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7/9/2018 – City of Deerfield Beach Suspends Recycling Program

Due to the rising costs for recyclable processing and low global demand for materials, the City voted NOT to enter into an unreasonable contract with Waste Management. Over the past year, the City has been proactively searching for another disposal vendor in North Broward and Palm Beach counties. While we secured a lower rate for municipal solid waste, there were not any companies interested in the bid for recyclable processing of our materials. We will continue to explore both short-term and long-term improvements to our recycling alternatives because we believe in a sustainable, healthy environment. The City will suspend all curbside residential recycling programs until further notice.

Effective Monday, July 9,2018:
All residential recycling carts will not be part of the collection process. Residents should place all materials in their City-issued brown garbage cart.

Single-stream recyclables will not be accepted at the City’s Drop-Off-Center (DOC) located at 401 SW 4 Street, Deerfield Beach. The DOC will continue to accept clean cardboard, metal, styrofoam and paper shredding.

Residents should continue to monitor the City’s website and social media for regular updates. The City appreciates the residents’ cooperation and understanding during this temporary suspension period.

For additional information, please call the Department of Sustainable Management at (954) 480-4391 or check out the Recycling Frequently Asked Questions at www.dfb.citylrecyclefags.

2/26/18 – March 8th HOA Board Meeting

Hello everyone, just a friendly reminder the March HOA Board Meeting will take place on 3/8/18 at 4PM located in the Lakes Pool House. We look forward to seeing you there!

1/24/2017 – False Alarm Permit Registration

It is important that all alarm holders in our community read this information from the City of Deerfield Beach.

Approximately 1 year ago, our city began outsourcing of many of the services which we receive. – one of them is our alarm system in each owners unit. On January 13, 2017, notification to alarm owners was posted to our municipal web-site of the new procedure. All alarms, even if you still have your previous permit alarm number, must be registered. Additionally there is a one time registration fee and permit issued for a cost of $30 for 365 days. Future alarm renewals are at the former $25 rate. Payment is not permitted by credit card unless the web site is used. Manual payments are permissible but those must be directly to the City of Deerfield Beach.

If you elect not to register your alarm and do have any false alarms the cost of those false alarms will rapidly mount up and will be billed to owners directly per the grid below. Registration of each individual alarm in our community is each owners responsibility.

Below is the municipal link to go online to register and pay for the alarm registration with details. The Broward Sheriff’s Office now has the software in their police cars rather than use a manual system.

http://www.deerfield-beach.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2141

City News & Events
Posted on: January 13, 2017
Have you Registered your Safety Alarm?

The City of Deerfield Beach’s false alarm program contained in Chapter 30, Article III of the Deerfield Beach Code of Ordinances was recently amended by Ordinance No. 2015/013. Management and administration of the program is being provided by Public Safety Corporation. Public Safety Corporation is responsible for ensuring compliance and for handling most administrative functions of the False Alarm Program. The purpose of the program is to reduce the number of false alarms that require police and fire rescue personnel response. False alarm responses inhibit police and fire rescue’s ability to respond to real emergencies and provide adequate service to the community.

Public Safety Corporation, who uses its proprietary Crywolf software, manages initial and annual alarm registration, false alarm notifications, billing and collections for the City. They also provide customer support from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. As in the past, all City of Deerfield Beach alarm users are required to register their alarms. This includes all residential and non-residential locations within the City’s boundaries.

Residential and non-residential users alike can register online. This link will be conveniently available on the City’s web-site under the caption “Residents.” Once registered, users will be issued a login and password, so that they may check their accounts at any time.

The web address for registration is: https://www.crywolfservices.com/deerfieldbeachfl. Registration can also be established by calling the customer service phone number at (855) 905-0617.

Residents should be aware that you risk a $200 fine if your alarm is not registered and you have a false alarm incident. The City is however, waiving this fee and/or reimbursing those alarm owners who have received an invoice reflecting this fee, since the program began in September 2016. Alarm users will have until March 31, 2017 to register their alarms without being assessed the $200 fee. Please register immediately.

The ordinance imposes registration fees and graduated civil penalty for false alarms. The following fees and penalties apply:

First time alarm registration = $30.00
Annual registration thereafter = $25.00
Police False Alarm (within a 12-month period)
Third false alarm = $50.00
Fourth false alarm = $100.00
Fifth and subsequent false alarms = $200.00.
Fire Rescue False Alarm (within a 12-month period)
Third false alarm = $100.00
Fourth false alarm = $100.00
Fifth and subsequent false alarms = $150.00.
Unregistered Alarm System Penalty is $200.00. (Waived through March 31, 2017)
If you have any questions regarding the False Alarm program and need more information call 1.855.905.0617.

10/16/2016 – Help Available for Energy & Wind Upgrades for Your Property

Hello friends and neighbors.

City of Deerfield Beach residents and business owners now have a new option for financing energy efficiency or wind resilient upgrades on their property.

In June, the Broward County board of Commissioners approved a countywide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, providing an innovative form of financing for clean energy and resilience improvements for residential and commercial property owners across the county. The City of Deerfield Beach Commission voted to opt-in to the Broward County PACE Program, authorizing all County-approved providers to operate within Deerfield Beach jurisdictional boundaries.

PACE is a financing mechanism that allows property owners to voluntarily make qualifying improvements on their property, with repayment through a non-ad valorem special assessment added to their property tax bill.

Most products that can be permanently affixed to a property and reduce on-site electric use, assist in wind resistance, and/or produce onsite electricity are eligible for funding. Qualifying improvements include: rooftop solar panels, solar water heater, wind turbine, energy efficient air conditioning unit, cool roof, window replacement, impact windows, insulation, and more.

The program is now live for Deerfield Beach property owners through the two approved providers: Renew Financial and Ygrene. Broward County is currently in negotiations with two additional PACE providers.

To get started, interested parties are encouraged to review the Program Guidelines for all approved providers. Like any financial decision, participants should review all available financing alternatives to ensure they are choosing the best option for their own personal financial situation. It is also highly recommended that property owners perform a comprehensive energy audit on their property before committing to any qualifying improvements.

For additional information on PACE in Deerfield Beach, visit www.dfb.city/PACE or contact Sustainable Management 954.480.1420.

Bill Ganz, District 4 Comissioner
bganz@deerfield-beach.com.

9/14/2016 – Zika Virus Prevention Update – The HOA contacted the City of Deerfield Beach regarding a safe solid form additive for storm drains used to combat mosquito breeding as a defense against the spread of the Zika virus. The City confirmed that additives are available and, when requested, are the responsibility of the municipality. The tablets sit at the bottom of a storm drain or other standing water and slowly releases “larvicide” chemicals. Safe to people but fatal to mosquitoes. We have added our community name to the list requesting additives / treatments for our storm drains. The City of Deerfield Beach confirmed that they would be treating our drains probably within the next 30 days.

9-14-2016 – Powerline Road Project Update – The remaining portion of the Powerline project initiative from the Hillsboro Canal to Hillsboro Blvd has been delayed due to funding. The final stages for remaining landscaping and mostly lighting have been pushed back for completion into 2017 – 2018 budget.

ZIKA VIRUS WARNING

Hello friends & neighbors,

I hope this has been a great summer for you, so far. We are entering the time of year in which mosquitoes are more prevalent. This season we are dealing with much more than just another pesky insect, we are dealing with a public health issue, as the Zika virus has been confirmed in multiple travelers who have recently visited Latin America. It also appears that the state likely has its first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus and part of the same family as yellow fever and West Nile. Many infected with Zika will not feel any symptoms or will only have mild symptoms, which include: fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and headaches. See your physician if you have any of the symptoms I’ve described and have visited an area with Zika. This is especially important if you are pregnant.

Though Broward County is continuing to spray for mosquitoes and monitor this issue, I personally, want to urge you to take certain measures to better protect yourselves and your families from Zika.

I have listed below some of the best ways to protect from all mosquito-transmitted diseases:

  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Dress in long-sleeved and light-colored clothing in a known mosquito-infested area.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to clothing and skin.
  • Inspect your yards and drains. Store or dispose cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other debris that can collect and hold standing water which promotes breeding.
  • Flush plants weekly.
  • Repair leaky pipes.
  • Maintain and clean roof gutters.
  • Pump or drain any standing water that has collected on your property.

Additionally, I have requested that Code Enforcement, as well as our Parks and Recreation Department take a look at any areas in the City where mosquitoes can breed and to do what they can to eliminate these types of hazards.

For more information about the Zika virus you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html. If you would like more information on spraying for mosquitoes in your areas contact Broward County Mosquito Control at 954.765.4062.

I believe that knowledge is power and information helps us all make better decisions. I hope that you continue to enjoy your summer and remember if there is anything you would like to ask or comment about please email me at bganz@deerfield-beach.com.

Have a fun & safe weekend,

Bill Ganz
Commissioner

What’s Happening in Deerfield Beach:

6/12/2016 – Just a reminder for all our community residents, Deerfield Beach has a robust Recycling Program, including confidential paper shredding service and Hazardous Material disposal.

These programs are, for the most part, available only to Deerfield Beach residents (bring your ID) and offer disposal of a wide variety of recyclable or hazardous materials (stable and unstable).

If you wish to see the recycling offerings for the City of Deerfield Beach please follow the links for your service of your interest:

The Recycling Center is quite active, established and staffed during the hours of opertion. It accepts a variety or recycle items such as cardboard, metal products, styrofoam, electronics, etc. The link provides hours of operation, acceptable products for disposal and details about the program.
(http://www.deerfield-beach.com/index.aspx?nid=235)

The document shredding program is designed to address all of those confidential “trans file boxes” containing unnecessary old tax returns or simply papers no longer needed but that contain confidential information. It is a great way to dispose of all that confidential data and avoid identity theft for a nominal fee.
(http://www.deerfield-beach.com/index.aspx?NID=1177)

The hazardous materials disposal program accommodates some of the more popular household hazardous materials that are no longer accepted by the Recycling Center such as fluorescent bulbs, Lithium ion batteries, etc. because of their storage risk. They have also expanded acceptable products as the city negotiates contracts for harmful homeowner products and, few if any, disposal alternatives. This facility is different and not affiliated with the Broward County Recycling Center located on Powerline Road and is more convenient. This is a great way to clean out your garage or household of unwanted hazardous materials that we are all tempted to dispose of incorrectly and, potentially can harm the environment. The drive up drop off service is available on the second Saturday of each month, except for March when it is on the third Saturday.
(http://www.deerfield-beach.com/index.aspx?NID=1177)

6/9/2016 – The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO) has developed a consensus building initiative with the communities along the SW 10th Street corridor to discuss the future of the corridor between Florida’s Turnpike and I-95. The purpose of this initiative is to identify concerns on current and future conditions and to develop consensus on potential near and long-term transportation improvements.

To review the initiative access this link.

3/26/2016 – FDOT to begin Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge Improvements Project
FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has awarded a $594,926.74 contract to Sea Coast Inc. to improve the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Deerfield Beach. Construction will begin April 1, 2016 and is expected to be completed in summer 2016. Click here for the project flyer.

The project team will be distributing periodic updates. If you would like to receive project updates, please send an email to diglesias@corradino.com with a subject line of Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge Improvements Project Updates.

For additional project information contact (954) 940-7585 or email diglesias@corradino.com.

FDOT

Reminder: FDOT to Host Public Hearing on Hillsboro Boulevard Improvement Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites Deerfield Beach residents and business owners to a public hearing on the Hillsboro Boulevard Roadway Improvement Project on Wednesday, March 18th in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall located at 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL. Displays will go up at 5:00 PM and the public hearing will begin at 6:00 PM.

This project will change and improve the landscape of Hillsboro Boulevard, from Military Trail to Federal Highway. This will be a great opportunity for you to get a detailed explanation of the proposed improvements, make comments related to the project, and have your questions answered on an individual basis. For the Improvement Project Presentation, go to www.Deerfield-Beach.com/SR810improvement.

For additional information please contact FDOT Project Manager, James Ford, P.E. at 954-777-4434.

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