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April 1, 2020

We know there has been some confusion on whether the Executive Order applies to private and public beaches. Last week, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-70 that closed all beaches in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. It does not differentiate between private or public beaches. This means this Executive Order applies to our beaches.
 
Since the order was issued, much has changed and we now have Executive Orders closing private community pools and private golf courses. Today, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020.
 
Compliance with Executive Orders is critical in keeping people safe and healthy.

Please adhere to this serious Public Health Emergency Order.

Craig Hartmann, Highland Beach Chief of Police
“Stay Home, Stay Safe”

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March 30, 2020

 

On March 29, 2020, Palm Beach County amended its Executive Order No. 3 a.  One of the provisions, shown below, closes all community pools.
 
Effective as of March 30, 2020 at 12:01a.m., all community pools in Palm Beach County are closed, including community pools in both incorporated and unincorporated Palm Beach County.
 
According to County Administration, a community pool is a public or private pool serving 5 or more living units.  Therefore, by effect of the order, all community pools serving 5 or more living units in Highland Beach shall be closed immediately.  

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March 29, 2020

 

Today, the Town of Highland Beach issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order in its continuing efforts to protect the health, welfare and safety of the residents of Highland Beach.  Our neighbors to the north and south, City of Delray Beach and City of Boca Raton, have also issued similar orders over the last few days.  It is important to stand with our neighbors to ensure our unique sense of place and amazing and strong residents are safe from the spread of the highly contagious and dangerous COVID-19 virus. 

With this order, Highland Beach residents are required stay at home and within the boundary of their owned or rented property. The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order does not order residents to stay confined inside all day, but we do need to make changes to our daily routines.   Outdoor exercise and activity are healthy and encouraged so long as social distancing is practiced.  Please note that all beaches are closed per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-70. 

Highland Beach residents may also leave their homes to travel to grocery stores and to other essential businesses and workplaces and medical facilities.  Again, all non-essential travel is restricted. 

We implore you to follow the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (DOH) social distancing guidelines and exercise personal preventative practices like washing of hands, avoid hand shaking, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and contacting your medical provider if you feel ill and/or show signs of the COVID-19 virus.   The signs of COVID-19 include fever of 100 degrees or higher, dry cough and shortness of breath.  Also, we encourage residents to consider home delivery of meals, supplies and groceries.  

By making a few changes to our daily routine and following CDC and DOH guidelines, together we will make it through this crisis and continue to enjoy our paradise – Highland Beach.  

To download the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order, click here.

To download a copy of the Press Release, click here.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Phone: (800) 232-4636
CDC Website
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Phone: (866) 779-6121
FDOH Website

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March 23, 2020

 

The Governor issued Executive Order 20-70 that has closed all beaches in the State of Florida. The Order specifically states “beaches” and does not differentiate between private or public beaches. This means this Executive Order applies to our beach. Please adhere to this Public Health Emergency Order.

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March 21, 2020


On March 20, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-70, closing beaches in Palm Beach County and Broward County.

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March 20, 2020


To remain consistent with Governor’s Executive Orders 20-70 and 20-71, the following operational changes will be implemented.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020:

•  The Highland Beach Post Office will be closed until further notice.  The mail box in the front of the building will continue to be serviced by the U.S. Postal Service.

• The Library will be closed until further notice.  This closure includes cessation of on-demand services.  E-books are still available.  

• The Building Department will collect applications and issue permits electronically or via a drop box located in the front of the Public Works Building.  No public will be allowed into the building.

Town Hall will be closed to the public and face-to-face appointments will not be made available until further notice.

In an effort to ensure continuity of services and maintain the health and safety of our staff, the Town has developed staffing plans in each department that allow for alternative work schedules and work sites, with minimal or no impact to service delivery.

The Town encourages all residents to implement safe practices to include social distancing, appropriate hand washing, and avoiding groups of 10 or more people for the foreseeable future to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding that we are placing the public health and safety of our community first.

For updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at 561-840-4500 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

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March 17, 2020

 

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:

Effective immediately, Post Office services will be available via a walk-up window.  Service hours remain the same:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  US Postal Service will remain available to residents but will be restricted to a walk-up window; thereby, restricting customer gatherings.  If this proves unmanageable, the Post Office will be closed.

Effective March 18, 2020, Library hours will be reduced to 10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.  Additionally, Library materials will only be available on demand.  That is, residents can call or email to order available materials for pick up at the Library.  (A special email account will be created for Library material ordering.)  Residents can search for available materials via the online catalog.  The Library will also promote its e-book options.   The Library staff will communicate how to access the online catalog and how to access and download e-books.  As envisioned, once the materials are collected within the Library the resident will be provided a pick-up time.  Materials will be collected from a restricted area at the Library entrance.  

Effective immediately, public access to Town Hall will be restricted.  Access will be available by appointment only and no public restrooms will be available.  Visitor check-in and access will be provided via the Town Clerk doors following a side window check-in.  Public access will also be restricted to the Building Department.  Building, Planning and Code Enforcement Services will available but it is important to note inspections will now have strict “Social Distancing” parameters for resident occupied spaces.  Online Building Services will be encouraged to the greatest extent practicable.

Effective immediately, the April meeting of Planning Board has been postponed.   The April organizational meetings for the Financial Advisory Board and Natural Resource Advisory Board have also been postponed.    Rescheduled meeting dates will not be considered until after May 1, and may be extended to a later date.

 For updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at 561-840-4500 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

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March 14, 2020

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF HIGHLAND BEACH

EMERGENCY COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Town of Highland Town Commission will have an Emergency Town Commission Special Meeting as follows:

 WHEN:               Monday, March 16, 2020 at 1:30 PM

WHERE:           Town Hall - Commission Chamber
                              3614 South Ocean Boulevard
                              Highland Beach, Florida 33487

PURPOSE:        Consider a Declaration of Emergency

To access the Agenda for the Emergency Town Commission Special Meeting click the link https://highlandbeach.us/media-archives-minutes/.

For more information, please contact the Highland Beach Town Clerk’s Office at 561-278-4548 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Download the public notice here.

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March 14, 2020

 

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, 2020 Spring Fling Community Event is hereby canceled. Shredding services will still be available to residents on March 21, 2020 at Town Hall from 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Effective March 14, 2020, Highland Beach All Library events and community meetings are canceled through May 1st, which may be extended. The cancelations were made because the events in the two Community Rooms do not allow for the “Social Distancing” that is now being recommended and practiced worldwide. We recognize how our residents value the benefits of our Library but, in abundance of caution and concern for our residents that are the most vulnerable and most at risk, it’s the right choice to make.

The Library will remain open for normal operations during this time.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding that we are placing the public health and safety of our community first.

For updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at 561-840-4500 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

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March 11, 2020

 

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, 2020 Spring Fling Community Event is hereby canceled. Shredding services will still be available to residents on March 21, 2020 at Town Hall from 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Effective March 14, 2020, Highland Beach Library Thursday concert series and the Friday movies are canceled through May 1st, which may be extended. This Thursday’s concert and this Friday’s movie will go as planned. The cancelations were made because the events in the two Community Rooms do not allow for the “Social Distancing” that is now being recommended and practiced worldwide. We recognize how our residents value the benefits of our Library but, in abundance of caution and concern for our residents that are the most vulnerable and most at risk, it’s the right choice to make.

The Library will remain open for normal operations during this time.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding that we are placing the public health and safety of our community first.

For updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at 561-840-4500 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

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