Alliance Association of Delray


 By Judy Goldberg


April is a joyous time for many of us! Passover & Easter are family times and a chance to reacquaint with each other while enjoying our religious holidays. Wishing you a very good holiday no matter what you celebrate. For everyone headed north, safe travels and you will be missed.


Our guest speaker, Eric Call, Director of Parks and Recreation of Palm Beach County, announced that there has been a 30-40% increase in attendance in county parks during the Covid pandemic. The first park in our county was built in the 1940s. The Parks and Recreation Department was formed in 1972. The Palm Beach County Park System is the 2nd largest in Florida and the 11th largest in the United States. It was noted that proximity to parks increases property values as well as producing environmental benefits and physical and mental well-being. Mr. Call presented a video that gave an overview the PBC parks, beaches, pools, trails, fishing, golf courses, and more. All of these fall under the purview of the Department of Parks and Recreation.  We discussed that a mile walk adds 21 minutes to your life. Our parks have 350 acres of walkways. There is kayaking, boating, etc. Some of our parks are: West Delray Regional Park, Morikami, Canyon District Park, Green Cay among others. Join us with walks, cycling, boating or bird watching. PBC has so much to offer in our beautiful Florida environment.


Bonnie LeMay, Administrator of the Morikami Museum and Gardens, related how the Morikami was donated to PBC in 1974. It is a part of the Parks and Recreation Department. A master plan for the area was created. The museums, the expanded gardens, the artisan village, classes and so many more additions and improvements attract many visitors all year round. Plans for the future envision controlled growth and a retreat style experience found in a Japanese Inn.


Dr Lori Vinikoor, our president, welcomed the group of delegates and alternates. She showed a video of the Boca Delray area around 441 that is a part of the Ag Reserve. GL Homes is proposing a land swap that would increase the density for the area with 1250 unit development. This area has horse farms, and farm land and is too dense for more building of homes.


Captain Rob Sandt of the PBC Sheriff’s Office, told of the traffic problems with the cars in our area. Many citations have been written, trying to combat the speeders, reckless driving and/or inattentive driving. He once again asked drivers to always remove any valuables from their cars and to lock the doors when leaving the vehicle.


Chief Pete Hund of the PBC Fire informed the group that Chief Duran will leave Fire Rescue to become Assistant to Verdenia Baker. The opening that he leaves will be filled by Patrick Kennedy.


Maria Sachs, PBC of Transportation reports that many people are moving to our area and are bringing 2 or 3 cars with them, To  accommodate all the cars, work is scheduled to begin to widen 441, Lyons Road and West Atlantic Avenue.


Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Our guest speaker will be Joseph Abruzzo, The Clerk of The Court. He will speak about what he can do for us. The meeting will be in the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, across from Morikami.


Doors will open at 9AM when refreshments are served. The meeting begins at 9:30 and always concludes by 11:30. All are invited to attend.


See you there.