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November 28, 2014

Top 10 Taxpayers in Palm Beach County

Here are the Top 10 Taxpayers In Palm Beach County by the amount of taxes billed are:

1. Florida Power & Light Company $77,409,495
2. Town Center at Boca Raton Trust $ 7,506,035
3. Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc. $ 5,858,674
4. US Sugar Corporation $ 5,183,276
5. Comcast of Florida $ 4,954,703
6. Garden Venture LLC (PGA Mall) $ 4,920,364
7. Breakers Palm Beach Inc. $ 4,737,357
8. Okeelanta Corporation $ 3,621,127
9. Panthers BRHC LTD (Boca Resort Hotel & Club) $ 3,494,237
10. Hub Properties Trust (Arvida Park, Boca Raton) $ 3,051,610

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November 23, 2014

MorseLife to Open PACE II in Delray

morse%20life%20and%20bob%20and%20lori%20photo%20with%20keith%20meyers%20webCopy.JPGMorseLife is pleased to announce that it is planning to add a second site to its Palm Beach PACE program (Program All Inclusive Care to the Elderly) at Temple Sinai 2475 West Atlantic Ave, in Delray Beach.
The PACE program at MorseLife (Palm Beach PACE) has experienced overwhelming community support and is considered the fastest growing PACE program in the country. PACE is a program that is for people age 55 or older who meet the criteria for nursing home placement but prefer to remain at home and receive comprehensive care from a team of health care professionals. PACE benefits include hospital care, pharmacy, primary and acute care and rehabilitation needs and day care. The PACE site is a gathering place for PACE enrollees for socialization, medical care and rehabilitation services. MorseLife and Temple Sinai have worked collaboratively for several months to develop a design that meets the PACE regulatory requirements and works well with the Temple daily activities. It is anticipated that construction for modifying the site will begin in February 2015 and the Center will open in January 2016.
Photo taken at the Alliance of Delray Residential Association's November Membership Meeting. From left are: Keith Meyers, President & CEO of MorseLife; Dr. Lori Vinikoor, Alliance Executive VP; Bob Schulbaum, President of the Alliance.
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November 18, 2014

Traffic Signal Soon to be installed on Atlantic Avenue

The traffic signal at Atlantic Ave & Lexington Club Blvd/Stone Quarry Blvd which local residents have been waiting for has been permitted and construction will soon begin. The initial signal will be flashing red (Lexington Club/Tuscany) and flashing yellow (Atlantic Ave.). Upon the determination of PBC/FDOT that the actual signal warrants have been met, the signal can then change from flashing amber/red to normal signal operations of red/yellow/green.

This traffic signal is part of the new construction near the Atlantic Commons and Tuscany projects.which are located adjacent to the Florida Turnpike.

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November 2, 2014

Sheriff Bradshaw Speaks on Security Issues

RIC%20BRADSHAW.JPGOn October 31, 2014, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw met with leaders of south Palm Beach County organizations which included the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations. The meeting took place at the offices of Weiss, Handler, and Cornwell PA. The ebola threat, homeland security, and local public safety issues were discussed. Questions from the group were answered as well.
On hand was the new Commander of the South County Regional Bureau, Major Ron Mattino. Sheriff Bradshaw introduced Major Mattino to the group. Major Mattino is a seasoned and experienced law enforcement professional
Photo from left: Norma Arnold, Alliance Director, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Dr. Lori Vinikoor, Alliance Executive VP, and Bob Schulbaum, Alliance President.
More about the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office can be obtained at
The latest newsletter from Sheriff Bradshaw can be viewed with the following link:

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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:

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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

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: or call (561)279-1427 Light refreshments will be served.

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