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Boca’s beach condo group to expand into Delray

The Beach Condominum Association’s about to expand its reach to Delray Beach.

This will be a growth spurt for the group that covers Boca Raton and Highland Beach on the barrier island, said co-president Emily Gentile. Homeowner and condo association managers and boards of directors can email Gentile for information at beachcondoassociation@gmail.com

The association meets monthly. Hurricane evacuation and state laws that cover finances and budgets were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting in Ambassador East.

Palm Beach County, not the city, issues evacuation orders, Boca PD Assistant Chief Josh Mindick told the group. “We deployed officers but the problem this time was no shelters were open,” Mindick said about south county locations. “There was no place for people to go.”

So Boca deployed police to secure the barrier island during Hurricane Dorian. But ocean onlookers parked illegally on A1A, something police didn’t anticipate, he said. Forty citations were issued, he said.

“No crimes were reported,” he added.

Highland Beach had no crime during the evacuation, either, Police Chief Craig Hartmann said.

He’s often asked when the bridge to the barrier island closes, but it always stays open during an evacuation. “That’s your avenue to get off,” he said. “We follow the order and it’s up to you if you want to go.”

Both officers urged residents to have an evacuation plan and sign up for CodeRed and Nixel alerts.

CPA Robert Rosen briefed the group on state-mandated rules for financial statements, budgets, audits and deadlines.

“There’s a lot of moving parts at an association,” said Rosen, president and managing partner, Gerstle, Rosen & Goldberg P.A.

By Marci Shatzman

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