July 12, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Town of Palm Beach has Protections in Place to Combat Ransomware Attacks
By Michele Dargan, Civic Association Reporter
With some municipalities paying a ransom to get their information back during a recent flurry of crippling computer attacks, Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said that Palm Beach has multiple layers of cybersecurity protections in place.
In the past few weeks, the neighboring city of Riviera Beach and the North Florida town of Lake City paid a ransom to retrieve the information from their paralyzed computer systems. Riviera Beach paid $600,000; while Lake City paid $500,000.
Riviera Beach Pays Ransom, Gets Computers Back
Riviera Beach
One month and a $600,000 ransom later, government operations have largely returned to normal after a ransomware attack that paralyzed the city computer system and every department on which it depended. The system went down May 29, after someone in the police department hooked a "phishing" email infected with coding that encrypted Riviera Beach computers that controlled everything from phones to email, water utility pump stations, employee paychecks, traffic citations and possibly - the city would not disclose it - police investigation documents.
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Lifeguards Save Drowning Man from Rip Current at Midtown Beach
Lifeguards at Midtown Beach Thursday reacted quickly when they spotted a man bouncing around and flailing his arms about 15 yards from shore just north of the lifeguard stand. Houston Park, who was one of two lifeguards working the stand around 3:10 p.m. when the incident occurred, said it appeared the rip current dragged the man out too far for him to stand. "Obviously, he had no swimming abilities," Park said.
Palm Beach Approves New Breakers Restaurant at Former Testa's Site
Testas site 2-7-19
The Town Council has approved a still unnamed restaurant that The Breakers plans to open at the Testa family's former property on Royal Poinciana Way. The council voted 5-0 Wednesday in favor of the resort's application to open the restaurant with 152 seats, 60 of which will be outdoors.
City of West Palm Beach 
Water Treatment Plant to 
Flush Lines with Chlorine
West PAlm Beach Water Treatment
The City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water supplied to the Town of Palm Beach 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.
Palm Beach Adds 
Straws and Stirrers to Plastic Ban
straws on beach
Weeks after it decided to ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, Palm Beach is bidding farewell to single-use plastic straws and stirrers.
New Study Suggests Seaweed Influx Will Continue in Florida
waist high sargassum
North end beach near the inlet jetty. Waist high seaweed. 
Photo by Jamil Donith, Friends of Palm Beach
The clumps of brown seaweed that smell like rotten eggs and are causing disruptions along Florida's Atlantic beaches won't be going away anytime soon, a new study released Thursday has found. The University of South Florida report suggests the pungent, slimy seaweed, known as sargassum, is on track to continue to be just as bad for coastal regions as in the past.
Environmentalists, State Officials Disagree on Toxin Limits
Lake O blue green algae 2019
Lake Okeechobee
Environmental activists and state environmental officials disagree about how regulations should be used to combat algae blooms in Florida's waterways. The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering new regulations on how much toxins are allowed in the state's waterways.
Annual Intracoastal Dive Brings Back Phone, Credit Cards, Bicycle and Century-Old Anchor
Tuesday police conducted a sweep of the waterfront - an underwater sweep - their annual cleanup event. Under sunny, blue skies, more than a dozen scuba divers slipped beneath the placid morning waters off West Palm Beach's downtown piers, surfacing with old anchors, sections of fence and other barnacle-encrusted detritus.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beacher Gives $191M to England's Oxford University
Stephen Schwarzman
Stephen Schwarzman
Two weeks ago Oxford, the second-oldest university in Europe - after the University of Bologna, announced a £150 million (US$191 million) gift from Palm Beach winter resident Stephen Schwarzman, Civic Association Director and founder, CEO and chairman of the Blackstone Group. The windfall was described by England's newspapers as "The largest since the Renaissance." 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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

Friday, August 2, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Cup of Joe with Bo:
South Undergrounding Utilities Community Update Meeting
South Fire Rescue: Meeting Room
Monday, August 5, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee with The Crew:
North Undergrounding Utilities Update Meeting
Palmo Way Park: Near the Pump Station

Carolyn Stone, Town Business Development & Operations Director
Carolyn Stone
Many in town are looking forward to the new Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center that is expected to open at the beginning of next season. It will have a new leader, Carolyn Stone. We sat down with Carolyn to find out more about her and her vision for the future of resident health and wellness.

Mrs. Stone has fitness in her DNA.. and what a great place for a former university athletic director to preach and practice the virtues of good health.  That starts with turning the focus from things that stress us out and distract us from keeping our bodies healthy.
See the Full Video Interview (Civic Association News)
Kalia Martin Receives Town Employee Scholarship
Congratulations to Kalia Martin who was selected to receive the Town of Palm Beach Employee Scholarship.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Palm Beach Town Council Wishes Ned Barnes Well and Welcomes Mary Robosson
Ned Mary Gail
During the Town Council meeting Ned Barnes was thanked for his 26 years of Civic Association service and Mary Robosson was welcomed as the new president effective September 1st.
Hear the Remarks (Civic Association News)
New Restaurant Coming to Palm Beach this Season
La Goulue NYC
La Goulue from New York has a planned opening this Fall in the Town of Palm Beach. It will be located in the Palm Way Building at the southwest corner of Royal Palm Way and County Road.
Read More (Civic Association News)
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Palm Beach Looks to Reduce Burgeoning Green Iguana Population
A vigorous resurgence in South Florida's green iguana population has captured the attention of residents and officials in Palm Beach. Last month, council President Danielle Moore said she asked town staff to research ways to control the population of the large lizards.
Reptile Invasion: Florida Agency Encourages Killing Iguanas
Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency is now encouraging people to kill them. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says people should exterminate the large green lizards on their properties as well as on 22 public land areas across South Florida. It doesn't say just how civilians should try to kill them.
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DATE: Saturday, July 13th
TIME: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 1576 S. Ocean Blvd.
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Crocker and Greenfield Sell "Darth Vader Building" in West Palm for $98M
515 North Flagler Drive
Crocker Partners and Greenfield Partners sold the Northbridge Centre in downtown West Palm Beach for $98 million, marking one of the largest office sales in the city's history. The property is at 515 North Flagler Drive, at the base of the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
Read More (The Real Deal)
Growth 2030: Technology, Millennials, Food Security Boost Agriculture Industry
fresh from florida produce
Palm Beach County is the state's number one agricultural producing county, growing vegetables in the winter when other states are too cold, and sugar cane and rice. It's been an economic engine for decades, with some farmers in business here since the 1930s.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
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