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Get Some Sun!

Be Smart. Do Your Part. Stay 6ft Apart!

Good Job Social Distancing

Last week Lake Worth Beach reopened most parks, the golf course, and the boat ramp. PBSO has reported that so far this reopening has gone smoothly and people, for the most part, are following their social distancing guidelines. Please continue to follow the guidelines below so that we can all safely and responsibly continue to enjoy the City’s outdoor spaces.

For more information on reopenings visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/reopening-lake-worth-beach/

When you wear a cloth face covering, you help protect those around you from COVID-19. When others wear their cloth face covering, they help protect those around them, including you. Help keep each other safe by properly using cloth face coverings when out in public. 

 

Your cloth face covering should:

Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils

Fit snugly against the sides of the face

Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through

Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape

Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.

Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2Ravt42

A Quick Update from Mayor Pam

 

Small Business Administration 
Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours 

The US Small Business Administration will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
11am-1pm | 3pm-5pm
Skype Link: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/jfhein/DRJCSWGT
Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 143765659

Drive Thru MEGA Food Distribution

This Saturday, May 9, Feeding South Florida will be hosting a MEGA Food Distribution in Boynton Beach for all of Palm Beach County. This event’s goal is to feed 5000 households. 

The event will be located at Christ Fellowship, 801 N Congress Ave #401.

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and community members, everyone must adhere to the COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your car and open the trunk when it’s your turn in line. Food is distributed first come, first served while supplies last.

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

TUESDAY, MAY 12TH

If you recently lost your job or cannot access food due to Covid – 19, the Lake Worth Beach CRA, LULA Lake Worth Arts, Healthier Lake Worth Beach and the City of Lake Worth Beach have partnered with Feeding South Florida to bring you a CAR-ONLY food distribution site at HATCH 1121.

More information: https://feedingsouthflorida.org

Community Sustainability Still Open!
(but no in person visits)

The Lake Worth Beach Community Sustainability department has not stopped providing their services throughout this period. All of the departments operations including building, planning, zoning, preservation, code compliance and the issuance and renewal of business licenses have continued through the use of the web site, email and phone contact, and through a drop off service at the office door. Lake Worth Beach is one of the only municipalities, which has not had a disruption of services provided.

If you need to apply for a permit, learn more about historic preservation, renew a business license, or contact a code officer you can do so by visiting lakeworthbeachfl.gov/online-services or by calling 561-586-1647

Protect Yourself from Car Break-ins

Do not leave tools or firearms in your vehicle overnight.

With car break-ins, thieves are usually not looking for a huge payoff. What this type of thief wants is a quick result for as little work as possible. By making your car a harder target for these people, you make it less desirable. So:

  • Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
  • Activate your security system if you have one.
  • Consider window tinting, since it makes casing your car more difficult.
  • Use after-market measures, like mechanisms that lock the steering wheel to protect your car and alert thieves that you’ve taken extra security measures.
  • Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes. These are obvious to thieves, too.

Finally remember look out for your neighbors, if you see something, say something! Do not try to stop a theft in progress but call PBSO at 911 and let them handle the situation.

Economic Impact Payments


The IRS has started to deposit Economic Impact Payments to those who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. To ensure your payment is made in a timely manner visit: https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof-wmsp/start

Remember, the IRS will not call , text you, email you or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the economic impact payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.

Stronger than C19

Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is free to use and can be accessed by visiting: www.StrongerThanC19.com

 

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Business owners with questions or concerns regarding bar/nightclub and restaurant closures or short term rentals, as well as restrictions on short term rentals may call the main DBPR Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395 or monitor the main DBPR website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr

Another Successful Meeting

Lake Worth Beach successfully hosted its Electric Utility Commission Meeting while observing Social Distancing Measures via VoiP this week.

The following meetings are coming up:
May 6 | Special Commission Meeting | 4pm*
May 13 | HRPB Meeting | 6pm
May 20 | Planning & Zoning Meeting | 6pm

Meetings can be watched at www.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/watch

* THIS SPECIAL MEETING WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY AGREES TO OPEN PALM BEACH COUNTY BEACHES AFTER ITS MEETING ON FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 AT 9:30 AM *

Clerk & Comptroller to Resume In-Person Services

 
The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County will resume public services at all locations beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 11, enabling customers to pay a traffic ticket, record mortgages and deeds, or conduct other business in person.
 
For the safety of customers and Clerk & Comptroller employees, new protocols have been implemented for anyone visiting Clerk & Comptroller offices. Those protocols include:
 
·         Requiring all visitors to Clerk & Comptroller offices to wear face coverings.
·         Installing plexiglass dividers in customer service areas, to provide an additional layer of security for customers and employees.
·         Placing floor decals 6 feet apart inside customer lobbies, to ensure adequate social distancing.
·         Allowing only those with direct Clerk & Comptroller business to enter and line up in lobbies.
·         Monitoring lobbies to ensure they do not exceed capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
“Our community depends on our office to provide many essential services,” said Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock, Esq. “While many of our services are available online, we know there are customers who want to visit us in person to do business. Our new protocols ensure that we safely serve any customer who needs to come to any of our offices.”
 
Beginning on May 11, wedding ceremonies will be performed by appointment only at the Clerk & Comptroller’s courthouse locations in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade, and at its office at the Midwestern Communities Service Center in Royal Palm Beach. Marriage licenses will continue to be issued by appointment only at the Clerk & Comptroller’s four courthouse locations and the Midwestern Communities Service Center office.
 
Wedding ceremony participants will be limited to the couples only.
 
To schedule an appointment for a marriage license or ceremony, please call:
 
·         Main Courthouse, West Palm Beach: (561) 355-4489
·         Midwestern Communities Service Center, Royal Palm: (561) 784-1270
·         North County Courthouse, Palm Beach Gardens: (561) 624-6650
·         South County Courthouse, Delray Beach: (561) 274-1557
·         West County Courthouse, Belle Glade: (561) 992-1423

For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller’s online services or its social distancing guidelines, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.
Even though we advise you avoid visiting with other people right now, if you must be around others then try to stay 6ft apart! How much is 6ft? See below and be a #LocalHero

Local Food for Local Folk

Do you want to support local businesses and restaurants but don’t know how to easily find them? Are you tired of eating food from a tin and want to enjoy someone elses cooking for dinner? Then check out the all new Lake Worth Beach Local Business guide. Get to know the wide variety of local establishments you can order from today.

Visit: https://local.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/ and be a local hero!

Picking up takeout food while slowing the spread of COVID-19?

  • Order & pay online or over the phone when possible.
  • Accept take-out without in-person contact or stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after bringing home your food.

Learn more about taking essential trips at this time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html

State and County Emergency Orders!


Governor’s Executive Orders

 

Florida Health Department

  Palm Beach County Orders and Actions
Lake Worth Beach Orders and Actions

Census 2020 – Make it Count Lake Worth Beach!

We need you to be a Local Hero and complete your 2020 Census! At this time Lake Worth Beach has a 44% completion rate which is 11% lower than Florida and Palm Beach Counties completion rates. Only 26.4% of residents in the Royal Ponciana neighborhood have completed their census (the lowest completion rate) while Sunset Ridge is currently leading the pack with a 70.2% completion rate. 

Completing your Census takes less than 10 minutes but will make a big difference for our community over the next 10 years. You do NOT need a code or mail from the Census Bureau; You only need your address, the people connected to this address and their birthdates.

You can complete your Census right now online at https://my2020census.gov/

The 2020 Census can also be completed by phone in multiple languages
English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

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Assistance with Utility Bills and/or Rent

Are you struggling to pay your utility bills or rent? There are options available to assist you at this time and Palm Beach County Community Services is a great first contact in this situation.

Online Services:

  • Utility Assistance
  • Rental Assistance
  • Other emergency services available


Apply for utility or rent assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS
Utility assistance (LIHEAP & EHEAP) – (561) 355-4792
Rental and emergency services assistance – (561) 904-7900

Visit our website at www.pbcgov.org/communityservices and click on “Contact Us” to:

  • Ask how to apply for services
  • Schedule a callback over-the-phone appointment
  • Request an application to be sent to you via email or regular mail (a prepaid envelope will be sent with application)

COVID19 Support Toolkit

The House of Representatives have released an easy to read COVID19 Support Toolkit. This Families First Coronavirus Constituent Service Resource Toolkit will help you understand all the benefits that are available to you and your community — and how to access them.

Take a moment to read about what options are available to you https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-TOOLKIT-3.30.20.pdf

Online Reemployment Assistance

For residents whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they may file a Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System  http://floridajobs.org/.

If you are unable to apply online please see the link below for the Florida Reemployment Assistance Paper Application.

If you do not have access to a printer FedEx stores will have paper applications available. But please remember to practice social distancing!

Before you seal the envelope please make a copy or take a picture of your form and keep a record of the date you mail it.

http://www.floridajobs.org/…/r…/claimants/rapaperapplication

Housing Assistance

 

Palm Beach County Housing Programs continues to offer assistance to homeowners and prospective renters through the following programs:

  • Foreclosure Prevention – Funding may be provided to assist with delinquent mortgage payments, property taxes and homeowner insurance to prevent foreclosure.  Applicants can apply for up to $20,000. 

  • Rental Assistance – Funding may be provided to assist with rental security deposits, utility deposits, connection fees, housing stability counseling and rent payments up to 12 months.  The best way to apply for assistance is through the Department of Community Services electronic system via the link below or by calling (561) 904-7900. Community Services Eligibility 

  • The Purchase Assistance Program assists pre-approved applicants with financial assistance to purchase their first home. 

  • The Rehabilitation/Repair Housing Assistance Program assists approved clients with rehabilitation or emergency repair to their owner-occupied homes. 

  • The Workforce Housing Program assists approved buyers purchase homes at one of the workforce housing sites. 

To discuss housing needs and available funding, contact DHES at 561-233-3600, or visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/hes

 

Project Vital

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association and other industry leaders to distribute tablets statewide to residents in order to bring families together virtually and help mitigate feelings of isolation. During the initial pilot phase, project leaders will work with 150 care communities and supply two tablets per community along with virtual training on how to use the equipment, platform, and applications as well as proper sanitization of each tablet from resident to resident.

Aging & Disability Resource Center Helpline

Seniors 60+ are encouraged to call the ADRC Helpline 1(866) 684-5885 for assistance with food, food stamps, COVID 19 information and questions on Medicare or Medicaid. Specially trained counselors are available to help in English, Spanish or Creole Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Elderly Resident’s Assistance Program

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has established a new program to assist our Palm Beach County elderly residents who are unable to get out of their homes to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. Our amazing team of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers is ready to deliver orders directly to their doors. Seniors in need of assistance should first contact PBSO at the numbers/emails below:

Between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm please contact:

Krysti Nast – 561- 688-3918 email address NastK@pbso.org or
Nephateri Burrell – 561- 681-7241 email address BurrellN@pbso.org

After 4:00 pm please contact: Cpl. Greg Newborn at 561-307-5422

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How the program works:

Seniors must contact a qualifying store (retail establishment) to place and pay for their orders.
A PBSO Volunteer will be dispatched to the store to pick-up the orders, which are prepackaged by the retail establishment.
The Volunteer does not shop for or provide payment for any items. All orders must be prepaid.
The Volunteer will deliver the order to the specified residence.
The Volunteer will place the items at the front door and leave.
The Volunteer does not make contact with anyone at the residence.


What is a qualifying store (retail establishment)? To qualify, the store must be able to do the following:

· Take orders over the phone or online

· Accept payment over the phone or online

· Package purchased items and hold for pick-up

Currently the only stores with this capability are Costco, Walmart, and Target. However, when it comes to prescription medications, most pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) are able to accommodate.

211 Sunshine

211’s Sunshine is a free program that provides a daily phone call with a friendly hello and well-being check for seniors who are feeling isolated and alone.  The Sunshine program is for individuals 60 or older, or those who are housebound or disabled. Dial 2-1-1 or visit https://211palmbeach.org/sunshine

U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment Assistance

COVID-19 Testing Available

Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing is now available in Palm Beach County from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County.

Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000

On-site testing (swab sample collection) is available at an extensive list of testing sites within Palm Beach County which continues to grow: 
Click here for more detailed information including an updated list of testing sites.

COVID19 Resources For Floridians!

In response to COVID19 the governor’s office has published a list of resources available for all Floridians to utilize at this time.

General Information

For Small Businesses

For Families

Livestream Story Time!

Join the Lake Worth Beach Library staff every Wednesday at 10am for online Preschool Storytime. 

Stories, Music, Fun!

Get your crayons and paper and bring your Teddy Bear!

https://www.facebook.com/LWPLChildren/

Read ALL THE BOOKS!

Even though the Lake Worth Beach Municipal Library is closed it maintains an extensive online library of e-Books and  e-audiobooks that can be accessed with your library card. You can access these services below


If you would rather take a walking adventure and find a book the City of Lake Worth Beach is home to over 100 Little Free Libraries maintained by a team of volunteers who are keeping them stocked with books. To view the Little Free Library map visit the Little Free Library Map!

Building Permits!

Many of the services provided for permits, contractor certification, code enforcement are now online.  In-person, face-to-face contact inside a building is being limited. For a complete list of online services please visit https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/online-services

The issuance of building permits will still take place while the office is closed to public access.

Permit submittals will take place in the following ways:

  • Permits may be dropped off at our offices located at 1900 2nd Avenue North. There is a drop box by the front door.
  • Permits may be submitted online at the city website. There will be a digital portal on the Building Division webpage. https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/community-sustainability/building-permits/building-permit-application/
 

If you have any questions, please email bpermits@lakeworthbeachfl.gov or call 561-586-1647.

Beach Closed

The Beach and the Beach Park remain closed to ALL VEHICULAR, BICYCLE, AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC! The only exception being made is for those in vehicles that are picking up food from Benny’s or Kilwins.

We must request that you do NOT come to the beach unless you are collecting food from Benny’s or Killwins!

The beautiful Lake  Worth Beach will still be here when this has passed, so for now enjoy it through pictures and Stay Home to fight the virus!

EU Financial Difficulty Proactive Assistance

The Electric Utility energy conservation team has initiated an outreach service to customers who may be experiencing financial difficulties. The team has made 2167 outbound calls to customers and provided 92% of those who spoke with staff a referral to agencies who may be able to help them during their period of financial need.

 

Do Not Flush Disinfectant Wipes

You know what would make quarantine so much worse? Blocked sewage pipes! While you continue your disenfecting regimen it is important to remember not to flush disinfectant wipes down the toilet. They can block your pipe causing expensive plumbing repairs or block the City sewage pipes causing very angry neighbors!

 

Utility Bill Payments

Remember you do not need to come in to Lake Worth Beach offices in person to pay your bills. You can pay online, use pay near me to pay at a local business, or pay by mail. For more information please see https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/payments-portal/

Closures and Cancellations

The city’s up-to-date closures and cancellations list is being maintained on the City website. Please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/cancellations-closures/

School Food Service

 

 

Schools across Palm Beach County are distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. Hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • The number of food distribution locations will increase to 51 schools across Palm Beach County. Meals will be distributed on Thursday only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents or guardians who pick up meals on Thursday will be picking up a kit with two meals for six days totaling 12 meals for each child. 

In Lake Worth Beach, Highland Elementary and Lake Worth High School are offering this service, for the list of School District and Community Feeding Sites visit: PalmBeachSchools.org/FeedingSites

 

The Pre-Summer Food Service Program operated by the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department in partnership with the Library System has added two new locations. In addition to distribution sites in West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, beginning May 12, meals will be available in Lake Worth and Boca Raton.

Meals are distributed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until all meal kits are distributed. Each eligible child receives a week’s worth of meals. Currently, the pre-summer feeding sites will be distributing food once per week, at each location through Wednesday, May 27.

Parents picking up kits without their child present must bring identification for the child. Acceptable forms include student ID, child’s passport or other government-issued ID, birth certificate, adoption decree, immunization records, and school demographics. Meal kits will not be provided to parents who do not bring their child or do not provide proper identification. Proper safety measures must be practiced.

Monday Distribution:

  • Highridge Family Center, 4200 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach
  • Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach
  • Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres

*New* Tuesday Distribution:

  • Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth
  • West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton

Wednesday Distribution:

  • Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade
  • Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee
  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 SW 2nd Ave., South Bay

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that school-aged children, 18 years and under, continue to receive nutritious meals beyond the school year and during the summer months (June – August) as well as times of emergency school closures.

Palm Tran Updates

 

All passengers should have a mask covering their nose and mouth while riding.

The number of people onboard has been limited to no more than 15 passengers.

Palm Tran Fixed-Route continues to operate on a Saturday schedule except routes 1, 2, 3, 43 and 62 which are on a regular weekday schedule. Sundays continue to operate on a Sunday schedule.

Palm Tran Connection is essential trips only.

Palm Tran’s western community bus service, Go Glades, Routes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are currently not running a regular service. You will be able to book a trip on directly to and from your destination by calling: (561) 649-9838.

The Palm Tran call center (561) 841-4BUS (4287) is operating from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Many trip planning functions may be done through the Palm Tran app and on palmtran.org.

PBC Courts

 

All scheduled foreclosure sales are cancelled up to and including 5/1/2020. 

All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended until further order of the Court.  Non essential court proceedings will be suspended through the end of business on 5/1/2020, unless the presiding judicial officer determines that the matter may be effectively conducted remotely with all parties using communication equipment.

Sheriff Bradshaw stated PBSO would not enforce evictions until further notice.

All jury selection proceedings are suspended through May 29. Jurors who were summonsed for jury duty through May 29th do not have to report for service. They do not need to take any further action.  Those with questions regarding jury service can call 561-355-2930 or visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/jury.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/39yeHCe

 

Small Business Support


Lake Worth Beach Local businesses and the downtown area are facing the threat of significantly reduced foot traffic and sales, due to ever changing protocol and regulations regarding the COVID-19. Below is a list of resources that could help your business.Latest Business News  Business Resources The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.Please click the link below for more information:https://bit.ly/3bYYdEX

For more information for Small Businesses please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/sba-covid19/
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