THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
September 16, 2016
TRAFFIC
Flagler [North] Bridge Will Not Open
to 4 Lanes this Year
Flagler Bridge 7-16
Geoffery Parker of New Millennium Engineering told the Palm Beach Town Council this morning that one lane of traffic in each direction will open on the new bridge by Nov. 1. The remaining two lanes will open when the bridge is complete in February, he said.
Construction Traffic Report for  the
Week of September 12
Download a copy of the construction traffic report for the week of September 12 by clicking on the link below.
ZIKA VIRUS
State Confirms New Case of Locally-Acquired Zika in Palm Beach County
Zika Mosquito
The Florida Health Department confirmed eight new cases of non-travel related Zika Monday, including one in Palm Beach County. Health officials are investigating to determine where exposure occurred for the Palm Beach County patient. The number of Zika cases in Florida has grown to 771, including 64 were that were not travel related.
Zika Battlefield is Strewn with Bromeliad Plants
The battle of the bromeliads is underway in South Florida. As the region tries to contain the Zika virus, government officials have taken particular aim at the plants that are popular for their vibrant colors but can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Doctor to Town Council: 
Southeast U.S.
'Ripe for an Epidemic' of Zika
Southeast US
The southeastern United States is "ripe for an epidemic" of Zika, and the nation could reasonably expect the number of Zika cases to top a million, according to a local infectious disease doctor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported 2,920 travel-related Zika cases in the United States as of Sept. 7. And there have been 634 travel-related infections in Florida and 70 non-travel-related infections.
ELECTION
Four More Palm Beach County Elections Settled as Write-In Candidates Withdraw
Katherine Waldron
Katherine Waldron
Not that there was any real suspense, but David Silvers and Al Jacquet have now been officially elected to the Florida House of Representatives, Mack Bernard has been elected to the Palm Beach County commission and Katherine Waldron has won a seat on the Port of Palm Beach commission.
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TOWN of PALM BEACH
New Recreation Center Design Includes Tennis Features, More Seating
Courtesy Stephen Boruff, AIA Architects + Planners, Inc.
Tennis players probably will be pleased with the latest design to remodel the Palm Beach Recreation Center. New renderings of the approved Seaview Park and Community Center include a hitting wall and an upgraded tennis pavilion.
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course on Track for Record Business Year
Par 3 Golf Course
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Manager Tony Chateauvert said the course likely will see 37,000 rounds of golf before the end of the budget cycle on Sept. 30. That's "incredible" for a par 3 golf course on 24 acres of grass, he said.
Palm Beach Drone Ordinance Violates FAA Authority, Needs Revision
The ordinance, adopted in June, says operators can't fly drones or model aircraft within town unless they meet certain exemptions for law enforcement or they apply for a permit for educational, environmental or commercial purposes.
Hurricane Preparedness - Voluntary ID Cards & Out-of-State Resident ID Cards
TPB POLICE BADGE
The Palm Beach Police Department is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, it is recommended that all new and renewal cards be obtained well in advance of the upcoming hurricane season.
Palm Beach Recommends Stricter Regulations for Shark Fishing
Concerns from residents about shark fishing in Palm Beach have prompted town officials to recommend stricter regulations. During shark fishing, anglers typically throw chum, or bloody fish bait, into the water to lure the fish. Residents have said the practice endangers recreational beachgoers, especially children, and litters the shore.
Sanchez Appointed to Landmarks Preservation Commission
Jorge Sanchez
Jorge Sanchez
Landscape designer Jorge Sanchez is again joining the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Town Council voted Tuesday to appoint Sanchez as an alternate member to the board. He fills the seat vacated by Carol Wyett, who resigned in July.
PORT of PALM BEACH
Port Everglades Extends Trade Agreement with Panama Canal Operator
Port Everglades this week renewed its long-standing agreement to promote trade opportunities with the entity that operates the Panama Canal. The Broward County port announced that its memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority, first inked in August 2009, was extended until 2021.
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CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
James Patterson
Author James Patterson Is The Third Highest-Earning Celebrity Of 2016

Author James Patterson has a net worth of $470 million. I don't think I have to tell you that that is fairly unusual for an author. He made $94 million in 2016, making him the third highest-paid celebrity of the year. And he is a writer!
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MEETINGS & EVENTS
Saturday, September 17, 8:30 to 11:30 AM
Friends of Palm Beach- Beach Cleanup
Beach Club at 755 N. County Road
 
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, September 21, 5:01 PM
Public Hearing to Adopt the FY17 Budget and Millage Rate
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, October 4, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Grounded Yacht 
Declared Derelict 
Owner Must Remove
in 5 Days
[SEE VIDEO] The clock is ticking for the owner of a grounded yacht in the water off Palm Beach. Thomas Baker now has five days to get the vessel removed. 
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TAXES & FINANCE
The Civic Association played an important role in the Town's budget process this summer.  Treasurer Pat Cooper analyzed the 2017 budget proposal in depth and met with town officials to discuss residents' concerns about holding the line on taxes while providing the best possible services. During the Town budget workshop on September 13, Mr. Cooper addressed the council.
South Florida Water District to Consider Budget, Property Tax Cut
SFWMD
The district board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 20 at the agency's headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach, to consider the property tax rate and budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. 
Schools Superintendent Makes Sales Tax Pitch
Robert Avossa
Robert Avossa 
Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa's talk was billed as a sales pitch for the one-penny sales surtax on the Nov. 8 ballot with half going to public schools. 
REAL ESTATE
Report: Palm Beach Real Estate Sales Down in First Half of 2016
Home Sales Down
Amid an iffy economy and an unpredictable presidential election race, the Palm Beach real estate market took some hits during the first half of the year, a new year-over-year sales analysis confirms. 
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Three Things to Know About Scripps Florida: Spinoffs, NIH Funds and Whale Donors
Richard King
Richard King
Scripps Florida is finishing up its biggest-ever year for grants from the National Institutes of Health. 
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
Florida Bay: Devastation Goes Unrecognized by Most South Floridians
Turtlegrass
As with forest fires, the cause of the Florida Bay disaster was a lack of water-a lack of freshwater to be exact. Florida Bay receives freshwater from the Everglades. 
Friends of
Palm Beach -
Keeping our Beaches Clean

DATE:  September 17th
TIME:  8:30 am - 10:30 am
 
SIGN IN LOCATION 
Beach Club at 755 N. County Road
 
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
917-371-3028 
 
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