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Civic Association Advocates: Keep Coastal Communities Together
Today the Palm Beach Civic Association sent a letter to the Florida Select Committee on Redistricting to advocate keeping Coastal Communities together in the effort to redistrict voting areas.
This Week in Palm Beach 7-31-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > National Night Out Against Crime - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm > Landmarks Panel Gives Memorial Park Plan Final Nod
UPDATES with VIDEO: Blue Horizon Gambling Ship Stops Cruises for Engine Replacement
Representatives with the Blue Horizon Casino gambling ship released new details Wednesday morning to answer questions about why they've temporarily stopped the cruises.
This Week in Palm Beach 7-24-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > Testa Plan Earns Final Architectural Approval PALM BEACH COUNTY - Palm Beach County Sets Property Tax Rate Limit - Palm Beach County Tentatively OKs New Rules For Uber; Call for Tougher Checks - Preservationists: Palm Beach County letting growth go too far too fast
County Commissioners Vote to Keep Tax Rates Steady
Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to craft the 2015-2016 budget using the same county property tax rates as the year before.  The Civic Association was there to voice concern about increasing county budgets.
Town Council Considers $4 Million Budget Increase
The Town Council is considering a $71.3 million operating budget for the year that begins Oct. 1 – a $4 million jump over this year’s spending plan. At the town budget meeting, Ned Barnes, President of the Civic Association, told the council, “The Civic Association would be concerned about any proposal to increase taxes in the Town’s 2015-2016 budget.  Spending levels tend to creep up when the economy is doing well.  It would be a mistake for us to return to the old days of inflated budgets and unnecessary expenditures just because funds are available.”
99% of Palm Beach County Currently Under Drought Conditions
The South Florida Water Management District is reporting that the wet season rainfall continues to be below average across the district’s 16-county area, with Broward and Miami-Dade counties experiencing the largest rainfall deficit of more than 7 inches below normal as of mid-July.  SFWMD says that Palm Beach County is down 11.3 inches of rain for the year.
Weiss Residential Research Predicts 15% Increase in Town of Palm Beach Real Estate
New real estate home value and monthly price change research by Weiss Residential Research has been released and the Town of Palm Beach forecast looks strong.  Weiss shows timeline map videos for real estate prices, by zipcode, from 2006 to May 2016. According to Weiss, Palm Beach County home price forecast will gain an average of 4% over the next year; but, Palm Beach (zip 33480) will increase 15%, Delray Beach (zip 33413) will be up 12%, and Lake Park (zip 33403) up 11%. 
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Civic Association Advocates: Keep Coastal Communities Together
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 31 July 2015 14:39

Today the Palm Beach Civic Association sent a letter to the Florida Select Committee on Redistricting to advocate keeping Coastal Communities together in the effort to redistrict voting areas.

The letter was sent by Ned Barnes, President of the Civic Association. Content below:

July 31, 2015

Florida Select Committee on Redistricting
418 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

On behalf of the Palm Beach Civic Association—an active community organization of more than 2,300 town of Palm Beach residents—I urge you not to significantly change the boundaries of US House of Representatives District 22.  Our current voting district, as it is drawn from north to south, allows our elected representative to effectively address key issues that matter to residents of coastal communities:

  • Coastal communities share common interests and issues like shore protection, beach erosion, and coastal flooding.  These are regional issues that cross city and county boundaries and are best represented by one elected representative.
  • Western communities don’t care much about ports, inlets, waterways, and shipping but these issues directly impact coastal residents and voters.
  • Taxes and government spending priorities differ between coastal communities and western communities, and coastal communities deserve a strong cohesive voice when it comes to funding issues.
  • Urban planning, zoning, population growth and density, development and redevelopment, and water resources are significantly different for coastal communities vs. western communities.  Coastal communities care more about redevelopment while Western communities care about development. Each should be represented by their own elected representative.
  • Finally, recreation and tourism are a vital aspect of coastal communities and deserve the single focus of one elected representative.


With these points in mind, please keep District 22 boundaries close to the way they are now.  The current configuration favors cohesive issue management and gives an effective voice to Florida’s coastal population.

Ned Barnes
President

cc: The Honorable Bill Galvano
     The Honorable Jose R. Oliva

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Palm Beach Civic Association
This Week in Palm Beach 7-31-15
Posted by Sara Johnson
Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015 11:48

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HEADLINES:

> National Night Out Against Crime - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

> Landmarks Panel Gives Memorial Park Plan Final Nod

WEST PALM BEACH DEVELOPS

- West Palm Beach’s Population Just Keeps Growing

- All Aboard Seen as Boost for Downtown West Palm

> FPU Replacing Outdated Metal Pipes Throughout Town

TOWN COUNCIL

- Town Clerk to Give Council Election Update in August

- Town Announces Lottery for Taxi Permits

PALM BEACH COUNTY

- Palm Beach County Looking for Sales Tax Increase Advice

- Rewrite of Congressional Boundaries to go Before Judge in September

CIVIC ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Richard Rampell, a Civic Association Director, Asks Florida Attorney General to Investigate Local NPR Station Sale

- Dreyfoos Gift Buys Kravis $1.5M Digital Organ

- World's Biggest Selling Author James Patterson Showers Gifts on Australian Bookstores

HURRICANE SEASON

- Two tropical systems being tracked, one strengthens

- Heart of the Hurricane Season Starts Now

> MEETINGS & EVENTS

SIDEBAR:

PORT OF PALM BEACH

- Blue Horizon Gambling Boat Stops Cruises for Engine Replacement

> Sea Wall Replacement Work 'Slightly Ahead of Schedule'

> Your Uber or Lyft Ride Down to Broward County Could be Illegal

> Town Council To Appoint Member(s) To The Planning and Zoning Commission

> Breakers Gets Green Light to Replace 75 Balconies

> Floating Structure that Drifted into Singer Island Marina Still Unclaimed

> Palm Beach Recreation Center Begins Registration for Fall Youth Programs

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UPDATES with VIDEO: Blue Horizon Gambling Ship Stops Cruises for Engine Replacement
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Representatives with the Blue Horizon Casino gambling ship released new details Wednesday morning to answer questions about why they've temporarily stopped the cruises.

At a news conference held at a 10 a.m., officials said the ship will not offer any trips for three to four weeks so the company can install new engines at a cost of $1 million.  In addition a lightning strike hit the company's cell tower at the Port of Palm Beach which knocked out the communication system to the ship which handles its Internet, ATMs, and sports book kiosks.

The company is hoping to be back on the water in September.

Read More (WPTV)

 

Real Estate
This Week in Palm Beach 7-24-15
Posted by Sara Johnson
Published: Friday, 24 July 2015 11:48

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HEADLINES:

> Testa Plan Earns Final Architectural Approval

PALM BEACH COUNTY

- Palm Beach County Sets Property Tax Rate Limit

- Palm Beach County Tentatively OKs New Rules For Uber; Call for Tougher Checks

- Preservationists: Palm Beach County letting growth go too far too fast

TOWN COUNCIL

- Town Council Considers $4 Million Budget Increase

- Town Wants Decorative Lights on New Southern Blvd. Span

- Park Project Advances with New Deadline For $1 Million in Donations

- Town Council Approves Four Arts’ Valet Parking Plan

MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

- Council Approves Renovation Plan for Memorial Park

SHORE PROTECTION

- Town to Seek $15.5 Million From State for Beach Project Cost-sharing

IN MEMORIAM - Norman P. Goldblum 1924-2015

WEST PALM BEACH DEVELOPS

- Pedestrian Upgrades Would Boost Value of CityPlace: Experts

- CityPlace developer: We’re Not Selling this Place

SIDEBAR:

> 99% of Palm Beach County Currently Under Drought Conditions

> Committee Proposes New Rules to Regulate Charity Events

> 3 Reasons Why Palm Beach Is On Our Summer Radar

> 3 THINGS TO KNOW: The New Blue Horizon Gambling Cruise

> Sewer Work to Affect Traffic Through Summer

> Committee Recommends Compact-car Parking Ordinance

> South County, Royal Poinciana crosswalks to be redrawn

> Commission approves pump station architecture after redesign

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County Commissioners Vote to Keep Tax Rates Steady
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:47

Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to craft the 2015-2016 budget using the same county property tax rates as the year before.  The Civic Association was there to voice concern about increasing county budgets.

Tuesday’s vote all but guarantees the current tax rate of $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property value won’t be increased because doing so would mean sending out new notices to every property owner in the county. Lowering tax rates would not require the mailing of new tax notices.

After a pair of budget hearings in September, commissioners could decide to lower the tax rate, but that would eat into the $729.9 million in revenue the current rate would generate. And based on the tenor of Tuesday’s discussion — commissioners went around and around on areas where they’d like to see more spending — lowering the tax rate would seem to be a distant prospect.

Borland IMG 6307 Web 125During the meeting, Jack Borland, a Civic Association Director and Chairman for the Palm Beach County Government Committee, spoke to the commissioners, “With strongly rising real estate values, the (tax) rate should be reduced in this environment.  Millage ought to be reduced at this point in the cycle, a sales tax increase or new bonding for infrastructure should be unnecessary in light of the new tax revenues from higher real estate values, and at some point you will need to rein in the sheriff.”

Rebounding from the Great Recession, taxable property values in the county and all of its cities rose by nearly 10 percent over the past year, exceeding the $150 billion mark for the first time since 2008.

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Town Council Considers $4 Million Budget Increase
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:20

The Town Council is considering a $71.3 million operating budget for the year that begins Oct. 1 – a $4 million jump over this year’s spending plan.

At the town budget meeting, Ned Barnes, President of the Civic Association, told the council, “The Civic Association would be concerned about any proposal to increase taxes in the Town’s 2015-2016 budget.  Spending levels tend to creep up when the economy is doing well.  It would be a mistake for us to return to the old days of inflated budgets and unnecessary expenditures just because funds are available.”

Increases in the budget are because of a $2.5 million increase for shore protection, $800 thousand for addition pension costs, creating 3.5 new employee positions, and more.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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99% of Palm Beach County Currently Under Drought Conditions
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:24

The South Florida Water Management District is reporting that the wet season rainfall continues to be below average across the district’s 16-county area, with Broward and Miami-Dade counties experiencing the largest rainfall deficit of more than 7 inches below normal as of mid-July.  SFWMD says that Palm Beach County is down 11.3 inches of rain for the year.

With water levels continuing to fall, SFWMD water managers have stepped up planning to managing worsening drought conditions.

An answer to the worsening condition in the Town of Palm Beach is to install an Advanced Irrigation System (AIS).

Palm Beach Town officials and the Civic Association are asking property owners to consider installing an advanced irrigation system on your property to save money and help Palm Beach conserve water.

Current local AIS users report a huge savings of 40% to 60% on their water bills, healthier landscaping, and a payback averaging under a year.

To further water conservation, the Town recently passed an ordinance that will give you a variance from day-of-week watering restrictions if you have an AIS installed. There is no fee to apply for the permit.  Once your variance is approved, that means no more code enforcement fines and your system will water only when your landscaping needs it.

To find out more about the Advanced Irrigation Variance Program, go to the Town website by clicking here.


See the video below to learn more about Advanced Irrigation Systems

 

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Weiss Residential Research Predicts 15% Increase in Town of Palm Beach Real Estate
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:50

New real estate home value and monthly price change research by Weiss Residential Research has been released and the Town of Palm Beach forecast looks strong.  Weiss shows timeline map videos for real estate prices, by zipcode, from 2006 to May 2016. According to Weiss, Palm Beach County home price forecast will gain an average of 4% over the next year; but, Palm Beach (zip 33480) will increase 15%, Delray Beach (zip 33413) will be up 12%, and Lake Park (zip 33403) up 11%. 

In the price trend video red reflects falling prices, green means rising prices.

Town of Palm Beach Zip 33490 Monthly Price Change Video 2006 - May, 2016

Follow the link below and enter a zip code to see a montly price change map video of that area. Not all zip codes currently have a map but Metro Areas are shown by clicking here. Includes New York, Boston, Connecticut, and more.

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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