THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
May 5, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Scholarship Awarded to Town Employee's Daughter 
Sophia's sister, Hugo Rivero, Lew Crampton, Civic Association, Sophia Rivero, Mrs. Rivero, John Cregan, Civic Association
Sophia's sister; Hugo Rivero; Lew Crampton,Citizens Association; Sophia Rivero; Mrs. Rivero, John Cregan, Civic Association
Sofia Rivero was awarded this year's Town of Palm Beach College Scholarship for children of Town employees during the Town Council meeting this week. The scholarship is sponsored by the Palm Beach Civic Association and the Citizens' Association. 
FPL Offers Millions More in Discounts Toward 
Utility Burial Costs 
Florida Power & Light has offered the town up to $6 million in additional discounts toward the cost of burying all power lines in town, Town Manager Tom Bradford said this week.
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
NEW: President Trump May Make First Trip to Camp David This Weekend 
Camp David
The Federal Aviation Administration posted an advisory to pilots Monday afternoon that flight restrictions for "VIP movement" will be issued for the airspace around the famed presidential retreat from Friday through Sunday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Trump in Palm Beach: How Life Changed with a President on the Island
Palm Beach will feel the effects of President Donald Trump for several more seasons - and likely longer.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
TRAFFIC
News about Southern Blvd. & Flagler Memorial Bridges
Bridge Construction
Southern Blvd. bridge replacement is underway. Construction barges with cranes are on the north side of the bridge and work has begun. Bingham Island has been fenced for construction material and equipment.
Flagler Bridge Nightly Lane Closures
Flagler Memorial Bridge will have nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 14, through Thursday, May 18. One lane will remain open during this time. Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the remaining lane as the bridge is painted.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Contractors Opposed to Changing Palm Beach Construction Hours
Construction-weary residents are calling for changes to town regulations related to work days and hours. But, island contractors say they have enough restrictions already.
Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Campaign  May 7th - 15th, 
Town Committed to Promoting Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Bicycle Safety
The Palm Beach Police Department has announced its partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation's 'Florida's Pedestrian & Bicycle Focused Initiative.' 
Join Us for A
Public Discussion 
About Our Traffic
Flagler Bridge Traffic
Monday, May 22nd 
Palm Beach County Convention Center
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Hosted by: 
Town of Palm Beach Mayor
Gail Coniglio
  
West Palm Beach City Commissioner  
Shanon Materio
  
 Palm Beach County Commissioner  
Mack Bernard
  
Construction and Traffic Highlights the Week of May 8th
traffic 05-08-17

Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
Two More Brightline Trains Arrive in West Palm Beach
Brightline
Brightline's BrightGreen and BrightOrange trains, named for the coloring on their passenger cars, are being pulled across the country by a locomotive. They are expected to complete the 3,052-mile journey from California this afternoon.
BEACHES
Coastal Update: Palm Beach in 'Beach-Building' Time of Year  
Clarke Beach
Palm Beach's shoreline has a few escarpments but its overall condition is good, Coastal Coordinator Rob Weber said this week.
Friends of Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
 
Joining us will be Paul Davis  
Marine Debris Awareness Vehicle
  
DATE:      May 13th
TIME:      9:00 am - 11:00 am
  
SIGN IN LOCATION
Indian Road

Park on N. Ocean Way and overflow to Arabian Road. This location is at the very north end of the island just south of the Inlet. 
   
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
561-507-0345
   
Beach Cleaning Crew Puts Truck on Wish List for Palm Beach Work  

Civic Association Encourages Donations to Friends of Palm Beach to Purchase Vehicle so They Can Remove Our Beach Trash

Collecting 2,400 pounds of garbage from the island's beaches, as Diane Buhler and the Friends of Palm Beach do each month, is an arduous task.

But removing that garbage also isn't easy, cheap or something that the town can continue to pay to do.

That's why, since March, Buhler has been the one removing an average of nine heavy bags of garbage from the private beaches that she and her crews clean each week, she told the town's Public Works Committee last week.

To Make a Donation, Please Contact
Diane Buhler, Founder Friends of Palm Beach
561-507-0345
STATE LEGISLATURE
State Bill Prevents Palm Beach from Regulating Uber  
Uber
Palm Beach has lost at least one battle against the state for home rule authority - this one regarding transportation.
Tax Savings for Voters Means Cost Cutting for County - or Tax Hikes
The most important votes passed a joint resolution allowing residents to determine if they want to expand the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 for homes worth $100,000 or more.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Best-Selling Author James Patterson Donates Books to 30,000 Middle School Students, Surprises Congress MS with Visit
James Patterson
Sixth and seventh graders in middle schools throughout the School District of Palm Beach County are going home with an extra incentive to get reading thanks to best-selling author James Patterson, who has generously donated books for 30,000 students in District schools.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, May 19, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Retirement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, May 19, 2017, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Monday, May 22, 2017 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Public Discussion About Our Traffic
Palm Beach County Convention Center
 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, May 29, 2017, All Day
Memorial Day
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed

Thursday, June 1, 2017, All Day
Commencement of Hurricane Season
Gulf of Mexico & Atlantic Ocean

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Monday, June 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, & Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
REAL ESTATE
Palm Beach Real Estate: Overcoming the Jitters for a Late-Season Rally
Buyers, sellers finally appear to have gotten over their pre- and post-election funk.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Jeff Greene Drops $25M on Bulk Condo Purchase in 
West Palm
The Whitney & Jeff Greene
Greene's 410 Evernia Street Partners LLC bought 139 units at the Whitney, an eight-story, 210-unit condo building at 410 Evernia Street. Greene, who purchased 129 residential condos and 10 commercial units, financed the deal with a $17 million mortgage from Bank of America. 
Read More (The Real Deal)
WPB Mayor: Currie Park Floating Plaza Redesign Needs Developer Commitment 
Urban planner Carlo Ratti, hired by the city and developer Jeff Greene, is scheduled to present his redesign plan for Currie Park and adjacent areas to city commissioners Monday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
ZIKA VIRUS
In Florida, Mosquitoes Zoom in on the Zika Virus  
Zika Mosquito
The Florida Keys are flying in 40,000 of these nasty bugs a week to take their own 'buzzing' vacations.
Read More (Lifezette)
As Zika Season Approaches, States Step up Efforts to Combat Virus 
The warm weather that is arriving in the U.S. is bringing mosquitoes and, following last year's outbreak of Zika, states hard hit by the virus are stepping up their efforts to prevent the spread of the bug-borne illness even as the future of federal funding to combat it remains in jeopardy.
See More (FoxNews)
HURRICANE
Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017
Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017
Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. 
Read More (National Weather Service)
WEATHER
Summer Heat Here, First 90-Plus Day Possible this Week
weather 5-11-17
Prepare for July-like temperatures in the next few days as forecasts call for 90-plus temperatures in West Palm Beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
TOWN COUNCIL & COMMISSIONS
Prohibition of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers on Properties Less Than One Acre
At the April 13, 2017, Town Council meeting, Ordinance 11-2017 was approved on second reading, prohibiting the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on properties less than one acre. 
Palm Beach Board: Fine Contractors for False Alarms 
Fire Station
The town plans to start fining contractors when they accidentally set off fire alarms at island homes and businesses.
Palm Beach Considers Leasing Okeechobee Blvd. Property 
Palm Beach officials don't want to sell the town's property on Okeechobee Boulevard, but they'll consider leasing it.
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Biotech Budding in Jupiter 
North county's biotech and science hub keeps bubbling along, attracting business, high-paying jobs, homebuyers and national attention to the area.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
When Weight Becomes Life-Threatening
Good Samaritan Morning Huddle
Thank you to our Good Samaritans who were celebrated this morning at CEO Huddle for extraordinary patient care and professionalism!.
Read More (Good Samaritan FB)
THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
With Passage of Lake Okeechobee Reservoir Bill, Focus Turns to Washington
STAs and Sugar Fields
State Senate President Joe Negron nimbly maneuvered through the Florida Legislature a bill committing some $800 million for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb damaging water discharges.
Read More (Naples News)
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