March 30, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
A Civic Association Interview with Town Manager Kirk Blouin
Town Manager Kirk Blouin & Civic Association Chairman Bob Wright
This week Civic Association Chairman Bob Wright sat down with Town Manager Kirk Blouin for our Civic Association "In The Know" video segment to take a candid look back over the last nine or ten years and understand how the Town of Palm Beach has gone through challenges, especially in the last year since Mr. Blouin has been Town Manager.
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Presidential Visit This Week Thursday, 3/28 - Sunday, 3/31
Mar-a-Lago Roadblock
The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago will begin Friday, March 22, 2019, no later than 5AM. Expect traffic delays and road closures in this area thru Sunday, March 24, 2019. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
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President Visits
Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee
President Donald Trump made the short ride by helicopter on Friday, from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, out to Lake Okeechobee in Western Palm Beach County. There, the President got a firsthand look at some of South Florida's water and environmental challenges.
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A Toast to 75 Years large
Coastal Erosion Increasing in Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast
Midtown Beach erosion
Spring breakers are flocking to the beaches up and down the coast in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The surf and sand help attract tourists, but new numbers show erosion of the beaches is steadily increasing.
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Off-Season Onslaught of Seaweed Overruns South Florida Beaches
A rare off-season assault of seaweed has struck South Florida beaches, creating a dinner table for shorebirds and forcing swimmers to pick their way past reeking piles of vegetation. The seaweed, a bushy brown algae called sargassum, is a common sight along the beach.
Town Hearing Complaints About Seaweed, Trash After Cutting 
Beach-Cleaning Budget
Meghan McCarthy  Daily News
Town beaches have been carpeted lately with Sargassum seaweed, prompting objections from some Midtown Beach-goers. "There are a lot of complaints from residents," Midtown lifeguard Houston Park said Monday. The mat-like seaweed floats on berry-like bladders and is a brown algae.
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Capital Projects, Traffic Impacts in Store for Palm Beach this Summer
The hot, steamy months of summer will soon be upon us, and with them comes seasonal infrastructure improvements and traffic headaches necessary to get that work done. Overhead utilities will be buried. Wastewater stations will be rehabilitated. Some North End streets are going to be resurfaced. Drainage and water supply work is scheduled for the 400 block of Worth Avenue. Florida Public Utilities will resume its ongoing replacement of aging natural gas pipelines.
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Town Council Meeting Actions
Palm Beach Town Hall
To view the summary of actions taken at March's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.
Palm Beach Society: 
Floating Fundraiser was Smooth Sailing for Wrights
Susan and Bob Wright
Susan & Bob Wright
Married couples will tell you that nothing tests the ties that bind like a home renovation. But those couples have never been joint chairs of a fund-raising event.
Not that it was any big deal for Susan and Bob Wright, who together were chairwoman and chairman of the silver anniversary gala on March 2 for the Center for Creative Education.
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In Memoriam: Robin B. Martin
Robin B. Martin
The Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledges with deep appreciation the exceptional life and service of Robin Martin who passed away this month. Robin was a respected community leader and an active Civic Association director who enthusiastically supported the association's efforts to protect and improve the community. He loved Palm Beach and was dedicated to the Town.
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Thursday, April 4, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, April 4, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Special Town Council Meeting: Town Employee Compensation
Town Council Chambers
Friday, April 5, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Cup of Joe with Bo:
South Undergrounding Utilities Community Update Meeting
South Fire Rescue: Meeting Room
Friday, April 5, 9:00 AM
Pre-Development Review Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Monday, April 8, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee with The Crew:
North Undergrounding Utilities Update Meeting
Palmo Way Park: Near the Pump Station
Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Palm Beach
Auto Thefts
Auto theft
Story Update: Town of Palm Beach Police are reporting that "Suspects from auto burglaries are in custody." In an interview with the Civic Association on Friday, Town Manager Kirk Blouin said that we have always had crime in Palm Beach. However, when he started with the Police Department they had over 700 serious crimes a year. Now they have just over 120 last year and many get solved. 

Original Story
Ibis Isle resident Douglas Rill could not calm his dog in the early morning hours of Feb. 19. The dog was agitated, panting. A light in the driveway caught Rill's attention. It was the dome light inside his BMW that turns on when the door handle is lifted.
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FPL Buries Power Lines as Part of 3-Year Storm Secure Underground Program Pilot
FPL logo
Tall palm trees behind James Crabtree's property in Boca Raton used to be a problem for power lines. "When we had any wind it came down [palm fronds] on the electrical wires and it sparked," said Crabtree. During hurricanes Matthew and Irma, Crabtree said he lost power for long periods of time.
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West Palm Beach Waterfront is Awash in Yachts Ahead of Annual Boat Show
Palm Beach International Boat Show
Observant Palm Beachers have no doubt noticed the increased yacht traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway over the past week, as vessels have cruised by, headed for the Palm Beach International Boat Show on West Palm Beach's waterfront. About 700 boats are expected to take their places in the waterway.
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This Week in Palm Beach 2-22-2019
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Visit Florida's Future at Risk Without State Funding
We all know Tourism is one of the biggest players in Florida's economy. But the sun could be setting on Visit Florida this year if lawmakers don't approve state funding for the tourism marketing agency.
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Here's Where the Next Brightline Stations May One Day Open in South Florida
brightline station
Brightline, the South Florida commuter train line being rebranded as Virgin Trains USA, may add a pair of stations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and PortMiami. Launched last year as Brightline, the line's trains now operate daily service under the Virgin Trains moniker among the downtowns of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
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