Palm Beach County offers hands-only CPR training

Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation might save the life of someone you love. Get a free 30 042414-pbg-charity-1minutes of CPR training at one of 21 Palm Beach County locations from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, Feb. 11.

Hands-only CPR training teaches medical help you can give heart-attack victims before paramedics arrive.

Sessions will be at 19 Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue stations and two training centers (see below). They’re taught by students from the Palm Beach County School District’s medical magnet program and Palm Beach State College’s paramedic program.

For more, visit pbcems.org.

Locations:

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County to spend $1.7M for Royal Palm Beach fire rescue stations

Palm Beach County will spend $1.7 million to purchase two fire rescue stations owned by the Village of Royal Palm Beach.

County commissioners approved an agreement to purchase the stations when they met on Tuesday.

The county, which provides fire rescue service to the village, rents the buildings for $225,000 per year and determined that it would be less expensive to purchase the stations rather than continue renting them.

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins at county budget workshop, March 25, 2015 (Staff photo/Eliot Kleinberg)
Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins at county budget workshop, March 25, 2015 (Staff photo/Eliot Kleinberg)

 

Palm Beach County Commission gets Westlake impact update today

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What impact will  the planned Westlake development, formerly called Minto West, have on the surrounding area? Commissioners will get a report at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Also on the agenda:

Pets: Set to take the first of two votes on tough new rules for pet stores that the head of the county’s Animal Care and Control says are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

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

PBIA: Would approve the replacement of a bookstore at Palm Beach International Airport with a “gourmet market.”

Fire Stations: Would agree to buy the property where it operates two fire-rescue stations for the Village of Royal Palm Beach, saying it was cheaper in the long run than leasing.031616 met barn fire011

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

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Resolution for dike fix on today’s Palm Beach County Commission agenda

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A resolution urging the federal government to find money to finish shoring up the Lake Okeechobee dike is one of the items on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Palm Beach County Commission.

Other items on the agenda:

Settlement: Set to agree to a $600,000 settlement award in its 2015 federal lawsuit alleging an insurer improperly withheld workers compensation to Larry Aversano, a county Fire-Rescue employee injured in 1986 and 1988.

Change order: Set to accept a change order on work on the roadway near 20-Mile-Bend in western Palm Beach County, which will result in savings of $1.24 million, to be split among the feds, the state and the county.

Water truck: Expected to approve $300,00, to match a federal grant, for a $600,000 high-pressure water truck for Palm Beach International Airport, to clean up debris, spills and other materials from runways and ramps. The county previously had hired contractors but staff said having its own truck was more cost-effective.

Magar: Will honor State Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Hobe Sound, who’s ending her 1-year term as chair of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation; her likely successor is Vice Chair Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, depending on if he wins his State Senate bid.

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

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

Poll: Should Palm Beach County raise sales tax rate to pay for fire rescue services?

(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County is considering raising the sales tax rate by a penny per dollar to help pay for fire rescue services — and the plan is facing some opposition.

Earlier this week, the Palm Beach Post reported that the county’s Fire Rescue department is one of three government agencies proposing two sales tax referendums that, if passed, would bump the county’s sales-tax rate from 6 percent to 8 percent — the highest in Florida.

One group supporting the increase says even a one-penny jump would raise more than $200 million a year for Fire Rescue, while cutting the burden on property owners.

We want to know what you think. Vote in our poll below.

Read more on the proposed referendum.