THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
March 24, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
CIVIC ASSOCIATION UN DERGROUNDING FORUM
  

Presenters  
 
Tom Bradford
Town Manager
 
Kevin Schanen
Project Manager
 
Patricia Strayer
Town Engineer

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Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM
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Undergrounding Update at Civic Association Directors Luncheon
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
The projected construction costs of burying the town's utility lines have gone up close to 10 percent from the $90 million project approved in a town referendum last year, said Jeffrey Smith, chairman of the town's Undergrounding Utility Task Force.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Town Council to Appoint Member(s) to the  Underground Utilities Task Force
Undergrounding Today
 
The Town of Palm Beach announces board member opening on the Town's Underground Utilities Task Force effective March 15, 2017.
SOUTHERN BLVD. BRIDGE
See Renderings: Work Starts in April on New Southern Blvd. Bridges
Southern Blvd. Bridge
 
Plans are moving forward for an April start to replace the Southern Boulevard bridges, despite this week's announcement that the completion of the Flagler Memorial Bridge, three-and-a-half miles to the north, will be delayed until June.
PORT OF PALM BEACH
Inland Port Not Dead, but Port of Palm Beach Wants Project in the County
 
Remember the inland port? If you thought the much-touted idea that promised thousands of jobs  was dead, think again.
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Related Co.'s 25-Story Tower Project on Church Land Moves Forward
The board of West Palm Beach's Downtown Development Authority voted 3-2 Tuesday to endorse The Related Cos.' plan for the First Church of Christ Scientist property at 132 Lakeview Ave.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Newsweek on West Palm Beach and the Rise of the New Wall Street
Royal Palm Way
The night I flew into West Palm Beach, a string of deadly tornadoes ripped across Florida. High winds pounded surf against jagged coastline and whipsawed the 100-foot-tall trees along Royal Palm Way-what locals call Bankers' Row.
Read More (Newsweek)
ZIKA VIRUS
Florida Reports New Case of Locally Acquired Zika Infection
Florida health officials reported a new locally acquired Zika infection in Miami-Dade County on Monday, as well as four new travel-related cases in South Florida.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
IN THE NEWS
Palm Beach Civic Association Sees Everglades Up Close on Airboat Ride
An airboat tour of the Everglades was on the agenda recently for members and directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association, and The Everglades Foundation.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Forbes' Billionaires List has 30-plus Palm Beachers; Trump's Worth Drops 
2017 billionaires
If money is power, then Palm Beach is home to plenty of powerful people, including its most influential part-time resident, President Donald Trump.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Civic Association Directors on the List
David Koch
Thomas Peterffy
Stephen Schwarzman
Stephen Ross
Charles Johnson
Henry Kravis
Paul Tudor Jones II
Jeff Greene
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Charles Bronfman
Bestselling Author James Patterson Boosts Local School Libraries 
James Patterson
James Patterson
So Hannah and other students at Argenta-Oreana High School/Middle School were excited to get a sneak peek recently at the first shipment of about 100 new books for the school library made possible by a $2,500 grant from bestselling author James Patterson.
Read More (Herald & Review)
Billionaire Jeff Greene Relists Outrageous Beverly Hills
 Fixer Upper for $129 Million
 
Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene's infamous Palazzo di Amore returns to the market this week after a yearlong hiatus. 
Read More (Forbes)
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
President Not Returning to Palm Beach this Weekend 
Sean Spicer
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president plans to stay in Washington, D.C., shutting down speculation on whether Trump would return Friday. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Helicopter Landing Pad Construction Finished at Mar-a-Lago
President Donald Trump is now able to fly on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, between Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) and his Mar-a-Lago resort, which he calls the Winter White House.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
 County Ponders Presidential Security Tax on Mar-a-Lago
Mar-a-Lago
County officials have considered raising property taxes on Mar-a-Lago to cover security costs due to President Donald Trump's frequent trips to what he calls the "Winter White House" in Palm Beach.
Official: Use County Bed Tax to Cover Trump Security Costs 
Mar-a-Lago Security
Another weekend. Another visit by President Donald Trump. And now, another idea on how to cover the costs of providing security during those trips to Palm Beach County.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Video: Palm Beach Presidential 
Traffic Jam at Mar-a-Lago  
The presidential roadblock is setup at Mar-a-Lago. Wondering what the traffic looks like? See the video - it's ugly!
Read More (Civic Association News)
Town Officials Explain How They Handle Trump Media Inquiries
Town hall
Curtosy Melanie Bell /The Palm Beach Post
If you're a member of Mar-a-Lago or if you live near President Donald Trump's private club, chances are good that you've received a phone call from a national reporter in the last three months. It's also true for town officials, who say they've been inundated with media requests since Trump was elected. 

MEETINGS & EVENTS
CIVIC ASSOCIATION UNDERGROUNDING FORUM
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
 
Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 20, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers

PUBLIC SAFETY 
 Former Palm Beach Police Chief Warns of Possible Threats to the Island with the President in Residence
By: Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association 
Michael Reiter
The use of Mar-A-Lago as President Donald Trump's Southern White House dramatically increases the attraction of Palm Beach for ideological motivated terrorists, security expert Michael Reiter said Thursday.
Read More (Civic Association News)
TOWN COUNCIL
Palm Beach Board Approves Rec Center Design, But With Conditions
The Architectural Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve the design of the building on a condition that the architect flip-flop the locations of the fitness center and staff offices.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
T own Council 
Meeting Actions
To view the summary of actions taken at March's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.
Town Council to Appoint Alternate Member to the Architectural Commission
The Town of Palm Beach announces an alternate board member opening on the Town's Architectural Commission effective immediately.
ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA 
Landmarks Approves Changes for Coyo Taco, Future Tenants
Coyo Taco Logo
The day after the Miami-based taco joint received the OK to open in the plaza, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard about plans for the restaurant to utilize the recently revitalized courtyard. 
AROUND TOWN 
Boat Show Rides Wave of Growth
Palm Beach Boat Show
European component seen in 32nd edition opening today on Flagler Drive waterfront.
Palm House Fines on Hold While Receiver Seeks Money
Town officials extended a temporary halt on code fines against the Palm House in hopes it helps speed up the process of cleaning up the long-vacant property.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue to Host Medication "Brown-Bag" Check-Up
Fire Rescue Logo
Medicines have had a dramatic effect on helping us stay healthy, be more active, and to live longer. 
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
SHORE PROTECTION
The Breakers to Present Erosion Solution to Palm Beach Shore Board
Courtesy Town of Palm Beach
Town officials finally will hear this week The Breakers' plan to address chronic erosion on its beaches. The plan involves a "comprehensive" redesign of coastal structures.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
HURRICANE
National Hurricane Center Rolls Out New Look for 'Cone of Uncertainty'
Cone of Uncertainty
As storm forecasters have grown more certain over the years about the potential path a hurricane will take, the popular "cone of uncertainty" used in models has grown smaller.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
ENVIRONMENT
South Florida Coral Reef Protection Bill Passes House Panel 
A proposal to protect South Florida's coral reefs moved forward in the Legislature but lacks the teeth or the money to follow through on conservation.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientists Develop New Drug Delivery Method for Cancer Therapy
Xiuling Li & Christoph Rader
Xiuling Li  & Christoph Rader
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a new drug delivery method that produces strong results in treating cancers in animal models, including some hard-to-treat solid and liquid tumors.  
Read More (Scripps Florida)
THE
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Florida CEOs Urge Governor Scott to Preserve & Protect Everglades
Rick Scott & Perk Perkin
Rick Scott & Perk Perkin
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, CEOs from across Florida met with Florida lawmakers, leadership and Governor Rick Scott to discuss the importance of protecting and preserving Florida's Everglades, and advocated for Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 761.
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
Coworker's Advice Leads to Lifesaving Cancer Diagnosis
Wendy Silverstein
Wendy Silverstein
"Upon learning that I actually had a very aggressive stage-four cancer, I was overwhelmed by fear."
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