Wellington about to begin Fall hours at Aquatics Complex

Wellington’s Aquatics Complex hours are changing.

After Labor Day, the fall hours will kick in, which are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pool will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

During Labor Day weekend, the pool will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. and Monday from noon to 5 p.m.

Wellington's Aquatics Complex. (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington’s Aquatics Complex. (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington prepares as storm system nears Florida

The storm moving toward Florida doesn’t look like it’s going to be as bad as people feared, but Wellington is preparing for the worst.

Village officials are getting ready for heavy rain and moderate winds by lowering water levels to help prevent flooding. They’re also asking residents to stop “cutting and placing curbside any vegetation or bulk items until the storm passes.”

Heavy rain is likely Monday and Tuesday as the system moves through. The current track doesn’t have it passing right through Palm Beach County, but it will get close enough to hit the area with rain and winds.

Follow Palm Beach Post reporter Kim Miller’s weather blog for the most up-to-date information.

Wellington will also be posting updates with information specific to village residents.

 

Wellington council approves PBSO enforcement plan

The Wellington Village Council approved a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office plan Tuesday night that calls for a crackdown on juvenile crime and traffic crashes in the next year.

Juvenile crime, especially property crime, makes up a sizable chunk of Wellington’s total offenses. PBSO plans to dedicate two deputies to a unit that focuses on those issues.

There is also an increasing crash rate in the village, especially along State Road 7, which continues to get more busy with more construction projects. Deputies plan to look for unsafe driving throughout the village to get that crash rate down by increasing enforcement.

You can read for about the plan’s specifics in this week’s Wellington column.

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Wellington Council to consider B&B changes at meeting

The Wellington Village Council is expected to act on an ordinance tonight that could allow for more Bed and Breakfasts.

B&Bs are allowed in Wellington now, but strict guidelines have made it almost impossible for potential owners to turn a profit. There are currently no licensed B&Bs in the village, but there is a market because the hotels are full throughout the winter season’s equestrian events.

The meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. You can read the agenda here, watch the meeting here and read the latest Palm Beach Post story on the issue here.

Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington budget challenge ends with more than 500 responses

Wellington’s budget survey is now complete with 541 responses, about 150 more than last year.

The overall results haven’t changed much since the last Palm Beach Post story about the survey, with the resident priorities being parks, neighborhoods and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

If you’re interested, you can view the full results here. The council will finalize the budget in the coming weeks.

Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Organization gives out 1,000 backpacks to students in the Glades

About 1,000 students in the Glades will be going to school this year with new backpacks and school supplies.

The Florida Crystals Corporation sponsored the back-to-school event that benefited students from Belle Glade, Canal Point and Pahokee.

The annual event recently took place at Pahokee High School.

(Photo provided).
(Photo provided).

New Publix opens in Loxahatchee Groves plaza

The Loxahatchee Groves Commons plaza is starting to take shape.

The Publix celebrated it’s grand opening Thursday with a marching band performance. It will likely be one of the biggest draws to the area.

A TSC Tractor Supply is also open in the plaza, which will include a BB&T Bank, a 7-11 and some other businesses.

(Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)
(Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington Aquatics complex baby pool getting new floor

The baby pool at the Wellington Aquatics Complex will be closed until at least the weekend while it gets some work done.

Workers will be replacing the floor with a new, safer surface. The village began the project on Tuesday Aug. 16.

The pool is scheduled to be re-opened on Monday, but if all goes well, it could be back by the weekend.

Wellington Aquatics Center (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Aquatics Center (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Two Chili’s restaurants to help with funeral costs for local woman

Two Chili’s restaurants are donating 15 percent of some sales Tuesday to the family of a local woman who recently passed away.

Hyppoleshia Hyppolite suffered two strokes last week, leaving behind two children, according to a friend who works at Chili’s. The Wellington location (2525 South State Road 7) and the suburban Lantana (5910 South Jog Road) location both agreed to contribute to the woman’s funeral costs from the sales of anyone who brings in a flyer Tuesday.

Before you pay, just tell your server that you want the percentage of your order donated to Hyppolite’s family, and give him or her the flyer. They will staple it to the receipt to keep track.

You can can print the flyer here.

Two events highlight weekend at Wellington Amphitheater

The Wellington Amphitheater has a packed schedule of events this weekend including a Friday night movie and a Saturday night concert.

Friday:

The village will host the showing of the animated movie Zootopia — Rated PG. The 2016 film about a “mammal metropolis” has strong reviews from most critics. It begins at 8 p.m. and runs an hour and 48 minutes.

Saturday:

The venue will host a Bruce Springsteen tribute band at 8 p.m. No word if the real Boss, who has a home in Wellington, will make an appearance.

Wellington Amphitheater (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Amphitheater (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)