THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
August 24, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
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This Week in Palm Beach 8-24-2018
ELECTIONS
Standing-Room-Only at Civic Association Candidates' Meet & Greet
Candidates Meet and Greet 8-18
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association
Even the stormy weather didn't keep more than 150 people from attending a "Meet and Greet the Candidates" Monday hosted by the Palm Beach Civic Association and co-sponsored by the Citizen's Association of Palm Beach.
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Civic Association Provides Primary Election Voters Guide Online
Joshua Martin
The Civic Association Elections webpage includes sample ballot links by precinct in the Town of Palm Beach.
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Voter Turnout has Already Topped 
1 Million for Florida's Aug. 28 Primaries
Sometime over the weekend, the number of Florida voters who have cast ballots for the Aug. 28 primaries passed the 1 million mark. Statistics released by the Florida Division of Elections this morning show 862,452 voters have mailed in ballots and 162,631 have voted at in-person early voting sites.
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WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Objections Continue After West Palm Beach Votes to Approve Okeechobee Business District
Okeechobee traffic
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION: 
In a meeting this week, the Palm Beach County Commission unanimously asked Verdenia Baker, County Administrator. to challenge at the state level, the West Palm approval of the Okeechobee Business District. The county wants to complete traffic  studies on the business district proposal before West Palm's Comprehensive Plan is changed to approve the district.

WPBF: City Administrator Jeff Green said Thursday he doesn't believe efforts by the town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County to halt the newly approved Okeechobee Business District will be effective. Both governments strongly objected to the vote by the city on Monday to change the city's comprehensive plan and allow a 25-story office tower on Okeechobee Boulevard, which voters had limited to five stories in a referendum years ago.
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NEWS AROUND TOWN
Developer financing revamp of Earl E.T. Smith Park in Palm Beach
Earl E.T Smith Park fountain
Shabby, overgrown, mosquito-infested and litter-prone. That's how Earl E.T Smith Park was described Monday to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in a presentation outlining a planned makeover. 
Sargassum
Seaweed Invasion Continues!
Diane Buhler: Founder of Friends of Palm Beach -- Keeping Our Beaches Clean (Photo Courtesy of Robyn Olesen Kennedy)
The seaweed continues to blanket area beaches and near shore surfline. This photo is from the north end near the inlet in the Town of Palm Beach on Thursday, August 23.
This Is What It Looked Like to 
Spend Spring Break in Palm Beach 
During The '50s
palm beach 50s
I like Palm Beach. I've always liked Palm Beach, from the first moment I arrived there. It was spring break 1953, and I'd flown down from New York with my father on an Eastern Airlines DC-7.
Town Council Meeting Actions
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To view the summary of actions taken at the August 15, 2018, Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.


MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tuesday, August 28, 7 AM - 7 PM
Primary Election Day
Local Precinct
 
Monday, September 3
Labor Day
Civic Association & Town Hall Closed
 
Wednesday, September 5, 9:00 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, September 6, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and 
Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, September 13, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, September 13, 5:01 PM
Special Town Council Meeting
First Budget Hearing
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, September 14, 9:30 AM
Public Works Committee Meeting
Town Council Chamber
 
PROPERTY TAXES
Palm Beach County Property Owners to Get Early Peek at Their Taxes
proposed property taxes
Palm Beach County property owners will receive in the mail this week a peek at their taxes for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
Hint: What they owe will likely be more than last year because Palm Beach County's property values have continued to increase.
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Palm Beach Real Estate Values Have Soared: Property Appraiser
increase property value
Topping $18 billion, Palm Beach's estimated "taxable" property values have soared by nearly 8 percent over last year's final figures, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. And the town's property owners this week will begin learning just how much those bumped-up values may affect their property taxes for 2018.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
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HURRICANES
As We Enter Peak Hurricane Season, It's Eerily Quiet Out There...
NHS 8-2018
Harvey was a harmless tropical storm and Irma was still a breeze in Africa as peak hurricane season dawned a year ago in a pulsing Atlantic basin set to detonate.
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MARATHON
Marathon Changes Course after Palm Beach Snub
Palm Beach Marathon

The FITTEAM Palm Beaches Marathon will have a slightly revised course when it returns Sunday, Dec. 2, with runners spending more time on Flagler Drive along the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach and getting a glimpse of Lake Worth's classic neighborhoods along Federal Highway.
ENVIRONMENT
Who's Munching Your Snowbushes? Florida Favorite Under Attack
spanworms Courtesy Thomas R. Collins
Courtesy Thomas R. Collins
An inchworm in a striking yellow and black jacket is devouring a favorite Florida shrub this summer, but horticulturists say it's not the only insect making the most of the wet weather.
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TRAFFIC
Construction & Traffic Highlights for the Week of 8/27/18
traffic 8-22-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Construction and Traffic Report for the week.
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