THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
January 13, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
TOWN ELECTION 

Meet the Candidates at the
Civic Association
 
CANDIDATES DEBATE
Araskog & Klein
Julie Araskog                           Martin Klein

With Moderator
Jim Sackett
Retired WPTV5 News Anchor 

Everyone Welcome!

10 AM
 
Monday
January 23, 2017 

at the
Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea


Plus an Undergrounding Update
from Town Officials 
 
 
or 
Call 561-655-0820 
Araskog, Klein Talk About Platforms in Debate for Town Council Seat
Julie Araskog
Julie Araskog
Proven history versus new perspective seems to be a major theme of this year's contested Town Council race.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Council candidates Araskog, Klein report December finances
Martin Klein
Martin Klein
Palm Beach Town Council candidates combined to raise nearly $90,000 last month. Julie Araskog raised $63,700. Martin Klein received $25,836 in donations.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Latest Rec Center Design 
Proposal Approved
Renderings of the single-story building plan and other improvements to Seaview Park can be viewed at palmbeachrecreation.com ("Recreation Center Project").
Palm Beach North County Rd Shade Tree Project Update
 
Shoppers and walkers now have some shade when they stroll North County Road. A plaque was installed this week showing the names of the donors on the project. See photos, video, and list of donors.
UNDERGROUNDING
Town to Consider New Ways to 
Pay for Utility Burial
Two ongoing lawsuits are forcing Palm Beach to consider a different way to pay for the town-wide undergrounding project.
Palm Beach Undergrounding Project Over Budget, Broadband Could Help
Engineers and town staff say they need more time to figure out ways to lower the cost of the town's undergrounding project. 
TOWN COUNCIL
Palm Beach Approves Trump Request to Land Helicopter at Mar-a-Lago
President-elect and part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump received approval Tuesday from the Town Council to land a helicopter at his Mar-a-Lago Club when he's in town.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm House Project Gets
One-Year Extension 
The hotel-condominium at  160 Royal Palm Way  is at the center of  several lawsuits  including a federal suit alleging that the people and companies that own it are involved in a  $50 million international criminal scheme
Town Council to Appoint Member(s) to the Code Enforcement Board 
The Town of Palm Beach announces two regular members and one alternate Board member opening on the Town Code Enforcement Board effective April, 2017. 
Deadline Extension Sought in
Immokalee Legal Case
Protesters
Attorneys representing the Town of Palm Beach and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers filed a joint motion Friday in U.S. District Court asking for a deadline extension to file an objection to a recommendation a judge made in December regarding the farmworker group's claim that the town owes nearly $300,000 in attorney fees.
Council Lends Support to Loxahatchee National Wildlife
Refuge Cause 
About 20 people, of all ages, came before the Town Council looking for support to help preserve the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Members approved a resolution after hearing testimonies from students bird watchers, teachers and conservationists.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Palm Beach Board Recommends
Banning Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers could be on their way out of Palm Beach. The town's Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee recommended Thursday to ban landscape companies from using the noisy machines in Palm Beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
ZIKA VIRUS
Researchers Discover 2 New Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes in Florida
Two more tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes have been found on the U.S. mainland for the first time, caught in traps near Florida's Everglades.
Read More (Fox News)
PORT of PALM BEACH
Ciklin Elected Chairman of
Palm Beach Port
Blair J. Ciklin
Blair J. Ciklin
On January 3, 2017, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners elected its new Chairman, Blair J. Ciklin, the longest serving Port Commissioner in the United States having completed his 38th year as a Port of Palm Beach District Commissioner in 2016.
Read More (Marine Link)
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Transit Village Passes with
Tax Subsidy
Then Mayor Vetoes Subsidy
West Palm Mayor Vetoes $114 Million 
Subsidy for Transit Village 
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Mayor Jeri Muoio
 
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio vetoed a vote by city commissioners - the first time she has done so - that would have given $114 million in future tax revenue to a private developer.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Transit Village Prepares for
Construction
Transit Village
The 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use Transit Village secured a key step for its financing after the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency approved a $114 million deal supporting the project on Jan. 9.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Real Estate Tycoon Jeff Greene Delights in Collecting Art 
"Index" by Francis Picabia
Greene, 62, and a self-made billionaire real estate and energy investor, started collecting art five or six years ago. But his delight in the hundred or so works he's accumulated is evident.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Business Group to Host Panel on Aging
Dr. Michael Dennis
Dr. Michael Dennis
 
The Palm Beach Business Group will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at The Breakers where the topic will be "The Science of Age Reversal," living an extended life.
Dr. Michael Dennis, chairman of the Palm Beach Medical Society and a Civic Association director, will moderate a panel discussion.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Saturday, January 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friends of Palm Beaches - Beach Cleanup
Dolphin Road

Monday, January 16, Noon
Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon
The Breakers Palm Beach
 
Wednesday, January 18, 9:30 AM
Executive Committee
Civic Association Community Room 
 
Thursday, January 19, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
  
Monday, January 23, 10:00 AM 
Civic Association Town Council Candidates Debate and Undergrounding Update from the Town 
Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church
 
Wednesday, January 25, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers 
 
Monday, January 30, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers 
 
Thursday, February 2, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, February 2, 10:30 AM
PBCA Private Tour of The Four Arts Garden - Civic Members Only
The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza
 
Friday, February 3, 10:00 AM
Health Care Committee
Royal Poinciana Plaza
 
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Town Election
Local Polling Place
 
Saturday, February 11, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CPR Day
North, Central and South Fire Stations
IN MEMORIAM
LEWIS M. SCHOTT
The Palm Beach Civic Association is grateful for the exceptional life and service of our Honorary Director Lewis M. Schott who passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017. 
 
Lewis was a much-loved and highly respected member of the Palm Beach community.  He was an active supporter of the Palm Beach Civic Association and a member of the association's board of directors for more than 20 years. In 2010, he was named Civic Association Honorary Lifetime Director after serving on the association's executive committee from 1994 to 2009. 
TAX & FINANCE
Palm Beach County Set to Approve $3.4M in Hurricane Matthew Disaster Aid
Although Matthew spared South Florida serious damage, Palm Beach County officials say they incurred costs placing the emergency operations center on the highest level of alertness.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Support Grows to Ban Plastic Bags in Palm Beach County
The Town of Palm Beach added itself to the list of 25 municipalities and four counties already supporting the ban.
Palm Beach Bookstore Ad
Civic Association Season Kickoff Welcomes Lois Frankel
Mark Nosacka, Lois Frankel & Pepe Fanjul
Mark Nosacka, Lois Frankel & Pepe Fanjul
Frankel, a special guest at the Dec. 12 event in The Breakers' Circle Ballroom, weighed in on the new session of Congress.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Palm Beach Fire Rescue Announces CPR Day
Please plan on attending Hands-only CPR training for the public on Saturday, February 11, 2017, hosted by Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Welcomes Fresh Faces to Department
Meghan McCarthy Daily News
(Meghan McCarthy/Daily News)
Luis Aguilar, Thiago Barosa and Justin Millio will officially begin their careers in Palm Beach following a promotional ceremony where they will be recognized Jan. 26.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
BEACHES
Ebb and Fall of Ocean Returns Sand to Shore, Saving on Dredging
Nature has worked its wonders on north county beaches, giving beachgoers another season before the big dredge boats anchor offshore to bring back the sand scoured away by Hurricane Matthew.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Friends of
Palm Beach 
Keeping Our Beaches
Clean
DATE:     January14th
TIME:      9:00 am - 11:00 am
 
SIGN IN LOCATION
Dolphin Road

CONTACT
Diane Buhler
917-371-3028
Yacht Skipper's Court Hearing Delayed Until February
Thomas Henry Baker
Thomas Baker
A final court hearing for a Kentucky man who Palm Beach police have said ran his yacht onto a North End shore in September after drinking Long Island Iced Teas has been rescheduled for next month.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
French Wine Ad
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
Palm Beach County Launches Detox Program Aimed at Lowering Heroin Death Toll
Good Samaritan Medical Center is now sending the overdose-reversal drug naloxone home with patients who have been treated there for an opioid overdose.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientist Awarded $5 Million Outstanding Investigator Grant to Study the Biology of Memory  
Ron Davis
Ron Davis
The new eight-year grant will focus on the biological processes that underlie memory formation.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Everglades Restoration: Debate Rages over Plan to Spend $800 Million to Build a Massive Water Cleaning Reservoir
Everglades Agricultural Area
Should Florida buy land to save water? That simple question is shaping up to be a complicated and politically tangled debate.
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