THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
October 28, 2016
ELECTION
Candidates Present their Platforms to Palm Beachers at Civic Association Forum
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association
More than 150 people packed into Nick and Johnnie's restaurant Monday to hear many of the candidates on the November 8 Palm Beach ballot make their case to voters. The "Meet Your Candidates" forum was sponsored by the Palm Beach Civic Association and the Citizens' Association of Palm Beach. The event was sold out and waitlisted for days. 
Ballot Questions Explained During Civic Association Candidate Meet and Greet  
Todd Bonlarron,
Asst. County Admin.
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association 
At Monday's Meet Your Candidates forum, Todd Bonlarron, an assistant county administrator, deciphered the confusing language contained in the five questions on the November 8 ballot. In addition to Mr. Bonlarron, Joseph Rooney, acting president and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and Fred Scheibl, of the Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board, gave their differing perspectives on the countywide proposal to increase the sales tax by one percent. Rooney is for the tax and Scheibl is against it.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Early Voting Off to a Fast Start in Palm Beach County and Statewide 
  In a hint of a robust turnout in the Nov. 8 election, nearly 17,000 people cast ballots Monday, the first of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County, according to an unofficial box score from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections. It's more than the 15,525 who voted early on the first of eight days for the November 2012 general election and accounts for 13 percent of the total of 124,896.
2016 General Election
In Person Early Voting
October 24 - November 6
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

ZIKA VIRUS
Zika Kits Completed - Distribution to Town of Palm Beach Residents Next Week
In a whirlwind of activity today in the Civic Association Community Conference Room by a team of the Zika Task Force and volunteers from the Fire Department, residents, and Civic Association directors and members; a thousand Zika Kits were packaged and ready to distribute next week.
Read More (Civic Association News) 
Palm Beach Mosquito Spraying for Zika Goes According to Plan
Mosquito Truck
The overnight mosquito spraying was a success, Councilwoman Maggie Zeidman said Monday (10/24) morning. Crews with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management were on the island between midnight and 5 a.m. spraying insecticide from the back of a truck. The Town Council approved the spraying earlier this month to help reduce the mosquito population that carries the Zika virus.
Civic Association Helps Volunteers to Pack Kits to Help Combat Zika Mosquitoes in Palm Beach
Maggie Zeidman
Maggie Zeidman

Volunteers are encouraging residents to join the fight against the mosquito that carries the Zika virus, and they are providing tools to help them do so. On Thursday, volunteers will assemble 1,000 "Zika kits" that will be available to the public next week at the Civic Association offices, the town's three fire stations and Town Hall, Town Councilwoman Margaret Zeidman said.
Zika Virus Will 'Become Endemic,' CDC Leader Says
Dr. Tom Frieden
Dr. Tom Frieden
The nation's highest ranking infectious disease expert delivered some sobering news on Zika to a Miami audience on Tuesday, telling them that the mosquito-borne virus is more widespread than Florida health officials have reported and that the rapid spread of pathogens such as Zika represents "the new normal" in an age of global travel and trade, booming cities and climate change.
TOWN of PALM BEACH
Palm Beach Officials Weigh Ideas from Residents Post-Matthew
Town officials announced on Oct. 11 that they wanted to hear residents' thoughts on how the town prepared for and responded to the storm, which forced evacuations and left hundreds without power in the days after its near-miss with the coast. More than 25 people responded to the request since then, most within the first two days.
Rec Center Plans Stall After Nearly Two Dozen Residents Complain  
The town's proposal for a new recreation center is too big and takes away too much green space, residents and Architectural Commission members told staff Wednesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Town Council Meeting Actions


To view the summary of actions taken at October's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.

BEACHED YACHT
Palm Beach to Fight Lawsuit, Beached Yacht Owner Seeking $500,000
Palm Beach officials said Friday the town and its police department will fight a lawsuit filed this week by the man who ran his 72-foot yacht aground on a North End shore last month. Attorneys representing Thomas Henry Baker Jr. filed the lawsuit late Thursday in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges the town and the Palm Beach Police Department owes Baker a half-million dollars in damages because they failed to impound his yacht, named the Time Out, when they arrested him for boating under the influence on Sept. 7.
Yacht Owner a No-Show; Boating Under Influence Hearing Rescheduled
Thomas Henry Baker
Thomas Henry Baker
A criminal case against the yacht owner who is suing the Town of Palm Beach and its police department was delayed in court when he and his attorney didn't show up for a hearing today. Baker pleaded not guilty to the BUI charge on Oct. 5 and was scheduled for a hearing this morning, but an apparent mixup caused confusion between his attorney Heather Harris and the court.
REAL ESTATE
Third Quarter Wasn't Much of a Charm, Real Estate Reports Show
 
Was it a case of the summer doldrums? The phrase aptly describes the Palm Beach real estate sales that closed - or didn't - in July, August and September, according to sales reports released this week by three real estate agencies that do business on the island.
Bank of America Building Sells for $23 Million
In West Palm Beach 
The Bank of America Centre in West Palm Beach sold Oct. 14 for $23 million to a group that plans to bring medical offices to the waterview property, including Jupiter Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital of New York. The 10-story, 110,000-square-foot office building overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway at 625 N. Flagler Drive.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Nancy Brinker
Nancy Brinker Enjoys Life of Advocacy, Small-Town Charm of Palm Beach
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, the nation's largest private funder of breast cancer research, treatment and education, is one of Palm Beach's most recognized residents. In addition to putting the "power of pink" to work globally, Brinker has been on the world stage as U.S. ambassador to Hungary (2001-2003) and White House chief of protocol for President George W. Bush (2007-2009).
Jeff Greene
Jeff Greene
Meeting with Facebook Founder Leads to Greene School Opportunity
 
The future of education is launching next school year at the Greene School. The school, founded by Palm Beach resident Jeff Greene and his wife, Mei Sze, is one of just three schools in the nation selected to participate in a pilot partnership program with AltSchool.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday, November 1, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, November 3, 2:00 PM
Finance and Taxation Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, November 8, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, November 8, 7 AM - 7 PM
General Election
Local Polling Place
 
Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, November 10, 9:00 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards (ORS) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, November 11
VETERANS DAY

UNDERGROUNDING
Palm Beach Encouraged by How Nearby Town's Buried Lines Weathered Hurricane Matthew 
Jupiter Inlet Colony
When Hurricane Jeanne roared through in 2004, the little town of Jupiter Inlet Colony lost power for 11 days. Then came Frances a few weeks later, knocking out power for another week. The next year, Wilma took out the power for more than five days. The affluent hamlet at the southern tip of Jupiter Island responded by burying all of its utilities about five years ago.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
FLAGLER BRIDGE
Lanes on New Flagler Bridge Will Not Open Before Mid-November
Flagler Bridget Construction
Hurricane Matthew's effects on Palm Beach were minimal, aside from limited power failures and some twisted and uprooted foliage. But the near-miss with the storm did push back the expected opening of two drive lanes on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge.  
TRAFFIC
Construction and Traffic Report for the Week of October 24, 2016
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Weekly Construction Traffic Forecast for the week of October 24.
PEANUT ISLAND
Palm Beach County Looks to Take Over Control of JFK Bunker
President John F. Kennedy had a plan if the Doomsday Clock struck midnight while he vacationed in Florida, and nuclear warheads rained down on the free world.  
PORT of PALM BEACH
Port of Palm Beach Waives Cargo Fees for Caribbean Hurricane Relief Efforts
In an effort to help those devastated by Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Palm Beach Commission has agreed to waive all cargo fees for Caribbean humanitarian relief supply shipments for six months.  
HURRICANE
Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Since 2012 Could Yield Additional Storms Through November
2016 Hurricane Season
The 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin is the most active since 2012, and with around six weeks remaining in the season, additional storms may be added to the tally.
Friends of
Palm Beach -
Keeping our Beaches Clean
DATE:    October 29th
TIME:    9:00 am - 11:00 am
 
SIGN IN LOCATION 
Charley's Crab, 
456 S. Ocean Blvd.
 
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
917-371-3028 

SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientists Uncover New Facets of Zika-Related Birth Defects to Help Develop Treatment
Hyeryun Choe
Hyeryun Choe
In a study that could one-day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate the development of treatments.
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Everglades Advocates Launch 'NowOrNeverglades' Tour to Win Support for
Land Buy
Now or Neverglades
Can the Florida Everglades become a political weapon?  
GOOD SAMARITAN
Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives Recognition as a Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery™
Good Samaritan Medical Center's certified breast surgeons are expanding options for women in Palm Beach County and surrounding communities with a procedure that effectively treats cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.  
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