Meeting Summary March 1, 2017

Meeting Summary March 1, 2017

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Captain DiBerardino told us that there were four residential burglaries last month. Each time the burglar was only in the house for five to seven minutes and spent all of that time in the master bedroom. He suggested placing valuables in a safe. All homecare givers must now be licensed and are subject to background checks. Failure to be properly licensed is a misdemeanor.

Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks told us the deadline for filing for Homestead extension has been extended from March 1. Filing may be done at her office which is next to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office on West Atlantic Avenue.

Al Johnson from the State Attorney’s Office told us that the Sober Homes Task Force has made 20 arrests since November, 2016. There were 551 overdose deaths in 2016 which may rise to 600 when the counting is complete.

The Delray Alliance is sponsoring a Mature Driver Safety Driving Course on Tuesday, April 25 from 8:30 until 1:00 PM at the Palm Beach Sheriff Office District 4 Station at 14925 Cumberland Drive and Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach. Completion of this course entitles you to a reduced rate from most automobile insurance companies. Reservations are necessary as space is limited to 40 participants. The cost is $5.00 payable at the door with the Delray Alliance contributing another $5.00 toward the total fee. To register, Email vinikoor@ or call 561-715-1530.

The featured speaker was Faye Johnson, Assistant County Administrator, responsible for planning, zoning and building. Current projects include Atlantic Commons a 170 acre residential and commercial development at North East Atlantic Ave and the Turnpike, Feurring Commercial, a 4.9 acre property on South East Atlantic and Lyons Road for retail use, Seneca, 4 5 Acres on Atlantic and Lyons Road for retail and office use, Stop and Shop five acres on South West Atlantic and State Road 7 which will be a convenience store with 16 gas pumps and a carwash, Vitas Hospice on 2.2 acres at South Atlantic East of Jog Road and Devine Savior Academy a church and school on 9.6 acres South of Atlantic on Lyons Road. Traffic studies are done to identify traffic impacts of proposed developments. They include the size of the development, the location, the land uses and the estimated number of in and out trips. The current projects require Lyons Road to be widened from two to four divided lanes between Atlantic Ave and Clint Moore Road and intersection improvements at Atlantic Ave and the Turnpike East and Atlantic Ave and Lyons Road. Construction is estimated to be completed by 2019. A traffic light is due to be installed at Atlantic Ave and Sims Road by this April. Wanted, but not yet funded, is widening Atlantic Ave between State Road 7 and Lyons Road from two lane divided to four lanes divided as well as widening Atlantic Ave from the Turnpike to Hagen Ranch Road from four lanes divided to six lanes divided.

The next meeting of the Delray Alliance will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The featured speaker will be Delray Medical Center Dr. Joseph Ricotta, MD. He will He will tell us about Endovascular Robotics and advancements in Vascular and Endovascular care. In addition to this interesting and informative subject there will be status reports from County Administrators and elected officials as well as other information vital to communities. Doors open at 9:00 AM when refreshments are served. The meetings begin at 9:30AM and are always concluded by 11:30AM The public is invited and welcome.

StanGoodman – Vice President and Acting Recording Secretary