Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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Delray Beach City Council Meeting – February Observer Corps Report

Delray Beach City Council Meeting – February Observer Corps Report

Delray Beach City Commission Meeting, February 4, 2020 Serena Lurie, Observer Corps After some deliberation about density restrictions, the Delray Beach City Commission adopted the Always Delray Comprehensive Plan.  On other topics, Commissioner Frenkel noted that the newly-formed committee to address panhandling was gathering input from homeless advocates and City departments, while Mayor Petrolia suggested that Delray Beach should investigate the use of light-colored asphalt in future road projects to reduce heat emissions in the city. At the Delray Beach City Commission meeting, Commissioners approved the expansion of a small, privately-owned home for adults with disabilities.  The rest of the meeting largely centered around density restrictions laid out in the Always Delray Comprehensive Plan.  All but Mayor Petrolia voted to retain the existing Floor-Area-Ratio (FAR), of 3.0 for downtown Delray Beach.  Mayor Petrolia advocated for a lower FAR of 2.5.  All of the Commission members agreed to raise the Congress

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Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – October Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – October Observer Corps Report

The following major issues were discussed: The City is beta testing a new app for the cellphone. The app will be a way for the City to communicate to citizens (e.g., hurricanes) and vice versa. The Boynton Police Department was recognized as an Excelsior Agency which is the highest honor by an outside Accreditation authority. The City is having a Climate Action Workshop on October 29. The aim of the workshop is to reduce the City’s carbon footprint in 2020 by taking measures such as: Alternate transportation Energy-efficient buildings Renewable energy Trees and green space Waste reduction Climate resilience

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Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – September Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – September Observer Corps Report

The Commission approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Commission also will begin contract negotiations with the current Homestead City Manager for the City Manager position in Delray. Although there was disappointment any residents and the Commission about the proposed removal of mangroves, the Commission decided to advance the Marine Way Seawall and Docs Improvement Program. A presenter noted that tidal flooding creates a safety issue and outlined the City’s plan for a pump station, public walkway, seawall, and public dock. Private docks to the east of Marine Way would be demolished, but owners would have the option to rebuild at their own expense The Commission, partly in response to complaints from homeowners in the Tropic Isle neighborhood about a new access road to the Delray Place South shopping center, directed staff to seek traffic mitigation strategies for Federal Highway between 10th Street and the Boca Raton border

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Delray City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Delray City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

At the August 20, 2019 meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission, Michael Cernech was selected for the post of City Manager. The Commission also approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review. density. The Commission also unanimously authorized and approved the revised Local Housing Assistance Plan, a component of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership. Click the link below to read more observations. At the August 20, 2019, Regular Delray City Commission Meeting: The Commission selected Michael Cernech for the post of City Manager. The Commission approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review. Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion of “Always Delray”. The Chair of the Always Delray Steering Committee thanked

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Boca Raton City Council Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boca Raton City Council Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boca Raton – June 11, 2019:  Among issues discussed were that the Council is considering changing requirements for residency for candidates, and ways to solve downtown parking issues. Other important issues were discussed- June 11, 2019 There was a discussion about changing requirements for residency for candidates to retire proof of address and longer residency (currently 30 days) to 6 months or a year. The Council was going to consider whether to put this issue on an upcoming ballot. The new Art in Public Spaces artwork which transformed the tunnels in Spanish River was praised. There was a discussion about downtown parking issues, including allowing private property owners to create public parking spaces, having 5 or 10-minute free parking to pick up take out food. This was set aside for further consideration. The Southern Alliance Clean Energy wants municipalities to support energy efficiency and are seeking to speak at a

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Boynton Beach City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach – June 18, 2019: Senator Lori Berman and two Representatives provided legislative updates. The Marketing Manager outlined vigorous efforts of her department to ensure full census participation. The Sustainability Coordinator discussed the Green Business Recognition Program and announced the initial participants. The Director of Economic Development and Strategy, and a number of others spoke about the city’s efforts to involve local contractors in the Town Square building project as a part of the city’s Building Wealth in the Community Strategic Initiative.  The City Planning Department announced updates including the creation of a new Boynton Beach Boulevard Overlay and amendments to the Land Development Regulations to add fertilizer-use ordinances in compliance with requirements of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Other important issues were discussed- June 18, 2019 Senator Lori Berman, Representatives Joe Casello, and Al Jacquet provided legislative updates with Representative Jacquet expressing disappointment over stipulations added to the

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Delray Beach City Commission-Observer Corps Report

Delray Beach City Commission-Observer Corps Report

Delray Beach – May 9, 2019: Senator Berman gave a legislative post-session update, including environmental legislation that passed, texting becoming a primary offense, a ban on plastic straw prohibition (with possible grandfathering). Also discussed was the importance of the census, including mention that Delray has been working on the census for 3 months.   May 21, 2019: A Delray Beach Cluster Strategies Study Discussion was presented, including the study’s recommendations to advance strategies to grow Delray’s leading industries, provide greater economic opportunities and increase the Delray’s nonresidential tax base.   June 4, 2019: Items covered included: granting of a temporary-use parking lot permit,  Nominations to the Education Board, Green Implementation Advancement Board, and Chair of the Downtown Development Authority Board.  June 4, 2019: Meeting included granting of a temporary-use parking lot permit and nominations to the Education Board, the Green Implementation Advancement Board, and the Chair of the Downtown Development Authority Board.  

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