THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
February 24, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
PRESIDENT TRUMP
Public Safety Director
Speaks to Issues Surrounding
Presidential Visits
Kirk BlouinDirector of Public Safety 
By: Michele Dargan, Special for Civic Association News
Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin wants residents to know that his department - along with other federal, state and local agencies - are working diligently to solve traffic gridlock and other issues arising out of President Donald Trump's visits to Palm Beach.
 
President Trump has spent the past three weekends at the Mar-A-Lago Club, now known as the Winter White House. Each weekend has gone smoother in terms of clearing up traffic problems stemming from road closures around Mar-A-Lago, Mr. Blouin said.  
Read More (Civic Association News) 
UPDATE 
President Skipping Palm Beach this Weekend but Reports Say He'll Return Next Weekend
Mar-a-Lago
President Donald Trump may not visit Palm Beach this weekend; but, reports from the Federal Aviation Administration show he's already planning to return next weekend on March 3-5. 
Read More (Civic Association News)
Trump Departure Caps Busy Third Weekend Visit
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
President Donald Trump departed the island Monday, wrapping up an incident-free third consecutive weekend visit, according to officials.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Feds: 12 Planes Violated Trump 
Air Space Over Weekend
Air Force One
At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
UNDERGROUNDING
Town to Ask Utility Companies to Help Drive Down Project Costs
FPL logo
The town is asking Florida Power & Light, and to a lesser extent AT&T and Comcast, to help it cut the cost of a town-wide underground utilities conversion plan that has swollen beyond its $90 million budget.

AN EVENING IN THE GARDEN
Civic Association & Everglades Foundation
Reception  
The Douglas and Susanne Durst guest house and garden with a newly planted African Tree of Life
What started out to be, what could have been, a night in the rainforest - turned into an evening in the glistening garden when the clouds opened up and sunshine broke through at the Civic Association and Everglades Foundation reception, hosted by Susanne and Douglas Durst.
Eric Eikenberg, Susanne Durst
Alex Dreyfoos_ Beth Dowdle_ Gary Lickle
Alex Dreyfoos, Beth Dowdle, Gary Lickle
FLAGLER BRIDGE
Old Flagler Bridge Floated to New Home as Artificial Reefs
Flagler Bridge Reef Material
  The dismantling of the old Flagler Memorial Bridge continues and barges are taking the concrete and steel sections to build four artificial reefs. "This is an ongoing process of only one of many Flagler artificial reef barges, giving new life to Flagler Bridge," said Bob Holuba, a Civic Association director. 
TOWN COUNCIL &
COMMISSIONS
Julie Araskog Takes Five of Seven Precincts in Palm Beach Election 
Julie Araskog
Julie Araskog

Julie Araskog swept past Martin Klein in five of seven precincts on her way to winning a Town Council seat in the Feb. 7 election, according to precinct totals from the Palm Beach County Elections Supervisors' Office.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Board: Recreation Center Architecture Needs Work 
The Architectural Commission discussed for the first time Wednesday new plans for a one-story center at 340 Seaview Ave. The commission saw designs for a two-story center in October. 
Town Council Meeting Actions 
 
To view the summary of actions taken at February's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.
 
February 14, 2017
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Palm Beach Fellowship Honors Fisher with Community Service Award 
Frances Fisher

Community leader Frances Fisher was honored Tuesday by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews, which gave her this year's John C. Randolph Award for outstanding community service. 

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Wednesday, March 1 to Wednesday, November 15
Commencement of Lights Out for Sea Turtles
All lights that can be seen from beach
 
Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 2, 10:00 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, March 3, 9:00 AM
Retirement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, March 7, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, March 15, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 16, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, March 16, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday,  March 22, 9:00 AM

Thursday, March 23, 9:00 AM
Town Council Chambers
TAX & FINANCE
Palm Beach County Sales Tax Increase Brings Unexpected Hike in Bills, Payments
coins
Some residents of Palm Beach County are starting to see an increase in their bills and payments in unexpected places.
County Budget Wishes, Including $3 Million for Drug Crisis, Top Income
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Palm Beach County is contemplating additional spending - as much as $1 million this year and another $2 million in 2018 - to combat the heroin and opioid crisis.
FEMA Changes Could Affect Owners of Landmark Homes in Palm Beach
Landmarks Preservation Commission board member and architect Jacqueline Albarran is no stranger to old houses, but her latest project is a new experience.
Eyes on the Island
PUBLIC SAFETY
Pay Attention While Stuck in Traffic
Flagler Bridge Traffic
Stunning architecture, beautiful landscapes and gorgeous beaches are just a few examples of ways drivers can be distracted.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
ENVIRONMENT
Beach Cleanup Volunteers Remove 185 Pounds of Trash
Photo courtesy Friends of Palm Beach
courtesy Friends of Palm Beach
Nearly three dozen volunteers helped remove trash from Palm Beach's shoreline Saturday morning.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
County Unveils Bonefish Cove Plan to Residents
bonefish cove
Residents in the far South End of Palm Beach could soon see more fish, birds and manatees in the Intracoastal near their properties.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lights Out for Sea Turtles
leatherback sea turtle
To protect endangered sea turtles which nest on local beaches and the hatchlings which come from those nests, the Town Council adopted an ordinance requiring all oceanfront property owners to ensure that their lights are not visible from the beach anytime from March 1st through October 31st.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientists Expand Toolbox to Study Cellular Function 
Brian Paegel
Brian Paegel
Scientists at Florida Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) new study, explores how evolution can be used to discover new and useful enzyme tools, called proteases.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Paul Tudor Jones Rallies at Palm Beach Party to Rescue the Swamp
 Mac Stone via Everglades Foundation
Mac Stone via Everglades Foundation
Paul Tudor Jones is fighting to save the swamp -- not the Washington swamp President Donald Trump vowed to drain, but the Florida Everglades.
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