Update on Hurricane Irma Debris Removal - Posted 10-5-2017
Hurricane Irma debris removal efforts in Highland Beach are just about complete. Over the last two weeks, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) and the Town’s debris haulers made their way along A1A and the Town’s side streets removing the vast majority of vegetative debris piles that were littered in the rights of way. The Town is aware of a few areas where low hanging power lines and/or commingled debris piles (vegetative and plastic bags or construction debris) were not picked up by the haulers. Please be reminded that the Town has attempted to make it very clear to the residents that commingled piles of debris would not be picked up until the very end of this cleanup effort. As for the piles that were left behind due to low hanging power lines and/or other obstructions, the Town’s debris contractor will attempt to haul this debris in the next week or two with the use of smaller equipment that can access these areas.
Please be aware that the Town intends on closing its hurricane debris removal program with a final sweep of the Town sometime next week. This means that the Town will return to normal procedures for bulk, trash, and recycling services immediately following the final sweep.
Furthermore, we ask that property owners begin to clean up the areas where debris piles were located. Loose vegetation such as leaves and other garbage should be raked and bagged for regular bulk pick up on Monday. Neither FDOT, the Town, nor the debris haulers will assume these efforts. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to return these areas to a condition that meets Town code.
With that said, we will return to the regularly scheduled solid waste collection program:
Regular Bulk pick up for Highland Beach residents will resume on Mondays.
Items considered bulk trash, such as furniture, appliances, cabinets, water heaters, fixtures, etc., will be collected on Monday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
No single item can be larger than 6 feet in length, this includes but is not limited to trees, branches, fronds, carpet, piping, rugs and padding.
Items must be placed in the same location that trash is collected.
Bulk items shall not be placed by the road for pickup before noon on Sunday (day before bulk pickup).
All landscape gardeners on a fee or contractual basis within the town are prohibited from piling trash, fronds, or other refuse on any public street or thoroughfare within the town.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Town at 561-278-4548.
Crosswalks - Posted 9-28-2017
A1A is a State road and the crosswalks on A1A are the responsibility and are in the control of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The Town has contacted FDOT and have made them aware of the damages from Hurricane Irma and the urgency for them to replace or repair them. FDOT has sent a representative to inspect the damages and will be working on restoring all signage.
Update on Hurricane Irma Debris Removal - Posted 9-26-2017
As the Town continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma, we would like to update your information and to share some continued guidance concerning storm debris removal. Storm debris disposal contractors began their work on A1A at the south end of Town and will work their way north, picking up storm vegetation only on the east side of the road. They plan on making their way along the west side of A1A, starting at the north end and working back south, over the next week. Debris removal on the Town’s side streets is also expected to commence within the next week as well. You will be seeing large trucks, some pulling large trailers, driving the roads to load this debris and haul it to the temporary collection site. Please remember that this cleanup effort will not happen overnight. We appreciate your patience. An issue that the contractors are continuing to encounter is that storm debris is becoming co-mingled with household and/or bulk garbage. Please remember that black bags containing storm debris and/or any other bulk garbage must be piled separately from vegetation (palm fronds, tree branches, etc..) piles. Vegetation piles containing mixed debris will not be picked up. Placing bagged vegetation in with the storm debris slows the process because the bags cannot be picked up by the contractors and they will not be accepted at the debris collection site.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
1. Separate tree limbs and vegetation from demolition/construction debris and regular bulk waste. These materials are delivered to different disposal sites and mixed loads will not be accepted. Co-mingled materials slow down the collection process.
2. When possible, please make sure that any bagged materials are in clear or light-colored bags and separate from vegetation piles so the debris is easy to identify. Again, the contractor and disposal facility need to verify that materials are not co-mingled.
3. PLEASE do your best to keep debris in the swale and NOT in the roadway. Besides creating a safety hazard, these very large trucks may not be able to get to your house if there is too much debris in the road. More importantly, it may restrict emergency vehicle access to your community.
4. It is very important that you do not pile your debris in a manner that obstructs access to or the visibility of fire hydrants.
For more hurricane recovery information, please visit the home page of the Town website at www.highlandbeach.us.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and please share these tips with your friends and neighbors so we can get through this clean-up process as quickly as possible. We've got a lot of work to do, and we will accomplish it with your cooperation.
Debris Removal Update 9-22-2017
The Town’s debris consultants have informed us that they are now targeting next week to make their way through the Town and remove debris.
Our debris contracts were activated pre-storm and Staff has remained in contact with the County and Solid Waste Authority with regard to debris removal efforts and we are working on expediting them.
Disasterassistanceisavailablewithoutregardto race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, conocimiento de inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que usted conozca ha sido discriminado, llame a FEMA al 800-621-3362.
Èd pou katastwòf disponib san yo pa gade sou ras, koulè, relijyon, orijin nasyonal, sèks, laj, andikap, konpetans nan lang anglè, oswa estati ekonomik. Si ou menm oswa yon moun ou konnen te viktim diskriminasyon, rele FEMA nan 1-800-621-3362.
Please have any debris material at the curb for pick up. Waste and debris should continue to be separated into three different piles at the curb:
Put garbage and recyclables out by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day.
These will be picked up first to remove any spoiled food. Put all vegetation, such as branches, limbs and tree trunks (less than 6 feet in length) only in a second pile. Do not place plastic bags of yard waste in these piles. Yard waste in bags and cans will be picked up on your regularly scheduled day. And, put all other construction storm debris in a third pile.
Emergency debris collection teams are only removing the large piles of yard waste on the first pass. Construction debris, such as fencing, will be removed during the next pass.
Mixed yard waste with construction debris or other trash will be collected last.
Preliminary damage assessments to residences and businesses have been estimated at $247 million in the county at this time. Damage to public facilities, roads, parks, as well as debris removal and protective measures are estimated at $56 million. As a result, Palm Beach County has been included in a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration, triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from Hurricane Irma.
Residents with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach County may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You may also register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
Highland Beach Garbage, Recycling, and Debris Clean-up - Posted 9-12-2017
Garbage and recycling collection resumes as normal. All residents can help clean up the community by placing their waste and debris in three separate piles at the curb:
Put garbage and recyclables out by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day. These will be picked up first.
Put all vegetation only in a second pile. And, put all other construction storm debris in a third pile
While residents are cleaning up tree and vegetative debris from their yards, swales, and walkways, they should make sure the piles do not impede the flow of traffic in the roadway or block pedestrian usage of the walk path. In light of the magnitude of the debris, the Town has authorized a temporary extension to the hours of work for debris clean-up work to 7:30 am to 7:00 pm. This will allow clean-up crews.