LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth Commissioners unanimously approved an amended bicycle ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that will allow Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies to ensure bike riders are operating their bicycles safely.
The ordinance will allow any abandoned bicycles to be removed after 48 hours. The recovered bikes will be stored in a secure location until claimed or discarded, according to city purchasing policy.
The ordinance will make it unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon any railway platform or pedestrian way within the city. It will also be against the law to ride a bike upon or across any railway tracks within the corporate limits.
The city said it wants to clarify regulations on abandoned bikes since they are a nuisance and clutter sidewalks and public right-of-ways.
The ordinance also allows for the removal of abandoned, deserted or vacated bikes on any city street, public way or city grounds.
LAKE WORTH — More than 400 bad guys were arrested in the city from mid-May to mid-June, 186 coming from the Operation Perfect Storm gang unit task force.
“Overall crime is down,” Todd Baer, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s captain told City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting.
To deal with the gang violence issue, the sheriff’s office’s gang unit started a 30-day operation that targeted some of the city’s worst areas — 9th Avenue South, South G Street area, Washington Avenue area, 15th Avenue South, 19th Avenue North area and the Dixie Highway corridor.
Here are some of the results:
12 gang members arrested
4 weapons seized
1054 grams of marijuana; 37.1 grams of cocaine; 49.6 grams of crack cocaine; 54.5 grams of heroin seized
“We’ve been watching the crime trends,” Baer said.
LAKE WORTH — Tuition at Palm Beach State College will not increase for the sixth straight year, maintaining the college’s standing as one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the state.
The PBSC District Board of Trustees approved the college’s $129.9 million general fund budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. It calls for in-state tuition and fees to remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.
Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, regulated by the Florida Legislature, remains at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.
“It’s good for the students this year,’’ said Richard Becker, vice president of administration and business services, in a statement.
Becker presented the budget to the trustees at their meeting July 11.
While technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once, Palm Beach State’s tuition has remained flat for six years. To compare, in 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.
The move by trustees helps keep the cost of a college education affordable for students and their families, which has been an initiative pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. It also comes in the midst of growing dialogue about the mounting national student loan debt, now at a reportedly $1.4 trillion. A new state law went into effect on July 1 requiring colleges and universities to give students detailed annual reports on their federal student loan debt so they can keep track of what they owe.
LAKE WORTH — Philip Stone, a law enforcement officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has received the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation.
“He exemplifies all that Guy Harvey and our foundation stand for — an unwavering lifetime commitment to understanding, conserving and appreciating the irreplaceable creatures that inhabit our oceans,” Greg Jacoski, the foundation’s executive director said in a statement.
Stone, who lives in Lake Worth, was honored for his dedication, particularly to the protection of sea turtles, at the FWC Commission meeting in Orlando.
As an FWC officer, Stone has worked with local law enforcement agencies to minimize impact to nesting and hatchling turtles while they conduct essential nighttime beach patrolling. He also helped Palm Beach and Martin county businesses and homeowners reduce coastal lighting that can disorient turtle hatchlings, luring them away from the ocean.
When off duty, Stone continues to serve as a sea turtle volunteer, conducting nesting surveys, responding to sea turtle strandings, and – as a volunteer and officer – helping recover sick or injured turtles.
Founded by marine biologist and artist Guy Harvey, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is an organization of philanthropists, conservationists, scientists and educators focused on developing sensible strategies for promoting the conservation of our oceans and nurturing the next generation of marine scientists and guardians of our seas.
In celebration of National Ice Cream Day,Hoffman’s Chocolates will offer a special buy one ice cream cup or cone, get one ice cream cup or cone free (of equal or lesser value) promotion on Sunday.
Hoffman’s Chocolates is not only offering the offer on National Ice Cream Day, but it’s also celebrating National Ice Cream Month with the continuation of its “Two Buck Tuesday Ice Cream,” where every Tuesday customers can enjoy one scoop of Hoffman’s ice cream for $2.00 per cup or cone.
As a bonus, from today through Sunday, guests can share a photo of themselves enjoying gourmet ice cream at a Hoffman’s Chocolates store on social media with the hashtag #CelebrateWithHoffmans, for a chance to win free ice cream for a year. Posts must be shared publicly on Twitter, Instagram, or posted on Hoffman’s Chocolate’s main Facebook page (@HoffmansChoc).
The winner will be announced on Monday, the company said.