January 12, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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Blouin Pledges to Cut Spending While Protecting Services in Palm Beach
Kirk Blouin
Incoming Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Town Council Tuesday he'll begin his task by huddling with department heads to explain his "vision."
Blouin said his mission is to work with employees to find ways to maintain or improve town services while reducing the cost of government.
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Presidential Visit Expected  
this Weekend
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
Beginning at 8:00AM on Friday, January 12, 2018, the process of closing roadways around Mar-A-Lago will be initiated. Current ETA for the president is 6:30 p.m. The closure will be in effect through Monday, January 15, 2018.
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VIDEO: 2018 Town Caucus Shapes this Election Cycle
2018 Caucus Video
Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.

Mr. Crampton, a South End resident, chairman of the Citizens' Association of Palm Beach, and a director at the Palm Beach Civic Association and Mr. Fried, a mid-town resident, an attorney, and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group 1 seat to be vacated by the retiring Richard Kleid.

South End resident James Sved dropped out of the race earlier in the day.

Councilwomen Margaret Zeidman and Bobbie Lindsay were nominated for new two-year terms in the Group 2 and Group 3 seats they hold, respectively with no opposition for their seats.

Civic Association News was there to get the candidate's perspective. Interviewed were Lew Crampton, Harris Fried, Bobbie Lidsay, and Maggie Zeidman:
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FPL underground power  
cost change approved
transformer power pole
A change in how the cost of conversion from overhead to underground power lines is calculated will save Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores and four other municipalities an estimated $14 million.
Town Undergrounding  Utilities Update
Undergrounding Today
Town Newsletter -- In this update read about: Commercial Paper Issued, Construction Progress Update, Engineering Design Update, Outreach & Community Events, Assessment Information and Peer Review of the Underground Utilities Master Plan.
Palm Beach Board: Peer Review of Utilities Project Didn't Save Money
Patterson & Dewar Engineers
It appears an engineering firm's review of Palm Beach's master plan for burying all overhead utility lines won't yield much savings, and might even cost the town a little. Last year, the town hired Patterson & Dewar Engineers to do a "peer review" of the undergrounding master plan developed by consultant Kimley-Horn and Associates. The Palm Beach Civic Association paid half of the $100,000 tab.
Brightline Train Starts Saturday - Unveils Prices, Schedules
Brightline Launch
This morning Brightline said they will open trains to the public this Saturday, January 13. Round-trip fares starting at $20 for rides between its stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. During the week, the company plans to run 10 round-trip trains a day between the two cities. There will be nine round-trip trains on the weekends. Trains will depart as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.
Moffett Not Running for Re-Election; How it Could Affect Downtown
Sylvia Moffett
Sylvia Moffett
The decision has a big potential impact on downtown development, as Moffett was one of three commissioners who voted against Related Cos.' plan to rezone the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor and allow a 25-story office tower in a 5-story waterfront zone. 
Muoio's Heavy Lift:  
Polishing Downtown Vitality,  
Chipping at Poverty
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Mayor Jeri Muoio
The pieces will start coming together in 2018, Mayor Jeri Muoio says. At a slow, governmental pace, to be sure, but the public will begin to see results of two years of plans crafted by city leaders, consultants and community members to create "a world class city where people want to be," as West Palm's mission statement puts it.
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Mature Driver Insurance Discount Course
mature driver
The Palm Beach Police Department will be holding a Mature Driver Insurance Discount Course on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in partnership with the Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. The course will be held at the Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Station meeting room, 2185 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach.
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Brinker: Fund to Help  
Displaced Puerto Ricans, Others  
with Breast Care
Julie Fisher Cummings and Nancy Brinker
Julie Fisher Cummings & Nancy Brinker

Palm Beacher and Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker, a Civic Association Director, is helping spearhead a new fundraising initiative aimed at connecting cancer care providers with two vulnerable populations in South Florida - people in financial need and those who have moved to Florida from Puerto Rico and other areas following recent hurricanes.

Friday, January 12, 9:30 AM
Special Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, January 12, 10:30 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Town Offices Closed
Tuesday, January 16, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 17, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, January 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Annual Beach Management Agreement Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, January 18, 2:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, January 24, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tenet Inks Deal to Build Surgery Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center 
Good Samaritan HSS
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has signed a deal with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York to build an outpatient orthopedic care and surgery center near Tenet's Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach.
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Flu Season Worst to Hit Florida in Years, Doctors Say
2018 flu season
Flu activity levels statewide continue to increase sharply for the fourth week in a row and were above peak levels observed during the previous two seasons. Sharp increases in activity have been observed in all regions of the state and across all age groups. In South Florida, flu activity is above peak levels observed during the previous three seasons.
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Palm Beach to Consider Restricting Hours, Parking for New Private Club
Carriage House
A proposal for a new private club on South County Road at the entrance to Phipps Plaza will be back before the Palm Beach Town Council this week. The council delayed a vote on the Carriage House last month to give resident Michael Bickford a little more time to develop the plan and work out some kinks.
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Town Council to Appoint Member(s) to the Architectural and Landmarks Preservation Commissions
Town hall side view
The Town of Palm Beach announces board member openings on the Town's Architectural Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission effective March 2018. 
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Town Launches New Website
The Town of Palm Beach launched a redesigned website today. Click to see the new site. 
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Few States Unscathed by Weather's Wrath in 2017, $306 Billion in Losses
2017 weather disasters
The U.S. endured an atmospheric thrashing in 2017, experiencing its third warmest year on record, $306 billion in losses and 362 deaths from a glut of weather-related disasters that spread misery coast to coast.
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2017 was 3rd Warmest for U.S., Second Warmest for Florida
Every state in the contiguous U.S. experienced above average warmth in 2017, leading this past year to come in as third warmest on record.
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"Best Buy" Lake O Reservoir Projects Just In
Lake O release
A report to Florida lawmakers outlining the "best buys" for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee made it in just under deadline tonight, hitting Senate President Joe Negron's desk minutes before 5 p.m.
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Lake Okeechobee Not Lone Cause of Treasure Coast Algae
Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee is not the lone culprit in the recurring algae blooms that plague Treasure Coast waterways, but an accomplice aided by thousands of nitrogen-spewing septic tanks, according to a recently published FAU study.
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