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This Week in Palm Beach 2-25-2015
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > This Friday! Leadership in a Time of Terror > Civic Association Emergency Pet Rescue Program in FocusFire Destroy House; 3 Dogs Killed > SHORE PROTECTION - Palm Beach Shoreline Bus Tour > Undergrounding Our Utilities - An Update > Civic AssociationDirectors Luncheon
Leadership in a Time of Terror
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will be speaking on the topic “Leadership in a Time of Terror” at the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Luncheon this Friday, February 27 at The Breakers Palm Beach.
Undergrounding Our Utilities - An Update
By: Susan Keegan Gary, Civic Association Director.  Background:  The power outages resulting from hurricanes Jeanne & Wilma caused many island residents to be without power for up to three weeks.  Many of us remember vividly the hardship caused by those storms.
Civic Association Launches Taxi / Limo - Uber Survey
Take this Civic Association Limo/Taxi or Uber Survey. Uber is an app-based automobile transportation network which operates in cities in many countries. The Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County are looking at the service  right now and we would appreciate your feedback about it.
This Week in Palm Beach 2-20-2015
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: >  Brian Mulroney to Speak at Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon - Williams out, Mulroney in as Civic Association luncheon speaker > Mayor Vetoes Supermajority Approval
Brian Mulroney to Speak at Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon
Brian Mulroney, former Canadian Prime Minister, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 27, 2015 at The Breakers Palm Beach. His topic will be "Leadership in a Time of Terror."
Town Drops 'Advanced Irrigation' Application Fee
Effective immediately, the Town of Palm Beach waives the one-time $300 Advanced Irrigation Variance Application fee for all property owners seeking relief from days-of-the-week watering restrictions.
This Week in Palm Beach 2-13-2015
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > ELECTIONS - Grassroots Campaigns Key To Victory, Campaign Managers Say - North End Voter Turnout Tops 50 Percent
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This Week in Palm Beach 2-25-2015
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:19

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HEADLINES:

> This Friday! Leadership in a Time of Terror

> Civic Association Emergency Pet Rescue Program in Focus
Fire Destroy House; 3 Dogs Killed

shorebustour> SHORE PROTECTION

- Palm Beach Shoreline Bus Tour

> Undergrounding Our Utilities - An Update

> Civic Association
Directors Luncheon

> Civic Association Directors in the News

- ‘A huge leap’ for South Florida Science Center

> Meet New Town Manager Tom Bradford


SIDEBAR:

> Make Your Voice Heard!
Civic Association Launches Taxi / Limo - Uber Survey

> Firefighters' union votes no to negotiated contract

> Linda R. Olsson
Real Estate

> Memorial Fountain Deconstructed As Part Of A $1.54M Restoration

> Eyes on the Island

> South Florida Home Prices Held To Runner-Up By California Town

> Amici

> Town Council to Appoint Members to the Town of Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Commission

> Fraud charge to be dropped if TV producer repays victims with Palm Beach businesses

> Why Seniors are More Vulnerable to Fraud

> Killer ‘Nightmare Bacteria’: 5 Things Floridians Need To Know Now

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Leadership in a Time of Terror
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Sunday, 22 February 2015 14:12

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will be speaking on the topic “Leadership in a Time of Terror” at the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Luncheon this Friday, February 27 at The Breakers Palm Beach.

Mr. Mulroney is known for aligning with President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher to create a Western triumvirate, ushering in both a global transformation and domestic prosperity.

Now he’s tackling the topic of terror and what to do about it. Don’t miss this important keynote address at the Civic Association luncheon.

Click here to see ticket pricing and more information about the event.

To make a reservation to hear him speak call the Civic Association at 561-655-0820.

 Click to Read Shannon Donnelly's story in the Shiny Sheet: "Brian Mulroney doing his Civic duty"

 

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Undergrounding Our Utilities - An Update
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Saturday, 21 February 2015 18:04

By: Susan Keegan Gary, Civic Association Director. 

Background: 

The power outages resulting from hurricanes Jeanne & Wilma caused many island residents to be without power for up to three weeks.  Many of us remember vividly the hardship caused by those storms.

1SUSAN-GARY-NEWIn spite of hurricane-free weather since that time, we continue to experience power outages in Palm Beach on a regular basis in perfectly good weather.  In recent weeks, we lost power at our home on two separate occasions for durations lasting three plus hours.

The outages disrupt security, fire, and gas alarm systems, sensitive electronics and medical equipment. The exposed power lines and equipment themselves pose hazardous conditions. One neighbor watched in horror as a palm tree in her yard was set ablaze by the Florida Power and Light (FPL) equipment. When she called our Fire Department to extinguish the flames; they reported this was a regular occurrence in Town!  

During the past decade, the Town of Palm Beach has undertaken various efforts to study undergrounding the power lines.

Town residents also seem interested in undergrounding.  In January 2014 nearly 100 residents attended a Civic Association sponsored workshop at the Beach Club. A presentation was made by than Deputy Town Manager, Tom Bradford who explained that the Town established a process for individual streets or neighborhoods to accomplish undergrounding. These individual projects required residents to organize the efforts. In spite of the work required by individual residents, several groups approached the Town to start projects. One undergrounding project on Everglades Island was completed using this approach.

A good start but hardly an efficient solution for the entire Town, one might argue!

Current Situation

Interestingly enough, Florida Power and Light appeared before the Palm Beach Town Council on October 14, 2014 requesting to “harden” the Town’s older wooden utility poles.  

FPL stated they were required by the Florida Public Service Commission to improve reliability of the electrical grid in response to the hurricanes of the last decade. The deadline for a decision was fast approaching and FPL needed direction from the Town Council on whether to “harden” or underground.

FPL showed photos of the proposed “hardened” lines. There were audible gasps from the audience; the new concrete “hardened” poles were clearly much taller and considerably more obtrusive than the older wooden poles.

There was another significant factor mentioned by FPL; they noted that Town-sponsored projects would be eligible to receive a 25% discount if projects were at least “three pole miles” in length (pole miles refers to the length of the FPL’s lines). This provided further inducement for the Town.

Representatives of the Palm Beach Civic Association, the Citizen’s Association and many in the audience, urged the Council to proceed with undergrounding at that meeting.

All five Council members agreed to reject the “hardening” option and to move forward on the undergrounding at the Town Council meeting in October 2014.

At  a subsequent Council meeting on  November 13, 2014 Council members approved a recommendation to extend the contract of an existing consultant to develop individual project and program sequencing plans and initiate coordination with other utilities, towns, etc. that would be impacted by the program.

The consultants are scheduled to complete their reports at the end of April 2015. If the schedule remains on target, the recommendations will be presented to the Council at their May meeting.

The most challenging issues- cost estimates & financing are not yet on the Council’s agenda.

At the current pace, it is estimated to take approximately seven to ten years before the undergrounding program is completed across our Town.

Going Forward

I, for one, would love to see this entire program “fast-tracked”. There are many innovative approaches that the design and construction industry has to offer. Maybe it is time to explore these?

I suggest the Town sponsor an “Industry Day”—where the major designers and contractors with the necessary expertise and experience on comparable sized projects - can explain to us how they could accomplish this program cheaper & faster! We might learn there is a better way.

My patience wears thin every time I experience another power outage!

What do you think? 

 

 

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Civic Association Launches Taxi / Limo - Uber Survey
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:57

Take this Civic Association Limo/Taxi or Uber Survey.

Uber is an app-based automobile transportation network which operates in cities in many countries.

The Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County are looking at the service  
right now and we would appreciate your feedback about it.

The company uses a smartphone application to receive ride requests and then sends these trip requests to their drivers. Customers use the app to request rides and track their reserved vehicle's location. Customers can select either a suitably licensed livery driver with full-sized luxury cars ("black" service) or  a qualified driver with an acceptable vehicle at a lower rate ("Uberx").

After the trip is completed, payment is automatically made through the customer's pre-arranged credit card. Passengers can rate each driver-trip on a 1-5 scale, and drivers can rate each passenger as well.

Uber claims to conduct extensive background checks on its drivers who are independent contractors and generally choose their own schedules and spheres of operation. Uber routinely drops drivers whose ratings by passengers fall below a certain threshold.

Click Here to Take this Survey

Thank you for your participation in this survey. Your feedback is very valuable to the Civic Association and the Town of Palm Beach.

This Week in Palm Beach
This Week in Palm Beach 2-20-2015
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:14

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HEADLINES:

brianMulroney1>  Brian Mulroney to Speak at Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon

- Williams out, Mulroney in as Civic Association luncheon speaker

> Mayor Vetoes Supermajority Approval

> Pucillo: What Can Island Do About West Palm Beach Development?

- Chapel by the Lake 22-story tower gets West Palm OK

> Civic Association
Directors Luncheon

> SHORE PROTECTION

- Town Seeks Evaluation On Mined Sand For Reach 8

> Palm Beach Shoreline  Bus Tour

> Drive To Ban Segways On Lake Trail Fails

> Parking Study Can’t Hold Up Testa’s Application

> Tom Bradford Event

> PORT OF PALM BEACH

- Was The Island Breeze Gambling Cruise Sunk Before It Launched?

SIDEBAR:

> Town Drops 'Advanced Irrigation' Application Fee

> Emergency Pet Rescue Program

> Fountain Work Brings Complaints; Hydroblasting This Week Will Be Loud

> Eyes on the Island

> Amici

> Firefighters Union To Begin Contract Vote Today

> Linda R. Olsson
Real Estate

> Stricter Guidelines Approved For Landmarked Properties

> SCAM ALERT: VACATION RENTAL HOMES

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Brian Mulroney to Speak at Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:19

Brian Mulroney, former Canadian Prime Minister, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 27, 2015 at The Breakers Palm Beach.

His topic will be "Leadership in a Time of Terror."

As Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney brought Canada to the forefront of the West.

He aligned with President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher to create a Western triumvirate, ushering in both global transformation and domestic prosperity. As leader of a country whose survival depended on trade, Mr. Mulroney was one of the architects of today’s global economy.

Mr. Mulroney presided over sweeping reforms to make Canada more economically competitive. His achievements include the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty, tax reform, deregulation, privatization and significant reductions in government spending, which helped pave the way for a new Canadian millennium.

Mr. Mulroney — now a senior partner at the law firm Ogilvy Renault and author of Memoirs: 1939-1993—continues to be a force for both change and stability. He understands how security, infrastructure and global health concerns influence trade policy, investment and business climate both domestically and overseas.

One of the most eloquent and humorous leaders on the world stage, Mr. Mulroney shares his insight on North America’s role in establishing and maintaining markets in a world emerging into new economic consciousness.

Click here to see ticket pricing and more information about the event.

To make a reservation to hear him speak call the Civic Association at 561-655-0820.

 

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Town Drops 'Advanced Irrigation' Application Fee
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 16 February 2015 15:17

Effective immediately, the Town of Palm Beach waives the one-time $300 Advanced Irrigation Variance Application fee for all property owners seeking relief from days-of-the-week watering restrictions.

The Town Council decided to waive such fee during its regular meeting on February 10, 2015, as a means of encouraging the growth of advanced irrigation systems.

Advanced Irrigation, also known as Smart Irrigation, are landscape watering systems that are equipped with smart controllers capable of monitoring localized weather and soil conditions. These controllers turn irrigation on and off as necessary to optimize the consumption of water.

Smart systems save water, save energy, save money and help save the environment. They are modest in cost, and result in immediate savings.

Once a system is properly installed and certified by an irrigation contractor, the owner can apply to the Town's Planning, Zoning, & Building Department for a "Variance" that exempts the owner from Code-prescribed days-of-the-week watering restrictions. Each approved variance is valid for one year. The system must be re-certified annually in order for the variance to remain valid.

The no-charge Variance application procedure remains valid for one year only (due to sunset on February 10, 2016).

Additional information is available at the Planning, Zoning & Building Department’s webpage on the Town's website (townofpalmbeach.com), by phone to (561) 838-5431 or by visiting the Planning, Zoning & Building Department in Town Hall, 360 S. County Road.

To see more about the Advanded Irrigation Program click below:

Town of Palm Beach Advanced Irrigation Variance Program

 
Town Drops Processing Fee for Advanced Irrigation (Palm Beach Daily News)

Decision an incentive for residents to install water-saving devices.

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This Week in Palm Beach 2-13-2015
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:41

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HEADLINES:

IMG 2017> ELECTIONS

- Grassroots Campaigns Key To Victory, Campaign Managers Say

- North End Voter Turnout Tops 50 Percent

> Civic Association
Directors Luncheon

> TOWN COUNCIL

- Council Divided on Supermajority; Veto Possible

- Council Condemns Cooley Email

- Council OKs Deferral for Testa’s, Requests Ownership Update

- Council Members And Mayor Sworn To New Terms

- Town Council To Appoint Member(s) To The Town of Palm Beach Retirement Board of Trustees

> FLAGLER BRIDGE

- The eastbound lane on the Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge will be closed

- Flagler Memorial Bridge Hits Milestone

> SHORE PROTECTION

- Contractor Finishes Beach Nourishment Between Sunset And Atlantic

> West Palm Beach To Hold First ‘Chapel’ Condo Vote Feb. 17

- Chapel-By-The-Lake Project On Hold But There’s No Stopping It

> Raising $1 Million Next Step For Town Hall Square Project

> POINCIANA PLAYHOUSE

- Playhouse Doesn’t Qualify for Demolition by Neglect, Official Says

- Theater Update Stresses Building Plans; Skirts Money, Timetable Issues

- Council Tables Resolution Saying Playhouse Can’t Remain Vacant

> PORT OF PALM BEACH

-  MV Grand Celebration Docks In Grand Style!

> Palm Beach County Could Pay $400,000 For Help In Donald Trump Suit


SIDEBAR:

>  Results: Civic Association Conducts Healthcare Survey

> Civic Association Membership Cards on Their Way

> Eyes on the Island

> Amici

> Town of Palm Beach ordinance aims to ban overnight sleeping or camping on public beaches

- Shark fishing campsite sparks outcry

> Civic Association Shore Protection Bus Tour

> Station Commander Earns Firefighter Of Year Honor

> U.S. Attorney Warns Crime Watch Members About Rise In Identity Theft

- How to spot a tax scam before you get got

- Scam Brings Fresh Reminder: Caller ID Can Be Faked

> Linda R. Olsson
Real Estate

> Public Safety Open House

- Palm Beach Fire Rescue Announces CPR Day

 

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