New garbage bins delivered

The Solid Waste Authority has delivered new garbage cans to our neighborhood. They have to be used starting October 1st. The new cans are for general garbage, NOT lawn debris or recycling. The SWA says if any garbage you want to throw away can fit in the can, put it in there. There is no weight limit. They will not pick up anything outside or around the can anymore (unless it’s bulk like furniture, etc)

Place the can with the wheels on the sidewalk side, and the arrows on the lid pointing toward the street. (As pictured) Do NOT put the cans near mailboxes or under trees, as the new automatic truck will not be able to lift the can over the truck if it’s not clear.

You can still use your old cans for landscaping debris. The limit on landscaping debris is 6 cubic yards….Or an 18ft long by 3ft wide by 3ft high pile. For more info visit New Yard Waste Ordinance

Again, please don’t use the new can until October 1st, after that we will only use the new can.


RIP Michelle Drapeau, Palisades Resident

It’s a sad May at the Palisades, we lost another neighbor, Michelle Drapeau. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Michelle was a great asset to our community. She helped by giving good advise, and had some great ideas for the community. She touched a lot of her neighbors, new and old thanks to her compassion and strong will. She will be missed. I asked Brooke, a neighbor who was very close to her and her daughters, to write something about Michelle:


On May 8th 2019, we lost an Angel who bravely fought and lost her battle to Cancer. Michelle Drapeau was a mother of three beautiful girls. Her strength and love for her girls was her day to day treatment to get through the toughest of times and the many challenges she faced. Despite those challenges she continued to open her heart and her home to others in need. There was never a limit to the amount of love, strength and hope that she spread to those around her. Michelle’s outlook on life, love, and hope resulted in a huge heart that is an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed but her everlasting comfort and impact on our hearts will never perish……
Rest In Peace Michelle ❤️

-Brooke Nicoletta

New call box installed

The new call box is in! We are still working out some glitches so please bear with us. Everyone should’ve gotten their new remotes a few weeks ago and codes a couple months ago. It appears with the new clickers you have to be a lot closer to the box for it to get the signal. You will need to reprogram your car with the new remotes. Please report any issues with the remotes or codes to the management company. We’re still working out a few bugs.


The interface is a little different. To search for names, hit the home button(has a little house on it) then select directory, then you can scroll through the names with the arrow keys. (There’s no longer a direct call code) when you find the name, highlight it and hit the green button to call.

Receiving a call from the gate:

When the gate calls your phone, to open the gate hit the 9 button. If you want to talk to the person and there is too much noise out front by the box(or the person is talking) …you have to hit the 1 button on your phone. It’s like a Walkie Talkie and will only let one person talk at once and hitting 1 will give you priority.

To enter in your code: if the call box is black, on the welcome screen, or on the home screen, just punch in your code then hit the green enter button. If you pull up and it is in the directory, (you see names on the screen) you have to exit that mode by hitting the home button, then enter code.

Any problems please let the management company know.

County to do mosquito spraying

****update****Last night’s attempt to conduct aerial spraying

was canceled due to mechanical issues.

Repairs have been completed and

Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control

will re-attempt aerial spraying beginning at

sunset on Friday, June 1, weather permitting.

The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control will be conducting aerial spraying beginning at sunset on Thursday, May 31, weather permitting.

The planned coverage area of approximately 280,000 acres covers populated areas west of Military Trail and the Glades communities. Aerial spraying is necessary due to a large hatch of mosquitoes from the recent heavy rains. The action is not in response to mosquito-borne disease.

To further help control mosquitoes, residents are asked to drain or minimize standing water on their properties.

If you are going be outdoors after dark, use an insect repellent containing DEET and wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt.

Rabid raccoon found in Breakers West

Florida health department of Palm Beach County warning about raccoons with rabies in our area. Please keep an eye out and report any suspicious animals to animal control. Info below:

West Palm Beach- Florida Department of Health Laboratory confirmed today that a raccoon acting aggressive and had scratched and bitten a worker in Breakers West has tested positive for rabies.

Animal Care & Control was notified Friday, May 4, that a raccoon in Breakers West was acting aggressive and had bitten a worker. A local trapper was also called and was able to capture the raccoon and delivered it to Animal Care and Control for testing. The individual was treated for the wound and has begun a five shot series of preventive rabies vaccine.

According to the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County this is the fourth confirmed rabid animal this year in the county. Residents and visitors to Breakers West are cautioned to avoid contact with any wildlife and report suspicious animals to Animal Care and Control.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.

The following advice is issued:

• Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.

• Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals.

If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately

and contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.

• Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your


• Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be

properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.

• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or


• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.

• Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.

• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.

For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website:

or contact the Florida Health Palm Beach County, 561-840-4500. Animals exhibiting signs of sickness and aggressive behavior should be reported to Animal Control at 561-233-1200.

Some Changes

A letter from your HOA President:

My wife and I moved into this neighborhood knowing nothing about HOA’s or how any of all this stuff worked, but what I did know is I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to ‘do my part’… to help people…to help improve the community in which I chose to live.   So I put my name in at an election meeting 5 years ago, and got elected to the board that night. Along with Christian, Lara, Karen and Danny, we were the new HOA board.  When it came time to assign roles, I threw my name in for president, not thinking a new resident would get it, but I did!  I was very enthusiastic about my new responsibility, there was a lot of work to be done. The old board did a great job of keeping us out of debt and financially sound during the real estate crash…but now it was time to rebuild and improve communications. I knew we had a long road ahead but was willing to put in the volunteer hours to make this community the best it could be.   Redoing the front entrance, moving and sealing the gazebo, painting the signs and pillars, installing a new playground, painting the benches,  negotiating vendor contracts, installing surveillance equipment, getting a fountain for the lake, fighting a legal battle against the fountain, getting new gate operators, cleaning up after two hurricanes, restriping the street lines, and making sure the holiday lights get up every year are just some of the things we’ve accomplished in 5 years.   Being the hands on type of guy that I am, A lot of those things I helped with myself with my own blood, sweat and tears so we wouldn’t have to pay the outrageous prices that vendors would charge.   I am very proud of the things we were able to accomplish under my leadership, but it’s time to think of new challenges, new ways to volunteer my time and talent. So I have decided to retire as your HOA president.   I don’t know how many HOA presidents have had the opportunity to personally talk to everyone in their community, but I’m proud to say I have. It was under unfortunate circumstances, but I do value that time I spent with each of you, and am thankful I had the opportunity to do so.

I will still be glad to help anyone in my upcoming civilian days as just a neighbor.   You will still see me around fixing things, re-planting, cleaning up….because I want to continue to do my part. (and still don’t want us to have to to pay $300 to change a lightbulb) but my leadership duties for the HOA have come to an end.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting me, and this HOA board in our decisions to improve this community and push it in the right direction. Know that every decision that was made was for the betterment of the Palisades community FIRST and FOREMOST.

I leave the board in good hands, seasoned pro Lara Wagener will now move from Treasurer to President, and I know she’ll do a fantastic job. Veteran Karen Nicoletta will remain at her role as secretary, Carlos Infante, who joined the board last year when Danny left, will stay as director, and rookie, Barrington Barry will  take on the role as Vice President. Barry is always around willing to help out so I think he’ll do great. Christian Ramos also retired(thanks for being my right-hand man!) so that leaves one position open for anyone else that wants to volunteer until the next election meeting in March 2019.

I hope you will give them your full support, as you have given me.  They will be working hard as volunteers to keep this community amazing.

Thank you for your time, and understanding.

James Wieland