March 17, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 


Tom Bradford
Town Manager

Kevin Schanen
Project Manager

Patricia Strayer
Town Engineer

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Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM
Civic Association Community Room
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President in Palm Beach this Weekend, Friday - Sunday
secret service motocade
President Donald Trump will be staying at Mar-a-Lago this coming weekend, Friday-Sunday, Mar 17-19. Roadblocks will begin at 8 AM on Friday. Plus Flagler Dr. is shut down for the boat show!
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Town Residence ID Cards Will NOT Allow Access Thru Mar-a-Lago Security Zone 
Palm Beach Police Station 
The Civic Association received a memo today from the Town of Palm Beach Police about Town Residence ID Cards. The cards are used to gain access back on the island after a hurricane, not to gain access to or through Mar-a-Lago's Security Zone during Presidential visits.   
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Trump Planning to Host Chinese President at Mar-a-Lago
Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
President Donald Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for a summit next month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.
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Records Show POTUS Helipad Close to Completion
Mar-a-Lago helipad
Monday White House officials confirmed President Donald Trump's travel plans just as new video captured a closer look at the helipad built especially for Marine One to land and take off from Trump's Mar-A-Lago club.
Official: Tax Mar-a-Lago Owner to Help Pay for Cost of Trump Visits
President Donald Trump has taken to calling his Mar-a-Lago spread on Palm Beach the "winter White House." Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner wonders if it should have another name: "municipal service benefit unit."
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"The Everglades Used to Have a Heartbeat - It Doesn't Anymore"
Gary Lickle flys over Civic Association tour on their airboat.

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Assoc. Communication Director
Directors and members of the Civic Association took an airboat tour of the Everglades with their corporate partner The Everglades Foundation. The purpose - learn about restoration of this national treasure.
National Water Quality Summit 
to Combat Toxic Algal Blooms

Leading water experts convene on 
World Water Day to tackle global freshwater crisis

Manatee Lagoon, 6000 North Flagler Drive, WPB
Wednesday, March 22, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sponsored by :
Everglades Foundation & Miracle-Gro Foundation

Civic Association Says Thank You Aboard Lady Kathryn V
The Lady Kathryn V
Landlubbers and swabbies alike walked the gangway for a reception honoring the association's major donors, which took place Feb. 27 at the Australian Docks aboard the 201-foot custom Lurssen motor yacht, the Lady Kathryn V.
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Council Approves Rec Center Business Plan, Supporters Frustrated
The recreation center project continues to be contentious, but the Town Council has agreed that its business plan looks sound.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Moves Toward Partial Ban of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
Lowes Leaf Blower
Despite strong objections from professional landscapers, a divided Town Council moved ahead Tuesday with banning noisy gas-powered leaf blowers.
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Restoration of Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain Named "Project of the Year"
The Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently recognized the Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain Restoration Project as its "Project of the Year" for their Historic Restoration/Preservation category. 
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Kleid Makes Changes to Boards
Richard Kleid
Richard Kleid

New Town Council President Richard Kleid has made some changes on the committees that often play a key role in the governmental decisions that affect the town.
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Town Council to Appoint Three (3) Alternate Members to the Shore Protection Board
town logo
The Shore Protection Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Town Council and makes recommendations to the Town Council on all matters relating to shore protection in the Town of Palm Beach.
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CDC Widens South Florida 
Zika Virus Zone - Sort Of
CDC Logo

People who never thought they could have caught Zika in Florida may, in fact, have become infected, federal health officials said Monday.
Read More (NBC News)
'Living my dream': Gary Lickle Loves Flying for Business and Pleasure
Gary Lickle & Martha Stewart
Gary Lickle (far left) flew Martha Stewart over Everglades
Gary Lickle first came to South Florida for holidays with his family in the early 1970s. "And I've had sand in my shoes from then on, loving the weather, diving, fishing, water sports and then flying," he says.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 22, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 22, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Manatee Lagoon, 6000 North Flagler Drive, WPB
Thursday, March 23, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM
Civic Association Community Room
Civic Association Members Only
Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, April 6, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 12, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, April 13, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Flagler Memorial Bridge Project Won't End Until June
Flagler Bridge Feb 2017
Senior project engineer Geoff Parker told the Palm Beach Town Council about the delay Wednesday morning. Parker previously said the project was expected to be complete at the end of April or the beginning of May.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
US Coast Guard Announces Temporary Bridge Opening Schedule for the Flagler (North) Bridge *UPDATE*
Flagler Bridge Traffic Alert
Please be advised the Flagler Memorial Bridge will have a revised opening schedule for marine traffic for the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
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FDOT Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement 
Open House Draws Interest 
Civic Members Amy Shaughnessy & Michael Vecellio attend Open House
 Civic Association members attended the Southern Blvd. Replacement Bridge Open House held by FDOT at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church Wednesday.  
Palm Beach County Reacts to House Bill Limiting Local Government Taxes
Palm Beach County Logo
A wide-ranging bill that would rein in local governments' ability to increase taxes narrowly passed the Florida House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday.
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Judge Dismisses Federal Lawsuit Challenging Palm Beach County Uber Deal
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Palm Beach County of providing an unfair competitive advantage to the ride-hailing service Uber. Several taxi and limo companies sued the county in federal court in May 2015.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
New Owners of WPB Office Building Get $22.49M Loan
Bank of America building
Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation, secured the three-year, adjustable-rate loan to help the owners of the office building convert the property primarily to medical use.
Read More (The Real Deal)
High-Speed Train Bill Could Stall All Aboard Florida's Brightline
The day after All Aboard Florida's Brightline welcomed the second train in its growing fleet, officials with the private rail venture said a proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could threaten its expansion to Orlando and other points across the state.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Could be Getting Late-Night Taqueria
Coyo Taco Logo
Miami-based Coyo Taco's proposed location is a 3,260-square-foot spot in the southwest corner of the plaza, where Edward's salon formerly operated.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Anti-Terrorism Drill at Port of Palm Beach
Mike Jachles Broward Sheriff
Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff
Over 300 members of law enforcement agencies -- from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties --  performed several shooter and hostage scenarios at the Port of Palm Beach on March 13 to test their response to a terrorist attack.
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The Latest El Niño Forecast is in, what it Means for 2017 Hurricane Season
El Niño
The Climate Prediction Center released its monthly ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecast Thursday with increasing odds that an El Niño is possible by July.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Potential Drug Candidates Halt Prostate and Breast Cancer Growth
Matthew Disney
Matthew Disney
The new research, published recently as two separate studies in ACS Central Science and the Journal of the American Chemical Society, demonstrates that a new class of drugs called small molecule RNA inhibitors can successfully target and kill specific types of cancer.  
Read More (Scripps Florida)
Martha Stewart Visits the Florida Everglades!
Martha Stewart Everglades
In case you missed it, Martha Stewart recently visited the Florida Everglades, where she learned about the vital role it plays in ensuring Floridians have clean drinking water, and took an aerial and airboat tour of the region.
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