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Working on on on Extension of Lease for West Delray Regional Park
The Alliance of Delray submitted a a a a a a a a a a a a a a formal request asking Palm Beach County (PBC) to execute a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a new lease agreement with the the the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for the the the management and and operation of of of the the the 313 acre Palm Beach Downs propertylocatedwestofStateRoad7andnorthofAtlanticAvenue Thecurrentlease with with SFWMD SFWMD was executed in in in in 2006 and and is is scheduled to to terminate on on January 1 1 2021 Parks & Recreation’s Planning staff is is is working with with their counterparts at at at at the the the SFWMD SFWMD togettheleaseextended Inordertoprocurestateandfederalgrants a25yearleaseis a necessity As with with other property property leases with with the the SFWMD PBC Parks & Recreation has beenanexcellentstewardofthispropertyformorethan14years Duringthisperiod theCountyhasspent$1 35milliononsiteimprovementsand expendsapproximately $75 000 in in in annual operating costs The County County has has cleared exotic vegetation from large portions of the site developed developed biking and and equestrian trails constructed a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a primitive campingareaanddeveloped launchpointsfornon-motorizedboats Theparkhas become a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a popular location for for environmental education and and and numerous activities such as as hiking exercising birding and and fishing A A A number of of user groups (see photo) have been permitted to to to utilize the the the the Park
including the the the the Gold Coast Archers Astronomical Society of of the the the the the Palm Beaches Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association and the the the the the Florida Off Road CyclingEnthusiaststonameafew Useofthepropertyasapublicparkisnowwidely acknowledged by the the the the citizens of of Palm Beach County and executing a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a new long-term lease with the the the the District to to ensure the the the the property property remains a a a a a a a a a a a a a a park site for years to to come is is strongly supported by numerous property property associations including the the the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations
Managing Development Keeps Roads Safer
In a a a a a a a a a letter to to the the the Planning Commission Commission of of Palm Beach County and the the the the the Board of of Commissioners the the the the the Alliance clearly stated it’s objection to to three projects which would have increased increased the the the the the the commercial cap in in in in in the the the the the the Agricultural Agricultural Reserve Reserve increased increased the the the the density of housing in in in in in the the the the Agricultural Agricultural Reserve Reserve and and and created great traffic concerns on on on on Atlantic Avenue and and and Boynton Beach Boulevard The Planning Commission Commission listened and and and made the the recommendation to to the the Board of County Commissioners that all three applications be denied The The Roundtable discussions workshops and hearings from 2014/2015 are still fresh in in in the the the the public’s mind The The Alliance supported the the the the efforts of of the the the the Board of of County Commissioners (BCC) and the the the the the BCC’s direction to to to Staff which was to to to to assess possible changes changes to to to to the the the Agricultural Reserve Tier with theperspectiveofmaintainingagricultureandtoconsiderminimumchanges toexistingconditions Safetyisparamountforourresidentswhousetheroadways bikelanes andsidewalks therefore theAlliancecloselymonitorsdevelopmentprojects Concernsandobjectionsarelodgedwhenprojectssurpassreasonabletraffic andqualityoflifeimpacts During this time of of a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a pandemic that has caused a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a change in in in in in daily habits therearemorelocalresidentsbicycling skating andjoggingalongState Road7/441 ItwasbroughttotheAlliance’sattentionthatatWinner’s
Circle and and 441 (the entrance to to Sunshine Meadows) one of the the the busiest intersections between Atlantic and and Clint Moore Road the the the the stop sign was was missing Evidently it it was was removed with the the road improvements but not re-installed Alliance executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor worked on the the issue with the Florida Department of Transportation being
notified Not only was the stop sign re-installed but a a a a a “Divided Roadway” signwasadded totheposttoalert driverstheneedto passthemedian andturnleftatthe secondroadway See photo “From the the Everglades to the the Ocean”

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