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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 16, 2010 at 6:11pm
George Bush Blvd Bridge Reopened to Motorist Traffic

December 16, 2010: The Palm Beach County Roadway Production Division has advised that the George Bush Boulevard Bridge has been reopened to motorist and pedestrian traffic.

The bridge had been closed since July 20th for bridge rehabilitation.

For more information, please contact the Palm Beach County Road and Bridge Division at (561) 233-3950.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 22, 2010 at 5:08pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 25-29, 2010
October 22, 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 25th, through Friday morning, October 29th, 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.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 20, 2010 at 11:48am
Volunteers Needed for 2011 Tax Season
October 20, 2010: United Way of Palm Beach County is seeking volunteers to work at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites during the 2011 tax season. FREE training and certification will be provided by United Way and the IRS to prepare tax returns for our residents. Several training sessions are scheduled for December 2010 and early January 2011 and approximately 200 volunteers are needed.

Now in its eighth year, United Way of Palm Beach County's VITA Program offers free tax preparation service to residents with annual household incomes of $49,000 or less. VITA volunteers assisted more than 9,700 Palm Beach County individuals and families last year, generating more than $16 million in tax refunds, with $6.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credit.

If you are interested in becoming a VITA volunteer, please contact Donna Pulda at (561) 375-6621 or visit www.unitedwaypbc.org/VITA.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 19, 2010 at 1:04pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 18-22, 2010
October 15, 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 18th, through Friday morning, October 22nd, 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.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 8, 2010 at 2:15pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 11-15, 2010
October 8, 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 11th, through Friday morning, October 15th, 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.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 5, 2010 at 10:26am
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 5:52pm
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 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.
 

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