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Only bagged household garbage should be placed into the container. Some items not accepted are: - Yard debris - Bulk items - Automotive parts - Tires - Paint - Hazardous waste - Hot ashes.
No. There will be no changes made to the collection of these types of items. For more information please view our Sanitation Guide.
The City aims to capture 5% of the commercial square footage and 5% of residential square footage in the City voluntarily participating in the program. The City’s goal is to demonstrate that participating properties reduce their energy consumption by 20% between enrolling in the program and 2030. These targets align with the high impact actions (HIAs) determined as necessary to meet the City’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. By supporting building owners and managers to reduce energy and water usage, the program will also result in helping participants reduce operating costs and will support the creation of jobs related to energy assessments and building retrofits.
Energy benchmarking is the process of tracking and measuring a buildings energy use over time. Energy data and basic building characteristics, such as size, location, and occupancy, are entered into a tracking software. Tracking software, like the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, can then compare energy performance of the building to a national average of similar buildings. Benchmarking allows building owners and operators to compare their building’s performance to that of similar buildings in order to recognize opportunities for improvement.
Participants must be owners or managers of commercial or multifamily buildings within the City limits and above 10,000 square feet. Buildings must have been in operation for at least 12 months prior to joining the program and be able to provide at least 12 months of utility data.
The very basic requirement of the program is to enter 12 months of building data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and share the resulting report with the City. Time will be required to set up the property in Portfolio Manager, obtain the appropriate data, and enter the data. Though not mandatory, there will be opportunities to attend webinars and trainings as well as quarterly cohort meetings. For the first year of participation this may take up to 25 staff hours and subsequent years should be less.
The City will run this program for six years and hopes that participants will be fully engaged from the time they join until they submit final data in 2030. To that end, it is important that there is organizational buy-in to participation. To demonstrate this, we ask that a public statement be made by the organization’s leadership committing to the goals of the program. The form that this commitment will take can vary based on organizational preference. It may be an official statement or press release, social media posts, letters to tenants, inclusion of the program logo and statement of participation on the organizational website, or another method more appropriate to the participant. The commitment itself is flexible. The organization could commit to meeting the program goal of reducing energy use by 20% or a more general statement about improving or maintaining building efficiency.
Participants will need to enter basic information about their building. This includes primary use, square footage, and occupancy. Participants will need to provide whole building energy usage which may be added across multiple meters. Participants may also choose to enter building water usage.
For multifamily buildings or other buildings in which tenants have individual meters, you may need to work with Florida Power and Light to obtain whole building data.
No, the City will not disclose your building’s information except with your consent and under certain conditions as outlined below. Buildings wishing to advertise and leverage high scores may do so using the City program communication, but it is not the intention of the City to penalize lower performing buildings who are choosing to participate and working towards improving performance.
There is NO COST to participation in the program. There is no registration fee to join and the use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is provided at no cost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The only expenses which may be incurred would be related to the staff time required to fulfill the requirements of the program.
No, there are no requirements for retrofits, capital improvements, or demonstrating improvement in energy performance. However, we sincerely hope that once you have the data you will be inspired to make informed improvements! The City hopes to encourage that further by offering incentives for participating buildings to conduct Level 2 energy audits and help access free energy assessments.
Florida Power and Light offers many incentives to businesses including the Business Energy Manager and free on site analysis by an FPL Energy Expert. These tools and resources can help identify simple actions and quick fixes to save energy and money, improving both your ENERGY STAR score and your bottom line. Contact your FPL representative to schedule your assessment and visit the Programs and Resources page for more information.
No. The program requires submission of energy use data, but water use data is highly encouraged and can also be reported within ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
Generally, these data will be obtained from the electric bills associated with the building. The program is looking for whole building data, even if the building has multiple meters. If the building includes tenant occupied space in which utilities are separately metered and paid by the tenant, aggregate whole building data which does not identify individual meters may be available from Florida Power and Light.
Yes! Many property owners have portfolios which include multiple buildings or operate a campus with multiple buildings. Benchmarking multiple buildings in your portfolio will help you to prioritize improvements to save the most energy and get the most value for your investment. Each property owner/manager is only eligible for one energy audit incentives up to $15,000 which can be applied across multiple buildings.
Participants are eligible for incentives once they have provided the initial 12 months of data for the property.
Every property participating may receive non-monetary incentives. Each property can be listed on the website, receive recognition for ENERGY STAR certification or score improvements, and receive window decals.
Only one audit rebate incentive is available per property owner or manager but may be spread across a portfolio of properties. For example, if a participant is benchmarking multiple buildings on a campus and chooses to do an audit on three of the buildings, they may receive a reimbursement of 50% of the cost of each audit up to a total of $15,000 for the three audits.
As additional incentives are added to the City will clarify the rules around incentive use across multiple buildings owned or managed by the same entity.
No! The only restriction on building age is that it must have been in operation for at least 12 months. Older buildings and even historic properties are welcome to join. There is very little correlation between building age and building performance.
Absolutely! It is just much easier for you to do so. Simply share your data with the City and use your remaining time to think about ways to improve your energy and water usage.
Yes! ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager supports the benchmarking of complex properties through the campus benchmarking feature. This allows you to benchmark and evaluate your property as an aggregate campus (“parent”) facility, as well as individual (“child”) buildings or facilities.
Yes! Florida Power and Light can provide whole building energy use data which is not connected to account numbers, protecting the privacy of your tenants while allowing you to assess your whole building. Reach out to your FPL representative to ask for this information.
The Building Energy Efficiency Program is designed to help the City reach 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The program will have six cohorts. The initial pilot cohort will be the 2024 cohort. Members of this cohort will indicate interest by April 2024 and commit by submitting data by June 1, 2024.
The 2025 cohort and all subsequent annual cohorts will accept participants on a rolling basis. To be a part of an annual cohort the participant will need to submit data for the previous year by April 1 of the cohort year. For example, members of the 2025 cohort will submit 12 months of utility data which cover the calendar year of 2024 by April 1 of 2025.
Regardless of the cohort year the participant joined, the participant will be responsible for submitting data every year on or before April 1st. The last program deadline will be April 1, 2030 by which all cohorts will submit their 2029 utility data and the program is anticipated to close.
The City’s building stock is one of its greatest assets. Benchmarking energy and water usage allows building managers to obtain a baseline understanding of their building’s resource usage, compare that to peer buildings and other buildings in their portfolio, and to target improvements which will enhance their buildings’ operations. The results for building owners are buildings with lower operating costs, higher occupancy, less turnover, and greater resale value. The results for the City are buildings that are more efficient and more desirable, attracting new businesses and residents.
In addition to the economic benefit of benchmarking, there are real human health and wellness benefits to more efficient buildings. For one, the climate in South Florida is very hot and projected to get even hotter. Palm Beach County can anticipate an average of 121 days with a heat index above 100°F by 2050. Being able to efficiently and inexpensively cool building will become even more important and reduce the energy cost burden for residents and businesses adjusting to higher temperatures.
Building energy benchmarking is also a recognized best practice for reaching greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The City Council of Boca Raton has set a target of greenhouse gas emission reduction of 63% by 2030 and net zero before 2050. Building energy use accounts for nearly half (49.1%) of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. An analysis of high impact actions necessary to meet the City’s targets found that reducing energy use of 5% of commercial and 5% of residential square footage by 20%, along with actions in other sectors, will get the City to its goal.
Participants in the program will have access to technical assistance related to Portfolio Manager. This will come in the form of training sessions, office hours, and as time and resources permit, may include on-site visits for data entry assistance.
The Portfolio Manager website is also a wealth of resources.
You need to register and login to Boca eHub if you are trying to manage development activity such as permits, plans, and inspections. Registration is required for all users, even if you previously using ePlans. Visit the "How do I create a login for a Boca eHub Customer Self Service (CSS) Account" page for help with regsitering your account.
You do not need to register an account to search available public records. Users can perform searches without being logged in: however, a certain plan or permit information will not be visible unless the user is logged in and is a listed contact on that specific record. Visit the Searches in Boca eHub page on this site for more details.
Please check your spam or other email folders, as sometimes the registration email is delivered to those locations, depending on your email provider. You can also visit the “Troubleshooting Common Login Issues” page for assistance.
Visit the "Instructions for pre-Boca eHUb permit cases" PDF for details.
The system has recognized your email address as an existing contact in Boca eHub. This may be the case if you were added by the City as a contact on a case in the system. You will be able to complete your account creation with choosing a username and password. If you were added to an existing case in the system, you will see this in your CSS dashboard once you are logged in. Visit the “How do I create a login for a Boca eHub Customer Self Service (CSS) Account” page for help and go to the section titled “Contact already exists in Boca eHub."
You can update your account information, such as “Personal Info” and “Addresses” that you entered when you created your Boca eHub account at any time by accessing the “My Account” page from the login section in the top right corner of the CSS screen. You must first log in to the system to see the “My Account” option in the drop-down list when clicking on your name. Visit the “Customer Self Service portal” page. Go to the “How can I update my account information?” section for instructions.
Known Issues are system issues identified in the Boca eHub software that the City is aware of. Workarounds are in place to manage these issues and allow users to successfully use the Boca eHub system. Visit the Known issues and Workarounds page for more information.
Workarounds are temporary solutions, and our Boca eHub team continuously works to resolve these issues. We will inform the public of any changes via the Boca eHub Updates page. This page will be updated when issues get resolved and in the case of new issues being uncovered that Boca eHub users need to be aware of.
Google Chrome is the preferred browser to use with Boca eHub. The latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are both supported by the system. Other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari are not supported.
Make sure you only put in the street number and street name when searching for the address. Do not include the suffix when searching for your address (i.e. exclude Drive, Parkway, Road, etc.). Also, make sure you click the magnifying glass to conduct the search.
The maximum file size in Boca eHub for document uploads is 1 gigabyte per file.
You have to be a contact on a case to make a payment. For a case that you applied for, the invoice shows in your CSS dashboard and “My Work” screen, otherwise, you need to look up the case and then go to the case details “Invoices” tab to pay any outstanding invoices. For detailed instructions, review the “How to pay an invoice” Boca eHub help guide. Go to the “Resubmitting a document” section.
Yes, only residents of the City of Boca Raton may purchase plots in the Cemetery. For more information, please contact the Cemetery Office at (561) 393-7748.
Florida law authorizes municipalities to recoup their costs of providing public records. If the public record request requires more than fifteen (15) minutes of employee time (including the time to gather, copy, scan and/or print the requested documents, or redact information exempted by Florida Statutes, if necessary), the requester will be charged for that time at the lowest hourly rate of the class of employee(s) involved. For physical copies of requested documents, there will be a charge of $.15 per page for one-sided copies ($.20 per page for two-sided copies). If the City anticipates that there will be a significant cost to provide the requested public record, the City will provide an estimated cost for the public records. The requester must acknowledge the estimated costs and authorize the City to proceed before document production will begin. Once the request is complete, the requestor must pay the City before the documents will be provided.
There are some things that you can consider when you make a public records request that can decrease the response time and reduce production costs. • A significant amount of information is available on the City’s website. • Be specific; avoid overly broad requests. • Provide dates ranges of requested public records, especially on emails and correspondence.
The City responds to public records requests as quickly as possible. However, requests for a large number of documents, or requests that require significant staff time may result in a longer response time. The volume of public record requests may also slow the response time.
No, properties that are located outside of the City limits are not eligible for assistance through Boca Raton. The property Parcel Control Number must begin with 06: this number can be found by searching your address at: https://www.pbcgov.com/papa/?redirect=1. If your property is not located within the City limits, please contact Palm Beach County to inquire about their program availability.
No. The Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) assistance programs are for households that have experienced a financial hardship directly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Households that are experiencing financial hardship due to loss of employment, reduction in hours or the closing of a company would qualify as being impacted. Households that experienced financial hardship due to school or daycare closures may also be eligible. Additionally, households that are experiencing financial hardship due to a household member contracting or passing away from COVID-19 would also qualify as being impacted.
Yes. The CDBG-CV program allows for assistance for the current month’s rent or mortgage payments.
No. A one-time award will be calculated to include a maximum of six months of housing payments due at the time assistance is provided, not to exceed a total of $15,000.
No. Assistance through the City’s CDBG-CV program is a one-time award. Residents needing future assistance may apply to other programs, but cannot apply for a second award through the City’s CDBG-CV program.
No. Assistance with electricity accounts and association dues may only be requested if the applicant is also applying and is eligible for rental assistance or foreclosure prevention assistance.
Yes, as long as you are not requesting assistance for the same months of rent, mortgage, association fees or electricity that were paid through any previous program. For example, if you received assistance through Palm Beach County for January, February and March rent payments, the City’s CDBG-CV program would not be able to pay any additional amounts for those months.
Yes, all sources of income for all members of the family must be included in the income calculation. The only exception to this is for any adult members of the household (excluding the head of household) that are full-time students. Then, only the first $480 of their income should be included in your household income calculation.
That depends on the source of the unemployment benefits. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits should be included in the household income calculation. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and benefits authorized under the “Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019” (PM) should not be included as these are excluded as outlined in Community Planning and Development Notice CPD-21-03.
Only liquid assets are included when considering the maximum asset limit amount of $7,500. Qualified retirement accounts, like 401k and IRA funds, are excluded, as is personal property like furniture and cars. However, liquid asset accounts (including, but not limited to checking, savings, investment portfolios, CDs, virtual currency and equity in properties other than the primary home) for all household members are included in the calculation.
Yes, only households where all members are US citizens or permanent resident aliens would be eligible to receive assistance. The only exception to this is for people that have been approved for asylum through the US government. People that are in the process of obtaining citizenship, residency or asylum are not eligible to receive assistance until their status has been approved.
First, be sure that you have provided the entire Parcel Control Number accurately, then be sure that your address has a PCN that starts with 06. If this information is correct, tap anywhere on your phone screen, which should turn the “Next” button blue. You may then click on the “Next” button to move forward.
To obtain a copy of an easy tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
To obtain a copy of the naming conventions document please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
The Building Official may authorize a pre-permit construction agreement for interior commercial tenant build outs and multifamily interior build outs only. The application must be complete and executed by the general contractor and owner before being submitted. The application must include the project contract, the notice of commencement and written acknowledgment from the fire alarm and sprinkler companies that the work will not cause system trouble alarms or failure while under construction. The building official, fire official and zoning officer will then review the application for basic code compliance and determine whether the project may commence prior to permit issuance.
To obtain the Pre-Permit Construction Agreement, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or by emailing a request to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
You have two options for electronic and digital signatures, both meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's applicable licensing boards. 1. Certificate-based digital signature registration: Adobe Acrobat includes a certificate signature utility that lets you sign PDA files with a certificate-based digital ID, also known as a digital signature. With Acrobat you may create your own certificate ID which the City will maintain on file for all of your permit projects. You create this certificate ID by completing a Digital Signature Affidavit form online, signing and sealing the physical form, then hand delivering or couriering to the building division. You must purchase Adobe Acrobat in order to use this option? It is highly recommended that you review the City's tutorial before creating your certificate ID.
To obtain a copy of the Digital Signature Tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
The only fee needed to get started is an initial deposit -- one percent of the total contract amount or $100.00 minimum.
Application forms as well as prescreen checklists for each application type are available by contacting the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or emailing BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
No. The state of Florida requires that an owner builder applicant appear in person to submit. Please visit us at the Building Department during business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., except Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Please contact the Building Department regarding window replacements at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
Please obtain an Uploading to ePlans Tutorial by contacting the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or emailing BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
DO NOT use generators inside your home, garage, or near a window. Your generator fumes could poison your neighbors if their windows are open. Be sure to keep gasoline away from sparks, flames, and heat. Let your generator cool before you refill it.
Citizens Information Center: 561-982-4900
This number offers official updates in the event of an emergency.
Visit the AlertBoca webpage to sign up.
City of Boca Raton and Boca Raton Police Department are able to send you alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.
In addition to alerts regarding City related business, alerts could include traffic impacts, significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event.
These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.
Applications for positions with the City of Boca Raton must be completed online. Applicants will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. You can view job opportunities here: https://www.myboca.us/2190/Job-Opportunities.
We have partnered with The Work Number® service, a simple, secure and private way to get your employment and/or income information to the companies that need it. It's available 24/7.
If you are applying for credit, leasing or renting, financing a purchase, or applying for government services, we’ve made it easier for you to get proof of income or employment.
From now on if the banker, the property manager, the car dealer or caseworker asks you how much money you make or to prove where you work, just send them to:
1-800-367-5690 (M-F 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Please visit the City Clerk’s Office for information regarding requesting mutual applicant information and/or public records.
There are two ways to schedule your inspection, the first one is by visiting the Building Permits Web Page or calling our automated inspection phone number at 561-393-7914. Please note that you would need the phone access code number located on the top of your permit cards
The Mizner Park Amphitheater is owned and operated by the City of Boca Raton, and can be rented by private or non-profit organizations for various functions including concerts, performances, fundraising events and festivals. If you are interested in renting the facility, please review the Rental Fees and then complete the Rental Application for review and approval. For more questions please contact the amphitheater at 561-393-7890 or by e-mail at MiznerAmp@myboca.us.
Items not allowed inside the amphitheater for events include but not limited to: Umbrellas, pets, outside food, alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, drones, and/or selfie sticks. If the event is ticketed, please check your ticket for restrictions on cameras and video recording devices.
If the event is ticketed, you may not bring a chair, but you may be able to bring a blanket, please check your ticket for seating information. If you are attending a free event that is sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, you may usually bring a blanket or chair, but check the website for specifics or call 561-393-7890.
There is limited parking in the garages in Mizner Park. We encourage event attendees to carpool and use off site park and walk options from City Hall, which is located four blocks south west of Mizner Park from NE 2nd Street. For certain events, preferred, paid parking is available in the lot adjacent to the amphitheater and at the First United Methodist Church located on Mizner Blvd. Other parking options include limited on-street, metered parking in Mizner Park and valet service for those patronizing the shops and restaurants.
What is a labyrinth?
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the
imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.
A labyrinth looks like a maze but is not. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved.
It has twists and turns and dead ends. You have to think and think and be
alert for any clues you may find. A maze can be frustrating, frightening, or
challenging. You can get lost in a maze.
A labyrinth, unlike a maze, has no dead ends. There is only one path, and
while it does have twists and turns, you can’t get lost. The same path takes
you into the labyrinth and out again. With a labyrinth you don’t have to
think, or analyze, or solve a problem.
With a labyrinth you just trust that the path will lead you to where you need
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You will receive an email advising you that your permit application has been issued. You may also check your status in Boca E-Plans. If your status is in PI, that means that your permit has been issued and ready for you to download. All fees must be paid in full prior to downloading. For a tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
You will get an email stating what fees are due before Issuance. The building permit fee is $100.00 for the first $500 of total contract amount and 1.75% of the balance of the total contract amount. Depending on the type of permit application you may have additional fees other than building permit fees such as fire services fees, environmental fees, engineering fees, county impact fees, water and sewer impact fees, Park and recreation fees or a CAB fee. There are no more plan check fees or sub-permit fees, (except for Fire) and no more certificate of completion fee.
To learn about the requirements for a revision, review the Revision Cost Change Statement Requirements which can be obtained by calling the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
Yes, you must go into your project and send an e-mail to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us and they will reopen the project for customer uploading. The PERMIT LIBRARIANS are the only ones that can reopen your project. If you are submitting architectural signed, sealed plans then the architect must encrypt them using the PEDDS format. Please don’t go the City website and create another application. We would then need to revoke the newly created application and move the documents, delaying the process.
You will get an email reminder to submit any missing or deficient prescreen checklist items before the plan review cycle will begin. When the minimum prescreen checklist requirements are met, you will get an email notice letting you know that your plans are submitted for electronic review. Since the documents and plans are electronic, they are available for multiple reviewers at the same time, no more routing. You will get an email notifying you when the review is complete.
No, all applicants are hired at starting salary.
Yes, you may apply for employment before obtaining a Florida Driver’s License. However, if selected you must obtain a valid Florida Driver’s License before starting work as a Boca Raton Police Officer.
No, however if you are hired by the Boca Raton Police Services Department, we will pay to send you to the class within a year of being hired.
No, all applicants are required to meet all requirements and complete every phase of the hiring process.
Out of state applicants can expect to make at least three trips to Florida to complete the entire hiring process.
While on duty, employees are not permitted to have any tattoos visible. Applicants with visible arm tattoos must wear a department issued long sleeve uniform shirt.
The minimum requirements are 60 college credits from an accredited college OR 2 years full- time law enforcement OR 2 years full-time active-duty military OR 2 years full-time corrections.
Yes, we sponsor applicants to attend the police academy and you will be paid your full salary while attending.
We require the CJBAT if you do not have an associates degree or higher and the physical agility test which is offered through Broward State College and Palm Beach State College.
The department supplies you with all necessary equipment, including a vest, firearm, and uniforms.
Officers who live anywhere in Broward or Palm Beach County will be given a take home car
You can now RENEW your current Beach, Boat, Dog Beach, or Dog Park Permits online! *The online renewal process can take up to 7 days to process. If you need your permit immediately, you can renew/purchase in person at one of the Community Centers. For hours and locations CLICK HERE DIRECTIONS: To renew your permit, please log in and click the Permit Renewal tab. Please note the following: You must have purchased a permit between 10/01/21 – 9/30/22 You must have a Webtrac user name and password (If you do not have a user name and password please CLICK HERE) You will only be able to renew the same type of annual permit you owned previously Credits: If you used a credit/receipt previously or are planning to use one toward your renewal – you must obtain a permit in person at a community center You must prove ownership or lease the vehicle that you will be using with the permit
Click the link to start your registration.
Permits can be purchased at any of the 3 community centers (see below). Proof of residency and a valid vehicle registration or valid insurance card are required for each vehicle you would like to put a permit on. Proof of residency can be a property tax bill, utility bill showing residential service address (no more than 30 days old), rental lease, bill of sale, or a valid driver’s license showing your residential address. If you have purchased a beach permit within the last year, you may renew that permit online with a valid user name and password. User names and passwords can be obtained from any community center, pool, tennis center, or the field house. You will need to show proof of residency to obtain a user name and password. Community Center Locations:
Boca Raton Community Center: Monday – Friday: 9am-6pm; Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sugar Sand Park Community Centers: Monday – Friday: 9am-10pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm
Swim Center Community Center Monday – Thursday: 7:30am-9pm; Friday 7:30am-7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am-5pm
No. There will be no changes made to the collection of these types of items. Please see the Sanitation Brochure for the pickup schedule and guidelines for these types of items.
Sargassum is a brown seaweed with berrylike air bladders, typically forming large floating masses. This brown seaweed provides a crucial habitat for many marine species, including endangered sea turtles which, upon hatching on our beaches, make their way out to the Sargassum to spend their juvenile years feeding and growing amongst the seaweed mats. Sargassum comes from the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB), which blankets the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean from the west coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.
Sargassum season runs from March through October, and Sargassum now aggregates almost every year, starting January/February in a massive belt north of the Equator. During the late winter and early spring months, Sargassum moves northward due to seasonal winds and currents. Later, in late spring and summer, this Sargassum belt may stretch across large portions of the Atlantic Ocean and drift into the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico via the North Equatorial and Caribbean current systems.
Sargassum has flourished in recent years due to the combination of increased nutrient runoff from the Amazon River, upwelling off the western coast of Africa, and changing water temperatures. The greatest accumulations of Sargassum on our beaches often happen during high tide, which we experience twice a day. City of Boca Raton’s Recreation Services crews generally clean Sargassum early in the morning, prior to when most beachgoers have arrived at the beach. Unfortunately, when the second tide arrives in the afternoon, depending on the winds, it often brings another wave of Sargassum to the shoreline.
According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Sargassum itself is not harmful to the skin, but tiny sea creatures that live in Sargassum can cause skin rashes and blisters. As Sargassum decomposes, it also gives off a substance called hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide has a very unpleasant odor that resembles rotten eggs, and this can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. If you have asthma or other breathing illnesses, you may be more sensitive to these symptoms. However, the levels of hydrogen sulfide in an area like the beach, with large amounts of airflow, are not expected to be harmful.
To protect yourself and your family from exposure to Sargassum, DOH advises the following:
We are monitoring evolving literature on the relationship between Sargassum and Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, including a recent study that suggests that this bacteria can “stick” to microplastics which increasingly live in our oceans and can become lodged in patches of Sargassum. According to the Florida Department of Health, people can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish, particularly oysters. The bacterium is frequently isolated from oysters and other shellfish in warm coastal waters during the summer months. Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater.
To reduce your chance of getting a Vibrio wound infection, DOH recommends the following:
Water quality can be impacted by the decomposition of Sargassum. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) monitors bacteria levels at the County's beaches through their Healthy Beaches program through the collection of water samples at various locations.
While some nesting turtles may be deterred when encountering thick mats of Sargassum, most just crawl right over it to get to the nesting beach. However, large accumulations can prevent a sea turtle hatchling from getting to the ocean. Climbing over and through a large wall of seaweed along the tide line is a daunting task for a tiny sea turtle hatchling. Our conservation team surveys the shoreline every morning to help rescue any hatchlings that have been trapped in the piles of sargassum. Any beachgoers that find live hatchlings on the beach that are struggling to get to the water can bring them to Gumbo Limbo’s hatchling drop off box on the front porch.
STEAM is an approach to education that uses the following as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking:
The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century! (Adapted from EducationCloset.com)
You can pick up a Passport at any of the four participating locations.
To win the prize you must collect five (5) stamps, one from each category: S(cience), T(echnology), E(ngineering), A(rt), and M(ath).
Participants will need to visit the many amazing facilities throughout the City of Boca Raton to participate in programs and collect stamps.
No. All you must do is complete one program to earn one stamp. In all, participants need to complete five programs, one for each of the five letters of STEAM.
STEAM through September is available to anyone who is interested in participating. Most of the programming targets children between the ages of 5 and 12. Every program is a little different; check the passport or website for details. Children under 5 will need the help of an adult, and explorers over 12 may need to complete Wildcard Challenges (see next question) to make up for limited programming opportunities.
You can pick up your gift at any of the participating locations by presenting your completed passport to the staff at the front desk (Youth Services Desk at the Libraries).
All of the qualifying STEAM programs, including the open-ended programs, are only available throughout the month of September. Gift bags may be picked up from any of the participating locations until Friday, October 6th, 2023.
Requests for traffic data reports should be directed to the Traffic Engineering Department by either calling the Traffic Signals Engineer at 561-416-3387 or using the Feedback form provided on this web site.
The MUTCD contains criteria, or warrants, that define the minimum requirements for volume of vehicular or pedestrian traffic that are used to define the need for and appropriateness of a particular traffic control device. Warrants should be viewed as guidelines, not as absolute values. However, if no warrants are met, a traffic signal will not be installed. Satisfaction of a warrant is not a guarantee that a traffic signal is needed. The MUTCD states that proper engineering judgment should be exercised in making the final determination. More details about traffic signals is provided in the Information Brochures section of Traffic Operations
While adding a left turn phase can often improve safety and reduce delay, other solutions such as timing adjustments to improve gaps for left turns and geometric improvements to improve sight distance may be more appropriate. More details on left turn signals is provided in Information Brochures section of Traffic Operations.
Contact Municipal Services at 561-416-3341.
City of Boca Raton Code of Ordinances for Watering Landscape
The service area of the City of Boca Raton does not extend past the Turnpike.
Backflow Solutions Inc. (BSI) will only accept backflow certifications from plumbers or testers that have registered with BSI and have submitted copies of their plumbing license (for installations), backflow test/repair certification, and current calibration of equipment.
The Willow Theatre is an intimate 155 seat proscenium indoor theatre. The theatre can get chilly at times, so additional clothing is recommended.
All tickets ordered over the phone and in person must be paid for at time of order.
When tickets are purchased over the phone, they are held at Will Call until picked up.
Please contact the Box Office (561) 347-3948 to see if any current performances or productions are offering this option.
Please notify the Box Office as soon as possible. Tickets cannot be reprinted. We are able to reprint a copy of your receipt and you may use those in place of the tickets.
Once you purchase tickets you are placed in our database. Any season brochures created will be available online and at Community Centers for pickup (quantities limited). When you purchase tickets you're added to our email list. You can also view upcoming shows on The Recreator, or on the Willow Theatre home page.
Every person entering the Willow Theatre must have a ticket. This includes toddlers and infants.
Fire code restrictions prevent strollers from being brought into the theatre. Infants may be brought in carriers and placed on the ticketed seat. Exceptions for strollers include strollers used as medical devices. Please purchase a designated wheelchair seat to have it kept with you.
The Willow Theatre offers 155 fixed seats and 4 wheelchair spaces. In remaining compliant with the fire code, additional seating is not permitted.
All food and drink must be consumed outside the theatre. We need everyone’s help in keeping our theatre looking pristine.