October 5, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
This Week in Palm Beach 20181005
Beaches Still Closed - Strong East Wind Increasing Red Tide Risk
Strong 20-25 mph East winds have increased the risk for red tide algae to blow onto our beaches so the Town of Palm Beach is still flying red flags for closing the beaches. Lifeguards are still wearing masks because red tide can cause respiratory problems. The wind is expected to blow at least through Friday.
Red Tide Spreads to Miami-Dade, 
St. Lucie Counties, as State Investigates Fish Kill in PBC
red tide map
Red tide has spread to Miami-Dade and St. Lucie counties. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission also received reports of fish kills in St. Lucie County and reported that low concentrations of the algae that produces red tide were detected there. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
County Official: Red Tide Won't Bring
Tourism to 'Stand Still'
Beach closed Red Tide
Officials are expressing cautious optimism that Palm Beach County's first bout with toxic red tide in more than a decade will not have either a deep ecological or economic impact. A prolonged red tide surge since the summer has been devastating to marine wildlife and damaged the summer tourism season along a 130-mile stretch along Florida's Gulf coast.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Construction at Testa's Site in Palm Beach Enters Next Phase
Royal Poinciana Palm Beach building 3
Now that this summer's massive concrete pours are over, Palm Beach residents can expect to see buildings start to spring up at the historic Testa's site. Workers are now pouring the columns for one building and laying block for another, said Cody Crowell, managing director of construction for the Frisbie Group, which is developing the site at 227 Royal Poinciana Way.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Most Palm Beach billionaires on new Forbes 400 list have gotten richer
David Koch
David Koch
Civic Association Director
It's been a good year for most of the billionaires in Palm Beach, thanks largely to a go-go - and go again - stock market, according to the latest Forbes 400 list of the nation's richest billionaires. Of 30 billionaires identified by the Palm Beach Daily News as having strong ties to the island, just six saw their estimated net worth drop since the last list was published a year ago.
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Final Public Notice
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Town of Palm Beach engineered beach repair due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 3370). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA's intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.
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Tiffany Building on Palm Beach's Worth Ave. Sells for $20M, Deed Shows
Tiffany building
One of Worth Avenue's most recognizable buildings - home to Tiffany & Co. - has changed hands for $20 million, according to a deed recorded today. The price paid for 259 Worth Ave. in Palm Beach works out to about $1,221 per square foot. The building was sold by Madden Family Associates Ltd., an entity controlled by a family that has owned the property for decades.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Intracoastal Waterway Near Palm Beach to be Dredged this Winter
Intracosatal dredge project

The Florida Inland Navigation District plans to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway between the Port of Palm Beach and the Town Marina this winter. 

A contractor will dredge a 4.5-mile stretch of the waterway to a depth of 10 to 12 feet below average low tide, said Mark Crosley, executive director of the district, locally based in Jupiter. The channel is 125 feet wide.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Grand Celebration Cancels Some Sailing Dates; Will Assist with Gas Explosions Aftermath in Boston
celebration cruise ship
The Grand Celebration has canceled some sailing dates out of the Port of Palm Beach to assist with the aftermath of several gas explosions in Boston, according to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The ship was scheduled to sail October 1 to Massachusetts and provided housing, if needed, for workers restoring service, the cruise line said.
Read More (WPTV)


Summer of Algae: Despite Decades of Efforts, Near Record Levels of Fertilizer Fouled Lake O Last Year
Lake O nutrients
Hurricane Irma's torrential rains flooded Lake Okeechobee with more than 450 metric tons of phosphorus in a single month, contributing to a fertilizer dump that nourished this summer's harmful algae bloom and surpassed the state's phosphorus goal 10 times over.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Nancy Brinker Rings Opening Bell for
Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Ambassador Nancy Brinker, a Civic Association Director and the founder of Susan Komen for the Cure, has been on the move helping bring awareness to this cause. 

Susan Komen was Amb. Brinker's sister.
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Palm Beach Family Fund New
Fisher Family Science Trail
Jeanne Quillen, South Florida Science Center; Harrison Fisher; Frances Fisher, Civic Association Director
A ribbon cutting for the new Fisher Family Science Trail was held this week. There are 15 new exhibits including a Physics Forest, run-through splash pad, human sundial, gem panning station, a dinosaur walk, and much more.
General Electric Should Have Given Flannery 'a Year and a Half at Least'
Bob Wright GE
Former GE Vice Chairman Bob Wright agreed, saying Flannery was just as qualified as Culp or Tom Horton, who was appointed lead director. He said his removal was likely driven by "something we don't know about." "Flannery has never appeared to me to be a guy who people don't like ... it has to be something that we don't know about here, that was in that boardroom that took this action," Wright said.
Read More (CNBC)


Tuesday, October 9, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, October 11, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 17, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
West Palm Mayor's Last Budget: Plenty of Money - Here's Where It's Going
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Mayor Jeri Muoio
West Palm Beach
It's easy to think of a city budget as a collection of spreadsheets with enough numbers lined up to euthanize even the most dedicated community watchdog. But for West Palm Beach officials, the numbers tell a story about the future, like the last sentence in a chapter that makes you turn to the next.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Flu Season is Here
Get the Shot?
By Dr. Earl J. Campazzi, Jr. Civic Association Healthcare Committee Member
The most important reason to get a flu shot this season is to avoid hospitalization and even death, such as in the recent death from flu of the previously healthy 46 year-old Nicole Arnold of Jupiter.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Palm Beach County May Tighten Regulation of Short-Term Rentals
Palm Beach County is considering tighter regulation of Airbnb and other online platforms that advertise short-term rental homes in the county.
Read More (The Real Deal)
New Laws that are in Effect in Florida as of October 1, 2018
Tampa Bay Times photo
Six new laws take effect in Florida as of October 1, 2018. They cover workers compensation, animal welfare, firearm sales and more.
Read More (Civic Association News)
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Hot September: 5th Warmest
key west september temperature
South Florida suffered through a simmering September that ranked 5th warmest in records dating back 125 years.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Tracking Storms
The Civic Association is tracking all the storms and weather disturbances in the North Atlantic and Caribbean. A new storm has a 70% chance of forming in the Gulf. 
Read More (Civic Association News)
Hurricane Preparedness Voluntary ID Cards & Out-of-State Resident ID Cards
Voluntary ID Card
The Palm Beach Police Department is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, it is recommended.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Friends of
Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
beach clean-up
Date:      October 13
Time:      9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Phipps Ocean Park
Everyone Welcome.
All supplies will be there. Iced water and snacks too.
Diane Buhler
Invasive Species of Termites Spreading in County
Asian Subterranean termite
Exterminators are seeing more cases of an invasive species of termites in parts of Palm Beach County, the Asian Subterranean termite.
Read More (WPTV)
Brightline Passenger Counts Increase, 
Below Projections
Greg Lovett  The Palm Beach Post
Brightline's ridership increased in the second quarter of 2018, but passenger counts and revenue remained well below the private rail service's projections.
Read More (Palm Beach Post) 
Palm Beach Police Advise to Be Aware for Distraction Thefts
Construction & Traffic Highlights for the Week of 10/08/18
traffic 8-22-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Construction and Traffic Report for the upcoming week.
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