THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
January 25, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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This Week In Palm Beach 01-25-2019
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IN THE NEWS
Dr. Mehmet Oz Gives Tips for Healthy Living at Civic Association's 75th Anniversary Award Luncheon
TV personality and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz dispensed tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle during the Town of Palm Beach Civic Association's Annual Award Luncheon Jan. 21 at The Breakers.

A Civic Association Director, Dr. Oz spoke to a packed house at the luncheon. The Annual Award Luncheon supports the association's community programs and initiatives.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Civic Association Annual Awards Dinner at the Home of Michele and Howard Kessler
Dr Oz  & Kesslers
Palm Beach Civic Association Planners Key in on Town's 
Long-Term Strategies
Long Range Planning Committee
While town boards tend to focus on business at hand, a Palm Beach Civic Association committee is looking further ahead to the issues of the future. Harvey L. Poppel, chairman of the long-range planning committee, said Monday that its job is to anticipate and help the town and community plan for change so its response is strategic instead of reactive or "event-driven."
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
You're Invited!
TELLUS TOUR
Friday, February 8th

Tellus, a Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative venture, is an annually renewable packaging company based in Belle Glade that converts sugarcane fiber into packaging and food service products.

Tellus products will decompose in weeks, not centuries like single-use styrofoam and plastic, and substitute for some of that plastic.

A working farm will also be on the tour!

Please RSVP by February 5th

Limited to the first 25 reservations
.
Transportation and lunch will be provided.

8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

For questions
 
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.
Town of Palm Beach 
Public Safety Committee
The Town of Palm Beach will host a Public Safety Committee Meeting in Council Chambers. The public is invited.

Town Public Safety Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 30
10 AM
Town Hall Council Chambers.

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

Please RSVP
561-837-7555

"Where Have All the
Songbirds Gone?"
Where Have All the Songbirds Gone
PALM BEACH TOWN HALL
   
MONDAY
FEBRUARY 4, 2:00 PM
   
Community organizations in town are jointly sponsoring this exciting and informative panel about how to restore a healthy, toxin-free Palm Beach. 
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CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
How a Kid from Newburgh, NJ Became a Mega-Best-Selling Author
James Patterson
Depending on your criterion for measurement, James Patterson is arguably the world's most successful living author - not bad for a guy who grew up in a working-class Newburgh family. He has sold more than 380 million books worldwide, earning an estimated $700 million over a single decade and topping Forbes' list of highest-paid authors for three years running. Patterson was the first person to sell one million e-books, holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one best-sellers (67 at last count) and was the first to top The New York Times' best-seller lists in both the adults' and kids' categories simultaneously.
Read More (Hudson Valley One)

MEETINGS & EVENTS

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

Friday, February 1, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Cup of Joe with Bo:
South Undergrounding Utilities 
Community Update Meeting
South Fire Rescue: Meeting Room
 
Monday, February 4, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee with The Crew:
North Undergrounding Utilities Update Meeting
Palmo Way Park: Near the Pump Station

Monday, February 4 - 2:00 PM
"Where Have All the Songbirds Gone?"
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, February 7, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Civic Association Marks 
75 Years of Activism
Civic Association History
One of the running jokes about Palm Beach - yep, there are a few, including the car being driven only by a pair of shriveled hands, and injuries sustained during "bluehead season"- is that its residents are so old that when they turn 75 they get kicked off the junior committee. Well, this year the Palm Beach Civic Association stepped down from the junior committee.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
DROUGHT
Drought Escalates to 'Severe' in Parts of Palm Beach County
drought 1-15-19
Drought has escalated to the severe level in Palm Beach County and through the Treasure Coast, making southeast Florida the only spot in the U.S. east of the high plains to reach the enhanced drought benchmark.
PALM BEACH REAL ESTATE
South Florida Mansion Sales Surge as Tax Exiles Seek Savings
For the past year, Florida real estate agents have been actively courting wealthy Northeasterners who took a hit from the tax overhaul. Now signs are emerging that some of those disgruntled taxpayers are indeed jumping at the chance to cut their tax bill by moving to Florida.
PORT OF PALM BEACH
Cruise Line Announces a Sailing to Cuba from Port of
Palm Beach
celebration cruise ship
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced a one-time sailing from Port of Palm Beach to Havana, Cuba on the Grand Classica cruise ship. This will be a great chance to sail from an alternative port to the much demanded Caribbean destination.
Read More (Cruise Hive)
ENVIRONMENT
This Natural, but Nasty, Nuisance is Lurking Off Palm Beach County's Coast
sargassum
A bloom of seaweed that experts warn could mimic 2018's record-breaking sargassum crop is sending a tangle of mats through the Florida Straits to Palm Beach County's coast. 
Boat Washes Ashore Near
Mar-a-Lago
Photo: Lannis Waters
Palm Beach Daily News
A boat has been found washed up about two houses north of Mar-a-Lago. Florida Wildlife Commission is working with Palm Beach Police to determine the cause of grounding and to remove the vessel from the beach.
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UNDERGROUNDING
Third Utilities Phase Could Begin this Summer in
Palm Beach
undergrounding
Construction could begin this summer on the third phase of the town-wide utility burial, officials say. The Town Council on Feb. 14 will consider a town committee's recommendation of a firm to act as construction manager-at-risk for Phase 2 South and Phase 3 South of the undergrounding project. Phase 2 South is between Sloan's Curve and the intersection of South County Road and State Road A1A. Phase 3 South is from that intersection to Peruvian Avenue.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Undergrounding Construction Cost Estimated 
at $103 Million
undergrounding
Burying every overhead power, phone and cable television line on the island is a big and costly project. It's no surprise there's been some confusion and disagreement over the years about what the final tab will be. The project isn't expected to be complete until 2026. At this point, it's a safe bet that no one really knows exactly what the final cost will be.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Judge to Decide Class-Action Status of Palm Beach Utilities Suit
Undergrounding
A judge will hear closing arguments from attorneys on both sides before deciding whether a lawsuit against the town, seeking to block the use of special assessments to pay for burying utilities, should earn a class-action classification. The lawsuit, filed in 2017 by residents Carol Kosberg and Michael Scharf, challenged the Town Council's decision to impose special assessments on property owners to pay for the $103 million burial of all overhead utility lines in town.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
FLORIDA
Florida Lawmakers Balk at Bundled Ballot Measures
Florida Capital
"Bundled" constitutional amendments, which led in November to voters casting ballots on proposals that combined seemingly unrelated issues such as vaping and offshore oil drilling, would be a thing of the past under a measure that started moving Tuesday in the Senate.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA
Scientists Discover a Brain Molecule Connecting Anxiety to
Weight Loss
Scripps Florida Campus
Anxiety and fat-burning may seem entirely unrelated so far as bodily functions go, but scientists have found that a certain molecule appears to connect one with the other.
Read More (New Atlas)
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