The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
December 29, 2016
Flagler Bridge Partially Open 
Traffic Management Improvements Near Flagler Memorial Bridge
Town staff held a field meeting with the Flagler Memorial Bridge contractor (PCL) to review the results of actions previously taken to address the traffic delays which resulted from the partial opening of the new bridge and the implementation of new traffic patterns.
Palm Beach, Secret Service Officials Mum on Road Closure Cause
secret service motocade
Federal and town officials are mum this week about what caused a traffic detour on South Ocean Boulevard near President-elect Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club.
Palm Beach to Ban or Heavily Restrict Medical Pot
Medical marijuana
Medical Marijuana
The town is poised to adopt a law banning medical marijuana centers or, should the state not allow the prohibition, tightly regulating them. Two ordinances putting strict regulations in place are scheduled to go before the Town Council in January for a final vote.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Palm Beach Updating Plan for Growth
Town of Palm Beach Town Hall
Town Hall
Palm Beach is moving ahead with an update of its comprehensive plan, which is due to be handed over for state review by April 1.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Town Caucus Tuesday, January 3 at 7 PM 
Julie Araskog                      Martin Klein 
Palm Beach is holding its Caucus for Town elections next week in the Town Council Chambers at 7 PM on Tuesday, January 3. Lew Crampton has been nominated as Caucus Chairman. Only two candidates, Julie Araskog and Martin Klein have announced so far.   
Meet the Candidates at the
Civic Association

With Moderator
Jim Sackett
Retired WPTV5 News Anchor 

10 AM 
January 23, 2017 

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

Plus an Undergrounding Update
from Town Officials 
Call 561-655-0820 
Corporate Members Offering Discounts!
Palm Beach Civic Association corporate members are offering discounts to our members when you show your membership card. We will continue to post new membership offerings in This Week in Palm Beach below.  Should you have any questions, please call 561-655-0820
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Renovations, Openings Reviving 
Royal Poinciana Plaza
Royal Poinciana Plaza
Royal Poinciana Plaza
One of Palm Beach's main shopping centers is well on its way to returning to its former grandeur. The once devitalized Royal Poinciana Plaza has received several sparks of life over the past few weeks. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Zika Virus Threat Not Over Yet
Zika Mosquito
Adre du Plessis, director of the Children's National Health System's Fetal Medicine Institute in Washington says people should continue to take precautions if traveling to affected areas even though the virus isn't front and center in the news anymore.
Read More (Palm beach Post)
CDC sends $184 million in Zika funding to states as Texas reports new case
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding nearly $200 million in Zika funding to states and territories to continue the fight against the mosquito-borne virus as Texas reported a new local case, officials announced Thursday.
Greene School Celebrates Code Day with
Former Apple CEO  
John Sculley, Former Apple CEO visits the Greene School 
Students at The Greene School recognized Computer Science Education Week in impressive form. Led by the school's Chief Information Officer, Brett Hannan, students took part in an Hour of Code, a worldwide initiative in which students in more than 180 countries participate.

The school was founded by Jeff Greene, a Civic Association director.

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Ecclestones Renew Vows During
African Vacation
Diane and Llwyd Ecclestone
Diane and Llwyd Ecclestone
Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Daily News
Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, a Civic Association director, have been sentenced to life without parole. Again.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Tuesday, January 3, 7:00 PM
Town of Palm Beach Caucus
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 4, 9:00 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, January 10, 9:30 AM  
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 11, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, January 12, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
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 
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 
Donald Trump Attends Christmas Eve Service in Palm Beach
Local U.S. Reps Agree County Should be Paid for Trump Security Costs
Security for
President Elect Donald Trump
Congress has set aside $7 million to reimburse local governments for Trump-related security expenses, but that pot of money is too small to accommodate requests from the county and from New York City, where the president-elect has held a series of transition meetings.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Big Committee to Oversee County Spending from Big
Sales Tax Increase
The Palm Beach County Commission has moved to establish a 19-person committee to oversee projects to be paid for with money from the sales tax increase that voters approved on Nov. 8.
If Florida is Booming, Why is Budget Busted?
Florida's economy is out of balance. Last week, Wells Fargo reported that the state's job market "is thriving in ways not seen since the height of the last business cycle.
Palm Beach Councilwoman:
Sand Projects Worth the Money 
Bobbie Lindsay
Council Member
Palm Beach residents spend a lot for sand, but town officials say their tax dollars are paying off. Other than a couple erosion hot spots, the island's shoreline is in good condition and the future looks bright.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Finally, Cool Weather Approaches
A glancing blow of arctic air will sweep through South Florida this week, breaking a December fever with a chilly daytime high Friday not seen since February.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
November was Driest on Record for Florida; Top Five for December?  
Dry Florida Yard
Dry Florida Yard
A parched Florida is blazing toward the end of 2016 with November going down as the driest in 121 years and December setting up to sizzle into the record books.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Scripps Florida Scientists Identify Novel Compound to Alleviate Pain and Itch While Avoiding Common Side Effects 
Laura Bohn
Laura Bohn
In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a possible drug candidate that suppresses pain and itch in animal models that approach also reduces the potential for drug abuse.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
State bill to ban plastic bags introduced for 3rd time
Florida coastal communities could ban plastic shopping bags to preserve the environment and reduce litter under a proposed state law .
President Signs Funding for Everglades Restoration
Obama Visits the Everglades
President Obama Visits the Everglades
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 provides half of the necessary funding needed for the Central Everglades Planning Project; the other half would come from the State of Florida.
Palm Beach Recreation Department
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