Lake Worth manager on Hurricane Matthew: ‘It’s real serious’

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LAKE WORTH — Like the rest of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth isn’t taking Hurricane Matthew lightly.

“This is a real serious issue we need to pay attention to,” City Manager Michael Bornstein said at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. “We’ve very much plugged in and coordinating with the county and the state.”

The Lake Worth Pier was closed yesterday. Lake Worth Beach is closed for swimming and surfing. The city’s Community Sustainability Department, which handles code enforcement, closed today at 11:30 a.m. so workers could be out in the field to clean up construction sites.

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein

The city’s office closed at noon today to allow non-essential employees a chance to prepare for the hurricane.

There will be no garbage, trash and vegetation pick-up Thursday and Friday.

“Do not put stuff out,” Bornstein said. “If we see anybody putting stuff out, we will cite you heavily. I don’t know why people have the urge to go out now and cut trees down.”

Bornstein also warned residents to make sure all loose items outside your home are brought inside.

“We don’t want them to be airborne,” he said.

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