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February 28, 2015

Learning to Live With Alligators

Lake Worth Drainage District provides information on learning how to safely live with alligators:

Alligator sightings may occur anywhere there is water such as lakes, ponds and man-made canals. Although almost exclusively a fresh-water species, they have also been found in brackish water and marine environments.

While alligators and Floridians usually coexist peacefully, there has been recorded attacks and occasional fatalities. The key to staying safe is being alert to the possibility of an alligator's presence.

Residents should not swim or wade in areas where alligators are likely to inhabit, especially at dusk or night when they naturally feed. Feeding of alligators in Florida is illegal. When people feed alligators, it causes them to lose their natural fear and to associate humans with food. It is important to keep children and pets away from the water's edge wherever alligators are likely to be present. Do not allow dogs to swim or explore waters that are known to have alligators because dogs look like prey to alligators. There are far more alligator attacks on dogs than on humans. An alligator's prey selection seems based mostly on size of the potential prey, rather than recognition of specific animal or species.

If there is a nuisance alligator in your neighborhood, contact your local or regional Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) office or call 1-866-FWC-GATOR. If the alligator is deemed to be a threat to the public, a licensed trapper will be sent to remove it. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at for more information.

From LWDD's February "Reflections"
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February 21, 2015

Agricultural Reserve Roundtable Discussions Brough Audience Input

The latest Agricultural Reserve Roundtable Discussion which took place on February 17, 2015 brought together audience and roundtable participants together in an exercise to better understand the issues of concern to interested parties in the Agricultural Reserve. Here are the results:

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Fighting Citrus Disease

Here is an excerpt from Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam's most recent letter. He explains some advances in the fight against citrus disease:
"A 3D printed "SmartTrap" is an important weapon in Florida's fight to save our $10 billion citrus industry from citrus greening.

Scientists at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed the traps using 3D printing technology to more efficiently catch and study the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries the bacterial disease decimating Florida's citrus groves. Using computer software and a fast-working 3D printer, researchers can easily adjust the trap's shape, color, lights and chemicals to better attract the psyllid.

This 3D printing technology is a gigantic leap forward and gives our scientists a better chance to find a breakthrough in the fight against citrus greening.

With developments like the "SmartTrap" and the additional $18 million I requested from the Florida Legislature this year to support the industry's efforts, I'm hopeful we can save our state's signature crop."

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February 16, 2015

Festival of the Arts Boca


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February 8, 2015

Alliance Vendor Fair Enormous Success

IMG_8528_edited-CV.jpgThe Alliance of Delray Residential Associations held its Annual Vendor Fair for community association leaders on Friday February 6, 2015. The South County Civic Center was filled with companies representing industry services such as driveway maintenance, roof cleaning, painting, insurance, loans, legal and collection services. Community Association Managers were able to obtain continuing education credits from classes presented by Becker & Poliakoff. Pictured are Ken Direktor, Esq. and Nicole Pare of Becker & Poliakoff website:
The Alliance partners with Becker & Poliakoff in Educational programs throughout the year. On Thursday March 13, 2015, Condominium and Homeowner Association board certification courses will be held at the South County Civic Center (COA 9:30AM to 12:30 PM and HOA 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM). The classes are nearing capacity so call now to register. Call President Bob Schulbaum at Phone:(561)495-9670 or Fax: (561)495-0888 or e mail:

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February 1, 2015

Alliance and AT&T Movie Screening Phenomenal Success

DSCN1090.JPGOn January 28, 2015 the Movies of Delray Theater was packed with west Delray residents viewing the film "Cyber-Seniors."
Attendees were thrilled with the free snacks, drinks, and prizes. Two LED TV's were won by local seniors. The movie was enjoyable and there were many positive comments offered following the showing.

Photo: Alliance Board members along with AT&T representatives at the west Delray showing of Cyber Seniors.

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Alliance and Delray Medical Center Wellness Screening Expo Brings Hundreds to Civic Center

IMG_8440_edited-1.JPGOn Friday January 30, 2015 the South County Civic Center was the site of the fifth annual Wellness Screening Expo presented by the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations and Delray Medical Center. Hundreds of area residents lined up well before 8 AM to have blood screenings and the opportunity to speak to doctors one-on-one concerning their medical conditions.
Oral cancer screenings were a new addition this year. The PBSO was present with Operation Pill Drop. People were able to speak to a pharmacist concerning medications and there were many other wellness screenings and helpful information available.
This was another "win" for the public due to the hard work of the Staff and physicians of Delray Medical Center and the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations.

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January 18, 2015

USDA to Host Open House

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory
Annual Open House
2001 S. Rock Road, Ft. Pierce, FL. 34945
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Discover more about the exciting world of agricultural research through
• Informational sessions
• Tours
Fruit Processing Plant
• Science Demonstrations
“Taste of Florida”
For more information, please call (772) 462-5800

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Condo and HOA Leaders Learn How to Handle Aggressive Owners

Condo%20and%20HOA%20Ken%20Direktor%20Lori%20Bob.JPGThe South County Civic Center was filled with Alliance Delegates, Board Members, Community Association Managers, other County leaders and members of the public on January 7, 2015. Kenneth Direktor of Becker & Poliakoff presented the program "How to Handle Aggressive Owners." The audience was riveted while learning from the outstanding speaker the “do’s and don’ts” of managing disruptions at Board meetings and receiving points on how to handle property owners while enforcing rules and regulations. This meeting, like all Alliance meetings, can be viewed at
Mr. Direktor is the Chair of Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Practice Group which includes over 40 attorneys. He is a regular speaker on the topics of collection of assessments, effective covenant enforcement, insurance, hurricane recovery, fiscal management, document drafting and other issues for community associations. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching community association law at Nova Southeastern University College of Law and a member of the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers.
The Alliance is most proud of its educational services to Condo and Homeowner Association (HOA) leaders. In partnership with Becker & Poliakoff, the Alliance brought one of the first HOA Board member certification courses to the public pursuant to the passing of Legislation which included the requirement. The Alliance Vendor Fair includes continuing education classes taught by attorneys from Becker & Poliakoff for community managers.
Mr. Direktor can be reached at (954) 965-5050 or at
Becker & Poliakoff website:
Photo from left: Alliance President Bob Schulbaum; Lori Vinikoor, Alliance Executive Vice President; Kenneth Direktor, Esq. of Becker & Poliakoff.

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West Delray Area Has New Battalion Chief

NEW%20BATTALION%20CHIEF%20RICH%20ELLIS%20FIRE%20RESCUE.JPGBattalion 4 of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has a new Chief, Rich Ellis. Chief Ellis oversees Fire Stations from as far north as Lake Worth and as far south as Boca Raton including the very active Delray Beach stations 42 & 45. Station 42 located on Hagen Ranch Road is Battalion 4’s Headquarters. Station 45, located on Jog Road is “the busiest fire station in the County,” and services the King’s Point/Villages of Oriole area with units responding to approximately 6600 calls yearly.
New Battalion 4 Chief Rich Ellis, Center with Alliance of Delray Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor and Alliance President Bob Schulbaum.

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