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After Hurricane Irma - Services and Assistance

(Page updated 10/6/17)

SOLID WASTE SERVICES - GARBAGE, RECYCLING and VEGETATION: Regular garbage and recycling operations resumed on September 14.

  • Vegetation Waste Guidelines: Pile must be made up of vegetation only with no other solid waste products mixed in with the vegetation pile. Do not use plastic bags. The City will not be able to remove piles containing plastic bags. Place loose vegetation on top of vegetation pile.


Open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Citizens can find information about FEMA programs or other disaster assistance programs and are invited to ask questions related to their personal situations. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies will be available to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Register for Disaster Assistance | Solicite Asistencia por Desastre

Citizens may also call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.

On Friday September 29, 2017, a new Operation Blue Roof center will open in Palm Beach County at the following location:

9990 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, FL  33411
Hours:  8:00am – 6:00pm; Mon-Sun

The center in Belle Glade Library will close after Thursday September 28, 2017

Information on Operation Blue Roof, including a list of open ROE locations can be found on the US Army Corps of Engineers websites at or and at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258). Information is provided in both English and Spanish.

  • Eligible homeowners in 29 counties who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma can apply for Operation Blue Roof and complete the Right of Entry (ROE) form that allows government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install a temporary covering to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.
  • The 29 counties where Operation Blue Roof is available are: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.
  • Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws.
  • Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
  • For rental property, legal permission for a blue roof to be installed must be obtained from the property owner. Renters must also obtain legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.
  • Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering. ROE collection centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week unless otherwise noted.

With hurricane Irma behind us, we find our strength in our community’s resilience. We are rebuilding our homes, businesses, and lives. As you continue to restore a sense of normalcy, reach out to your neighbors and lend a hand. We, at the City of Boynton Beach, Department of Economic Development are here to provide you with support. 

Here are a few resources that are available to get you back in business.


  • The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or
  • The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term, interest-free loans to businesses damaged by the storm. Small businesses with two to 100 employees may apply for short-term, interest-free loans for $1,000 to $25,000 for 90 or 180-day terms. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to September 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Visit for more information and to apply for the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan program.
  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy are assessing the damage caused by the storm. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. To take the survey, please visit
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration provides disaster loans and business counseling for people and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma. Businesses and nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $2 million to repair or replace property, including real estate, equipment, inventory, machinery, and other business assets. Visit, for more information and to apply for assistance.

FREE MEALS TO STUDENTS THROUGH OCTOBER 20: The School District of Palm Beach County is offering free meals to all students from Monday, September 18 through Friday, October 20, due to the impact of Hurricane Irma...visit web page for more information.

FEMA RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ACCESS & FUNCTIONAL NEEDS: Searchable accessible ASL videos with links to more resources

HURRICANE JOBS AVAILABLE: Solid Waste Authority consultant is accepting applications to help clean up Hurricane Irma debris...visit

HELP FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: For information, please visit Americans for the Arts website,  or email Public Art Manager, Debbie Coles-Dobay at

 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, please call the City Manager's office at 561.742.6010.

Thank you for your patience as the City of Boynton Beach recovers from Hurricane Irma.