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PUBLIC NOTIFICATION

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SR 800/SPANISH RIVER BOULEVARD BRIDGE PAINTING PROJECT

July 12, 2019

Please accept this as notice that the Spanish River Boulevard Bridge project is now slated to begin Monday, August 12, 2019.

The Town will provided updates as they become available.

Visit the Florida Department of Transportation’s website http://www.d4fdot.com/pbfdot/spanish_river_blvd_bridge_painting.asp for more information.

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EDUCATIONAL ARTICLE RE: SEAWEED

July 2, 2019

Below please find an article regarding the current conditions of the seaweed on our beaches. Thank you to our resident Barbara James for passing along this helpful and useful information.

What is Up with all the Seaweed on Our Beaches?

Anyone who has been to the beach within the last month has noticed huge masses of seaweed floating in and piling up thick on our beaches.  This is not because the beachrakers who clean the beach are slacking off, quite the opposite, they are overwhelmed by unprecedented amounts of seaweed reaching our shores!  The problem was first noticed in 2011 in the wider Caribbean area as well as Florida.  Prior to 2011 the source of seaweed, known as Sargassum, was the northern Atlantic Ocean from the region known as the Sargasso Sea.  Since 2011 satellites tracked huge masses of sargassum off the coast of Brazil where sargassum is normally not found.  By September 2011 sargassum had spread from the Caribbean to the coast of Africa!  Since that time, the sargassum influx from Brazil to the Caribbean has recurred yearly with some years being worse than others.  In Florida, 2016 seemed to be the worst year with seaweed on the beach piling up three feet thick on the beach.  This year the seaweed was so bad in the Caribbean that the Barbados Government declared a national emergency on June 7 with their beaches buried in sargassum seaweed thicker than 5 feet in places.  Also mixed in the seaweed piles were dead sea turtles and dolphins.  Clearly adult sea turtles would have difficulty climbing over thick mats of seaweed.  The Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program staff noticed a significant uptick in the number of non-nesting emergences (false crawls) when the seaweed was at is worst in our area.  Instead of the normal one false crawl for every nest, we were recording up to six false crawls for every nest which is almost unheard of normally.  Additionally, thick mats of seaweed on the beach can trap sea turtle hatchlings in it so they never reach the ocean.  I imagine even swimming through the rafts of seaweed so close to shore would be exhausting to the hatchlings.  Besides environmental concerns, thick seaweed can negatively impact the tourism industry in Florida which has already been negatively impacted by the toxic green slime algae from Lake Okeechobee. 

Researchers from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida have noticed that the predominant species of sargassum found in our area is a variant of the North Atlantic species that is found off the coast of Brazil which defines the actual source of the seaweed.  So why is this different variant of sargassum suddenly so predominant both in Brazil as well as Florida and the wider Caribbean?  No one knows for sure, but scientists making educated speculations that it may be caused by agricultural runoff from the Amazon River (and the depleted rain forests surrounding the river).  Other factors such as warmer ocean temperatures and changing currents due to climate change may be a factor as well as increased deposition of iron, a nutrient not common in the ocean, from the Sahara dust blowing west from Africa.  Hopefully we find what is causing this seaweed overload before too much damage is done to our delicate ecosystem.  In the meantime, don’t blame it on the beach cleaners.

Kirt W. Rusenko, PhD  |  Marine Conservationist

City of Boca Raton, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N. Ocean Blvd • Boca Raton, FL 33432 

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SR 800/SPANISH RIVER BOULEVARD BRIDGE PAINTING PROJECT

June 25, 2019

Please accept this as notice that beginning approximately on July 12, 2019 the Florida Department of Transportation will commence the SR 800/Spanish River Boulevard Bridge Painting Project. The project is anticipated to be completed in Winter 2019.

Project Improvements

The project’s scope of work includes sandblasting the existing paint and repainting the steel bridge structure, repairing and rehabilitating the bridge span locks, and replacing the bridge piling jackets.

Traffic Impacts

  • Lane closures may occur daily and nightly, Monday through Sun­day, with the following exceptions:
    • Westbound lane closures are not permitted 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    • Eastbound lane closures are not permitted 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Full bridge closures are permitted for a total of 4 (four) weekends at any point during the project duration
    • Full closures may begin at 5:00 a.m. Saturday ending by 5:00 a.m. the following Monday
    • Notice to the public will be provided in advance of any full closure and advertised on lighted message boards
    • Northbound motorists may detour via Linton Boulevard
    • Southbound motorists may detour via Palmetto Park Road

 

Spanish River Bridge

Visit the Florida Department of Transportation’s website http://www.d4fdot.com/pbfdot/spanish_river_blvd_bridge_painting.asp for more information.

Spanish River Bridge Painting Project – Printable Format

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ADVISORY BOARD & COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT PROCESS

June 13, 2019

At the May 28, 2019 Workshop Meeting, the Town Commission discussed the draft process for the appointment of members to advisory board and committees.  The Town Commission concluded the discussion by directing the Town Manager to solicit feedback on the draft process from Town residents.  As such, click here to review the draft process.  Please provide review comments to Ms. Terisha Cuebas (mailto:tcuebas@highlandbeach.us) by the close of business on July 10, 2019.  Thanks for your time and attention to this matter!

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

June 4, 2019

The Town recently tested the non potable water and there is no concern with the levels of enterococci in the water. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

View the results here.

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EMERGENCY REPAIR UPDATE – A1A & RUSSELL DRIVE

May 23, 2019

The emergency sewer repair at A1A and Russell Drive has been completed.

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EMERGENCY REPAIR – A1A & RUSSELL DRIVE

May 22, 2019

The Public Works Department is undertaking an emergency repair of a probable sewer break on the westside of A1A at Russell Drive.  The exact details are unknown but the leak/sinkhole is currently undermining A1A and has a heavy sewage smell. As such, residents will observe excavation work in the aforementioned area and there may be temporary closing of the sidewalk and right-of-way area.  We will provide updates once we fully understand the scope of the problem and its accompanying repair.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

May 10, 2019

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE!
2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Town of Highland Beach. To celebrate our wonderful beachside community, the Town Commission and staff would like to form an event planning committee. The members of the committee would be tasked with providing ideas, planning and coordinating the event.
If any residents are interested in being on the committee, please contact Terisha Cuebas, Assistant to the Town Manager at tcuebas@highlandbeach.us or (561) 278-4548.

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PUBLIC NOTICE – BOCA BASH

April 26, 2019

This is a friendly notice that this Sunday (April 28, 2019) is Boca Bash in Lake Boca. Please be aware that the event may cause increased traffic in the Intracoastal Waterways and on A1A.

For more information on the event, click the link to read an article published by the Sun-Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/boca-raton/fl-ne-boca-bash-20190425-story.html#share=email~story.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

April 25, 2019

The Town recently tested the non potable water and there is no concern with the levels of enterococci in the water. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

View the results here.

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TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT – APRIL 2019

April 5, 2019

Manager’s April Report (2019)

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

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TOWN COMMISSION – VACANCY

April 4, 2019

The Vice Mayor resigned Wednesday, March 27, 2019; and therefore, the commission must fill the Vice Mayor seat by April 27, 2019. The process includes an application (letter of intent and resume) period and an appropriate background check (criminal convictions, work history, affiliations and financial) followed by public interviews and selection and appointment via a resolution.  There will be a public comment period made available during the interview process. To download a copy of the Appointment process, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

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BEST WATER TASTING CONTEST RESULTS

April 4, 2019

The Town of Highland Beach entered into the American Water Works Association Florida Section VI Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest. The contest was held on March 19, 2019 in Deerfield Beach. We are pleased to announce that the Town of Highland Beach placed 2nd amongst the competing communities. Amazing job to our staff in the Water Plant!

If you are at Town Hall, please be sure to look at the trophy in the display case.  IMG_0031

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

April 1, 2019

The Town recently tested the non potable water and there is no concern with the levels of enterococci in the water. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

View the results here.

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

March 4, 2019

The Town recently tested the non potable water and there is no concern with the levels of enterococci in the water. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

View the results here.

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TOWN HALL CLOSED – ADMINISTRATIVE DAY

March 1, 2019

Due to the Municipal Election on March 12, 2019, Town Hall, Building Department, Library, Post Office and Administrative Police Office will be CLOSED. Essential personnel will be present. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

January 9, 2019

The Town recently tested the non potable water and there is no concern with the levels of enterococci in the water. If you should have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548.

View the results here.

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PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE

October 3, 2018

Effective October 1, 2018, all 911 and Non-Emergency calls for service for the Town of Highland Beach are being received and dispatched by the Delray Beach Police Department’s Communications Center. The Non-Emergency number for Police or Fire Rescue for the Town remains the same – (561) 276-2458.

The Highland Beach Police Department’s Administrative number also remains the same (561) 266-5800.

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WALK PATH OVERLAY PROJECT

September 21, 2018

The Town of Highland Beach will begin the resurfacing of the existing walk path on September 26, 2018The duration of the project is expected to be about 30 days (weather permitting).

This project is being performed in order to ensure a smooth, crack-free asphalt surface to help ensure safe pedestrian passage. 

This project is a temporary measure while a more comprehensive project, known as “Ocean Walk & More” is in the planning stage.  Residents will be given the opportunity to provide input during the design phase & the project will appear as a ballot item on a future voter referendum.

Please be careful when using the walk path while it is being resurfaced.  Heed warning signs and worker’s directions as your safety is our primary concern.  This will also help expedite the project. 

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 561-278-4548. 

Thank you for your cooperation and the continued support for Town infrastructure improvement projects!

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NEW CONSTRUCTION HOURS AND CONSTRUCTION PARKING RESTRICTIONS

 

September 20, 2018

To Residents, Contractors and Property Owners
Town of Highland Beach

 

Subject: New Construction Hours and Construction Parking Restrictions

Dear Resident:

Please be advised that on August 7, 2018, the Town of Highland Beach Town Commission adopted, per Ordinance No. 18-007 O, new regulations governing the hours that construction is allowed to operate within the Town boundaries.  The new hours for construction by contractors is from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and prohibited on Saturday.  The prohibition for work on Saturday does not apply to single-family homeowners who are working on their own property.  Homeowners are allowed to work on their own properties on Saturday.

Ordinance No. 18-007 O also includes new restrictions for construction site parking.  Per Ordinance No. 18-007 O, on-street parking is prohibited.  All vehicles associated with construction sites must be parked completely on the construction site and/or an alternate location approved by the Building Official.

Finally, to be clear, please be advised that the Town Commission did not vote on, or change any lot to building ratios.

For more information, read Ordinance 18-007 O.

If you have any questions or comments, you may contact the Town’s Building Department at 561-278-4540.

Sincerely,

Lanelda Gaskins
Interim Town Manager

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 NEW CONSTRUCTION HOURS AND CONSTRUCTION SITE PARKING

 

August 31, 2018

Please be advised that on August 7, 2018, the Town of Highland Beach Town Commission adopted, per Ordinance No. 18-007 O, new regulations governing the hours that construction is allowed to operate within the Town boundaries.  The new hours for new allowed construction activity, effective immediately, are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  No construction is allowed Saturday, Sunday or Holidays. However active construction sites may operate under the existing construction hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 18th. Any construction activity that occurs outside of these hours will be issued a Stop Work Order and a Code Enforcement Notice of Violation.

In addition, Ordinance No. 18-007 O includes new restrictions for construction site parking.  Per Ordinance No. 18-007 O, on street parking is prohibited.  All vehicles associated with the construction or construction personnel must be parked completely on the construction site and/or an alternate location approved by the Building Official.

For additional information, please contact the Building Dept. at 561-278-4540.

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