December 2016 Meeting Highlights
COBWRA DELEGATES MEETING
December 14, 2016 – Valencia Shores
PRESIDENT GLEN HARVIE called for a quorum, called the meeting to order and led the delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESIDENT HARVIE introduced VALENCIA SHORES DELEGATE and former COBWRA President BARBARA KATZ who welcomed the delegates and reminded everyone that before COBWRA had the use of the community room at PBSO substation 6 on Jog Road, many of COBWRA’s meetings were held at Valencia Shores. She introduced VALENCIA SHORES HOA PRESIDENT IRENE KAPLAN who also welcomed the delegates and thanked COBWRA for their past and current efforts on behalf of the West Boynton area.
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT WARREN DANZ welcomed distinguished guests.
ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
- MARY LOU BERGER mentioned that 2016 was a good year for herself personally and for Palm Beach County and wished everyone Happy Holidays
- REP. LORI BERMAN announced her committee assignments and reported that she has filed two of the six bills she would be permitted to file during the new legislative session: Equal Pay for Equal Work for Women, and Raising the Legal Age for Buying Cigarettes to 21. She reminded the delegates that she is hosting a Farm Share Food Drive on Saturday, January 28, 2017, and is encouraging people to volunteer to help distribute the food. She wished Happy Holidays to everyone.
- DISTRICT 3 SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE KAREN BRILL announced that she has been officially appointed as the GREYSTONE DELEGATE to COBWRA and wished everyone Happy Holidays.
- COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER-ELECT DOROTHY JACKS reminded the delegates that anyone seeking a Homestead Exemption must have their paperwork submitted by March 1, 2017. Her office is busy transitioning from the previous administration. She wished Happy Holidays to all.
FIRST RESPONDERS’ REPORTS
- PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISTRICT 6 CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER KEENE reported that the PBC SHERIFF’S
OFFICE has trained more than 1,800 deputies in the handling of persons with mental health issues. Three hundred calls and 100 suicides have been dealt with in the past year. He ended by wishing everyone Happy Holidays.
- PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE HOA LIAISON TONY KEELER reported that the “Stop the Bleed” symposium was very successful and thanked the HEALTH AND WELLNESS CHAIR, JOAN BRUNSWICK for her efforts. He also reported that the joint efforts of FIRE/RESCUE, PBSO and COBWRA have significantly increased the survival rate of heart attack victims.
- PRESIDENT HARVIE announced that in January COBWRA will be calling for people to serve on the Nominating Committee.
- Commended WARREN DANZ for his work on behalf of COBWRA as SECOND VICE PRESIDENT over the last three years. COBWRA is looking for candidates as he is term-limited and will have less time available in the future for additional COBWRA duties.
- COBWRA is currently discussing the future of 571 acres in the Agricultural Reserve with the COUNTY COMMISSION and SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT.
- COBWRA is involved in discussions with the SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT and, indirectly, with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR regarding the control of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
- COBWRA is looking for a chair and members for COBWRA’s new WATER COMMITTEE. With many proposals which affect the availability of water in the next 20-50 years and beyond, COBWRA needs volunteers with this expertise or willingness to learn to advise our board and members.
- The PARKS & RECREATION COMMITTEE with its new CHAIR, BARBARA FINK, is in discussions with PB COUNTY staff regarding park developments. They are in need of volunteers.
- GERRI SEINBERG, CHAIR of the PROGRAM COMMITTEE is seeking volunteers to help coordinate the programs at each month’s delegates meeting.
JOAN BRUNSWICK, Chair of the HEALTH and WELLNESS COMMITTEE is sponsoring a Seminar on Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Depression, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 at BETHESDA HOSPITAL WEST from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Reservations are limited and required. Email HealthandWellness@COBWRA.org with your name and phone number to reserve your spot starting on 12/19/2016.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION PROGRAM
COMMITTEE CHAIR GERRI SEINBERG introduced Christian Davenport, Palm Beach County Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist speaking on The Prehistory of Palm Beach County. His presentation covered a variety of topics.
- Maps show Florida over the last 30,000 years has lost 2/3 of its land to the sea to sea level rise.
- Most historical sites are far inland since freshwater was not as available at the coasts.
- History of our ancestors in Florida.
- Artifacts found in Florida and what threatens these sites.
- Please visit the old courthouse for more information.
Next Delegates Meeting
January 18, 2017 at Indian Spring
STATE SENATOR JEFF CLEMENS and STATE ATTORNEY DAVE ARONBERG will discuss Sober Homes
By Bruce Brodsky