Palm Beach County Commission to tackle pet rules today

091316-met-pet-store-02A contentious set of tough new rules for pet stores goes to a second and final vote at today’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting.

The county’s Department of Animal Care and Control says the rules are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

Lifeguards: will again visit pleas by county ocean rescue lifeguards that they be classified as “special risk” in order to get additional benefits.

Child Care: Will consider tough new guidelines for the county’s hundreds of child care centers.

Incentives: Expected to approve $357,000 in incentives to “Project Emblem,” now revealed as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton; and offer $89,000, as part of a state match, to “Project Cranium,” an as-yet undisclosed company wanting to more its regional headquarters to the county.

Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the second of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber and Lyft, for five southeast Florida counties.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

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Palm Beach County Commission to mull new child care rules

mnpd-031302-npd-childcare-bDid your last child care center have a bounce house? The next one won’t, if a new set of rules is approved by Palm Beach County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

Much  of the changes the commissioners, sitting as the Child Care Facilities Board, will consider on Tuesday, are housekeeping. But the 57-page package includes tough new guidelines for the county’s hundreds of centers.

Some of them:

  •      Bring the county into new state standards.
  •      Add requirements for transportation of children, safety at outdoor play areas.
  •      Add or clarify training requirements.
  •      Raise annual license fees for family child care homes from $40 to $80, and set fees for large homes at $150.
  •      Ban trampolines and bounce houses, and ban candles and plug-in air fresheners indoors.
  •      Ban smoking inside child-care facilities.

According to a memo for Tuesday’s meeting, as of December 31, 2015, 726 permitted child care providers operated in Palm Beach County, with a capacity of 49,957 slots for children. Of these, 437 were centers and 289 were home-based.