THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
May 19, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
RECREATION CENTER
Residents Sue Palm Beach to Block New Recreation Center
The Palm Beach recreation center might not get demolished this summer as planned. Three residents filed a lawsuit late Friday alleging the Town Council didn't follow the rules last month when it approved several variances for a new 17,117-square-foot center to replace the existing one.
Mandels Not Giving Up on Palm Beach Rec Center Project
Morton Mandel
Morton Mandel
"Clearly the vast majority of people in Palm Beach support the plan for a new recreation center," Morton Mandel said via email Tuesday. "I remain committed to this important community project."
BEACHES
Police: Sanford Man Died Saving Friend from Palm Beach Rip Current
Eleanor Roy  Daily News
(Eleanor Roy / Daily News)
  
A Sanford man died while trying to save a coworker who was swept to sea by a rip current at Clarke Avenue Beach, according to Palm Beach police.
Federal Decision Months Away on South End Sand for Palm Beach
Reach 8
Palm Beach residents must wait several more months before the federal government tells them what beach projects are allowed on the far south end of town.
Palm Beach to Pay to Study Breakers' Beach Erosion Solutions
Public Works Director Paul Brazil suggested members pay a consultant $42,000 to study how to keep sand on the shore near The Breakers, Clarke Beach and Midtown beaches.
Palm Beach Appoints New Members to Its Shore Board
Harvey Kinzelberg
Harvey Kinzelberg

Oceanfront residents from Palm Beach's North End, Midtown and South End are the newest members to the town's Shore Protection Board.
EVENT
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
  
NEW
CIVIC ASSOCIATION  DIRECTORS
Thirteen new directors were welcomed as Palm Beach Civic Association Directors at the Annual Meeting for 2017-2018. This weekly feature will introduce them, two per week in alphabetical order, now and in future editions of "This Week."
Diana Barrett
Diana Barrett
Diana Barrett
Ms. Barrett was on the faculty of Harvard University from 1975 until 2004. She was a member of the Social Enterprise Core Group, where she taught Business Leadership in the Social Sector, as well as in executive programs. She received both her MBA and her doctorate in business administration from the Harvard Business School. Her special interest was in large and complex health systems. She travelled extensively nationally and internationally, working with corporations and hospital systems as they explored innovative ways of providing high-quality and affordable care. 
Lori Jayne Weitzman Bernstein
Lori Bernstein
Lori Jayne Weitzman Bernstein
Mrs. Bernstein grew up on The Main Line in Philadelphia and attended high school at The Agnes Irwin School. In 1996 she graduated from The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications where she had concentrations in Marketing and Photography and became a member of Delta Phi, The St. Elmo's Club. She began vacationing at The Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington with her parents in 1978. After she graduated from University of Pennsylvania, she became a full time Palm Beach resident.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
David H. Gilmour 
Interview and Book Signing
Evenbright David Gilmour
LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE - RSVP REQUIRED!!!
Join us for a fascinating evening with one of the world's most prolific entrepreneurs!!! FIJI WATER Founder, David Gilmour, will be LIVE at Palm Beach Dramaworks to speak about his new book, START UP
HEALTHCARE
Check Out Five Global Wellness Trends Already at Work in Palm Beach
EAU
Florida, and Palm Beach in particular, is quickly becoming a world leader in the wellness market.
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EVENT: Success Under Pressure...
Helping Patients & Families Manage Stress & Pressure  

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Human Resources Education Room

Special Guest Speakers:
Michelle McLean-Bailey, former Miss Universe
&
Gary Bailey, former goal keeper for Manchester United Football Club

When someone in your family becomes seriously ill, it puts tremendous pressure on not just the patient, but everyone around them. Stress goes through the roof and yet for most, life has to continue.  So how does everybody cope with this to the best of their ability?
 
Using the GREAT principles that they've developed, Michelle & Gary will teach you techniques to better manage pressure and stress and thereby improve your wellness every day. The most amazing thing of all is that it's simple and requires no EXTRA time in your day! 

Event is free and no reservations are required.

TOWN of PALM BEACH
Developers Warn Neighbors: 'Noisy, Dirty' Testa's Project Coming Soon
Testas
The long-awaited Testa redevelopment project likely will begin this summer, developers said last week during a meeting with Palm Beach residents and merchants.
Palm Beach to Hire Utilities Coordinator to Help Manage Undergrounding
The Town Council wants to speed up efforts to fill a new underground utilities coordinator's post, saying staff needs the help now. Town Manager Tom Bradford has held back on filling the $130,000 position until after the council votes to begin construction on phase one of the nine-year project.
Federal, State Changes to Raise Building Height Rules in Palm Beach
Palm Beach property owners soon will have to build new houses and businesses higher to avoid rising sea levels.
Protest Planned Ahead of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Benefits Negotiations
Fire Station
A group that orchestrated several protests against President Donald Trump is switching gears and will gather Thursday in support of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue firefighters who are in the midst of a years-long negotiation for their benefits.
Children of Palm Beach Employees Pick up Thousands in Scholarships
Sophia Rivero
Sophia Rivero
Two types of scholarships, one co-sponsored by the Citizens' Association of Palm Beach and Palm Beach Civic Association, and the other by the Palm Beach Country Club, were awarded during the Town Council meeting Tuesday.
Paramount Theatre Sign 'Known Across the Country' to Be Replaced
Paramount Sign
The electric "Paramount" sign that welcomed moviegoers to the historic Paramount Theatre for decades is worn out and will be replaced with an exact duplicate.
Palm Beach Appoints New Members to Recreation Board
Amy Bahl Grier Pressly
Amy Bahl & Grier Pressly
Amy Bahl, who worked 10 years as a land use and governmental attorney, and Grier Pressly, a practicing attorney, were appointed Tuesday to the board. The Town Council chose Bahl as a regular voting member and Pressly as an alternate.
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Twin Tower Downtown Project 
Ready to Go?
One West Palm

Developer Jeff Greene says he's ready to start building One West Palm, his $250 million, two-tower office/hotel/apartment project that won city approval in January 2016.
NEW: Developer Kills Plan for 5 Tall Towers at Prospect Place in WPB
A plan to build million-dollar condominiums on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach is a no-go, thanks to neighborhood opposition to the project.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
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
 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:30 - 7:00pm
Helping Patients & Families Manage Stress & Pressure
Good Samaritan Medical Center
 
Monday, May 29, 2017, All Day
Memorial Day
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed
 
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017
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
 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
PORT OF PALM BEACH
Historic JFK Bunker Could Get New Lease on Life with New Port Contract
Mar-a-Lago, Winter White House of President Donald Trump, has been meticulously preserved over the last 25 years, but that cannot be said of the John F. Kennedy bunker, a deteriorating treasure built on Peanut Island near JFK's Palm Beach Winter White House.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
EVERGLADES
Gov. Scott Ceremoniously Signs Lake O Reservoir Bill
Rick Scott water bill
The bill aims to reduce the recurrence of toxic algae outbreaks that have impacted communities along the Caloosahatchee River and create cleaner beaches in Southwest Florida by restoring the flow of clean water to the Everglades and Florida Bay. The reservoir will store 120 billion gallons of storm overflow.
Read More (Civic Association News)
TRAFFIC
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of May 15
Traffic 05-15-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
TAX & FINANCE
A Tax Break for Homeowners Has Local Governments Worried
Voters will get a chance to give themselves a property tax break next year, and local governments are bracing for the financial hit.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Palm Beach County Tax Collector Wants to Develop Rules for Airbnb Rentals
airbnb
As many as 5,000 vacation rentals posted on home-sharing websites such as Airbnb are operating - often under the radar - in Palm Beach County, according to the tax collector's office.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
ZIKA VIRUS
Researchers Find Zika Virus Inhibitor
Zika Mosquito
Researchers from the Sanford-Burnham Preby's Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in San Diego have pinpointed the molecule that inhibits the Zika virus, a step towards finding a drug to combat the virus, which has become a global epidemic.
Read More (R&D Magazine)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Local Ransomware Expert Gives Tips on How to Protect Yourself
WannaCry Ransomware
Just days after a ransomware expert warned Boynton Beach businesses last week about the high threat of such a virus, a new type of malware called the "WannaCry" ransomware virus was launched and through Monday had attacked more than 230,000 computers worldwide.  
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
HURRICANE
Hurricane Preparedness Voluntary ID Cards & Out of State Resident ID Cards
Florida Hurricane
The Palm Beach Police Department is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, it is recommended that all new and renewal cards be obtained well in advance of the upcoming hurricane season. 
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
'Hurricane Hunters' Ready for Atlantic Storm Season
Hurricane Hunters
Though she's a seasoned "Hurricane Hunters" pilot, U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Devon Meister will never forget her frightening flight along the turbulent eyewall of Hurricane Rafael in 2012, roughly 10,000 feet above the churning Caribbean Sea.
Read More (Florida Today)
DROUGHT
Rainy Season Can't Come Soon Enough for Wildfire Threat, 'We Are All on Edge'
wildfires
Florida's dependable rainy season can't come soon enough as wildfires rage statewide. While the average start date is May 21, meteorologists aren't sure Mother Nature plans to keep that schedule.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Florida Suffers Hottest First 
Four Months in 
122 Years
Florida's average temperature for January through April was 66.6 degrees, which is the warmest since records began in 1895.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scientists Solve Major Cancer Protein Conundrum
Joseph Kissil
Joseph Kissil

Despite intense research, there's been much confusion regarding the exact role of a protein in a critical cancer-linked pathway.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
Surgical Weight Loss Gives One Patient an Excuse to Shop for New Clothes
Nina Robinson
Nina Robinson

"I feel fantastic. I've already lost 107 pounds, and I am very confident that in no time I will achieve my goal weight of 198 pounds."
Read More (Good Samaritan)
THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
The Everglades Foundation Lauds Signing of SB 10 by Governor Rick Scott
The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg today issued the following statement lauding the signing of Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Read More (The Everglades Foundation)
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