April 2020

There are 155 blog entries for April 2020.

The City of Palm Beach Gardens announced this week that it will begin a "phased approach" to reopening some recreational activities to the public.

As of yesterday (4/29), the following city recreational facilities will be open for individual use:

  • Burns Road Walking Trail

  • Gardens Park

  • Joe Russo Athletic Complex

  • Lake Catherine Sports Complex & Lake Catherine Park

  • Lilac Park

  • Mirasol Park

  • Oaks Park

  • PGA Park

  • Plant Drive

  • Riverside Linear Park

  • Sandhill Crane Access Park

  • The Gardens North County District Park

  • Thompson River Linear Park

  • Twins Park

Sandhill Crane Golf Course will be open for calls to schedule tee times,

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Earlier this week, Governor DeSantis announced a slow plan to reopen the state of Florida and Palm Beach County.  It was announced on Monday by the Palm Beach County Mayor and County Commissioners that some recreational facilities may reopen as of yesterday with restrictions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.  

Yesterday, Wednesday, April 29th, many recreational facilities in Palm Beach County after being closed for the past few weeks due to Covid-19.  Many parks in Palm Beach County reopened yesterday but not all. 

Restrictions for visiting parks include:

  • Park hours limited to sunrise to sunset
  • Park is open for walking, biking, hiking, strolling, and running. Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, bike rentals, water skiing, wake
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Governor DeSantis and Palm Beach County Commissioners and Mayor announced some positive news about the slow down of Covid-19 in South Florida and the start of reopening Florida. 

Palm Beach County is taking gradual steps to start to reopen the county in a safe way. On Monday afternoon, the county commissioners announced that starting yesterday Wednesday, April 29th marinas, public parks, boat ramps, community pools, golf courses, tennis courts and other recreational facilities will begin to open with restrictions and maintaining social distancing practices. The beaches will still remain closed until further notice. 

This news is great for golfers who have been itching to get back out on the course. Since many golf courses in Palm Beach County

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that he will begin opening most of Florida’s restaurants, retail and recreation. Palm Beach County, however, will remain under some broader restrictions for the time being. There should be further developments on Palm Beach and Broward counties as early as next week.

While South Florida is not in the mix to regain some economic freedoms, DeSantis said he didn’t think the region would trail for much longer given the downward trends in new cases and rates of those testing positive.

“If we’re making progress, we need to put people back to work,” He said. “I deliberately erred on the side of taking measured steps, maybe even baby steps to a brighter day.

“We need to focus on facts and not fear.”

The

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Explore the White House.  Self-guided tours of the White House are currently unavailable.  To experience the history and art of the White House in person takes some doing.  First, one must submit a tour request through one’s Member of Congress. COVID-19 has put in person tours of the White House on hold.

Now we can explore the White House virtually instead with high resolution images. You can look at paintings on the wall, wander the halls, and pan all around you to take in the elaborate furnishings, high ceilings, and stately decor.  Travel is a bit locked down for South Florida, as well as all United States citizens, so this is a good option.  The virtual tour is filled with hours of interesting things to explore and learn.

There are several

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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, in West Palm Beach, has been diligently working to reformat its programming for a digital audience. In addition to three online tours—two currently available and one in the works. Ann Norton Sculpture Garden also presented a virtual rendition of its renowned Earth Day experience. 

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose people to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities.

The virtual version will include lessons and demonstrations aimed at introducing students to eco-friendly practices. The museum organization also has an educational opportunity featuring children reading aloud from the

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These past few weeks we have been spending more time at home and now is the time to catch up on some of your favorite TV shows, stream a new series, or sit back and watch a movie.  Streaming services like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV have some of best and most popular shows trending right now.

Here is just some of the most popular shows and movies to stream right now. 

Popular TV Shows On Netflix:

  • Peaky Blinders (5 Seasons available on Netflix)
  • Tiger King (7 Episodes)
  • Ozark (3 Seasons)
  • Outlander (3 Seasons)
  • The Crown (3 Seasons)
  • Stranger Things (3 Seasons)
  • Narcos (3 Seasons)
  • Grace and Frankie (6 Seasons)
  • Love is Blind (11 Episodes)
  • The Office (9 Seasons)
  • Schitt’s Creek (5 Seasons)

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Leaders kicked off the process of reopening parts of Palm Beach County on Monday, saying residents can hit up recreation areas starting Wednesday.

There are a number of nuances, though, and some spots will remain closed.

DuBois Park and the Juno Beach Pier, for example, won’t reopen Wednesday because the county considers them beach parks.

Other county and town parks in the Jupiter area will be open. Jupiter spokeswoman Kate Moretto said late Tuesday morning that the town was finalizing a list of what will and will not reopen Wednesday.

For example, Moretto said Jupiter will likely keep playground-centric parks, such as Old Town Hall Park, closed because the county’s new order requires playgrounds remain closed.

Notably for Jupiter, boat

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If you are trying to keep safe and avoid the coronavirus, here is what you need to know about how it spreads according to the CDC.

Person-to-Person

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Spread from

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Starting this week, officials hope there will be at least two new government-run coronavirus testing sites in Palm Beach County — including the first north of West Palm Beach.

The two walk-up testing sites are expected to be at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics at 1150 45th Street in West Palm Beach and at 411 West Indiantown Road in Jupiter, officials said Monday.

Both clinics are part of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which also runs testing sites at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and in Lantana and north of Belle Glade.

Nonprofit Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Division of Emergency Management recently opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing at South County Civic Center,

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