Crime in Palm Beach County’s Western Communities has remained low this year, according to a report from the Florida Department of Law that detailed crime statistics from the first half of the year.
Wellington only had 500 total major crime through the first half of 2016, compared to nearly 700 over the same time frame in 2015.
The biggest drop in the crimes was larceny, which dropped from 516 to 344. There were 7 reported rapes in the first half of this year, 12 robberies, 27 aggravated assaults and 59 burglaries. All the numbers were similar to last year.
The stats were almost identical for that village, where the crimes were down just five from 509 to 504. The biggest percentage increase was aggravated assaults, which went from 29 last year to 58 this year.
The roundabout, which was completed in October, includes a couple of features that have left some scratching their heads.
We found a few videos that help explain roundabout traffic patterns, but our favorite comes from our friends to the far-north at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The “Roundabout Educational Video” demonstrates proper roundabout use by having men and women wear box cars and walk around what amounts to the adult version of a Hot Wheels play mat.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate why this video is so helpful:
• It uses a catchy song to remind you to “take it slow.” We bet you’ll be singing it the next time you approach a roundabout.
• It’s funny, and just the kind of absurd humor that won’t let you forget the rules it lays out.
At first glance, the roundabout at Stribling and Fairlane Farms doesn’t seem too complicated. But there are a couple of things that seem to be stumping motorists.
The first is the right-turn lane from Fairline Farms to go east on Stribling. Following the rule of “yield to the left,” drivers turning onto Stribling must yield to drivers exiting the roundabout. The placement of the yield sign there backs this up: It’s directed toward drivers using the turn lane.
The second points seems to be the mechanics of the roundabout itself. Who is supposed to go first? Who yields to whom? The Wisconsin DOT video helps us understand this, and it’s that “yield to the left” line again. Traffic that already is in the roundabout has the right-of-way. If someone to your left enters the roundabout first, that means they have the right-of-way. Be patient and wait for an opening. Or, you know — “take it slow.”
What do you think of the new roundabout? What issues have you seen?
The western communites are celebrating Veteran’s Day Friday.
Wellington will host an event on Nov. 11 beginning with a parade at 8:15 a.m., which starts at Village Hall and goes down Forest Hill Boulevard to South Shore Boulevard. Active military or retired veterans can register to have their names recognized at the ceremony.
Royal Palm Beach will hold an evening service for Veteran’s Day at 6 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Veterans Park, where they will have a flag raising and motivational speech.
A Major Leaguer is showing up at the annual PBSO’s Charlotte Hans 2016 Softball Challenge tournament this year.
Wellington resident and Major League baseball Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will catch the first pitch for the event that benefits Agent James Jordan and Deputy Carla Washington, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a written statement. It starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in Village Park.
Locals can buys adults tickets for $10 and kids ticket for $5.
Wellington is gearing up for its annual homecoming parade, which means road closures.
The festivities begin Friday at 5 p.m. at Wellington Landings Middle School and the parade will head down Greenview Shores Boulevard to Wellington High School. Greenview Shores will be closed while the parade passes through.
The homecoming game and dance will follow the parade.