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October 31, 2011

Historic Places in Palm Beach County: See What's on the Historic Register

CAMINOREAL.jpgThe Camino Real Road/Bridge is one of eight areas/sites on the Register of Historic Places of Palm Beach County.

Other sites include the Port Cochere at South Inlet Park, Old Indiantown Road, Dubois Pioneer House, the Tindal House of Jupiter, the Old Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Riverbend/Loxahatchee Battlefield Park, and the Wenger House in Delray Beach.

To view ALL of the sites above, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=453&subtitle=WEBINAR%3A++HISTORIC+PLACES+OF+UNINCORPORATED+PALM+BEACH+COUNTY

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October 28, 2011

Delray Beach Home on Palm Beach County Register of Historic Places

wenger4.jpgAn Art Deco home, the Wenger House in unincorporated Delray Beach, was the first residential property to be added to the Palm Beach County register of historic places.

The house is located on Wall Street, Delray Beach, and was built in 1948 by Ray Wenger as a dream house for his sweetheart Ruth. The architecture is described as "Art Deco Nautical."

The Wenger house is one of 8 sites or districts on the Palm Beach County Register of Historic Places. Future blog postings will bring information on each of them to you.

For property owners, the benefits of the historic designation include ad valorem tax incentives, increased property value and code waivers. In general, homes designated as historic are at least 50 years old.

How is historic significance determined? Click on the following for details:

http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=452&subtitle=Determining+Historical+Designation

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Urban Underground Series to Debut November 5th at Arts Garage

Arts Garage, Delray Beach's multi-disciplinary cultural hub for arts, performances and entertainment, is pleased to announce the kickoff of Urban Underground, Arts Garage's newest series that offers audiences a blend of R&B, Reggae, Jazz and Hip-Hop. The premier performer, Eric Biddines, will take the stage Saturday, November 5, 2011.

Urban Underground will showcase some of South Florida's finest local and regional musicians with the ambition to change the way Hip-Hop is perceived. Audiences will be treated to a variety of performers and special guests, backed by the Arts Garage house band. In efforts to bring the streets of Brooklyn to the stage at Arts Garage, in a polished, Delray Beach fashion, the series will feature soulful artists whose lyrics are set to the backdrops of live Jazz, R&B and Neo-soul. The debut performance, Eric Biddines' Aye Story about Love, will feature Neopopsicle, Neo Soul singer, and Chloe Dolandis, a Palm Beach County singer/songwriter whose recently released album Bring Back the Fever has received rave reviews.

Eric Biddines, a Palm Beach County resident, owns a unique style and approach to Hip-Hop that reaches across a variety of audiences. Self described as an artist who feels need to create music that is universal; his influences are likewise diverse - spanning from Motown to Southern Rap. Biddines, who has been compared to Cee-lo, Goodie Mob and Outkast, released a successful independent Mixtape, Da Coffee Shop, which lead to a working relationship with his current mentor and manager, Tremaine "T-Green" Green. His most recent EP A story About Love, is getting regional radio play and is featured in some of the area's hottest nightspots.

Biddines, Neopopsicle and Dolandis will take the stage at 9 pm. Backed by the Arts Garage house band, audiences can expect an evening of hypnotic and dangerously seductive rhythms and flows. The house band, headed by Drew Tucker, is a force of its own, comprised of talented and dedicated musicians who also seek to bring the arts alive. Tucker, Drummer and Musical Director, will be backed by Kiki Sanchez on the piano, Brad Miller on bass, Zach Rickers on guitar, Katharine Yarbrough and Kendra Williams, both on vocals.

"Urban Underground is the next step in the cultural evolution of Delray Beach," explains Tucker. "This event is yet another affirmation that Arts Garage is South Florida's home for the best and most diversified live performances."

The Arts Garage event is sure to be the first of many successful sessions of Urban Underground, which is already gaining momentum as one of South Florida's best Urban Arts series. To purchase tickets, visit: http://artsgarage.eventbrite.com

About Arts Garage
Arts Garage, created and managed by the Creative City Collaborative (The Collaborative) is the venue of choice for a diverse array of local, national and international performers, as well as the preferred destination for those in search of arts seekers and aficionados. Established in April 2011, its mission is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions.

Located in the heart of Delray Beach, at 180 NE First Street in Pineapple Grove, Arts Garage seeks to transform Delray Beach into a boutique metropolitan city through arts and culture. The venue's casually intimate ambiance reflects the feel of its City, and the Garage's BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever) policy, where guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks to enjoy during the performance, is wildly applauded.

For more information on Arts Garage, performances and to book tickets, visit the Arts Garage website: http://delraybeacharts.org
About Creative City Collaboration
Creative City Collaboration is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic and intimate City. The Collaboration is tasked with implementing the City's cultural plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2006 and CRA Plan's Arts Based Economic Development Program.

Major funding for the Creative City Collaborative is provided by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) and Stuart and Shelby Development.

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October 26, 2011

Local History: The Man Who Brought Linton, Swinton, and Boynton to the Area

vossfamily.jpgFrederic Voss is pictured with his family in the 1950’s.

Captain Voss (top red arrow) piloted a boat on Lake Worth and other south Florida waters. He brought visitors from Michigan including Congressman William Seelye Linton, Major Nathan Smith Boynton, and David Swinton. These visitors purchased land and many popular areas and roads were named after them. For example, The “Town of Linton” which later became Delray Beach, “Linton” Blvd., “Boynton” Beach, and “Swinton” Blvd.

Of additional historical importance, is his wife, Lillie Pierce, standing next to Frederic. She is the sister of Charlie Pierce, one of the barefoot mailmen who carried mail between Palm Beach and Miami in the late 1800’s.

The pioneering Voss/Pierce family descendants are among us today. The young boy indicated by the red arrow is Sheldon Voss, a local musician and artist who provided this family photo. Thank you Sheldon!

For more photos of this pioneer family and to view an early photo of the famous James “Ed” Hamilton, Barefoot Mailman who in Fall 1887 went missing (presumed dead), click on the following:

http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=447&subtitle=Area+Pioneer+Photos+and+Barefoot+Mailman

For an early history of Delray Beach, click on the following:

http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=448&subtitle=Early+History+of+Delray+Beach

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Culture in the Heart of the City: Arts Garage Presents Cellist November 5 th

Located in the heart of Delray Beach, at 180 NE First Street in Pineapple Grove, Arts Garage seeks to transform Delray Beach into a boutique metropolitan city through arts and culture. The venue's casually intimate ambiance reflects the feel of its City, and the Garage's BYOW policy is avidly applauded.
Arts Garage, Delray Beach's multi-disciplinary cultural hub for artists, musicians, performers, presenters and educators, is honored to announce it will host Cellist and Composer Ian Maksin, the critically acclaimed "Bocelli of the Cello," on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The Arts Garage performance is the first stop of Maksin's Florida tour, and will feature a wide array of music as well as exclusive encores.

Ian Maksin will play works for cello ranging from the music of J.S. Bach to his own compositions. He will sing his favorite songs from around the globe, including music by Russian artists Aleksandr Vertinsky and Boris Grebschikov, Sting, Edith Piaf, Buena Vista Social Club, and more. In the true style of Arts Garage, this performance will be different from traditional concerts, as Ian will explore his passion for music without constraints or boundaries. The Arts Garage audience can expect an intimate and spontaneous performance, which will highlight the many talents of the Cellist and Composer.

Maksin's Arts Garage debut will also feature an exclusive set with his second instrument of choice, the guitar. Maksin explains, "I've been playing guitar and singing since I was 4 years old, but have been mainly doing it for a close circle of friends and at private gatherings... A few months ago, sort of as a joke, I pulled out a guitar and started singing after one of my cello concerts... And the audience went crazy!"

Maksin has performed as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as the principal cellist of the New World Symphony, to sold-out audiences around the world. He begins his Florida tour fresh from a Midwest series of performances where he sat as Artist-in-Residence of the Racine Symphony Orchestra. Known for his intense, passionate performances, Russian-born Maksin captivates audiences with his unique style and elegant sound. His career has grown to include a wide variety of musical genres: having collaborated with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Gloria Estefan and Snoop Dogg. He has worked with groups such as Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil and performed at classical music festivals such as Ravina, Spoleto and the White Nights Festival.

"I've been performing in Florida for over a decade under many different circumstances: as the principal cellist of the New World Symphony, as back-up for Andrea Bocelli and a few other celebrities, and as part of the Delray String Quartet," explains Maksin. "For my first official solo tour, I am bringing some great new music that I've been playing all around the world to Florida to share with people I've grown strong affinity for and give something back for all the inspiration they have given me."

Maksin adds, "I make thousands of new friends through music every month and I hope to make lots of new friends in Florida this time."

Arts Garage, with its intimate setting and welcoming, hospitable atmosphere, provides the perfect stage for an evening with Ian Maskin. His powerful and passionate performance will best be enjoyed from the Premiere Tables of the venue, which allow guests an up-close-and-personal experience with the Cellist. Attendees are encouraged to BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever) and enjoy an inspiring performance amongst friends, family and fellows of the Delray Beach arts community.

About Arts Garage
Arts Garage, created and managed by the Creative City Collaborative (The Collaborative) is the venue of choice for a diverse array of local, national and international performers, as well as the preferred destination for those in search of arts seekers and aficionados. Established in April 2011, its mission is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions.


For more information on Arts Garage, performances and booking tickets, visit the organization's website:
http://delraybeacharts.org

About Creative City Collaboration
Creative City Collaboration is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic and intimate City. The Collaboration is tasked with implementing the City's cultural plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2006 and CRA Plan's Arts Based Economic Development Program.

Major funding for the Creative City Collaborative is provided by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) and Stuart and Shelby Development.

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October 24, 2011

Northwest Corner of Military & Atlantic Annexed "Marketplace of Delray"

MARKETPLACEOFDELRAY.jpgThis year 128.38 Acres have been annexed in Palm Beach County. This includes the 29.21 acre site at the northwest corner of Military Trail and Atlantic in Delray Beach (see photo). Since 2006, more than 1500 acres have been annexed in the County.

For those unfamiliar with annexation, it is the process by which County cities and municipalities extend their services, regulations, voting privileges, and taxing authority to new territory. it is a process governed by Florida Statute and County Ordinance.

Some benefits of annexation include delivery of local community services more efficiently, increased local government representation (your neighbors could be your elected officials), and land value protection through the City's Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. Some of the concerns for the County are that municipalities may choose territories that have the potential of generating more taxes leaving the County to provide costly services to remaining enclaves within those territories.

Chapter 171 of Florida Statute provides the requirements for types of annexation such as voluntary, enclave interlocal, and referendum annexations. Palm Beach County has an implementing ordinance requiring additional notification for annexations. Rural areas of the County require Board of County Commissioners consent, and in rural residential neighborhoods, resident approval is also required.

For a 2011 Annexation Summary which includes more information on the process, charts and maps indicating which areas of the County have been annexed, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/10-11-11_annexation_presentation_color.pdf

For the Marketplace of Delray Petition Summary Click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/2010_12_001_marketplace_delray_a.pdf

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October 19, 2011

Palm Beach Among Most Populous of Florida Counties

The 2010 Census numbers are in. The national population is 308,745,538. Florida is among the top five most populous states with Palm Beach County being the third most populous county with seven percent of Florida’s population.

What changes have occurred since the 2000 Census? There has been a 16.7 % increase in the county population. Total number of Palm beach County residents? 1,320,134. This number is 11.5 times the population of 1950 which was then 114,688.

Total housing units in the County total 544,227 with 71.4% being owner occupied and 28.6% renter occupied.

A Census is performed across the United States every ten years. The census is used for redistricting. It also helps government to project and to understand how the population is changing and to encourage economic development.

For further information including the top five states in population, a breakdown in population by race and sex and to view density maps of the area, click on the following:

http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/10-11-11_census_presentation_color.pdf

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October 17, 2011

Proposed West Atlantic Hotel: The City Wants Your Input

October 17, 2011: The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is seeking input from local businesses and residents regarding the proposed construction of a hotel in the 900-block of West Atlantic Avenue. Presentations will be given on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm at City Hall (100 NW 1st Avenue), and on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the Delray Public Library (100 West Atlantic Avenue).

Prime Investors & Developers based in Hollywood, Florida responded to a request for proposals to develop several acres of CRA-owned property along the West Atlantic Avenue corridor, issued by the CRA in December 2010. The proposal includes the construction of a four-story hotel and a 135-space parking lot between SW 9th and 10th Avenues.
The hotel, which would face West Atlantic Avenue, would be a moderately priced chain, such as a Fairfield Inn or Hampton Inn, with 128 rooms, a limited service café, swimming pool and fitness center for guests and meeting rooms. Parking would be provided to the rear of the hotel and accessed from SW 9th and 10th Avenues.

The developer has requested the use of several economic development incentives, a long-term land lease, and a construction loan from the CRA. Once complete, the hotel would create more than 30 new jobs.

For more information, please call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640 or visit the CRA website at http://www.delraycra.org.
Contact:
City of Delray Beach
Public Information Office
(561) 243-7190
PIO@mydelraybeach.com

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Forgotten Soldiers "Operation: Honor Our Heroes"

Bank of America Banking Centers in Palm Beach & Broward Counties Join Forgotten Soldiers Outreach as part of the "Operation: Honor our Heroes" 60 Days of Recognition to those who serve our country" Campaign.

Bank of America of Palm Beach County joins Forgotten Soldiers Outreach as part of their "Operation: Honor our Heroes" 60 Days of Recognition to those who serve our country" Campaign that began on 9/11. All of their 56 branches in Palm Beach County, as well as locations in Broward, are now Official Drop off locations for “we care” package items through November 30, 2011.

“What a great way to show their support of our troops by bringing awareness to the public and the customers of Bank of America. This will certainly help get the word out of FSO’s mission that began in October of 2003, of sending monthly “we care” packages to our troops serving overseas. We are very excited and grateful to Bank of America for choosing our organization as the charity”, says Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar, Executive Director and Founder of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc.

“Bank of America recognizes and appreciates the significant sacrifices our military and their families make every day. We are committed to help make opportunity possible for those who serve our country, and we are proud to partner with Forgotten Soldiers to provide support to our troops overseas” – Robin Frost, Bank of America Senior Vice President/Consumer Market Manager of Palm Beach County.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. is a South Florida based Nationally recognized organization that has been sending monthly “we care” packages to our troop serving overseas since 2003, covering all world theaters and all branches of service. Many of the recipients are fighting on the frontline. FSO Mission is to simply “send that little bit of home, to assure they are not forgotten”. To date, FSO has benefited close to 250,000 of our military personnel.

For more information on Forgotten Soldiers Outreach or for ways to help, please visit the website at www.forgottensoldiers.org or call 561-369-2933.

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October 16, 2011

Increasing Our Water Storage: 8 Projects Approved

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board this week approved eight projects to increase water storage on ranches north of Lake Okeechobee while improving water quality for the Everglades as well as for the lake and coastal estuaries.

With a $7 million investment over 10 years, the eight contracts will provide 4,800 acre-feet of water retention in the Northern Everglades to assist with meeting the storage and water quality improvement goals for the watershed. Within six months, all of the projects will be fully operational.

The benefits of projects like these include: reducing excess water flowing into Lake Okeechobee during the wet season, reducing the amount of water discharged to the coastal estuaries for flood protection, and providing valuable groundwater recharge for the water supply.

To read about other benefits, for an analysis of lands, and to view a map of the lands/contract sites, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=441&subtitle=SFWMD+PROJECTS

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October 12, 2011

Your Florida-friendly landscaping Practices Protected by Florida Statute

Florida Statute dictates that a deed restriction or covenant may not prohibit or be enforced so as to prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping on his or her land.

Why has this law been enacted? The Legislature finds that it serves a compelling public interest and that the participation of HOA’s and local Government is necessary.

What is Florida-friendly landscaping? As defined in Florida Statute 373.185,  “Florida-friendly landscaping” means quality landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought tolerant. The principles of such landscaping include planting the right plant in the right place, efficient watering, appropriate fertilization, mulching, attraction of wildlife, responsible management of yard pests, recycling yard waste, reduction of stormwater runoff, and waterfront protection. Additional components include practices such as landscape planning and design, soil analysis, the appropriate use of solid waste compost, minimizing the use of irrigation, and proper maintenance.

Community Association leaders should be aware that Florida Statute 720.3075 (4)(a)(b) states this as well.

Here is a start on where you can go for more information on Florida-friendly landscaping and the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program:
What are Florida Friendly Landscapes? Here is the University of Florida’s Plant Selection Guide:
http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf
A Guide to Florida Friendly Landscaping: Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP07900.pdf
Florida Friendly Landscaping For Community Associations:
http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/community_association_kit.htm
Palm Beach County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Contact Information:
http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/counties/palmbeachcontact.htm

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October 6, 2011

Oh What a Night! 100 Years Celebrated on the Avenue

webcelebrationcollage.jpgDid you join in the festivities? The 100th anniversary of Delray Beach was celebrated this evening on the Avenue. See photos on the left. The Blue Anchor British Pub commemorated the celebration with the Bob MacDonald Band (top photo). Scott Ringersen with the "Elvis Experience" played at Jonnie Browne's (bottom photo). The Avenue was pedestrian-friendly, blocked to vehicular traffic from Swinton to Federal.

Delray Beach knows how to throw a party! Street bands and kiosks with festive items lined the streets.

Parties on the Avenue are not to be missed. Join us next time!

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October 3, 2011

Attention! Red Light Cameras Installed at Atlantic & Jog

cameras.jpgWhen approaching the traffic light at Atlantic and Jog take care because you are being watched. The cameras (see photos left) have been installed about 25 feet back from the southwest and northeast corners of the intersection.

Why Atlantic and Jog? “These intersections were chosen based on a higher than average number of angle and left-turn accidents,” said Dan Weisberg, director of the Palm Beach County Traffic Division.

On July 25, 2011, the first red light cameras were activated on Lantana Road at the intersection of Jog Road and on Palmetto Park Road at the intersection of Powerline Road.

A fine of $158 will be imposed. If it is not paid within 30 days, the fine goes up to $264. Citations are issued by mail and no points will be assessed.

A private company, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), installs, maintains and monitors the traffic cameras at no cost to taxpayers. The cameras shoot photos and video 24 hours a day of every vehicle that goes through a red light.

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