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Home Care In North Palm Beach, FL

Home Care North Palm Beach, FL

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Worth Avenue Clock Tower gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in North Palm Beach, FL is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I love that Always Best Care supports our veterans with the VA Community. With me personally having a ton of family within this community, I know where to turn if anyone I know needs at home health care.”

Kendall K.

“Need help with home health care...Excellent, caring people...who treat your loved ones like family. Highly recommend!”

Brenda B.

“The senior living advice given by “ Always Best” has helped me navigate around the uncertainty of what to do next if these services are needed for a friend, someone I love or another individual needing guidance. Thank you for the wonderful education!”

Kendall K.

“I had a great experience with Steve! He was incredibly clear and thorough in explaining the entire process.”


“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“The best senior care service!”

Nicole Z.

“The best senior care service.”

Nicole Z.

“This Always Best Care exceeded our expectations and increased my peace of mind knowing my grandmother’s adult care was superior to other services of its kind. Nannie was happy and that made me happy. I would highly recommend this stellar group. Thank you, Steve, Claudia and your team. You are THE BEST!”

Susan M.

“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

Jamie W.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in North Palm Beach, FL?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in North Palm Beach, FL

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Anchorage Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Entre Nous Bistro or visit John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in North Palm Beach, FL

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in North Palm Beach, FL, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your FL's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in North Palm Beach, FL understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Palm Beach Memory Care
  • Elder Care Finders Senior Placement
  • Brookdale Palm Beach Gardens
  • Assisted Living Associates of the Palm Beaches
  • residence at castlewood
  • Emmanuel Care Assisted Living facility
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in North Palm Beach, FL 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in North Palm Beach, FL

North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens trying to annex same properties

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Several homeowners in unincorporated Palm Beach County could be annexed by two local governments in 2024.The city of Palm Beach Gardens and the village of North Palm Beach are trying to annex four different communities in unincorporated Palm Beach County. North Palm Beach's Village Manager Chuck Huff said the town decided after Palm Beach Gardens released its plans to annex five zones ...

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Several homeowners in unincorporated Palm Beach County could be annexed by two local governments in 2024.

The city of Palm Beach Gardens and the village of North Palm Beach are trying to annex four different communities in unincorporated Palm Beach County. North Palm Beach's Village Manager Chuck Huff said the town decided after Palm Beach Gardens released its plans to annex five zones in October.

Voters in the communities will cast ballots for their preferences in the March 19 election. Palm Beach Gardens has 59,449 residents and North Palm Beach 13,103, according to U.S. Census data.

"Gardens has taken the opportunity to start annexing everything and we're just responding with our rights for future annexation," Huff said.

He also said it’s looked at adding these areas into its village for years in previous comprehensive plans and it's just trying to offer people an additional choice.

WPTV contacted multiple people within the city of Palm Beach Gardens but didn't hear back by publication.

Palm Beach Gardens said the growth would allow it to lower people's tax rates because its tax base would increase from the acquisition, according to WPTV reporting. Palm Beach Gardens said it has annexed nine areas over the past five years as property values are increasing across Palm Beach County.

Any potential annexation wouldn't become official unless people within those areas vote to join the city, according to city staff. Each area would have its own vote and a 50% plus one majority would be required to join a community.

Celeste and John Colliton live in Hidden Key, one of the four communities the two governments are competing to add within their city limits. Their votes will count in two jurisdictions, which means they could get added into both communities, one community or none.

Celeste said she's currently against joining any community because she doesn't understand the benefits of joining a community. She's also said she's frustrated her home is grouped within a jurisdiction of about 7,600 people for the vote to join Palm Beach Gardens.

"It's just frustrating because they say, 'You can just vote no,'" Celeste said. "...But, our vote is not going to vote when you group us with all these other homes."

The Collitons are also concerned about the potential costs of possibly joining a community requiring a connection to a sewer system rather than a septic tank.

WPTV reporter Ethan Stein saw signs urging people to vote "No" throughout their community Monday. Palm Beach County commissioners will get an opportunity to voice their opinion on the annexation Tuesday at their board meeting.

The town of Loxahatchee Groves and the village of Wellington are also in a dispute related to Wellington's efforts to annex land north of Southern Boulevard, according to a letter WPTV obtained.

Jim Barnes, who is Wellington village manager, said the village was approached by property owners or their representatives about the feasibility of joining Wellington. He said the village believes it's the best suited to serve property owners.

"We believe we are best suited to serve the property owners and future residents of the subject annexation area should they elect to annex into a municipality," Barnes said in an email. "In many cases, we already serve as a main service provider for many residents in the mid-western communities, both in municipal limits and unincorporated areas due to our location, programs, and services."

Francine Ramagila, the town manager for Loxahatchee Groves, said Wellington's plan is "detrimental" to Loxahatchee Groves. She said it would conflict with the town's rural character due to increased density and intensity.

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New Florida financial disclosure law leads majority of North Palm Beach council to resign

Maya WashburnNORTH PALM BEACH — Three North Palm Beach Village Council members have ...

Maya Washburn

NORTH PALM BEACH — Three North Palm Beach Village Council members have resigned over a new state law that takes effect in January that will require elected officials of municipalities to disclose their personal finances in a document called “Form 6.”

Council member Darryl Aubrey announced his departure during a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15. He served 17 years on the council.

Mayor David Norris, who served a total of 27 years, and council member Mark Mullinix, who served eight, followed. They announced their resignations during the council’s meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Village Manager Chuck Huff said that Form 6 is detailed and will require council members to disclose the exact numbers in their bank accounts, 401(k) plans and personal assets. It targets Florida’s smaller municipalities, since many larger cities and towns already require significant amounts of financial disclosure.

“Some of the (disclosures) are just really too much for municipal bodies,” Huff said.

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Karen Marcus to join North Palm Beach council through March election

The remaining council members, Susan Bickel and Deborah Searcy, appointed Karen Marcus on Thursday, Dec. 14, to fill one of the empty council seats until three new council members are elected on Tuesday, March 19. Marcus, a longtime North Palm Beach resident, served as a Palm Beach County commissioner from 1984 to 2012.

The current council members plan to appoint two more people to fill the other vacant seats during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. The council will then choose a mayor to serve through March.

Norris broke into tears when he announced his resignation. He said he hoped to serve another term, but had to resign as his business does not allow him to do such disclosures. Norris is a partner at a law firm with offices in the village and Boca Raton.

“I think the new rule is ridiculous and wrong,” Norris said on Dec. 14. “It’s something I can’t do. That is forcing me to do something that I don’t want to do, so I am announcing my resignation.”

Mullinix said he would even have to disclose his daughter’s college fund on Form 6, which he said he “couldn’t fathom” doing.

“What the state has done has made it impossible for me to stay,” Mullinix said at the meeting. “This has been one of the great honors of my life and it's been a treat to serve in my hometown.”

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North Palm Beach to fill David Norris' seat in March 19 election

Once the new members are elected, the council will elect a mayor from among themselves at the first meeting following the election. Two people each are running to fill the seats formerly held by Mullinix and Aubrey.

A separate election qualifying period will be held from Jan. 4 to 11 to fill Norris’ former seat. Village voters will cast ballots on his replacement March 19.

“(The resignations) were kind of heartbreaking,” Huff said. “But it did not surprise me. Form 6 has a lot of people spooked and we are not the only municipality that is going through this.”

Elected officials in Dunnellon, Windermere, Longboat Key and other South Florida municipalities have resigned over the new requirement, according to media reports.

Maya Washburn covers northern Palm Beach County for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida-Network. Reach her at[email protected]. Support local journalism:Subscribe today.

North Palm Beach swears in emergency council members as financial disclosure law compels officials to resign

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. —North Palm Beach swore in interim council member and former mayor Jody Pierman Thursday to fill one of three new vacancies on the council, connected to the enactment of a new statewide financial disclosure form.The vacancies weren’t expected.Mayor David Norris tearfully told the town last week his law firm can’t allow him to make public financial disclosures like the one the new Form 6 law requires."That is forcing me to do something that I – do...


North Palm Beach swore in interim council member and former mayor Jody Pierman Thursday to fill one of three new vacancies on the council, connected to the enactment of a new statewide financial disclosure form.

The vacancies weren’t expected.

Mayor David Norris tearfully told the town last week his law firm can’t allow him to make public financial disclosures like the one the new Form 6 law requires.

"That is forcing me to do something that I – don’t want to do," Norris said.

After 27 years on the council in the town he grew up in, Norris reluctantly says it's over.

"So I am announcing my resignation as councilor and as mayor, effective tomorrow and today," Norris said.

Another council member resigned over the disclosure requirements last month, and after Norris received a standing ovation — council member Mark Mullinix said he was stepping down too.

"What the state has done has made it impossible for me to stay as well," Mullinix said.

It’s a scene playing out in smaller towns across the state.

The detailed new forms require council members to reveal exactly how much money they have in all their accounts, their 401(k) plans, all their debts, their income sources and their assets.

"I think it's ridiculous, frankly, I think it's wrong; whether I’m right or wrong, it doesn’t matter; it's something I can’t do," said Norris, who is a partner in a law firm that doesn't allow such disclosures about its clients and finances.

Former county commissioner Karen Marcus was sworn in as a temporary replacement last week.

One nominee for an interim position questioned whether he would also have to fill out the form; when the village attorney said he thinks so, that nominee declined to serve.

Villagers will elect permanent council members in the March election.

According to published reports, at least two dozen council members in 11 Palm Beach County towns have resigned.

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Mixed-use housing complex coming to North Palm Beach

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The skyrocketing price of rent continues to be felt across our area, but now the village of North Palm Beach is trying to do something about it.The village council approved a 4-acre plot of land on the corner of U.S. 1 and Yacht Club Drive for a mixed-use development that will include apartments, some of which will be workforce housing.Village manager, Chuck Huff says the project is something the village has been talking about for a while.“It's been in the process for several ...

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The skyrocketing price of rent continues to be felt across our area, but now the village of North Palm Beach is trying to do something about it.

The village council approved a 4-acre plot of land on the corner of U.S. 1 and Yacht Club Drive for a mixed-use development that will include apartments, some of which will be workforce housing.

Village manager, Chuck Huff says the project is something the village has been talking about for a while.

“It's been in the process for several years," said Huff. “Overall, the architecture of the property is really good. And we're glad we've gotten over the hump”

The complex will feature 147 apartments, 24 of which will be workforce housing, and three units will have adjoining office space meant for small business owners.

The village council approved a 4-acre plot of land on the corner of U.S. 1 and Yacht Club Drive for a mixed-use development that will include apartments, some of which will be workforce housing. (WPEC)

Huff says he’s excited to see the current empty property turn into something that will help build up the community.

“We want businesses to come in there that is going to draw the community to it. You know, whether it's a bike or the golf cart via, you know, pedestrian walking," said Huff.

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According to the plan, there will also be 400 square feet of outdoor restaurant seating along with a single-level parking deck and pool.

Right now, it hasn’t been decided if these units will be for sale or rent, but Huff hopes the project will draw people to stay in North Palm Beach.

“They've been in discussions to where it could be condominiums, which is fine as well. And probably that's what we prefer, you know because you don't have the transient nature of rental," said Huff.

Right now, there is no word on how much these apartments will cost, but officials say the workforce housing will be at below-market prices.

Huff says the next step is finalizing construction plans which will take several months, but he expects construction on the project to start this summer.

Looking for fun things to do this weekend Feb. 23-25? Top 5 events in Palm Beach County

Eddie RitzIt's officially winter in South Florida and though you won't be building snowmen or hitting the slopes, you will be able to enjoy outdoor activities without having to layer up or even wear a jacket most of the time. This is the time to venture outside enjoy festivals, ...

Eddie Ritz

It's officially winter in South Florida and though you won't be building snowmen or hitting the slopes, you will be able to enjoy outdoor activities without having to layer up or even wear a jacket most of the time. This is the time to venture outside enjoy festivals, greenmarkets and the area's incredible entertainment. Get out this weekend see works of art at the Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival, strike a pose during full moon yoga in Delray Beach, or listen as Kev Ohm plays during Sounds at Downtown.

In addition to the top five events listed there's always something great happening at places like The Norton Museum of Art or the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. On top of that you could always just enjoy a great meal with an equally great view at one of Palm Beach County's waterfront restaurants from Jupiter to Boca Raton. Plus, we've curated a list of the best things to do all year in the county, and here it is: your bucket list of 55 fun must-try things to do in Palm Beach County.

1. Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

This festival will see both Lake and Lucerne Avenue in downtown Lake Worth Beach turned into works of art as over 600 chalk artists from around the country turn sections of pavement into Picassos. There will live music, drink and food vendors as well as drink and food specials from local merchants and more.

The event is Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25. Lake and Lucerne avenues, Lake Worth Beach. Free. Information:

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2. MacArthur Under Moonlight Concert

This concert will feature The Raquel Renner Duo performing in the park's beautiful outdoor amphitheater. This spirited country musician will be bringing some serious 'southern charm' to compliment the full moon.

The concert is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. $5, members free. Information:

3. Strike a pose during Full Moon Yoga

Held at the Seagate Beach Club, this class will help you stretch, strengthen and lengthen. The 60-minute nocturnal Vinyasa yoga flow class will help build strength, stamina, flexibility, and concentration. Give the moon its due with lunar meditation, moon salutations and yoga poses, followed by a moonlight cool down.

The class is 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. 401 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. $20. Information:

4. Sounds at Downtown, Downtown Palm Beach Gardens

Don't miss out as Kev Ohm plays originals as well as some great covers of songs including "Ain't No Sunshine," "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo, "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles and many more.

The event is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Free. Information:

5. Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

Held at Old School Square in the heart of Delray Beach, this one-of-a-kind craft festival showcases the best of local and national crafters and is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a lively artistic community. Discover unique and high-quality wares, ranging from intricately-designed home decor, stunning wearable accessories and much more.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free. Information:

Black History Month Bonus: 'MOVED: A Celebration of Black History and Culture Through Dance'

Hosted by Natural Movers Foundation and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, this inaugural single-day dance experience invites attendees to move, learn, and witness the spaces that Black dancers and artists pioneered, carved, and influenced in the field of dance.

Experienced dancers and those new to dance can take various master classes in modern, ballet, African dance, hip hop, and more.

This year’s featured dance artists include David “The Crown” Stalter, world champion of the “World Hip Hop Dance Championship” and USA Champion of “Red Bull Dance Your Style,” and assistant professor of dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and master teacher of the Umfundalai technique Shaness Kemp.

The workshops are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; performance is 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. $25. Information:

Black History Month Bonus: Art After Dark Black History Celebration

This installation of the popular weekly series will feature a screening of the short film "Flower" by Lauren Finerman. It is about world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland and features new, original music from Grammy-winning recording artist Raphael Saadiq.

The evening’s tour will highlight African American Artists in the Norton's collection. Natural Movers Foundation will present "Dance Works + Progress" celebrating the Art of Storytelling as it relates to dance and the Black experience with a talk and dance performances by local dance companies.

The event is Friday, Feb. 23. 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Adults and senior $10, students $5. Information:

Black History Month Bonus: 'Black Art Matters' featuring Jashua Sa-Ra

Presented by the WPB DDA, in celebration of African American Culture during Black History Month, award-winning performance poet, author, event producer, host, lecturer, playwright teaching artist, graphic designer and musician Jashua Sa-Ra will perform.

The performance is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, at CityZen Garden, 400 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Free. Information:

Eddie Ritz is a journalist at The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at [email protected]. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.


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