THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
May 11, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
From the Palm Beach Civic Association
SOUTHERN BLVD BRIDGE
Temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge to Open May 17
Southern Blvd Bridge 05-2018
On Thursday, May 17, the temporary bridge for the Southern Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project will open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The vertical lift span bridge will open with one lane of traffic in each direction and a sidewalk for pedestrians on the north side.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Palm Beach Officials See  Season 
as One of Accomplishment 
and Optimism
Kirk Blouin
Town leaders say 2017-18 was a season of achievement and cause for optimism about the future. The Town Council installed new leadership at Town Hall, cut expenses and turned a corner on the long-underfunded retirement program, Mayor Gail Coniglio and council members said.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Residents Say Lawyer's Request for Additional Parking is Guise for Proposed New Club
Carriage House
Amid resistance from some residents, the Town Council on Wednesday plans to consider a potential proposal to add parking to the 100 block of Royal Palm Way.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Town Designated Areas for Car Carriers to Load and Unload
Car carriers are allowed to load and off-load vehicles in 3 areas of Town. Residents are strongly encouraged to notify/educate their auto transport carrier companies prior to arriving in the Town of Palm Beach.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
REAL ESTATE
Why Was Real Estate Season So Busy in Palm Beach?
If the Palm Beach real estate market were a magnum of Dom Perignon, you would surely have heard a loud "pop" this season. That's because the bottleneck holding back single-family sales over the past couple of years finally broke with a rush of closings, especially after the first of the year, real estate brokers and analysts agree.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Real Estate: What Were the Season's Biggest Sales?
1473 N Ocean
The season that just ended saw Palm Beach homebuyers and sellers inking contracts at a dizzying pace, a sea change from the same eight-month period last year.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Is 25-Story Waterfront Office Back on Table Despite Height Concern?
One Flagler
Fresh off last year's 3-2 defeat of the Okeechobee Business District plan, Mayor Jeri Muoio has told staff to study the rezoning effort again, to help attract desperately needed Class A office construction downtown. Two of the three city commissioners who voted against the plan are gone, raising the prospect that yeas will out-number nays this time around.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $
West Palm Beach Might Revive Rezoning Plan to Encourage Downtown Office Development
West Palm Beach might reconsider a business district that would encourage downtown office development through rezoning. Mayor Jeri Muoio directed city staff to revive planning for the Okeechobee Business District downtown, which the city commission rejected last year.
Read More (The Real Deal)
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
Businesses Grow Accustomed 
to 'New Normal'
secret service motocade
Laurel Baker remembers the issues around town that came with Donald Trump's first year as president: the awkwardness, the traffic problems, the uncertainty hovering over business owners, who were unsure how Trump's visits would affect their sales.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Digital License Plates Coming to Florida? [Video]
digital license plate
RPlates are now on sale in California and will be available in Arizona, Texas, and Florida in the near future.
NBC News interviewed Dr. Ashraf Gaffar, an assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University, who studies automotive technologies. He agreed that digital license plates could offer some benefits but cautioned that they might introduce other problems.
Mosquitoes that Carry Zika Could Bring Deadlier Yellow Fever 
This Year
Asian Tiger Mosquito
The Zika scare of 2016 could morph into a yellow fever panic this year if South Florida residents let down their guard when it comes to protecting themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes. 
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
McHappy Day Unites Thousands of Canadians Across the Country
George Cohon
George Cohon
McHappy Day is McDonald's Canada's largest charity-driven program. Established in 1977 by McDonald's Canada founder George Cohon, a Civic Association Director, McHappy Day has helped raise more than $66 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local charities. That money has gone to help more than 300,000 families of sick children stay together in Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms while their kids are treated in nearby hospitals.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tuesday, May 15, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, May 16, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation 
Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, May 17, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, May 18, 9:00 AM
Retirement System Board 
of Trustees Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, May 18, 2:30 PM
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day
Town Hall & Civic Association Closed
HURRICANES
Palm Beach Officials: Pay Heed to Evacuation Orders
hurricane evacuation route
After getting sideswiped by powerful hurricanes two years in a row, there's plenty of interest in the upcoming tropical weather season - and that was on display Friday at a hurricane seminar at Town Hall.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Hurricane Pass Program
Voluntary ID Card
In order to make it easier for residents and business owners to return to Palm Beach after a hurricane, the Town has started the Hurricane Pass Voluntary ID program. 
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Study: Hurricane Landfall for East, Gulf Coasts Probable in 2018
Hurricane Irma 9-7-17 5pm
The Hurricane Genesis & Outlook (HUGO) Project at Coastal Carolina University anticipates a "normal to above normal" hurricane season in 2018, with a high probability of a landfall on both the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.
Read More (Florida Today)
FPL Prepares for Hurricane Season With 'Lessons Learned' From Irma
FPL logo
With hurricane season fast approaching, Florida Power and Light is testing its systems - and more than 3,000 employees - to make sure they can get the lights back on quickly after a storm.
Read More (WLRN)
Money for South Florida Flood Control Shorted, Report Says
The budget for repairing South Florida's aging flood control structures is short tens of millions of dollars each year, potentially putting homes at risk during extreme rainfall, according to an inspector general's report.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
The Time to Buy Flood Insurance is Now!
Flood Zone
Flood insurance is typically NOT included in your homeowners, renters and business insurance policies. Now is the time to purchase - or upgrade - your flood insurance policy.
Read More (TCPalm)
WEATHER
Precipitation Anticipation: Date, Not Dew Point, Starts 'Rainy Season'
rainy season
The National Weather Service in Miami has designated May 15 through Oct. 15 as the permanent dates for the rainy season, fixing the days similar to the set time frame given for hurricane season.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Mother's Day Forecast: Rethink Outdoor Plans
mothers day weather 2018
South Florida's rainy season may be starting right on time with scattered to numerous showers in the forecast at least through Mother's Day.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) 
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TAX & FINANCE
Palm Beach County Schools to Consider New Property Tax
   
palm beach county school district
Palm Beach County schools may ask voters in November to approve a new tax to boost teacher salaries and supplement school security and mental health care.
FLAGLER BRIDGE
UPDATE 5-8-2018
Flagler Bridge has Software Problems
flagler bridge up
"The software needed tweaking" said Geoff Parker of New Millennium Engineering, a consultant to the Florida Department of Transportation, at the Palm Beach Town Council meeting today. That is what is causing the repeated Flagler Bridge malfunctions.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Friends of
Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
beach clean-up
DATE: May 19th
TIME: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    
All supplies will be there. Iced water and snacks too.

CONTACT
Diane Buhler
561-507-0345
 
diane@friendsofpalmbeach.com
Palm Beach Recreation Center
Palm Beach Recreation Department
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