Monday, June 29, 2020

Emergency Order Issued Closing Beaches July 4th Weekend...

All public, municipal, & private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County shall be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

From the City of Lake Worth Beach Utility Department...

The Electric Utility continues to move forward with system upgrades to better withstand high winds associated with storms, reduce outages due to vegetation and animal contacts, and allow for growth without stressing the system.  Areas of concentrated work include:

The western part of our service territory with 129 pole replacements and upgrades of associated hardware, as well as installation of remotely operated devices to more rapidly restore customers after outages.  Evidence of the work completed can be seen along Lake Osborne Drive, Detroit Street, Lake Worth Road, and Engle Street.  Additional aggressive vegetation clearing, and wrapping of poles with animal guards, was performed along the French Avenue canal bank where the large population of iguanas had led to multiple outages when they climb our poles and come in contact with energized wires.

The eastern part of the service territory has seen neighborhood electric system upgrades to include new poles and associated hardware, new transformers, and a conversion to a higher operating voltage to reduce stress on the system and provide capacity for growth.  Over 550 customers spread across the area from Lake Avenue to 16th Ave North on Palmway, Lakeside, and Golfview and from Lake to 3rd Ave North from Federal to Palmway, are now being fed from newly hardened electric infrastructure.

The area of 7th Avenue North leading to Boutwell Road is undergoing upgrades of poles and associated hardware, including some undergrounding of electric lines, in support of improvements to the Park of Commerce roadways and sidewalk infrastructure.

Additionally, vegetation management comprised of tree trimming and mowing of alleys, as well as wrapping of poles to prevent wildlife from climbing up to our wires continues daily across the entire system.

Our dedicated team of IBEW employees, both from our own staff and contractors, are working six day weeks across daytime and evening shifts to bring these much needed improvements to our customers.  Please thank them for their efforts when you see them in your neighborhoods, and of course slow down and be extra careful as you drive by their job sites for their safety as well as your own.