours, policing the park hours becomes an efficient and doable task.


Evaluation of infrastructure - Each neighborhood needs to evaluate its infrastructure for needed additions and/or repairs.  Infrastructure improvements would include:
Fencing / cabling - Fencing and cabling could be used in a variety of ways including discouraging lake guests from infringing on private property, reduce illegal dumping, and to control traffic damage to natural areas.
Park hours signage - Clearly marked park hours will help policing of the area and reduce undesirable activities which could result in injury or crime.
“On lake” and park location markers - Clearly marked “location signs” would help guests and residents communicate with law enforcement as to the specific location needing service.  Location markers would be put in strategic locations in and around the lake.
New park infrastructure - New park improvements should be considered in locations heavily used by the public but which currently lack adequate infrastructure for such use.  Proper infrastructure reduces environmental damage and promotes safety.


Evaluation of policing resources - The Fort Worth city government currently expends policing resources for the security of lake residents and lake guests.  A fresh evaluation of these resources could result in more efficient use of resources and a corresponding increase in security.
Issue 1: Two police beats - The lake currently is broken into two police beats.  Each beat covers not only the lake but also wide swaths of the city.  
Issue 2: Lake Marshal - A “lake marshal” currently offices on the shoreline. Once funded by land leases, the lake marshal now finds itself with little or no revenue since the leased land has been sold to lake residents.  Moreover, the Marshal’s authority for patrol has waxed and waned between patrolling only the water, to patrolling the land and water, to not patrolling at all.
Issue 3: Confusion in policing - Given the fact that the lake is separated from the main portion of the City of Fort Worth by several communities as well its general rural setting, policing has suffered from confusion.  Emergency 911 calls frequently are routed to the wrong municipalities and police frequently cannot find addresses.   


Unify policing resources for a “lake beat” - By having a single “lake beat,” issues occurring around the lake can be addressed by a single unified patrol rather than a divided one.  This would increase the efficiency of finding addresses as well as understanding patrol issues unique to the lake.
Unify land / water lake patrol - Many policing issues cannot be neatly divided between “water” and “land.”  For example, theft, drowning, and safety issues frequently move from shore to lake to shore.  Allocate the property equipment and trained personnel to address the issues unique to the lake.
Schedule policing for peak guest times - Like other specific areas of the city, the lake attracts a large number of guests.  Allocating resources during peak visiting times would save resources by applying them when needed most.  Given the seasonal and weekly nature of the lake’s guests, patrolling primarily should be scheduled for warmer months, weekends, and holidays. Normal residential levels of patrolling should be adequate when fewer guests are at the lake.
Improve communication between police and neighborhood members - Create a better strategy for 911 callers to identify their locations.  


Promote home safety practices of individual residents - Lake residents would be encouraged to add “strategic security layers” to protect themselves including:
Lighting
Signs
Fencing
Locking and securing property
Alarms
Cameras


Promote neighborhood-wide safety strategies - Neighborhood associations could engage in neighborhood-wide strategies for increasing their security including:
Neighborhood signage
Neighborhood watch strategies
Educate neighbors on security
Encourage neighbors to report crime
Neighborhood communication

Sunset Park and Peninsula Club Circle Meeting

Here are the notes from Sunday's Scenic Shores Neighborhood meeting in Sunset Park. I've also included a quick snap from the Parks map showing Peninsula Club Circle as a proposed trail head for the bicycle trail.




Love Circle Park Tree Planting

Dear Friends:

Thank you for helping to reforest Love Circle Park. Situated in the "Gateway to Lake Worth," the health of this signature park speaks to the 50,000 people per day who drive Jacksboro Highway. As a vibrant park, it will communicate the importance of the lake to the the citizens of Fort Worth.

Because of your help, the tree planting was a huge success. Over 80 people helped plant 60 trees. Groups that helped included the four neighborhood associations on Lake Worth, the Lake Worth Centennial Committee, Boy Scout troop 243, and kids from All Saints Episcopal School. Councilman Singleton enthusiastically helped and planted trees.

I have included links to the pictures of the event below.

All pictures: https://picasaweb.google.com/113984683703970310549/TreePlantingOfLoveCirclePark?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOzdq--w9fCAXQ&feat=directlink

Sincerely,

Michael Dallas
President
Scenic Shores Neighborhood



Dredging in the News - Fort Worth Star Telegram - 9/27/2012



Lake Worth dredging, one small part of big plan, moves ahead

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/09/26/4291686/lake-worth-dredging-one-small.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

BY SCOTT NISHIMURA

snishimura@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH - For a massive operation involving the movement of millions of cubic yards of silt, the dredging at Lake Worth is a surprisingly quiet project.

One reason that sucking huge amounts of silt out of Lake Worth after years of talk can be done so quietly and unobtrusively is that the debris is being transported via a pipe to a composter 1.7 miles away.

The dredging, one piece of a long-envisioned

Dredging Update - Shoreline Maps - 8/16/2012

August 16, 2012

Here are the latest maps showing the plans for dredging near the shoreline:

Map1 - overall map:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4NXNjWnVfeWV1WUU

Map 2 - near Castle:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4RktsVkpVS3ZSUWs

Map 3 - near Boat and Ski Club and Casino Beach:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4eWRPUENYUERocTA

Dredging Update - 7/10/2012


July 10, 2012

Fort Worth Water Department Employees have sent the following update:
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"The long awaited booster pumps have arrived from Mississippi. They are currently being assembled and installed on a barge. At the same time the discharge and return pipelines are being installed to Silver Creek Materials. The current schedule calls for dredging to begin July 16th. You can anticipate seeing the dredge and the other barges on the lake this week moving into position to the west of Goat Island. The submerged electrical cable will run from Casino Beach to the booster barge west of Goat Island. The discharge pipeline will run from the dredging barge to a point just south of where Live Oak Creek enters Lake Worth. I have attached a copy of the sign that will be posted at the boat ramps.

Great Lake Dredge and Dock has given us a schedule for the Phase 1 Dredging. Please refer to the attached map for the location of the various areas and the dredging schedule.

I have also attached a map of the various areas and the desired completion date for any private boat dock dredging in that area. We will be sending out private boat dock permitting information to dock owners in Areas H, F, I and J next week. The remaining areas will receive their permitting information 90 days prior to the desired completion date for private boat dock dredging. Permitting information will also be posted on the Water Department’s website."

Dredging Sign:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4QTAyQnl1bVZRNjA

Dredging Dates by Area of Lake:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4MkNUWExrWnd0MUE

Private Boat Dock Dredge Completion Dates:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9w-tYu1b-N4RXJWcWRyLWROWHc

Two Big Issues - Dredging & LWRCC - Jan 2012



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Summary:

Two Big Issues - Lake Worth Dredging & LWRCC - Jan 2012

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Transcript:

Two huge things are happening right now around the lake. The biggest thing on everyone’s minds right now is the dredge. City council has approved a bid. The dredging should start in about a month - somewhere around the first of March. There are a few details that you should know.

One of the most important things about the dredge, it that it will be electric. Once the dredge starts, it will run 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Since the dredging equipment will be electric powered, the lake will be a lot quieter than if diesel powered equipment had been used. The dredge will take about 7 months to complete. This would put the finishing point around Thanksgiving. However, it is highly likely that more areas will be added to the work order.

City employees are in discussion with the Corps of Engineers about certain areas of the lake being wetlands. Rather than delaying the dredge, these areas have been set aside until agreement can be reached. The current contract is for those areas without issues. Once the issues have been settled, other areas will be added to the dredge. That means the dredge may go longer than Thanksgiving. The dredging may stretch into the Spring.

The next “big thing” going on is the formation of the Lake Worth Regional Coordinating Committee. I cannot overemphasize how important this is. As you may remember, we pushed very very hard to make sure neighborhood association leaders would be on this committee. Well, the committee had it first meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2012. It was wonderful!

To form the committee, Councilman Shingleton invited 21 community members. These members included local governments, non-profits, major property owners, the base, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and, of course, the neighborhood associations. Councilman Shingleton chairs the committee. I have included a list of the members below.

In the first meeting, city employees from various departments presented an overview. Each made presentations about their plans for the area. Presentations were made by the Parks Department, the Water Department, and the Planning and Development Department. A presentation was also made by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see all of the information from the disparate departments coming together in one place. It’s also wonderful to see important community leaders putting their collective heads together and thinking about what the lake area means to citizens of Fort Worth.

The next meeting will be Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00P in the City of Lake Worth. The topic will be parks and greenspace. One of the big issues to be discussed at the meeting is the question of what is park land and what is “city owned land” - that is not parks. A study is being conducted by city employees on this question. I believe the results of that study will be presented at the meeting.

The meeting is open for the public to observe. So, if you want to come and watch, you can. I cannot overemphasize that we are at this point because of you. When you stay informed, you participate, and you vote, it makes a huge difference. So, stay informed, stay active, and stay in the loop. We’re in this together. I’m Michael Dallas.

Lake Worth Regional Coordinating Committee members: 

Local Government
Dennis Shingleton, Council Member, City of Fort Worth,
Chairman Jim Wietholter, City Plan Commissioner, City of Fort Worth
Brett McGuire, City Manager, City of Lake Worth
Dianna Buchanan, Town Administrator, Town of Lakeside
J.D. Johnson, Commissioner, Tarrant County
Mark Riley, County Judge, Parker County

Lakeshore Neighborhood Leaders
Joe Waller, President, Lake Worth Alliance
Patricia Hyer, President, East Lake Worth Neighborhood Association
Gale Cupp, President, Neighborhood Association on South Lake Worth
Michael Barnard, President, North Lake Worth Neighborhood Association
Michael Dallas, President, Scenic Shores Neighborhood Association
Jim and Diane Smith, City of Lake Worth residents

Major Property Owners
Doug Woodson, Hickman Investment, Ltd.
Kenneth Davis, Cassco Land Co., Inc.
Robert (Bob) Manthei, Regulatory Affairs Coordination, XTO Energy Inc.

Nonprofit and Develeopment Stakeholders
Mark Ernst, Water Quality Manager, Tarrant Regional Water District
Adelaide Leavens, Executive Director, Streams and Valleys, Inc.
Rick Shepherd, President, Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Inc.
Tom Huffhines, Board Member, Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
Lee Nicol, Partner, Harris Nicol & Welborn Development Partners LLC

Ex Officio
Captain Robert Bennett, Commanding Officer, and Rachel Wiggins, Community Plans and Liaison Officer, NAS Fort Worth JRB
Sam Brush, Manager of Environment & Development, NCTCOG


Meeting Agenda - Thursday, January 19, 2012

 Lake Worth Regional Coordination Committee 
 Tarrant County Sheriffs Office North Patrol, 
6651 Lake Worth Blvd. 

 AGENDA 
1. Welcome and Purpose Councilmember Dennis Shingleton, Chair 
2. Introductions Committee Members 
3. Lake Worth Vision Plan Overview Eric Fladager, City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department 
4. Lake Worth Capital Improvement Paul Bounds, City of Fort Worth Implementation Plan Update Water Department 
5. Regional Watershed Greenprinting Sam Brush, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Environment and Development Department 
6. Lake Worth Parkland Designation David Creek, City of Fort Worth Review Parks and Community Services Department 
7. Public Comments All 
8. Proposed Next Meeting: Thursday, March 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Catfish Records Set in Lake Worth - December 2011





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Summary:


Two Star Telegram articles talk about two catfish records set over the last week - "A really big catfish is lurking in Lake Worth" and "Boy catches 37.2 pound Catfish in Lake Worth"

Above, you will see the picture of the 72 pound catfish and a video of the 37 pound fish being released. Below, you will find the articles in the Fort Worth Start telegram. Enjoy!

To see Star Telegram articles, click the links below:

A really big catfish is lurking in Lake Worth:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/19/3606364/a-really-big-catfish-is-lurking.html

Boy catches 37.2 pound Catfish in Lake Worth
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/23/3616484/6-year-old-boy-catches-372-pound.html

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A really big catfish is lurking in Lake Worth
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

By Terry Evanstevans@star-telegram.com

LAKE WORTH -- There's a new Lake Worth monster in town.A 72-pound blue catfish shattered the lake's previous 55-pound record when it was caught Monday morning by Tim McKneely, with an assist from Mark Alexander.

"I knew he was big, just not how big until I got him up and he started rolling,"

McKneely said.They were using shad for bait on a 65-pound test line.The big fish came in easily but was the devil to land, McKneely said.

"He bent our net and broke our fish grips,"

McKneely said.After taking pictures, the 24-year-old friends released the 48-inch-long, 35-inch-girth cat back into the lake in northwest Tarrant County.

"I like going for the biggest cat I can get, but I'm not going to eat them," McKneely said.

"Records are made to be broken. This fish will grow more and someone else will break my record.

"The record was broken four days shy of 10 years since it was set -- Dec. 23, 2001 -- said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Tom Hungerford.The biggest blue catfish on record in Texas weighted 121.5 pounds and was caught in 2004 in Lake Texoma.

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6-year-old boy catches 37.2-pound catfish in Lake Worth Posted Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 
Saturday, December 24, 2011

By Terry Evanstevans@star-telegram.com

Two days after Lake Worth's record blue catfish was caught, a 6-year-old boy became the lake's new junior certified record holder with a 37.2-pounder.

Michael Jesse Littlejohn is barely bigger than the 40-inch fish he pulled in Wednesday, said his dad, Michael Littlejohn.

The catch marked the end of a day of fishing that saw the boy bring in gradually larger cats each time one hit his gizzard shad bait.

"We immediately got on the fish, and Michael Jesse soon landed an 18.5-pound blue cat," his father said.

A 21.5-pounder came next, followed by a 23.1-pound cat. About 25 minutes later, the record-breaker struck, Michael Littlejohn said.

"He fought the fish for a solid eight minutes, and Dad got him in the net," he said.

Adding to the excitement, Michael Littlejohn's girlfriend, Teri Sivils, got a fish on at the same time and reeled in a 33.5-pound blue cat.Michael Littlejohn got it all on video.Michael Jesse said they were fishing in 7 feet of water near the lake's midpoint not far from the Loop 820 bridge.

After the fish was weighed, he put it back in."We threw it back so it could have babies," he said. "When you have babies, then they can turn into monster catfish, too."The previous junior water body record for Lake Worth was 30.19 pounds, said Tom Hungerford, a fisheries biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The junior state record is a 65.2-pound cat caught in Lake Buchanan in 2008, Hungerford said.The state-record blue cat weighed 121.5 pounds when it was caught in 2004 in Lake Texoma. Tim McKneely, 24, caught the Lake Worth record 72-pound blue cat Monday.Wednesday's catch wasn't the biggest of Michael Jesse's three-year fishing career.

"I caught a 41-pound catfish at Lake Tawakoni about two weeks ago," he said.There are no Parks and Wildlife records for Lake Tawakoni, but Michael Jesse's goal this year is to catch a blue cat that weighs more than he does. Right now, that's 51 pounds.Hungerford said this is the time of year to do it."Winter is apparently when the trophy-size blue cats are caught," he said.

"The 120-pounder in Texoma was caught in January. The harder the wind blows out of the north and the colder it is, the better they bite."Terry Evans, 817-390-7620Twitter: @fwstevans

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Breaking News! - Lake Worth Discussed in FW Business Press Article By D7 Candidates



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Summary:

Breaking News! - District 7 Council candidates discuss Lake Worth and shoreline residents in Fort Worth Business Press article. By voting together in this election, shoreline residents are becoming a valued constituency.

To See Business Press Article Click Link Below:

http://www.fwbusinesspress.com/news/people/District-7-race-pits-Shingleton-versus-Perry.html

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Voting Instructions:
One Voting Day Left: Saturday, June 18th - 7am to 7pm

Voting Location - You must vote at the Lake Patrol Office:

Lake Worth Patrol HQ (Marshal's office)
(By Casino Beach)
7501 Surfside Drive
Fort Worth TX 76135
Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=7501+surfside+drive+fort+worth+tx&aq=&sll=32.823237,-97.456434&sspn=0.00889,0.019248&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=7501+Surfside+Dr,+Fort+Worth,+Texas+76135&ll=32.820082,-97.452679&spn=0.00889,0.019248&t=h&z=16

Common Questions:
Not sure where to vote? - Look at the maps.
You can vote at any early voting location. The two places above are the closest to the shoreline.

Didn't vote in the first election? - No problem.
Any registered voter can vote in the runoff - even if he/she didn't vote in the first election.

Don't want to vote for mayor? - No problem.
Vote in the council race and leave the mayor race blank.

Don't want to vote for a councilman? - No problem.
Vote in the mayoral race and leave the council race blank.

No voter registration card? - No problem.
If you lost your voter registration card, don't worry.
You don't need it. Just present your driver's license.
The staff will do the rest. It's very quick and easy!

Need a ride? - No problem.
If you need a ride, just call me.
We have people who will take you to the polls.
You can reach me at 817-733-9056.

Don't know who to vote for? - No problem.
Call a neighbor or call a friend.
Every single vote - no matter which candidate you vote for - is a vote for the lake.

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Breaking News! - Lake Worth Discussed in FW Business Press Article By D7 Candidates

Script

I want to show you something amazing. Here is this week’s issue of the Fort Worth Business Press. On page 7, an article appears entitled, “District 7 race pits Shingleton versus Perry.” The article talks about the two men and their viewpoints on various topics. Here’s the exciting part. At the very end of the article, on page 27, the candidates talk about Lake Worth.

Dennis Shingleton says, “The green space should remain green space, not only for the residents around Lake Worth but for residents of the city.” Perry spoke about the property rights of shoreline residents and the remaining leaseholders. He says, “I do believe in property rights and if we’ve made a promise to these people, I think we should keep it.” This is huge! This is exactly what we’ve been trying to do! We are absolutely accomplishing our goal of making the shoreline residents a respected constituency.

As I’ve said before, in the world of city government, voting makes you important. Your one vote sends a more powerful message than anything else you can do. No matter who you vote for, just the very act of your voting sends an extraordinarily powerful message. Your single votes says to our city leaders that you value your home and your neighborhood, and you expect their help and their support..

Last month, about 300 shoreline residents voted in the first election. So far, about 200 shoreline residents have voted in the runoff. We need everyone who voted in May to vote again. Those who haven’t voted in the runoff yet, need to vote on Saturday. What I need you to do right now is to forward this email all your friends on the shoreline and let them know how important it is to vote. They need to vote on Saturday if they haven’t voted yet. Again, I cannot overemphasize how important every single vote is.

Shoreline residents who vote this weekend need to go to the Marshal’s Lake Patrol office 7501 Surfside Drive, next to Casion Beach. You can click the link below for a map.

I know that this has been a long election but we are almost there! Together, we are changing everything!

I’m Michael Dallas.

Shoreline Voting Is Working! Two More Voting Weekdays.



If you can't see the video above, click or copy the following link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/v/X3J2O_FxvRw

Summary:

If shoreline residents want neighborhood leaders to be able to influence the decisions about what happens in the neighborhood and around the lake, residents to be viewed as a "respected constituency." To become a respected constituency shoreline residents need to vote in the runoff election which starts Monday June 6th and continues to June 14th with a final voting day on June 18th.

The video contains the presentation that the four neighborhood association presidents made to the Planning Commission on the Lake Worth Vision Plan. The commission's response clearly illustrates how every resident on the shoreline benefits when we are viewed as a respected constituency.

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Voting Instructions:

Voting Starts Mondays June 6th and goes to June 14th
One final voting daye June 18th

Voting Locations - You may vote at any early voting location. The closest two locations to the lake are:

Northwest Branch Library
6228 Crystal Lake Drive, Fort Worth TX 76179
For directions, click link below:
Click Here For Directions To NW Branch Library

White Settlement Public Library
8215 White Settlement Road
White Settlement TX 76108
If you need directions to the polls, click link below:
Click Here For Directions to White Settlement Voting

Other Locations (Interactive Map):
Click Here For A Map Of All Locations

Common Questions:

Not sure where to vote? - Look at the maps.
You can vote at any early voting location. The two places above are the closest to the shoreline.

Didn't vote in the first election? - No problem.
Any registered voter can vote in the runoff - even if he/she didn't vote in the first election.

Don't want to vote for mayor? - No problem.
Vote in the council race and leave the mayor race blank.

Don't want to vote for a councilman? - No problem.
Vote in the mayoral race and leave the council race blank.

No voter registration card? - No problem.
If you lost your voter registration card, don't worry.
You don't need it. Just present your driver's license.
The staff will do the rest. It's very quick and easy!

Need a ride? - No problem.
If you need a ride, just call me.
We have people who will take you to the polls.
You can reach me at 817-733-9056.

Don't know who to vote for? - No problem.
Call a neighbor or call a friend.
Every single vote - no matter which candidate you vote for - is a vote for the lake.

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Critical Vote June 6-14 / Lake Worth Vision Update


Script

I want to show you something. If you voted last month, then you’ve noticed something about your mailbox. It’s full of brochures from the mayoral and council candidates.

Here’s just a fraction of the stuff that I’ve received. Now, you need to understand something about this stuff. It’s expensive. I’ve got about $20 worth right here. Since it’s expensive, this stuff does not go to everyone. In fact, only a small handful of residents ever get anything from the candidates. Now let me ask you a question. Who do you think gets this stuff? I can tell you with absolute certainty that the only people who get this stuff are the people who vote!

If you don't remember anything else about this video, remember this. In the world of city government, voting makes you important. Your one vote sends a more powerful message than anything else you can do. It’s more powerful than letters and email. It’s more powerful than phone calls. It’s more powerful than speaking at council. The reason is that, unlike big national elections, our city elections hinge on a tiny handful of votes. That means that every single vote is highly prized and sought after by our elected officials.

What this means is that no matter who you vote for, just the very act of voting sends an extraordinarily powerful message. Your single votes says to our city leaders that you value your home, you value your neighborhood, and you expect their help and their support..

Let me show you one more thing. Here is a letter from one of the candidates specifically speaking to some of the issues we have here at the lake. Let me ask you a question. In past elections, how many times have you seen a candidate send a letter specifically addressing the issues at the lake? This goes to the very heart of what we are trying to do in this election. When we vote together - no matter who each of us votes for - we get their attention. And when we get their attention, we get their support. And we get their support, we get them to work for us.

If you haven’t voted yet, please vote Monday or Tuesday. These are the last two weekdays for voting. The polls are open 7am to 7pm. You can vote at any polling station. I’ve been told that the easiest station to get to from the lake is the White Settlement Library on White Settlement Road a couple of miles east of 820.

I know that this has been a long election but we are almost there! Together, we are changing everything!

I’m Michael Dallas.

Critical Vote June 6-14 / Lake Worth Vision Update



If you can't see the video above, click or copy the following link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/v/itxmlJul8LY

Summary:

If shoreline residents want neighborhood leaders to be able to influence the decisions about what happens in the neighborhood and around the lake, residents to be viewed as a "respected constituency." To become a respected constituency shoreline residents need to vote in the runoff election which starts Monday June 6th and continues to June 14th with a final voting day on June 18th.

The video contains the presentation that the four neighborhood association presidents made to the Planning Commission on the Lake Worth Vision Plan. The commission's response clearly illustrates how every resident on the shoreline benefits when we are viewed as a respected constituency.

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Voting Instructions:

Voting Starts Mondays June 6th and goes to June 14th
One final voting daye June 18th

Voting Locations - You may vote at any early voting location. The closest two locations to the lake are:

Northwest Branch Library
6228 Crystal Lake Drive, Fort Worth TX 76179
For directions, click link below:
Click Here For Directions To NW Branch Library

White Settlement Public Library
8215 White Settlement Road
White Settlement TX 76108
If you need directions to the polls, click link below:
Click Here For Directions to White Settlement Voting

Other Locations (Interactive Map):
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Didn't vote in the first election? - No problem.
Any registered voter can vote in the runoff - even if he/she didn't vote in the first election.

Don't want to vote for mayor? - No problem.
Vote in the council race and leave the mayor race blank.

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Vote in the mayoral race and leave the council race blank.

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You don't need it. Just present your driver's license.
The staff will do the rest. It's very quick and easy!

Need a ride? - No problem.
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You can reach me at 817-733-9056.

Don't know who to vote for? - No problem.
Call a neighbor or call a friend.
Every single vote - no matter which candidate you vote for - is a vote for the lake.

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Critical Vote June 6-14 / Lake Worth Vision Update


Script

A shoreline leader recently told me that a councilman once called shoreline residents, “a bunch of whiny babies.” I’ve also heard people around the lake characterize shoreline residents as being treated like “red-headed stepchildren.” Now I’m not sure what either of these things mean, but I do know that we can and we will change this attitude by voting in this election.

In a minute, I am going to run a video. In that video, you will see a concrete example of why changing that attitude is important to you and your home. You will see how our being viewed as a respected constituency is absolutely vital to you.

The only way we become a respected constituency is by voting. As I have said before, our elected officials know exactly who voted. The may not know who you voted for. But they absolutely know if you voted or not. If we want to be a respected constituency and have a voice in what goes on out here, ever single one of us needs to vote.

We have come a long way to becoming a respected constituency. In the first round of this election, about 50% of the registered voters on the shoreline voted. This is huge! We are the top voting constituency in City of Fort Worth. Moreover, we made a huge impact in the election. Even though we represent slightly more than 1% of the registered voters, we accounted for 5.5% of the overall district vote. We are quickly earning the title of valued constituency.

We now have an enormous opportunity. In the first election, about 5400 people voted in our district. In the runoff, the overall turnout will be about half of that. What this means is that the shoreline can make absolutely enormous showing. If we all vote again, we will represent one out of every ten votes cast in District 7.

The runoff election will begin next Monday, June 6th and will run through June 14th with a final day of voting on June 18th. The voting location in Lake Worth has changed. Instead of the Sheriff's office, you need to go to the Northwest Branch Library just north of the Tarrant County College Northwest campus. If you haven’t been to the library before, you need to go up there just to see the facility. It’s beautiful. If you want specific directions, just click the link below. If you voted in White Settlement, you’re in luck. The location in White Settlement will be the same as in the last election. Again, if you want directions, just click the link below.

I’m now going to play the the video of the four shoreline neighborhood presidents making a presentation to the Fort Worth Planning Commission on the Lake Worth Vision planning process. The Lake Worth Vision is an extremely important process that will affect every resident on the shoreline. What you see is the tail end of a fierce effort by the neighborhood presidents to to secure a voice in the plan. In my opinion, this was the most important event for lake residents since the properties were deeded.

This is just one of many extremely important initiative will be making for you. If you want us to be effective in protecting and representing your interests, you have to vote.

----- Video of Lake Worth Vision / Planning Commission

As you can see, we were successful in gaining a voice for the shoreline residents in the Lake Worth Vision process. Through the organizing that we are doing, we are earning the respect that we need. Now is your time to act. Plan on voting in the runoff election.

Michael Dallas
President Scenic Shores Neighborhood Association
817-733-9056
8437 Island View Drive
Fort Worth TX 76135

Lake Worth Residents Have A Voice


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Why Vote? This is why!


Summary:


Our councilman agreed to allow the neighborhood leaders to be a part of the decision-making committee for the future planning of the Lake Worth area.
Previously, all four neighborhood association presidents were unhappy with the proposals to NOT have a voice in the decision-making process. This meeting shows the difference of attitude when the councilman allows the neighborhood associations to have a seat in the process.

Your Vote is Changing Everything!

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Shoreline Voter Updates - Huge Success!!! Election Results

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Huge Success! Shoreline Voter Update - Election Results

Summary:

The shoreline residents are forever changing the face of Fort Worth city elections. This election has shown that, in the future, the shoreline vote will be very important to candidates running for the District 7 council seat.

Script

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share with you how we shoreline residents are forever changing the face of city elections. First, I'm going to share with you the election results and then I'm going to show how the shoreline affected the election.

As you know by now, the mayoral election and District 7 council election have gone into runoff elections. The reason is that no candidate in either race garnered 50% of the overall vote. The voting for the runoff election will be held June 6th through June 14th with the final voting on June 18th.

So how did we shoreline voters affect the election? In short, the results were absolutely amazing! We had a significant impact. I want to give credit where credit is due. I want to thank every person who voted. I also want to thank those on the shoreline who called, emailed and otherwise motivated their friends and neighbors to vote. Your efforts had absolutely incredible results! You have a lot to be proud of!

Now it will be a couple of weeks until we get the actual final count, but we can make a pretty good estimate based on the numbers that we do have. We can get an estimate because our precinct is 4242. A quick estimate shows that while the shoreline represents about 10% of the voters in Precinct 4242, we represents about 95% of the votes cast. So, until we get the final data, we can use results from Precinct 4242 as our thermometer.

The first thing we see is that the shoreline accounts for over 300 votes.
This means that of the approximately 600 valid registered voters on the shoreline, well over 50% voted. Percentage wise, we are one the top, if not the top, voting constituencies in the City of Fort Worth.

The second thing we see is that, in total, 5417 votes were cast across District 7. This means that while the shoreline voters only represent around 1.2% of the registered District 7 voters, we accounted for 5.5% of all District 7 votes cast. This is huge! In other words, one out of every 18 votes cast in District 7 came from the shoreline!

Again, job well done. Every single vote made a huge difference!

So what were the election results and how did the shoreline affect the races? Below, I have included links to the Tarrant County Elections Commission results pages. There are some pretty interesting numbers. Let's start with the results from the mayoral race.

While Cathy Hirt did not make the runoff election, she did win the shoreline vote. While she only took 21% of the city wide vote, she garnered 46% of the shoreline voters.
Conversely, while Betsy Price took 43% of the overall city vote, she only took 26% of the shoreline vote.
Jim Lane took 26% of the overall city votes and 20% of the shoreline votes.

The council results were even more interesting.
John Perry took the most votes on the shoreline. While he took 20% of the total district vote, he took 39% of the shoreline vote.
Dennis Shingleton took the second highest number of shoreline votes. While he took almost 46% of the total district vote, he took 34% of the shoreline vote.

Here's the really interesting part. As I said before, because Mr. Shingleton took less than 50% of the overall District 7 vote, the election now goes into a run off. Had Mr. Shingleton taken the entire shoreline vote, he would have been within 35 votes of winning the election outright and avoiding a runoff. What this means is that it is very clear from this election that getting the shoreline vote will be very, very important to anyone seeking the District 7 council seat.

The good news, to whomever wins this election, is that it should be very easy to win over shoreline residents for their support for the 2013 election. More than any other neighborhood in District 7, the shoreline has large number of issues that have been sorely neglected and are in dire need of attention. Luckily, these issues don't require a lot of money. They mostly require a councilman who will listen to the residents and will provide leadership support. If our new councilman works with us - and not against us - he will find a fantastic group of people who know how to collaborate and who know how to get things done. By providing good leadership and good representation over the next 24 months, he will be able to garner the shoreline's support for the next election.

So what do we need to do now? Well, the election is not over just yet. There will be a runoff vote starting Monday, June the 6th. It is very important that each one of us votes in the runoff. The runoff election is actually more important than the first election. In this runoff, our votes could decide who the next mayor and councilman will be. Just like the first round of voting, I will be providing a daily shoreline vote count. I don't have the email addresses of everyone on the shoreline, so you will need to help. Make sure that you contact your friends and your neighbors and let them know how important their vote is.

Again, great job everyone! You are changing everything. Let's get ready and let's finish this election!

We're in this together. I'm Michael Dallas.


Mayor Results:
http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/evote/lib/evote/2011/May14/results/contest_25.pdf

District 7 Results:
http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/evote/lib/evote/2011/May14/results/contest_30.pdf


Michael Dallas
President Scenic Shores Neighborhood Association
817-733-9056
8437 Island View Drive
Fort Worth TX 76135


Shoreline Voter Updates - Huge Success!!! Election Results


If you can't see the video above, click or copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.youtube.com/v/qCoHMoRAs5Y

Huge Success! Shoreline Voter Update - Election Results

Summary:

The shoreline residents are forever changing the face of Fort Worth city elections. This election has shown that, in the future, the shoreline vote will be very important to candidates running for the District 7 council seat.

Script

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share with you how we shoreline residents are forever changing the face of city elections. First, I'm going to share with you the election results and then I'm going to show how the shoreline affected the election.

As you know by now, the mayoral election and District 7 council election have gone into runoff elections. The reason is that no candidate in either race garnered 50% of the overall vote. The voting for the runoff election will be held June 6th through June 14th with the final voting on June 18th.

So how did we shoreline voters affect the election? In short, the results were absolutely amazing! We had a significant impact. I want to give credit where credit is due. I want to thank every person who voted. I also want to thank those on the shoreline who called, emailed and otherwise motivated their friends and neighbors to vote. Your efforts had absolutely incredible results! You have a lot to be proud of!

Now it will be a couple of weeks until we get the actual final count, but we can make a pretty good estimate based on the numbers that we do have. We can get an estimate because our precinct is 4242. A quick estimate shows that while the shoreline represents about 10% of the voters in Precinct 4242, we represents about 95% of the votes cast. So, until we get the final data, we can use results from Precinct 4242 as our thermometer.

The first thing we see is that the shoreline accounts for over 300 votes.
This means that of the approximately 600 valid registered voters on the shoreline, well over 50% voted. Percentage wise, we are one the top, if not the top, voting constituencies in the City of Fort Worth.

The second thing we see is that, in total, 5417 votes were cast across District 7. This means that while the shoreline voters only represent around 1.2% of the registered District 7 voters, we accounted for 5.5% of all District 7 votes cast. This is huge! In other words, one out of every 18 votes cast in District 7 came from the shoreline!

Again, job well done. Every single vote made a huge difference!

So what were the election results and how did the shoreline affect the races? Below, I have included links to the Tarrant County Elections Commission results pages. There are some pretty interesting numbers. Let's start with the results from the mayoral race.

While Cathy Hirt did not make the runoff election, she did win the shoreline vote. While she only took 21% of the city wide vote, she garnered 46% of the shoreline voters.
Conversely, while Betsy Price took 43% of the overall city vote, she only took 26% of the shoreline vote.
Jim Lane took 26% of the overall city votes and 20% of the shoreline votes.

The council results were even more interesting.
John Perry took the most votes on the shoreline. While he took 20% of the total district vote, he took 39% of the shoreline vote.
Dennis Shingleton took the second highest number of shoreline votes. While he took almost 46% of the total district vote, he took 34% of the shoreline vote.

Here's the really interesting part. As I said before, because Mr. Shingleton took less than 50% of the overall District 7 vote, the election now goes into a run off. Had Mr. Shingleton taken the entire shoreline vote, he would have been within 35 votes of winning the election outright and avoiding a runoff. What this means is that it is very clear from this election that getting the shoreline vote will be very, very important to anyone seeking the District 7 council seat.

The good news, to whomever wins this election, is that it should be very easy to win over shoreline residents for their support for the 2013 election. More than any other neighborhood in District 7, the shoreline has large number of issues that have been sorely neglected and are in dire need of attention. Luckily, these issues don't require a lot of money. They mostly require a councilman who will listen to the residents and will provide leadership support. If our new councilman works with us - and not against us - he will find a fantastic group of people who know how to collaborate and who know how to get things done. By providing good leadership and good representation over the next 24 months, he will be able to garner the shoreline's support for the next election.

So what do we need to do now? Well, the election is not over just yet. There will be a runoff vote starting Monday, June the 6th. It is very important that each one of us votes in the runoff. The runoff election is actually more important than the first election. In this runoff, our votes could decide who the next mayor and councilman will be. Just like the first round of voting, I will be providing a daily shoreline vote count. I don't have the email addresses of everyone on the shoreline, so you will need to help. Make sure that you contact your friends and your neighbors and let them know how important their vote is.

Again, great job everyone! You are changing everything. Let's get ready and let's finish this election!

We're in this together. I'm Michael Dallas.


Mayor Results:
http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/evote/lib/evote/2011/May14/results/contest_25.pdf

District 7 Results:
http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/evote/lib/evote/2011/May14/results/contest_30.pdf


Michael Dallas
President Scenic Shores Neighborhood Association
817-733-9056
8437 Island View Drive
Fort Worth TX 76135


Huge Success! Shoreline Voter Rally Update

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Huge Success! Shoreline Voter Rally Update


Summary:


The April 9th Shoreline Voter Rally was a huge success. Over 200 shoreline residents and all 10 candidates attended. The shoreline movement has caught the attention of the entire city and is being watched carefully. To be a valued constituency, shoreline residents now need to show up at the polls in the early election from May 2nd through May 10th.


Script


As you probably know, on Saturday, April 9th, the four neighborhood associations sponsored a Shoreline Voter Rally barbecue. It was a huge success! Over 200 shoreline residents showed up. All ten candidates were there - the five running for mayor and the five running for council. Since the rally, I heard from many people outside the lake community that we made an extraordinary impact. The shoreline movement has been the talk of the entire city.

So, we are now halfway there. All we need to do now is show up at the polls. You need to vote in early voting. Early voting is the week of May 2nd through May 10th. I cannot overemphasize how important this is to you, your home, and to the lake.

As I said in the last video, we have a lot of serious issues that need attention. The green space that we all love around the lake needs to be protected from developers. We need help in addressing the increased crime and home invasions around the lake. And we need special attention on how drilling goes forward near the water. And these are just a few of the problems. The only way we are going to get our issues addressed out here is by becoming an respected constituency. And the ONLY way we become a respected constituency is by voting in the upcoming city election.

Let me say it another way. If we don’t vote in this election, we will be viewed as just a bunch of whiny babies that can be ignored. If we do vote, then we will be viewed as a valuable constituency who needs attention. It really is just that simple.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of your one vote. It doesn’t matter who each of us votes for, we just need to vote in the upcoming election.

As I said before, when each of us votes, it gets recorded. I got this disk at the Tarrant County Election Commission. It has every voter in Tarrant County on it. It also shows what elections each voter voted in. After this election, our elected officials will get a new copy of this disk. If we want to get issues around the lake addressed, they need to see that you and I and all of our neighbors on the lake voted.

This is what you need to do. Put on your calendars to vote on Monday, May the 2nd. To vote, you will need to go to the Sheriff’s office in the City of Lake Worth at 6651 Lake Worth Blvd. Lake Worth Blvd is Jacksboro Highway as it goes through the City of Lake Worth. The Sheriff’s office is about halfway between 820 and the Lake Worth Bridge on the South side of the road. Again, put on your calendars to vote on May 2nd at the Sheriff’s office in the City of Lake Worth.

If you vote and I vote and we get all of our friends and neighbors on the lake to vote, we WILL change everything.

We’re all in the together. I’m Michael Dallas.