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Access to Palm Beach restricted Friday

Posted: 9:50 AM, Oct 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-07 15:23:37-04

UPDATE:   Landscapers and gardeners are now permitted to access the island. Full access to the Island will be announced once an all clear is received from the police department.

EARLIER:

Representatives with the Town of Palm Beach said only emergency personnel, utility companies, home owners, and non-residents with legitimate business purposes (with the exception of landscaping companies) are permitted to reenter the town on Friday.

Philip Salm with Palm Beach police said the town was fortunate to have experienced minimal impact from Hurricane Matthew.

However, Salm said there is damage that will initially restrict full access to the island.

"Several large trees are down, power outage is widespread, and debris is in the roadways," Salm said in a news release.

Only emergency personnel, utility companies, home owners, and non-residents with legitimate business purposes (with the exception of landscaping companies) are permitted back on the island.

Salm said the town will announce later when landscaping companies may re-enter. Full access to the Island is undetermined at this time.