September 22, 2017 Edition - The News Palm Beachers Need to Know 
Thank You Palm Beach Hurricane Irma

Words of Appreciation
from Bob Wright 
CEO Palm Beach Civic Association

The Palm Beach Civic Association is grateful to our community leaders and dedicated town workers who protected us from the ravages of hurricane Irma.
We are proud of our special town where residents and business owners pulled together to help one another through the crisis.

Bob Wright
We appreciate the strong leadership of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Town Council members who stepped up to make the storm recovery smooth and productive.

We applaud the extraordinary contributions of our Town Manager Tom Bradford, Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar, Public Works Director Paul Brazil and the department heads who worked day and night to make sure we were safe.

We are especially grateful to Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin, Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto and our exceptional police and fire rescue officers for going above and beyond the call of duty on our behalf.

Civic Association Director Stuart Haft says, "I think we must have the most polite police officers in the nation." At the Civic Association, we echo that assertion not only for our police, but for every town official and employee who pitched in and worked so tirelessly.

Mayor Coniglio has issued a proclamation thanking Palm Beach employees for guiding our town through the recent storm. At the Palm Beach Civic Association, we heartily endorse the mayor's words of appreciation. We urge our members and friends to join the mayor in expressing their deep appreciation for an amazing recovery effort.
After Hurricane Irma, Real Estate Broker Linda Olsson Checks Up on Palm Beach Homes
Linda Olsson
Linda Olsson, a real estate broker and Civic Association Director, spent Sept. 10 shuttered in their Palm Beach homes as Hurricane Irma belted the island with mostly tropical-force winds throughout the afternoon and into the early morning hours. As soon as she safely could, the owner of Linda R Olsson Inc. was on the move from her 1928 home in Midtown. She was busy checking on the condition of clients' houses and condominiums throughout town, where Irma cut off electricity and wreaked havoc on landscaping but caused little if any structural damage.
Hurricane Irma: Employees 'Work Tirelessly' to Maintain Lift Stations
Irma Sewage
At the time, jumping into a pool of sewage mixed with sea water was just an unpleasant task that needed to be done. Now that the Hurricane Irma has passed, Will Campbell, the public works employee who was given the necessary job, laughs about the incident.
After Irma: Storm-Driven Sand Being Removed from Palm Beach Roads
Sand Piles Irma
Sand, driven up onto roads and private properties by the storm surf, was still visible today on North Ocean Boulevard at Midtown Beach and on North Ocean Boulevard between Wells Road and Sunset Avenue.
Bahamas Cruise Line that Operates Out of Port of Palm Beach is Heading to St. Thomas for Humanitarian Efforts
The Bahamas cruise ship that operates out of the Port of Palm Beach has suspended normal operations for the next 90-days.
Hurricane Irma Generates More Than 335,000 Claims in First Week
Palm V Car Irma

Hurricane Irma has produced more than 335,000 insurance claims in a week, according to figures state regulators released Monday. That includes more than 10,000 in Palm Beach County.
Irma Prompts Hurricane Legislation from Scott, Nelson, Corcoran
Gov. Rick Scott
Governor Rick Scott

From creating a state gasoline reserve to protecting vulnerable seniors in nursing homes, a newly created state House committee will look at ways of better preparing Florida to face major storms like Hurricane Irma.
After Hurricane Irma: Cable, Internet Still Out for 900,000 in Florida
cable companies
Cable and internet service remained unavailable for nearly 900,000 customers in Florida as of Monday, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission.
Clearing of Irma Debris in Palm Beach County Could Take Three Months 
yard debris Irma
Even with nearly 400 trucks rumbling throughout Palm Beach County every day, it could take as long as 3 months to collect all of the debris left by Hurricane Irma, the county's Solid Waste Authority said.
FPL's Irma Storm Charge for Customers Could Come Before Full Cost Analysis
FPL logo
Florida Power & Light customers are still paying a special charge to cover $318.5 million in costs to clean up after Hurricane Matthew. But the company has yet to file a report with the state Public Service Commission documenting the damage, which was incurred in late 2016, the PSC confirmed Monday.
Hurricane Irma Damage Now Estimated at Up to $65B: Report
Hurricane Irma WPEC
Courtesy WPEC
Property damage from Hurricane Irma is now estimated to reach $42.5 billion to $65 billion, with as much as $30 billion for flood-ravaged homes not covered by insurance, according to a newly released report from CoreLogic.
The Cost of Erosion
beach erosion Irma
Monday, backhoe wielding crews worked to haul sand off the streets in Palm Beach, where it had been dumped by Hurricane Irma last week. That sand might as well be gold to environmental economist Dr. Buzz Barak.
Watching Hurricanes for Palm Beach
2017 Hurricanes storm watch
It's the peak of the hurricane season so the Palm Beach Civic Association is keeping an eye on storms. We have many active right now. Maria is Florida's biggest concern.
Hurricane Maria's Fate, and that of Coastal U.S., Tied to Jose
hurricane maria
Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Jose are in a complicated dance in the Atlantic, with two high pressure systems playing key roles in whether Maria has a bigger impact on the U.S. coast.
Why a Recent Pattern Change is Worrisome for the Rest of 
Hurricane Season
2017 atlantic basin
A trough has been near the East Coast throughout much of this hurricane season, but this is quickly changing, and it could have a big impact on the remaining two and a half months.
Yes, This Hurricane Season has been Worse than Usual
2017 three hurricanes
The already-catastrophic 2017 hurricane season shows no signs of letting up: Hurricane Maria is roaring through some of the same Caribbean islands ravaged by Irma, just as Hurricane Jose stirs up trouble along the U.S. East Coast.

Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Architectural Commission (ARCOM) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, September 28, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shore Protection Board Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Underground Utilities Task Force (UUTF) Meeting
Town Council Chambers
Tuesday, October 3, 5:01 PM - 6:00 PM
Special Town Council Meeting re: Final Public Hearing on Budget
Town Council Chambers
Thursday, October 5, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordinances, Rules, and Standards Committee Meeting
Town Council Chambers

Palm Beach to Spend Millions to Erase Pension Shortfall
Palm Beach Town Hall
Palm Beach will spend $5.4 million a year to make sure its retirees are covered long-term under the employee pension plan.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach County OKs 2018 Budget, But More Financial Challenges Ahead
Palm Beach County Logo
Palm Beach County commissioners quickly approved the county's $4.5 billion 2018 budget Monday night, putting additional money into law enforcement and the fight against the opioid crisis as well as giving employees a raise.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Up Markets: Prospective Playhouse Tenant an 'International Company'
Royal Poinciana Playhouse
Up Markets' prospective tenant for the shuttered Royal Poinciana Playhouse is "an international company who is carefully studying their entrance into America," the company says.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
Breaking News: Tara McCoy Named Chief Executive Officer
Tara McCoy
By: Marsha Powers, CEO, Eastern Region, Tenet Health
I am pleased to announce that Tara McCoy has been appointed as chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center effective October 4th.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Upcoming Flagler Drive & Flagler Bridge Lane Closures
Flagler Bridge
Flagler Drive between Fourth Street and Seventh Street and Quadrille Boulevard between Dixie Highway and Flagler Drive will have intermittent daily lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 22. 
Read More (Civic Association News)
Tolls Return Thursday Morning to Turnpike & More
SunPass tollbooth
Tolls on a vast majority of Florida's Turnpike system, all Florida Department of Transportation roads and bridges, and all regional toll facilities throughout the State will be reinstated this Thursday, September 21st at 12:01 a.m.
Read More (Civic Association News)
From A to PBC? Palm Beach to Bid on Amazon's Second Headquarters
Amazon HQ
Cities across the U.S. are preparing their proposals after the e-commerce giant announced plans to build another headquarters, which is expected to be a $5 billion investment.
Read More (The Real Deal)
Someone is Quietly Giving $100K to Palm Beach's Public Safety Dept.
palm beach police car
Palm Beach officials plan to accept a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor at their Town Council meeting Tuesday, according to the meeting's agenda. The donor requested that the money be used "as deemed appropriate" by Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin and Town Manager Tom Bradford, according to town documents.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)
32 Palm Beach County Residents Poisoned by Generators
generator warning
Thirty-two Palm Beach County residents have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling dangerous fumes from generators they fired up after Hurricane Irma wiped out electrical power to their homes, county health officials said Wednesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Hurricane Irma has Created the Perfect Environment for Zika
hurricane irma flooding
As the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of the mosquito population.
Read More (Patch)
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