Palm Beach County Commission to hear federal priorities today

palm-beach-county-logoThe Palm Beach County Commission will hear a roundup of its federal priorities at today’s meeting.

Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump now is in the White House, and Palm Beach County officials have been studying how actions taken by his administration could be a boon to the county – or they could block progress in areas where the county can’t succeed without federal help.

Also on today’s agenda:

Animal Care: Will get a report on how the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control collects, and spends, money from rabies tags.

Code: Set to approve the settlement of four large unrelated code violations, reducing penalties from more than $1 million to just thousands.

Court Security: Will get an update on plans to overhaul the security system at the Palm Beach County courts complex.

Jet: Will “receive and file” a resolution passed by town of Atlantis opposing the allowing of jets at Lantana.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting:

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

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Palm Beach County busts code penalties by more than 90 percent

palm-beach-county-logoFour penalties for unrelated Palm Beach County code violations dating as far back as the 2004 hurricanes are set to be reduced from more than $1 million down to about 9 cents on the dollar, according to a memo for next Tuesday’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting.

The four items will be reduced to 8.6 percent, from $1.076 million to $92,290.

Code enforcement officials have stressed that dramatic reductions are the norm; that the ultimate goal isn’t to collect a big penalty but to get people in compliance.

The four items:

Property in West Palm Beach owned by Marcos Acevedo was hit with three code enforcement liens of September 2008, August 2010 and September 2010 for various maintenance violations. A lien grew to $786,531 as of Dec. 9. Settled for $50,000 (6.4 percent).

A shopping center near Palm Springs owned by South Military Trail LLC was cited for  landscaping issues and draconian “hat-racking” trimming of trees after the 2004 hurricanes. A lien grew to $128,812 as of Nov. 15. Settled for $6,675 (5.2 percent) with a ban on the center operating a cocktail lounge or selling alcohol between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Ramsey Bulkeley, deputy director of Planning, Zoning and Building, which oversees code enforcement, said El Toro Loco, a night club at the center, was for years the site of numerous incidents of violence and crime.

Property near Palm Beach International Airport that’s owned by Florida Land & Timber Corp. was cited for exotic pest trees, standing dead trees and trash dating to 2005.  A lien grew, with interest, to $117,634 as of Nov. 9. settled for $20,665 (17.6 percent).

Property in Lake Worth owned by Carmella Daut and Jean Rene Pierre-Louis was cited for installing a porch without proper permits. Liens grew to $43,348 as of Jan. 3. Settled for $14,950 (34.5 percent).