• PBCA Director Will Matthews to be Honored by Community Foundation
  • Two Civic Association Directors Named to Utilities Task Force
  • Push to Bring Left Turns Back to Flagler & Lakeview Intersection by Royal Palm Bridge
  • Town Council Approves Testa's Redevelopment
  • Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?

 

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This Week in Palm Beach 5-21-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > Town Discusses Assortment of Coastal Concerns > Midtown Sand-fill Project Sparks Backlash > Plaza Site-plan Changes Earn Green Light > DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS - Civic Association Director Will Matthews to be Honored by Community Foundation - David Koch Donates Record $150M for New Cancer Center - Richard Rampell Named Top CPA - United Way Allocations Committee Members Honored
Memorial Day Weekend Considered Most Dangerous to Drive of All Holidays
Estimate from the National Safety Council is that 383 traffic fatalities and another 46,300 medically consulted injuries may occur this holiday.
Two Civic Association Directors Named to Utilities Task Force
Civic Association Directors Wilbur Ross and Susan Gary, along with five others, have been selected for the Undergrounding Utilities Task Force in the Town of Palm Beach.
This Week in Palm Beach 5-15-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > Split Council OKs Parking Variances for Testa's Redevelopment > Council appoints Utilities Task Force members > Blouin seeks more time from officers in deferred retirement program > SHORE PROTECTION - Coastal Costs Create $6 Million Budget Shortfall  
Push to Bring Left Turns Back to Flagler & Lakeview Intersection by Royal Palm Bridge
No Left Turn signs at the West Palm Beach intersection that leads to the Royal Palm bridge are in place to thin out traffic congestion. They were originally put up to help with the flow of heavy traffic when the north bridge was closed and more people were using Royal Palm.
Town Council Approves Testa's Redevelopment
The Town Council in a 3-2 vote approved the redevelopment plans for Testa's today. A lawsuit from a resident is threatened.
This Week in Palm Beach 5-8-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE  - Foundation Finished for Flagler Bridge Replacement > ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA - Playhouse Tenants Say They’re Lining Up Consultants, Engineers > Town Hall Square Renovations Started
Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Occasionally a storm develops early, and that happened last night.
Weather
This Week in Palm Beach 5-21-15
Posted by Sara Johnson
Published: Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:18

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HEADLINES:

Town Hall South> Town Discusses Assortment of Coastal Concerns

> Midtown Sand-fill Project Sparks Backlash

> Plaza Site-plan Changes Earn Green Light

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Civic Association Director Will Matthews to be Honored by Community Foundation

- David Koch Donates Record $150M for New Cancer Center

- Richard Rampell Named Top CPA

- United Way Allocations Committee Members Honored

> WEST PALM BEACH DEVELOPS

- Jeff Greene Spends $31 Million to Buy Prime WPB Land

- Restoration Hardware Aims to Expand CityPlace Store in Street’s Median

- Aloft Lifestyle Hotel to Open in West Palm Beach in Early 2018  

> NEW CIVIC ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS

- Howard Bernick

> PALM BEACH COUNTY 

- Credit Card Skimmers Found at 3 More Palm Beach County Gas Stations

- FDLE: Crime at 44-year Low in State; Violence Up in Palm Beach County

 

SIDEBAR:

> Memorial Day Weekend Considered Most Dangerous to Drive of All Holidays

> Closings for Memorial Day

> Membership Reminder

> Zoning Board Hears Shared Parking Ideas

> Fired Firefighter Files Third Lawsuit against Town

> Trial Date Set in Firefighter’s Workers Comp Fraud Case 

> Fitch Affirms Port of Palm Beach District (FL) Revs at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

> Left Turns will Return to Flagler Drive from the Royal Park Bridge

> WEATHER

- Fewer but Stronger Hurricanes Likely in Future, Florida State Study says

> Town Council to Appoint Member to Town Retirement Board

> MEETINGS & EVENTS

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Memorial Day Weekend Considered Most Dangerous to Drive of All Holidays
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:53

Estimate from the National Safety Council is that 383 traffic fatalities and another 46,300 medically consulted injuries may occur this holiday.

"Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer fun for families around the country, but unfortunately, the long holiday weekend will end with death and injury for far too many," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "These tragedies are completely preventable. We issue these estimates to make drivers aware of the risks on the roadways and encourage them to be especially cautious this weekend."

The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2014 reports that an estimated 87 percent of vehicle occupants wear seat belts. The 13 percent of drivers and passengers in cars and light trucks who do not wear belts accounted for 44.7 percent of fatalities in 2014. It is estimated that 140 lives may be saved Memorial Day Weekend because of people wearing their seat belts and an additional 95 lives could be saved if all wore safety belts.

In Florida, the Department of Transportation (FDOT) reminds drivers to buckle up for Click It or Ticket.

Click It or Ticket is a national safety belt enforcement campaign, which begins May 18 and runs through May 31. During this time, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up efforts to deter motorists who are not wearing safety belts.

“Safety belts save thousands of lives each year, making them the most effective safety feature ever invented,” said FDOT Chief Safety Officer Lora Hollingsworth. “We want to shed light on the importance of wearing a safety belt for the safety and lives of motorists.”

The message is being heard. Florida’s statewide safety belt use rate measured 88.8 percent during 2014, the highest level to date. Florida's statewide safety belt use rate has been above the national average every year since implementing a primary safety belt law in 2009 which allows law enforcement to ticket drivers who are not buckled up. The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 662 lives in Florida during 2013.

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Two Civic Association Directors Named to Utilities Task Force
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:14

Civic Association Directors Wilbur Ross and Susan Gary, along with five others, have been selected for the Undergrounding Utilities Task Force in the Town of Palm Beach.

The task force will advise the town as it buries all power, cable television and phone lines on the island.  Mr. Ross is also on the Retirement Board of Trustees for the Town.  Mrs. Gary has researched and written about undergrounding for the Civic Association News.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

Weather
This Week in Palm Beach 5-15-15
Posted by Sara Johnson
Published: Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:18

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HEADLINES:

Testa 240> Split Council OKs Parking Variances for Testa's Redevelopment

> Council appoints Utilities Task Force members

> Blouin seeks more time from officers in deferred retirement program

SHORE PROTECTION

- Coastal Costs Create $6 Million Budget Shortfall

 

> DIRECTOR IN THE NEWS

- Two Civic Association Directors Named to Utilities Task Force

- FAU Medical School’s Graduation Class a First

> WEST PALM BEACH DEVELOPS

- Lakefront luxury condo project a game-changer

- A South Beach-Style Garage for Downtown West Palm?

- Jeff Greene on Alert for More WPB Land at Currie Park

> PALM BEACH COUNTY NEWS

- After Long Apprenticeship, Long Interview Process, Baker Gets Top Job

- Taylor backed Baker, not Rogers, for county administrator

- Housing Rally Stalls in Palm Beach County

> NEW CIVIC ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS

Seven new directors were welcomed as Palm Beach Civic Association Directors at the Annual Meeting for 2015-2016. This weekly feature will introduce them, in alphabetical order, now and in future editions of "This Week.

- Warren Belmar - Full Bio

SIDEBAR:

> Town to Re-engage Lobbyists to Fight Inlet Expansion

> Report: Half of private money raised for plaza renovation

> WEATHER

- Breathe Easy — Saharan Dust on its Way Out

> Drivers push to bring left turns back to Flagler and Lakeview intersection by Royal Palm bridge

> All Aboard Florida will Move Forward Regardless of Bond Vote, Company Says

> How sweet it is: Molasses a $70 million by-product. Biggest Port of Palm Beach Export.

> Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Receives Top Fire Protection Rating

>Town to Study Fine-tuning Charitable Solicitation Ordinance

>Fired Firefighter Files Third Lawsuit against Town

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Push to Bring Left Turns Back to Flagler & Lakeview Intersection by Royal Palm Bridge
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:36

No Left Turn signs at the West Palm Beach intersection that leads to the Royal Palm bridge are in place to thin out traffic congestion. They were originally put up to help with the flow of heavy traffic when the north bridge was closed and more people were using Royal Palm.

But the north bridge has been back open for several months, and the signs have left in place because traffic planners say they’re still helping with traffic flow in a busy area.

Some who live in the area, however, say even though traffic flow is better at the intersection of Flagler and Lakeview, taking left turns away has caused trouble in other spots nearby.

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Town Council Approves Testa's Redevelopment
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:01

The Town Council in a 3-2 vote approved the redevelopment plans for Testa's today. A lawsuit from a resident is threatened.

The property will be a mixed-use commercial and residential building with vias, a courtyard, and underground parking garage. 

Town Council members Michael Pucillo, Richard Kleid, and Danielle Moore voted for the special exceptions and 6 variance requests.

Town Council members Penny Townsend and Robert Wildrick voted against.

The site plan is under review by the Architectural Commision and is scheduled to come before the June 10 Town Council meeting.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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Real Estate
This Week in Palm Beach 5-8-15
Posted by Sara Johnson
Published: Friday, 08 May 2015 16:18

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HEADLINES:

Flagler bridge 8-29 close> FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE

 - Foundation Finished for Flagler Bridge Replacement

> ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA

- Playhouse Tenants Say They’re Lining Up Consultants, Engineers

> Town Hall Square Renovations Started

> SHORE PROTECTION

- Town Busy with Beach Restoration this Season

- Town Rebuffs Midtown Sand Report by Coalition to Save Our Shoreline

> Brisk Season for Preservation: Town Doubles Budget for Research

> Palm House Woes Continue; Residents Ask When Renovations will be Finished

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Autism Speaks Co-Founder Bob Wright to Step Down as Chairman of the Board

- Billionaire Investor Hopes to Serve on Utility Board

- Brinker Receives Award for Her Work in Fighting Cancer

> PALM BEACH COUNTY

- Report: $113m Needed to Upgrade County Parks

- County Spending, Debt Raising Concerns for Chief Financial Officer

- Guide to County Finances Released

- Second Business Group Backs LaRocque for Administrator

- Longtime Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Nikolits to Retire

> ALL ABOARD FLORIDA RAILROAD

- Road Closures Coming to Downtown West Palm Beach for All Aboard Florida Construction

> MEETINGS & EVENTS


SIDEBAR:

> Most Expensive Race in Town History: Spending Recap

> WEATHER

- Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?

- Beach Erosion a Concern in Palm Beach this Week

> Two More Companies Receive U.S. Licenses for Ferry Service to Cuba

> Top Town Government Stories For 2014-15

> Alleged Shooter, Victims Appear in Court

> 3 Fires, Union Talks Dominate Safety Concerns

> The Season's Real Estate: A Busy Business Indeed

> Town Council To Appoint Member(s) to the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals

> Town Expects Recreation Department Profit to Increase Next Year

> Spring Hours At Phipp's Ocean Park Tennis Center

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Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 08 May 2015 13:40

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Occasionally a storm develops early, and that happened last night.

Highlights

  • Subtropical Storm Ana formed off the coast of the Carolinas late Thursday night. It's the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.
  • A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
  • The center of Subtropical Storm Ana is about 170 miles south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Bands of rain continue to wrap into parts of the eastern Carolinas.
  • A slow crawl toward the coastal Carolinas is likely into the weekend where the most direct impacts are expected (bands of locally heavy rain, some strong wind gusts, minor coastal flooding and isolated beach erosion).
  • High surf, rip currents possible along parts of Florida's Atlantic beaches and the Georgia coast.


Stay tuned to the Palm Beach Civic Association website for the latest weather reporting, starting with our 24-7 animated weather module and up-to-date news from the best sources.

See an in-depth analysis by clicking the link below.

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Auto Thefts & Burglaries On the Rise in Town

The Palm Beach Police Department is investigating several automobile thefts. Seven vehicles have been stolen from the Town of Palm Beach in the last six months.

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Get Your Real ID or You Can't Board Flights!

You will need a REAL ID  on your Florida Drivers License (or whatever state drivers license you hold - this is a federal law) to board a commercial flight or enter a federal building.  That includes court houses (jury duty etc.).

The REAL ID Act, a federal homeland security measure [ The REAL ID Law ] was passed to fight terrorism and reduce fraud.

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This Week in Palm Beach 10-31-2014

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HEADLINES:

> Flagler Bridge On Track To Reopen Saturday

- Ban On Left Turns Off Middle Bridge To Stay In Place

> Civic Association Releases 2014 General Election Voters Guide

> Directors Cocktail Reception

> Elder Care Forum

> Shore Board Hears Erosion-Control Plan To Repair Groins

- Board: Extend Sand Transfer Plant’s Arm

> Palm Harbor: Let Us Be In Suit Against West Palm Beach

> Group: Minto West
May Affect Town Water Supply

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Flooding in Mid-Town & North End of Palm Beach

Town of Palm Beach has issued flood warnings and the weather service has issued a flood advisory until 4:45 p.m. for the Palm Beaches.

The Citizens and Civic Association’s Candidate Meet and Greet is still on at the South Fire Station. We have driven the streets on the South End, Lake Worth Bridge, and Lake Worth downtown and the roads are clear. Most of the flooding in the Town of Palm Beach is north of Sloans Curve.

Stay tuned for updates.

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FDOT News Alert: Flagler Memorial Bridge to Reopen November 1

On Saturday morning, Nov. 1, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will reopen to vehicular and pedestrian traffic Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials report.

Once reopened, there will be one eastbound lane and one westbound lane on the bridge with no restrictions and the north sidewalk will be open. Left turn restrictions at the intersection of the Royal Park Bridge and Flagler Drive will remain in place.

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Civic Association Election Forum Features Marijuana Debate

The Palm Beach Civic Association is holding an Election Forum that will headline a debate about legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Florida.

State Constitutional Amendment 2 lead campaigners For, Ben Pollara, and Against, Dr. Jessica Spencer, will debate the pros and cons of this controversial issue.

The event is timely as the Town of Palm Beach in its council meeting this week is taking steps to ban pot stores in the event that voters approve legalizing medical marijuana next month [Palm Beach Daily News: http://bit.ly/1xZ6sXI].

The results of the Civic Association Medical Marijuana Poll will be announced during the event.

In addition, this event includes:

• Judy Goodman, a Civic Association Director, who will explain the ballot question about reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council in Palm Beach County.

• Palm Beach Port Commission Candidates.

• Plus meet and greet many of the candidates running for office.

The Civic Association Election Forum is on Monday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m., two weeks before the General Election.  Palm Beachers will be able to pick up the Civic Association Voters Guide at the event.

LOCATION
Episcopal Church of
Bethesda by the Sea
141 S County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Everyone Welcome – Open to the Public
Free Valet Parking

To Register Online to Attend this Event Click Here


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