December 2016
The District's Electoral Process
Board of Supervisors are elected by landowners
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected to three-year terms which are staggered so that at least one Supervisor is elected or re-elected each year. Candidates for election must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident. Candidates must own property, be the spouse of a landowner or authorized representative of a legal entity holding title to land within the boundary of the District. Candidates in Election Sub-Districts 3, 4 and 5 must reside in their respective sub-districts at the time of the election. Candidates in Election Sub-Districts 1 and 2 do not have a residency requirement. Supervisors represent all landowners within the District's boundary regardless of their election sub-district.
Qualified voters must be at least 18 years of age and hold title to land within the District's boundary at the time of the election. Qualified voters cast one (1) vote for each acre, or portion of an acre, owned within the boundary of the District. Qualified voters may cast votes for candidates regardless of election sub-districts. Votes may be cast in person during the Annual Landowners Meeting or by proxy. A proxy is valid for no more than 120 days prior to the election. Proxy forms are available at the District office
Election winners are determined at the Annual Landowners Meeting 
held each year at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday after the 3rd of January. More information on the electoral process can be found at
Encroachment Removal Program, Part 4
Encroachments can impede District operations
Many people in Palm Beach County live along a District canal. In order to enhance their landscapes, residents
plant vegetation or place other encroachments such as swing-sets, fences and sheds on the canal rights-of-way. However, these  canal rights-of-way are publicly-owned lands for the purpose of flood control operations.
Encroachments can  slow drainage or cause blockages if they fall in a canal. E ncroachments, such as fences or vegetation, can obscure sightline for visual inspections and impede access for maintenance and emergency response. Use of the canal rights-of-way by landowners for personal benefit is prohibited and may jeopardize public safety during storm events.  Where unauthorized encroachments are identified, the District will notice property owners in writing providing ample time for their removal or relocation. R emoval of these items is a critical component for flood control and overall public safety. 
(This is the final article of a four part series on canal maintenance. Visit our website for previous newsletters
Prevent Flooding Anxiety  
Education can help residents understand the drainage system and alleviate flooding anxiety
Since the early-1970's, development standards for drainage systems have been regulated through design and permitting to ensure flood protection.
Flood control is achieved through an interconnected, three-tiered drainage system. The community drainage systems, or tertiary systems, are operated by residential associations. Secondary flood control canals are operated by the Lake Worth Drainage District, and primary flood control is provided by the South Florida Water Management District. Rainfall flows into retention ponds or lakes through swales and drains. During heavy rain events, temporary flooding of streets, sidewalks and parking lots is normal and expected.
Understanding how flood control works and what to expect during severe rain events can help lessen anxiety. Residential communities can help educate their residents on flooding and what to expect. The District is pleased to offer, at no charge, speakers on flood control and the role communities play in providing effective drainage. Requests for speakers can be made by email to  or by calling the main office at 561-498-5363.    
Two Candidates Seek Re-Election To Board
Two incumbents running in January 2017 board election
 Harry Raucher       Steven Bedner
Running for re-election in 2017 are: Harry Raucher (Sub-District 4) and Stephen Bedner (Sub-District 2). Qualified candidates seeking to run must submit a written notice of intent no later then the close of the District's Board Meeting on December 14, 2016. Board positions are non-partisan and supervisors are elected by all landowners within the boundary of the District. The official election will be held at the Annual Landowners Meeting on January 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at District headquarters. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call 561-498-5363 or email
Our Holiday Wish to You
Water Manager's Lingo
Transpiration - The process by which water that is absorbed by plants, usually through the roots, is evaporated into the atmosphere from the plant surface, such as leaf pores.
Quick Links
Doing Business

Pencil Us In

December 14 

Board of Supervisors Meeting

December 23 & 26 

District Office Closed

January 4 

Annual Landowners Meeting

Share The News

Follow us on
Twitter Icon Facebook Icon YouTube Icon

Picture This!

Aerial view of Control Structure No. 9.

That's a Good Question

Can two "100-year floods" occur within several years or even within the same year? 

Did You Enjoy this Issue?

Please visit our  on-line archive for past newsletter issues at

If you have any suggestions or comments on this issue, or have questions or topics you would like us to cover in future issues, please email us
Contact Us
Lake Worth Drainage District
13081 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Phone: (561) 498-5363
Fax: (561) 495-9694
Follow Us:
Facebook Icon  Twitter Icon  YouTube Icon

Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved.