THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
June 9, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
UNDERGROUNDING
Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Palm Beach's Utilities Plan 
A Palm Beach County Circuit judge has dismissed a resident's lawsuit challenging the March 2016 referendum in which voters narrowly approved up to $90 million in bonds to finance the burial of all overhead utilities on the island.
FLAGLER BRIDGE
Rainy Weather Delays Lane Openings on Flagler Bridge in Palm Beach
Flagler Bridge 4-17
Rainy weather has pushed back lane openings on the North Bridge by at least a couple weeks, according to bridge project officials. All four lanes on the Flagler Memorial Bridge likely won't open until mid-July, replacement project spokeswoman Angel Streeter Gardner said this afternoon. Two lanes, one in each direction, currently are open.
Flagler (North) Bridge to Completely Close Nightly
Flagler Bridge
Flagler Bridge will close nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, for paving operations and final testing of the bridge.
SOUTHERN BLVD. BRIDGE
Southern Boulevard Bridge Lane Closures
Southern Blvd Bridge
The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridge and Causeway will have lane closures from 9 p.m. Sunday, June 11, to 6 a.m. Monday, June 12, with closures alternating between the eastbound and westbound lanes.
REAL ESTATE
Palm Beach Real Estate Sales Rebounding After Sluggish First Quarter
1290 S. Ocean Blvd
What was that blur that just flashed by? Was that a real estate agent with a house-hunter in tow? 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
TRAFFIC
Mapping the Future: WPB Invites Public, Collaborative Innovators to Okeechobee Corridor Charrette
Okeechobee traffic
Members of the public, community innovators, and municipal leaders are invited to attend "Mapping the Future" -- a charrette and public meeting to discuss and plan the future of the Okeechobee Corridor.
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of June 5
Traffic 06-05-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
TOWN of PALM BEACH
Palm Beach Union Firefighters Approve Long-Awaited 
Contract with Town
firestation
After years at the bargaining table, Palm Beach firefighters have reached an agreement with the town that would give them better pay and benefits.
WPB Water Treatment Plant to Flush Lines with Chlorine Starting 
June 5, 2017
WPB Water Treatment
To maintain high water quality in the City's water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water.
Good News about Lake Trail in the Town of Palm Beach
A meeting at the Flagler Bridge happened today and Geoffrey Parker, Flagler Bridge senior project engineer assured all parties attending that the new bike path / walkway that will go under the new bridge will extend and be wider than the current sidewalk that is on the north side of Royal Poinciana Plaza from the bridge to Coconaut Row.
Palm Beach Planning Upgrades for Beach Restrooms, Lifeguard Building
Upgrades for Midtown Beach and Phipps Ocean Park are underway after the town recently approved plans to renovate restrooms at both parks and the lifeguard building at Midtown.
What to Do in Palm Beach 
(When You're Not Playing Golf)
Par 3 Golf Course
If you don't have much downtime to spare between rounds, make exploring the town of Palm Beach a priority. Just three blocks wide and 13 miles long, you can hit the hot spots in a few hours and even have time for a swim or stroll on the town's tidy Municipal Beach, which is just a short walk from Worth Avenue.
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."

Donna Plasket
Donna Plasket
Ms. Plasket served for 15 years as founding director of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. She has also held positions in teaching, choral conducting, research and administration at Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and Westminster Choir College, as well as teaching in public high schools. Ms. Plasket holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and a doctorate in higher education administration from Harvard University. She has served on and held leadership positions on the college board of Piedmont Virginia Community College, Piedmont Educational Foundation, Hospice of the Piedmont, Ash Lawn Opera Festival Foundation, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Piedmont Council of the Arts, and Women Educational Leaders of Virginia.
Dan Ponton
Dan Ponton  
Mr. Ponton was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He immigrated with his parents at the age of five; they divided their time between Colorado, Palm Beach, and Nantucket, MA. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in finance in 1982. Within six months after his graduation, Mr. Ponton reopened Club Colette in Palm Beach. He has had restaurants throughout his career in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado. His latest endeavor, as CEO and proprietor of Classic Cuisine Inc., is the Surfside Diner on South County Road, a cherished restaurant location for more than 50 years. Mr. Ponton is involved in many community organizations locally, nationally, and abroad. His focus is on health care, architecture, animals, and advocacy for children.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Music and Publishing
Powerhouse Created
Lisbeth R. Barron
Lisbeth R. Barron
Lisbeth R. Barron, Civic Association Director and Chairman / CEO of Barron International Group, and her team were the exclusive financial advisor to Concord Bicycle Music on its acquisition of Imagem Music Group, owner of the iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein theatrical rights company, the substantial Imagem rock and pop music publishing catalogue, and the preeminent Boosey & Hawkes classical music publisher. The combination of Concord and Imagem will create a recorded music and publishing powerhouse that will be ranked as one of the largest players in the global music industry. 
Palm Beacher James Patterson Jokes About the Secret to His Success
Everyone - well, millions at least - knows that James Patterson is a talented writer, but, if his appearance at the recent Author's Guild dinner is any indication, he has a bit of the stand-up in him.
Patterson and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison were honored with Distinguished Service Awards at the 25th annual dinner, as well as the folks who devised the self-publishing platform IngramSpark.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Monday, June 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, & Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, June 12 from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Mapping the Future
Palm Beach County Convention Center
 
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, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Selection Committee Meeting for RFP 2017-10
Holiday Lighting and Decorating Services
Public Works Meeting Room
 
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

Thursday, July 6, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, July 11, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Budget Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, July 12, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting
Regular Business and Development Review
Town Council Chambers
IN MEMORIUM
In Memoriam
Harold B. Scott
1918-2017
Harold B. Scott
The Palm Beach Civic Association celebrates the exceptional life and service of Civic Association Chairman Emeritus Harold B. Scott who passed away on June 2, 2017.  He was 99 years old.
Read More (Civic Association News)
WEATHER
More Than 6 Inches of Rain Recorded in Palm Beach, More on the Way
rain
Some areas of Palm Beach experienced more than half a foot of rainfall Tuesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
More than 100-year Rain Record Broken in Palm Beach County
radar 06-06-17
Tuesday's deluge broke rainfall records across South Florida including in West Palm Beach where a more than century-old record was dashed.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
PORT of PALM BEACH
Sugar Exports, Overall Cargo Increase at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach
Port of Palm Beach
Sugar is Palm Beach County's biggest agricultural product, and exports from the Port of Palm Beach have been one of the port's top exports over the years.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
45 of 50 County Projects in Florida Budget Approved by Governor
Gov. Scott signing bill
Gov. Rick Scott's veto of nearly $11 million in money for projects in Palm Beach County - part of $410 million in cuts the governor made to the $83 billion state budget passed this past week.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Breaking: Fla. Lawmakers Announce Medical Marijuana Deal
Florida lawmakers say they have struck a deal to permit the use of medical marijuana throughout the state, potentially resolving a key piece of unfinished business from this year's regular legislative session.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
HURRICANE
No FEMA, NOAA Leaders at Start of Hurricane Season
FEMA NOAA Logo
With an above average hurricane season predicted, the lack of leadership at two agencies responsible for protecting the United States' coast lines should be a sobering thought.
Storm Complacency a Real Concern in South Florida
Hurricane Season
It's hurricane season and something we've been dealing with a lot lately is storm complacency which is a concern here in South Florida.
ENVIRONMENT
7 Palm Beachers Helping the Planet in Honor of World Environment Day
beach clean-up
Several Palm Beach residents and groups are known for their conservation efforts on the island. Here are a few that recently have been recognized for helping protect and restore the environment:
Diane Buhler, Gregg Beletsky, Gray Foster, Garrison "Gary" Lickle, Sue and Paul Efron, Katie Carpenter and Campion Platt, John David Corey.
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientist Named Finalist for Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Dr. Matthew Disney
Dr. Matthew Disney
Matthew Disney, a professor in the Department of Chemistry on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has been named one of 30 national finalists for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in the Chemistry category.  
Read More (Scripps Florida)
GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
I'm 43 and I've Got Cancer
James Testimonial
That's the first thing James thought when doctors found cancer behind his sternum. Two months later, he's back on the golf course.
Read More (Good Samaritan)
THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Congress Considers Removing Roadblocks to Everglades Help
Capitol Building
Red tape - along with water pollution, overdevelopment and invading pythons - threatens to kill the Everglades. Now a proposed law could hack through regulatory delays and speed up the flow of federal money needed to fix the fading River of Grass and boost South Florida's drinking water supply.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
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