December 8, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Presidential Visit this Weekend
Air Force One
Beginning at approximately 1:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017, the process of closing roadways around Mar-A-Lago will be initiated. The closure will be in effect through Sunday, December 10, 2017.
The FAA issued flight restrictions for the area around Palm Beach from 11 p.m. Friday to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A separate FAA notice restricts flights in the area from 2:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

The president is expected to arrive late Friday night from a rally in Pensacola. On Saturday the president will head to Mississippi and back in the afternoon. 
Palm Beaches Marathon Runs Through Island for First Time
Palm Beach Marathon
Just before the sun rose over Palm Beach Sunday, thousands of runners from the Palm Beaches Marathon crossed Flagler Memorial Bridge as the race entered the island for the first time in its history, but not without a few hiccups.
Co-sponsored by:
Brian Williams
Keynote Speaker
MSNBC Anchor Brian Williams
Monday, February 12, 2018
VIP Meet and Greet Reception - 11:00 am 
Luncheon - 12:00 pm
The Breakers, Palm Beach

For reservations, please call Allison Tardonia, Membership and Events Manager 
at 561-655-0820
Palm Beach Workshop to Focus on Challenges in Town 
Retirement Finances
Town hall
Note: This event is open to the public:
The Palm Beach Town Council and its Retirement System Board of Trustees will hold a joint workshop Monday to examine issues associated with the town's retirement system.
Town Council to Appoint Alternate Member to Recreation
Advisory Commission
Town of Palm Beach logo

The Town of Palm Beach announces one alternate commission member opening on the Town of Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Commission effective January 9, 2018.  
Is Palm Beach Finally Ready to 
Tackle Climate Change?
One of the major developers in Palm Beach told the zoning board this week it's time to face the challenges of a warming global climate and rising seas - a politically hot topic that has led to rising tensions in the past.
Is Palm Beach Ready to Warm up to Solar Energy?
Solar panels present a balancing act between energy conservation and aesthetics, and the town has leaned toward the latter. The town restricts use of the panels to no more than 30 percent of roof coverage, including flat roofs that aren't visible to passersby.
Tara McCoy: Youngest CEO Aims to Innovate at Oldest WPB Hospital
Tara McCoy
Note: Good Samaritan new CEO Tara McCoy will attend an upcoming Civic Association Healthcare Committee meeting.
West Palm Beach's oldest hospital, 333-bed Good Samaritan, is 97 years old. Its chief executive, named in October, is 38.
Read More (Palm Beach Post $) 
New Traffic Obstacle: Brightline Testing Express Trains from Palm Beach to Lauderdale
South Florida drivers will face something new in traffic this week: Brightline high-speed passenger trains will be running up to 20 times per day between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
All Aboard: 
Nearly 3 Million to Ride Orlando-to-Miami Train Annually by 2020
Brightline crossing
The Brightline passenger train is expected to have nearly 3 million riders from Orlando to Miami annually by 2020 despite its entry to an "auto dominant" market, according to Fitch Ratings.


Monday, December 11, 9:30 AM
Pension Workshop
Town Council Chambers
Monday, December 11, 5:30 PM
Civic Association Holiday Party 
The Breakers Palm Beach
Tuesday, December 12, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, December 13, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, December 13, Noon
Civic Association Directors Luncheon
Friday, December 15, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, December 19, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, December 20, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, December 21, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
December 25 - December 26
Christmas Holiday
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed
January 1 - January 2
New Year's Holiday
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed
Wednesday, January 3, 9:00 AM
Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Active Shooter Presentation
Active Shooter Presentation
The Town of Palm Beach Police Department is presenting an Active Shooter Response seminar, December 14th 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
As Deaths Rise, State Out to Toughen Texting-While-Driving Law
texting and driving
Florida is one of only four states that hasn't made texting while driving a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement can't pull over a motorist solely for typing out a text on their cellphone.
Read More (Palm Beach Post $)
Why the Secret Service is Involved in
Palm Beach's
Utilities Project
Ditch Witch
Palm Beach's town-wide burial of overhead utilities shifts into Phase 2 next year, when construction will move into the neighborhood of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
To Raise Teacher Pay, PBC Public Schools May Ask Voters to Raise Taxes
palm beach county school district
Palm Beach County public school leaders are making plans to ask voters to approve a special property tax next year to boost teacher salaries, saying that substantial pay hikes for teachers will be impossible without a new money source.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Florida Tourist-Tax Proposal for Broader Use of Money Gets Committee OK
Richard Corcoran
With the proposal drawing concerns from parts of the tourism industry, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that could allow broader uses of tourist-development taxes.
Read More (Orlando Sentinel)
Climate-Change Risks May Lower Municipal Credit Ratings
Moody_s Investor Services
Credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services Inc. warns that it may downgrade the ratings of U.S. states and cities that fail to prepare for the impact of climate change.
Read More (The Real Deal)
Promise of Stem and Regenerative Medicine: 
Are We Ready for Prime Time?

Learn about the latest in Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Research and the promise it holds to treat and cure diseases"
Join us for an interactive and lively discussion with
Dr. Shahin Rafii
from Weill Cornell Medicine, a global expert and leader in the field
Moderated by Dr. Leona Brenner-Gati
Former Vice President, Corporate Office of Science & Technology,
Johnson & Johnson and Former Acting Deputy Commissioner of Medical
Products and Tobacco, FDA
Dr. Daniel Yadegar,
Medical Director at HIH
Wed, December 13th, 2017
50 Cocoanut Row, 
Suite 100, Palm Beach
Limited Availability
Contact Suzanne Hoffman
Clinical Trial for Zika Vaccine Shows Promise. But Will It Prevent Infection?
Zika Alert
An experimental Zika vaccine developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is safe and induces an immune response in healthy adults, according to findings from an early stage clinical trial published Monday in The Lancet, a medical journal.
Read More (Miami Herald)
NYU Langone Opens West Palm Beach Offices
NYU Langone Health
NYU Langone Health has opened its West Palm Beach medical office, the latest out-of-area health care provider to cater to Palm Beach County patients.
Read More (Palm Beach Post $)
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