August 10, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Palm Beach Breaks Ground on First Phase of Island-Wide Utility Burial
Meghan McCarthy Daily News
Friday was a day of celebration, 14 years in the making. That's how long it took town-wide utility undergrounding to evolve from an idea, first explored by then-Mayor Lesly Smith and the Town Council, into something as tangible as shovels biting into dirt.

Paying for Palm Beach Undergrounding
One-Way Streets? Construction Ban? Palm Beach to Discuss How to Ease Traffic During Utilities Project
directional bore
Town officials are exploring several ways to ease traffic and parking concerns as work to bury utilities progresses in Palm Beach. 
Attorney Sues Town Over Utility Assessments at Palm Beach Towers
Palm Beach Towers
Palm Beach is facing a second class-action lawsuit in a week challenging its plan to assess property owners to pay for burying all utilities in town. The suit contends owners of the 273 units at Palm Beach Towers should not have to pay assessments for the town-wide undergrounding project because the Towers' utility system already is fully underground. 
Palm Beach Towers Condo Association Not Involved in 
Utilities Lawsuit
The Palm Beach Towers Condominium Association says it is not involved in a lawsuit filed by the owner of a unit in the building to oppose assessments to pay for burying all overhead utilities on the island.
Palm Beach Civic Association Opposes the Creation of a New Okeechobee Business District
Okeechobee traffic
The Okeechobee corridor is a principal route for getting on and off the island of Palm Beach. At all hours of the day and night, bumper-to-bumper traffic creates unbearable conditions for residents of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, and visitors from surrounding communities. 
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of August 7
traffic 8-7-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Construction and Traffic Report for the upcoming week.
See Who's Backing Out of the Palm Beach Rec Center Lawsuit
Palm Beach resident Leslie Shaw is withdrawing from the lawsuit against the town over its new recreation center, he confirmed this week.
Registration for Palm Beach Residents Kicks Off Tuesday at Rec Center
tennis courts
Registration has begun for Palm Beach Recreation Department fall programs. Resident registration kicks off today. Proof of residency is required. Nonresident registration will begin Aug. 28.
Update: Tree Planting along 
N County Road
Trees along N County Rd
In October 2016, 29 Christmas palms were planted along N County Road between Royal Poinciana Way and Park Avenue.
Could Palm Beach Ban Saturday Construction Work in the Summers?
At least two town officials want to change Saturday construction rules to ease noise and parking burdens on year-round residents in Palm Beach.
The Massive Station is Rising. But the Train Service is Not Quite 
Ready to Roll
The much-anticipated Brightline trains will be rolling into stations a little later than expected. Florida East Coast Industries' $3 billion high-speed rail service connecting West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami is now scheduled to begin by the end of 2017.
Florida Adds Dozen More Zika Cases
Florida Zika Virus
Florida health officials added another 12 reported cases of the Zika virus during the past week, including the first sexually transmitted case in 2017, according to information posted on the state Department of Health website.

Tuesday, August 15, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, August 16, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, August 17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, August 18, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Retirement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, September 4, All Day
Labor Day-Town Hall Offices Closed
Wednesday, September 6, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, September 7, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge Closure
Bridge Closed
The Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge and Flagler Drive between Fourth Street and Seventh Street will be closed from Friday, August 11 at 10:00 p.m. to Monday, August 14 at 6:00 a.m. for final paving.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Flood Map Confusion: October Surprise for Thousands in County?
Flood Zone
More than 50,000 Palm Beach County properties will be reclassified as being in or touching flood zones in October, and a map made available this week on a county website lets homeowners look up their homes.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Overnight Heat Records Broken, Why It's Not Cooling Off
overnight temps
Overnight temperatures have remained in the 80s at Palm Beach International Airport since Friday, breaking a record, tying another and working on a third.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Chance of Tropical System Near East Coast Up to 40 Percent
8-9-17 tropical weather
National Hurricane Center forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of disorganized showers that could become a tropical system during the weekend.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Active Hurricane Season Forecast Holds, 61 Percent Chance of Florida Landfall
Hurricane Season
Colorado State University issued its updated tropical cyclone forecast today continuing to predict an active season with a 61 percent chance Florida will get hit by a hurricane.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Everglades Animals Stranded and Dying on Tree Islands
Everglades tree island
High water levels in the Everglades have stranded animals on levees and tree islands, triggering emergency measures last week by water managers to drain flooded areas.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
A Perspective on the Biology of Forgetting
Dr. Ron Davis
Dr. Ron Davis
Ron Davis, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in Jupiter, Florida, teamed up with Yi Zhong, Ph.D., Professor of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, to pen a call to action published this week in the journal Neuron. The article reveals surprising new insights into how the brain manages memory storage.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
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