THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
March 31, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Civic Association
Annual Meeting &
End-of-Season Celebration

State of Palm Beach Address
 
Mayor Gail Coniglio

Monday April 24, 2017 
10:00 AM

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
One Whitehall Way

Community Invited
Everyone Welcome

Directly following the Annual Meeting join us for the End of Season Celebration
- A Champagne & Mimosa Party -

Please RSVP 561-655-0820 
or register online at

CIVIC ASSOCIATION PARTNERS
The Everglades Foundation
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Scripps Florida
EVENT SPONSORS
Linda R Olsson, Inc. Realtor
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Hospital for Special Surgeries
 
UNDERGROUNDING
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
UN DERGROUNDING FORUM
2017 Undergrounding Meeting
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association 
More than 50 people filled the Palm Beach Civic Association's Community Room Wednesday to get the latest information and hear responses to their questions regarding the estimated $98.6 million project to bury the town's utility lines.  
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
TOURS THE EVERGLADES
NEW VIDEO: The Everglades Used to Have a Heartbeat - It Doesn't Anymore
airboat
"The Everglades was once looked upon as a worthless swamp," said Dr. Wendelberger. "It stood in the way of prosperity and opportunity in Florida, a wasteland destined to be drained, ditched, and diverted for farming and the housing of the earliest settlers and tourists."
 
That damage now has to be undone. 8 million water fresh water drinkers depend on it.
See More (Civic Association News)
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
President Trump in Palm Beach Thursday-Sunday 4/6-4/9  
Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping
The U.S.-China summit at Mar-a-Lago is official.

The White House and Chinese officials formally announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago on April 6 and 7. The visit will include a dinner hosted by the president and first lady Melania Trump on April 6.  President Trump will stay on after the Summit through Sunday. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Visits Heighten Cyberattack, Terrorism Threats, 
Mayor Says
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Mayor Jeri Muoio
Hackers have attempted to breach West Palm Beach's computers, and President Donald Trump's visits to the Weekend White House could continue to make the city a target, Mayor Jeri Muoio said Monday.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Congresswoman Lois Frankel Pushes for Reimbursement of
Trump Expenses
Rep. Lois Frankel
Standing in the shade of a bald cypress tree on Bingham Island, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel on Monday asked President Donald Trump to find a way to pay back the millions of dollars spent protecting him during his visits here, or to stop visiting.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Flight Paths Change Dramatically When Donald Trump is in 
Palm Beach | Graphic
flight restrictions
The blue skies over Palm Beach County are crowded with busy lanes of air travel in and out of the region's airports. But when Donald Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago estate, the lanes clear dramatically to skirt restrictions imposed to protect the airspace over the president.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
TOWN of PALM BEACH
Mayor: Local Governments Under Legislative Assault
Mayor Gail Coniglio
Mayor Gail Coniglio is sounding the alarm about proposed legislation before state lawmakers that she said would strip cities and towns of the ability to regulate matters best left in local hands.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Adopts Changes to General Employees'
Retirement Benefits
Town hall
Town employees can expect a boost to their pension benefits after the Town Council adopted a new plan Tuesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Zoning Board Aims to Preserve Conservation Districts 
Bingham Island
 
The town is developing zoning to protect conservation areas from unwanted recreational uses and development.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
ZIKA VIRUS
South Florida's Zika Battle Plan Includes Beefing Up Public Labs, Mosquito Control
Florida Zika Virus
South Florida's battle plan for Zika, expected to rebound with the rainy season, includes more boots on the ground to inspect and fumigate for mosquitoes, more lab resources to speed up test turnaround times and the promise of a more collegial collaboration between the federal and state governments.
Read More (Miami Herald)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Palm Beach's Michele Kessler Honored as 'a True Philanthropist'  
Michele and Howard Kessler
Michele & Howard Kessler
Michele Kessler, who has played almost every role at the Town of Palm Beach United Way, from donor to committee member to chairwoman, was the surprised recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society's annual Distinguished Community Citizen Award.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 6, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, April 12, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 13, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 20, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM
Annual Meeting and End-of-Season Celebration
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
 
Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers

BRIDGES
Mind the Gap: Flagler Bridge Lane Closure Coming
Flagler Bridge Lane Closure
The Flagler Memorial Bridge will have nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 5, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Southern Blvd
Bridges Construction Begins 
Construction begins April 3 on a $93 million project to replace the Southern Boulevard Bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon.
BEACHES
Breakers' Coastal Plan Gets Chilly Reception from Palm Beach
The Breakers failed to persuade the town's Shore Protection Board on Thursday to embrace its plan for combating rapid shore erosion in front of the resort and southward to the Clarke Avenue and Midtown beaches.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
PALM BEACH COUNTY
County Construction Hiring Roars Back, Drops Unemployment Rate
Palm Beach County construction employment, missing in action for much of the economic recovery, finally is on the rebound.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
House Panel Pulls High-Speed Rail Bill, Brightline Takes Victory Lap
A House committee abruptly postponed its vote Tuesday on a proposed bill regulating high-speed passenger trains like All Aboard Florida's Brightline, raising questions about the future of the legislation.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
TAX & FINANCE
Kill PIP: Bill to End Costly No-Fault Insurance System Passes Panel
pip insurance
After almost half a century, Florida drivers would no longer be forced to pay for expensive and fraud-prone no-fault car insurance that duplicates their health coverage under a bill that passed a state House subcommittee 12-2 Monday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Pharmacy Students to Host Medication Day
Medication
Palm Beach Fire Rescue is having a medication checkup day on April 1, where residents can visit any fire station for medication counseling.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Residents Taught Lifesaving Tactics at Stop the Bleed Event
Stop the Bleed
Patients can die from bleeding in five to seven minutes but applying pressure to a wound can save lives, experts say.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Researchers Discover Key to Drug Resistance in Common Breast Cancer Treatment
Kendall Nettles
Kendall Nettles
Three-quarters of all breast cancer tumors are driven by the hormone estrogen. These tumors are frequently treated with drugs to suppress estrogen receptor activity, but unfortunately, at least half of patients do not respond to these treatments, leaving them with drug-resistant tumors and few options.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
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