January 18, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
This Week In Palm Beach 1-18-2019

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.

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
James Patterson Featured at 
Civic Association Luncheon
James Patterson
James Patterson, the world's best-selling author, spoke to 110 major donors of the Palm Beach Civic Association during a Jan. 11 luncheon at Club Colette.
A Civic Association Director, Mr. Patterson spoke about  The Art of Philanthropy: To Give or Not - That is the Question.
Read More (Civic Association News)
"Where Have All the
Songbirds Gone?"
Where Have All the Songbirds Gone
Community organizations in town are jointly sponsoring this exciting and informative panel about how to restore a healthy, toxin-free Palm Beach. 
Read More (Civic Association News)
Palm Beach Not Ready to Ban Shared Scooters and Bikes Yet
Bird scooter
A town board has punted until next month a proposed ban on scooter and bicycle ride sharing in Palm Beach Town staff is, at the Town Council's direction, drafting an ordinance intended to prohibit shared scooters and shared bicycles from littering sidewalks and public or private property. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Delays Decisions 
Again on Proposed New 
Private Club in Town
Carriage House
The Town Council again deferred a proposal for the Carriage House, a polarizing plan for a new private Palm Beach club that has drawn opposition from nearby residents and stirred debate in the council chambers for more than a year. One council member warns it's about time to 'fish or cut bait' on controversial project
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Town of Palm Beach 
Business Workshop
Town of Palm Beach Business Workshop
The Town of Palm Beach will host a three-hour workshop in Council Chambers as a follow up to the 2018 Business Workshop to bring Town staff together with local experts to discuss the future of the business community and ensure sustainability. Moderators will provide an overview relative to how the business community currently interacts with Town government and discuss completed and proposed process improvements to improve doing business with the Town and overall communication.
Palm Beach Insists on Strict Rules for Dock at Mar-a-Lago
Allen Eyestone  The Palm Beach Post
The Town Council said Wednesday it won't allow a dock at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club without legal protections for neighbors, at least one of whom has voiced concerns about security and noise. Council members said they want tight controls on noise, lights, hours of operation and assurances that, if a dock is approved, there will be no commercial use, no future expansion and no jet skis.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Civic Association Candidates Debate
Araskog & Silvin
Julie Araskog & Rene Silvin
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

Challenger Raises More in December, but Incumbent Way Ahead Overall
Incumbent Julie Araskog's campaign war chest continues to dwarf that of challenger Rene Silvin in their race to win the Group 2 Town Council seat in the March 12 election. 
Quest Coverage of the 
Anniversary Party
quest coverage anniversary party
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Palm Beach Civic Association 
Holiday Party
2018 Holiday Party
Palm Beach Civic Association's Directors Luncheon, The Colony
Directors fall luncheon 1-2019


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

Monday, February 4 - 2:00 PM
"Where Have All the Songbirds Gone?"
Town Council Chambers
75 Years of History - The Civic Association Works to Keep Palm Beach,  Palm Beach
Wyeth Building
It all started in 1944, when a handful of civic minded Palm Beach residents formed the association. Their mission - then and now - is to preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life on the island.

Beach erosion, gambling, port expansion, and inlet deepening were among the major issues of the association in the early days - concerns that remain front and center today.
Palm Beach Police Fraud Alert: 
FPL Scam
FPL Fraud
T he Palm Beach Police Department received multiple reports of imposters claiming to be FPL representatives. The imposter's spoof (disguise) their phone numbers in an attempt to deceive potential victims into believing they are legitimate FPL employees.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Police: Man said Jesus Told Him to Drive Ferrari Off Palm Beach Dock
Meghan McCarthy
Meghan McCarthy
The Deerfield Beach man who drove his blue Ferrari into the Lake Worth Inlet last month told police that Jesus told him to do it, according to a police report released Monday. "Jesus made me the smartest man on Earth," the man told police, the report says, "and it's so hard to have this much responsibility."
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Florida Could Enter Era of Digital Driver's License
digital drivers liscense
Florida could become one of the first states to allow electronic versions of driver's licenses stored on cellphones as proof of identification. Republican state Rep. James Grant and Democrat Rep. Matt Willhite are both working on a bill that would create a statewide database to store driver's licenses and insurance information.
See More (WPBF - ABC25)
Steven Stern 
Meets with Civic Association Executive Committee
undergrounding review
The Town of Palm Beach Underground Utilities Project Manager Steven Stern met with the Civic Association Executive Committee. He reviewed the Master Plan and Status of the project.
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West Palm's $2 Billion 
Construction Boom
WPB construction
West Palm Beach has a $2 Billion dollar construction boom going on in 2019.  The Bristol is set to be completed in the second quarter this year. It's the most expensive condo ever in Palm Beach County.  Not all the work is skyscrapers. A new fire station is being built, several hotel and apartment complexes, town homes, and commercial projects too.
Read More (Civic Association News)
New Hurricane Scale Might Change the Way We Measure Dangerous Storms
AccuWeather says it has created a new way of rating hurricanes that goes beyond the long-used method of categorizing storms based solely on wind strength - and its forecasters are hoping it catches on. The Pennsylvania-based weather data, forecasting and media company announced on Wednesday what it calls its AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
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
DeSantis Announces Sweeping Fixes Meant to Clean Up Florida Water Woes
Ron DeSantis
Two days after he took office, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled sweeping measures to clean up Florida's troubled waters Thursday, including spending $2.5 billion and launching more aggressive policies to address algae choking Lake Okeechobee and polluting the state's coasts.
Read More (Miami Herald)
Derelict Boats, Leaking Fuel Causing Problems in South Florida Waters
derelict boat
People from all over the world come to South Florida to boat on our pristine waters. However, from Palm Beach County to the Treasure Coast, our waters may be in danger from boats left behind. If you head on the Lake Worth Lagoon with Greg Reynolds, you'll quickly find out that every boat has a story. At least what's left of them.
Read More (WPTV)
South Florida Company Turns Sugarcane Fibers into Eco-Friendly Plates
Tellus ribbon cutting
Amidst what many call a plastic epidemic, a Belle Glade Company is trying to do its part in protecting paradise. He showed WPTV how they take leftover sugarcane fiber from sugarcane fields and turn it into eco-friendly plates and bowls.
Read More (WPTV)
Governor Suspends
Palm Beach County's Elections Supervisor
Gov. Ron DeSantis will replace Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher with Wendy Link, a board member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
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