After the Storm City/County Updates

by Yvonne Lopez | Sep 20, 2017

Updated September 20th, 9:36 AM


COCONUT CREEK/GENERIC UPDATES:

Creek Parks Update:

• All Coconut Creek Parks are open except for Cypress and Windmill parks.  The Recreation Complex playground and the Winston Park Boardwalk are closed until further notice.

Debris Removal: 

• Under no circumstances should any garbage or BAGGED materials be mixed with the debris piles for they WILL NOT be picked up.

•Hurricane debris WILL NOT be picked up by our regular garbage hauler, All Service (Republic).

• Bags of leaves and very small branches will not be picked up with the larger landscaping debris and should be placed in your trash container.

• Read more here.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, our landscape staff has been actively meeting with businesses, homeowner’s associations, and individual homeowners to assess tree and landscape damage. We are currently waiving tree-removal permits for trees that cannot be saved. Please remember that we have licensed arborists on staff who can help you determine whether your tree needs restoration pruning, trimming, or removal. Also remember that any person working on your trees should be a licensed tree trimmer with Broward County ID and be insured. Please call us if you need our assistance 954-973-6756!

• Your trees: What to do following a hurricane - read here.

• Regularly scheduled garbage, bulk and recycling service is in effect. This does not include storm debris.

• Landscape companies in Coconut Creek here.

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RECOVERY RESOURCES

• FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337

• The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program is now available to businesses and if you have been affected, please call 800-659-2995.

• United Way of Broward County and Salvation Army are collecting donations of non-perishable food, water, hygiene and cleaning products. (Call 211 for more information.) Monetary donations are being collected through BrowardCares.org and is a collective relief fund, which 100% of the funds donated will go back to the community.

• Small Business Disaster Loan and Unemployment Assistance Available at www.disaterassistance.gov

• Verify the status of a contractor's license: For county-licensed Contractors and Tree-Trimmers, search online or call 954-765-4400, Option 2. For state-licensed contractors, check with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

• Report unlicensed activity in Broward County by calling (954) 765-4400, Option 2. Report unlicensed activity to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

• To report any scams to the Florida Attorney General's Office, call (866) 9NO-SCAM or visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/E3EB45228E9229DD85257B05006E32EC.

• Broward County Search for Contractor License: https://dpep.broward.org/BCS/Default.aspx?

• Florida Department of Business& Professional Regulation: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp

• Florida Division of Corporations: http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

• City Building Departments Contacts: http://www.broward.org/CodeAppeals/AboutUs/Pages/BuildingContacts.aspx

• Consumer Helpful Tips: http://www.broward.org/Building/Contractors/Pages/HelpfulTips.aspx

• How to Select a Contractor: http://www.broward.org/Building/Contractors/Pages/HowtoSelectaContractor.aspx

• Report Unlicensed Contractor Licensing Activity: http://www.broward.org/Building/Contractors/Pages/ReportingUnlicensedActivity.aspx

• Find or Verify and Arborist: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx

• Report Unlicensed Tree Trimming Activity: http://www.broward.org/Building/TreeTrimmers/Pages/ReportingUnlicensedActivity.aspx

ACCESS Florida

• The ACCESS Florida system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7, through the online application and MyACCESS Account. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery.

• You may apply for assistance from any computer with an internet connection at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida or at one of our community partner sites. You may also complete a paper application that can be mailed, faxed or returned to your local Customer Service Center.

To aid Florida’s business community, the following resources are available at www.FloridaChamber.com/hurricane:

• Florida Disaster Fund: Donate today to Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund, and help ensure your donations go directly to Hurricane Irma needs in communities throughout Florida.

• Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by Hurricane Irma.

• Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.

• Consumer Alert – Beware of Insurance Scams: The Florida Chamber and its Consumer Protection Coalition urge you to be on the lookout for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys that try to profit off the disaster by asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Remember consumer do not need to sign an AOB to get storm related home repairs or auto glass repairs made.


RUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000, EMAIL: publicinfo@broward.org, WEB: Broward.org/Hurricane


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