The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
December 9, 2016
Traffic Nightmares, Delayed North Bridge Focus of Civic Association Forum
By Michele Dargan, 
A Special Report from the Palm Beach Civic Association
During the Palm Beach Civic Association's November 30 Transportation Forum, Director and Executive Committee member Leo Vecellio Jr. accurately predicted a delayed opening for the new Flagler Memorial Bridge. 
2016 Construction Season Ends with Some Public Works Projects Finished
Town Engineer Patricia Strayer, speaking to the Palm Beach Civic Association's transportation committee last week, outlined what has been accomplished and what is still going on.
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North End Resident to Seek Seat on Palm Beach Town Council
Julie Araskog
Julie Araskog
Palm Beach will have at least one contested race for Town Council in next year's election. North End resident Julie Araskog announced late Friday that she is running for the Group 2 seat held by Michael Pucillo. 
Civic Association
Town Beautification Committee
Holds Start-of-Season Meeting
John Corey, from Palm Beach Walks, reviewed the North County Road tree Initiative and answered questions from the committee members. Bill Metzger updated the committee on the recently completed Town Square project. 
Town Square Project Finished, Aside from Touch-ups
With the tabby sidewalks hardened and crosswalk signs installed, the final phase of the Town Square renovation project is finished. And, to the relief of drivers, all four lanes in the two-block area are open.
Plan Would Lower Palm Beach General Employees' Retirement
Age to 62
Richard Kleid
Richard Kleid
A Town Council committee is considering lowering the retirement age to 62, from 65, and boosting by 40 percent a multiplier used to calculate pension payments.
Palm Beach Student Encourages Town to Ban Plastic Balloons, Bags
Danielle Moore, Bobbie Lindsay,
Gray Foster
Palm Beach officials took a big step forward this week in trying to make the town plastic-free.

The Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee recommended Thursday that the town send a resolution to Florida lawmakers asking them to give local governments the power to ban single-use plastic bags. Current law prohibits municipalities from regulating plastic bags.

Palm Beach Condos are Back
Sleepy Palm Beach and neighboring West Palm Beach have awakened to a wave of new residential development. In 2018, Palm Beach, the tony enclave known for multimillion-dollar estates, becomes home to the 30-unit 3550 South Ocean (from $2.3 million) - the first residential edifice to rise there in over a decade.
Another Miami Zika Virus Transmission Zone Lifted by Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott has lifted the zone of active Zika transmission covering one square mile of Miami's Little River neighborhood."Today is a good news day," he said as he opened the press conference.
"Your Everglades and Clean Water" with Photographer Mac Stone
Mac Stone
Enjoy this relevant and thought provoking symposium at the Four Arts with esteemed naturalists, scientists and agricultural professionals.
2:00PM, Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium
Reservations Required
MorseLife HealthSystem Presents a Symposium 
...And Equal Justice For All...
Enjoy this relevant and thought provoking symposium at the Four Arts with esteemed naturalists, scientists and agricultural professionals.
 Tuesday, January 10th at 12:00 pm
The Mar-a-Lago Club

Tuesday, December 13, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, December 15, Noon
Civic Association Board of Directors Luncheon & 
Fall Business Meeting
Sailfish Club in Palm Beach
Thursday, December 15, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, December 19, 4:00 PM
Healthcare Committee
Civic Association Community Room
Tuesday, December 20, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 AM
Executive Committee
Civic Association Community Room
Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, December 23 - Monday, December 26
Town Hall Closed
Civic Association Closed
Wednesday, December 28, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, December 30
Town Hall Closed
Civic Association Closed
 Civic Association Holds
First-Annual Girls Night
Out at Hermѐs Palm Beach
By Christina Wood, Special Report for the Civic Association 
1st Annual Girls Night Out
Hermes Palm Beach on Worth Avenue provided a colorful backdrop for the First Annual Girls Night Out , which was hosted by Civic Association Directors Michele Kessler, Linda R. Olsson, and Mary Watkins. 
Read More (Civic Association News)
 Secret Service, Sheriff's Office to Set Town's Role in Trump Security
Palm Beach might have more involvement in protecting President-elect Donald Trump when he comes to his private Mar-a-Lago Club than officials thought it would.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
 Utilities United Against Scams Educational Campaign
FPL logo
Florida Power and Light Company joined dozens of utilities nationwide in November for "Utilities Against Scams", a campaign to educate consumers about how to detect suspicious activity and to protect themselves against scams and fraud.  
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Getting North End Utilities Easements 'Difficult'
Some North End property owners are resisting the town's request for easements to place metal transformer boxes on their properties when utilities are buried there next year.
Sales Tax: What Should PBC, Cities, Schools Do First with $2.7B?
Now that Palm Beach County voters have decided to tax themselves an extra penny in sales tax for the next 10 years, county officials are huddling to figure out exactly how to spend the money.
Theater Guild's Taylor Appeals to Higher Court in Sant Ambroeus Case
Sant Ambroeus
Resident Simon Taylor on Monday asked the Fourth District Court of Appeal to take up a case the Palm Beach County Circuit Court dismissed in September because he lacked standing.
Scripps Florida Scientists Pinpoint Regulator of Amphetamine-Induced Motor Activity 
Neelam Shahani
Neelam Shahani
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found, for the first time, that a specific signaling circuit in the brain is deeply involved in motor activity.
Clean Water: The Everglades Foundation Kicks Off Search for Algae Bloom Solution with Four-year, $10-million Prize
George Barley Water Prize
The Everglades Foundation will officially kick off its four-year, $10-million George Barley Water Prize at the "Tapping Innovation: Breakthrough Thinking, Action & Awards" event on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 6 p.m., at the Miami Science Barge, located at 1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL.
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