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Posted on: September 11, 2017

Important Post Hurricane Related Announcements

9/19 Many times following a disaster, residents report alleged price gouging and/or fraud. Once a state of emergency is declared it is illegal to raise prices for essential goods to a level which grossly exceeds the average prices charged for these same goods in the 30-day period prior to the state of emergency. If you feel you have been cheated before or after Hurricane Irma, document the incident and report it as soon as possible to: Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services Help Line 800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352) to report price gouging or Florida Attorney General 1-866-966-7226.

9/19 Tree Service Scams: Heavy winds from the hurricane resulted in littered roads and uprooted trees. If you plan to have fallen trees removed, please follow these tips to avoid being scammed:
· Watch out for anyone who approaches unsolicited about tree removal;
· Get multiple written estimates and ask whether debris removal is included in the estimate;
· Research the company and its reputation–ask for references. Contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM to check if there are complaints against the company;
· Check for proof of insurance and verify with the insurer that their policy is current, and
· Never pay the full amount up front and do not make a final payment until you are completely satisfied with the work done.

9/19 The Mosquito Control Section of Broward County will spray for adult mosquitoes over parts of Southwest Ranches and Pembroke Pines on Wednesday, September 20th, and over parts of Weston on Thursday, September 21st, weather permitting.

This aerial adulticide spraying is targeting nuisance mosquitoes usually associated with heavy rains during the summer months, and not those carrying the Zika virus. The County has received many spray requests from residents and businesses in these cities.

The spraying will be conducted between the hours of 4 - 6:30 AM. Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. People living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying will be notified.

Broward County Mosquito Control Section sprays areas of the County by truck and plane, based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form at http://www.broward.org/…/Mo…/Pages/MosquitoSprayRequest.aspx or call 954-765-4062.

Residents are the first line of defense when it comes to combating any mosquito.

9/18 In an effort to expedite repairs required as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the Building Department will implement the following changes to its permitting policies and procedures over the next 60 calendar day period. This 60 day grace period will assist the residents and commercial businesses of our City in returning to normal operation and daily life as quickly as possible.

For Damages Caused by Hurricane Irma, Permits will be Required, but Fees Will Not Be Charged For:

• A/C Unit Replacement
• Structural Repairs to Windows and Doors
• Structural Repairs for Roofing
• Existing Shed Replacement (must be placed in the same location as original permitted shed)
• Structural repair/replacement (i.e. car canopies, gazebos, awnings, etc.)


Permit and Fees Will be Required for the Following:

• All new construction
• New structural construction for renovations, alterations and remodeling
• All other permits other than those listed above

The Building Official/Assistant Building Official shall determine if other types of work shall be eligible for the above requirements, according to Florida Building Code (Broward Edition) Sections 105.2.1 Emergency repairs and 105.2.2 Minor repairs. For more information, please contact our Building Department at (954) 435-6502.

9/18 All household garbage, recycling, bulk and hurricane debris removal began last week and continues throughout the City. In order to facilitate prompt and thorough pick-up, residents must place their debris curbside, separated into the following piles:
Vegetative Hurricane Debris: logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag) etc. Items for collection must be directly related to Hurricane Irma. Non-Vegetative Hurricane Debris: fences, roof material, screening, etc. Items for collection must be directly related to Hurricane Irma.

Please note that regular household trash and recyclables should be placed in their respective green and blue bins, and will be collected, along with bulk trash not related to the storm on regular pickup days.

Storm debris must be easily accessible for collection. Do not block it with vehicles, or place it within three feet of any mailbox, basketball goal, fence, general landscaping, etc.

9/18 Park Openings -- The City staff has been working diligently cleaning up the hurricane debris and doing repairs at all the parks. Please see list of parks/facilities that are re-opening today.

Steven L. Josias Dog Park
Johnson Street Dog Park
YMCA Family Center
McCluskey Rainbow Park
108th Avenue Kiddie Park
Academic Village Pool
Memorial Park
Towngate Pool, Gym and Tennis Courts (Not the fields)
Rose G. Price Park
Pembroke Lakes Golf (front 9 holes only)
Pembroke Lakes Tennis and Pool
Club Nineteen Restaurant
Silverlakes South Tennis Only (No Softball)
Soccertown
Studio 18 in the Pines
Fletcher Art & Cultural Center
The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery
River of Grass ArtsPark

The remainder of the parks are closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience during this time.

9/17 All Broward County Public District schools and offices will reopen under normal operating schedules on Monday, September 18, 2017. The Pembroke Pines Charter School System follows the Broward County Public School schedule.

9/17 We continue to receive calls -- Yesterday we announced that The Mandatory Boil Water Alert has been rescinded (lifted) for all Pembroke Pines residents. It is not necessary to run your water for a period of time before using. Residents no longer need to boil their water. The boil water alert has been lifted.

9/16 5:40 pm The MANDATORY BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been RESCINDED (lifted) for all residents of Pembroke Pines.

9/16 UPDATE: Garbage collection routes are on schedule but bags will no longer be collected from around the cans. It must be placed in carts going forward.

Recycling has been reinstated and will begin Monday September 18th. Recyclables must be inside the cart only. Debris outside the cart will not be collected.

Bulk collection- regular bulk collection resumed this past Wednesday and collections were made in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday regularly scheduled zones and it is forecasted to finish today. That means 1/3 of the city will be complete by end of week. This is not for storm debris or vegetative waste. This is for small bulk and furniture items. These volumes are high so there may be some delays over next 10 days while we are completing the first pass. Bulk maps are on the city website to view scheduled pickups. Again it is very important -- this is not for any storm related debris or vegetative waste.

9/16 The MANDATORY BOIL WATER ADVISORY is still in effect. We will update you as soon as this changes. Please continue to boil all water intended for consumption, cooking, making ice, washing dishes by hand, and/or brushing teeth. Bacteriological tests are underway. Residents who receive a water bill from the City of Pembroke Pines are under this mandatory boil water notice.

9/16 The Pembroke Pines Charter School System follows Broward County Public Schools -- while the goal remains to be open on Monday, an announcement will be made by Broward County Public Schools when the final decision is made regarding the exact opening day.   All Broward County public schools and District offices remained closed through Friday, September 15th. The goal, per Broward County Public Schools, is to reopen schools on Monday, September 18th, pending the restoration of power. We will continue to keep families and employees updated.

9/15 The MANDATORY BOIL WATER ADVISORY is still in effect. We will update you as soon as this changes. Please continue to boil all water intended for consumption, cooking, making ice, washing dishes by hand, and/or brushing teeth. Bacteriological tests are underway. Residents who receive a water bill from the City of Pembroke Pines are under this mandatory boil water notice.

9/14 For individuals with Disabilities that need assistance post Irma with repairs/damage to their home, taking down hurricane shutters, generators for power restoration, temporary living arrangements, wheelchairs, walkers and other medical devices please have them call the Center for Independent Living of Broward office at 954-722-6400 or contact them at www.cilbroward.org and fill in the form and someone will get back to them either Thursday or Friday. The Office is closed now but they are checking messages remotely.

9/13 The mandatory boil notice is still in effect for Pembroke Pines residents using city water. Public Services is busy finalizing repairs, and once they are complete, a bacteriological test will be run on the water before an "all clear" is issued. Residents are safe showering under a boil water order, but should keep water out of the eyes and mouth.

Generally, a boil water order applies to water used for drinking and food preparation. Residents are safe showering under a boil water order, but should keep water out of the eyes and mouth. Florida Department of Health in Broward County officials advise residents unsure of the quality of their water to take one of three recommended actions:
- Boil water before use, holding it to a rolling boil for one minute (preferred method)
- Disinfect water by adding eight drops of plain unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and let it stand for 30 minutes before drinking it. If the water remains cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure.
- Use bottled water

9/13 UPDATE ON CENTURY VILLAGE RESIDENTS
The City of Pembroke Pines is actively involved in assisting the residents of Century Village who have no power. Well checks have been performed at every building. Water and ice have been and continue to be distributed to those without power in Century Village. The City’s EOC kitchen is making 8,000 meals which will be hand delivered, door to door, to Century Village residents beginning at 4:30 this evening.

9/12 Hurricane Debris Removal – The City of Pembroke Pines has contracted with a private debris removal company to assist with hurricane recovery. When removing residential debris, FEMA requires that residents separate storm hurricane debris from vegetative storm debris (trees, branches etc.), placing them in separate piles, as they are taken to different sites. Regular trash should be placed in their proper containers and will be picked-up per their regular schedule beginning today. Recycling has been suspended until Monday, September 18, 2017.

Public Water Update – Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, three new well pumps were assumed struck by lightning. As a result of low water pressure, the plant was shut down. In addition to the well-pumps being inoperable, several water main line breaks contributed to the inability to provide sufficient water supply. The cities of Cooper City, Sunrise, and Miramar agreed to open the interconnect to get water back into the system of which we are very grateful.

Emergency efforts and new pumps put the wells back on line as of 2:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, September 12th. The water plant is now activated and water service has been restored.

A mandatory boil water notice is still in effect until further advised.

As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.

We thank you for your patience. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES AT 954-392-9443

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9/12 NOTICE TO SANITATION CUSTOMERS WHO UTILIZE DUMPSTERS -- If your community or business utilizes a dumpster which is located in an enclosure or fenced area and the opening/gate/fence has been damaged by the hurricane, please remove broken openings until repaired. Our sanitation hauler Waste Pro, USA is arriving at certain locations and are not able to service the dumpster because of broken enclosure entrances.


9/12 A list of stores with generator power is maintained by Broward County. These retailers may be more likely to be open for business immediately following a storm. Please view the database, searchable by City, here: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Stores/Pages/Default.aspx.

9/11 Residential garbage pickup will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) -- trash in the green wheeled cart. Recycling is suspended and will begin again next Monday.
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9/11  A water main break has occurred at several areas across the City of Pembroke Pines. We experienced a loss of water pressure which has been experienced due to the water main breaks.

Therefore, as a precaution, WE ADVISE THAT ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING, COOKING, MAKING ICE, BRUSHING TEETH, OR WASHING DISHES BE BOILED. A ROLLING BOIL OF ONE MINUTE IS SUFFICIENT. AS AN ALTERNATIVE BOTTLED WATER MAY BE USED.

THIS "MANDATORY BOIL WATER NOTICE" WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN CORRECTED AND A BACTERIOLOGICAL SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.

The City of Pembroke Pines is diligently working to have service restored in the shortest amount time possible. We thank you for your patience.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES AT 954-392-9443.

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9/10  The City's Utilities Department is beginning the lengthy process of clearing our roadways of major debris. Some of this debris includes large trees and branches which are rendering some lanes and streets completely impassable.

Most intersections are out within the City, and FPL and Traffic Engineering will be working to make repairs. Some traffic signs have also been damaged or downed, and these will need to be replaced. Until that time, many of our intersections will be staffed by our officers and police service aides. Please slow down when approaching an intersection without power, and/or one being directed by an officer. Treat all out traffic intersections like 4-Way stops, and all flashing lights as stop signs (red) or yield signs (amber).

Due to the above circumstances, we are asking our residents to please remain off the roadways, if possible, for the majority of today - or until the major roadway debris has been cleared. Post-impact recovery procedures may take days if not weeks to complete. We will keep you updated via social media and here on the city's website.

Please continue to call 911 if you need emergency services. If you have damages on your property, you should begin the process of contacting your insurance provider and/or a repair services. The City will not respond to downed trees on private property, so you will have to make arrangements with a landscaping or tree removal company.

9/6 The Broward County Landfill at 7101 SW 205th Avenue near the intersection of Sheridan Street and US 27 in Pembroke Pines will be open for Broward County residents today and Friday, September 7th and 8th. Hours are 8am to 6pm. The landfill accepts yard waste, construction and demolition waste, and bulk trash.

UPDATE: Bulk- Waste Pro completed Tuesday’s route – Zone 5 late yesterday. They are now working on Wednesday’s route- Zones 9. Residents are putting out enormous amounts of debris and it is going very slow.

Garbage- there should be regular garbage service today and tomorrow weather permitting and then it will be suspended until it is safe for the truck so get back on the road.
Recycling- no residential recycling service the remainder of this week.


We've been getting many calls from residents -- the city will not be providing sandbags. Please continue to make preparations and monitor storm tracking.

Meetings cancelled:
9-7-2017 Board of Adjustment
9/11/2017 Charter Academic Village Advisory board
9/12/2017 Arts and Culture Advisory Board
9/12/2017 Red Light Camera Magistrate Session
9/12/2017 Broward County Property Appraiser’s Outreach Event
The Passport Office will be closed from tomorrow, Thursday, September 7th until further notice.

Residential Recycling will be suspended on Thursday 9/7 and Friday 9/8. Waste Pro the City’s hauler will concentrate their efforts on collecting the residents solid waste, which currently is much heavier than normal and requiring additional trips to Reuter for disposal. Currently it is anticipated there will be no Waste Pro trucks on the road Saturday.

Solid waste will continue to be collected until it is no longer safe to do so. Typically when winds exceed 35 miles an hour, the garbage trucks will be taken off the road.

Waste Pro is working on completing Tuesday and Wednesday's bulk zones (Zones 5 and 9), but are running behind due to very heavy amounts being placed out.

IMPORTANT – Residents must wait for their next normal scheduled day if they are missed for solid waste, bulk or recycling service due to the hurricane, there will be no “make up” dates for these services.

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, all Parks in the City of Pembroke Pines are now closed. All games, practices, and events will be cancelled until further notice. We are anticipating Tropical Storm Force Winds as early as Friday, and thus will need Wednesday and Thursday for preparation. Please make sure to secure all loose equipment belonging to your organization that are in the Parks. To prevent a potentially hazardous situation, City Staff will be moving, disposing, and securing all loose equipment and will not be responsible for damaged or lost property. Parks will remain closed through the weekend, and if conditions allow for a safety assessment we will update Park closures on Tuesday, September 12th. For Safety reasons, please stay clear of the Parks until you receive the all clear from City Personnel.

The BSO Shred-a-Thon scheduled for September 9th at the Charles F. Dodge City Center has been cancelled.

The 9-11 Observance to have taken place on September 11th at the Pembroke Pines Memorial Park located at 601 City Center Way, has been cancelled.

The City of Pembroke Pines will follow Broward County’s transportation schedule during this hurricane period. Please check for announcements and changes via TV, Radio, Social Media and Websites.

All City of Pembroke Pines facilities will be closed on Friday, September 8 until further notice due to impending storm conditions. This includes the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus, located at 301 NW 103 Ave.

Bulk pick-up is provided throughout the City of Pembroke Pines in zones. Bulk service will be suspended after tomorrow’s (Wednesday, September 6th) route in Zone 9 has been completed. Residents should check the City’s website and social media pages for information on when bulk service will resume. Please do not cut trees, landscaping etc. and leave in front of homes or businesses if your bulk pick-up has already completed.

Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo’s HOA meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11th at 7 pm has been cancelled.

Commissioner Iris A. Siple’s Community Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 7th, at 7 pm has been cancelled.

To allow for sufficient time to prepare, Broward County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Pembroke Pines Charter School System follows Broward County.

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