Published On: Fri, Mar 9th, 2012

Communications provide vital link between county and residents

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By: Burt Aaronson

Like most county departments, our Public Affairs Department is diverse in its responsibilities and undertakings. To develop and maintain a strong positive relationship between your county government and you is one of their highest priorities. One way they achieve this goal is providing publications that communicate information on county services and programs.

The most popular publication is the Guide to Services. Often referred to in my office as the “Yellow Pages” of Government, this alphabetical listing of both county and privately operated agencies assists in determining who to contact for answers, information and help. For example, the Guide to Services provides contact information for your federal, state and local officials as well as constitutional officers, municipalities and taxing authorities such as the School District. Chances are, when you contact my office for assistance, the Guide to Services is a tool we reference.

Similar agencies found in the Guide to Services can also be found in our more government-focused Resident Guide. From the important business of registering to vote or obtaining parking permits to more leisurely topics such as locating your closest beach, park or library, this pamphlet can help you find information quickly so you can get back to the more important business of living your life. It lists hospitals, pet licensing, trash pickup and recycling, water restrictions, hurricane information and more. Whether you are new to the county or have lived here for years, the Resident Guide is a wonderful tool.

If you are looking for a speaker to come to your business, homeowners association, volunteer groups, and civic or other organizations, I urge you consult the Speakers Bureau brochure. Knowledgeable representatives from over 30 departments are available to speak countywide on a variety of topics as a free public service. In fact, many departments will tailor a presentation to fit your specific interests. It is recommended that you schedule a speaker at least two weeks in advance of your meeting to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.

Produced monthly is the PBC TV Program Guide showcasing what is scheduled to air on the County’s own Channel 20. Such programming includes live Board of County Commissioners meetings, various locally produced shows, Community Bulletin Board, information on road construction projects, transit information and general government announcements. You can also watch Channel 20 live online anytime or view the latest local programs on demand at www.pbcgov.com by clicking on Channel 20.

I have truly only scratched the surface. There is much more information available at your fingertips such as the PBC Charter, Palm Tran Riders Guide and the Park Guide. To obtain copies call my staff at 276-1310 or toll free at 877-930-2205 or email me at baaronso@pbcgov.org.

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