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Our Village Voice

        VOL. 33 NO. 8                                                                             AUGUST 2022

      Commissioner’s Update                                                                                 Bill’s Box

      State Sets New Building Safety                       The county or the local government having jurisdiction   By Bill Thompson
                                                         will notify building associations in writing of the inspection
      Standards                                          requirements, and the associations must distribute the results     Editor’s Note: I was
                                                         of the inspections to each owner. Associations are required to   thinking about this funny
      By Commissioner Maria                              identify all structures on their property that are three stories   man and just could not
      Marino                                             or higher in a report to the State Division of Corporations.   resist copying some of
        During this year’s Florida                       Additionally, the law mandates associations to complete a   his quotes. With reference
      Legislative Special Session,                       structural integrity reserve study by Dec. 31, 2024, and every   to his choice of words,
      important new building                             10 years thereafter.                               punctuation and phrasing,
      construction standards                               The structural integrity reserve study must include a review   keep in mind he was a
      became state law. This has                         of the structural integrity and safety of the building related to   product of  the 1930s,
      been a priority for state and                      the roof, primary structural members, floor, foundation, fire   a country “boy” from Oklahoma and spoke and wrote
      local governments  in  the                         protection, plumbing, electrical, waterproofing, and windows.   just as he talked. He loved jabbing at both Republicans
      wake of the tragic Surfside,                       The new law prohibits any waiver or reduction of reserves for   and Democrats and had the attention of common folks,
      Fla., condominium building                         required building elements in the study.           national politicians, and entertainers.
      collapse one year ago.                               Palm Beach County building officials are working with   Will Rogers’ Quotes About Life
        Florida Statutes 553.899 now requires milestone   the League of Cities on a countywide ordinance that will     Here a few years ago we were so afraid that the poor
      inspections after 30 years for every structure three stories or   include the new Florida Building Code provisions along with   people were liable to take a drink, that now we’re fixed
      more, and for buildings within three miles of a coastline, at   timelines and penalties regarding compliance. The ordinance   so they can’t even get something to eat.
      25 years, then every 10 years thereafter. If a building has a   will set the schedule for commencement of repairs to occur   *****
      certificate of occupancy issued on or before July 1, 1992, the   within 365 days of receipt of a report of substantial structural     Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and
      initial milestone inspection must occur before Dec. 31, 2024.  deterioration.                         poor get poorer.
        Milestone inspections consist of two phases. The first     The Florida Building Commission will work with the           *****
      phase is a cursory visual examination by a licensed architect   State Fire Marshal and report back with comprehensive     This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics,
      or engineer. If the visual examination finds evidence of   structural and life safety standards for all buildings and   not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political
      “substantial structural deterioration,” which is defined as   structures statewide that are three stories or more in height   bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super
      structural distress that negatively affects a building’s general   by Dec. 31, 2023.                  nation.
      structural condition and integrity, then a more extensive second     These are critical considerations in protecting public safety   *****
      phase inspection is required. The second phase may include   and our quality of life, as well as our property values. I am     Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
      destructive investigation. Substantial structural deterioration   encouraged by the passage of this law by the Legislature and   *****
      does not necessarily include surface imperfections, cracks,   I look forward to finalizing the local ordinance to implement     Half our life is spent trying to find something to do
      distortion, sagging, deflections, misalignment, signs of   the new standards.                         with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
      leakage, or peeling of finishes unless the inspecting engineer or     As always, if I can assist you, please contact me at (561)   *****
      architect determines it is a sign of a more significant problem.  355-2201 or by email at    There are three kinds of men: The ones that learns by
                                                                                                            reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of
      Northern Notes                                                                                        them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
      Algae In The Waterways And How                       Fresh-water                                        That’s one thing about Republican Presidents. They
                                                                                                            never went in much for plans. They only had one plan. It
      You Can Minimize Its Growth                        algae, also called                                 says “Boys, my head is turned. Just get it while you can.”
                                                         p h y t op l a nk t o n ,
      By Katie Roundtree,                                vary in shape and                                  Bill’s Box on page 5
      Director of Finance and                            color, and are found
      Administration, Northern                           in a large range
      Palm Beach County                                  of habitats, such                                      REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
      Improvement District                               as ponds, lakes,
        The term “algae” is                              reservoirs, and                                                  IMMEDIATELY
      generally used to refer to a                       streams. They are a natural and essential part of the      TO THE JUPITER POLICE
      wide variety of different and                      ecosystem. In these habitats, the phytoplankton are the base     DEPARTMENT
      dissimilar photosynthetic                          of the aquatic food chain. Small fresh-water crustaceans       (561) 799-4445
      organisms, generally                               and other small animals consume the phytoplankton and
      microscopic. Depending on                          in turn are consumed by larger animals.                     Use 911 for emergencies only.
      the species, algae can inhabit                       Under certain conditions, several species of true algae as well   Lock car doors. Do not leave valuables in the car.
      fresh or salt water. In modern taxonomic systems, algae   as the cyanobacteria are capable of causing various nuisance
      are usually assigned to one of six divisions. The misnamed   effects in fresh water, such as excessive accumulations of foams,
      blue-green algae are often grouped with algae because of   scums, and discoloration of the water. When the numbers of
      the chloroplasts contained within the cells. However, these   algae in a lake or a river increase explosively, an algal “bloom”
      organisms are actually photosynthetic bacteria assigned to   is the result. Lakes, ponds, and slow-moving canals are most
      the group cyanobacteria.                           susceptible to blooms.
                                                                                   Algal blooms are natural
                                                                                 occurrences, and may occur
                                                                                 with regularity (e.g., every
                                                                                 summer), depending on
                                                                                 weather and water conditions.
                                                                                 The likelihood of a bloom                              Aug. 23
                                                                                 depends on local conditions
                                                                                 and characteristics of the
                                                                                 particular body of water.

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