THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
May 4, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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TRAFFIC
West Palm Mobility Study Released
Mobility Map
This week West Palm Beach city leaders revealed the results of studies about traffic, walkability, bicycling, and parking in downtown West Palm Beach. It's called the Mobility Study. Gabe Klein, a consultant on cityscapes from CityFi, discussed the results of the city's mobility study, including the Okeechobee Corridor study, the Downtown Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study, and the Citywide Bicycle Masterplan.
FLAGLER BRIDGE
What's Wrong with the Flagler Bridge? DOT Brings in Experts to Examine Malfunctions
flagler bridge up
After the Flagler Memorial Bridge malfunctioned at least five times within the last five weeks, the Florida Department of Transportation has brought in experts to perform an independent review of the bridge.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Town Council to Appoint an Alternate Member to the Code Enforcement Board
Town of Palm Beach logo
The Town of Palm Beach announces a board member opening on the Town's Code Enforcement Board effective April 2018. The Code Enforcement Board hears cases involving violations of the Town Code and ordinances, and imposes administrative fines and other noncriminal penalties where a pending or repeated violation exists.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Police Department Commends Officers, 
Swears in New Ones
Meghan McCarthy Daily News
Meghan McCarthy / Daily News
The Palm Beach Police department handed out awards and swore in eight new officers in front of about 50 people inside the Town Hall chambers Thursday afternoon.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
BEACHES
Sand-Saving Work Near Midtown in Palm Beach Nearly Complete
groin construction
Town officials expect to complete by May 15 construction of a groin being built to trap and hold sand at an erosion hot spot south of Midtown Beach. Work began in early April on the groin at the east end of Gulfstream Road.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Board: Town Should Be Liable for New Groins on Beaches
groin work
The Shore Protection Board wants the town to move more quickly on a groin rehabilitation plan recently stalled over liability concerns. The shore board unanimously voted Thursday to recommend the Town Council order town staff to resume federal environmental permitting efforts for the groin plan.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
How a New Florida Law Affects Public Beach Access
Private Beach sign

A new law governing how restrictions to private beaches are determined triggered a tidal wave of ire this year from groups fearful it will limit one of Florida's most dearly held rights - public beach access.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Friends of Palm Beach Collects 
335 Pounds of Trash from the Beach
Friends of Palm Beach
More than 70 volunteers came out Saturday for a Friends of Palm Beach cleanup. Diane Buhler, president and founder of Friends of Palm Beach, said 335 pounds of debris were removed from the beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Norton Museum's Expansion Keeps New Deputy Director Busy
Sam Ankerson has a long to-do list as the Norton Museum's deputy director. His main job is to make the move into the $100 million Norman Foster-designed expansion, which opens in February, as smooth as possible.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast Expected to Have Population Boom in Coming Years
In the next decade, the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast could see a 25 percent to 35 percent growth in the population. Dr. Jerry Parrish, the chief economist at the Florida Chamber Foundation, spoke Tuesday at the annual small business conference at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
Read More (WPTV)

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Friday, May 4, 9:30 AM
Town Hurricane Seminar
Town Council Chambers

Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee with the Crew 
- Undergrounding Phase 1 - North
Annie's Dock
 
Tuesday, May 8, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, May 9, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
-Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, May 10, 9:30 AM
Public Works Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day
Town Hall & Civic Association Closed
HURRICANE
Town of Palm Beach 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
Hurricane Preparedness
The Town of Palm Beach encourages residents, business owners, and contractors conducting business on the island to be prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. Palm Beach officials will offer tips on how to prepare for the upcoming storm season during their 2018 Hurricane Seminar.

Friday, May 4
Town of Palm Beach Council Chambers
360 South County Road
Palm Beach
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Read More (Civic Association News)
Are the Tropics Waking Up? Area Near Bahamas Piques Interest
may weather disturbance
The official start of hurricane season is still a month away, but meteorologists are already watching something stirring near the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center has not identified the mass of showers and thunderstorms as anything to worry about and models are not pointing to a tropical system.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
3 Changes the NHC is Implementing for the Upcoming 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
National Hurricane Center
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one for the record books, and as people prepare for what the upcoming hurricane season brings, they may notice changes that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is making.
Read More (Accuweather)
Water Managers Practice for Hurricane Season
Water managers practice for hurricane season
courtesy WPEC
Hurricane season is now just a month away. On Tuesday, regional water managers prepared for the upcoming storm season by staging their annual hurricane drill.
Read More (CBS 12)
TAX & FINANCE
Alachua, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties Have Highest Property Tax Rates in Florida
Property Tax Increasing
With an effective property tax rate of 1.35 percent, Alachua County has the highest tax rate among Florida counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.
Read More (Florida Business Daily) 
SUNFEST
SunFest May 3-6 in 
Downtown West Palm Beach
Sunfest 2018
Road closures began on April 25 and will continue through May 9. SunFest will be four days this year instead of five days like in previous years. Follow link for list of road closures.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
PBSO's Overtime Bill to Feds 
is $3.3M and Growing
Palm Beach County Sheriff
Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies who help protect the President when he visits Mar-a-Lago racked up nearly $3.3 million in overtime during presidential trips between November and early February - money that county officials expect to get back from the federal government.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $ 
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