THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
July 15, 2016
TOWN COUNCIL
North County Road Shade Tree Project
is Approved
North County Road will have a new look this fall.  The Town Council accepted a donation from the Palm Beach Civic Association and Palm Beach Walks on Tuesday to pay for a project to add up to 30 shade trees along the street from Royal Poinciana Way to Park Avenue.

Resident John David Corey, head of Palm Beach Walks, initiated the project last fall to protect pedestrians and create a more pleasant stroll for shoppers along the busy business corridor.
Proposed Town Budget Would Hike Taxes by
7 Percent in Palm Beach
Town Manager Tom Bradford presented Town Council on Tuesday a $75.6 million budget proposal that would mean a more than 7 percent property tax increase.
Palm Beach and Fire Union Return to Bargaining Table, No Agreement Reached
Fire Rescue Logo
The Town of Palm Beach and its firefighters resumed labor negotiations Friday, but they will need more time at the bargaining table before agreeing on contract changes.
Public Meeting Planned to Gain Input from Residents for the Renovation
of the Recreation Facility
The Town of Palm Beach is renovating the recreational facility at Seaview Park, located at 340 Seaview Avenue. Plans underway for this park include renovations to the playground, multipurpose field, tennis courts, recreation/community center and other facilities. A public meeting is planned to gain input as part of the planning process.
Proposed Bradley Park Redesign
Bradley Park Rendering
The Bradley Park redesign was discussed at the Town Council meeting this week. Here are the highlights. 
* Recreational trail connection from the new bridge to the north edge of the Park, paralleling the Intracoastal.
* An internal, looped walkway with a stabilized gravel surface. 
ALGAE BLOOM
Algae Outbreak: Palm Beach Encourages Fast Action to Improve Water Quality
Palm Beach officials agreed this week to do what they can to push lawmakers to quickly move forward with Everglades restoration projects aimed at improving water quality.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Water Managers Decry Algae Misinformation as Corps Reduces Harmful Flow
The consequences of man's reroute of Florida's natural plumbing system culminated - again - Thursday at the steps of the South Florida Water Management District following an outbreak of blue-green algae in Treasure Coast and Palm Beach waterways.
ZIKA VIRUS
aedes aegypti
Zika Concern has More Palm Beachers Using Mosquito Spraying Companies 
The threat of Zika has boosted business for area pest control companies. Workers have treated significantly more Palm Beach homes against mosquitoes this summer than in previous years.
Palm Beach County Gets $89K to Fight Zika
The first batch of emergency funding to combat mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus is making its way to Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Commission voted Tuesday to accept nearly $89,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Health to beef up mosquito control efforts.
Town Issues Zika Travel Advisory
The Town of Palm Beach released a Zika Virus travel advisory on July 11, 2016.
UNDERGROUNDING
Palm Beach Task Force Wants to Spend More on Telecom Consultant
Tom Bradford
Tom Bradford
The Underground Utilities Task Force wants to spend more toward revamping telecommunications as part of the town-wide utilities burial project.
Town Manager Tom Bradford and the task force has recommended the town hire Magellan Advisors as telecommunications consultant for $89,000.
Palm Beach May Create $200,000 Job for Utilities Project Coordinator
Shovels won't dig into dirt before next year, but already the daily task of preparing for a town-wide underground utility conversion is weighing on town staff. Town Manager Tom Bradford, who coordinates the massive project alongside his other duties as administrative chief, is asking the Town Council to create the post of full-time underground utilities coordinator - at up to $200,000 a year.
Lawsuits Over Utilities Referendum to be Heard by Same Judge

The two lawsuits filed against the town challenging the March 15 bond referendum on underground utilities will be heard by the same judge.


BEACHES
Palm Beach Seeks Money Back From the State for Beach Projects 
Palm Beach restoration Every year Palm Beach asks the state to help pay for its coastal protection projects and each year it's a toss up how much money the town will receive. This year officials are asking the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to reimburse the town for a portion of the $17 million Midtown Beach nourishment, the combined $19 million Phipps Ocean Park/Reach 7 nourishment plus annual beach monitoring. 
 
Town Getting Free Sand from Condo Builders in South Palm Beach
Palm Beach officials were happy to accept a donation this week of something they don't get too often - free sand.
Developers plan to build luxury condos at 3550 S. Ocean Blvd. in South Palm Beach and need to excavate about 6,300 cubic yards of sand from the property, according to the town.
Palm Beach County Sinks Cargo Ship to Create Artificial Reef 
(Photo by Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel)
(Photo by Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel)
To cheers, a 170-foot cargo ship was sunk off Palm Beach County on Wednesday to turn it into an artificial reef.
Dozens of boaters circled to look on as the county sank the Ana Cecilia about a mile off the coast near Singer Island, where the boat's sunken remains will serve as an attraction for divers.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Jack C. Taylor
Jack C. Taylor
IN MEMORIAM
Jack C. Taylor 
1922-2016
The officers and directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledge with deep appreciation the exceptional life of fellow Civic Association director Jack Taylor who passed away on July 2, 2016.  A devoted Town resident and major Civic Association donor, Jack loved Palm Beach.  He was dedicated to protecting and improving our special community.  We're grateful for his generous support for our mission to enhance the quality of life we enjoy.   
James Patterson
James Patterson
James Patterson Makes Forbes List of Top Paid Celebrities
 
Bestselling author James Patterson is the third highest paid celebrity in the world, according to Forbes.
The magazine just released its annual list which looks at the earnings of celebrities from June 2015 to June 2016.

Read More (Ad Week)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Saturday, July 16, 8:30 AM -10:30 AM
Friends of Palm Beach - Keeping our Beaches Clean
Indian Rd. North End of Island
 
Tuesday, July 19, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Thursday, July 21, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, July 27, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, August 2, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Thursday, August 4, 9:00 am
Seaview Park Public Meeting
Palm Beach Recreation Center at Seaview Park

Wednesday, August 17, 5 pm 
Primary Candidates Meet and Greet 
Nick & Johnnie's Palm Beach 

2016 election
Primary Candidates 
Meet and Greet
 
Co-Sponsored by:  
Palm Beach Civic Association 
& Citizens Association

August 17, 2016

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Event Location

Nick & Johnnie's Palm Beach

Public Welcome 
Free Valet Parking

See More (Civic Association News)
Property Tax
Palm Beach County Holding Steady on Property Tax Rate
Palm Beach County is holding steady on its property tax rate, but homeowners will pay more because of higher values.
The Palm Beach County Commission set a proposed tax rate of $4.78 per $1,000 of assessed value.
TRAFFIC
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of July 11
Traffic 7-11-16
Download a copy of the construction traffic report and map for the week of July 11 by clicking on the link below.
Southern Bridge Project Set to Start in April
Southern Bridge Drawing
Download a copy of the construction traffic report and map for the week of July 11 by clicking on the link below.
Work on the new Southern Boulevard Bridge project is scheduled to start April 1, state transportation officials said recently. And by the end of this month, residents should learn even more about the construction schedule for the new bridge connecting Palm Beach and West Palm Beach in the southern end of town.
Amici Market 
 
Palm Beach's Donatto Wins State Fire Chief of the Year Award
Chief Darrel Donatto
Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto received a major honor this week. On Tuesday, he was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association.
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Florida Atlantic University to Match Funding for FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship Program
A big thank you to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for partnering with us to match our $20,000 funding for scholarships through the FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship Program for students who are studying Everglades restoration!
Friends of Palm Beach
Friends of
Palm Beach -
Keeping our Beaches Clean
 
DATE: July 16th
TIME:  8:30 am - 10:30 am
 
SIGN IN LOCATION
North Ocean Way and Arabian Road
 
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
917-371-3028

SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scripps Florida Scientists Link Bipolar Disorder to Unexpected Brain Region
Dr. Ron Davis
Dr. Ron Davis
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown for the first time that ensembles of genes within the striatum--a part of the brain that coordinates many primary aspects of our behavior, such as motor and action planning, motivation and reward perception--could be deeply involved in the disorder.
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