THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
June 2, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
REAL ESTATE
New Construction Helps Fuel Property Value Bump in Palm Beach County
Fueled by new construction, taxable property values for 2017 are up an estimated 7.1 percent from 2016 in Palm Beach County, according to figures released by the Property Appraiser's Office.
This Famous Palm Beach House Earned a State Preservation Award
Photo by Stephen Leek Photography
Photo by Stephen Leek Photography
The famous "ham-and-cheese" house, which won the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach's most recent Ballinger Award for historically sensitive renovation, has been honored again, this time on the state level.
TRAFFIC
Okeechobee Corridor Public 
Meetings Planned
Mayor Muoio
Participate in the Design of WPB's Future Mobility Network. Mayor Jeri Muoio has announced the dates and location for public meetings to discuss and plan West Palm Beach's future mobility network.
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of May 29
traffic 05-26-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
Continued Flagler [North] Bridge 
Lane Closures
Flagler Bridge Replacement Project
The Flagler Memorial Bridge will have lane closures from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, and nightly lane closures 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, through Thursday, June 1, and from Sunday, June 4, through Thursday, June 8, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. One lane will remain open during this time. 
TESTA REDEVELOPMENT
How Palm Beach Developers Hope to Shrink Timeline for Testa Project
Testa proposed
Courtesy of the Frisbie Group
The Testa redevelopment project is estimated to take close to four years, but developers say it could be shortened to about two years.
Palm Beach Shops Pulling Out of Via Testa to Make Way for Demolition
Testa redevelopment
Courtesy of the Frisbie Group
Retailers have been given until the end of June to clear out of the Via Testa so demolition can begin on the 1.3-acre Testa property on Royal Poinciana Way.
ZIKA VIRUS
7 Babies Born So Far with Zika Complications in Florida
microcephaly drawing
In their second year combatting the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, state officials say they're better prepared, but they're also dealing with the consequences of infections, particularly among pregnant women.
Miami Zika Linked to Caribbean Outbreak, Study Finds
Identifying mosquitos
The Zika virus that spread through South Florida last year likely started two months before it was confirmed, was introduced by at least four infected people - and as many as 42 - and originated in the Caribbean, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
DROUGHT
Extreme Drought Closes Lake Okeechobee Locks
Five locks on Lake Okeechobee are now closed following extreme drought conditions. According to the South Florida Water Management District the lake was just 10.98 feet above sea level this morning.
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."
Patricia Ann Humbert McLaughlin
Patricia Ann Humbert McLaughlin
Mrs. McLaughlin attended Sullins Junior College (Bristol, VA) and graduated from Brown's Business School, Bayshore, NY. She worked for BBD&O in New York in consumer product surveys, but her true passion was the hotel business. She held a number of management positions, including at the Plaza Hotel, heading the VIP program; the Sheraton Hotel at Prudential Center in Boston; and the Halloran House and Biltmore Hotels in New York City. In 1987, Mrs. McLaughlin left the hotel business, and she and her husband founded EFM Media, where they syndicated radio shows, beginning with Dr. Dean Edell. In 1988, they brought Rush Limbaugh to New York, syndicating him locally, then nationally; a few years later they started the Limbaugh Letter. 
Alicia Cannon Mullen
Alicia Cannon Mullen
Mrs. Mullen is a principal at Washing Pond Ventures, which focuses on growing technology-enabled companies through either internal incubation or external investment. She is a founding board member of The Nantucket Project, an annual invitation-only thought leadership conference, which held its inaugural event in 2011. She is also a board member of Techweek, the largest technology event in the Midwest. Mrs. Mullin is a board member/advisor to numerous technology companies including Brave New Software, which created the government funded Lantern platform to allow global uncensored internet access. Her past positions include senior vice president/CIO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CIO of First Options of Chicago (acquired by Goldman Sachs). She was selected as one of the Top Women in Computing by McGraw-Hill. Mrs. Mullen obtained her BA in computer science from Boston University, where she played on the varsity tennis team, and currently sits on the university's board of trustees. 

MEETINGS & EVENTS
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
 
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
 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, All Day
Independence Day
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
New Vice President 
Membership & Marketing  Announced
Mary Robosson
Mary Robosson
The Civic Association is happy to announce that Mary Robosson has been hired as our new vice president of membership and marketing. "Mary will be a wonderful addition to our Civic Association team, an exceptional asset to our organization," said Ned Barnes, president of the association. 
BEACH CLOSURE
No Swimming: High Bacteria Level Closes Midtown Beach in Palm Beach
No swimming
Beachgoers won't be able to get in the water today at Midtown Beach. Palm Beach lifeguards recently drew the red flags and posted a high bacteria warning.
HURRICANE SEASON STARTS JUNE 1
New Hurricane Evacuation Plan This Year
hurricane traffic
A new evacuation plan from the Florida Department of Transportation allows motorists to drive on the shoulders of highways instead of the more complicated process of making all lanes one-way.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
US Weather Agency Predicts Above-Normal Hurricane Season 
2017 Hurricane season
Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season.
Read More (Reuters)
Hurricane Preparedness - Voluntary ID Cards & Out-of-State Resident ID Cards
The Palm Beach Police Department is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, they are recommended.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Town Official to Appear at Hurricane Seminar
Jay Boodheshwar
Jay Boodheshwar
Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar will speak at the Citizens' Association of Palm Beach's hurricane seminar on June 7 at the South Fire Station.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientist Wins $2 Million Grant to Study Childhood Disorder Linked to Behavioral Problems
Seth Tomchik
Seth Tomchik
Assistant Professor Seth Tomchik of the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has received $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 
Read More (Scripps Florida)
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
Lucas CPR Device Training
Lucas CPR Training
Many thanks to the crew from Station 23 of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue who provided our ED staff with valuable in-service training on the Lucas CPR device.
Read More (Good Samaritan FB)
THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Lawmakers Act to Curb "Scary" Trend in Everglades - but Another Danger Lurks
Roseate spoonbill
The Everglades is the largest wetland of its kind in North America, but it's been under assault for generations by residential development, water diversion and pesticide runoff. 
Read More (CBS News)
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