THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
April 12, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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NEWS AROUND TOWN
Palm Beach Moves Toward Pay Raises, Better Pension Plans for Public Safety Employees
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The Town Council last week took much-anticipated strides toward improving pay structures and pension plans for police and firefighters that would put those employees more in line with their counterparts in neighboring municipalities. During a special meeting Thursday, council members and town officials discussed the importance of base compensation, merit pay and retirement benefits in attracting and retaining quality employees.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Town Manager Appoints Caristo Palm Beach Police Chief
Major Nicholas Caristo
Chief Nicholas Caristo
Major Nicholas Caristo, a law enforcement professional for more than 33 years who has been the Acting Police Chief of the Palm Beach Police Department since September 2018, was officially appointed Police Chief by Town Manager Kirk Blouin. "Major Caristo has exhibited the necessary grit, integrity and dedication to this community that will lead the department into the future," said Town Manager Blouin.
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Special Town Council Meeting Regarding the Evergreen 
Solutions Report
Palm Beach Town Hall
The Town Council will be holding a Special Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 360 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
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Civic Association Presents Financial Strategy Study to Council
Harvey L. Poppel, chairman of the Civic Association's Long-Range Planning Committee, presented an update to the Town Council on Tuesday.
The Civic Association's Long-Range Planning Committee was formed 18 months ago and has since spawned several subcommittees. One of those is the Financial Strategy Subcommittee.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Diana Barrett Hosts 
CPR Training Event in Her Home, 
Hopes Others Will Follow Her Lead
Diana Barrett
Diana Barrett
One Palm Beach resident is trying to breathe life into CPR training with the community in mind. Last week, Diana Barrett, a member of the Palm Beach Civic Association's Health Care Committee, hosted a cardiopulmonary resuscitation / automated external defibrillator (CPR/AED) session at her home on Everglades Island for 16 neighbors with support from Palm Beach Fire-Rescue. Word spread, and she ended up having to put people on a waiting list.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Plastic straws ordinance in Palm Beach on the horizon
drinking straw
proposed ban on  single-use plastic straws and stirrers in Palm Beach will likely come to fruition next month.  The town's Ordinance, Rules and Standards Committee, comprised of Town Council members Julie Araskog and Lew Crampton, voted last week to ask the council to draft an emergency ordinance that closely follows  that of Delray Beach .
"I think prompt action is really called for in this case," Crampton said.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Despite Ban, Aggressive Sales Tactics Still Plaguing Worth Avenue
Worth Ave looking east
Aggressive sales tactics haven't stopped on Worth Avenue despite an emergency town ordinance that bans them being passed in February. Palm Beach police say they have issued one citation each to Lavelier and Tresor Rare, two stores that have been accused of "aggressive solicitation" on Worth Avenue in the past, since the ordinance went into effect.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
UNDERGROUNDING
Would You Pay Higher Utility Bills if it Meant More Protection Against Power Loss in a Storm?
FPL Lineman
Hi, Florida Power and Light customers! Who's ready to pay higher rates? Now, now. Slow your roll, ratepayers. Put away those torches and those pitchforks. Because this isn't just a rate increase. This would mean that those overhead power lines that are the regular target of flying debris and falling trees during hurricanes would be moved underground, protecting them from destruction and protecting you from loss of power due to wind damage.
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Billionaire Jeff Greene to Reveal Plans for Currie Corridor Project in Northwood Village
Currie Park
Billionaire Jeff Greene has spent the last few years collecting 18 acres of land along the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach, and now he's ready to build. At Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, every business has its own unique appeal.
Palm Beach County Moves Forward with Convention Center Expansion
convention center
County tourism leaders have launched a long-awaited plan to expand the Palm Beach County Convention Center, following a record year of hotel bookings for convention events. Last week, Discover The Palm Beaches, the county's tourism marketing arm, sent out a Request for Submittal, seeking proposals, said Glenn Jergensen, chief executive of the county's Tourism Development Council, which oversees Discover The Palm Beaches.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
New Name, Features, as CityPlace Transforms from Mall to 
Urban Neighborhood
As of today, it's called Rosemary Square, as downtown West Palm Beach's premier shopping and entertainment venue enters the second phase of its "re-imagining." Owner Related Cos. says it is reshaping the 20-year-old mixed-use development, where it has been redoing the streetscape for several months, to include "a redesigned plaza, thoughtfully appointed public spaces, expanded green areas, outdoor dining venues, new shops, and interactive art installations."
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
 
Monday, April 15, 10:00 AM
Civic Association Annual Meeting & 
A Toast to 75 Years
Flagler Museum
 
Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Community Shredding, Electronics Recycling & Destruction
Prevent Identity Theft Event
South Parking Lot of Phipps Ocean Park
 
Wednesday, April 17, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 18, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, April 23, 9:30 AM
Special Town Council Meeting-Employee Compensation
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
 
Thursday, April 25, 9:00 AM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
PUBLIC SAFETY
Pedestrian Injury Raises Safety Concerns
police car
A woman was seriously injured when she was  hit by a vehicle while walking on or near South Ocean Boulevard,  Palm Beach Police confirmed.
The incident has raised concerns among residents and town officials about pedestrian safety in the area.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Scams Against the Elderly Alert
The Palm Beach Police Department has recently seen an increase in fraudulent scams against the elderly.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach News)
Prevent Identity Theft Shredding Event
shredding event
The Police Department Community Shredding Event will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the South Parking Lot of Phipps Ocean Park. Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the world today. 
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Palm Beach Council Wants State to Close Gun 'Loophole'
Tim Stepien palmbeachdailynews.com
Tim Stepien / palmbeachdailynews.com
Palm Beach officials took aim Tuesday at a "loophole" in state gun laws that allowed a small group of gun-rights activists to carry rifles with them March 23 on the Royal Park Bridge.
The open display of firearms is generally prohibited by state laws, but there are 15 exceptions.
Read More (Civic Association News)
REAL ESTATE
Do Rapid-Fire Sales Signal Pick-Up for Real Estate Season?
In Palm Beach, where the highest-flying real estate deals can make national headlines, sales in the $6 million to $7 million range are sometimes referred to as "bread-and-butter" deals by the most successful listing agents.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
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FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
Bill Would Nullify Local Rules Protecting Trees
tree trimming
Local regulations protecting trees on residential property would be nullified for the three months preceding the start of hurricane season - allowing property owners to trim and remove them without a permit. 
Read More (Gainesville Sun)
Florida Seeks Red Tide Research Money
Beach closed Red Tide
A Florida bill aimed at controlling and alleviating red tide would provide $3 million a year for the next six years to research red tide.
Read More (WPTV)
Scooter Regulation Debate Headed to Florida House Floor
Bird scooter
With the business described by one lobbyist as being in its "infancy," the full House could take up controversial bill that would limit the ability of cities and counties to regulate scooter sharing services.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Friends of
Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
beach clean-up
beach clean-up

Date:   Saturday, April 27th
Time:   9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:    Dolphin Rd.
All supplies will be there. Iced water and snacks too.
CONTACT
Diane Buhler
561-507-0345
diane@friendsofpalmbeach.com
ENVIRONMENT
Publix Embraces Plastic Bag Ban in South Carolina, So Why Not in Florida?
plastic bag in dune
Grocery stores in the South Carolina town of Mount Pleasant will have to ditch plastic bags next week in favor of paper or reuseable canvas ones. Publix is one of several supermarkets in the Charleston suburb anticipating the change.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
BRIGHTLINE
Brightline/Virgin Trains Secures Approval to Raise Funds for Orlando Extension
Brightline Red
Virgin Trains USA has received approval to raise the funds it needs to build a 170-mile route connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando.
Read More (Miami Herald)
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