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SEPTEMBER 2019
COMMISSIONER SPOTLIGHT
Interview of Commissioner Weiss at the Palm Beach Zoo
PROCLAMATIONS
GET YOUR LICENSE BACK

What is Operation Green Light?

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Clerk’s office is authorized to waive collection agency fees – some as high as 40 percent – for anyone who pays off their court obligations in full or signs up for a monthly payment plan. Florida law requires the Clerk’s office to turn over unpaid tickets and other outstanding court fines and fees to an outside collection agency if the debt is not paid within 90 days of the due date. 

The Clerk’s office is opening all four of its courthouse locations during the one-day event, called “Operation Green Light.” Those who pay their debts or go on a monthly payment plan will also be able to reinstate their suspended driver’s license in most cases.


Who Can Pay?
Collection agency surcharges will be waived for:

  • Overdue traffic tickets issued in Palm Beach County.
  • Overdue criminal court obligations in Palm Beach County.

What types of payment are accepted?

Payments will be accepted by cash, check, money order and credit card. A 3.5 percent service fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment plans are available.

Visit one of our four courthouse locations during this special one-day event:

• Get Your Driver's License Back    • Get on a Payment Plan   
• Save Money!

Palm Beach County cases only

To learn more about this one-day event click here

RESILIENCY EFFORTS

Resilient Florida Workshop

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Resilient Coastlines Program hosted a two-day "Resilient Florida: Planning, Policy and Practice" workshop. Stakeholders throughout Florida discussed coastal resilience, adaptation strategies, scientific trends, and best practices for responding to sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Commissioner Weiss was a "Local Government Perspective" panelist and highlighted Palm Beach County's leadership in resiliency and sustainability. 


Palm Beach along with Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties continue to take a leading role proactively addressing resiliency through policy and planning. Now the State of Florida is actively involved as well, which was not the case under previous administration.

Palm Beach County is proactive, thoughtful, and engaged in making sure that it is planning and investing wisely to meet the needs of the community. Its vulnerable areas to climate change affect sea level rise and extreme heat.

Resiliency is a shared responsibility among governments, businesses, and residents. The goals are to create a regional vulnerability assessment to better plan for climate change impacts, address vulnerabilities, and capitalize on efficiencies of scale.

To learn more about Palm Beach County Office of Resilience click here

CENSUS 2020

Complete Count Committee

The County held a workshop where staff from the different departments presented to the Commissioners the progress of work so far and the planned outreach that will occur from now until April 1st, 2020 by the Complete Count Committee (CCC) and partners for a complete count of the 2020 Census.
 
On January 15, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) established the 2020 Census CCC. The CCC is comprised of governmental and community leaders and organizations to increase awareness, achieve full participation and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

April 1, 2020 is Census Day

The U.S. Census Bureau's official goal is to ensure that "everyone is counted once, only once and in the right place." Mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted every 10 years since the first one in 1790, the census will seek in 2020 to accurately count some 140 million households and over 325 million people.

To learn more about the 2020 Census click here

BCC SEPTEMBER BRIEFS

At the September 10, 2019, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Passports – approved an application by the Palm Beach County Main Library to the U.S. Department of State Passport Services to participate in the Passport Application Acceptance program.

Library Fees – approved the elimination of overdue fines for library card members. Other changes to the library fee policy include raising the block limit of accrued fees from $5 to $25. The policy changes take effect October 1.

Village of Valor – approved the issuance of Housing Finance Authority of Palm Beach County multifamily housing revenue bonds for Village of Valor, a 161-unit multifamily rental housing facility located on 2nd Avenue North in Lake Worth/Palm Springs. No county funds, its taxing power, faith or credit is involved.

PBIA – approved an exemption from general aviation landing fees and fuel flowage fees at Palm Beach International Airport for hurricane relief flights to The Bahamas, retroactive to September 4.

THE FUTURE OF WORKFORCE
From Left to Right: Tom Veenstra, Vice-President of Support Services; 
Steve Craig, CEO and President of Career Source; Commissioner Weiss;
and Norman Cushon, Vice President of Operations at Career Source

5th Annual Expo at Career Source

Career Source held its 5th Annual Expo to celebrate effective partnerships.The theme of the two-day workshop was "The Future of Workforce is Now." 

Commissioner Weiss spoke about the make up, demographics and top industries of Palm Beach County, where the need of labor is going, the challenges the County is currently facing and areas where it needs to develop new policy.

It is important to prepare now for the future changes that are going to impact and disrupt the workforce and the ability, flexibility and resiliency to respond to the shifting job market. It is estimated that 800 millions jobs will be lost worldwide by 2030.

Commissioner Weiss ended his presentation by recommending that a shift in the mindset of leaders and policy makers be made by: 
  1. Re-thinking safety nets transitioning and relevant education
  2. Innovating how humans work alongside machines 
  3. Embracing change, technology and partnerships
NORTH COUNTY AIRPORT
From Left to Right:  County Administrator Verdenia Baker;
Commissioner Weiss; Bruce Pelly; Commissioner Valeche;
Commissioner Weinroth; and Mayor Bernard

Bruce Pelly Dedication

Commissioner Weiss participated in the dedication at North County Airport (F45) where it was named in honor of Bruce V. Pelly, former Airport Director, to recognize his years of aviation achievement in Palm Beach County.
 
Bruce has served Palm Beach County for more than 44 years. Beginning in 1975 as an Administrative Aide intern and most notably, over the last 34 years as Airports Director over Palm Beach International Airport and the County’s three general aviation airports.  Since then, Palm Beach International Airport has grown to over 6.5 million passengers annually and has received dozens of prestigious, nationally recognized industry awards.  In 1994, Mr. Pelly successfully opened North County Airport (F45), the last general aviation airport developed in the state of Florida. 

To learn more about Palm Beach County International Airport click here

WELCOME NINA
Warmest Congratulations to Niels and Sarah!

Niels Heimeriks, Commissioner Weiss's Administrative Assistant, and his wife Sarah just welcomed Nina. She arrived healthy on August 13, 2019.

Mom and baby are doing fine, Niels is missing his sleep...Kees, their two year old son, now has a baby sister to play, laugh and get into mischief together. So many happy and wonder-filled times ahead for the Heimeriks family...We wish them the very best!
Have any ideas, suggestions, concerns?

Contact Us!

We are here to help you!
Administrative Assistants to Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss:

Niels Heimeriks
Constituent Issues
NHeimeriks@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-4966   Cell: 561-371-1089

Virginia Savietto 
Constituent Issues
VSavietto@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-2209   Cell: 561-324-9621

Paul Razza 
Scheduling & Constituent Issues
PRazza@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-2202  

Website: www.pbcgov.com/D2
Email us as a group: district2@pbcgov.org


Contact PBC Commissioner Gregg Weiss, District 2 at:
301 N. Olive Avenue, 12th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tel: 561-355-2202
Email: district2@pbcgov.org
Website: www.pbcgov.com/D2
Follow us on social media:
Facebook: @GreggWeissPBCCommissionerD2
Twitter: @GreggPBC

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