June 22, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 

Are Palm Beach Employees Paid as Well as Their Counterparts?
Palm Beach Town Hall
The town plans to study how other employers in the local job market compensate their employees to see whether Palm Beach is keeping pace. The Town Council said Tuesday it wants to hire an independent consultant to gather information on wages, benefits and retirement pensions paid by competitors in the public and private sector.
Concrete Pour at Former Testa Site in Palm Beach a Sight to Behold
Damon Higgins  Daily News
Damon Higgins / Daily News
Palm Beach resident Bob Brady stood in fascination at the small opening of the construction site on Royal Poinciana Way Saturday afternoon as dozens of construction workers poured concrete.
A Palm Beach Golf Course First Laid Out in 1897 is Getting a Makeover
Damon Higgins  Daily News
Damon Higgins / Daily News
The Breakers should be able to move more quickly with the makeover of its golf course this summer now that Palm Beach has agreed to allow work to occur on Saturdays.
Landmark Clothing Store 
Evelyn & Arthur Plans to 
Reopen in Palm Beach
Evelyn & Arthur
An owner of the recently closed Evelyn & Arthur clothing store says plans are in the works to open a new site in Palm Beach.
Fred Weissman, who co-owns the women's apparel shop with his wife Adrianne, said last week they are eyeing another location but can't disclose where because they don't yet have a lease.
Brown Seaweed Blankets Shoreline 
in Palm Beach
Meghan McCarthy  Daily News
Meghan McCarthy / Daily News
Palm Beach residents and visitors alike may have noticed all the seaweed at Midtown Beach. It's sargassum seaweed, a brown algae. The masses of seaweed are on South Florida beaches and all over the Caribbean islands, according to media reports.
Palm Beach Eyes Fees for Events at Its Parks and Beaches
Bradley Park
A revised Palm Beach law is designed to shield public parks and beaches from overuse by authorizing staff to charge user fees and damage deposits when granting special event permits.
PHOTOS: Henry Morrison Flagler Statue Back on  Main Street
 in Palm Beach
Meghan McCarthy Daily News
Meghan McCarthy / Daily News
Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging employee Kyle Bennett helped move the statue of Henry Flagler that was housed at the Flagler Museum during the Flagler Bridge replacement to Royal Poinciana Way Thursday June 14, 2018.
Town Council Meeting Actions
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To view the summary of actions taken at this month's Town Council meetings, please click on the link below.

Nine Months After Rejecting It, West Palm OKs New High-Rise Zone
One Flagler
West Palm Beach commissioners took a key vote Monday to create a new focal point for future office towers, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor from CityPlace to Flagler Drive, dismissing concerns the zoning measure would result in clogged roads and blocked water views from existing condos and offices.
Palm Beach Mayor's Family May Sell Historic Main Street Building
The Bradley Park Building
The new owner of the historic Bradley Park Hotel is in negotiations to buy an adjacent building owned by Mayor Gail Coniglio's family, representatives of both sides say.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Residents Want Answers: Why Are 'Quiet Zones' Not So Quiet?
Turns out the recently enacted quiet zones designed to muzzle the blaring sounds of those oncoming 80 mph Brightline trains in Palm Beach County are really more like 'sometimes' quiet zones.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost Coast Guard nearly $20M
Allen Eyestone  The Palm Beach Post
Allen Eyestone The Palm Beach Post
Taxpayers have paid nearly $20 million for extra Coast Guard patrols that protected President Trump by land and sea during 16 winter and spring trips to West Palm Beach since his inauguration, according to new records obtained by USA TODAY.
Read More (USA Today)
This Palm Beach Sailor Has Joined the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour
Llwyd Ecclestone
Llwyd Ecclestone

Sail in 22 Newport-to-Bermuda races and what do you have to show for it? If you're Palm Beach resident and Civic Association Director E. Llwyd Ecclestone, you have a winner's trophy (from 2006), a fiercely loyal crew and bragging rights at every snooty yacht club in the world. And now, an induction.
James Patterson: It was 'Irresistible' to Write Book with Bill Clinton
James Patterson
James Patterson
Now, Civic Association Director James Patterson's new novel, "The President is Missing," co-written with former President Bill Clinton tackles the possibility of a sitting president going MIA to stop cyberterrorists from plunging the country into chaos.
Jeff Greene Preparing to Launch Governor's Race Ad Blitz, with Education on His Mind
Jeff Greene
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene, a Civic Association Director, is getting ready to reintroduce himself to Floridians with his first round of TV commercials starting next week. And while he's remaining coy on the content, the Palm Beach billionaire real estate investor is making it clear that public education reform is at the top of his list of issues.
Reminder of Construction and Landscaping Hours
Yard Maintenance
May 1 thru the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November
Monday thru Friday ONLY 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday QUIET WORK ONLY (both interior and exterior) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Independence Day
Civic Association & Town Hall Closed
Thursday, July 5, 9:30 AM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee
Town Council Chambers

Monday, July 9, 9:30 AM
Special Town Council Meeting
Budget Matters
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 11, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Feds Issue El Niño Watch, What It Means for Hurricane Season
El Ni_o
An El Niño watch issued Thursday put the world on alert that the capricious climate pattern with a global sway on weather is likely to make an appearance this fall or winter.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Re-Entry Pass
resident permit
In order to make it easier for residents and business owners to return to Palm Beach after a storm, the Town has started a Hurricane Re-entry Pass program.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
Report: 40 Percent of Florida Property Will Be 'Highly Exposed' to Flooding
Flood Zone
One of Florida's biggest draws is also one if its biggest liabilities - its coastline.
Read More (Tampa Bay Times)
Buying a Home in Palm Beach County? Check Out This Interactive Map on Sea Level Rise
flood map
In the span of a 30-year mortgage signed today, 2,400 Palm Beach County homes could face a month's worth of flooding each year as sea levels rise and tides creep farther inland, according to a study released Monday by the Union for Concerned Scientists.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
PBC School Board Racing Against Clock to Ask for Raising Taxes
palm beach county school district
The Palm Beach County School Board is racing against the clock to secure funding for school security, resource officers and teacher pay raises. They want homeowners to decide whether or not to raise their property tax in November but that vote might not happen.
To Tax or Not to Tax? Florida Voters to See Questions on November Ballot
Recent polling shows there are four constitutional amendments poised for approval on Florida's November ballot. Three of those deal exclusively with the issue of taxation.
Insurer Citizens Delays Local Premium Hike Above $3,000
The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. voted Wednesday to slow down another rate hike landing on a storm-battered state, moving to defer action until December.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
2018 How Florida Compares: Taxes
florida taxwatch
 For several years, TaxWatch has published this easy-to-use guide to help Floridians better understand their state through comparing our state's taxes to those that are levied across the nation.
Read More (Florida Trends)
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Construction Traffic Forecast Week of 06/18/18
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Click on the link below to download a copy of the Construction and Traffic Report for the upcoming week.
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SunPass Customers Still Dealing with Issues After Maintenance
SunPass says it is still experiencing some issues after a scheduled maintenance earlier this month. SunPass was down for maintenance from June 3 to June 11.
Read More (WPTV)
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