THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
May 5, 2016
TRAFFIC NEWS
STREET CONTSTRUCTION
The official Town of Palm Beach construction season began today. Stay tuned for the latest updates via our Town Traffic Alerts, news from the Town, and press coverage.
Boat Traffic Closures to Start this
Month at Flagler Bridge
Boat Show (PBP)
 
Full-channel and half-channel closures of the Intracoastal Waterway through the Flagler Memorial Bridge will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday and continue for about three months, the Florida Department of Transportation said.
Judges Reject Motion to Reconsider
Testa's Site Lawsuit 
Judges will not reconsider the Palm Beach County Circuit Court's dismissal of a lawsuit opposing redevelopment of the Testa property.
INLET & PORT OF PALM BEACH
Divers, Boaters Question Plans to 
Dredge Parts of Popular Sandbar
Peanut Island
Diver, boaters, and business owners are raising questions  about a marine trade group's plan to dredge parts of the popular sandbar north of  Peanut Island to help improve navigation  and safety in that section of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged
Coral Reef, Study Finds
Diver Miami Coral Reef The large-scale dredging of Miami's port to accommodate the newest generation of freighters, an undertaking that prompted a long-running battle with environmentalists, caused widespread damage to a portion of the area's fragile and already distressed coral reef, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Port of Palm Beach's Income Shot Up
in March as Exports Increased
Port of Palm Beach March was a banner month for the Port of Palm Beach, which had a net income of $555,780 as sugar and other major exports increased by more than 50 percent.
UNDERGROUNDING NEWS
Owners Must Maintain Landscaping
Around Utility Boxes
The town will furnish landscaping to screen the metal  transformer boxes required for  town-wide underground electric utilities , but property owners will be required to maintain them.
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
New Jupiter Medical Center in
Abacoa Opening in December
NuVista design
"NuVista will be its own health care eco-system. We have a seamless system for our patients to go through. It will start with the initial visit and then to the integration of rehab and through follow up care. This where health care is going," said Dean Tendrich, marketing director with NuVista Living.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
New Board Members Elected to the
Civic Association Board of Directors

Seven new directors were welcomed as Palm Beach Civic Association Directors at the Annual Meeting for 2016-2017. This weekly feature will introduce them, in alphabetical order, now and in future editions of This Week.

Peter S. Broberg
Peter Broberg
Peter S. Broberg
Mr. Broberg was born and grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. After attending Palm Beach High School, he attended Dartmouth College where he played on the last Ivy League Baseball team to date to play in the College World Series.

Read More (Civic Association News)

Steve Ross
Dolphins Owner Steve Ross 'Thrilled'
with Dolphins' 2016 Draft
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross, a Civic Association director, could hardly contain his excitement Saturday during an impromptu meeting with reporters in the lobby of the team facility before the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Hillie Mahoney
Hillie Mahoney Pens 
New Book:
Journey Interrupted  
"My mother and father had come from Germany to America; my father first, then he went back to marry my mother and bring her here where he was head of the New York office of a German bank," author Hillie Mahoney, a Civic Association director,  told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in her honor at the Georgetown manse of T.H. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
Read More (The Georgetown Dish)

MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting - Development Review
Council Chambers
 
Tuesday, May 17, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 AM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Council Chambers
 
Thursday, May 19, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Council Chambers 
  
Cultural Projects, Business Incentives Cut from Sales Tax Plan
Palm Beach County commissioners stripped funding for cultural projects from its sales tax plan Tuesday, pushing back by as much as two months a final decision on whether the plan will be put before voters this fall.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Irate PBC School Board Threatens to End Joint
Sales Tax Bid
Palm Beach County School Board members lambasted county commissioners Wednesday for stripping museum subsidies and business incentives from a proposed sales tax hike, warning that the move could prompt the school board to withdraw from the joint sales-tax campaign.

The county commission's decision means an agreement between it, the school board and the county's cities has to be renegotiated, a process that could take weeks and delay plans for a marketing campaign to sell the sales tax proposal to voters.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Taxable Values Estimated to Climb 6 Percent
That is slightly behind  the 6.7 percent average growth forecast for Palm Beach County  and its 38 municipalities, and significantly less than the 9.7 percent increase in Palm Beach from 2014 to 2015.
Council to Revisit Options for Improving Public-Safety Pension
A recent survey of area public safety departments revealed what police and firefighters have been telling town officials for several years -their pensions are not competitive.
Civic Association
Office Manager Position Available

Office Manager for active, non-profit community association in Palm Beach; organized, friendly, efficient under pressure, bookkeeping exp, computer/database/web content skills. 
 
New Gym, More Parking Part of Master
Recreation Plan
in Palm Beach

The Recreation Advisory Commission got its first glimpse Wednesday of a bold new master plan for the Palm Beach Recreation Center and Seaview Park.

The plan calls for a new, larger building with more facilities, a larger playground and expanded parking. Tennis facilities would be upgraded, and the soccer field would be moved 40 feet to the west end of the property to accommodate the parking expansion.

It would cost an estimated $15 million, Recreation Director Beth Zickar said.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Women in Palm Beach Government Voice Views on Leadership
Mayor Gail L. Coniglio
This season, with  Bobbie Lindsay  and  Maggie Zeidman  joining  Danielle Moore  on the Town Council - and with  Gail Coniglio continuing as mayor, the number of women at the highest level of government in Palm Beach is greater than it has been in decades.
Shiny Sheet
Season in Review
Palm Beach Recreation Department
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Recreation 
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Site
Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 
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