March 9, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Live to be 100


By Michele Dargan, special for the Civic Association -- The Palm Beach Civic Association will present "Live to be 100 with a High-Quality Palm Beach Lifestyle" at 10 a.m. March 20.

The forum will feature interviews and a panel discussion with medical professionals who will reveal what it takes to live a longer, healthier life.

The event will take place at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, 141 S. County Rd, Palm Beach. There will be complimentary valet parking. It's free and open to the public, but registration is required. For registrations, call 561-655-0820 or register online at

Anita Finley will serve as moderator. Ms. Finley is the publisher of Boomer Times & Senior Life, a radio talk show host, author, and gerontologist. 

No-Swimming Advisories Issued for Beaches in Palm Beach
No swimming
State health officials issued no-swimming advisories for two area beaches Tuesday after detecting high levels of bacteria in the water. Recent test samples showed poor water quality for Jupiter Beach Park and Midtown Beach in Palm Beach, according to the Florida Department of Health's Palm Beach County office.
High Surf Advisory Lifted
Red Flags Still at Public Beaches
North side of Boynton Inlet
There are still 3 to ocassional 5 foot waves from the north swell that are left over from this week's heavy surf. Beaches are closed because of bacteria. Swimming and surfing NOT recommended. Shower immediately after getting out of the water. Do not swallow any seawater.

The cold front that just passed on Wednesday night may cause an increase in local wave size over the next few days..
Read More (Civic Association News)
Attorney: Palm Beach Utilities Referendum Language Misleading
A lawsuit challenging the Palm Beach utilities undergrounding project continued this week when both sides presented oral arguments in appellate court. Attorneys representing the town and South End resident Arthur Goldmacher each had 15 minutes Tuesday to speak in front of appellate judges in Florida's 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Civic Association
Florida Crystals Tour
There are just a few seats left on the tour bus to see the Florida Crystals operation.

Friday, March 16, 2018
Bus Leaves at 8 AM Sharp from the Civic Association
This is a full day. Florida Crystals is providing lunch.

Call the Civic Association to reserve your seat and get more information. 561-655-0820

Will Palm Beach Budget Woes Spell End of Free Parking on 
Worth Avenue?
Visitors to Worth Avenue and the town's other business districts soon might have to pay to park. The Town Council agreed Monday to consider the idea of converting to paid parking in the districts, which now have free parking with a time limit.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Boat Show to Close Part of Flagler Drive Starting Today
Palm Beach International Boat Show
Road closures start today in advance of the Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach officials said. Starting today, all northbound Flagler Drive lanes will be closed between Banyan Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Board Trims Costs 
By  $2.5 Million
Palm Beach Town Hall
A far-reaching initiative to cut the cost of town government is taking shape at Town Hall. On Monday, the Town Council approved around $2.5 million in dozens of spending cuts, ranging from minuscule to major.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Quiet Hours Extended for Summer Construction in Palm Beach
Year-round Palm Beach residents brave the heat through the blistering summer months, and now they'll be rewarded with a little less noise. The Town Council passed an ordinance on second and final reading in February to limit work to only quiet tasks on Saturdays in the off-season.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Recruitment
Volunteers in Police Service
The Palm Beach Police Department is seeking volunteers interested in joining our Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program. We have volunteer positions available in the Police Department lobby at our reception/information desk.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
No Presidential Visit Expected
this Weekend

Coast Guard Extends Drawbridge Schedules to Ease Palm Beach Traffic During Trump Visits
Royal Park Bridge
The Coast Guard is extending temporary changes to drawbridge schedules for another three months to help alleviate traffic in Palm Beach when President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago, according to a Department of Homeland Security report released this week.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Chicago Billionaire Expands Massive Palm Beach Estate to More Than 
15 Acres
1285 S Ocean Blvd
The already-sizable Billionaires Row oceanfront estate of Chicago hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin just keeps growing. Public records confirm Griffin has acquired his first lakefront property, at 1285 S. Ocean Blvd., about a quarter-mile south of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago and immediately across the street from his beachfront land.
Dangerous Swells Force Palm Beach Cruise Passengers to Board Ships in Fort Lauderdale
cruise detoured
Dangerous ocean conditions caused a hiccup for cruise ship passengers in our area. Some passengers arriving at the Port of Palm Beach Monday afternoon were a little confused when they saw the beautiful weather and no ship.
Read More (CBS 12) 
Forbes List of Global Billionaires Includes 40 Palm Beach Names
2018 billionaires list

Civic Association Directors on the
Forbes List
David Koch
Thomas Peterffy
Stephen Schwarzman
Stephen Ross
Charles Johnson
Henry Kravis
Paul Tudor Jones II
Jeff Greene
Charles Bronfman

Palm Beach's most famous snowbird, President Donald Trump, saw his net worth drop over the past year from $3.5 billion to $3.1 billion, according to Forbes, which today released its annual list of the world's billionaires, ranked by their estimated net worth.
James Patterson
Literacy Advocate, Mystery Writer
and  Woodstock Survivor
Best-selling novelist James Patterson, a Civic Association Director, has sold more than 350 million books, with more on the way, so he has a vested interest in literacy. On Monday, Patterson is leaving his writing study in South Florida and heading north to the Capitol to discuss the James Patterson Literacy Challenge with lawmakers on the hill.
Read More (Tallahassee Democrat) 


Palm Beach Town Council Meetings Rescheduled to Avoid Election Conflict
This month's Town Council meetings have been rescheduled to avoid conflict with Tuesday's town election in Palm Beach.
The regular monthly meeting, which is normally the second Tuesday of the month, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 20. The council's development reviews meeting, which would have been on Wednesday, will be at 9:30 a.m. March 21.

March 13, 2018, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Town Election
Town Council Chambers
March 14, 2018, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 15, 2018, 9:30 AM
Public Works Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 15, 2018, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

March 16, 2018 8:00 AM
Civic Association - Florida Crystals Tour
Civic Association Offices
March 20, 2018, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
March 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Civic Association: Live to Be 100 With a High-Quality Palm Beach Lifestyle
March 21, 2018, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
March 27, 2018, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 28, 2018, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 29, 2018, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 13, 2018
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Meet the Town Council candidates for Palm Beach: Lew Crampton
Lewis Crampton
This is Lew Crampton's first run for a Town Council seat, but it's by no means his foray into politics.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Meet the Town Council candidates for Palm Beach: Harris S. Fried
Harris Fried
His grandfather, J.L. Goldberg, a businessman and the family patriarch, told Fried when he was just 6 years old that he would someday become a lawyer.
  Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Civic Association's Re-Usable Shopping Bag Program a
Great Success
reusable bags
The Civic Association Reusable Bag Program offers a friendly way to discourage shoppers from using plastic bags, which are harmful to marine life and the environment. The association along with Oxbridge Academy students handed out all 2,000 bags by 2:30 PM on Friday at the Town of Palm Beach Publix.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Set Your Clocks Ahead on 
Saturday Night
Daylight savings - spring forward
Even though the Florida State Legislature is working toward year-round Daylight Savings Time, not so fast, it's not done yet.
Spring forward 
Sunday, March 11
2:00 am
Wake up on Saturday morning to the video version of This Week in Palm Beach. See all of your Palm Beach news in less than four minutes. 

We'll be sending out in email so stay tuned!

Daylight Saving Time Bill Approved by Florida Senate
daylight savings
The Florida Senate approved a bill Tuesday afternoon that expresses lawmakers' intent to put the state on year-round daylight saving time if allowed by Congress.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Stage Set for Florida House, Senate to Reach Deal on Tax Cuts
Florida Capital
Florida lawmakers prepared Friday to hammer out a tax-cut plan, with the Senate introducing a $148 million package and the House scrapping a controversial tax-related proposal that local governments argued could prevent them from banning unwanted businesses such as "puppy mills."
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Legislature Poised to Slash Cultural and Historic Preservation Grants
State seal of Florida
So far, the 2018 Florida legislative session isn't shaping up so well for cultural and historic preservation grants. Lawmakers seem poised to reduce funding even more than they did last year.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Police: Theft, Car Burglaries Reported at Palm Beach Condominium
police car
A Palm Beach man had $810 worth of items stolen from his car in the same area where two other cars were recently reported stolen, according to police.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Police: Man arrested after trying to break into Palm Beach home
Yovani Aurelio Betancourt
Yovani Betancourt
A Coral Gables man wearing a white hoodie and a mask was arrested Saturday after police said he tried to break into a Palm Beach home.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
DEP Approves Reservoir Plan South of Lake Okeechobee
Florida's Department of Environmental Protection signed off on a plan for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that is meant to reduce harmful discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Algae Again Threatening Florida's Indian River Lagoon
Scientists are seeing concerning levels of algae this year in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, just two years after massive blooms led to the worst fish kills on record.
Read More (ABC News)
America's Flood Insurance Chief Has a Message for All Floridians: You're at Risk
Flood Zone
If you're a homeowner in Florida relying on flood zone maps to decide whether to buy insurance, you may want to check your driver license instead. 
Read More (Miami Herald)
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