Published On: Thu, Dec 30th, 2021

A Message from PBC Mayor Robert S Weinroth

I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone for a healthy and prosperous New Year! 

It’s been just over a year since the vaccinations were made available. The record-breaking development of the COVID-19 vaccines was one of the most astounding accomplishments for 2021. 

The vaccines are estimated to have saved nearly 750,000 lives in the United States and Europe alone. It helped reboot a global economy and allowed the world to return to normal activities such as social interactions, in-person learning and traveling. 

More than 4.4 billion people have had one or more doses — about 56% of the world population. As new variants continue to evolve, health care officials urge everyone to get vaccinated!

As we celebrate the New Year, we urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant(s).  For vaccine locations, click here.

2021 will be remembered for its promise and its disappointment. With each wave of the virus, pandemic fatigue has created a universal malaise. An economic reboot created opportunities and magnified disparities. Supply chain disruptions have resulted in shortages while job openings have gone unfilled.

This imbalance in supply and demand has driven up prices with the specter of uncontrolled inflation making it more difficult to purchase necessities. The bright spot last year was the vaccines produced and deployed to fight COVID19 have remained effective even with each successive variant saving, an estimated 750,000 lives in the United States and Europe. 

As 2022 beckons, we are experiencing a historic economic recovery with an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent and more jobs than available people. Palm Beach County has been identified as the top county in the state for growth, and in the past year, over 31 companies relocated or expanded here, creating over 3,000 high-salary jobs.

That’s not to say that challenges aren’t ahead including a lack of adequate affordable housing, food insecurity and inflation. We will address these issues in the coming year. The county remains committed to supporting initiatives that provide the necessary resources to address our residents’ needs.  

In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and to address the high demand for testing, an additional drive-through COVID-19 testing site opened today south of the Wells Recreation Center, 2409 Avenue H West, Riviera Beach (near the baseball fields). 

The new site is open from 9AM to 5PM 7 days/week, until further notice. (This site and all other state-operated locations will be closed on New Years Eve (12/31/21) and New Years Day (1/1/22)

For more details on all testing sites, click here.

Another testing site will be opening in the Boynton Beach area shortly (details to follow). 

Additionally, a temporary testing location was opened by the healthcare district located at Lakeside Hospital 39200 Hooker Hwy. in Belle Glade. 

Testing is free, but when available, insurance or Medicare/Medicaid programs will be billed to help cover testing costs. ​Please bring your insurance card to the testing center.

In addition to the comprehensive list of testing locations on the county’s website, most commercial pharmacies and physician’s offices can do COVID testing for little or no cost. 

For more information, visit the county’s COVID-19 website or contact the Florida Dept. of Health COVID-19 Call Center, available 24/7, at 1(866) 779-6121 or email: [email protected]

Please do not go to Palm Beach County hospital emergency rooms for COVID testing.

The Board of County Commissioners will address the need for at-home testing kits for residents at our upcoming meeting at 9:30AM on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. 

In an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our county staff and residents, face coverings will be required within county-owned/leased buildings, until the current surge in cases subsides. Accommodations will be made for those unable to comply. This is effective Monday (1/3/22). 

As always, my staff and I are here to assist and can be reached at 561.355.2204 or [email protected]

District 4 Staff

Lucia Bonavita ([email protected]); Yailen Mejias ([email protected]); & Caitlin Joyce ([email protected])


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. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed 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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