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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.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2011 at 12:32pm

  Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.  Issues Fourth of July Safety Tips


An estimated 400 people are expected to die on our nation’s highways this Fourth of July holiday, according to the  Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. This holiday is not only one of the most dangerous driving weekends of the year, but the day’s cookout activities also create a safety risk.

“Our Independence Day is a great reason for celebration, but we all need to remember the threat this holiday represents to personal safety,” said Toni Burrows, Executive Vice President for the CouncilWe want everyone to have fun, but we want them to be safe too.”


The Safety Council  issues these Fourth of July Safety Reminders:


Holiday Traffic Safety

  • Be aware of and avoid drunk and/or distracted drivers. Some signs include:

q       Drivers who turn with a wide radius.

q       Drivers at speeds 10 miles below the speed limit or speeding excessively.

q       Drivers who are following too closely.

q       Drivers who have a slow response to traffic signals.


  • Never drink and drive. Alcohol is the single largest factor involved in motor vehicle deaths. Have a responsible designated driver when you head out for Fourth of July activities.


  • Don’t allow the holiday rush to affect your driving. A few extra minutes saved by reckless driving aren’t worth the injuries you may cause to yourself and others.


  • When attending firework displays and special events, remember to obey all traffic lanes and signals, and avoid cutting directly across parking lots. Never race other drivers to an open parking space. When leaving the festivities,pay attention while backing out of your parking space to avoid hitting other vehicles or pedestrians.


Outdoor Grill Safety

  • The first step to cookout safety is to have fresh food. Store meats and other perishables in an insulated cooler toprevent bacterial growth.


  • Keep grills away from all flammable materials, including trees and shrubbery. Store unused starter fluid andcharcoal briquettes away from the grill, preferably in a fireproof container.


  • Keep your children away from the grill. Gas grills can have an interior temperature of more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Never add starter fluid to an already burning grill. The fire can spread up the stream of starter fluid and into the can causing an explosion. Also, wash your hands after using starter fluid to avoid setting yourself on fire.


Firework Safety

  • Be sure that the fireworks display you plan on attending is a legitimate one. Legitimate firework events will have proper authorities and medical staff in attendance.


  • Never take pets to a firework display. Animals can become spooked very easily by the loud noises fireworks make. Remember the bug spray. Mosquitoes and other insects are en masse this time of year.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on April 8, 2011 at 2:06pm
Road Closures, Shuttle Service and Parking Facilities During Delray Affair 2011

April 8, 2011:  The 49th Annual Delray Affair will be held on Friday, April 15th & Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 17th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. This popular arts and crafts street festival stretches along Atlantic Avenue over ten (10) City blocks and side streets.

Information on road closures, parking facilities and Downtown Roundabout Shuttle service is as follows:


  • Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from NW/SW 1st Avenue (west of Swinton Avenue) to the west side of Venetian Drive. Traffic will be detoured onto SE 1st Street (eastbound) and NE 1st Street (westbound).
  • The section of Atlantic Avenue from A1A to Venetian Drive will be open.
  • Traffic to/from A1A and the beach area will be re-routed onto George Bush Boulevard and Linton Boulevard.
  • Northbound and southbound traffic will use US 1 Federal Highway (5th and 6th Avenues) that will be police controlled.
  • Signage will be posted to notify motorists of detours and alternate routes

NOTE:  Vehicles parked within Delray Affair designated boundaries after 4:00 am on Friday, April 15th, will be towed to the Greater Delray Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 64A SE 5th Avenue.

PARKING FACILITIES - During the Delray Affair, a flat fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged.  For directions to parking facilities, follow the paid parking directional signs.

Old School Square Parking Garage, 95 NE 1st Avenue:
Friday, April 15th, Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th, from 9:00 am until closing

City Hall North Parking Area, 100 NW 1st Avenue:
Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

South County Courthouse Parking Garage, 65 SW 2nd Avenue:
Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

Robert Federspiel Parking Garage, 22 SE 1st Avenue:
Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, from 9:00 am until closing
Sunday, April 17th, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

DOWNTOWN ROUNDABOUT SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE DURING THE DELRAY AFFAIR APRIL 15th - 17th - During the event, the Downtown Roundabout will provide free roundtrip shuttle service from the Tri-Rail station and the Delray Beach Public Library to the beach. Normal hours of operation will be in effect using the following alternate routes: 

Eastbound: From Atlantic Avenue, the shuttle bus will travel south on Swinton Avenue to SE 1st Street to SE 5th Avenue (US 1 Federal Highway).  From SE 5th Avenue (US 1 Federal Highway), service will continue onto Linton Blvd to A1A. The shuttle will proceed north along A1A to George Bush Blvd.    

Westbound: From George Bush Blvd, the shuttle will travel west to NE 5th Avenue (US 1 Federal Highway) to NE 1st Street to NW 1st Avenue.  From NW 1st Avenue, service will continue onto Atlantic Avenue. The shuttle will proceed west on Atlantic Avenue to the Tri-Rail station before it resumes return service to the downtown and beach areas. 

For information on the Delray Affair, visit For information on the Downtown Roundabout hours of operation, visit and select Downtown Roundabout Shuttle Bus Service under News. For all other inquiries, please call (561) 243-7190.


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 23, 2011 at 4:33pm

Please know that effective Saturday, March 26, new watering restrictions will be in place and are mandatory for all residents and businesses in Palm Beach County.  All landscape watering must be done as follows based on your street address:


-         Odd-numbered:   Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10:00 am or after 4:00 pm. 


-         Even-numbered and/or no street address:  Thursdays and Sundays before 10:00 am or after 4:00 pm. 

Farms, nurseries and golf courses must reduce their usage by 15%.


The restrictions were ordered by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) as a result of one of one of the worst dry seasons in 80 years due to the lack of rainfall.


Commissioner Steven L. Abrams

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

District 4


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 8, 2011 at 4:36pm

Annexation Vote Reminder & Update

Tuesday, March 8th
7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Gulf Stream Town Hall
from The Florida Coalition for Preservation


Halfway through the day, 186 people have cast their vote in the Town Hall: 136 Gulf Stream residents and 50 County Pocket residents.  In addition, 54 valid absentee ballots have been received as of yesterday. It is not too late to vote, with the polls closing at 7PM. 


If you would like to track the election results, please go on line at Gulf Stream precint number is 4046 and the County Pocket precint number is 4044.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 7, 2011 at 1:22pm
March 7, 2011 - Promoting responsible development of Coastal Communities

Annexation Vote Reminder

Tuesday, March 8th
7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Gulf Stream Town Hall
from The Florida Coalition for Preservation

Tommorrow registered voters in Gulf Stream and the County Pocket will have the opportunity to determine if the Town will annex the 16 acre unincorporated County Pocket north of Sea Road.  The strong majority of Gulf Stream residents and County Pocket residents are in favor of annexation. The Florida Coalition for Preservation also supports annexation and encourages you to vote YES.




Palm Beach County has committed to elimination of Unincorporated Pockets like the "South County Pocket".  An agreement with Boynton Beach is in place to accomplish this objective.


 If Gulf Stream does not annex the "South County Pocket", it will eventually be annexed by Boynton Beach. Given our recent experience with Boynton and WalMart, it is obvious that Boynton Beach governance and zoning codes/ development objectives are vastly different from Gulf Stream and Ocean Ridge.  Boynton favors taller buildings, higher per acre population densities, and more commercial properties.


Reassured, annexation will not increase Gulf Stream tax rates. The expected cost of providing services to the South County Pocket is less than anticipated tax revenues. 


Your vote is critical!


Please vote "YES" for Annexation on March 8


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 28, 2011 at 6:42pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for January 31-February 4, 2011

January 28, 2011:  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that the following road closures will be in effect due to the I-95 resurfacing project from south of Boynton Beach Blvd to south of Linton Blvd:

I-95 southbound will have three lanes closed, 9:00 pm until 5:30 am, Monday night, January 31st through Friday morning, February 4th.

For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

In addition, the George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, may have intermittent lane closures. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at 561-684-4000.


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 7, 2011 at 5:41pm

FDOT Road Work Advisory for January 9-14, 2011

January 7, 2011:  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that the following road closures will be in effect due to the I-95 Southbound Resurfacing Project:

  • I-95 southbound will have three lanes closed, 9:00 pm until 5:30 am, Sunday night, January 9th, with two lanes closed, Monday night, January 10th.
  • The I-95 southbound entrance ramp from westbound Atlantic Avenue will undergo a full closure, 9:00 pm until 5:30 am, Tuesday night, January 11th. Motorists may detour via Linton Boulevard.
  • The I-95 southbound entrance ramp from eastbound Atlantic Avenue will undergo a full closure, 9:00 pm until 5:30 am, Wednesday night, January 12th. Motorists may detour via Linton Boulevard.
  • I-95 southbound will have two lanes closed, 9:00 pm until 5:30 am, Thursday night, January 13th.  

For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

Also, the George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to all motorist and pedestrian traffic until 5:00 am, Monday morning, January 10th. Traffic may detour via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and US 1. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at 561-684-4000.


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