February 23, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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Stinging Portuguese Man-O-War Warnings in Palm Beach
Portuguese Man-O-War
Town of Palm Beach Ocean Rescue is advising beachgoers to watch out for a stinging danger that is blowing ashore in the water and on the sand at area beaches. 
Friends of Palm Beach Cleans Up 
245 Lbs. From Beach
Diane Buhler Friends of Palm Beach
This week the beach cleaning crew from Friends of Palm Beach hauled 245 pounds of garbage off our beaches. Said Diane Buhler, founder of the group, "Thanks to the help of 19 teammates from the Breakers Gives team!!! The needles keep washing ashore along with so much plastic."
Lights Out for Sea Turtles 
March 1 - October 31
sea turtle lights out
To protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings that nest on local beaches, the Town Council adopted an ordinance requiring all oceanfront property owners to ensure that their lights are not visible from the beach anytime from March 1st through October 31st.
Palm Beach's Legal Costs Mount 
in Utilities Lawsuits
Two lawsuits challenging the town's utility undergrounding initiative are moving through the courts. Neither has gone to trial, but already the town has spent nearly $300,000 on legal costs.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Firms Named to Manage Next Phase of Palm Beach Utility Burial
undergrounding construction companies
The town has chosen Burkhardt Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. as construction managers for the second phase of the townwide burial of utility lines.
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New Hybrid Fire/Ladder Truck to Reduce Palm Beach's 
Operational Costs
Palm Beach plans to spend about $1 million on two new fire trucks - a purchase an official says will save five times that amount in the long term. The Town Council approved Tuesday the purchase of a new aerial ladder truck and a pumper truck at a combined cost of $1,079,613.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Flagler Shore Pilot Project Ends 
March 1
Flagler Shore project
The Flagler Shore pilot project will come to an end after the scheduled events on February 28, and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will be reopened on March 1.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Changes to Ordinances Affecting Construction and Landscaping
Lawn maintenance
The Town of Palm Beach announces changes to Ordinances 42-198, 42-199 and 42-230 affecting the hours of construction and landscaping. No Construction or Landscaping on Sundays, legal holidays, including the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Edwin Gordon resigns as head of Palm Beach Day Academy
Edwin Gordon
In a letter to families at the school, Gordon said he will "conclude my tenure as head of school at Palm Beach Day Academy at the end of this school year in order to pursue professional opportunities closer to my family."
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Fire Rescue Honors its Own at Annual Awards Ceremony
Matt Morgan Daily News
Matt Morgan/Daily News
Just about a year ago, Lt. Anthony Curtis and about a dozen other colleagues were celebrated during the Palm Beach Fire Rescue annual Awards Ceremony as new hires. On Wednesday, Curtis received a more impressive distinction - Firefighter of the Year.
  Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
MSNBC Anchor Brian Williams Honored at Civic Association Dinner
Howard and Michele Kessler Brian Williams
Howard and Michele Kessler,
Brian Williams
More than 60 supporters of the Palm Beach Civic Association gathered Feb. 11 before their annual Awards Luncheon the next day. Michele Kessler, chairwoman of the association's Award Luncheon Planning Committee, and husband Howard Kessler hosted the Producer Dinner in their home.
Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Honored as Women of Distinction 2018 by Palm Beach
Atlantic University
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Palm Beach Atlantic University honored Palm Beach County residents Candy Carson and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter as Women of Distinction 2018 at a luncheon Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at The Breakers, Palm Beach. The luncheon is an annual event that honors women who have made significant contributions to the community.
Stephen Schwarzman Gives $10 Million to National Library of Israel
Stephen Schwarzman
Stephen Schwarzman
Now this is a Valentine. Instead of heart-shaped and covered in red velour, it's shaped like a dollar and filled with 10 million more dollars. The gift from Palm Beach winter resident Stephen A. Schwarzman to the National Library of Israel - announced on Valentine's Day - is the Blackstone CEO's first major donation to an Israel-based entity.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Cultural Council Donor Spotlight
Judy Goodman

When the Cultural Council (then known as the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts) was first formed in 1978, one person was selected as its founding executive director: Judy Goodman, a Civic Association Director.
Read More (Cultural Council Communique)
McDonald's Trailblazer Finds Boating Makes Him McHappy
George Cohon
George Cohon
Toronto residents George and Susan Cohon made their way south to Palm Beach for the first time about 20 years ago. "We fell in love with the beauty and ambience of Palm Beach," George Cohon says. "This is where we want to be. It's a special place and choosing to live here has been a good decision."
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News) 
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
Cruise ships

The new ship starts to sail April 13. For Palm Beachers living on the north end Intracoastal and inlet, and recreational boaters around Peanut Island and inlet, that means contending with a cruise ship everyday instead of every other day. The new ship is about the same length but its beam is about 10 feet wider in our already narrow inlet and turning basin.
Read More (Civic Association News) 
Forbes' 2018 
Travel Ratings Announced: Stars Align for Palm Beach Resorts, Restaurants
Eau Palm
Once again, Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan and the Four Seasons in Palm Beach have earned top honors from Forbes Travel Guide, which this morning announced its 2018 star ratings for hotels, spas and restaurants in the United States and abroad.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Campaign
Alert today alive tomorrow

The Palm Beach Police Department is proud to announce its partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation's Pedestrian & Bicycle Focused Initiative.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue: We Take Patients to Top Stroke Hospitals
"If someone I know has a stroke," Ken Horowitz thought, "what happens here (in Palm Beach)?" Horowitz soon learned two nearby hospitals do perform thrombectomies: St. Mary's Medical Center and JFK Medical Center. Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Division Chief Sean Baker said Fire-Rescue transports all stroke victims to those two.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
South End Resident Reports Four Home Intrusions but Nothing Stolen
police car

A South End resident reported several break-ins at her condominium over the past eight months that caused at least $750 in damages, police said.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Presidents Day Weekend Busiest Time for Real Estate Pros
Palm Beach Aerial

Palm Beach real estate brokers were revved up for what traditionally is their busiest weekend of the year, the high point of the Winter season.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Once-Secret JFK Bunker Built in Cold War Climate; What Now?

A once-secret fortress, just off Palm Beach's North End, has been several things over the years: a relic, a beer-party hangout, a museum. It has even been an erstwhile tryst rendezvous, if scuttlebutt is to be believed.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
FPL Website Now Can Handle 'Extreme' Customer Traffic After Failing in Hurricane Irma, the Utility Tells Regulators
FPL logo
Florida Power & Light Co. says its website,, now can handle more customer traffic after having failed in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Irma, according to documents filed this week with the Florida Public Service Commission.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
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Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 
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Chamber Events 


February 26, 2018, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Business Workshop
Town Council Chambers
February 27, 2018, 9:00 AM
Administrative and Personnel Committee Meeting
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
February 28, 2018, 9:00 AM
Administrative and Personnel Committee Meeting
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
February 28, 2018, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 AM
Town Community Forum with Kirk Blouin, Candidates for Town Council
Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
March 2, 2018, 8:00 AM
A Cup of Joe with Bo - Undergrounding Phase 1 - South
South Fire Rescue Station
March 2, 2018, 9:00 AM
Retirement System Board of Trustees Meeting
Town Council Chambers
March 5, 2018, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee with the Crew - Undergrounding Phase 1 - North
Annie's Dock
March 5, 2018, 1:00 PM
Special Town Council Meeting Regarding Comprehensive Review of Town Operations
Town Council Chambers