January 5, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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Palm Beach Officials on New Town Manager: Kirk Blouin a 
'Strong Leader'
Kirk Blouin
Mayor Gail Coniglio and Town Council members expressed confidence in Kirk Blouin as the next town manager, calling him a strong leader who proved his merit by turning around the two public safety departments.
Town Council Approves Funding for Design of Groins in Midtown Beaches
midtown beach
Palm Beach is allocating money for design and permitting of a roughly $3.6 million project to protect the Midtown Beach shoreline, but it's still unclear who will be footing the larger bill. The Town Council unanimously voted to approve about $189,000 for this stage of the project to get it ready for eventual construction.
Lake Trail in Palm Beach Open Under Bridge for Pedestrians, Cyclists
Melanie Bell  Daily News
(Melanie Bell/Daily News)
About a month after the Lake Trail project was finished, residents and visitors are discovering and using the trail under the Flagler Memorial Bridge that connects Bradley Park to the Royal Poinciana Plaza.  The town is still crunching the final numbers, but the project appears to be about $50,000 under the $952,541 budget
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Contractor Working to Solve Recurring Issue with 
New Flagler Bridge
Flagler Bridge
After only a few months of being open, the Flagler Memorial Bridge is already experiencing mechanical issues. The bridge was a multi-million-dollar project that took five years to complete and was built with the intention of lasting 75-years.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Brightline Train Kills Bicyclist in Boynton Beach, Railroad's Second Fatality in Six Days
Brightline crossing
A bicyclist was hit and killed by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach on Wednesday afternoon, police said. It was the third fatality - and the second death by a Brightline train - on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks within a week.
Read More (TCPalm)
Local Leaders Turn Up Pressure on Brightline to Complete Construction for Quiet Zones
Brightline crossing
Brightline is up and running to the frustration of many who live near the tracks. The reason? Quiet zones are not complete and may not be until the end of March. Without quiet zones, Brightline and freight train engineers have to start sounding the train horn at least 15 seconds before reaching all public crossings. 
Read More (WPTV) 
Presidential Visit this Weekend
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago will begin Friday, January 19, 2018, tentatively at 8AM. Expect traffic delays and road closures in this area thru Monday, January 21, 2018. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
500 Expected for March to Mar-a-Lago Protest in Palm Beach on Saturday
Meghan McCarthy  Daily News
At least 500 people are expected to attend an anti-Donald Trump protest scheduled for Saturday along South Ocean Boulevard, according to the protest organizer. "If the weather stays good ... it may be over 1,500 (people)", said Mark Offerman event creator.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Fighter Jets Intercepted Three Aviators During Trump Stay
two F-16s
The military scrambled fighter jets three times this past holiday weekend to intercept small private planes that had violated air space near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was there and who didn't respond to radio calls, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
community forum 2018

March 1, 2018

10 A.M.

A Conversation with New Palm Beach
Town Manager Kirk Blouin 

Hear the Candidates for Town Council
Lew Crampton and Harris Fried 

Share their Vision for the Future of 
Palm Beach
Bobbie Lindsay & Maggie Zeidman 

Learn the latest on Palm Beach Issues
Meet town leaders and candidates
Get your questions answered


Free and Open to the Public, Valet Parking

or Call

Video: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market & Code Purple
Bob Wright & Stuart Varney
Fmr. NBC Universal CEO, and current Chairman of the Civic Association, Bob Wright on @Varneyco told Stuart Varney, "Most media doesn't report business." On the 26,000 DOW stockmarket record: "We haven't gone anywhere near where we are going to go. This tax program is so strong, its impact is going to be found over the next 8, or 10, or 15 months. I'm predicting 2018 will probably be the most outstanding year probably since 1996 or 7 in terms of productivity, getting close to 4 percent in GDP, and then the following years are going to have a tremendous opportunity. In a 10 year cycle you're going to create 10 million jobs."
Indoor Tennis, Anyone? Billionaire Developer Sees a Need in West Palm
Jeff Greene
When his kids needed a school, he built a school. Now developer Jeff Greene, a Civic Association Director,  wants to play tennis out of the heat and wind, so he plans to build an indoor tennis and health club next to the Greene School. It's still in the planning stages, and Greene's M-O is to sit on land a long time before building but tennis is a big motivator. He's even talked to Venus Williams about designing it, he said.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Reception at Pucillo Home Honors Empty Bowls Committee
Michael Pucillo
Michael Pucillo
Supporters of Palm Beach Empty Bowls gathered Jan. 11 at the home of Debbie and Michael Pucillo, a Civic Association Director, to honor the organizers of the fifth annual event. The couple served as honorary chairwoman and chairman. Last year, the food bank collected and distributed more than 5 million pounds of donated and rescued food to at least 100,000 individuals in the county.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 


Tuesday, January 23 5:30 PM
Civic Association Major Contributor Reception
By Invitation Only to Civic Association Major Contributors
Wednesday, January 24, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
February 2, 2018, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
A Cup of Joe with Bo - Undergrounding Phase 1 - South
South Fire Rescue Station
February 5, 2018, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee with the Crew - Undergrounding Phase 1 - North
Annie's Dock
February 6, 2018, 9:00 AM
Underground Utility Task Force Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, February 8, 10:30 AM
Private Tour and Reception
Demonstration Gardens of The Society of the Four Arts
Monday, February 12, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2 PM
2018 Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon & VIP Reception
The Breakers
Reports Show Huge Fundraising Gap in Palm Beach Town Council Race
Lew Crampton & Harris Fried
Lew Crampton has amassed a campaign war chest of $48,900 - dwarfing the $850 raised by Harris S. Fried, his opponent in the March 13 election for the Group 1 Town Council seat.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
The Palm Beach Civic Association
and the Palm Beach Garden Club
invite you to join us 
for a
Private Tour and Reception

Signature Events are a benefit of Civic Association membership.
For additional information, contact us: 561-655-0820
Four Arts Garden
Demonstration Gardens of 
The Society of the Four Arts
Thursday, February 8th
Kindly respond on or before February 5th

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Palm Beach Getting 'Hipper' as Younger People Move in, WSJ Reports
Palm Beach
The greening of Palm Beach's population has caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal, which posted a story Thursday announcing that the town "is becoming hipper as younger families are drawn by low taxes, picturesque scenery and sunshine."
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
HIH Lecture:
A Road Map to a Happy Heart
February 5th
10:30 and 2:00
Refreshments will be served.
561-270-4000 or

Two Sites Near Bristol Condo in WPB Sell for $10.85M
Two Roads Development
A company affiliated with condominium developer Two Roads Development bought two adjacent waterfront properties on South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach for $10.85 million.
Read More (The Real Deal)
Palm Beach County 'On Fire' in Economy, Housing, Baker Says
The economy - and the housing market - are "on fire" in Palm Beach County, Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her annual 'State of the County' address.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach International Gets High Ratings
Palm Beach International Airport
It's no surprise that Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) was recently voted ninth best airport in the United States by the prestigious Travel & Leisure magazine and ranked fifth medium airport by J.D. Power 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. These awards are not new to PBIA! Over the past several years, the airport has been consistently recognized.
Read More (Travel & Leisure)
After Irma: Lawmakers to Weigh Blocking Rebuilding in High-Risk Areas
hurricane irma
Requiring nursing homes to have adequate backup power, blocking storm-damaged properties from being rebuilt in "high-risk" areas, and looking into changes in highway traffic flow during evacuations are among hurricane proposals that moved forward Tuesday in a Florida House select committee.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
FPL: Customers Won't Pay Surcharge for Irma Costs Due to Tax Reform
FPL logo
Thanks to federal tax savings for Florida Power & Light, its customers will not face increased rates for Hurricane Irma-related restoration costs, company officials said Tuesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Flu Outbreak Hits Closer to Home
Flu Cases
Emergency rooms in South Florida are admitting more patients suffering from symptoms of the influenza virus.
Read More (WPBF)
Gambling Amendment Will be on Nov. Ballot
slot machines
A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling's expansion in the state now has enough signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.
Read More (Florida Politics)
Florida Gets Reprieve on Coastal Drilling, Other States Outraged
Scott & Trump
Florida Governor Rick Scott, a strong political ally of President Trump, appears to have successfully lobbied to have Florida removed from the administration's plan to expand offshore drilling in American waters. 
Read More (The Bradenton Times)
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