THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
March 9, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
Trump May Bypass Palm Beach to Pitch Health Care Bill in Kentucky
Despite having a military C5 cargo plan here at PBIA earlier this week, the president may not come to Mar-a-Lago this weekend.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Wednesday of planned flight restrictions for "VIP movement" in the Louisville, Ky., area for Saturday. A Louisville International Airport spokeswoman later confirmed a Saturday visit, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Public Safety Plans for
Presidential Visits
Kirk Blouin
Kirk Blouin
By Michele Dargan, Special for Civic Association News
Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin wants residents to know that his department - along with other federal, state and local agencies - are working diligently to solve traffic gridlock and other issues arising out of President Donald Trump's visits to Palm Beach.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Trump's Winter White House Visits Hamper Some Businesses in Palm Beach, Help Others
Mar-a-Lago
For some in Palm Beach County, Trump's decision to head south for the weekend is a definite boon for business for others it hurts.
Palm Beach Pays $27,000 to Officers for Trump Visits in February
Police
A big chunk of the additional police time and pay went for policing a Feb. 4 protest against Trump on the Southern Boulevard Causeway, along the route between the Palm Beach International Airport and Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. That cost a total of $13,961, including $10,243 for overtime.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
UNDERGROUNDING
Utilities Task Force: 
Hire Expert  to Review Plan 
Ditch Witch
 
Council to consider 'peer review' to bring down costs of project.
Palm Beach Working to Get Easements for First Phase of
Utility Project 
With the clocking ticking toward construction, the town is scrambling to obtain easements needed to bury utility lines during the first phase of a town-wide conversion to underground utilities.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Neighborhood Underground Utilities Work in Palm Beach Progressing
Work to bury utility lines on the  south side of Nightingale Trail and  the north side of La Puerta Way is  humming along toward a fall  completion, officials say.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION UN DERGROUNDING FORUM
 
Find Out What's Going On 
Get Your Questions Answered

Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM
Civic Association Community Room

Limited Seating!
Call for Reservations
561-655-0820  
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Palm Beach Condo Project Obtains $201M Construction Loan
Bristol Palm Beach Condo Tower
The Bristol Palm Beach condo tower located at 1100 S. Flagler Drive along the Intracoastal Waterway at the base of the bridge leading to wealthy Palm Beach will have 69 units.
Read More (South Florida Business Journal)
Getting Around Without Getting a Headache; West Palm Launches Study
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West Palm Beach's mobility study is off and running - and walking, biking and bus-, train- and trolley-riding. And parking.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
ZIKA VIRUS
Florida Reports Three Zika Cases in Miami as CDC says virus Increased Birth Defects
Florida Zika Virus
Florida health officials on Thursday reported three more cases of the virus that were locally acquired in Miami-Dade - two infections dating to October 2016 and the first one of 2017.
Read More (Miami Herald)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS / MEMBERS
IN THE NEWS

Several Civic Association Directors/Members in Line for Ambassadorships
Robin Bernstein
Robin Bernstein
If Palm Beach resident Robin Bernstein gets her Dominican Republic ambassadorial nod - and she very likely will - her summers are going to be a whole lot different. Her husband Richard is a Civic Association director.
 
Other Civic Association directors/members who have been nominated for ambassadorships:
 
Brian Burns (Ireland) - PBCA Director
Diana Ecclestone (Barbados) - wife of PBCA Director Llwyd Ecclestone
Patrick Park (Austria) 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Bob Wright: "Keep at it" During 
Autism Speaks Walk
Bob Wright Autism Speaks Walk 2017
Bob Wright
This year's Autism Speaks Palm Beach Walk happened in downtown West Palm Beach and the event drew thousands of people to the waterfront and raised money for medical research to help families with children on the autism spectrum.
Read More (Civic Association News)
After Losing Wife, Former NBC Head Tackles Pancreatic Cancer 
Doctors discovered Suzanne Wright's pancreatic cancer after she complained of stomach pain. Nine months later, she was dead at age 69.

It's an all-too-common outcome for patients with pancreatic cancer, a malady with a brutally efficient mortality rate. Pancreatic cancer kills fully 91 percent of its victims.

Mrs. Wright's widower, former NBC head and current Civic Association CEO Bob Wright, has vowed to tackle pancreatic cancer. He launched the Suzanne Wright Foundation in November and aims to raise $3 million to boost public awareness about the disease.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Confrontation is Not the Solution to America's Problems 
Dr. Michael Dennis
Dr. Michael Dennis
Bob Dylan, who wrote "The Times They Are a'Changin," was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last year. In fact, Dylan reinforced the concept by uniquely failing to attend the prestigious ceremony in Stockholm. Indeed, there are disturbing changes occurring.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, March 15, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 16, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 16, 12:00 PM
Annual Spring Board of Directors Meeting & Luncheon
The Sailfish Club
Civic Association Board of Directors Only 
 
Thursday, March 16, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, March 22, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 23, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
CIVIC ASSOCIATION UNDERGROUNDING FORUM
Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM
Civic Association Community Room
 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Private Tour of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
2051 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
Civic Association Members Only 
DAYLIGHT
SAVINGS
TIME BEGINS
THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 12 at 2 AM. It's time to turn your clocks one hour forward. 2 AM becomes 3 AM.
SOUTHERN BLVD. BRIDGE
FDOT Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement 
Open House
Southern Blvd. Bridge
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
St. Catherine 
Greek Orthodox  Church Cultural Center
110 Southern Boulevard,
West Palm Beach, FL, 33405
 
Southern Bridge Work on Track, Despite Proximity to 
Mar-a-Lago
A $93 million project to replace the Southern Boulevard Bridge will begin next month as planned.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
- Members Only -
Private Tour 
of the
Magical Ann Norton
Sculpture Gardens
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
2051 South Flagler Drive, WPB
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
3:00pm - 4:30pm
    
Space is limited 
Reservations Required
please call (561) 655-0820 
   
Graciously Sponsored by:
Everglades Foundation
ENVIRONMENT
Balloon Releases Banned in Palm Beach
from ballonsblow.org
Though cheerful additions to birthday parties, graduations and the like, balloons pose a dire threat to birds, sea turtles and other animals that mistake them for food after they're released.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lawmakers Seek Cash from '14 Conservation Amendment for Beach Projects
Palm Beach shore line
Beach restoration is the latest area targeted for a slice of the money voters set aside a little over two years ago, for environmental preservation.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
New Sand Added at Midtown Beach
Beach Renourishment
Developer DDG, working on a condo project at 3550 S. Ocean Blvd. in South Palm Beach, gave free sand to be placed on town beaches, and Midtown was the recipient.
Read more (Palm Beach Daily News)
HURRICANE
New 'Hurricane Hunter' Base on Schedule for Storm Season
Hurricane Hunters
The new home base for the U.S. government's "hurricane hunter" aircraft is on schedule to open before the Atlantic hurricane season begins.
Read More (US News and World Report)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Fighting Blindness: TSRI Scientists Bring a Key Protein into Focus 
Kirill Martemyanov & Yuchen Wang
Kirill Martemyanov & Yuchen Wang
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how a protein called α2δ4 establishes proper vision. 
Read More (Scripps Florida)
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Everglades Foundation Backers Hear 'Pinball Wizard' Daltrey Rock Gala
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roger Daltrey was the featured entertainer at the 12th annual ForEverglades Palm Beach benefit for the Everglades Foundation.
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
Good Samaritan Medical Center Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer 
Cheryl Wild RN
Cheryl Wild
Good Samaritan Medical Center welcomes Cheryl Wild RN, MSN, MBA, as its new chief nursing officer.
Read More (Good Samaritan)
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