September 21, 2018 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
This Week in Palm Beach 2018-09-21
Port of Palm Beach Seeks to Cutoff Part of Peanut Island for Bigger Ships
The Port of Palm Beach Commission met to discuss cutting off the southern end of Peanut Island to make the Port's turning basin bigger - and allow larger ships to navigate into the Port docks. Objections were raised by the Save Our Inlet Coalition; Lisa Interlandi, an Everglades Law Center attorney; the Palm Beach Civic Association; environmentalists, and others.
Intracoastal Dredging Project from Town Docks to Peanut Island
Intracostal dredging
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director 
The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) plans to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway between the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks to a depth of -12 feet at average low tide depth. Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be removed from the Intracoastal bottom along the 4.5 mile route.
Palm Beach Fighting 'Experience Gap' Caused by High Employee Turnover
Kirk Blouin
Kirk Blouin
The town plans to expand a deferred retirement program in hopes of retaining veteran employees and heading off an "experience gap" in management - especially in the Police Department, which has been hit hard by high employee turnover.
Palm Beach's $82.4 Million Budget Approved
Palm Beach Town Hall
The Palm Beach Town Council approved the $82.4 million spending plan for the year that begins Oct. 1. The budget is nearly 2.5 percent larger than this year's $80.5 million budget.
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Palm Beach Seeking New Construction Firm for Part of Utilities Project
Palm Beach is working to attract more interest in an upcoming phase of the utility burial project in hopes of keeping a lid on the cost. Officials will host a workshop Sept. 28 at the Public Works Department in an effort to attract a pool of applicants to submit proposals as they seek a construction manager for the next phase of the town-wide utility undergrounding initiative.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Officials Restore 
Cast Stone Details on New Rec Center
Rec Center plan South
The new Palm Beach Recreation Center won't lose some of its Mediterranean-style architectural charm after all, the Town Council has agreed. Officials reversed course Thursday, unanimously rejecting a cost-cutting measure that would have stripped much of the cast-stone detailing from the outside walls of the center and tennis facility being built at 340 Seaview Ave.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Seeking New Construction Firm for Part of Utilities Project
Courtesy of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue
Courtesy of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue.
Flames engulfed a South End home in Palm Beach early Thursday morning, damaging about one-third of the house and creating a fire visible from the opposite side of the Intracoastal Waterway, according to Palm Beach Fire-Rescue. The house, located at 3 Pelican Lane, suffered extensive fire damage.
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Esperante Owners Sue to Stop West Palm Tower Blocking Waterfront
The city effort to spark office development on Okeechobee Boulevard has sparked three new legal actions by the owners of the Esperante office tower. Esperante owners 222 Lakeview LLC say the city's creation of the Okeechobee Business District violated West Palm Beach and state rules and would decrease the value of their building by allowing another tower to be built in front of it, blocking waterfront views.
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Who Will Head Norton Museum? MFA Boston Star Hired as Director
Elliot Bostwick Davis photo by Robert Wright
Elliot Bostwick Davis
Photo: Robert Wright
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, made a big splash in 2010 when it opened its ground-breaking Art of the Americas Wing. The 121,307-square-foot Foster + Partners-designed addition united for the first time items from the entire Western hemisphere. The number of objects from the Americas on view more than doubled.
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Palm Beach Decides to Study Stepping Up Battle Against White Fly
whitefly hedge
The town may ban the planting of Ficus benjamina in hope of reducing white fly infestation. The Town Council on Thursday referred the proposed ban to its Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee, which meets at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11 in Town Hall.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lake O Overflow May Get Pumped Underground to Fix Algae Problem
injection well
Water managers are fast-tracking plans to dispose of Lake Okeechobee overflow by pumping it 3,000 feet underground, agreeing to spend $10 million this week to build two deep injection wells in a test of the project's viability.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Lake O Southern Reservoir 
Passes U.S. House, Will 
Reduce Estuary Discharges
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill today that includes the authorization for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce harmful discharges to the northern estuaries. The bill, called the Water Resources Development Act, still faces Senate approval.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)


Wednesday, September 26, 9:00 AM
Architectural Commission Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Monday, October 1, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee with the Crew
Undergrounding Phase 1 - North
Annie's Dock - North Ocean Blvd & East Inlet Drive
Tuesday, October 2, 9:00 AM
Underground Utilities Task Force Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Friday, October 5, 8:00 AM
A Cup of Joe with Bo
Undergrounding Phase 1 - South
South Fire Rescue Station, 2185 S. Ocean Blvd.
Tuesday, October 9, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Regular Business
Town Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting
Development Review Matters
Town Council Chambers
Big School Tax Hike on the Ballot
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association
The Civic Association will present an Election Forum to help voters understand the November ballot issues, including the school Tax Referendum, at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the Sea.

Guest speakers are Todd Bonlarron, Palm Beach County Assistant County Administrator, who will explain the 12 Constitutional Amendments, and Mike Burke, Chief Financial Officer of the Palm Beach County School District, who will explain the school Tax Referendum.

Call to register
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Palm Beach County Keeps Tax Rate the Same but Bills Will Increase
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
Palm Beach County commissioners approved a budget Monday that will keep the tax rate the same for the eighth consecutive year but still generate about $898 million - $52 million more than last year - thanks to an increase in property values.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Lawmakers Adopt 'Positive' Long-Range Financial Forecast
Florida Capital
The financial outlook, which was adopted unanimously by the Florida Legislative Budget Commission, projects a $223 million surplus for the next budget year.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Airbnb Gears Up for Fight with Palm Beach County Over Tax Payments
Vacation rental companies such as Airbnb need to pay taxes like everyone else, Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday.
Read More (Sun Sentinel)
Testa's Sight Emerging as
Royal Poinciana Palm Beach
Royal Poinciana Palm Beach
This weekend the contractor finished pouring the concrete for the "Lid" on the top of the 43,000 sq. ft. underground garage.
Read More (Civic Association News)
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Recreation Center Construction Kickoffs Off
kickoff group photo
The Recreation Center planning team met this week and a groundbreaking celebration is set for October 22 at 10 a.m. at the site.
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New Storms Popping Up
New storms are popping up. We may be past the peak of the Hurricane Season but it's not over yet. See maps.
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Despite Delays, Brightline is Now on Track, Says President
After years of planning, lobbying and long delays, the privately funded Brightline express rail system launched service last fall between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale; this year it initiated service between West Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Read More (Miami Herald) 
Florida Fall Begins this Week; When Cooler Weather Will Arrive
Fall temps 2018
The fall equinox, the Northern Hemisphere's first tentative tilt into autumn, is Saturday. It marks the astronomical end of the hottest, longest days of the year, and is the universe's promise that cooler weather is on the way.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Construction & Traffic Highlights for the Week of 9/24/2018
traffic 8-25-17
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