Public Works Department

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Town of Palm Beach engineered beach repair due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR‐4337‐FL PW 3370). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster‐wide Public Notice was published October 6, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project‐specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate this facility at its original location within the floodplain because the facility is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program
Applicant: Palm Beach, Town of
Project Title(s): PA‐04‐FL‐4337‐PW‐03370; 32250 ‐ Reach 3, Reach 7, Reach 8 Beach Front
Location of Proposed Work: Site 1: From 26.731418, ‐80.035097 to 26.690553, ‐80.033803, Coastal Survey
Monuments R‐89 to R‐102; Site 2: From 26.64815, ‐80.03728 to 26.61710, ‐80.03695,
Coastal Survey Monuments R‐116 to R‐127; Site 3: From 26.61427, ‐80.03690 to 26.59401, ‐80.03720, Coastal Survey Monuments R‐128 to R‐134.
Floodplain: Project is located in the VE Zone, otherwise known as the Coastal High Hazard Area, per Palm Beach County FIRM Panels #12099C0681F, 12099C0593F, and 12099C0781F dated 10/5/2017.
Proposed Work and Purpose: The Town of Palm Beach will replace sand eroded as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Approximately 452,228 cubic yards at Site 1, 376,628 cubic yards at Site 2, and 16,959 cubic yards at Site 3 of sand will be replaced using beach compatible sand obtained from sand dredged from South Borrow Area 2, located approximately 1,500 feet offshore from Department Reference Monuments R‐110 to R‐121 and South Borrow Area 3, located 1,500 feet offshore from R‐129 to R‐135. The town obtained USACE and FDEP permits for the work and will confirm compliance with permit conditions.
Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the area will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts on adjacent infrastructure, property, residents, and the community may be experienced. Alternate locations were not considered as the engineered beach is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain. The facility also provides open space uses for recreation and habitat for wildlife.
Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above‐described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons can submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee‐Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, calling 770‐220‐5432, or by emailing FEMA‐ Comments should be sent in writing with the
subject line FL‐4337‐PW‐03370, Town of Palm Beach at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

Our Mission:
Public Works exists to create and maintain an attractive, safe, pleasing, and clean environment for the citizens of Palm Beach and an efficient, effective environment for all of the employees who serve this community by applying systems and techniques that provide for excellent operation, maintenance, and repair of public buildings and grounds, continuous upgrading of general infrastructure, coastal protection, engineering and construction services.

Services Division Notice:
Please be advised that the placement of yard debris for collection must be compliant with the regulations set forth in the Code of Ordinance Sec. 102-45. Curbside placement and collection of trash. Item 1 and 2 below from this section apply to private service areas on or adjacent to the public right of way that are visible from the public right of way. Trash placed for collection by a property owner, occupant or agent shall be in compliance with the regulations hereinafter set forth:

1.) In the months of November through and including the month of April, trash may be placed on the public right of way, adjacent to the property from which it came, not more than one day prior to the schedule day of collection.

2.) During the months of May through and including the month of October, trash may be placed on the public right-of-way, adjacent to the property from which it came, not more than three days prior to the scheduled day of collection. 


Solid Waste Authority Recycling Information: The Solid Waste Authority has (HCRC) Home Chemical and Recycling Centers at their Transfer Stations and Jog Road campus convenient one-stop drop-off sites for your Hurricane supplies, home chemicals and regular recycling items. Select Link to preview PDF Flyer

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SWA Household Hazardous Waste TipDispose Of Your Household Hazardous Waste at SWA for Free

Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Tip #1: Home Chemicals - Save your shelf this spring by cleaning out home hazards from sheds, garages and under sinks. Cleaners, paints, pesticides and automotive products have no place in the regular trash or down storm drains where they can expose people, pets and our environment to harm. Instead, Palm Beach County residents can dispose of their unwanted chemicals at any of the SWA's seven convenient drop-off locations for FREE.

Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Tip #2: Fluorescent light bulbs use less electricity than a standard incandescent bulb, last longer, and give off less heat, making them a cost-effective lighting alternative to regular incandescent bulbs. However, fluorescent lamps do contain mercury, and should not be thrown away in the trash. 

Palm Beach County residents are asked to bring their used fluorescent bulbs, and other mercury containing devices such as thermostats, thermometers, electrical switches and liquid mercury, to their nearest SWA Home Chemical and Recycling Center. Palm Beach County residents can dispose of these unwanted chemicals for FREE at any of the SWA's seven convenient drop-off locations.