February 2, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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Town Operations Review Proposes Over $6 Million in Savings
Palm Beach Town Hall
The Town of Palm Beach staff has completed the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CRTO), as requested by the Town Council in October 2017. As a result of this expedited, yet thorough process, Town staff exceeded the Town Council's goal of $5.42 million in sustainable budgetary reductions in order to direct those savings to the Town's Retirement Fund.
UPDATE 2-1-2018: President in
Palm Beach this Weekend
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
The president is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday around 6:15 PM and return to Washington on Sunday at 9:30 PM.  Road closures will be on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6 AM and continue thru Sunday, February 4.
Palm Beach Plans New Rock Groin for Beach Erosion 'Hot Spot'
The town plans to build a new rock groin to trap sand at a badly eroded "hot spot" at the south end of Midtown Municipal Beach. A beach access point at the east end of Gulfstream Road, at the south end of Midtown, has been taped off and marked "posted" because the wooden stairs leading down to the beach have washed away.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach's Northern Shore Thickened with Free Inlet Sand
beach renourishment
The northern tip of the town's shore has been fattened with more than 200,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from within and near the Lake Worth Inlet. Weeks Marine, a contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, began dredging in early December and finished the work on Jan. 10, Coastal Manager Rob Weber said this week. About 235,000 cubic yards was dredged from the entrance channel.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
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


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Temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge to Open in Spring, 2018
Temporary Southern Blvd Bridge
Construction of the new temporary bridge over the Intracoastal at the Southern Blvd. Bridge is in full-swing as you can tell from the many cranes on barges at the site. "The Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Project is proceeding on schedule," said Angel Gardner, Community Outreach Specialist.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Palm Beach, Florida Public Utilities Cooperating to Prevent 
Gas-Line Strikes
Gas Leak
The town, Florida Public Utilities and their contractors are cooperating more closely to eliminate or at least reduce the number of gas-line strikes that have occurred during digging to bury utility lines in the South End and far North End, a town official said.
If People Die When Brightline Sounds Horn, What Happens with No Horn?
Brightline crossing
Cities and towns along Brightline's route will decide this spring whether to follow through with a plan to silence the company's train horns - a choice some leaders say could force them to put public safety above quality of life following recent deaths along the railroad tracks.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
To Stem Rail Train Deaths, West Palm Paints Sidewalk Safety Signs
See Tracks Think Train
West Palm Beach rolled out a "See Track? Think Train" sidewalk sign campaign Monday to wake up pedestrians to the dangers of trains trisecting the town at high speed. The signs will be painted at Brightline crossings, starting downtown, but also at the Tri-Rail tracks that parallel them a few blocks to the west.
Kravis Center Planning $40 Million Redesign to Help Traffic Issue
Kravis Center
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts plans a $40 million redesign to expand its glass-faced lobby, transform its entrance fountain into a stepped plaza and add a valet garage on the east side, while reconfiguring its traffic-prone main garage on the west.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Big Redesign for Clematis Street on the Way - Here's What the Changes Are
Clematis redesign
The 200 to 600 blocks of Clematis Street, with an initial $2 million worth of work scheduled to start in June, to reshape the look and feel of the street into a place more human, more inviting to those of us on foot, or who'd like to be.
Why did West Palm mayor want husband tossed from 
City Hall auditorium?
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio called for police to toss her husband, Chuck, out of the City Hall auditorium Monday, after he confronted one of her critics at a commission meeting with whom he had a recent run-in.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Wrights' Party Toasts Palm Beach Civic Association Major Donors
Major Donors 2018
Talk all you want about volunteer hours, brainstorming and team spirit. Everybody knows that nothing gets done without the green. The Palm Beach Civic Association honored its deepest pockets at a reception hosted by Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of the association, and his wife, Susan.
I See 'Irrational Complacency' in Davos, and Asset 'Bubbles Everywhere' - Billionaire Jeff Greene
Jefff Greene at Davos
The titans of global finance at the World Economic Forum are too optimistic about the stock market and the economy, American billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene told CNBC on Friday.
Read More (CNBC)
Palm Beach Wedding: 
Susan Keenan and Bob Wright
Susan and Bob Wright. Photo by Robert Norman Photography
Susan and Bob Wright. Photo by Robert Norman Photography
The marriage of Susan Goldwater Keenan and Robert Charles Wright, both of Palm Beach, took place on Sept. 30, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)


February 2, 2018, Noon 
Civic Association Ambassador Series Luncheon 
By Invitation Only
Café L'Europe

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

February 13, 2018, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
February 14, 2018, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Cities Take Fight to Florida State Legislature on Home Rule Bills
State Capitol
Officials from Palm Beach County towns and cities are rallying against Florida House bills that they say are attempts to strip them of governing powers. Intrusion from the state or federal government into local finances prohibits elected city leaders from meeting the expectations of their citizens that local revenues will be used as intended by the citizens.
Read More (Civic Association News)

Official: State Proposals Under Consideration Friday Affect Palm Beach
Two proposals that will directly affect the town's ability to govern itself will be considered in Tallahassee Friday, according to Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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Four Arts Garden
What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season
If  You Are 65 Years and Older
CDC Flu facts
It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease
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1 Million Floridians Experiencing Flu-Like Symptoms; 2nd Largest Increase in Country
Flu Cases
More than 1 million Floridians are experiencing flu-like symptoms right now as illness levels soar across the country this week. According to data from Kinsa, nearly 6 percent of the state's population is suffering from a cough, sore throat and chills.
Read More (WFLA)
HIH Lecture:
A Road Map to a Happy Heart
February 5th
10:30 and 2:00
Refreshments will be served.
561-270-4000 or

Avoiding Scams Against the Elderly
The Palm Beach Police will be holding an informative seminar on "Avoiding Scams Against the Elderly" on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  The seminar will be held at the Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Meeting Room, 2185 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
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Friends of Palm Beach: Needles, Medical Waste Littering Island Beaches
medical waste
A beach cleanup organization is warning beachgoers to watch out for needles, vials and other medical waste that has lately been washing ashore in greater abundance. Buhler told the Shore Protection Board Tuesday that she's noticing more medical trash from the Palm Beach Inlet down to Sloan's Curve.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach:
Man-O-War Warning Issued 
Portuguese Man-O-War
Palm Beach Ocean Rescue has issued a warning concerning Portuguese Man-O-War on town beaches. It is normal to have the Portuguese Man-O-War on South Florida beaches from November through early March, but the town is expecting a larger-than-normal congregation of these venomous sea creatures over the upcoming weekend due to strong onshore winds.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Red Sneakers for Oakley Wants Schools to Teach Food Allergy Dangers
Oakley Debbs
Merrill Debbs wants this to be the year that everyone talks about food allergies: schools, teachers, families around the dinner table - everyone. A little more than a year after losing her son, Oakley, to anaphylactic shock related to a nut allergy, Debbs is ramping up her organization's outreach efforts.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Top-Taxed Estates in Palm Beach: 2017
Palm Beach Aerial
Talk about your Top 40! That's the number of Palm Beach estate owners who were just billed at least $500,000 in taxes, based on a Palm Beach Daily News analysis of the new tax rolls. 
Town Council to Appoint Member(s) to the Architectural and Landmarks Preservation Commissions
Town of Palm Beach logo
The Town of Palm Beach announces board member openings on the Town's Architectural Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission effective March 2018. The Architectural Commission reviews and approves modifications to any existing structures visible from public rights-of-way, new construction, and landscaping.
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