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June, 2013:

Lighthouse Point Florida crime alerts

There was a great editorial from mayor Fred Schorr recently in a local magazine. One of the announcements was about the City of Lighthouse Point Crime Mapping, and the system to alert you to crimes that are happening in and around Lighthouse Point.

At CrimeReports.com homeowners can passively look at crime in the neighborhood by entering their address and then looking at the crime markers. City of Lighthouse Point Crime Mapping is made possible by our police department participating in the program to report crime data. If you have a computer mouse with a roller ball/ scroll button, after entering your address at crime reports, you can zoom in and out on the map just by using your mouse scroll button. The map also shows where registered sexual offenders live.

On that subject, I am relieved to learn that Troy Meixner, a registered sex offender formerly in the Marina Drive neighborhood, was INCARCERATED 12/2/09 with a Life Sentence. A list of Lighthouse Point registered sex offenders is on our local police web site. See http://police.lighthousepoint.com/. If you have kids, print the photo page and put it in your kitchen, maybe on an inside kitchen cabinet door, so you get familiar with them. You may think this is a bit much, but trust me, it’s not! The Lighthouse Point Police web page should not be relied upon for having the most up to date information. Use the link to the state maintained sex offenders list to search for any updates.

Another new service is automated alerts sent via email for certain types of crimes or investigations in progress. Ever wonder why there is a helicopter circling overhead? Now you can get proactive alerts. At crimealerts.com click on the orange “create alert/update” tab in the upper right and enter the requested information.

Cheaper ways to heat your Florida pool

Back in the 90’s a company I worked for was hired to create marketing materials for an innovative new line of pool heat pumps. I didn’t own a pool at the time, but I certainly had heard the stories about how expensive it was to heat them.

The guys had invented or were marketing products that resulted in 80% savings vs electrical resistance pool heating systems, and 52% vs natural gas. At the time I was thinking about putting in a pool in my new home so I tucked away one of the brochures, which I just found cleaning out my files. With savings statistics like that, I knew the company had a winner.

Fast forward and the company has since been bought out or otherwise dissolved. After the Jandy merger over a decade ago, Zodiac Pool and Spa dominates the pool heating market and is the first place to start looking for a pool heater. If you have an old system, upgrading to a new one is environmentally friendly and a whole lot cheaper to use.

Solar systems cost less to use, but they cost more to buy. It boils down to feeling good about the type of solution you’re installing and peace of mind for maintenance. This is a great comparison site for solar pool heating vs any other type of pool heating.
Heliocol solar pool heating

In our Lighthouse Point neighborhood, pool use declines significantly from December to May due to heating costs, or simply not having a heater. After spending $30,000 and up for a pool, doesn’t it make sense to keep it comfortable for use year round?