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VOL. 31 NO. 11                                   FAX 561-624-9088 • E-MAIL                                    NOVEMBER 2021

      Commissioner’s Update

                                                                                                             • Repair/replacement of sidewalk sections in the Roan
      Public Input Improves Our                          county in excess of 2,300 square miles in area, county     Lane neighborhood in unincorporated Lake Park
                                                         staff cannot possibly provide enough coverage to drive up
      Community                                          and down every street to note items needing correction. To      •  Bike  lanes,  funded  under  a  transportation  grant
                                                         complement our regular maintenance of facilities under   program are in the planning stage for future installation
      By County Commissioner                             our purview, your participation helps direct our crews   along Prosperity Farms Road, between Northlake
      Maria Marino                                       and field representatives to locations needing immediate   Boulevard and Donald Ross Road.
         I f   y o u   h a v e   e v e r                 attention.                                           • Enhanced pedestrian crossings at 25 locations along
      wondered  whether  your                               To give you an idea of how resident input matters,   A1A/Ocean Drive in Jupiter and Juno Beach will include
      voice matters, let me respond                      the following District 1 projects are progressing or in the   pedestrian-activated flashing lights for safer crossing and
      with an emphatic yes. Many                         process of completion, thanks to information received   to better to alert drivers. Installation will commence in
      of our public projects begin                       from the public:                                  2022.
      through resident input.                               • Traffic  counts  taken  at  the  urging  of  neighboring      • Neighborhood organizations in Jupiter Farms and
      Your phone calls, emails                           residents indicated the need to install a traffic signal at the   Palm Beach Country Estates participated extensively in
      and letters about issues                           intersection of Toney Penna Drive and Central Boulevard   the process to develop Unified Land Development Code
      you are experiencing in                            in Jupiter.                                       amendments related to community residences for the
      the community initiate                                • A traffic study performed on Beach Road in the area   disabled.
      research, and many times result in recommendations for   of Coral Cove Park resulted in a recommendation to lower      • The North County Neighborhood Coalition is working
      improvements.                                      the speed limit and install marked pedestrian crossings.   closely with government and transportation officials on
         As engaged members of the community, you serve as   After further discussions I held with Parks and Engineering   future improvements along the Beeline Highway and
      the eyes and ears that help alert your county officials to   staff, we agreed to move forward with additional parallel   Northlake Boulevard corridors.
      matters needing attention. Whether it is a traffic problem,   parking improvements.                     Thank  you  for  helping  your  county  government
      uncollected trash, missing street signs, or  a  blocked      •  The  installation  of  a  traffic  signal  at  Northlake   improve our quality of life, and as always, please contact
      drainage culvert, we appreciate the assistance residents   Boulevard and Ancient Tree Drive/Bay Hill Drive in the   me if I can be of assistance to you by calling (561) 355-
      provide in reporting these types of conditions. With a   city of Palm Beach Gardens                  2201, or by email to
      Northern Notes

      Fall And Winter In Florida                         During the fall, particularly
                                                         in the month of October,
      By Katie Roundtree, Finance                        it produces fluffy pink and
      Director, Northern Palm                            purple flower stalks that can
      Beach County Improvement                           reach up to 5 feet tall and
      District                                           give the plant a distinctive and
         Many people come to                             attractive appearance. A large
      Florida to enjoy its mild                          amount of them can be seen in
      fall and winter but miss the                       the dry detention areas within
      changing seasons and seasonal                      Abacoa. When in bloom, a
      plant changes that the northern                    carpet of pink unfolds and
      regions offer. Here in Florida,                    greets residents and visitors
      we have our own kinds of                           with beautiful colors. Muhly
      plants that bloom during the                       grass looks good in the garden
      fall and winter that give our area a feeling of the cooler   even after the flower stalks
      seasons up north. During October and November, muhly   fade, thanks to its slender,
      grass blooms with beautiful pink, red or purple blooms,   dark green foliage. (Source:
      creating vistas of color in our landscaped areas, dry detention   University of Florida IFAS)  Florida pusley (Richardia scabra)
      areas and road medians. During the drier winter months,      Florida pusley (Richardia                       Photo by The Palm Beach Post, Kimberly Miller
      pusley (also known as “Florida snow”) blooms with white   scabra), on the other hand, is a native plant that is beloved by
      or light purple flowers that blanket lawns and sides of roads   some and hated by others. With funnel-shaped flowers of white,   Northern Notes on page 2
      creating the look of “snow.”                       pink or light purple, pusley,
         Muhly grass is a native landscape plant that has found favor   nicknamed Florida snow,
      with landscapers for its ease of growth and large clusters of tall,   can be a burden or beauty
      grass-like appearance. Known scientifically as Muhlenbergia   depending on perspective.
      capillaris, this easy-to-grow ornamental grass produces clumps   It’s drought tolerant and
      that can reach 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide when mature.   attracts butterflies, but turf
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