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In Memoriam: Richard A. Raffo
The officers, directors, and staff of the Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledge with deep appreciation the exceptional life of Richard A. Raffo who passed away on June 21, 2017.
This Week in Palm Beach - June 23, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 23, 2017 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Drought Completely Wiped Out in Florida
By: R. Michael Brown -- According to the US Drought Monitor for Florida the drought is over. The US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Okeechobee water levels are in the normal range at 12.23 ft. The normal range for this date is 11 ft. to 17 ft.
Heavy Rains Blamed for Recent Beach Closures
By: R. Michael Brown -- The beaches in Palm Beach County, including Midtown Beach, are closing a lot lately due to high bacteria levels. Blame the rainy weather.
UPDATE 6-22-2017 AM: Tropical Storm Cindy Made Landfall on Louisiana-Texas Border
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border early Thursday morning.
UPDATE 6-20-2017 PM: Tropical Storm Bret
Tropical Storm Bret formed on June 19 in the open Atlantic Ocean. Bret brought very heavy rain to Trinidad and Tobago and northern Venezuela.
This Week in Palm Beach - June 16, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 16, 2017 edition.Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
June Surprise: Twin Tropical Threats to Watch in Atlantic
The next few days will be quite active for tropical weather watchers, as we have not one but two systems in the Atlantic that each show potential for developing into a tropical depression—an unusual twin prospect for mid-June.
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In Memoriam: Richard A. Raffo
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:44

The officers, directors, and staff of the Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledge with deep appreciation the exceptional life of Richard A. Raffo who passed away on June 21, 2017.

In Memoriam

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Richard A. Raffo
1928-2017

The officers, directors, and staff of the Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledge with deep appreciation the exceptional life of Richard A. Raffo who passed away on June 21, 2017.

Dick was a prominent community figure. He loved Palm Beach and was dedicated to protecting the island’s unique quality of life.

Over the years, he served as a Civic Association vice chairman, director, executive committee member, and honorary director, and chairperson of the association’s shore protection committee. We will miss his enthusiasm, his sense of humor, and his support for our mission.

Dick was passionate about protecting Palm Beach from the ravages of beach erosion. He served on the Town of Palm Beach shore protection board and became a leading advocate of the Town’s beach renourishment efforts. For years, he argued that building protective groins along the entire Palm Beach coast was the best way to ensure a healthy shoreline.

In addition to his service on the Town’s shore protection board, he was a member of the Town’s code enforcement board and served on the Town’s recreation commission in the early 1990s.

Dick was a retired automobile dealer who owned dealerships on Long Island and in Southeast Florida. He attended Villanova University.

At the Civic Association, we will miss this special man. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

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Richard A. Raffo, Toyota Dealer and Shore Board Member, Dies (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

 

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - June 23, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:07

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Drought Completely Wiped Out in Florida
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:40

By: R. Michael Brown -- According to the US Drought Monitor for Florida the drought is over. The US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Okeechobee water levels are in the normal range at 12.23 ft. The normal range for this date is 11 ft. to 17 ft.

FloridaDrought6 2017At the worst state of the drought in early June, Lake O levels were under 11 ft.  The historic low is 10.5 ft. 

Currently about 15% of the state is still considered abnormally dry in the Orlando area.

Rainfall for the year in Palm Beach has been recorded at 25.74 inches for 2017 so far, 3.58 inches above normal according to the South Florida Water Management District.

Much of that rainfall happened in the last 3 weeks. Between 4 to 6 inches fell on the island in a 24 hour period on June 6 and the rain has continued, although at a increased summer rate than normal, until this week.

Click to See US Drought Monitor

Click to See Lake Okeechobee Water Levels

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Heavy Rains Blamed for Recent Beach Closures
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:19

By: R. Michael Brown -- The beaches in Palm Beach County, including Midtown Beach, are closing a lot lately due to high bacteria levels. Blame the rainy weather.

About two weeks ago, Palm Beach County's health department shut down four beaches in Palm Beach County: Jupiter Beach Park, Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Phil Foster Park.

The heavy rain across the area over the last month is washing bacteria through our waterways.

The PBC Health Department said the recent rains are to blame for the issues that arise at area beaches.

At Dubois Park in Jupiter - "Usually it flushes itself very well with tidal flushing coming off the inlet. It's got a good flow. But when we have these heavy rains, because it's a little more inland and closed in, it has a tendency to capture a lot of the bacteria," said Tim O'Connor, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County.

Currently, the department says all the beaches are safe, from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Boca Raton beaches had received poor results from water testing and were closed for a couple of days last week, but the beaches are now open.

Mr. O'Connor said analysts must collect samples from at least 18 inches of water and at least three feet into the waterway.

"And then they turn that into the lab for testing for enterococci -- which is a bacteria that primarily comes from the intestines of warm blooded animals," he said.

WaterQualityTestChartBut they only test every other Monday, partly due to efficiency.

"We used to do it weekly, but the data showed us that it's just as effective to do twice a month," he said. "95 percent of the time, our beaches test in the good range."

He added testing on Monday, following usually busy weekends, is a good indicator of bacteria levels. It takes the health department 24 hours to get water sample results. If the levels are high, the beach is closed -- but lifeguards continue testing the water every day until the water comes back to normal. Beach closures usually last about two days.

There are also other factors like watercraft and sewage spills that can contribute to unexpected bacteria levels at area beaches. Those instances are rare.

"A ship for example, has emptied its bilge...and then that gets carried in and we'll run into it that way," said Mr. O'Connor.

The changing tides can also affect the color of the water. On Tuesday, Dubois Park's water looked dark brown, a stark contrast to the deeper blue color.

"When it's going to low tide, it pulls along this trough here and goes back out to the ocean. And that's why we have a little bit of brown tint because it's coming from deeper in the Intracoastal and back in a lake here," said Hannah Forrest, a lifeguard at Dubois Park for Palm Beach County. "It's coming from deeper Intracoastal where the water is brackish water."

Click Here to See the Water Testing Reports for Midtown Beach in Palm Beach

See the Full Story (Fox29)

Press About the Issue

JUST IN: Boca lifts beach swim ban after bacteria levels improve (Palm Beach Post)

Warning lifted: Midtown Beach in Palm Beach tests clear of bacteria (Palm Beach Daily News)

No swimming: High bacteria level warning for Midtown Beach in Palm Beach (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE 6-22-2017 AM: Tropical Storm Cindy Made Landfall on Louisiana-Texas Border
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:49

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border early Thursday morning.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coastlines.  Life-threatening flash flooding is possible along the Gulf Coast from the heavy rain.

No impact to South Florida is expected.

Read More (Weather.com)

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UPDATE 6-20-2017 PM: Tropical Storm Bret
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:40

Tropical Storm Bret formed on June 19 in the open Atlantic Ocean. Bret brought very heavy rain to Trinidad and Tobago and northern Venezuela.

Tropical Storm Bret was a short-lived, but historic tropical storm, that caused damage in the southern Caribbean Sea.

 

Weather.com

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This Week in Palm Beach - June 16, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 16 June 2017 19:18

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June Surprise: Twin Tropical Threats to Watch in Atlantic
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:22

The next few days will be quite active for tropical weather watchers, as we have not one but two systems in the Atlantic that each show potential for developing into a tropical depression—an unusual twin prospect for mid-June.

While the skill of the models to predict tropical cyclone formation so far in advance has not been established, the fact that all three of the models have been consistently calling for development over multiple runs is noteworthy, and we should be watching the waters surrounding the Yucatan Peninsula early next week for potential development.

See More (Weather Underground)


Just In: Chances for Tropical System Increase

Yucatan storm no threat to Florida right now.

See More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 


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