THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
April 14, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Civic Association
Annual Meeting &
End-of-Season Celebration

CALL TODAY TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!
 
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
Thanks Our Partners
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Scripps Florida
The Everglades Foundation
Thanks Our Sponsors 
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Hospital for Special Surgery 
Linda R. Olsson, Inc., Realtor
 
TOWN of PALM BEACH
Palm Beach Council Approves New Recreation Center
Many residents made perhaps their last-ditch effort Wednesday to stop plans to build a new recreation center this summer.
Palm Beach Faced with Possible Change to Election or Caucus Date
2016 Primary Election turnout
A conflict between town and state municipal election laws could force the town to begin holding its elections in March instead of February, or move the annual Town Caucus to December instead of January.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Could Charge Contractors for False Fire Alarms
 
Palm Beach homeowners may no longer have to pay fines when their contractors accidentally set off fire alarms.
Construction Activity Slows in Palm Beach; Permit Revenue Down
As of Feb. 28, building permit revenue was slightly more than $2 million - down by $1 million, or about 30 percent, compared to the same period a year ago, according to town records. That was for the first five months of the budget year, which began Oct. 1.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Issue Over Dump Site Puts Lagoon Dredging Project on Hold
intracoastal chart
Work to create channels in the Lake Worth Lagoon to connect private docks in Palm Beach to the Intracoastal Waterway is on hold until officials agree on a site to dump the dredged muck.
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
UPDATE 4-13-2017 9 AM: President Trump's Easter Visit to Palm Beach
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
Based on information provided by the Secret Service, road closures will begin on Thursday, April 13th at 8 AM. The temporary road closures and adjusted traffic patterns around Mar-a-Lago will be in place through Sunday evening, April 16th.
Trump, Chinese President Security Tab Hit $1.5 Million, According to Sheriff's Office
It cost South Florida taxpayers about $1.5 million to provide security for President Donald Trump's meetings with the Chinese president along with the rest of his visit last week, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Palm Beach Officials: Trump's Visits Have Cost Town About $43K So Far
President Donald Trump's last three visits have cost the town thousands, but they were less expensive than his first three visits, according to the Palm Beach Police Department.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION EVENT
Civic Association Tours Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
Ann Norton tour 2017
The Civic Association toured the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. The event was sponsored by the Everglades Foundation. Enjoy the photos!
UNDERGROUNDING
Town's Motion to Dismiss Utilities Lawsuit to Get Hearing in June
A hearing has been scheduled later this spring in a South End resident's lawsuit seeking to void the result of the March 2016 referendum in which voters approved up to $90 million in bonds to finance an island-wide conversion to underground utilities.
ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA
Outdoor Seats Approved for Sant Ambroeus in Palm Beach
Sant Ambroeus
Outdoor dining will soon be returning to the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. The Town Council unanimously approved Sant Ambroeus' request to move 20 seats outdoors when weather permits. The restaurant's seating capacity will remain at 120. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Council Postpones Vote on Coyo Taco's Use Agreement 
Coyo Taco
The Town Council did not consider Coyo Taco's declaration of use agreement for the opening of a restaurant at the Royal Poinciana Plaza. The agreement, which incorporates conditions of approval set by the council, is pending. The matter was deferred by council  
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Developers Push for 25-Story Office Tower Near West Palm Waterfront
Supporters of the Related Cos. One Flagler office tower proposal packed City Hall on Wednesday as the developer pitched its top-tier, 25-story tower for a site near the downtown waterfront zoned for 5.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
PORT of  PALM BEACH
Port Needs New Railway Tracks, More Customs Agents for Trump Visits
Rep. Alcee Hastings
Rep. Alcee Hastings
The Port of Palm Beach has a new congressman - Rep. Alcee Hastings - and Wednesday port officials gave Hastings an overview of the port's operations and outlined some of its needs, from new railroad tracks to more customs inspectors when President Donald Trump is visiting.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Town of Palm Beach United Way Honors Multitasker Kessler
Michele and Howard Kessler
Michele and Howard Kessler
In a town like Palm Beach, which positively teems with distinguished citizens, how does an organization narrow it down to one honoree? For the Town of Palm Beach United Way, it was easy.
    
Michele Kessler, who has played almost every role in the organization from donor to committee member to chairwoman, was the recipient of its Alexis de  Tocqueville  Society's annual Distinguished Community Citizen Award. 

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 20, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday April 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Civic Association Annual Meeting & End-of-Season Celebration
Followed by Board of Directors Meeting at 11:15 AM
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
 
Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 27, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Friday, April 28, 10:00 am
Zika Task Force Meeting
Palm Beach Civic Association Community Room in the Paramount
 
Monday, May 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, May 4, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Public Works Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
FLAGLER BRIDGE
Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project Update
Flagler Bridge 4-17
Please be advised the Flagler Memorial Bridge will have nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, April 17, to Thursday, April 20, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. 
Read More (FDOT)
TAX & FINANCE
Palm Beach County Sets $50.4 Million 'Penny Tax' Projects Wish List
pennies
Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday approved $50.4 million for the first year of projects to be paid for by the 1-cent sales tax surcharge that voters approved in November.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
House Pursues Property Tax Cut
Tax Cut
Voters next year could be asked to expand Florida's homestead property-tax exemption, under a measure introduced Wednesday in the House that quickly drew objections from local governments.
Read More (Panama City News Herald)
Town: Homesteaded Properties Could See 2 Percent Tax Hike
This year, the Palm Beach County property appraiser's office has said taxable value will increase 2.1 percent for homesteaded properties, which fall under the Save Our Homes amendment, according to the town.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
LIGHT IT UP BLUE
Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach Goes Blue for Autism Awareness
Saks Autism
(Richard Graulich / Daily News)
Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach once again is participating in Light It Up Blue in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
BEACHES & SHORE PROTECTION
Florida House Pulls Back on $50 Million Beach Funding Goal
Beach Renourishment
The Florida House of Representatives is backing off a goal of increasing funding for the state's beaches, setting up a possible showdown with the Senate, which wants $50 million to renourish Florida's shores.
Read More (Naples Daily News)
Friends of 
Palm Beach
   
Keeping Our Beaches Clean

DATE:     April 15th
TIME:      9:00 am - 11:00 am

SIGN IN LOCATION
Dolphin Road
 
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
917-371-3028
 
diane@friendsofpalmbeach.com
ZIKA VIRUS
The Race is on to Stop a Zika Virus Epidemic in the US
Zika Mosquito
The weather is still cold in much of the United States, so many Americans have forgotten about the dangers that can accompany warm weather. 
Read More (CNBC)
HURRICANE
2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Calls
for Less Activity
Than 2016
2017 hurricane forcast
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be slightly below historical averages.
Read More (The Weather Channel)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Teen Saved from Rip Currents on Palm Beach as High Risk Continues
rip currents
According to the National Weather Service's Storm Events Database, 221 people have died in Florida because of rip currents between Jan. 1, 2000 and Jan. 1, 2017. In Palm Beach County, 20 people died in rip currents during the same time period.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
The Test that Saved
My Life
When Rebecca Gabriel turned 39 she became increasingly anxious.  Not because she was closer to turning 40, but for much more personal reasons. 
Read More (Good Samaritan)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Looks at Root Causes of Aging to Keep People Healthy Longer
Laura Niedernhofer
Laura Niedernhofer
Medical researchers are developing new kinds of ammunition that could soon be unleashed to fight the war on aging.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
The Everglades Foundation Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee Approval of EAA Reservoir
Everglades Agricultural Area
The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg issued a statement hailing the approval by the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee of revised Senate Bill 10.  
Read More (Everglades Foundation)
Palm Beach Recreation Department
To Visit
Recreation 
Department
Site
Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 
To See 
Chamber Events