This Thursday, the City’s economic development team together with several outside experts hired to workshop the future of the property will show off some ideas for the future of both the course as well as the city-owned property at 8111 South Dixie Highway.
Four economically realistic possibilities will be presented. The experts working on the project have put together the options based on market conditions and what developers would be be willing to build given the economic realities of the properties. The information will be a recap of a presentation recently given to the City Commission. (Rumor has it that one of the scenarios features a waterside marina with shops and restaurants.)
Attend the meeting to find out all the details…
6pm on October 15th
South Olive Community Center
345 Summa Street
This Wednesday, October 14, there will be a community engagement town hall meeting to discuss sober homes and responsive actions that policy makers can take to balance the issue. The town hall will be an opportunity for residents to engage early in the discussion and offer local solutions to community needs and challenges.
What’s the skinny on this issue?
- Many towns and cities have attempted to regulate sober homes, but have found themselves restricted by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as federal fair housing laws.
- Sober homes, or halfway houses, are not regulated by the state since they do not provide treatment. And because alcoholism and addiction are recognized mental disorders, people who suffer from these conditions are protected under the ADA.
- In February 2015, Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, told a group of mayors and other municipal officials from her district that she had asked Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro and officials in the Justice Department about ways to help local governments regulate sober houses without violating federal law.
- In June 2015, Governor Scott signed the “Sober Home Bill” into law. This bill establishes a voluntary certification program for recovery residences and recovery residence administrators. It prohibits licensed substance abuse treatment providers from referring patients to recovery residences which are not certified or not owned and operated by a licensed substance abuse treatment provider.
This is an issue that can impact our local community. Learn where the government officials stand and voice your opinion this Wednesday.
Join the Palm Beach Zoo this October for tons of wild fun including:
BOO AT THE ZOO
October 23 – 24 & 30 – 31 / 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
October 25 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Grab your costumes and head over to the Palm Beach Zoo because BOO IS BACK! Boo at the Zoo offers fun for all ages including: costume contests, pumpkin patch, bounce house, hay stack hunt, face painting, DJ Dance parties, roving animal encounters, and so much more! Members can enjoy FREE admission to Boo during the daytime hours. This year is going to be better than ever! Register here.
SPOOKY SNOOZE OVERNIGHT
October 17 – 18
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
If you think the Zoo is wild during the day, just wait until the sun goes down! Come spend the night in the Pioneer House for a fun Halloween-themed spooky snooze sleepover! Activities include: pumpkin painting, animal encounters, a night time Zoo tour, and a special spooky snack. This program is for kids aged 6 and up and requires an adult to join in on the fun! Register here.
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-WILD (9453) / http://www.palmbeachzoo.org