COBWRA DELEGATES MEETING
VALENCIA SHORES – DECEMBER 20, 2017
SHORES DELEGATE BARBARA KATZ welcomed the
Delegates and guests and explained that Valencia Shores was
the first meeting location for many of the organization’s
committees prior to the opening of Sheriff’s Substation 6.
PRESIDENT MYRNA ROSOFF:
• Reported on the County Commission meeting held on
Tuesday, December 19, where the third amendment to an
Interlocal Agreement with the South Florida Water
Management District for the County’s purchase of SFWMD’s
60.6% interest in the McMurrain Farm Property for
$8,926,380. The County (39.4%) and SFWMD (60.6%) jointly
own the 571-acre McMurrain Farm property in the Ag
Reserve. The property was initially purchased for interim
agricultural use with plans for SFWMD to construct an above
ground reservoir as part of SFWMD’s Agricultural Reserve
Reservoir program. SFWMD has since determined that the
Ag Reserve Reservoir program is not feasible and desires to
sell its interest in the property to recover its
investment. During the County budget process, the Board
programmed $9,000,000 in funding over 3 years to acquire
SFWMD’s interest in the property.
• Announced that the GL Homes application for its proposal to
dismantle the Ag Reserve master plan has been withdrawn,
but that they can bring a new plan forward once the current
application cycle is completed.
ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
• STATE REPRESENTATIVE LORI BERMAN announced that the
60-day Legislative Session begins on January 8 and that, due
to 2018 being an election year, it is anticipated that there
will be minimal legislative activity.
• STATE ATTORNEY DAVE ARONBERG reported on his trip to
Washington, D.C. where he petitioned Congress to allow
local governments to enact reasonable regulations to
protect the health & safety of Sober Home residents.
• SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SUSAN BUCHER reminded the
Delegates of the upcoming Special Election to fill the District
31 Senate seat. The Primary Election will be held on January
30, The General Election is set for April 10, Absentee ballots
will be mailed on December 27, and Early Voting will run
from January 22-28 at three Palm Beach County locations,
including the Hagen Road Branch Library FROM 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m.
• REPRESENTATIVE EMILY SLOSBERG announced that she has
introduced a “Texting While Driving” bill to make texting
while driving a primary offense. She is hopeful that the bill
will pass and become State Law.
By Sharon Reuben
FIRST RESPONDERS’ REPORTS
• CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER KEANE encouraged all COBWRA
communities to have representatives attend the Safety &
Security meetings. He also reminded the Delegates to lock
their cars and remove valuables.
• PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE: TONY KEELER
announced that there were no “turkey fryer” fires reported
on Thanksgiving and no candle fires during Chanukah. He
thanked COBWRA for their ongoing support of the Palm
Beach County Firefighters and Paramedics,
ANDREW J. REESE, US ARMY (RET) reminded the Delegates that
VETERAN SERVICES OF PALM BEACH COUNTY offices serves all
military veterans and their dependents in developing and filing
claims and appeals with the Veterans Administration. Call the
Delray Beach office at 561.2761270 for information.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR/SECOND VICE
PRESIDENT BRUCE BRODSKY presented the committee’s 2018
Legislative Priorities for a vote of the Delegates:
OPIOIDS AND ASSOCIATED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
FRACKING AND ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
HOME RULE & HOA LEGISLATION
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
EDUCATION AS IT RELATES TO FUNDING, ACCOUNTABILITY OF
CHARTER SCHOOLS, STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND CAPITAL
The Delegates voted to approve the above Legislative Priorities.
The Government Affairs Committee has also recommended to
the Executive Board that COBWRA support the effort to have a
Constitutional Amendment added to the November 2018 ballot
which would reinstate voting rights of Floridians with felony
convictions after they have completed all terms of their
sentences including parole or probation. The amendment
would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual
GROWTH MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR STEVE OSEROFF
discussed how COBWRA’s “behind the scenes” negotiating
resulted in a reduction in density and a lower profile design for a
CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITY that will be built adjacent to
COBWRA member Delray Dunes.
Meet a PBSO Search and Rescue Canine
AN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
INTRODUCTION TO “INKA” AND
HER HANDLER, DEPUTY SHERIFF
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