May 25, 2018
By Tony Doris, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

It’s not a parking meter. It’s not a homelessness donation meter.

It’s a sunscreen dispenser.

The cheery, yellow dispenser, the subject of a mayoral ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Pavilion on Monday, now can be found by the waterfront visitor center next to the Great Lawn, or sometimes by the park fountain.

The Sunscreen Application Machine was provided courtesy of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Dr. Steven Rosenberg of Palm Beach Dermatology, and the National Skin Foundation. The Melanoma Foundation plans to install other dispensers downtown, with contributions from local donors.

The free dispensers are meant to protect residents and visitors from skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S., Stacy Ostrau, executive director of the foundation, said. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is in most cases caused by exposure to sun.

Sunscreen dispensers are the latest initiative of the 23-year-old foundation, which focuses on educating students on sun protection and techniques for early detection of skin cancer.

Other dispensers can be found in Juno Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton and St. Petersburg.