September 2016
Hurricane Season Is Only Half Over
Don't let complacency catch you off-guard 
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1 and ends November 30. Knowing what actions to take when a hurricane watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service is vital for your safety. The time to make a plan is before a hurricane watch or warning is issued. The following list provides suggestions on what actions to take as a hurricane approaches the area. Read More

  • Turn on your TV/radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first-aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. During disasters, sending text messages is usually more reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly, so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition with the gas tank full.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans). Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks).
  • Cover all of your home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cellphone so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • If you're not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home. Let friends and family know where you will be during the storm.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. 
For details on building an emergency kit, methods to protect your home and tips to keep your family safe, visit the American Red Cross website at
What's So Special About Special Districts?
Special Districts meet the needs of local communities
Special Districts have a long history of being a part of the fabric of local communities, often  with a record of providing critical services to area residents even before municipalities and other units of local government existed. The Lake Worth Drainage District is an example of a Special District created over a century ago, before the establishment of Palm Beach County, and at the request of the property owners to provide local flood control. 
Sometimes a Special District's value to the community goes unnoticed until a dramatic event occurs. Recent examples are the Zika virus and the response by local mosquito control districts or hurricanes and the operation of flood control districts. Currently, there are approximately 1,600 Special Districts in the State of Florida providing limited and varied services on a local level.  Read More

Since Special Districts are limited in their functions, oversight is closely tied to the public. Only residents who directly benefit from the services provided by the Special District are assessed taxes or fees. Independent Special Districts have strong levels of accountability because Board Members are elected by the residents within the District. Dependent Special Districts have Board Members that are appointed by the Governor or other elected officials, thereby providing accountability to the electorate. Special Districts are also subject to Florida's Sunshine Law, public record laws,financial disclosure and ethic laws.
An effective government is one that works closely with the people it serves. Special Districts are a great example of small, limited forms of government which are directly responsive to the immediate needs of the communities they serve. 
For more information on Special Districts visit The Special District Accountability Program website.
Board Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Minimal assessment increase dedicated for safety and infrastructure improvements
The Lake Worth Drainage District Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget at their monthly meeting on August 17, 2016. The $17.5 million budget provides dedicated funding for capital improvements on critical water control structures, enhanced canal rehabilitation efforts and implementation of SCADA technology to allow for the remote operation and monitoring of the flood control system. The budget includes a $1.50 increase in the District's annual non-ad valorem assessment. Property owners receiving flood control and water supply services from the District will be assessed $46.50 per acre or portion thereof. The annual assessment is reflected on the Palm Beach County's proposed and final property tax statements distributed to landowners.  The approved budget is available on the District's website at 
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Natural beauty can be found all around us
Are you an amateur 
photographer? Have you taken a photo of a scenic area or wildlife within the District? Consider sharing your photo with others on the District's website. Submit your photo in jpg format along with your name, location and brief description of the photo to In the email subject line, type the words Photo Share. Photos will be displayed on our Gallery page at You may even find your photo featured in a future newsletter.
Water Manager's Lingo
Monitoring Well: A well which is designed and installed to obtain representative groundwater quality samples and hydrological information such as flow paths and seepage.
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