May 26, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Traffic Summit Seeks Answers to West Palm Gridlock & Safety
Point A to Point B Forum
Just how to make Okeechobee, between Australian Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway, less scary was the point of a meeting Monday at the convention center, where about 200 city, county and state officials gathered. 

Palm Beach's Mayor Gail Coniglio was a host at the meeting. The Civic Association helped underwrite the summit.
Will Your Property Be in a Flood Zone In 6 Months? What You Need to Know
FEMA released its first updated flood map for Palm Beach County in 30 years and county officials say the changes will impact many homeowners dramatically.
Live Wire Fixed; North Lake Way Reopened in Palm Beach
FPL Truck
A live wire that led to officials advising North End residents to stay in their homes has been fixed. The road has also been reopened, according to a town alert.  Power was restored after several hours.
Palm Beach Nixes Credit Idea for Those with Transformer Boxes
utility box transformer
The town has discarded the idea of discounting property assessments whenever electrical transformer boxes are placed on private properties as part of a town-wide conversion to underground utilities.
Palm Beach, firefighters tentatively agree on contract and benefits
Fire Station
After six years of back-and-forth negotiations, Palm Beach and its firefighters might finally have come to an agreement on pay and benefits.
Lake Trail Improvements Project Begins Tuesday, May 30
Lake Trail
The Town of Palm Beach has awarded a contract to R&D Paving, LLC for the Lake Trail Pavement Improvements Project.  This project is part of the 2013 Accelerated Capital Improvements Program, which includes a variety of planned Public Works infrastructure projects.  
Phipps Ocean Park Beach Restoration Project Named One of America's Best Restored Beaches 2017
Phipps Ocean Park
The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced today that the Phipps Ocean Park Nourishment Project, located in the southern portion of Town of Palm Beach, Florida is a winner of its 2017 Best Restored Beach Award.
Town Council Meeting Actions
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To view the summary of actions taken at May's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.

Port of Palm Beach Welcomes Foreign Diplomats with Experience Florida  
The Port of Palm Beach was honored to welcome representatives from 21 foreign missions yesterday morning, as part of Experience Florida, a week-long program for participants to strengthen economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between the countries they represent and Palm Beach County. 
Find Out What 7 Luxury Brands Plan to Open This Fall in Palm Beach  
Royal Poinciana Plaza
The Royal Poinciana Plaza recently announced seven new brands that plan to join the historic shopping center this fall.
Palm Beach Board OKs Outdoor 
Seats for Coyo Taco 
at  Royal Poinciana Plaza
Coyo Taco
Coyo Taco received a recommendation from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Wednesday to allow 26 outdoor seats at its spot in the southwest corner of the historic Royal Poinciana Plaza. The Town Council has to give final approval.
Thirteen new directors were welcomed as Palm Beach Civic Association Directors at the Annual Meeting for 2017-2018. This weekly feature will introduce them, two per week in alphabetical order, now and in future editions of "This Week."

Nathan Gantcher
Nathan Gantcher
Mr. Gantcher is currently the managing member of EXOP Capital LLC. He served as vice chairman of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that period, he was co-CEO and COO of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. Previously, he served as chairman of the board of trustees of Tufts University and is currently a member of the board of overseers of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In addition, Mr. Gantcher is a member of the board of overseers of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health Systems Inc. and its affiliates. He received a BA in economics and biology from Tufts University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Christopher Goldberg
Christopher Goldberg
Mr. Goldberg is an executive vice president at Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, an insurance broker with staff in 29 cities that provides property and casualty insurance for personal and commercial clients with national and international exposures. Prior to working at Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, Mr. Goldberg was part of a team responsible for handling the outreach and research for Standard & Poor's, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies in Washington DC. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a double master's degree, in government and in business administration, from Johns Hopkins University.
Schedule for Catch Basins Larvicide Treatments
To reduce the population of Zika carrying mosquitoes the Town of Palm Beach will be treating storm drains throughout the Town with an EPA approved larvicide on May 24, May 25, and May 26.  
Actions Needed to Ensure Improved Response to Zika Virus Disease Outbreaks
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Since Zika virus disease was a newly emerging disease threat in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the states were not fully equipped with needed information and resources at the beginning of the outbreak. 

Monday, May 29, 2017, All Day
Memorial Day
Town and Civic Association Offices Closed

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Selection Committee Meeting for RFP No. 2017-08 - Multi-Space Parking Kiosks, Purchase & Installation
Public Works Meeting Room

Thursday, June 1, 2017, All Day
Commencement of Hurricane Season
Gulf of Mexico & Atlantic Ocean

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Monday, June 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, & Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Dina Merrill
Dina Merrill, Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, the actress and heiress to two fortunes who wintered at her family's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach as a child before becoming a leading lady in movies, most often in upper-class roles, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.
Read More (New York Times)
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of May 22
Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
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Palm Beacher Recognized for Pedestrian Safety Advocacy
Courtesy Brad Gary
Courtesy Brad Gary
Resident John David Corey, Civic Association member and on the Beautification Committee, recently won an award for his efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Palm Beach.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB's New Brightline Train Station
Richard Graulich  The Palm Beach Post
Courtesy of Richard Graulich
The Palm Beach Post
All Aboard Florida's Brightline on Tuesday unveiled the inside of its West Palm Beach station, offering the first glimpse at how passengers will move from the building's ticketing turnstiles to its shaded train platform.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Florida Financially Ready for 2017 Hurricane Season
The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is more than ready to help private property insurers pay claims if necessary this storm season. Cat fund officials say there is $17.6 billion available this year.
Read More (News Talk Florida)
2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Update Calls for an Above-Average Number Of Storms
2017 Hurricane season
A total of 14 named storms - seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes - are expected this season, which is higher than the 30-year average (1981-2010) for the Atlantic basin. 
Read More (The Weather Channel)
New Equipment at Scripps Florida Will Advance Drug Discovery
Douglas Kojetin
Douglas Kojetin
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is becoming one of the most advanced in South Florida, thanks to a new $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Read More (Scripps Florida)
Happy EMS Week
EMS Week
Happy EMS Week to all our first responders! We can't thank you enough for all that you do for our communities!
Read More (Good Samaritan FB)
One Step Closer?
 Mac Stone via Everglades Foundation
Gov. Scott signed Senate Bill 10 into law this week. The new law may expedite the construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to lessen destructive outflows through the St. Lucie (to the east) and Caloosahatchee rivers (to the west). Many people, including those who have fought for solutions to the Lake O discharges for decades, are expressing relief, joy and skepticism at the prospects for the law and for the construction of the reservoir.

No doubt the popular, grassroots activist groups like Captains for Clean Water, Bullsugar and the Everglades Foundation, which have led the fight to fix the discharges recently, have been encouraged by the passage of the law, but none would claim that the battle has been won.
Read More (Florida Sportsman)
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