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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.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 10, 2009 at 3:00pm
Although there was no human exposure, a dog was bitten by the raccoon. Do not approach these animals or attempt to feed them. Rabies is a health threat for humans and other animals.

Confined inside your home or in a fenced yard
Currently vaccinated against rabies
Wearing a Current County Rabies Tag

If you suspect a wildlife or a stray animal may have bitten your pet, please call Animal Care & Control (561) 233-1215 and see your veterinarian immediately. If you suspect any person may have been bitten by wildlife or a stray domestic animal, please call Animal Care & Control (561) 233-1215 and see your physician immediately.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2009 at 12:56pm
Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

The Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009. Beginning at 6:30 pm, decorated vessels will proceed from the Boynton Beach Inlet to the C15 Canal.

Between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, the George Bush Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard bridges will be in the open position at various times while the parade travels south.

For more information, please call (561) 742-6246.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 17, 2009 at 1:58pm

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL— The Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s eleventh death was confirmed today in a 78 year old female who was hospitalized with an underlying illness. To date the county has seen 83 persons hospitalized with the virus and 37 of those people were admitted to the ICU.

Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “We extend our sincere sympathies to the family of this woman. This pandemic continues to claim lives, so it is important for all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen. Unfortunately, the flu virus can leave vulnerable individuals susceptible to opportunistic infection, so it’s important for those with chronic illness or conditions that put them at risk to get vaccinated against flu.”

Experience with this virus shows this strain, like all influenza, is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, it is recommended those at risk should get the H1N1 vaccine to protect against the novel H1N1 virus. At this time, the Health Department, along with the CDC, advises that businesses, schools, day care centers, and the like remain open even if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.

Dr. Alonso recommends the following:
People with respiratory illness should avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community:

Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough and sneezes
Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Stay home if you are sick.
Get Vaccinated.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly:,, locally information can be obtained by calling 211 or 1- 888-411-4FLU (4358).

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