February 3, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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Video: Downed Powerline Triggers South-End Blaze in Palm Beach
 Photos from Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue
Photos from Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue
Early Tuesday morning this week at 2 AM, a live powerline snapped and started a fire at 3475 S OCEAN BLVD in Palm Beach.
Cost Estimate Coming for 
Utility Project
Undergrounding Today
Residents might have a better idea next week of how much the town-wide undergrounding project will cost. Bradford said Monday he will not reveal the cost estimate until the task force meets on Feb. 7. 
Letter to the Editor: Endorse Town Petition to Regulate Plastic Bags
by Bob Wright
The Palm Beach Civic Association supports Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Palm Beach Town Council in their efforts to regulate plastic bags in the Town of Palm Beach.  
Scripps Florida Highlight of Civic Association Reception 
Peter Schultz, Bob Wright, Alex Dreyfoos, Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene's landmarked Post Office in Palm Beach, once the island's main post office, was the historic venue for a Civic Association reception for Scripps Florida.

Bob Wright, Chairman of the Civic Association, shared opening remarks and introduced Mr. Greene and Peter Schultz, CEO of Scripps Research Institute.  Mr. Wright descibed Scripps as a cutting-edge organization for scientific discoveries that will translate into new medicines for humanity. 
Civic Association & Good Samaritan Medical Center Address Innovative Treatment for Breast Cancer
By Christina Wood 
The Palm Beach Civic Association and Good Samaritan Medical Center have developed a healthy partnership. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the two organizations teamed up to share the latest information on the treatment of breast cancer with the community at the Art of Caring.   
Zika Virus Down but Not Out in Florida as State Reports More Cases
Zika Florida Watch
Zika may be down but the virus is not out in Florida, where the health department on Friday reported three more locally acquired cases and six travel-related infections.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Gov. Scott Awards $25M in State Funds for Zika Research & Vaccine Development
Zika Alert
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced 34 grant awards for Zika virus research following his authorization of $25 million in state funds for Zika research and vaccine development last fall. 
Palm Beach General Employees in Line for Better Benefits
Town hall
Following in the footsteps of public safety workers, the town's general employees can expect to see their pension benefits boosted this year.
Town Council to Appoint Member(s) to the Town of Palm Beach Retirement System Board of Trustees

The Town of Palm Beach announces two (2) board member openings on the Town's Retirement Board of Trustees effective April 1, 2017 to fill a three-year term concluding March 31, 2020.
Town Council Actions for 
January's Meetings 
To view the summary of actions taken at January's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.
Cuban Delegation Visits 
Port of Palm Beach
Cuban Port delagation
Members of the Cuban Delegation were greeted with open arms at the Port of Palm Beach Friday morning despite threats from the Governor Rick Scott to cut off state funding if the port signed an agreement to do business with Cuba.
Read More (WPBF)
Palm Beach Shore Board Wants to Hear Breakers' Erosion Plan
The Breakers Logo
  The Shore Protection Board has waited months for The Breakers to appear before it to discuss a plan to combat erosion at the nearby Clarke Avenue and Midtown public beaches.
David Koch Family Donates $1 Million to Wichita's Mark Arts 
David Koch
David Koch
Work began last year on the 40,000-square-foot Mary R. Koch Arts Center at the corner of 13th Street North and Rock Road, at which time what was formerly the Wichita Center for the Arts rebranded itself as Mark Arts as an additional homage to Mary Koch's long history of support to both the organization and the arts in general in Wichita.
Read More (Business Journal)

Friday, February 3, 10:00 AM
Health Care Committee
Royal Poinciana Plaza
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Town Election
Local Polling Place
Tuesday, February 7, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
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
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
President Trump Likely to Arrive in Palm Beach During Friday Evening Commute 
A temporary flight restriction issued for the Palm Beach area for Trump's visit goes into effect at 5:15 p.m. Friday - a good indication the president will fly into town during the evening commute. 
2,000 Expected for Modified Trump Protest March in West Palm
The March to Mar-a-Lago is no longer a march to Mar-a-Lago. It's still a protest march scheduled for Saturday in West Palm Beach, but it's half a mile shorter and may not offer the most ideal view of President Trump's winter White House.
Potential Traffic Congestion Near
S. Ocean Blvd. & Southern Blvd. Bridge and Causeway
Palm Beach Police Department would like to alert residents of possible traffic congestion on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  
Scott Budget Plan Boosts Cash for Schools, Cuts it for Hospitals
Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Scott
Throwing an elbow or two in the direction of House Republicans, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $83.5 billion budget that would slash taxes, boost education funding and cut spending on hospitals.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Eyes on the Island
No-swim Advisory Issued for Lake Worth Lagoon Near Singer Island
City officials are advising visitors against drinking and swimming in the Lake Worth Lagoon after a sanitary sewage spill occurred Monday morning.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Dangerous 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted - GWO
Global Weather Oscillations (GWO]) says the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be stronger than last year - with the potential for 6 named storms making United States landfalls. 
Read More (PR Web)
Florida Scripps Researchers Discover Surprising Process Behind Sense of Touch
Scott Hansen
Scott Hansen
Biologists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a new mechanism that likely underlies how we feel force or touch.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
Palm Beach 2017
Event Date: Saturday, Feb18
Location: The Breakers
Staring: Norah O'Donnell, Mac Stone, Tom Papa, Roger Daltrey
Everglades Could See Billions or Millions in Separate Plans
Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the nonprofit Everglades Foundation that advocates for Everglades restoration, has found himself in a fairly unusual situation.
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