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Our Village Voice

        VOL. 33 NO. 1                                                                            JANUARY 2022

      Commissioner’s Update                                                                                 Bill’s Box

      A Year In Review                                     Additionally, the county allocated $19.5 million for mortgage
                                                         assistance and emergency home repairs, helping approximately   By Bill Thompson
      By Commissioner                                    2,230 households.                                  A Little Story
      Maria Marino                                         The county’s building division processed over 82,000 permits     We have a variety of
        Reflecting on my first                           by Sept. 30, 2021, calculated at almost $2.5 billion in permitted   critters in The Shores.
      year as your District 1                            value, while conducting 1,000 inspections per day. Current   After all, this used to their
      Commissioner, the time                             trends will put total permits issued easily over 90,000 in fiscal   home. One I rarely hear
      has passed at a dizzying                           year 2022.                                         about. Snakes. Maybe it
      speed.  Through  each                                In conjunction with the League of Cities, the building division   is too crowded for them.
      issue we have considered                           has initiated development and implementation of a program to   Anyway, I heard a louder
      together, I feel a great sense                     evaluate the safety of certain building types in the wake of the   ruckus than usual from
      of gratitude for having the                        collapse of Champlain Towers in Miami-Dade County.  a group of boys across the street. Then I heard “snake”
      honor to serve you. Your                             We developed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2022, setting   and went over to see if it was poisonous because the kids
      input, participation and                           the millage rate at 4.7815 mils for the 11th straight year.  were yelling and trying to chase the bewildered snake. It
      ideas continuously influence the policies the commission     Construction on Segment III of the North County   was black with a lighter stripe along the body and about
      approves and the projects undertaken to maintain a high   Comprehensive Shore Protection Project is now complete,   3 inches long. His home was probably in the preserve
      quality of life in Palm Beach County.              addressing critical beach erosion along Juno Beach and the south   behind the house and he had ventured out to find a mouse
        Our unwelcome visitor – COVID – has created health   end of Jupiter. Construction on Segment I, which extends from   for lunch. I got the kids settled down telling them he could
      and economic hardships for many individuals, families and   just south of the Jupiter Inlet to the southern boundary of Carlin   be poisonous. Well, here is the kicker. The little guy went
      businesses. Despite staff shortages related to the virus, your   Park, is underway. This project will fully restore the dune and   into the house through an open front door and found a
      county government has kept working to provide the services   beach, provide storm protection, recreational opportunities, and   safe corner where he coiled up. I got a closer look at his
      you need, and beyond.                              sea turtle nesting habitat.                        head, which was not triangular and probably not a viper.
        We addressed the call for greater access to vaccines     Construction commenced on the C-51 reservoir located on   But … Ashley, the homeowner and mother of three boys
      in the North County area by forging a partnership with   Southern Boulevard near 20-mile bend. This storm water storage   were standing back as were told by mom. Ashley called a
      the City of Palm Beach Gardens, the Health Care District   facility, which is a phased project, will help with water flows   friend who had experience with snakes. He came, snagged
      and the Department of Health to open a vaccination site   during the dry season, enhance flood protection and water quality,   the poor snake, held him and let the kids touch him before
      at the Burns Road Community Center.                help combat saltwater intrusion, and assist in the restoration of   returning him to his own home in the preserve. Now, that
        Community Services disbursed $32 million in rental   the Loxahatchee River and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  was exciting, though mom was glad to see the little rascal
      and utility assistance from the treasury’s Emergency Rental     The commission passed amendments to the Floating   out of the house. Have you ever seen anything like that? A
      Assistance Program to more than 5,200 households who   Structures Ordinance to prohibit the improper anchoring or   snake slithered into a home. Of course, he was disturbed
      experienced financial hardship due to COVID. The Department   mooring of floating structures in waters of the county. When   and just trying to hide from his chasers.
      of Housing and Economic Development assisted 5,182   people improperly anchor or abandon floating structures, this     There you go – a little story from Lake Woebegone, our
      businesses affected by COVID through $78.5 million in grants                                          little village of fine folks.
      to help them survive.                             Commissioner’s Update on page 2                     The Holidays
                                                                                                              Our copy deadline was early this month. By the time you
      Solid Waste Authority                                                                                 read this, Christmas Day will have been and is now gone.
                                                                                                            However, lots of our folks leave their decorations up for a
      Household Hazardous Waste Tip                                                                         Bill’s Box on page 3

      Do Good By Your Dead                               • Computer accessories: keyboards, mouse devices, printers,

      Devices                                            scanners, etc.                                         Goodbye 2021
                                                         • Rechargeable batteries
                                                         • Televisions
        If the holidays have you replacing               • Telecommunications equipment: phones, fax machines, etc.
      that eight-track player, upgrading                 • Holiday lights
      your ancient Atari, or stocking up on                In the last year, Palm Beach County residents recycled
      new televisions, computers or other                more than one million pounds of electronics. Not a bad encore
      electronics, don’t just stow those                 for old or outdated items with a cord that could have wound
      outdated devices in your garage or                 up in a landfill. And, for the past few years, the SWA’s Home
      attic! Instead, recycle them at the                Chemical and Recycling Centers have either recycled or
      Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach                safely disposed of more than 4.9 million pounds of household
      County (SWA).                                      hazardous wastes.
      Accepted Items Include:                              Palm Beach County Residents can bring all of their
      • Audio/visual equipment: VCRs, stereos, etc.      electronic items to any of the seven Solid Waste Authority of
      • Cell phones                                      Palm Beach County Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.      Hello 2022
      • Computer CPUs and laptops
      • Computer monitors                               Solid Waste Authority on page  2

                                                                                      REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY

                                                                                           TO THE JUPITER POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                            (561) 799-4445

                                                                                                  Use 911 for emergencies only. Lock car doors.
                                                                                                        Do not leave valuables in the car.
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