THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
June 29, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 

CIVIC ASSOCIATION NEWS
THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
CIVIC ASSOCIATION VIDEO
Civic Group's Survey Focuses on Future of Business in Palm Beach
125 Worth Ave
Autonomous vehicles, drones, e-commerce, increasing life expectancy, rising sea levels.  The future is at our doorstep. It's going to change a lot of things including the face of business in Palm Beach.
 
The Palm Beach Civic Association wants residents to think about that, so last week it sent a survey to roughly 4,000 email addresses containing 18 multiple-choice questions about the local business community. Another 10 questions seek demographic information.
 
"We want to alert residents, businesses and government and civic leaders to transformative issues and get them thinking outside the box about matters that go beyond the normal business paradigms," said Harvey L. Poppel, a member of the association's executive committee.
Civic Association Survey
Is the Town Business Community 
Meeting Your Needs?
Business survey
The Civic Association Long Range Planning Committee is conducting an online survey to understand more about how the business community in the Town of Palm Beach is meeting the needs of the residential community.

The survey purpose is to help ensure the Town's business community suitably contributes to its residents' future quality of life.

For every completed response, we will donate $5 to the Friends of Palm Beach, the award-winning non-profit organization responsible for cleaning our beaches.

Save the Date
Monday, January 21, 2019! 
Annual Awards Luncheon 
will Feature Dr. Oz
The Palm Beach Civic Association is proud to announce Dr. Oz will be the keynote speaker for our 75th Anniversary Season Annual Awards Luncheon and Meet & Greet Reception.
UNDERGROUNDING
What is a Utility Easement?
Undergrounding Today
The subject of easements and the Town's Right of Way is a frequent topic of conversation with property owners regarding the undergrounding project. 

To address the most frequent questions and concerns, Steve Stern, Town Underground Utilities Project Manager, developed an FAQ document which has been posted as the June Newsletter to the Undergrounding.Info web site.
Read More (Undergrounding.info)
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Friends of Recreation to Cover Share of Rec Center Cost in Payments
Rec Center Archway
Friends of Recreation will pay its one-third share of the cost of a new Seaview Park recreation center in four payments, over the course of the construction, instead of paying all of its share up front. 

Earlier this month, the Town Council approved an agreement with Friends of Recreation that replaces a 2016 agreement in which the fund-raising group pledged to provide its share in advance.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Plans for Charley's Crab Site Change, Private Park to Be Replaced
Charley_s Crab
Palm Beach-based Frisbie Group has decided it wants to build on speculation four luxury townhouses - instead of the five the company floated initially - on the oceanfront site that for years was home to Charley's Crab restaurant.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Restaurant Manager Won't be Deported Next Week
Francisco Gonzalez, the Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, was told by immigration officials Thursday that he would not be deported next week, according to Richard Hujber, Gonzalez's lawyer.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Sobering New Image of Lake O Harmful Algae Bloom
Lake Okeechobee Algae
A satellite image taken Sunday of the spreading concentration of cyanobacteria on Lake Okeechobee shows a majority of the lake covered in the harmful algae. 

The image, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and released by the South Florida Water Management District, comes as a two-day break in lake discharges to the northern estuaries ended Monday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lake O Algae May Hit
 Palm Beach County; 
Safeguards Made to Avoid 2016
A move to spare the Treasure Coast from harmful algae could send more to Palm Beach County waterways, but officials hope added safeguards will avoid a 2016 repeat when Peanut Island closed briefly over the July 4 weekend.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Independence Day
Civic Association & Town Hall Closed
 
Thursday, July 5, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, July 9, 9:30 AM
Special Town Council Meeting
Budget Matters
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, July 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, July 11, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
PUBLIC SAFETY
Report: Palm Beach Crime Rate Sees Largest Drop in 17 Years
Kirk Blouin, Town Manager
The crime rate in Palm Beach plummeted by 22.3 percent in 2017, the island's largest drop in at least 17 years, according to a recently released report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
"Text-to-9-1-1"
Ann-Marie Taylor, 
Police Chief
The Town of Palm Beach is pleased to announce that, effective today, hearing and/or speech impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, now have another option to request help in an emergency - Text to 9-1-1.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Almost a Decade Later, Deals Still Being Made 
to Recover 
Madoff Money
Bernie Madoff
Bernie Madoff
So here it is nearly a decade after Bernie Madoff's Big Burn and still the trustee is finding money for swindled investors.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
TAX & FINANCE
High Court: Online Shoppers Can Be Forced to Pay Sales Tax
online cart
States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
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BEACHES
Sea Lice in Florida? Beachgoers Warned About Itch-Inducing Pests
There is a good chance that the seaweed bloom that is hitting our beaches right now is causing an outbreak of sea lice and bacteria in the water.

The pests, which are  thimble jellyfish larva, get trapped in tight swimsuits, sunblock swim shirts, and bathing suit straps and cause an itching rash. Sea lice are a common problem from April thru July on South Florida beaches. Check with lifeguards at local beaches to see if there have been any reports.
FLORIDA LEGISLATION
105 New 
Florida Laws 
Kick in on Sunday
Florida Capital
More than 100 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law from the 2018 legislative session will take effect Sunday, including a new state budget that tops $88 billion.
Read More (Orlando Sentinel)
TRAFFIC
Construction and Traffic Highlights for the Week of 7/2/2018
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)
PAR 3
Par 3 Golf Course Aerification Notice
Par 3 Golf Course

On Monday, July 9, 2018 and Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course will be undergoing aerification. Nine holes will be open for play on Monday and the entire course will be closed on Tuesday.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
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