THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
November 4, 2016 
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2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Proposed Sales Tax Hike Raises Discourse at Palm Beach Political Forum
Voters will decide on Nov. 8 who will be the next president, Hillary Clinton or part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump. But there's another big ballot question facing residents - whether to hike the county's sales tax by one cent, to 7 cents on the dollar, for 10 years. On Monday, more than 150 people at a political forum in Palm Beach heard arguments on both sides of the proposal, which would generate $2.7 billion over a decade.
2016 General Election
In Person Early Voting
October 24 - November 6
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

ZIKA VIRUS
Zika Virus Prevention Kits Available to Residents
In partnership with the Palm Beach Civic and Citizens' Associations, the Town of Palm Beach will provide a limited number of "Zika Prevention Kits'. Residents can pick up a prevention kit at Town Hall or the North Fire Station between 10:00am and 4:00pm beginning November 3rd.  
Second Miami Beach Police Officer Infected with Zika Virus
Miami Beach Police
 
A second Miami Beach Police Officer has contracted the Zika virus, according to the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police. The organization announced the second case in a press release Tuesday. The officer was not identified, but the fraternal order said the officer works in the city's "Zika Zone".
TOWN of PALM BEACH
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. Recreation Director Beth Zickar and the town's team of architects appeared before the commission for the first time to seek approval to demolish the existing Palm Beach Recreation Center on Seaview Avenue and replace it with the Morton and Barbara Mandel Community Center.

Recreation Center Forum in Palm Beach Draws About 100 People
Palm Beach and its architect are rethinking designs for a new community center after dozens of residents have raised concerns over the past two weeks. About 100 people attended a public forum Tuesday night to share their opinions and a few more attended a Recreation Advisory Commission meeting this morning to do the same.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Update on Proposed New Community Center and Improvements to Seaview Park
Email your suggestions to the Town and attend the next meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 11:00 am in the Town Hall Council Chambers.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
UNDERGROUNDING
Tell the Town: What Underground Technology Is Needed for
Internet, TV, & Phone?
Town-Wide Broadband Assessment Study: Take this survey to help the Town understand what your needs are for underground and wireless telecommunication technology. In order to explore the potential opportunities that undergrounding of utilities may provide in bringing enhanced Broadband service to the Town, the UUTF recommended and the Town Council approved, the performance of a Broadband Infrastructure Assessment.
Read More (Civic Association News)

Some South End Residents Question
Spending on Utility Plan
If some South End residents had their way, the town would pull the plug on its plan to bury all utilities. More than 30 residents attended a public meeting Wednesday at the South Fire Station.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
BEACHES
Shore Protection Board Recommends Palm Beach Study Flood Risks
The town may hire a consultant to assess its flood risk. The Shore Protection Board unanimously decided Thursday to recommend that the Town Council pay $100,000 to Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Group for an island-wide "coastal vulnerability evaluation." Woods Hole completed a peer review of the town's long-term coastal protection plan in 2013.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Volunteers Remove Trash from Palm Beach Shoreline
Volunteers removed more than 260 pounds of trash from Midtown Beach over the weekend as part of the Friends of Palm Beach cleanup event. More than 40 people, including students from Rosarian Academy, Wellington High and Palm Beach Atlantic University, participated on a gusty Saturday morning.
Matthew's Effect on Sea Turtle Season Remains to be Seen

Sea-turtle nesting season ends today, and the effects of Hurricane Matthew had on this year's activity remains to be seen. Coastal lighting ordinances require oceanfront property owners to shield or redirect lights illuminating any area of the coastline from March 1 through Oct. 31. 
Breakers Expected to Propose Coastal Work to Fight Beach Erosion
The Breakers is expected to be back before the Shore Protection Board next month to discuss plans to combat beach erosion near the resort, town officials said Thursday. The Breakers and the Lauder family said in January that they had hired a consultant to examine possible solutions. In April, the resort talked about applying for environmental permits to allow it to modify coastal protection structures such as groins and breakwaters.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Amid Outcry, West Palm Mayor Nixes Plan for Waterfront Skyscrapers 
West Palm Beach is dropping plans to allow 30-story office towers near the Intracoastal Waterway, after a public outcry to keep the downtown waterfront's low profile. "We are now 'going back to the drawing board' to rethink how to add this office space in the Flagler Financial District while keeping in mind our stakeholders' feedback," Mayor Jeri Muoio said Thursday in an online newsletter.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $

MEETINGS & EVENTS
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

Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, November 17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Friday, November 18, 9:00 AM
Retirement Board of Trustees Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Friday, November 18, 2:30 PM
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
NORTH COUNTY ROAD TREE PROJECT
VIDEO: Palm Beach North County Rd Shade Tree Project Update
Shoppers and walkers will have some shade when they stroll North County Road this season. John David Corey, head of Palm Beach Walks, the Palm Beach Civic Association, and the Town of Palm Beach worked together to plant the trees. 
TAX & FINANCE
Five New Schools Baked into Sales
Tax Proposal
Palm Beach School district
At Forest Hill High in West Palm Beach the rolls have grown so much that 24 teachers have no classroom to call their own, they float into rooms emptied when another teacher goes on break. 
TRAFFIC
South Florida's Plan for Traffic: 'We're Going to Make Them Suffer'
Faced with ever-increasing traffic jams, South Florida's public officials have come up with a plan: Make it worse. Instead of fixing the problem, government officials are deliberately adding to it in hopes we'll all walk, ride the bus or take the train.
Construction and Traffic Report for the Week of October 31, 2016
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Weekly Construction Traffic Forecast for the week of October 31.
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
International Team Unveils First Atomic-Level Image of the Human 'Marijuana Receptor' 
Laura Bohn
Laura Bohn
In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana.
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Everglades Foundation bus tour stops in Palm Beach
Everglades Foundation Bus
Foundation representatives came to Town Hall Monday morning promoting its #NowOrNeverGlades campaign to muster support for creating a large water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that would protect local estuaries from algae-producing discharges.
Harmful Lake Okeechobee Flows into St. Lucie Estuary
End Today 
The harmful Lake Okeechobee water dumps into the St. Lucie Estuary will end today, following drier weather that allowed lake levels to slip to 15.4 feet above sea level.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Historic Properties Workshop
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is putting on a free Historic Properties Workshop this year on the documentation of historic homes.
    
NOVEMBER 17
9AM to 12PM
    
SOLO ART EXHIBIT
Featuring artist Gisele Weisman's award-winning
Garment Sculptures, Bronzes, 3-D on Canvas, and Painting.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
3:00-5:30 PM
Pierce-Archer LLC,
235 Peruvian Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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