August 9, 2019 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Seaweed Invasion Continues on Beaches in Town of Palm Beach
By: Tim Malloy
Across the Caribbean, in the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Florida East Coast, including beaches in Palm Beach, a stinky invasion is happening.
Known as sargassum seaweed, the thick plant has overtaken beaches in South Florida in recent weeks and has lined numerous Caribbean island coastlines for even longer, according to a report from the University of Miami. 
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Record Rainfall Total 
Recorded at PBIA
rain and flooding
A total of 2.66 inches of rain was recorded in just 36 minutes, an amount that happens about one every 10 years, the National Weather Service reports.
Retail, Hospitality Groups Want Palm Beach to Repeal Ban on Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Containers
no to plastic bags
The Florida Retail Federation and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association want the Town of Palm Beach to repeal its recently passed ban on the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers. In a letter to Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Town Council, dated July 15, the organizations said enactment of the ordinance is unlawful.
Plastic Straw Ban Heading to 
Florida Legislature Again
straws on beach
A fight over disposable straws could return to the state Legislature, even after Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year vetoed a bill that would have blocked local governments from banning plastic straws. A measure (SB 40) filed Friday by Sen. Kevin Rader, a Delray Beach Democrat, would take the opposite approach, by prohibiting the use of plastic straws and plastic "carryout" bags statewide.
Invasive Termites 
Now Feeding on Native Trees, Creating a Hazard During Storms
Asian Subterranean termite
Recent afternoon thunderstorms are revealing a big pest problem in Palm Beach County: invasive termites in live trees. The termites are weakening native trees causing them to snap during storms. Homes in South Florida are already being impacted by the aggressive and invasive Asian subterranean termite species, now so are trees.
Toxic Blue-Green Algae: Florida May Increase Testing to Find Polluters
algae in C-44 from Lake Okeechobee
Water managers are doubling down efforts to identify pollution hot spots in the northern Everglades with a plan that would increase water testing by more than 40 percent. The proposal, which is scheduled for discussion Thursday by South Florida Water Management District governing board members, escalates monitoring in watersheds that flow into areas ripe for toxic blue-green algae outbreaks.
Blue-Green Algae Task Force Identifies New Contributor 
to Water Crisis
septic tank
The newly created Blue-Green Algae Task Force in Florida held its third meeting Thursday at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. The state's top scientists are focusing in on septic tanks being a significant contributor to the water crisis in Florida. "Every community needs to be having the discussion of what can they do to reduce nutrients to protect our environment," said DEP secretary Noah Valenstein.
Give Your Opinion About Lake Okeechobee Discharges
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to hear from you about plans for discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. The agency is considering a proposal that would give them more flexibility for dealing with harmful algae blooms.
Read More (WPTV)
Before Transforming a Clematis Street Alley, City Must Take 9 Months 
to Fix the Infrastructure
Downtown WPB alley
The city government is engaged in back alley dealings. Plans to turn the creepy, flood-prone alley behind the 300 block of Clematis Street into a downtown attraction are scheduled to advance next week. The city commission votes Monday on a $1.9 million spending cap for the project's first phase, to rework infrastructure beneath the alley.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Council Meeting
Regular Business and Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, August 15, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, August 16, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Retirement Board of Trustees Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, August 16, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, August 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Taxi Permit Lottery
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Financial Firms Fleeing High-Tax Northeast for Billionaire-Packed Florida County
Forget Wall Street. Financial firms are seeking warmer weather - and lower taxes. Hedge funds, private equity firms and wealth management offices are leaving the northeast and heading to Palm Beach County, Florida.
Read More (Fox Business News)
13 Cars Burglarized In One Day At Palm Beach Town Docks
car with broken window
Thieves on Friday broke into 13 cars at the Town Docks, Palm Beach's only public boating facility, smashing windows and grabbing items from unlocked cars. The crimes are the latest in a string of burglaries and vandalism that have plagued the facility's parking lots in recent months.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Florida Surgeon General Declares Public Health Emergency Over Hepatitis A Outbreak
Hepatitis A
Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has declared a public health emergency in response to an outbreak of hepatitis A cases in the state. More than 2,000 hepatitis A cases have been reported in Florida since the beginning of 2019, including a combined total of more than 100 cases in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
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Keeping Our Beaches Clean
beach clean-up

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: 2505 S. Ocean Blvd.
                The President Condos
Diane Buhler
NOAA Hurricane Forecast Update:
With Death of El Niño, Expect a More Active Storm Season
Atlantic 8-9-19
NOAA is now calling for up to 17 named storms, of which up to 9 could be hurricanes, including as many as 4 major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the dissipation of El Niño, a storm-thwarting climate pattern, during the hurricane forecast refresh made annually as the peak of season begins.
Hurricane Preparedness Voluntary ID Cards
 & Out-Of-State Resident ID Cards
Voluntary ID Card
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.
Paving from Onondaga Avenue to 
East Inlet Drive
paving north end
Beginning Monday, August 19, the Town through its contractor, All County Paving will be paving all road right-of-ways from Onondaga Avenue north to East Inlet Drive. There will be one exception due to the work on North Lake Way and Mediterranean Road, this area will be paved after the Lift Station construction is completed.
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Town of Palm Beach Traffic Alert
As a result of new development along the 200 block of Sunset Avenue and in an effort to ease traffic flow, beginning August 26, 2019, between Bradley Place and North County Road will become a one-way street eastbound. Please make note of the change.
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