The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
October 14, 2016
By Michele Dargan, A Civic Association Special Report
In what many are calling the most contentious presidential election in history, the November 8 ballot pits Democrat Hillary Clinton, a career politician and the first woman at the top of the ticket, against Republican political newcomer and part-time Palm Beach resident, Donald J. Trump. 
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Civic Association Members watch your mailbox for the Civic Association Voters Guide that was mailed today!
Federal Judge Extends Florida Deadline to Register to Vote Now Oct. 18
A federal judge further extended the deadline to register to vote in Florida until next Tuesday after Hurricane Matthew hit the state's eastern coast last week, a potential boost to Democrats in a crucial swing state. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled the deadline to register to vote was now extended until Oct. 18.
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Voters to Decide if These Judges Keep Jobs:
State Supreme Court, Appeal Jurists
Face Merit Retention Votes
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Nine judges on the November ballot will have no opponents, but voters will still get to decide whether they get to keep their jobs. In what is known as a merit-retention election, a system devised to combat long-standing corruption in the judiciary, voters will be asked simply to give a thumbs up or down to three Florida Supreme Court justices and six members of the West Palm Beach-based 4th District Court of Appeal.
Property Tax Exemptions May Grow: 
Amendments Would Assist Disabled First Responders, Seniors     
Property Tax
Florida voters on Nov. 8 will decide whether to extend property tax breaks to first responders disabled in the line of duty and expand them for low-income seniors who have lived in their homes for at least 25 years. The two ballot questions were both placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature and are among the four proposed constitutional amendments to be considered by voters. All proposed amendments must receive a yes vote from at least 60 percent of voters to pass. 
Hurricane Matthew Radar
Palm Beach Wants Residents' Feedback About Hurricane Matthew
Palm Beach wants feedback from residents about its preparation for and response to Hurricane Matthew. The town said in a release this afternoon that it is seeking comments and suggestions about the storm, which forced residents and members of the business community to evacuate last week.
UPDATE: Palm Beach Officials: Storm Causes "Minimal" Erosion at Beaches
Courtesy Palm Beach Post
Town officials were concerned the beaches would take a beating as the Category 4 storm passed by. "We are in much better shape than we had anticipated," Brazil said.
Palm Beach Town Officials Praise Employees for Storm Prep Effort
Gail Coniglio
Mayor Gail Coniglio and Town Council members on Monday heaped praise on town employees for the vital role they played in protecting residents and property from Hurricane Matthew. Audience members applauded town employees after Coniglio extended her thanks to everyone from the senior leadership team down to the "boots on the ground".
Hurricane Matthew Destroyed 800 Sea Turtle Nests, Scientists Say
Courtesy Palm Beach Post
About 800 sea turtle nests along northern Palm Beach County beaches were lost to Hurricane Matthew, experts at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center said. But during a record-breaking year for nesting, the impact is minimal, experts said.
Local Businessman Called into Action Again for Island Hurricane Support 
Gail Coniglio
Scott Lewis and his non-profit Eagles Wings Foundation Pathfinders Task Force were activated again in the Bahamas and Haiti to provide assistance before, during, and after Hurricane Matthew.

Mr. Lewis's team conducted search and rescue, damage assessments, and logistical support of relief supplies. 
Beached Yacht Removed In Time - Now Time for Owner to Pay Palm Beach
Time Out removed
The Town of Palm Beach wants Thomas Baker to pay up after he ran a yacht aground on the island last month. "At this point we've been directed to use what means we deem necessary to recover the town's funds," Palm Beach Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said.  News reports have said Mr. Baker received funds from his insurance company.
Town Sends First
Underground Utilities Newsletter
Undergrounding Today
With construction starting in May, the town is ramping up communications with residents and businesses about a plan to bury all utilities on the island within 10 years. A new website,, launched last Monday, said Rick Asnani of Cornerstone Solutions, the communications firm hired by the town to keep the public informed about the project.
Town Council to Appoint Members to the
Shore Protection Board
The Town announces that the Town Council will be making appointments of two (2) positions on the Shore Protection Board in December 2016.  
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Palm Beach Sets Limits for
Boca Raton Lagoon Project
dredging port of palm beach
North End residents who live near the Lake Worth Lagoon and Port of Palm Beach can expect construction noise, and tug boat and dredge operations, again this fall and winter.  
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Board Backs Storage Areas in Commercial Districts 
Paul Castro
Paul Castro

Landlords and tenants in Palm Beach's commercial districts could soon be allowed to use their space for storage, as long as doing so doesn't interfere with shopping.  
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Nancy Brinker
Komen Atlanta marks 25 years of caring for women with
breast cancer 
Despite the cruel volatility and vagaries of breast cancer, I'm told the disease is pretty consistent.  But except for the month of October, when all the stops are pulled out in an awareness campaign, we hear little about all the work that has been done since Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister in 1982 to do everything in her power to put an end to the disease.  
David Koch
David Koch
Forbes 400: David Koch Leads Palm Beach Names; Trump Ranks 156th
With an estimated individual net worth of $42 billion, Koch can once again claim the title of richest billionaire in Palm Beach, according to the just-released Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.
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Lisbeth Barron
Lisbeth Barron
The Musical Company Opens for Business!
Palm Beach native Lisbeth R. Barron, Chairman and CEO of Barron International Group, was the exclusive financial advisor on a ground-breaking, innovative new partnership announced today. The joint venture -- The Musical Company ("TMC") - is a new partnership between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Concord Bicycle Music.

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Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
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Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
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Court Won't Hear
Testa Case, Likely
Ending Palm Beach
Legal Battle
A lawsuit that has kept the Testa redevelopment project on hold for more than a year might finally be over. The Florida 4th District Court of Appeal has denied a petition for writ of certiorari. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Approves Plan to Spray for Mosquitoes that Carry Zika
Mosquito Truck
The Town Council approved on Monday a plan to kill the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus by treating catch basins of standing water with larvacide and by spraying town-wide to kill adult mosquitoes. 
Florida Zika Cases Edge Closer to 1,000; 2 New Tampa Bay Infections Confirmed
Zika Tracker
The total number of confirmed Zika virus cases in Florida rose to 980 on Tuesday.
CDC: Zika Virus Led to 21 Babies with Birth Defects in U.S.
microcephaly drawing
There are 3,625 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in the United States; locally-transmitted cases of the virus continue to be confined to Florida.
Most Palm Beach County Property Owners Will Pay Higher Taxes
Property Tax Increasing
When tax bills arrive in November, most Palm Beach County residents will find themselves paying more to the cities where they live. 
Up for Vote: Whether to Increase Palm Beach County Sales Tax to 7%
Palm Beach County voters will be asked Nov. 8 to make a $2.7 billion decision: whether to raise the county's sales tax by a percentage point for 10 years. 
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of October 10 
Download a copy of the construction traffic report for the week of October 10 by clicking on the link below.
Work Stoppage for Hurricane Makes Nov. 1 Bridge Lane Deadline Unlikely
Flagler Bridge 7-16
The team managing the Flagler Memorial Bridge replacement project is "still striving" to open two drive lanes - one eastbound and one westbound - on the new $100 million bridge by Nov. 1, according to Geoffrey Parker, senior project engineer. But the work shutdown caused by Hurricane Matthew has likely jeopardized that goal, Parker said Tuesday.
Narrow North End Lane in Palm Beach to be Widened
Cherry Lane
A North End residential street will be widened along with drainage improvements after residents told the Town Council last month that the street is too narrow to safely accommodate two-way traffic.
TSRI's Peter Schultz Wins Prestigious Heinrich Wieland Prize
Peter Schultz
Peter Schultz
Peter Schultz, president of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been awarded the international Heinrich Wieland Prize, one of Germany's most prestigious scientific prizes.
Evaluation of the South Florida Water Management District's Plan to Increase Freshwater Flows to Florida Bay
Florida Bay is the ultimate recipient of freshwater flow from the Everglades, which was historically fed by rainfall and spillover from Lake Okeechobee.  
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