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