June 28, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Civic Association President
Ned Barnes Retiring after 26 Years of Outstanding Service
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Mary Robosson Becomes Association's
First Woman President

Ned Barnes, president of the Palm Beach Civic Association, will retire on September 1 after 26 years with the organization.

The association hired Mr. Barnes as executive director in October 1993 and later appointed him president.

Chairman and CEO Bob Wright announced on Thursday that Mary Robosson will succeed Mr. Barnes as president. 

As the organization enters its 76th season, she becomes the first woman to hold that title.
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Spotlight: Tara McCoy, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center
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When Tara McCoy was named Good Samaritan Medical Center's CEO in October 2017, her goal was to take the hospital's high-quality patient care to the next level. "To take some of those services that we do really well, enhance them, look at ways to do creative partnerships with high quality providers and to really look at innovation," she said.
Palm Beach Banning Plastic Bags, Polystyrene Containers
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The Town of Palm Beach has become the first county municipality to say goodbye to  single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The ordinance, which takes effect Dec. 12, applies to restaurants, drug stores, grocery stores, gas stations and vending trucks or carts. It also applies to individuals or groups who hold a special permit for events on town property.
Algal Blooms Prompt Palm Beach to Adopt Seasonal Fertilizer Ban
The toxic blue-green algal blooms of the past few summers were an environmental bellwether for coastal Palm Beach County, including the town. Palm Beach, like other coastal municipalities, is attacking the problem at its root. The Town Council has banned the use of fertilizers containing phosphorous and nitrogen each year during the rainy-season months, June 1 to Sept. 30. This year, the emergency ordinance took effect on June 11, the day it was unanimously adopted.
Ocean Research Aims to Help Predict Palm Beach's Ability to Recover from Eco-Disasters
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Squirmy worms, curious sharks and fish mugging for an underwater camera - it's just another day of research at Midtown Beach for Angela Witmer and her students from Palm Beach Atlantic University. On Thursday, Witmer, an associate professor of biology and oceanography at PBAU, along with four summer interns and grad students, donned a swimsuit and snorkel gear and waded slowly into the gentle surf by Worth Avenue.
Turtle Tuesday Beach Cleanups 
Start Again
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Gregg Beletsky, Founder of Turtle Tuesdays in 2013 when he was president of the Worth Avenue Association, is still leading the effort that includes a partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Mr. Beletsky, currently a director at Akris on Worth Avenue, told the Shiny Sheet that during August and October of last year, Turtle Tuesday volunteers removed more than 8,471 pieces of debris from the beaches.
Palm Beach Retooling 
Permit Oversight
Zoning Process Improvement Session at The Breakers
Zoning Director Josh Martin has told the story of one resident who did without hot water for eight days because that's how long it took her to get a town permit for a new water heater. Martin said it's a good example - though by no means the only one - of why the process for reviewing permit applications at Town Hall cries out for reform.
Palm Beach Town Council Approves Raises for General Workers
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Weeks after approving pay hikes for police and firefighters, the Town Council has given the nod to raises for some general employees. The pay adjustments are meant to reduce employee turnover by making the town more competitive in the local job market, officials say.
Smoke and Heat in the 
Town of Palm Beach
The Sawgrass Fire in the Everglades has consumed more than 42,000 acres as of Thursday this week. But since Wednesday, increasing ocean breezes from the northeast to the southeast at 9 mph to 14 mph have kept the smoke out of the Town of Palm Beach.  Tuesday the smoke was as thick as smog here in town.

The current weather pattern is expected to continue for the next 4 - 5 days. By then, the Florida Forest Service is hoping to have the fire fully contained. Weather forecasts for the area are a 40% to 50% chance of rain for the next 5 days as we get back to the normal Summer weather pattern after the recent heat wave.
City of West Palm Beach Water Treatment Plant to Flush Lines 
With Chlorine
The City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water supplied to the Town from July 15 to August 2, 2019. Residents may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.  
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Town Council Meeting Actions
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To view the summary of actions taken at June's Town Council meetings, please click on the applicable link below.

Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting has been Rescheduled
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The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019, has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 18, 2019. This meeting will be held at the Sailfish Club of Florida, 1338 North Lake Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 4, 2019, All Day
Independence Day
Civic Association & Town Hall Closed

Friday, July 5, 2019, All Day
Civic Association Holiday - Closed
Monday, July 8, 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, and
Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 10, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, July 11, 9:30 AM
Town Council Budget Hearing
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, July 18, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Thursday, July 18, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Red, White, Blue
& Boom!
Nearly 100,000 guests of all ages are expected to show up at the City of West Palm Beach's 31st annual 4th on Flagler celebration.
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This Week in Palm Beach will be off for the holiday week. The Civic Association wishes you a safe and happy 
4th of July!
Streets in Palm Beach Reopened After Power Pole Fire
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All streets in Midtown that were closed because of a power pole fire and a loose wire have been re-opened, Palm Beach officials said.  The roads were closed for about an hour.
PBSO Agrees to Contract to Absorb South Palm Police
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Police officers in the barrier-island town of South Palm Beach will soon carry the title of sheriff's deputy. The town council Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of merging South Palm Beach's eight-member police force with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Florida City Pays Almost $600,000 Ransom to Secure Records
A Florida city council voted to pay hackers almost $600,000 worth of Bitcoin to hackers who took its computer systems offline a few weeks ago. The attack was affecting the city's online services, including email and 911 dispatches. In addition, the hackers encrypted the Palm Beach suburb's records.
Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Monday July 1, 2019
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You shouldn't text and drive and beginning Monday July 1 in Florida you could be ticketed if you are caught. Last month Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 107 into law. It will make texting and driving a primary offense and gives an officer who sees you doing it the authority to pull you over and write a citation.
Thinking of Trying CBD? Be Careful, It Might be a Felony, Say Palm Beach Police
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Palm Beach police have issued a public warning for anyone looking to get in on the CBD craze: Just say no. "They purchased it locally, not on the island, without any knowledge it was a felony," police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick said.
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Florida Gov Signs Bill ratcheting Up Fight Against Red Tide
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Florida's governor signed a bill Thursday directing the state to work with a private marine institute to study and combat the red tide blooms that have hurt the state's vital tourism industry and killed such wildlife as manatees, fish and dolphins. 
Governor Signs Off on Increased Grants for Culture and Historic Preservation
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Most state cultural and historic preservation grants survived Gov. Ron DeSantis' veto pen in the nearly $91 billion budget he signed on Friday. 
Saharan Dust Surges Into Caribbean - Here's What That Means During Hurricane Season
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Dust from the Sahara Desert has surged into the Caribbean and may funnel its way toward the Gulf Coast of the United States this weekend, keeping the tropics at bay for the near future. 
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Federal Govt Sets Plans for 2019 Hurricane Season After 'Wakeup Call' of Recent Disasters
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As communities continue to rebuild, the Federal government is preparing for the new hurricane season after months of disasters that ravaged parts of the country and touched off a political storm over recovery efforts. 
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South Florida Emergency Officials Turn to Drones, Mapping Data For 2019 Hurricane Season
Two years ago, it looked as if Hurricane Irma would make a direct hit to South Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes. Many did and found emergency shelters with no room and gridlocked traffic.
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Keeping Our Beaches Clean
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DATE: Saturday, July 13th
TIME: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 1576 S. Ocean Blvd.
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Overcoming PTSD: Study Reveals Memory Disruption Drug Target
Professor Courtney Miller
Fight or flight, panic, trembling: Our brains are wired to ensure we respond instantly to fear. While that fear response may save our lives in the dangerous moment, at times people stay on high alert long after the threat has passed, and develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Virgin Trains Breaks Ground on South Florida to Orlando Leg
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Officials are breaking ground on a new phase of a private train line that will connect South Florida to central Florida. .
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