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       VOL. 29 NO. 6                                    FAX 561-624-9088 • E-MAIL canpga@yahoo.com                                            JUNE 2019

      Commissioner’s Update



      Public Participation Is                           rentals. These are private properties rented for short-term   the legislature has passed a bill that includes a directive
      Essential To Preserving                           stays on hosting platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO. I have   for the FWC to study the impacts that vessels anchored
                                                        received complaints from residents about some short-term
                                                                                                           or moored outside of public mooring fields have on our
      Home Rule                                         rental property owners engaging in bad practices including   economies, public safety, public ramps, docks and marinas,
                                                        unlawfully converting single-family dwellings into multi-  and the environment during and after significant tropical
      By Commissioner                                   family units. Additionally, residents have lodged complaints   storm and hurricane events. Recommendations must go to
      Hal Valeche                                       about noise, parking, trash, and life-safety issues and they   the Governor, Senate President, and Speaker of the House
         At the beginning of this                       are upset about the disruptions to their once peaceful and   within six months after the study is completed.
      year,  I  highlighted  some                       safe neighborhoods.                                   The vessel bill also specifically designates uses for
      of Palm Beach County’s                               State law currently prevents counties and cities from   vessel registration fees, including the Marine Resources
      legislative priorities as our                     regulating vacation rentals if the local regulations were   Conservation Trust Fund, which is to provide grants to
      state Senate and House                            not in place prior to June 1, 2011. The county urged   local governments for the removal of derelict vessels.
      members  prepared  to                             our delegation to support legislation that would restore   Additionally, the legislature appropriated $1 million for
      convene the 2019 session.                         local zoning authority with respect to short-term rental   derelict vessel removal, which I am hopeful the Governor
      I think it is important for                       properties, in order to preserve the integrity of our   will approve as part of the budget.
      residents to know that                            neighborhoods. Sadly, bills were filed that would have      The county’s legislative affairs staff works diligently
      much of what occurs in                            further preempted regulation and prevented HOAs from   with our team of lobbyists to promote sound legislation
      Tallahassee can lead to significant fiscal and quality-of-life   regulating duration of rentals through their bylaws.   and prevent detrimental bills. However, your input as
      impacts on our local community.                   Fortunately, those bills were defeated. However, that does   voters is vital to that process. Your legislators need to
         I have been concerned over the past few years about   not mean you can take your eye off the ball. Someone can   hear from you and I encourage you to contact them. This
      increasing attempts by the state legislature to hinder county   file a new bill next year, so engaging your elected state   link to contact information may assist you in those efforts:
      and municipal governments’ ability to exercise home rule,   representatives is critical.             http://discover.pbcgov.org/legislativeaffairs/Legislative_
      through what I would consider bad legislation. Local      The second issue brings some good news and has to   Delegation/2019/2019-Delegation-Roster.pdf.
      communities rightfully want to chart their own course on   do with derelict and abandoned vessels and particularly      In local government news, the Solid Waste Authority
      how they want their neighborhoods to look and function, and   those  that  block  the  use  of  public  shorelines,  berthing   has received confirmation that the state and FEMA will
      should not be thwarted by legislators representing areas far   facilities, docks, ramps and staging areas. The county’s   reimburse more than $14 million for Hurricane Irma debris
      across the state that have no concept of what our residents   ability to remove derelict vessels has been limited to   hauling costs, which represents 96 percent of the eligible
      want or need.                                     waters strictly within county jurisdiction or within 150   requested reimbursement.
         Among the many proposals raised in legislative session   feet of a boat launching/loading facility. The Florida Fish      I look forward to hearing from you on issues that matter
      this year, I would like to highlight a couple that have been   and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulates   to you. As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
      of concern to District 1 constituents. The first is short-term   vessels anchored or abandoned in state waters. This year,   at (561) 355-2201, or by email at hvaleche@pbcgov.org.
      Northern Notes



      Be Prepared For All Types                         below for information about potential emergencies that   Thunderstorms And Lightning
                                                                                                             Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from

                                                        can happen and how to prepare for and respond to them.
      Of Natural Disasters                                                                                 weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims
                                                        Wildfires                                          survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety
      By O’Neal Bardin Jr.,                                Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year   of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are
      Executive Director,                               and anywhere in the country. These events are usually   dangerous storms that include lightning and can include
      Northern Palm Beach County                        triggered by lightning or accidents and often begin   powerful winds over 50 miles per hour; create hail; and
      Improvement District                              unnoticed. The destruction caused by wildfires depends   cause flash flooding and tornadoes.
                                                        on the size of the fire, the landscape, the amount of fuel      Prepare now by signing up for your community’s
      Get The Facts: Know Your                          in the path of the fire, and the direction and intensity   warning system. Information on AlertPBC, Palm Beach
      Risk                                              of  the  wind.  Fires  spread  quickly  igniting  brush,  trees   County’s Emergency Notification System, can be found
         Hurricane season starts                        and homes. Each year many homes are destroyed by a   on the Palm Beach County Public Safety Division of
      June 1 in our area, and                           major wildfire. Homes that survive almost always do so   Emergency Management: http://discover.pbcgov.org/
      for many, that is the time                        because the homeowners were prepared. Before a wildfire   publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx.
      that residents  begin  to                         strikes your area, prepare an emergency kit; reduce      Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling
      prepare for weather-related                       sources of fuel near your property, use irrigation, allow   on your home. Consider buying surge protectors, lightning
      emergencies. But all types of natural disasters can affect   for open space, plant fire-resistant landscaping, and plan   rods or a lightning protection system to protect your home,
      us at any time of year. Knowing what to do before, during   evacuation routes from home and work.    appliances, and electronic devices.
      and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared
      and may make all the difference when seconds count. See                                              Northern Notes on page 2







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