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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 27, 2010 at 4:04pm

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 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 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 4:46pm
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 August 6, 2010 at 11:17am
Public Notice to Water System Customers of the City of Delray Beach
August 6, 2010: To ensure that the City's drinking water remains safe and compliant with all State and Federal water quality requirements, the City is required to implement preventive measures that are safe and approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). As a result, the City is preparing for its semi-annual water distribution line enhanced disinfection program which will begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and continue through Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

The City's routine maintenance program will include a "system burn" which utilizes free chlorine as the primary disinfectant. During this preventive maintenance activity, water customers may notice an increased chlorine odor and taste in their tap water. This is a normal occurrence and will cause no adverse health effects.

During this time period, customers with special needs should be aware of potential problems with their equipment and systems (e.g., kidney dialysis machines). In addition, owners of tropical fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish (i.e., stores and restaurants) should be aware that this temporary change in our disinfection process may be toxic to aquatic life if not properly addressed. Any such side effects will diminish when the City reverts to the normal disinfection method on October 7, 2010. Users are encouraged to contact an appropriate professional for guidance on how to use their equipment during this period.

The City will also flush fire hydrants during this period as part of the enhanced disinfection procedure. Customers may notice flowing water in streets and swales, localized lower water pressures and a slight discoloration of their tap water. This is a safe and normal occurrence during this process and will cause no adverse health effects. If you notice flushing activities in your immediate area, please refrain from using laundry machines until activities have ceased.

Please be assured that this is a routine preventive maintenance procedure. The City's public drinking water remains perfectly safe and compliant with all State and Federal requirements for primary water quality. If you would like further information, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (561) 243-7312 between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm - Monday through Friday.
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 4:04pm
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 For more information, please call (561) 279-1380.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 18, 2010 at 8:43pm
I-95 Road Work Advisory for June 23, 2010
June 18, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that there will be rolling lane closures on I-95, northbound and southbound, between Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach and Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach from noon until 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23rd, for asphalt testing. One lane will be closed at a time. This is a moving operation.
For more information, contact Tish Burgher at (954) 325-8022.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on February 17, 2010 at 3:37pm
Complimentary Tickets to the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships

Complimentary tickets to the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) will be offered through the City of Delray Beach. The ITC matches will be held at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue, from February 20th thru February 28th.

100 complimentary tickets will be given away for each session in the lobby of Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue, between 8:00 am - 10:00 am on Friday, February 19th. Tickets will also be offered during these hours on Monday, February 22nd, through Friday, February 26th. All complimentary tickets are good for grandstanding seating.

Please note that each person will receive a maximum of two (2) complimentary tickets per day.

Tickets will only be available for matches that are played on that day (i.e., tickets for Monday's matches will be given away on Monday, tickets for Tuesday's matches will be given away on Tuesday, etc).

Tickets for the weekend of February 20th - 21st will be distributed on Friday, February 19th and tickets for the weekend of February 27th - 28th will be given away on Friday, February 26th

Two (2) main draw sessions are scheduled Monday, February 22nd thru Friday, February 26th, at 11:00 am and 5:30 pm. Semifinal matches will be played on Saturday, February 27th, at noon and 7:00 pm with the Finals on Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 pm.

This is the eighth year that the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships have offered complimentary tickets to the general public. For more information, please call (561) 243-7190.

For a complete list of tournament times, visit or call (561) 330-6000.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 18, 2009 at 1:43pm
Keep Pets Safe and Warm
for the Winter Season

Winter weather can be deadly for pets, even in typically warmer climates such as Florida where pets are not accustomed to colder temperatures. Follow these simple tips to assure your pet stays safe and warm during the winter season:

· During the winter, outdoor cats will search for warmer hiding places, such as under the hoods of cars. Honk your horn or tap the hood of your car before starting the engine so they can escape.

· Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs. If your dog is sensitive to the cold because of age, illness or breed type, be sure not to leave them outdoors for long periods of time.

· Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. Consider getting a coat or sweater for short-haired breeds.

· Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep that is away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

· If the temperature falls below 40 degrees, all pets need to be brought indoors or provided adequate heating to keep them warm.

If you do not have a pet to keep warm during the winter season, consider saving a life and adopting a shelter pet. Animal Care and Control is located at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, just west of the Florida Turnpike overpass.

For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Harfmann at 561-233-1222 or e-mail or visit
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 10, 2009 at 5:03pm
Rabies Alert Update:
The rabid raccoon was killed. Residents should still be on alert because it is unknown if any other wild animals have been affected at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1215. Thank you.


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