April 21, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Civic Association
Annual Meeting &
End-of-Season Celebration

State of Palm Beach Address
Mayor Gail Coniglio

Monday April 24, 2017 
10:00 AM

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
One Whitehall Way

Community Invited
Everyone Welcome

Directly following the Annual Meeting join us for the End of Season Celebration
- A Champagne & Mimosa Party -

Please RSVP 561-655-0820 
or register online at

Thanks Our Partners
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Scripps Florida
The Everglades Foundation
Thanks Our Sponsors 
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Hospital for Special Surgery 
Linda R. Olsson, Inc., Realtor
Bob Wright Leads the Way at the
Civic Association
PB Society Cover Story
Bob Wright Article
By Michele Dargan - Special to Palm Beach Society Magazine 
Bob Wright is no stranger to high-profile roles. The former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal, Mr. Wright also has founded two charitable foundations that champion fundraising and raise awareness for autism and pancreatic cancer.
Read More (Civic Association News) 
Lickle Named Francis S. Taylor Outdoorsman of the Year 
Gary Lickle & Martha Stewart
Gary Lickle, Deborah Johnson, Martha Stewart and Steven Davis 
The Florida Wildlife Federation named Garrison "Gary" Lickle, a Civic Association director, as the Francis S. Taylor Outdoorsman of the Year for his conservation efforts and enthusiasm for the natural world.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
VIDEO: Bob Wright Discusses
Suzanne Wright Foundation
Bob Wright code purple
[SEE VIDEO]   Michael Williams, host of To the Point on WPTV discusses cancer and the Suzanne Wright Foundation with Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of the Civic Association.
Palm Beach Civic Association 
2016-2017 President's Report
Ned Barnes
 President PBCA
The Palm Beach Civic Association is a dynamic community organization that is truly making a difference in Palm Beach.
This year, our priorities included:
  • Getting the word out about "who we are" and underscoring our value in the community.
  • Expanding our appeal by offering a wide variety of programs for members and being more than just an "issues oriented" organization.
  • Playing a major role in the critical issues that affect the Town. 

 Read More (Civic Association News) 

Civic Association Members Tour 'Well-Kept Secret' Gardens 
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Civic Association Director Frances Fisher, chairwoman of the new Gardens Conservancy, welcomed guests and introduced Roger Ward, president and CEO of the gardens. "This place has been a well-kept secret, and our mission is to spill the beans and allow it to become a secret everyone knows," he said. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Board: 
Historic Paramount Theatre Sign Needs to be Replaced
Paramount Building
The Paramount Theater is where the Civic Assoc offices are located.  The iconic "Paramount" sign crowning the façade of the historic Paramount Theatre Building has deteriorated beyond repair and is in line to be replaced with an exact duplicate.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Opportunity kids
Palm Beach Civic Association
Jill and David H. Gilmour
Invite you to tour
Opportunity, Inc.
Early Childhood Education  & Family Center
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10 am
1713 Quail Drive, WPB
Space is very limited
RSVP (561) 655-0820
Visit to learn about Opportunity's nationally accredited childcare program and plans for 
the Erin H. Gilmour Learning Center
Opportunity Kids
Palm Beach Moves Toward First Phase of Town-Wide Utility Burial
utility box transformer
Council members said they are still in information-gathering mode and haven't decided to "pull the trigger" on phase one in the upper North End and South End of town. The town has said that project could begin as early as June 15.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Condo Owners' Assessments for Palm Beach Utility Project Could Fall
Lowell House Condo
Condominiums and homes in multifamily buildings would fare better than single-family homes in a revised method for determining how much property owners would pay for townwide undergrounding of utilities.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Mayor Coniglio in Tallahassee Representing Palm Beach this Week
Mayor Coniglio & Gov. Rick Scott
Mayor Gail Coniglio is working hard for the Town in Tallahassee. Lots of meetings scheduled this week with Governor Rick Scott and members of the State Legislature to discuss concerns regarding pending bills that may negatively affect Palm Beach and the town's ability to self-govern.
Read More (Civic Association News)

Palm Beach Sees 'Aesthetically Horrible' Outcome if Wireless Law Passes
Fearing an aesthetic disaster, the town has declared a moratorium on applications to place wireless telecommunications equipment on public property and in public rights of way.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Donor Recognition Envisioned for New Palm Beach Recreation Center
In a town full of "big egos," some residents and officials are worried about naming opportunities for the new Palm Beach recreation center possibly getting out of control.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
It's Official: Gas-Powered Blowers Banned for Less-Than-Acre Lots
Lowes Leaf Blower
Town Council has passed a ban on noisy gas-powered leaf blowers despite landscapers' warnings that the prohibition is a mistake.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Town Council Appoints Code Board Members
Courtesy of Town of Palm Beach
Courtesy of Town of Palm Beach
The Town Council reappointed Scotch Peloso as a regular voting member and Daniel McDonnell was promoted from an alternate to a regular member. Newcomer Rosemary Carpenter was selected as an alternate and Donald Scott retained his seat as an alternate.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Will Trump Return to Mar-a-Lago 
this Summer? 
The days of entertaining foreign leaders and dignitaries on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago this season might be over for President Donald Trump.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Trump Palm Beach Visits Bring in $36K in Tourism Taxes
Trump @ Mar-a-Lago
While President Donald Trump visits have cost Palm Beach County nearly $4 million, his first five stays here have only boosted the county's tourism tax collections by about $36,000, tourism leaders said Thursday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Trump Visits Lure Crowds to West Palm Beach Waterfront 
  Life with a front-row view of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate offers a peek at history, but also creates hassles for residents across the water in West Palm Beach.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)

Monday April 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Civic Association Annual Meeting & End-of-Season Celebration
Followed by Board of Directors Meeting at 11:15 AM
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, April 27, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, April 28, 10:00 am
Zika Task Force Meeting
Palm Beach Civic Association Community Room in the Paramount
Monday, May 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, May 4, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, May 4, 10 AM
Civic Association and Opportunity Inc. Tour
1713 Quail Drive, West Palm Beach
Friday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Public Works Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:00 AM
County Budget Task Force Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Friends of Palm Beach Beach Clean-Up 
a Big Success
April 2017 beach clean-up
Friends of Palm Beach had 51 volunteers on Saturday morning at the beach near Dolphin Road to clean our beaches.
Read More (Civic Association News) 
Palm Beach Approves New Agreement with State for Inlet Sand 
Beach Remourishment
An updated agreement with the state will allow inlet-dredged sand to be placed on town beaches farther south of what is now permitted, officials say.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Dredging Project to Begin This Summer
Lakefront residents are looking forward to an Intracoastal dredging project this summer that will allow them access to their private docks at low tide.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Port Welcomes New Client 
johnson bros.
The Port of Palm Beach is pleased to welcome Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company, as a new client. Johnson Bros. is a nationwide leading Heavy Civil Marine contractor.
Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief awarded Chief of the Year
Chief Darrel Donatto
The Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue's Deputy Chief Darrel Donatto received the honor at the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards.
Read More (WPTV)
Puzzling Disabled Parking Rules Keep Officers Busy
Parking Meters
Laws pertaining to disabled parking spaces are self-explanatory - if you have a valid disabled placard or license plate you can park there; if you don't, you can't. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Issues Water Shortage Warning
Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions has led the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board to issue a water shortage warning to all 8.1 million residents in the agency's 16 counties, including Palm Beach County.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Mandatory Water Restrictions Possible as Drought Deepens
Drought 4-17
A water shortage order was issued last week by the South Florida Water Management District as a warning that mandatory cutbacks may follow.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
UF/IFAS Scientists Find Zika RNA in a Second Mosquito Species
Asian Tiger Mosquito
A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences molecular biologist has found Zika RNA in a type of mosquito not often associated with the virus.
Read More (IFAS News)
Tropical Storm Arlene Takes Forecasters by Surprise 
2017 Subtropical Depression 1
The storm formed Thursday in the far-off Atlantic, defying stunned forecasters to become the first tropical cyclone of 2017 and only the second named storm in the satellite era to develop in April.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Two Seasoned Leaders Missing as 2017 Hurricane Season Approaches
Craig Fugate Rick Knabb
Craig Fugate & Rick Knabb
The 2017 storm season is approaching without two key leaders who guided the country through major disasters such as 2012's Hurricane Sandy and the terrifying Hurricane Matthew in October.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Update: El Nino Could Go Either Way, Complicating the 2017 Hurricane Forecast
el nino
After coming on with a record-challenging virility in 2015, El Nino is playing coy this year, making the job of seasonal hurricane forecasting an even bigger gamble than normal.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Sen. Nelson, Scripps Scientists Bemoan Trump's Proposed Research Cuts
Sen Bill Nelson
Nearly $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump's proposed budget could "devastate" Scripps Florida at a time when scientists at the Jupiter campus say they're making progress on non-addictive opioids.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Scripps Florida Scientist Awarded $4.8 Million to Bring HIV Vaccine Closer to Human Trials
Michael Farzan
Michael Farzan
Professor Michael Farzan, co-chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has received $4.8 million in funding through a 2017 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 
Read More (Scripps Florida)
Florida Senate Passes SB 10 to Build Reservoir
STAs and Sugar Fields
Clean water advocates, sportsmen and all Floridians got a beneficial shot in the arm this week when SB 10, the bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to help limit damaging discharge flows, passed in the state Senate.
Read More (Florida Sportsman)
With the Odds Against Her, Cancer Patient Recovers
"I can say she understands the importance of having a positive mental attitude during the treatment for cancer." Marilyn Scherzer suspected she'd receive a cancer diagnosis one day.
Read More (Good Samaritan)
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