April 13, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Civic Association
Monday, April 16
10 AM
At the Flagler Museum

Mayor Gail Coniglio
State of the Town Address

Civic Association Town Beautification Award

Kunkle Awards

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Annual meeting 2018

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Ambassadors Reveal 
Personal Stories 
at Civic Association Luncheon
Bob Wright Nancy Brinker Eric Javits
Civic Association Chairman Bob Wright with
Ambassadors Nancy Brinker & Eric Javits

By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association
Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Ambassador Eric Javits, both of whom are Palm Beach Civic Association directors, spoke to more than 65 members April 5.  Ms. Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and  Mr. Javits served as U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva and as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague.
Smith Family Gives $750K to New Palm Beach  Rec Center
Matthew Smith
Civic Association Director Matthew Smith and his wife Tracy - along with his parents, Stanley and Arna Smith, - combined to give $750,000 for the construction of the proposed Morton & Barbara Mandel Recreation Center.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Ken Griffin 'Excited' to Donate $750K to New Rec Center in Palm Beach
Ken Griffiin
Ken Griffin
After a donation from Ken Griffin, Friends of Recreation has reached its fundraising goal for a new recreation center. The donation, along with about 80 others - including one other $750,000 donation - brought the rec center to its goal of $3.7 million.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Pulls Money from Reserves for Rec Center Project
Town Council
In a Tuesday Town Council update on the proposed Morton & Barbara Mandel recreation center, Friends of Recreation announced it had reached its fundraising goal, and the town decided how it would pay for its portion of the fundraising.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lawsuit Over New Palm Beach Recreation Center Appears Over
A lawsuit that could have blocked construction of the new recreation center appears to be defunct. In January, a three-judge panel in Palm Beach County Circuit Court dismissed the suit.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Brightline Adding Friday Night Trains
brightline station
On Friday nights, the last train will depart West Palm Beach at 9 p.m., arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 9:40 p.m. The last train will leave Fort Lauderdale at 10:55 p.m., arriving in West Palm Beach at 11:35 p.m.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Quiet Zone to Stop Brightline Horns Delayed in 4 PBC Cities
Brightline crossing
The creation of a quiet zone to silence train horns through four cities along Brightline's route has been delayed until at least June, after the train service's crews shifted their focus to the completion of the company's Miami extension.
More Pictures (Palm Beach Post)
First Brightline Train Arrives at Miami Station During Final 
Stage of Construction
Brightline Miami
A Brightline train pulled into the Miami Central station for the first time last week, as construction on the building enters its final stage, the company announced Wednesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Negotiations Between Royal Poinciana Plaza, Playhouse  Tenant Faltering
Royal Poinciana Playhouse
The revitalized Royal Poinciana Plaza has come together and been performing better than anyone involved expected, an Up Markets representative said Tuesday. But the dark cloud plaguing the project has gotten darker.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Ken Griffin Pulls Plug on Billionaires Row Home in Palm Beach
1265 S. Ocean Blvd.
Facing a budget overrun, Chicago billionaire Ken Griffin has pulled the plug on a house under construction at his oceanfront estate of more than a dozen acres south of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, according to a town official's email.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Developer Reveals Plans for Charley's Crab Site in Palm Beach
Charley_s Crab
The Frisbie Group is working on details of its plans to develop as many as five luxury townhouses on the site of the recently shuttered Charley's Crab restaurant, which it bought for $26.3 million late last week.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
John and Jana Scarpa Honored with "Distinguished Citizen Award"
John and Jana Scarpa
The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted the 29th Annual Alexis de Tocqueville Society Dinner Monday at Club Colette in honor of its major donors. The evening honored Civic Association Director John Scarpa and his wife Jana with the "Distinguished Citizen Award." The award is the highest honor the Town of Palm Beach United Way bestows and recognizes unparalleled leadership in philanthropy.


Monday, April 16, 10 AM
Civic Association Annual Meeting & A Toast to Our Town End-of-Season Celebration
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Tuesday, April 17, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 18, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, April 19, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Community Shred Event - Prevent Identity Theft
Phipps Ocean Park

Palm Beach Moving Forward on $32 Million Upgrade to Docks
Town Docks
The Palm Beach Town Council on Tuesday unanimously embraced a $32 million plan for upgrading the town docks. The plan calls for a completely modernized marina to accommodate larger boats.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
President in Palm Beach: FAA Notice Hints at April 15-22 Mar-a-Lago Visit
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
President Donald Trump might go straight from a South American summit to a week at his Mar-a-Lago estate later this month, according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory released Friday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Last Chance to Catch a Property Tax Break
Tax collector building
Did you know you can pay property taxes in smaller quarterly payments instead of one lump sum? If you prefer this option, act now!
Read More (Civic Association News)
Florida Property Tax Rates in Middle of Pack Nationally, Palm Beach County Among Highest in State
Property Tax Increasing
Palm Beach County's effective property tax rate is third-highest among Florida counties, according to a report released Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
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West Palm Beach Approves $40M Redesign of the Kravis Center
Kravis Center
The Kravis Center's glass-encased lobby will be expanded, and outside, the center's fountains and hedges will be reduced in size to make room for an expanded pedestrian plaza along Okeechobee Boulevard.
Read More (The Real Deal)
Palm Beach International Boat Show Reports Continued Growth
Palm Beach International Boat Show
Organizers report four days of picture-perfect weather set the stage for the 33rd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, welcoming more exhibitors and guests than ever before to displays along Flagler Drive.
Read More (Boating Industry) 
2018 Tropical Storm Names Released
2018 hurricane names
The National Hurricane Center has released the list of all 21 names being used for this year's tropical storms in the Atlantic.
Read More (WFLA)
New School Security Measures Planned for Palm Beach County Schools
palm beach county school district
Safe rooms. More identification. Single entry points. These are just some of the changes coming to our schools in Palm Beach County, to protect our children in a worst case scenario like the Parkland shooting.
Scripps Florida Researchers Awarded $2.875 Million to Destroy Common Form of Leukemia
Christoph Rader (left) with Hans Renata (right)
Christoph Rader (left) with   Hans Renata (right)
Christoph Rader, PhD, associate professor at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, has been awarded a $2.875 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop unique antibody-drug conjugates engineered to eradicate one of the most common forms of leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
  Read More (Scripps Florida)
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