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At the May 19, 2015, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Public Roads ordinance – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on June 23 an ordinance prohibiting persons from displaying information, soliciting business or charitable contributions, and distributing materials or goods on county and state roads in unincorporated areas of the county. Prohibited activities include but are not limited to panhandling, collection of donations for or by nonprofit organizations, or the sale or distribution of merchandise or publications. Road shoulders and sidewalks are exempt.

Florida South Division – approved an ad valorem tax exemption in the amount of $1.7 million over seven years for Florida South Division, LLC. The company is constructing a 650,000-square-foot distribution center and regional headquarters in Royal Palm Beach to serve Aldi grocery stores in South Florida. The agreement requires Florida South Division to make a minimum $55 million capital investment, create 95 new full-time equivalent jobs over a three-year period at an average annual wage of $46,100, and to maintain those jobs over a five-year period.

Tourist development – adopted an ordinance providing for the transfer of funds from the first cent of the bed tax and the amendment of the Tourist Development Plan which provides for the expenditure of one cent of bed tax revenues to be used for one or more of the authorized uses.

Boynton Harbor Marina – agreed to a request by the Boynton Beach CRA to allow demolition of an old two-story building within the CRA's Boynton Beach Harbor Marina. The CRA intends to replace the structure with open space including landscaping and a pedestrian promenade.

Bill Bailey Center – approved an increase in funding to $138,500 annually for implementation of a city-sponsored adult and family-use recreational program at the Bill Bailey Community Center, located at SW 12th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Belle Glade.

Library cards – approved an increase in the fee for a non-resident library card from $30 to $95 annually and from $15 to $55 for six months. A non-resident is defined as someone who lives outside the Library District and outside a city with a reciprocal agreement with the Library District, and who does not own property within the Library District. The fee for non-resident library cards has not been increased since 1992.

Animal Care and Control – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on June 23 a series of amendments to the county's Animal Care and Control Ordinance. Proposed changes include removal of the voice command to require dogs to be leashed when off the owner's or caregiver's property unless certain exceptions apply, and requiring all community cats to be sterilized, microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, and ear-tipped for identification.

Countdown to Zero – approved an agreement with Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League for the spaying/neutering of at-risk dogs and cats as part of the county's Countdown to Zero initiative in the amount of $200,000. This is a 12-month pilot program with the Animal Rescue League. Countdown to Zero is a commitment by Palm Beach County to end euthanasia of all adoptable animals by 2024.

Easements – adopted three resolutions abandoning public interest in road and drainage easements/rights of way to eliminate conflicts with future redevelopment plans in Canyon Isles Preserve, Atlantic Commons and Valencia Cove in District 5.

 

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