February 1, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
This Week In Palm Beach 02-01-2019
Presidential Visit this Weekend
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
A Presidential visit is likely to the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago on Friday, February 1, through Sunday, February 3, according to an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The "VIP Movement Notification" was issued Monday.
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"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. 
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Consultant Dives Deep into Flood Risks for Palm Beach
A consultant used computer modeling to simulate hundreds of tropical storms or hurricanes and the flooding they would unleash upon Palm Beach. Woods Hole Group, an international environmental services firm based in Massachusetts, has spent two years assessing the town's coastal vulnerability.
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Palm Beach Leaders Envision More Vibrant Business Climate in Town
Harvey L. Poppel
Civic Association Director
Harvey L. Poppel, a Civic Association Director and Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee, presented an interim report on the business community to the Town of Palm Beach Business Workshop.  Mr. Poppel explained the results of a Civic Association Residential Survey about the business community in town. The purpose of the survey was to find out if the town's business community suitably contributes to its residents' future quality of life.
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Palm Beach Nearing Decision on New Recreation Director
The search for a new recreation director for the town is almost complete, according to Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar. Town staff is going through the first phase of review for applicants and aims for an early to mid-March announcement of a replacement for Beth Zickar, who left her position on Oct. 31 after three years.
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Stranded Boat Near Mar-a-Lago Carried Haitians Last Week
Photo: Lannis Waters
Palm Beach Daily News
As of Friday, Feb. 1 the abandoned vessel is still on the beach near Mar-a-Lago according to Palm Beach Police. 
The abandoned vessel that has sat about two houses north of the Beach Club at Mar-a-Lago since Wednesday turned out to be far from empty before it arrived on land. A U.S. Coast Guard news release shows that on Jan. 20, a Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew rescued 31 Haitians from the boat, Summer Smart, which was drifting about 9 miles north of Bimini, Bahamas.
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Royal Poinciana Plaza's New Manager Has Deep Palm Beach Roots
Lilly Leas Ferreira
Lilly Leas Ferreira
Lilly Leas Ferreira remembers coming to The Royal Poinciana Plaza and playhouse with her mother when she was a girl growing up on the island's north side. She returned on Monday in a new role - as the plaza's general manager. "It had this legacy to it," said Ferreira, whose mother is Minnie Pulitzer McCluskey and grandmother was designer and Palm Beach icon Lilly Pulitzer.
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Civic Association
Candidates Debate
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

Proposal for Solution to Beach Erosion in Palm Beach Delayed
groin work
The Shore Protection Board was expected to hear a proposed solution on Thursday for the beach erosion stretching from The Breakers to Midtown Beach. But the presentation was not ready. Michael Jenkins, speaking on behalf of the town's engineering consultant, Applied Technology & Management, told the board that finding a solution was taking longer than expected.
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You're Invited!
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 Seats Available
Transportation and lunch will be provided.

8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

For questions


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

Monday, February 4 - 10:00 AM
Civic Association Healthcare Committee Meeting
Good Samaritan Medical Center

Monday, February 4 - 10:00 AM
Civic Association Town Beautification Committee Meeting
Pan's Garden

Tuesday, February 5 - 10:00 AM
Civic Association Tax and Finance Committee
PBCA Community Room

Thursday, February 7, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, February 14, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Friday, February 15, 2:30 PM
Investment Advisory Committee
Town Council Chambers
Presidents' Day-Town Hall Closed
Monday, February 18, All Day
Town Hall Closed
Palm Beach Publix Workers Honored with Top Citizen Awards
citizenship award
Andy DeLong, manager of the Palm Beach Publix, and Tanya Nelson, the store's customer service manager, were both at work last Christmas Eve when a man's life suddenly fell into their hands.  The man collapsed on the floor. His heart had stopped beating. Someone called 911. 
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Police Alert
Auto Burglaries
Auto theft
The Palm Beach Police Department wants to alert residents of recent auto burglaries and thefts that have occurred in the Town of Palm Beach and continue to remind residents, guests and employees to lock their vehicle doors and turn on their alarm system.
Shark Attacks Down Worldwide and 'Nosedive' in Florida Waters, Researchers Say
wikipedia image
Looks like it's safe to get back in the water. Shark attacks, still rare despite movie plot lines and one fatal attack this year off Cape Cod, declined dramatically worldwide in 2018 and plummeted by nearly half in Florida waters, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File.
Fleets of Automated Cars May Be Coming to Florida Roads with No Human Oversight
Autonomous Vehicles
Is it time to revise Florida's motor vehicle laws to prepare for a future dominated by driverless vehicles? At least two lawmakers think so. A new legislative bill aimed at preserving Florida's status as a pioneering state for autonomous vehicle development would eliminate requirements that human operators always be on hand to take control of fully autonomous cars while in turn legalizing driverless vehicles fully run by software systems.
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New Bill Aims to Ban Plastic Bags and Straws at Florida Businesses
straws on beach
It would ban stores and food service businesses from giving plastic carryout bags and plastic straws to customers. Instead, they would get bags and straws made from natural or certain synthetic materials. This would apply to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, liquor stores, movie theaters, and other businesses.
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Gov. DeSantis Outlines Environmental Protection Plan During Stop in Fort Lauderdale
Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined his environmental protection plan on Tuesday during a visit to South Florida. He revealed his proposed $625 environmental budget at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Anglers, Environmentalists Optimistic After FWC Decides to Stop Spraying to Kill Plants
Round Up
Anglers and environmentalists say they're ecstatic to hear the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will temporarily stop aquatic spraying to kill plants statewide. FWC has been spraying more than a dozen classes of herbicide, including Roundup, to kill plants in our waterways.
Survivors, Supporters Brave Downtown West Palm Beach Rain, Cold for Komen Race for Cure
Two decades ago, Angel Shollenberger was in a warm, dry bed, getting chemotherapy for breast cancer. Saturday, she was wet and cold as, for the 19th time, she took part in the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure.
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Virgin Trains USA Announces Initial Public Offering of Up to $619 Million to Support Brightline Expansion
Virgin Trains USA, the Sir Richard Branson-backed company that has partnered with Florida's Brightline passenger train, on Wednesday announced an initial public offering of stock to raise up to $619 million.
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