February 10, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Town Council Election
Julie Araskog Wins
Julie Araskog campaign
Political newcomer Julie Araskog has defeated zoning board Chairman Martin Klein in their race for a seat on the Town Council.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Araskog: "Election victory belongs to Palm Beach residents" 
Julie Araskog
Julie Araskog
Both candidates and their supporters were taking stock Wednesday of Julie Araskog's victory over Martin Klein in their contest for a Town Council seat.
Town Council to Discuss Leaf Blower Ban in Palm Beach
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association 
battery leaf blower
The hot-button issue of whether to ban the use of leaf blowers in Palm Beach is set for a discussion before the Town Council on February 14.
The issue has come before the council several times over the years, but no previous council has taken the final step to ban leaf blowers altogether.
Let Us Know What You Think! 
Civic Association 
Four Arts Garden Tour
The weather could not have been better for the private tour of the Society of the Four Arts Garden that was hosted by the Palm Beach Civic Association and the Garden Club of Palm Beach on Thursday, Feb. 2.  From the Moonlight Garden to the magnificent Sausage Tree, Civic Association members and their guests strolled through lush foliage amid blooming jasmine and orchids before making their way to the pavilion for tea.
Board approves one-story Palm Beach recreation center design 
The Recreation Advisory Commission voted 5-2 during a combative meeting Wednesday to support revised designs for a new one-story center at 340 Seaview Ave.
Dune Work to Begin Wednesday in Midtown Beach
Reach 4 Dune Restoration
Restoration of the Midtown Beach dune-line starts this Wednesday, February 8, and is expected to take about three weeks.
Palm Beach Can't Regulate 
Shark Fishing, State Says
Palm Beach's efforts to ban shark fishing near town beaches were in vain. Code Enforcement Manager Ben Alma told the Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee on Thursday that state law preempts regulations the town had hoped to adopt.
Palm Beach Considering Changes to Construction Hours
Town officials are beginning to discuss ways to address construction fatigue in Palm Beach. Over the next several months, the Ordinance, Rules and Standards Committee will study rules and regulations related to construction work.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Neighbors Prevail: Architectural Drawings to be Posted Online
Architectural Drawings
For the first time, drawings and plans for proposed houses and other construction projects under consideration by the Architectural Commission are being posted on the town's website so that the public can see them more easily.
Gov. Scott Proposes Florida Spend $4 Million to Combat Zika Virus
Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott wants $4.1 million of state budget dollars for beefing up the fight against Zika, which might be waning now but could come roaring back in the summer, according to his budget plan released this week.
Read More (Naples News)
Tall, tiered and towering - Related reveals office building near church 
Tall, tiered and towering, a new office building proposed by The Related Cos. along Flagler Drive would punctuate the West Palm Beach skyline - and dwarf the First Church of Christ, Scientist that would sit adjacent to it. The 25-story office tower, proposed for vacant land and a small building owned by the church, would consist of three floor plates incorporated into a design that makes the building looks like steps. 
Currie Park Ambitious Redesign Has Floating Pavilion, Pool, Restaurant 
Neighbors of Currie Park got their first look at an innovative conceptual plan for the waterfront expanse Tuesday, a place of glistening Intracoastal views surrounded by vacant lots where major residential towers would rise.
Gov. Scott Includes "No Cuba Trade" Statement in Budget Released Tuesday
Port of Palm Beach
Gov. Rick Scott made it perfectly clear last week that any Florida port that signed a trade pact with Cuba, run by brutal dictator Raul Castro,  would not receive state funds for improvements.
Port of Alabama Signs Agreement with Cuba that Florida Ports Can't
The seaport in Mobile and Cuba's National Port Authority pledged to find ways to expand the business they do with each other - the kind of deal that three ports in Florida had worked toward until Gov. Rick Scott last week scuttled them with a threat to pull their funding.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
Liman Gallery Closing, Art Sales Will Go to Dreyfoos School Foundation  
Courtesy of Wordsmith Communications
Courtesy of Wordsmith Communications
Artist Ellen Liman, a Civic Association director, is closing her gallery after nearly 14 years in business in the Paramount Building. All proceeds from sales through March 31 will benefit the School of the Arts Foundation, which supports the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Author James Patterson, also a Civic Association director, and his wife, Sue, will host a by-invitation reception 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Liman Gallery, 139 N. County Road.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Life as a Trump Neighbor Means Hassles
Jeff Greene
But for some Palm Beach residents, including billionaire investor Jeff Greene, last weekend's visit also brought gridlock and a hit to one of his businesses.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Saturday, February 11, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North, Central and South Fire Station
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Public Safety Day
South Fire-Rescue Station #3
Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, February 15, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, February 16, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, February 16, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, February 17, 2:30 PM
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, February 20, All Day
Presidents' Day
Town Hall Closed
Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Secret Service Road Block at Mar-a-Lago Again this Weekend
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
Starting on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2pm all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, will be prohibited on S. Ocean Boulevard from the intersection of S. County Road to Southern Boulevard. 
Wary of 'unsafe' Trump protest, police adjusting response tactics
If demonstrators follow through on a pledge to hold local protest marches every time President Donald Trump is in Palm Beach, police officials have one main request: Stay off Bingham Island, the small patch of land on the Southern Boulevard Causeway just west of Mar-a-Lago.  
Sign Up to Receive Traffic Alerts Regarding Presidential Visits to Palm Beach
The Town of Palm Beach strongly encourages residents and employees to register their email addresses and mobile phone numbers to receive timely traffic alerts and other emergency communications from the Town. 
Presidential Visit Seasonal Traffic Mitigation Plan
Beginning on Friday, February 10, 2017, and each Friday thereafter ending on May 1, 2017, the Town of Palm Beach will take steps to mitigate the traffic impacts that occur whenever the President of the United States visits Palm Beach Island. 
Mar-a-Lago Helipad Could Take Months
A helipad at President Donald Trump'sMar-a-Lago Club that would alleviate traffic when the president is on the move won't be ready for several months.
Palm Beach County to Seek $23M and More from Trump, Congress
Palm Beach County Logo
Palm Beach County is hoping Congress approves - and President Donald Trump signs - about $23 million worth of projects this year, according to a review of the county's federal wish list.
Eyes on the Island
Palm Beach's Highest-Taxed Estates for 2016
Property Tax Increasing
Here's a look at highly taxed estates in Palm Beach, presented in descending order of their gross annual tax bills, all exceeding $400,000 in the latest tax rolls.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Bingham Islands Restoration Project Begins
Bingham Island
Efforts to clean up and restore Bingham Islands are underway.  
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Scripps Florida Scientists Find Clue to Why Zika, But Not Its Close Relatives, Causes Birth Defects  
Audrey Richard, Hyeryun Choe, Byoung-Shik Shim
Audrey Richard, Hyeryun Choe & Byoung-Shik Shim
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have uncovered the details behind the virus's unique ability to cross the placental barrier and expose the fetus to a range of birth defects that often go beyond microcephaly to include eye and joint injury, and even other types of brain damage.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
The Everglades Foundation Applauds Senate Committee for Voting Favorably on SB 10
Everglades Foundation
SB 10 would expedite a critical Everglades restoration project to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and send water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.
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