A judge Monday gave Riviera Beach five days to assign activist Fane Lozman street addresses for the five Singer Island lots of what the activist calls his “Renegade” complex.
Palm Beach County Judge Martin Colin’s order said “credible evidence belies the City’s position” that Lozman hadn’t exhausted his avenues to get the address, saying Lozman first contacted the city via email and written correspondence more than a year ago.
The death toll from Hurricane Matthew’s rampage across Haiti now stands at 1,000. Hundreds of thousands more are in need of assistance as the storm damaged the impoverished nation’s water supply, wrecked its already-feeble housing stock and cut off communities.
Officials from Palm Beach County are reaching out to help.
Delray Beach Commissioner Al Jacquet is already on the ground in Haiti assessing the need for volunteers and rescue efforts, according to a news release from Riviera Beach.
Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, Port of Palm Beach Commissioners Wayne Richards and Jean Enright and a team of about 30 doctors will be joining Jacquet in Haiti in two weeks to deliver aid and medical supplies.
“The best way to receive a blessing is to be a blessing,” the mayor said in announcing the delegation’s travel plans.
Florida’s Haitian-American population is the largest in the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Port-au-Prince is 750 miles from Riviera Beach, and many Haitian-Americans have settled there and in other communities in south Florida.
Haitians are in particular need of antibiotics and medical supplies to treat open wounds.
A list of other medical supplies and needs, along with instructions for the packing of donations, can be found on the World Harvest Missions Outreach web site at http://www.newlife4kids.com.
Local residents can bring donations to containers at A/C Self Storage on Blue Heron Blvd. in Riviera Beach and to Trinity Church International at 7255 S. Military Trail in Lake Worth. Donations can also be brought to the fire stations at Riviera Beach’s municipal complex and on Singer Island.
Palm Beach County commissioners have given initial approval for an expanding Riviera Beach company to receive a $89,000 economic development grant if it follows through with plans to expand its operations and create 178 new jobs.
The company, whose identity has not been revealed, would receive the $89,000 over eight years. It plans to invest $11.9 million and create 178 new jobs over a five-year period with an average annual wage of $53,484. The company has also pledged to retain 255 existing jobs.
Such economic incentives have drawn some opposition from those who believe the county is paying companies to do what they would do anyway. Commissioners, however, have argued that the incentives help the county recruit and retain businesses that might otherwise leave or never locate their operations here in the first place.
The five-year estimated local economic impact of the Riviera Beach expansion is $342 million.
Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker explained the details of the county’s plan to raise the sales tax to a group of planning and growth management officials Tuesday morning.
Baker said the sales tax increase, which would generate an estimated $2.7 billion over the next decade, would allow the county to repair roads, bridges and county buildings that were neglected during the recent economic downturn.
Baker is expected to make a similar presentation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening at Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach. The meeting is free and open to the public.