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 26 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman and former member of the City Council where he served for four years. 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. Weinroth, who is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services INC (FREEDOMED®), 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 was elected president of two homeowners associations (Boca Falls HOA and Briarcliff at Woodfield Country Club HOA) and has served as a Board member of the Bay Winds HOA. He was also appointed to serve on the Safety & Security Committee at Woodfield Country Club HOA, its finance committee and the Club by-laws, long-range planning and finance committees. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15 th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. Weinroth has also served on the boards of two synagogues, most recently B’nai Torah Congregation where he served as Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. He was elected to the School Advisory Councils for Waters Edge Elementary and Olympic Heights High School and the Donna Klein Jewish Academy board. In 2014 Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council where he served as CRA Vice- chair and Deputy Mayor during his tenure. He was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach transportation Planning Authority, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.

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