BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A hastily announced plan to resurface streets in the western community of Boca Falls is under fire from residents angered that police and fire rescue response will be hampered and US Mail, Fedex and UPS delivery will be prevented for several days.
Blocking delivery of the US mail is a violation of federal law.
The street resurfacing, announced just last week via an entrance sign, starts Tuesday. A mass email announcing the plan was only sent by the HOA board Sunday morning. Residents contacting BocaNewsNow.com are expressing concern that the plan is ill-conceived and does not take into account those who rely on door to door transportation — such as parents with infants and the infirm, or those who rely on the postal service, UPS or Fedex to deliver time-sensitive documents or medication.
Entire sections of communities will be shut down for nearly 48 hours during the repaving and all access will be blocked. Homeowners are being told to park their cars away from their homes.
Writes community manager Deb Delvechhio in Sunday's email:
“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.”
In an email to BocaNewsNow.com, Boca Falls HOA president David Etzer wrote the board decided against paving one side of a street at a time with the exception of streets leading into the sub divisions. This procedure is routinely used — with a flag person — to ensure paving does not prevent access.
“(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.”
It was unclear mid-day Sunday if Boca Falls had filed paperwork with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office alerting the agency to closed roads and devising an alternate emergency response plan. It was also unclear if the postal service was advised that mail delivery would be blocked for several days, violating what is known as the “obstruction of correspondence” law.