Observer Corps February Report

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender, Co-Chairs

Allocations of funds, environmental concerns, traffic control, expenses imposed by presidential visits.

These topics–and more–were discussed at various municipal and county meetings.  Members of the LWVPBC Observer Corps were in attendance. We are becoming a consistently visible presence throughout the county.

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Members reported the following activity from the past month’s meetings:

PBC School Board  Regular Meeting, February 15, 2017

  • Concern over new Social Studies textbooks as they focus primarily on slavery, rather than achievements, as the significance of Black History. Teachers were reminded to supplement textbook curriculum.
  • Concern expressed that teachers must attend too many meetings. They need more time for classroom preparation.


PBC School Board PBSCD Workshop, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Workshop on Public/Private Partnership (P3) concept and how it would work with the financing of a new high school on Rte 441 in Boynton Beach.


PBC Board of Commissioners Meeting, February 7, 2017

  • Observer Corps was recognized by Commissioner and Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick
  • County is concerned about being reimbursed for the extra expenses brought on by the presidential visits
  • Board tabled Medical Marijuana discussion until after Tallahassee makes some decisions
  • Staff recommended motion to approve the Florida Medicaid Provider Renewal Enrollment Application


Boca Raton City Council, January 24, 2017

  • Downtown traffic has dramatically increased with the construction of high rise buildings.


City of Boynton Beach Commissioners Meeting

  • A group called the SCIPAC (Sustainable Cities Initiative PAC) believes special interests have taken over Boynton Beach elections and this has caused safety problems due to overdevelopment.
  • Discussion about the need for attracting businesses from out of state. There is an application for a grant to stem cell research in the city.


Jupiter Town Council, February 7, 2017

  • Council reviewed several potential revenue streams to fund purchase of open space parcels for public use. No final decision was reached.
  • Further discussion on using Jupiter’s share of the 1 cent sales tax money to fund historic preservation
  • Long discussion on applying for grant to enlarge a portion of Indiantown Road.