BOCA FALLS TROUBLE: Police, Rescuers Not Notified Of Closed Roads

Boca Falls

Emergency officials in Palm Beach County have apparently not been notified that a major resurfacing project will block access to hundreds of homes.

UPDATE @ 7:34pm — just spoke with Boca Falls property property manager Deb Devecchio. She states that PBSO and Fire Rescue should have no issue accessing every home in the community in the event of an emergency. US Mail and other deliveries, according to Delvecchio, will be impacted for one day.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — has learned from emergency officials in Palm Beach County that Boca Falls has not notified police or rescue workers that the HOA plans to close several roads within the community starting Tuesday.

Ambulances, fire trucks and police may be delayed or blocked from responding to emergency calls in the community with nearly 1000 homes.

In a strongly worded letter received just Sunday by homeowners, community manager Deborah Delvecchio — part of the “Castle Management Group,” wrote:

Once your part of the street is blocked off, it is closed. This means if your car is in the driveway, it must stay there. If it is not in the driveway, you will not be able to access your driveway until your street is reopened…Mail, UPS Fedex services will be interrupted.”

Homeowners contacting are expressing outrage — not at the paving project — but at the last minute announcement and decision to close roads, instead of paving one side at a time.

“This makes no sense,” wrote one homeowner. “Pave the roads, but don't hamper police or the post office. Do one side at a time. What if an ambulance needs immediate access?” has learned that the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center has not been notified of the project or the closure.

Battalion Chief Todd Blake — whose Fire Resecue team handles Boca Falls — says blocking roads is not an option:

“It is imperative that Fire Rescue has full access to ALL homes during the repaving project.”

We are awaiting respone from HOA president David Etzler who on Sunday told that closing streets is preferable to paving one side at a time:

(The contractor) mentioned that sometimes when you separate, it causes a permanent seam down the middle and can also cause both halves to be slightly different colors.”

The announcement is unsettling to parents with small children, the infirm and homeowners who expect door-to-door access to their homes, Fedex, UPS and deliveries from the US Postal Service.

United States Postal Service spokeswoman Debbie Fetterly tells that if a postal worker can't navigate roadwork, the mail goes back to the facility.

In that case the mail is brought back to the office and taken out for attempted delivery the next day,” she said.



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