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October 20, 2014

2.83% Rate Increase in Water Bills for County

An ordinance adopted by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners back in March 2007 authorized the indexing of guaranteed revenue fees, base facility fees and commodity fees beginning October 1, 2008, and annually thereafter. The ordinance provides that the rates be adjusted based on 75% of the prior year's Consumer Price Index (CP!) increase for Water and Sewage Maintenance, measured July to July. The published CPI increase for Water and Sewer Maintenance for that period was 3.77% resulting in a rate increase of 2.83% effective October 1, 2014.

Projects being funded by the increase include automated metering infrastructure, rehabilitation of treatment plants, replacement of emergency generators, life station rehabilitation, and water and wastewater line replacement. For more information on these projects and for a comparative schedule of rates go to the following:
http://www.allianceofdelray.com/picture/865waterbillincrease2014.pdf

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October 8, 2014

Executive Managers Association 10th Annual EXPO

FullSizeRender.jpgEMA (Executive Managers Association) held its 10 th Annual Business Expo at the Doubletree Hilton in Deerfield Beach on October 7, 2014. Since its inception on June 23, 1983, The Executive Manager's Association (EMA) has become one of the most innovative and impactful, Property Manager and Vendor organizations in South Florida. Through networking, education, and development, the EMA promotes a high level of professionalism in the community association management industry.

EMA is powered by people who want to make things better under the leadership of its Director Diana Zayas. CEU's for LCAMS were offered at this event and such distinguished speakers as Representative George Moraitis and Attorney Lisa Magill of the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff contributed to the education of the hundreds of LCAMS attending this event.

PHOTO: Rep. George Moraitis and EMA Director Diana Zayas

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October 3, 2014

Alliance of Delray Receives Proclamation from Senator Joe Abruzzo

For it's work with the establishment of the Yellow Dot Program, Senator Joe Abruzzo presented the following proclamation to the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations:
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September 29, 2014

Alliance Has a Seat at the Table for Agricultural Reserve Discussion

ag%20reservewebcopy.JPGOn Monday, September 28, 2014 at the Clayton Hutcheson Conference Center in West Palm Beach, the County held an Agricultural Reserve Roundtable Discussion with farmers, developers, and other interested groups represented. Among the civic groups present was the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations.

The meeting began at 9 AM and lasted until 4 PM. The County began with a brief history of the Agricultural Reserve presented by Isaac Hoyos. Audrey Norman, Director of the Cooperative Extension Service, provided an explanation of the economic impact of the Agricultural Reserve.

The 27 participants at the Discussion were divided into 3 smaller discussion groups. The facilitator of the day was John Streitmatter, Director of the Leadership Research Institute. He encouraged the groups to attempt to generate options and find common ground. Common ground was defined as not negotiating or "compromising" but findIng things on which there is some sense of agreement and build on those things to enlarge the set of things on which there is agreement. More information on what was discussed at the meeting can be found at http://www.pbcgov.com/pzb/Planning/ag_reserve/ag_reserve.htm

During the next few months, Staff will be processing and researching the ideas and concerns which were generated from the discussion groups and on March 24 of 2015 the Board of County Commissioners will be discussing the Agricultural Reserve again at a public meeting.

Photo above: Roundtable groups where Dr. Lori Vinikoor, Executive VP of the Alliance of Delray provided input generated from discussions with row crop farmers, nursery Owners, other interested parties, and a survey of the Membership.
Photo below: Members of the public that attended the Roundtable discussions

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September 26, 2014

State Attorney Updates Community Leaders on Issues Impacting their Neighborhoods

web%20copy%20aronberg%20lori%20bob%20larry.JPGState Attorney Dave Aronberg's Advisory Board Members represent the community leadership of the 15 th Judicial Circuit. Quarterly meetings of the Advisory Board bring an interaction between the judicial office and the public which includes an update from the State Attorney and an exchange of information and concerns.

At the September 23, 2014 meeting, Alliance Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor spoke of the community's concern over the proliferation of "sober houses" and asked if there have been any cases generated from sober houses and if so the nature of these crimes. State Attorney Aronberg explained that if there is insurance fraud, it is handled through his office. He indicated that the federal law needs to be changed to assist the local government in regulating sober houses. The ADA (Americans in Disabilities Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) laws thwart community attempts at registering sober houses.

Attorney Adrienne Ellis Reported that County Court Convictions are up from 52 % to 76.4% this year and the State Attorney's office is expecting to soon reach an 80% rate. State Attorney Aronberg explained that a revised intake process and a tough program for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) have contributed to the improved conviction rate. The "Diversion Program," also known as the "DUI first offender program" includes such requirements as a blood alcohol concentration no more than 2.0 on the breathalyzer test, and a guilty plea. The defendant would then need to, among other stipulations, attend a program for alcohol abuse and maintain a breathalyzer ignition interlock device in the car. The "carrot" is having the DUI replaced by a withheld adjudication to reckless driving. This is the only program endorsed by M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers). Recidivism rate Is low for this program (Single digits) and the program has helped to "win" more cases. As of last month 950 defendants have gone through the program, and by October, in just 15 months, there will be 1000 defendants who have gone rough this program
Photo from left: Alliance Executive VP Dr. Lori Vinikoor; State Attorney Dave Aronberg; Alliance Director Larry Zalkin; Alliance President Bob Schulbaum

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September 23, 2014

Senator Sachs to Hold Property Insurance Workshop

senator%20sachs%20portrait.pngSenator Maria Sachs, District 34 (pictured) will present a Property Insurance Workshop on October 7, 2014 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM at the Briny Breezes Auditorium located at 5000 North Ocean Blvd. in Briny Breezes. Attendees are encouraged to bring their insurance policies to work with Citizens Property Insurance Representatives and Consumer Advocates. RSVP is to e mail: sachs.maria@flsenate.gov or call (561)279-1427 Light refreshments will be served.

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Alliance of Delray Agricultural Reserve Survey

In response to proposed changes to the Palm Beach County Agricultural Reserve Comprehensive Plan, The Alliance of Delray Residential Associations has been surveying its members and the public. The following is the link to a brief discussion of the current plan and the proposed changes. A 5 question survey is provided so that the voice of the people can be heard at County Roundtable Discussions scheduled for September 29, 2014. Here is the link to the survey:
http://www.allianceofdelray.com/picture/850take_the_agricultural_reserve_survey.pdf

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September 17, 2014

Morikami Conceptual Master Plan Approved

DSCN0335%20-%20webCopy.JPGIn a unanimous vote of the County Commissioners on September 9, 2014 the Conceptual Master Plan for the Morikami Museum and Gardens was approved. Alliance President Bob Schulbaum and Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor are pictured meeting with Eric Call, Director of Palm Beach County Parks and recreation (photo center). During the meeting, future plans for the Morikami were reviewed which include expanded museum gallery and collection space, a ryokan (Japanese Inn and restaurant), artisan village, expanded bonsai and special event areas, expanded gardens, lakes and entryways.

A Master Plan for the Morikami was originally proposed in the 1970's and evolved throughout the '80's and '90's. The Alliance provided input for the most recent conceptual plan and will follow the project which will continue to take form in the years to come. The Alliance has requested that the County consider affordable pricing for local residents to have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities of what is expected to be a 5 star Inn including spa-type facilities.

Festivals, events, and cultural activities can be enjoyed throughout the year. For more information on hours and admission to the Morikami go to www.morikami.org
Conceptual Master Plan:
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September 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Panel Brought to the Public

Alliance%20Medical%20Marijuana%20Discussion%20-%20Web%20Copy.JPGOn September 3, 2014 the South County Civic Center was filled with members of the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations, the public, and elected officials and County administrators. The Membership meeting included a panel discussion on medical marijuana which was moderated by State Senator Maria Sachs who began the session by introducing the two panelists. Mr. Ben Pollara the campaign manager for United for Care was "for" the amendment and Dr. Jessica Spencer of Vote No on 2 was "against" it. The public learned the facts from both sides regarding the ballot initiative to amend the Florida constitution to create a framework for legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Florida.

Here is the summary of the amendment:
Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.

Here is a link to the complete amendment:
http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=1005&subtitle=Constitutional+Amendment+Petition+Form+for+Medical+Marijuana
Photo above from Left: Alliance of Delray President Bob Schulbaum; Alliance Executive VP Lori Vinikoor; Fl. State Senator Maria Sachs; Ben Pollara of United for Care; Dr. Jessica Spencer of Vote No on 2

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August 29, 2014

The Mounts: Palm Beach County's "Crown Jewel" Botanical Garden

DSCN0243%20-%20Web%20Copy.JPGThe Mounts is Palm Beach County's "crown jewel" botanical garden. Beauty and tranquility is what you will find every day of the week. Monday through Saturday the Garden is open from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. On Sundays the hours are Noon to 4 PM. The photo shows visitors from the Alliance of Delray in front of the lake. The bench, resembling a pie crust or clam shell is a functional piece of artwork which is one of many works of art found throughout the garden. Photo from left: Alliance Director Larry Zalkin, Maxine Zalkin, Harvey Arnold, Alliance Director Norma Arnold & President's Assistant Marianne Weisman. Allen Sistrunk, Director of the Mounts is featured on the right. He led the group in a tour of the garden and described the way in which the Garden enriches the lives of all who visit, especially those who want to grow tropical plants in south Florida. Interesting specimen plants and trees are marked throughout the garden.
Sample gardens are planted throughout the grounds of the Mounts. Among them are a butterfly garden, mediteranean garden and rainforest where you can get up close to a teak wood tree. For more information on the education and professional support available for your gardening needs go to www.mounts.org
Tha Alliance of Delray took the opportunity to praise and support the work of the Friends of the Mounts. The following is a photo of Lori Vinikoor, Executive Vice President of the Alliance of Delray presenting a gift to the Garden. Mounts Director Allen Sistrunk is accepting the check. Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor is at the left of the photo. The Mounts Botanical Garden lies within her District.
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