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Sea-wall section falls

A section of sea wall behind The Mar-a-Lago Club recently fell into the Intracoastal Waterway. A Mar-a-Lago spokesman said the sea wall is being fixed.

Weather Matters: Dry weekend forecast as depression dissipates

Weather Matters: Dry weekend forecast as depression dissipates

Weather does not hamper port dredging

Tuesday’s hours-long downpour temporarily flooded some streets and considerably slowed the evening commute — but it did not interfere with an emergency dredging of the Lake Worth Inlet.

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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 5, 2010 at 10:25am
The League of Women Voters, Palm Beach County in partnership with WXEL has established a telephone HOTLINE bank to answer questions regarding the November 2nd elections.

Phones will be open for calls from October 19 through November 2nd to answer such questions as: where, when and how to vote, questions about eligibility, about the ballot amendments and whatever else citizens need to know in order to vote. The number to call is 561 276 4898
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2010 at 12:18pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 4-8, 2010
October 1, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, October 4th, through Friday morning, October 8th, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 24, 2010 at 3:34pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for September 27-October 1, 2010

September 24, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, September 27th, through Friday morning, October 1st, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 7, 2010 at 5:54pm
Eradication Declared in Palm Beach County Medfly Program
September 1, 2010: The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services (FLACS) announced that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) outbreak in Palm Beach County has been eradicated. As of September 1, 2010, regulations have been lifted and fruit movement is no longer prohibited.

Eradication is achieved when three (3) life cycles of the Medfly (approximately 60 days) have passed without finding another wild Medfly. The ban on fruit movement has been lifted and, according to FLACS, all businesses under compliance agreements are released from all regulatory requirements of the program. Medfly trapping will continue under the statewide fruit fly detection and monitoring program, and sterile Medflies will continue to be released as a preventive measure.

For more information, visit the Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services website at http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/enpp/ento/exoticfruitflies.html or call their toll-free help number at 888-397-1517.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 7, 2010 at 5:10pm
I-95 Pavement Repairs Scheduled to Begin September 25, 2010
September 7, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that approximately four (4) miles of southbound travel lanes on I-95 from south of Linton Boulevard to south of Boynton Beach Boulevard will undergo pavement repairs. This project is scheduled to begin September 25, 2010 and will take approximately 185 days to complete.

The repairs, which include milling and resurfacing, will be done mostly at night and may cause intermittent lane closures and/or travel delays. Signage will be posted to advise motorists of current conditions while work is in progress.

For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 27, 2010 at 4:04pm
CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE ACCEPTING PROPERTY APPRAISAL PETITIONS

Deadline for Taxpayers to Petition the Value Adjustment Board is Approaching

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 27, 2010) – Palm Beach County taxpayers have until Sept. 16 to challenge their property’s market value, classification, or an exemption by petitioning the Value Adjustment Board, or VAB.

Taxpayers set a record for VAB petitions last year, with more than 19,000 people challenging the assessed value or classification of their property in 2009—a 44 percent increase over 2008. This year, the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, which facilitates the VAB process, is expecting a volume of petitions similar to 2009.

Hearings for 2010 petitions will begin in mid-October, and are expected to continue through next summer.

Taxpayers have three options to file VAB petitions: online at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com using myVAB ; in person at the Clerk’s Governmental Center or branch locations; or by mail to 301 North Olive Avenue, Room 203, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Petition forms, for those who choose not to use the online myVAB option, are available from the Clerk’s office , the Property Appraiser , or the Florida Department of Revenue’s website . All VAB petitions must be submitted with a $15 filing fee.

About 35 percent of the petitioners, or 6,741, received adjustments to their property appraisals during the 2009 appeals process.

The Property Appraiser notified taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values in a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice mailed on August 23. VAB, which consists of two county commissioners, one school board member and two citizen members, approves and hires special magistrates to settle any disputes between the property owner and Property Appraiser. It is an independent entity that is not affiliated with the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector.

As Clerk to the VAB, the Clerk’s office receives and processes petitions, schedules and coordinates hearings, clerks and records the hearings, and more. For more information on myVAB, the Value Adjustment Board or the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-6289.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 25, 2010 at 4:43pm
Palm Beach County BCC and Tax Collector’s Office Announce Re-opening of South County Service Center

Chairman Burt Aaronson and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, along with Tax Collector Anne Gannon, are proud to announce the re-opening of the South County Service Center located at the South County Administrative Complex in Delray Beach. The complex is located just south of Atlantic Boulevard on Congress Avenue, near the Delray Beach Tri-Rail Station.

The Service Center will be a full service driver’s license center as well as offer the traditional services offered in the past by the Tax Collector’s office. The Board of County Commissioners and the City of Delray Beach were happy to team up with the Tax Collector’s Office in order to speed up the process of providing these services to residents in the South County area.

A dedication ceremony will take place on Monday, September 13, 2010 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the South County Administrative Complex located at 501 South Congress Avenue in Delray Beach. Speakers at the Dedication include BCC Chairman Burt Aaronson, Tax Collector Anne Gannon and Delray Beach Mayor Woody McDuffie.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 12, 2010 at 7:28pm
Aviation Alert
A jet and helicopter will be flying unusual patterns off the Palm Beach County coast between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday July 13 for a television commercial.

The aerial production has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and permitted by the county, according to the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.

The two aircraft will be at an altitude of 1,500 feet about a half-mile offshore for the maneuvers, which are for a television production company videotaping the jetliner for an upcoming commercial presentation, according to the commission's news release.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 9, 2010 at 4:03pm
George Bush Blvd Intracoastal Bridge Closed July 20 - December 13, 2010
The Palm Beach County Engineering Department Traffic Division has advised that the George Bush Boulevard Bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed for bridge rehabilitation on July 20, 2010, beginning at 6:00 am and will remain closed through December 13, 2010, 6:00 pm.

Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue and US 1 Federal Highway. Signage will be posted to assist motorists. Access to all businesses will be maintained.

For more information, please call the Palm Beach County Traffic Division at (561) 684-4030.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 23, 2010 at 10:35am
Fourth of July Street Closures, Parking Facilities and Shuttle Bus Service

Delray Beach will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4, 2010, with free concerts at the City's entertainment stage, fun-filled activities and spectacular fireworks. Festivities will begin at 8:00 am and include a Sand Sculpting Exhibition on Delray's Municipal Beach, the American Flag Raising Ceremony, Beautiful Baby Bathing Suit Contest, Patriotic Bicycle & Scooter Parade and the Hamburger & Chili Cheese Hotdog Eating Contests. At 9:00 pm, the Grucci fireworks grand finale will pay tribute to our country's birthday.

The City of Delray Beach wants you to have a safe, happy holiday and is asking everyone to be a good neighbor and remember:

The use of exploding fireworks is illegal, dangerous and a nuisance to your neighbors.
Loud music at parties may be fun for you but not necessarily for your neighbors.
Fireworks and noise ordinances will be enforced.
It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard our marine life, especially endangered species and critical habitats.
Recycle! Place plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc. in our new recycle bins located throughout the event area.
STREET CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC ADVISORY - On Sunday, July 4th, from noon to approximately midnight, the following street closures will take effect: All southbound traffic on A1A (Ocean Boulevard) will be detoured via Thomas Street back to NE 8th Street (George Bush Blvd). All northbound traffic on A1A will be detoured via Miramar Drive back to southbound A1A to Linton Blvd. Also, East Atlantic Avenue will be closed from the east side of NE/SE 7th Avenue to A1A. Boat traffic will not be allowed to pass through Atlantic Avenue, George Bush Blvd and Linton Blvd bridges from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm.

PARKING - Handicap parking will be available at the north and south ends of the A1A closures near Thomas Street and Miramar Drive on a first come, first served basis. Handicap vehicles must have placards and registration when approaching checkpoints. The public is urged to park in Downtown Delray Beach and take the short walk to the beach. The following garages will be open for public parking: Robert Federspiel Parking Garage (22 SE 1st Avenue) and the Old School Square Parking Garage (95 NE 1st Avenue) which may be accessed by traveling eastbound or westbound on NE 1st Street or southbound on NE 1st Avenue. A flat fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged at both garages from 12:00 pm (noon) until 10:00 pm.

DOWNTOWN ROUNDABOUT SHUTTLE BUS MODIFIED ROUTE - On July 4th, the Downtown Roundabout free shuttle bus will run on a modified route with service continuing until 11:00 pm. Due to the closing of East Atlantic Avenue just west of the Intracoastal bridge, shuttle buses will travel on East/West Atlantic Avenue from the Tri Rail station and the Delray Beach Public Library to Federal Highway (NE/SE 6th Avenue) and make return trips from this point.

To view the Fourth of July schedule of events including contest rules and regulations, visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/july-fourth-celebration. For more information, please call (561) 279-1380.
 

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