The event, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the county’s Environmental Resources Management and Parks & Recreation departments, to “celebrate the night and turn down the lights” by exposing people to astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
The festival will include stargazing with local astronomers, nighttime photography lectures, exhibits, vendors, nature walks, a children’s activity area, food trucks, a campfire and more.
So in the meantime, the county plans to spend $809 a month to rent space in an executive suites building right next to the park that’s owned by Symphony Workplaces. The deal is through January, with a month-by-month option after that, the memo said.
On Friday, just after dusk, DEP people came to take samples and “couldn’t find the bloom,” Rob Robbins, head of Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, said Tuesday. “Looks like the wind shifted it and moved it off.”
On Saturday morning, Robbins said, parks workers came to the spot and couldn’t find the bloom either. So Call reversed himself.
“The no swim advisory has been lifted,” County Administrator Verdenia Baker texted county commissioners around 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
Call said Tuesday this never would have been comparable to the Jaws situation because the closure affected only Peanut Island, not all the county’s beaches. But, he said, while he works closely with tourism officials and area businesses, “we always want to err on the side of caution.”
Bock: The commission will hear Clerk of Courts Sharon Bock’s annual financial report. Last year, Bock reported that county assets dropped $99.1 million, mostly because the county sold the Mecca Farms property at a $33 million loss and locked into $50 million in new debt over the Max Planck Institute and the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Housing: Approved its required Local Housing Assistance Plan for the next three years, as required by the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). The plan’s goals are to preserve and increase the stock of affordable housing.
Bus vs. House: Is set to approve a $51,593 settlement for a West Palm Beach man whose home was damaged in March 2013 when it was struck by a Palm Tran bus.
The Palm Beach County Commission once again will tackle the issue of how the app-based ride service and similar ones are regulated, and whether they are getting an unfair advantage over traditional taxis and limos.
The biggest aspect of the Uber package commissioners will consider: both Uber-style outfits and taxis would be responsible to either conduct their own background checks or hire the county to do the more comprehensive and costly fingerprint-based “Level II” checks for them. That, and what insurance would be required of drivers in both endeavors, have been sticking points in the debate for going on two years.
The commission might also talk some more about last week’s charge by the county’s inspector general that officials of the Palm Tran Connection cooked their books to improve the on-time record for the bus service for the disabled, elderly and ill.