THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
September 23, 2016
BEACHED YACHT
FWC Officials Prepare to Remove 72-foot Yacht from Palm Beach
Time Out Yacht
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers have been given the green light to remove a 72-foot yacht that ran aground along the shores of Palm Beach. Carol Lyn Parrish, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said the agency is working with the town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach Police Department officers.
Beached Yacht Time Out Still Drawing Onlookers to Palm Beach
What should you do when a grounded yacht is left abandoned on the beach for two weeks? Take a selfie with it, of course. That's what West Palm Beach residents Jessie Lopes and Katie Wentz had in mind Tuesday when they ventured to the North End of Palm Beach to see the half-submerged Time Out, a yacht that was grounded Sept. 7 just south of the Palm Beach Inlet.
Town Likely to Pay for Part of Yacht Removal, State Soliciting Bids
The 72-foot yacht's owner, Thomas Henry Baker, missed a Sunday deadline to remove the vessel and now the state and town can legally remove it. Carol Lyn Parrish of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was on-site Monday and said officials were soliciting bids from contractors to remove the yacht.
More Trees Coming to North County Road in Palm Beach  
Shoppers and walkers will have some shade when they stroll North County Road this season. Last week the Town Council approved adding $28,000 to an existing construction contract so workers can plant 29 Christmas palms from Royal Poinciana Way to Park Avenue. 
TOWN COUNCIL & COMMISSIONS
Palm Beach Adopts Operating Budget and
Tax Rate for 2016-17 
The Town Council adopted ordinances Wednesday approving a 3.2706 millage rate and $76.8 million budget for the 2016-17 spending cycle that begins Oct. 1.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Town Council Drops South End Coastal Project, Cuts Tax Rate
Reach 8
The Town Council lowered on Tuesday the proposed property tax rate for the next budget year after dropping, at least temporarily, plans for a $5.8 million South End sand fill.
Strict Rules on Medical Marijuana Stores Proposed in Palm Beach
Medical Marijuana
Palm Beach is taking steps now to ban - or at least strongly discourage - pot stores on the island should voters approve a constitutional amendment this November legalizing medical marijuana in Florida. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Council pass regulations prohibiting medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries on the island.
Palm Beach Town Council Approves Four Arts Library Renovation Plan
Four Arts Exterior
The Town Council unanimously approved The Society of the Four Arts' plan for renovating the landmarked Gioconda and Joseph King Library, despite the Landmarks Preservation Commission's objections to a handicapped access ramp at the building's main entrance.
Officials Sound Alarm Over Palm House Hazards
Credit: Melanie Bell
Frustrated critics have called it an eyesore and a fiasco. Now the long-troubled Palm House hotel-condominium project has a new label - public safety hazard. Officials at the Town Council meeting Wednesday said the neglected property poses a safety threat - especially the possibility of windblown materials or debris striking a passing pedestrian.
Palm Beach Landmarks Board to Review Bethesda's Parking Proposal
At the church's request, the Landmarks Preservation Commission today deferred to October a hearing to advise the Town Council on whether proposed changes would harm the landmark property's integrity.
Planning Board Wants to Take Over as Palm Beach's Local Planning Agency 
Town officials again are debating whose job it is to serve as the local planning agency and oversee Palm Beach's comprehensive land-use plan.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Town Council Meeting Actions
To view the summary of actions taken at September's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.


PORT of PALM BEACH
Port's 'Green' Efforts: Coral Moving, Rubble Recycling, LED Lights
Credit: Port of Palm Beach

The Port of Palm Beach is a bustling commercial hub that's home to 25 businesses, but along with the obvious heavy-duty equipment, ships and barges that come with being the state's fourth-busiest container port, officials say there is an environmentally conscious side that isn't as readily apparent.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $
Court Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Block Sant Ambroeus in Palm Beach
The Palm Beach County Circuit Court on Monday dismissed Simon Taylor's lawsuit seeking to overturn town actions that will allow Sant Ambroeus to open in November in the Royal Poinciana Plaza. The court supported the town's assertion that Taylor, who is president of the Palm Beach Theater Guild, lacks standing.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
TRAFFIC
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of 
September 19
Download a copy of the construction traffic report for the week of September 19 by clicking on the link below.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
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
 
Monday, October 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, October 13, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
 
Friday, October 14, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, October 20, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Monday, October 24, 2016 5 - 6:30 PM
General Election Candidates Meet & Greet
Nick & Johnnie's Restaurant
 
Tuesday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Selection Committee Meeting fro RFP No. 2016-16 Golf Instruction Services for TOPB Par 3 Golf Course
Public Works Meeting Room


ELECTION
Sponsored by the
Civic Association &
Citizens Association
 
Monday, October 24, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 
Nick & Johnnie's Restaurant
207 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach
Elections Chief Says 15 Early Voting Sites is Enough; Clinton Campaign Had Reportedly Wanted More
2016 election
But Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Tuesday the county's 15 locations are sufficient, and she has no plans to open additional sites in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election. "We are pretty confident we are covering all the areas that need to be served," said Bucher,
ZIKA
Town Zika Task Force Meets
The Zika Task Force in the Town of Palm Beach met this week at the Civic Association Community Room and progress is being made on public education and the treatment of mosquito breeding areas in town.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Civic Association Launches
Zika News webpage.
Town Launches Zika Action webpage. 
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Sexual transmission also has been documented.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has encouraged local community education to minimize breeding conditions for mosquitos and promote best practices for bite prevention. Links:

Civic Association Zika News

Town Zika Action & Reporting

Town BITE PREVENTION GUIDE

Zika in 30 Seconds: What You Need to Know Today
Have 30 seconds? Here's what you need to know today about the Zika virus.
Read More (Zika Stat News)
TAX & FINANCE
Palm Beach County Approves $4.3 Billion Budget with Property Tax Increase
Palm Beach County homeowners will see higher property tax bills under a $4.3 billion budget given final approval Monday night. On top of that, they might also soon be paying more in sales tax if a referendum passes in the Nov. 8 election.
South Florida Water District Cuts Taxes Again
SFWMD
Cutting property taxes for the sixth year in a row, the South Florida Water Management District on Tuesday approved a nearly $730 million budget to pay for overseeing water supplies and guarding against flooding. 
Town-wide Broadband Survey for Residents and Businesses
Fiber Optic
Magellan Advisors, an international broadband and telecommunications planning firm, is conducting the Fiber Feasibility Study. Affordable, high-speed broadband services provide invaluable benefits to our community. Your participation is key in making sure we continue to be a world class leading community today and well into the future.

Please click on the relevant link below to complete the survey:
  
RESIDENTS
   
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Greiner Bio-One NA Sponsors Collaboration Involving Emerging Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research
Greiner Bio-One
Researchers hope n3D's technology will facilitate a more complete understanding of how drug discovery researchers who work with clinicians should leverage the use of new and currently available drugs. 
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION
U.S. Senate Bill Authorizes $2 Billion for Everglades
Efforts to reduce Lake Okeechobee water discharges befouling Florida's coasts took a key step forward Thursday with Senate passage of a bill that would authorize nearly $2 billion for Everglades restoration. Now it's up to the House.
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