April 5, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
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New Norton Museum CEO speaks to Civic Association Directors
dicrectors luncheon 4-2019
By Michele Dargan
Elliot Bostwick Davis, recently appointed executive director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art, spoke to 75 Palm Beach Civic Association directors and guests during a March 28 luncheon at the museum as part of the Civic Association's 75th anniversary season celebration.
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Employee Compensation and Benefit Meeting Happened Thursday
Town Council Meeting 4-4-2019
The long awaited Employee Compensation and Benefit study and discussion started at a Special Town Council Meeting on Thursday. The Council spent the day analyzing and discussing the report. The Town Council will continue meeting on the isses at another Special Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.
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Expert: 'You Must Start Now' to
Deal with Sea-Level Rise
In the face of rising seas and extreme weather events, communities' abilities to bounce back after a hurricane, flood or major rainstorm are becoming more crucial every year.
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Tim Burke Stepping Down as Publisher of The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News
Timothy D. Burke, who led The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News into the digital news age and strengthened the newspapers' ties in the community, is leaving his role as publisher. Burke, 58, will join LRP Media Group in Palm Beach Gardens as senior vice president and publisher of human resources products in early June.
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Town Council to Appoint an Alternate Member to the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Palm Beach Town Hall
Commission member opening for an alternate position on the Landmarks Preservation Commission effective immediately. This commission reviews and approves structural and landscape modifications to designated structures and properties. 
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2019 Hurricane Season Forecast, 
Will We Get a Break?
2019 hurricane season
After two consecutive seasons of devastating hurricanes, a leading forecaster is predicting a less active year as compared to 2018, but that doesn't mean it will be quiet. AccuWeather, which issued its seasonal forecast this morning, believes the 2019 hurricane season will be near normal to slightly above normal with 12 to 14 named storms.
Hurricane Preparedness Voluntary
ID Cards & Out-of-State 
Resident ID Cards
Voluntary ID Card
The Police Dept is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, it is recommended that all new and renewal cards be obtained before a storm emergency occurs.
New Luxury Condo Going up in West Palm Beach as Bristol Almost Done

As The Bristol condo in downtown West Palm Beach nears completion, the luxury living crowd turns its focus to the new kid in town, La Clara. The upscale condominium on the downtown waterfront broke ground earlier this month at 1515 S. Flagler Drive, following a sufficient but undisclosed number of pre-construction sales.

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Safer, More Efficient PBIA Flights? FAA Says New Satellite Technology Will Make It So
PBIA - Airport
Pilots navigating Central and South Florida's congested skies will be able to leave more of the navigating to computers and satellites, making commercial flights safer and more efficient, once a new technology is put in place, authorities said Tuesday. For decades, ground-based radio transmitters broadcast signals that pilots used as navigation markers. Now, a pilot can load pre-plotted routes from a database.
James Patterson Donates $1.25 Million to Classroom Libraries
James Patterson
James Patterson
Civic Association Director
Civic Association Director James Patterson's latest gift for literacy is a $1.25 million pledge to classroom libraries.
On Tuesday, the best-selling author announced the fifth installment for his Patterson Partnership, formed in coordination with Scholastic Book Club. Patterson is giving $250 each to 4,000 teachers around the country to help purchase books.  
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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

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
Environmentalists Discover Commercial Fishing Raft on North End Beach in Palm Beach
Diane Buhler, Founder of Friends of Palm Beach - the beach cleanup non-profit, called the Civic Association with a news tip Monday.  Environmentalists Bryan Galvin and Heather Bolint, found a giant plastic disk on the North End beach known as a Fish Aggregating Device (FAD).
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Palm Beach Staff Wants to Act Quickly on Proposed Plastic Straw Ban
straws on beach
A town ban on single-use plastic straws may soon become a reality in Palm Beach. Town staff is advising officials to move swiftly because of concern the Florida Legislature may pass a law pre-empting municipalities from enacting laws banning or restricting the use of the straws.
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Group Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling-Including Off Florida's Coast
drilling platform
Florida voters may have spoken out against offshore drilling in 2018. But Explore Offshore, a group created by the American Petroleum Institute (API), is pushing to expand the practice throughout U.S. waters, including in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.
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Ban on Removal of Exotic Fish at Blue Heron Bridge Started April 1
Phil Foster Park
Starting April 1, the collection and removal of tropical fish was no longer allowed at the Blue Heron Bridge and Phil Foster Park. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission approved prohibiting the harvest / possession of tropical aquarium species at the Blue Heron Bridge dive site.
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Algae Bloom Discovered Along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers
algae bloom 2
Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers reduced releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee river. Yet, in a recent memo from the city of Cape Coral, algae blooms have already been popping up in the water.
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Civic Association Long Range Planning Financial Strategy Study Presentation
Harvey L. Poppel
Civic Association Director
Harvey Poppel, a Civic Association Director, will be presenting the Long Range Planning Financial Strategy Sub-Committee's work. The presentation is at the beginning of the Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m.
You May Have to Pay More to Keep the Lights On. Here's Why.
FPL logo
Millions of Floridians' power bills could rise dramatically as FPL and other utilities look to customers to pay more for improvements that could make the state's electrical grid more resilient from hurricanes. Newly proposed legislation, which is advancing in the Florida Senate, would establish a 10-year plan to further strengthen the state's electrical grid against damage from storms, in part by burying power lines and stepping up vegetation trimming.
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Auto Burglary Suspects in Custody
Auto theft
The Palm Beach Police reported early Saturday morning that suspects wanted in connection with auto burglaries in town were taken into custody. About 5 a.m., the town sent out an alert of police activity in the Royal Poinciana area regarding auto burglaries.
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Feds Reimburse Palm Beach County Sheriff for Overtime Paid During President Visits
Palm Beach County Sheriff
Uncle Sam will reimburse the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for $5.6 million in overtime paid by the agency during Presidential visits.
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