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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 18, 2012 at 3:46pm

Gulf Stream: Longtime mayor, William Koch Jr., dies

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 15, 2012 at 4:24pm

Boynton Inlet: Loss of PBSO inlet patrols has led to more calls at county parks

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 15, 2012 at 4:22pm

Blue & White Tradition

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 15, 2012 at 4:21pm

Gulf Stream/Delray Beach: Delray Beach increases charge for fire protection after annexation

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 15, 2012 at 4:18pm

Gulf Stream: Neighbors upset with 'hole in the sky'

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 15, 2012 at 12:03pm

Arts: Much Ado tis a skirmish of wit not be missed

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 13, 2012 at 5:47pm
Public Notice to Water System Customers of the City of Delray Beach

June 13, 2012:  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 to begin its water distribution line enhanced disinfection program on Monday, July 9, 2012 and will continue through Monday, July 23, 2012.

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 July 24, 2012.  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 safe and compliant with all State and Federal requirements for primary water quality. If you would like additional information, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (561) 243-7312 between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm - Monday through Friday or visit the City's website at and/or at

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 18, 2011 at 11:54am
Atlantic Avenue Bridge to Close November 2-23, 2011
Closures Are Scheduled Monday through Thursday, 10:00 pm - 6:00 am

October 18, 2011: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that the Atlantic Avenue Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed to all traffic, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 pm until 6:00 am, beginning Wednesday, November 2, 2011 for bridge painting. The weeknight closures are expected to continue until Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

Alternate routes include Linton Boulevard Bridge and George Bush Boulevard Bridge. For more information, please call FDOT's Public Information Office at (561) 641-6440.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 26, 2011 at 10:57am
City Awarded SAFER Grant Funding to Add Four New Firefighter/Paramedic Positions

August 26, 2011: The City of Delray Beach was awarded grant funding in the amount of $595,982 through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. This non-matching 100% reimbursable grant will be used to hire and fund the salaries and benefits for four (4) new Firefighter/Paramedic positions over a two (2) year period. These new positions will be assigned to Delray Beach Fire Station #2, located at 35 Andrews Avenue. As part of the grant funding agreement, the City is obligated to maintain current staffing levels throughout the tenure of the grant award period and will commit to continue the funding of these positions for a minimum of one additional year after the grant expires.

Presently, Fire Station #2 is the only station within the City that does not have three (3) staff members assigned to fire apparatus and this grant funding will assist in ensuring that staff levels meet this threshold. Delray Beach Fire-Rescue has implemented various staffing strategies to ensure the safety of properties that are serviced by this station, however, fully staffing this facility has been an operational priority for the City. This grant will now assist in achieving this goal and is expected to result in faster response times and safer on-scene procedures when involving fire and/or fire-related hazards.

The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters. Its goal is to enhance local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to enhance deployment capabilities when responding to emergencies.

For additional information, please contact Fire-Rescue Lt. Curtis Jepsen at (561) 243-7456 or by E-mail at
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 3, 2011 at 1:28pm
George Bush Blvd Bridge Closed July 11-15, 2011

June 30, 2011:  The Palm Beach County Engineering Department has advised that the George Bush Boulevard Bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for an electrical equipment upgrade beginning Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:00 am and will remain closed through Friday, July 15, 2011, 6:00 pm. Access to all businesses will be maintained and the bridge will remain operational for boat traffic.

Signage will be posted to assist motorists and traffic will be detoured to the Atlantic Avenue bridge. For more information, please call the Palm Beach County Bridge Section at (561) 233-3977.

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