January 11, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 

Annual Awards Luncheon

The Palm Beach Civic Association is delighted to bring cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, Dr. Mehmet Oz to The Breakers for an inspiring program filled with wellness advice and encouragement for a fit lifestyle.

The event is our only fundraiser for the season, and supports programs and education initiatives throughout the year. Individual tickets, VIP packages, and table sponsorship are available.

This year the award winners are the Town of Palm Beach Police Department and Fire-Rescue Department.

Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon

Monday, January 21, 2019

VIP Reception: 11 AM
Luncheon: Noon

The Breakers
Mayor, Town Council President Unopposed; Julie Araskog & Rene Silvin Vie for Seat
Araskog & Silvin
Julie Araskog & Rene Silvin

Here are the results of the Town Caucus on Tuesday evening:

Mayor Gail Coniglio - Unopposed

Town Council President - Unopposed

Group 2 Town Council Seat
- Incumbent: Julie Araskog
- Challenger: Rene Silvin

Town Council Election - Vote on March 12, 2019

See More (Civic Association News)

Civic Association Candidates Debate

Moderated by Jim Sackett

Thursday, February 28

10:00 AM

Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
141 S County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480

This event is open to the public
Registration is required

Civic Association
Harvey Poppel Presents Committee Report to Council
Harvey L. Poppel, Civic Association Director
Civic Association Director and Long Range Planning Committee Chairman Harvey L. Poppel presented an update to the Town Council this week.

"The reason for the Civic Association's committee is to address the many transformative and potentially disruptive issues," said Mr. Poppel.

A couple of examples of technologies that the Town of Palm Beach will have to consider in the future are autonomous (driverless) vehicles; and drones that will transport packages and people and perform government, corporate, and residential services.

"The goals of the committee are to identify, define and prioritize these types of issues which may impact Palm Beach over the next 10 to 20 years," said Mr. Poppel.
Long Range Planning
Town-Business Community Workshop

January 29, 2019

9:30 AM

Town Council Chambers

Town of Palm Beach, Civic Association, Residents, and Chamber of Commerce 

The Civic Association will announce the results of the residential survey of the business community.

Pathway: Ensure Local Business Sustainability & Prosperity
New Palm Beach Recreation Center Construction on Schedule
Rec Center Construction
Construction of the Mandel Recreation Center remains on schedule with completion expected this fall, town officials said. The building is beginning to take shape, according to Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar. He said via email Friday that the main building and gym section slabs were poured and masonry walls are "going up fast." Interior and site work is set to begin in May, he said.
Town Council to Appoint Members to the Architectural Commission (ARCOM)
Town of Palm Beach logo
The Town of Palm Beach is seeking to appoint five (5) members to the Architectural Commission (ARCOM) effective January 2019. Currently, there are two (2) regular members and three (3) alternate members whose terms will expire on March 1, 2019 and all are eligible to apply for one more term.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Town Council to Appoint Members to the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Palm Beach Town Hall
The Town of Palm Beach is seeking to appoint four (4) members to the Landmarks Preservation Commission effective January 2019. Currently, there is one (1) regular member whose final term expires in March 2019, one (1) regular member and one (1) alternate member who are eligible for re-appointment, and one (1) non-resident member with a special expertise in historic landmarks preservation who serves the term of one year and is also eligible for reappointment.
Class-Action Hearing Set for Friday in Palm Beach Utilities Lawsuit
The next step in a lawsuit filed against the town and its underground utility project will take place Friday, court records show, when the two plaintiffs argue the suit should earn a class-action classification. The suit, filed in July 2017 by residents Carol Kosberg and Michael Scharf, challenged the Town Council's decision to impose special assessments on property owners to help pay for Palm Beach's estimated $90 million townwide underground utility project, a multiyear plan to bury overhead utility lines.
Big Changes Coming to 
Downtown West Palm Beach
WPB construction
As 2019 begins, more changes could be coming to downtown West Palm Beach. "There's new buildings everywhere you turn around," says Jeff Clements who lives downtown. Construction cranes only hint at what's happening.
Read More (WPTV)
Medical Marijuana Shop Set to Open in Downtown West Palm Beach in March
A medical marijuana store is coming to downtown West Palm Beach in a matter of months. City officials confirm that MedMen is set to open a shop on March 1 at the corner of Clematis Street and Rosemary Avenue, right across the street from police headquarters.
Read More (WPTV)


Tuesday, January 15, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 AM
Civic Association Executive Committee
PBCA Community Room

Monday, January 21, Noon
Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dr. Oz
The Breakers Click Here for Tickets

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Town Hall Closed, Civic Association Open

Tuesday, January 22, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 AM
Architecural Comission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, January 24, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, January 29, 9:30 AM
Town-Business Community Workshop
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, January 29, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Townwide Utility Undergrounding
Community Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 30, 10:00 AM
Public Safety Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Year-End Financial Dashboard
2018 dashboard

The Town's Year-End Key Financial Indicators Report ("Dashboard") is now available on the Finance Department Page.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach PDF
Complimentary Prescription Review & Counseling
Fire Station
A complimentary prescription review & counseling will be held on January 12, 2019 at all three Fire Stations from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The number of medications that one takes increases the risks of drug interactions, mix-ups and the potential for side effects.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Second man arrested in attempt to defraud Palm Beacher out of $660K
A five-month Palm Beach Police Department investigation ended with the arrest Thursday of a Georgia man who police said tried to defraud a Palm Beach man out of more than $650,000.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Florida Warns of Scam Company Sending Toll Invoices
toll scam
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is warning drivers to be on the lookout for possible scammers trying to trick them into sending payments.
Read More (Civic Association News)
This Week in Palm Beach 20181019
See all the video versions of This Week in Palm Beach.

Are You at Risk of Cancer? Good Samaritan Genetic Testing Program Can Help
New Cancer Genetics Program at Good Samaritan Medical Center can help determine whether you are at risk for certain types of cancer. The program, led by Dr. Elisabeth McKeen, medical oncologist, and Conni Murphy, a nurse practitioner with specialized training in cancer genetics, consists of a genetic screening process and counseling sessions.
See Video (Good Samaritan News)
Super Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse this Month, When to Watch
lunar eclipse
The silent celestial cogs of the Earth, moon and sun align this month to treat all of North America to a total lunar eclipse, the first show with this reach since September 2015. For stargazers in South Florida, the event begins at 9:36 p.m. on Jan. 20.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Friends of
Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
beach clean-up
Bruce R. Bennett  Daily News

DATE:  January 19
TIME:   9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Mediterranean and N Ocean Way

All supplies will be there. Iced water and snacks too.

Diane Buhler
Florida Forest Service Warns About Drought Index in South Florida
The Florida Forest Service is calling it a scary situation. The drought index for our five county viewing area is higher than this time last year.
Read More (WPTV)
Brightline Expands Train Service During Morning, Evening Rush Hour
A new year means new options if you want to take a Brightline train to Miami. The rail service announced new departures for 2019, giving you more options to head south, but it also means drivers will wait as rail crossings more often.
Read More (WPTV)
Brightline-Virgin Rail Service Looking at Disney Station Along Proposed Tampa-to-Orlando Route
brightline station
Brightline, the Florida passenger train service soon to be known as Virgin Trains USA, plans a stop near Disney World along its proposed Orlando to Tampa route.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
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