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Our Village Voice

        VOL. 34 NO. 4                                                                                APRIL 2023

       Northern Notes                                                                                       Bill’s Box

       What Is A Special District?                       however, that area can cross
                                                         several municipalities or                          By Bill Thompson
       By Katie Roundtree,                               counties. Northern Palm                            What’s Next?
       Director of Finance and                           Beach County Improvement                             I’ve  never  had  this
       Administration, Northern                          District overlaps eight cities                     much fun! So, I went to
       Palm Beach County                                 and unincorporated Palm                            one of my doctors due
       Improvement District                              Beach  County. The  South                          to extreme fatigue. His
         There has been quite a bit                      Florida Water Management                           test showed a dramatic
       of news lately surrounding                        District is a special district                     increase in a bacterial
       special districts and what                        that manages water resources                       infection which had been
       they are and are not allowed                      in the southern half of the                        diagnosed as E. coli and
       to do.  They are a little-                        state, covering 16 counties  19th century image of   intermittently treated for over three years. He instructed
       known but widely used type                        from Orlando to the Florida  Franklin  as firefighter   me to immediately report to the hospital. My wife and I
       of government. A special                          Keys. Every parcel of land in  (     registered me upon arrival after standing in line. From
       district is defined by Florida Statutes as “… a unit of local   Florida is served by at least        there I was ushered (herded) to three other stations with
       government created for a special purpose, as opposed to a   one special district.                    papers in hand, waiting in line at each location. You
       general purpose, which has jurisdiction to operate within a     Did you know that special districts date back as far as   know the drill. I was assigned a space to lie down and
       limited geographic boundary and is created by general law,   1736? Benjamin Franklin established the first special district   waited a pretty long time for a real room. Next an IV
       special act, local ordinance, or by rule of the Governor and   on Dec. 7, 1736, when he created the Union Fire Company   was inserted and affixed to a pole that I had to drag to the
       Cabinet.” (Section 189.012(6), Florida Statutes) Special   of Philadelphia, a volunteer fire department. Residents in a   bathroom. That’s as far as one can reach. Then, due to the
       districts have limited powers specifically given to them, such   specific neighborhood paid a fee to receive fire protection   poorly chosen vein in the bend of my dominate arm every
       as water control, fire, airport, health care, etc. Special districts   services. Any resident not paying the fee had no fire protection   time I bent that arm the IV mechanism would set off
       exist for a specific reason and can only do what is in their   services. There are more than 30,000 special districts in the   an alarm. After multiple such occurrences, I persuaded
       charter or enabling legislation. Municipalities and counties   United States – the majority are fire protection districts.  the nurse to reinsert the IV into my nondominant wrist,
       have broad powers, such as police, fire, code enforcement,     The first special district in Florida began in 1822. It was   which cut down on the beeping on the malfunctioning
       building inspections, parks, etc. They are enabled to provide   created to establish and maintain public roads. The first road   mechanism that was in bad need of technical review.
       whatever services are needed within their geographical   districts had no taxation authority and solved their labor   Finally, I determined how to make some adjustments
       boundary, except when expressly prohibited by law.   needs by conscription (mandated enlistment). Men failing   without calling the very busy nursing and assistant staff.
         Municipalities and counties can only operate within   to report to work were fined one dollar per day.  Amazing. All businesses are shorthanded.
       their  specific  geographical  area.  Special  districts  are                                          I then served five days in an uncomfortable hospital
       similar in that they have a particular geographical area;   Northern Notes on page 4                 bed tethered to a bag of saline and correctly diagnosed
                                                                                                            venal antibiotic for five long days. During that time
      Solid Waste Authority                                                                                 there was a steady parade of people knocking and
                                                                                                            opening the room door all hours of the night and day
                                                                                                            to perform required duties. Then others dropped in to
      Change The Way You Dispose                           One of SWA’s locations is:                       see if I wanted occupational therapy, physical therapy
                                                                                                            and even spiritual counsel. I politely declined all. The
      Of Mercury-Containing Devices                      North County Transfer Station                      food was pretty good.
                                                         14185 N. Military Trail (SWA Road) in Jupiter        The upshot of all this is I was discharged with two
        If you’ve swapped out your                       Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.            weeks’ supply of oral antibiotic and instructions to
      standard incandescent lightbulbs                   Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.                         follow up with three doctors, including one I have not
      for fluorescent lightbulbs,                          Other locations can be found on our website at www.  seen before. This whole episode has made me more
      remember one key thing: Your                                                        tired than I was in the beginning. Helluva thing but
      new,  energy  saving  lightbulbs                     Commercial quantities of items that contain mercury   necessary. Should be better soon.
      contain mercury and should not                     may  require  special  disposal.  Call  (561)  687-1100  for
      be thrown away in the trash.                       details on recycling mercury and mercury-containing   Bill’s Box on page 3
        Palm Beach County residents                      devices from your business.
      can bring fluorescent lightbulbs                     Remember, pollution prevention starts at home. A full list
      (both long tubes and curly shaped                  of household hazardous wastes can be found at
      bulbs) and an array of other mercury-containing devices   HCRC or call (561) 697-2700 or (866) SWA-INFO (toll-free)
      such as thermostats, thermometers and electrical   to learn more about the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach
      switches, to any of seven Solid Waste Authority of Palm   County’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.
      Beach County Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.     The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is a
        In the last fiscal year, Palm Beach County residents   dependent special district that was created by the Florida
      recycled more than 35,800 pounds of fluorescent lamps   Legislature in 1975. Since then, the SWA has developed an
      and 150 pounds of other mercury-containing devices.   award-winning integrated solid waste management system to
      Each  year,  the  SWA’s  Home  Chemical  and  Recycling   handle the county’s waste and recyclables. We call ourselves
      Centers either recycles or safely disposes of almost 5M
      pounds of household hazardous wastes.              Solid Waste Authority on page 4

                                                                                     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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