July 14, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Former Verizon Exec Named to Utilities Post in Palm Beach
Steven Stern
Steven Stern
The town has named a former Verizon executive to be its underground utilities project manager. Steven Stern started the job June 30 and is reporting to Town Manager Tom Bradford, who introduced him Thursday to the town's Underground Utilities Task Force.
Palm Beach Approves Marathon Running Onto the Island - by 1 Vote
Palm Beach Marathon

Runners will be allowed to cross onto the island this winter as part of the Palm Beaches Marathon. But, they'll get a lake view instead of an ocean view.
Palm Beach to Name
Recreation Center Field
in Honor of Oakley Debbs
Oakley Debbs
Oakley Debbs
Town Council members and community leaders agreed today to name the multipurpose field after Oakley Gage Debbs following an emotional plea from his mother, Merrill (Duemler) Debbs.
Testa's Restaurant in Palm Beach to Close After July 15
Testa's Restaurant says it's closing its doors after the evening of July 15 to make way for demolition and redevelopment of the 1.3-acre site on Royal Poinciana Way.
Palm Beach to Allow Extended Hours for Rebuilding of Testa's Site
Testa's outdoor dining
The Palm Beach Town Council granted on Wednesday extended construction hours so the Frisbie Group can more expeditiously complete the redevelopment of the historic Testa site on Royal Poinciana Way.
Deal to Lease Long-Vacant Palm Beach Theater Imminent, 
Landlord Says
Royal Poinciana Playhouse
Up Markets representative Alexandra Patterson assured the Town Council on Wednesday that the company expects a letter of intent to lease the long-dark Royal Poinciana Playhouse to be executed "any day."
Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them.  
Home Rule Issues Go All the Way Down to
Plastic Bag Use
Gray Foster
Gray Foster: Palm Beach Day Student, speaking to Town Council about plastic bag ban
At a time when Democrats are locked out of power from the White House, both chambers of Congress, the majority of governor's offices and three-fifths of the country's state houses, their ideas at least have one reliable outlet. Democrats still control most of the country's biggest cities.
Workers Begin Demolishing Library Additions at the Four Arts
Meghan McCarthy  Daily News
Meghan McCarthy / Daily News
Conkling & Lewis Construction's heavy machinery moved in Tuesday to begin demolishing the 1956 and 1979 additions to The Society of the Four Arts' Gioconda and Joseph King Library as part of a $12 million project to modernize the town's library.
Flagler [North] Bridge to Close
10 p.m. Friday, July 14, to
6 a.m. Monday, July 17
Flagler Bridge
Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 14, to 6 a.m. Monday, July 17, for a traffic switch on the east side of the bridge.
Southern Blvd. Temporary Bridge Construction Progress
Southern Blvd Bridge

FDOT aerial photo of pile installation so far for new Southern Blvd temporary bridge in #PalmBeach #WestPalmBeach
Immobility Study? West Palm Explores How to Ease
Parking Crunch
Okeechobee traffic
As a next step in West Palm Beach's mobility study, city planners are reaching out to merchants and other downtown groups for their ideas on easing downtown parking problems.
Construction Traffic Report for the Week of July 10
traffic 6-19-17
Click on the link below to download a copy of the construction and traffic report for the upcoming week.
Zika Mosquito Numbers Up, So Are Control Efforts Across Miami-Dade
Florida Zika Virus
A rising number of Zika-spreading mosquitoes across Miami-Dade County and on Miami Beach is triggering more aggressive control efforts, Miami-Dade County officials said Friday.
Brightline Hopes to Woo Commuters with Park-Line Apartments
Lannis Waters  The Palm Beach Post
Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post
The residential tower rising next to Brightline's station in downtown West Palm Beach will be part of a new real estate brand run by the private rail venture's parent company, Florida East Coast Industries.
Brightline's Miami Central Station Closes on $130M in EB-5 Financing
Miami Central
Florida East Coast Industries just closed on $130 million in EB-5 financing for its mixed-use Miami Central station in downtown Miami, property records show.
Treasure Coast's Last Legal Action Against All Aboard Florida is Dropped
The last of several Treasure Coast legal challenges to Brightline was dropped by Martin County on Friday, a development that could ease All Aboard Florida's path to Phase 2 of the project.
'Morning Joe' Co-Host Joe Scarborough is Leaving the Republican Party 
Morning Joe
Joe Scarboruough and Mika Brzezinski were keynote speakers at the 2014 Civic Association Annual Awards event. 
Mr. Scarborough announced Tuesday night during an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" alongside his co-host Mika Brzezinski that he was becoming an independent. 

Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, July 20, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 26, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, August 7, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, August 9, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting-Regular Business and Development Review
Town Council Chambers

Tuesday, August 15, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
How Presidential Visits Take a Bite Out of Town Budget
President Trump's visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach have so far cost the town $257,000 - most of which will not be reimbursed by the state or federal governments, town officials say.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach County to Set 2018 Property Tax Rates
property tax
The prospect of a voter-approved change in the state homestead exemption program - still years away - has led Palm Beach County officials to shy away from reducing property tax rates despite a rise in values that puts more money in county coffers.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County's Sales Tax Increase Means Job Opportunities, Officials Say
Palm Beach County officials want to put thousands of people to work over the next decade on more than $2 billion in construction projects funded by a sales-tax increase.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Palm Beach County Gives Initial Approval to $4.5 Billion Budget
Most Palm Beach County homeowners will see higher tax bills under a $4.5 billion budget commissioners gave initial approval to Tuesday.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue's Donatto Named Southeastern Chief of the Year
Palm Beach Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto recently received the Fire Chief of the Year Award from the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Florida Leads Nation in Lightning Deaths
Since 2007, there have been 51 people killed in the state by lightning. That's more than double the second leading state of Texas, which totaled 21 deaths. 
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Record-Breaking Rainfall in South Florida, Palm Beach County Totals 
A tropical wave Wednesday that preceded the remnants of a depression dumped record rainfall in South Florida.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Hurricane Preparedness - Voluntary ID Cards & Out-of-State Resident ID Cards
The Palm Beach Police Department is reminding businesses, residential employees, contractors and landscapers that while Town ID cards are not required, it is recommended that all new and renewal cards be obtained before a storm emergency occurs.
Read More (Town of Palm Beach)
FPL Says This Will Help Get Your Power on Faster After a Storm
FPL logo
As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light is finishing up a new service center officials say will speed up response time.
If You Thought It's Been Hotter Than Usual, You Nailed It. We Set Record
warm temperatures
Florida experienced its hottest start to the year on record, averaging 70.4 degrees January through June.
Friends of
Palm Beach
Keeping Our Beaches Clean
April 2017 beach clean-up

DATE: July 15th
TIME: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Dolphin Road,  Palm Beach 
All supplies will be there. Iced water and snacks too.
Park on south side of Dolphin. Please park to accommodate others. Carpool suggested!
Diane Buhler
Scripps Florida Scientists Awarded $2 Million to Develop Treatments of Autism-Related Disability
Gavin Rumbaugh
Gavin Rumbaugh
A team of scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded nearly $2 million from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Read More (Scripps Florida)
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