The City of Boca Raton Asks Residents to Prepare Now for Hurricane Season

by Robert S Weinroth

Boca Raton Florida officials do not want to find themselves inundated with trash and vegetation when the next hurricane takes aim for South Florida.

In preparation for hurricane season, the City of Boca Raton’s Sanitation Department is offering a special bulk and vegetation pick up program for all customers within City limits.

The Clean and Cut Program encourages residents to be proactive before hurricane season and start by “cleaning” garages and storage areas and “cutting” and pruning trees and shrubs.

The free additional pick ups will begin in June and will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the customer’s route.

This special program was created as a direct result of the sanitation challenges the City had before Hurricane Irma last year. When Irma was headed our way, residents began cleaning out garages and trimming trees to secure their properties. The sheer volume of debris just overwhelmed the system. It got to the point where the city couldn’t pick up because there was nowhere to dump the debris. Residents were frustrated, and the city knew we had to help get them prepared earlier this year.

Residents can avoid damage to their property by cleaning out garages, carports and sheds to make room for cars, patio furniture, planters and basketball hoops, all of which can cause property damage if left unsecured during high winds.

Additionally, now is the time to cut and prune trees to avoid utility outages, flooding and property damages. Proper pruning of trees helps dissipate the wind load and may prevent trees from falling or losing large branches.

Residents can view their extra pick up days and additional hurricane preparedness information such as list of acceptable bulk items and proper pruning protocol through the City’s website at www.MyBoca.us/BePrepared.

Can you even believe we’ve experienced our first “named storm?” Alberto was inconvenient but we know it’s just a taste of what could be another active season.

Do your disaster preparations now while taking full advantage of the 2018 Sales Tax Holiday.

Review the list prepared by the Florida Department of Revenue, below, to plan your buying trip(s) between June 1st and June 7th.

 

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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