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UPDATE: Tropical Weather Outlook for Palm Beach
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 800 AM EDT WED AUG 24 2016
This Week in Palm Beach - August 19, 2016
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. August 19, 2016 edition.
Palm Beach Town Council Passed Florida Everglades Resolution
On Tuesday, August 16, the Palm Beach Town Council unanimously passed and adopted the following resolution on the Florida Everglades:
Standing-Room Only Crowd Attends Civic Association “Meet Your Candidates” Forum
By Michele Dargan, Civic Association Special Report. A standing-room only crowd filled the back room of Nick and Johnnie’s Wednesday for a chance to hear from some of the candidates who will appear on the Palm Beach ballot in the August 30 primary election.
Civic Association Candidate Meet & Greet Tonight in Palm Beach!
The Civic Association Candidate Meet and Greet is this evening at Nick & Johnnie's restaurant in the Town of Palm Beach. A packed house is expected with over 130 RSVPs.
Early Voting for the Primary Election Begins Today
Registered voters may vote early from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 28,at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. See map and link to directions below.
This Week in Palm Beach - August 12, 2016
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. August 12, 2016 edition.
August 30 Primary Election Set in Palm Beach
By Michele Dargan, A Civic Association Special Report. Candidates for the U.S. Senate and Florida Senate as well as key Palm Beach County offices, including county commissioner, supervisor of elections, sheriff and public defender are among the races on the ballot for the primary election August 30.
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UPDATE: Tropical Weather Outlook for Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 08:54

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 800 AM EDT WED AUG 24 2016

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropic Weather Map - 5 Day Forecast

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
Storm Gaston, located about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde
Islands.

1. Satellite images, surface observations, and radar data indicate
that a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave
is located over the northern Leeward Islands.  Showers and
thunderstorms have become more concentrated overnight and are
showing signs of organization, but the system still appears to lack
a well-defined circulation.  Although environmental conditions are
currently only marginally conducive for additional development, this
system could become a tropical depression at any time during the
next few days while it moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph
across the northern Leeward Islands, near or over Puerto Rico,
Hispaniola, and the Bahamas.  An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter
aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance late this
morning.  Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and
mudslides are expected to occur over portions of the Leeward
Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern and central
Bahamas.  Please consult products issued by your local
meteorological offices for further details. Interests in the
northwestern Bahamas and Florida should also monitor the progress of
this system.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

See More (National Hurricane Center)

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - August 19, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 19 August 2016 13:15

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Palm Beach Town Council Passed Florida Everglades Resolution
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:33

On Tuesday, August 16, the Palm Beach Town Council unanimously passed and adopted the following resolution on the Florida Everglades:

 RESOLUTION NO. 123-2016

A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF PALM
BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA URGING EXPEDITED
COMPREHENSIVE ACTIONS TO STORE, TREAT, AND CONVEY
CLEAN WATER TO AND· FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE TO
ALLEVIATE HARMFUL DISCHARGES TO EVERGLADES NATIONAL
PARK, FLORIDA BAY AND NORTHERN COASTAL ESTUARIES

Everglades3DmapWHEREAS, the discharge of water from Lake Okeechobee has contributed to algae blooms within local water bodies and recreational areas in South Florida, incl uding the Lake Worth Lagoon. Peanut Island and ocean-side beaches, resulting in beach closures and impacts to tourism; and

WHEREAS, the Everglades is the largest and most important freshwater, subtropical peat wetlands in North America; and

WHEREAS, one-third of all Floridians, nearly seven million people, depend on the
Everglades for their water supply; and

WHEREAS, approximately I .7 billion gallons of water per day are lost from the Everglades through discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, causing significant harm to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers; and

WHEREAS, additional improvements are needed to manage stormwater runoff onto publicly owned properties north of Lake Okeechobee such as those recently approved by the South Florida Water Management District to slow down the flow of water south to the Lake and limit discharges from the Lake as recommended in the 2015 University of Florida Water Institute Report; and

WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has prepared the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), the goal of which is to deliver a finalized plan, known as a Project Implementation Report (PIR), for a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades to prepare for congressional authorization, as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP). The CEPP will identify and plan for projects on land already in public ownership
to allow more water to be directed south to the central Everglades, Everglades National Park and
Florida Bay; and

WHEREAS, Lake Okeechobee is the heart of the South Florida ecosystem yet its capacity is
limited by the condition of the Herbert Hoover Dike which is in need of repair and is critical
to the future storage of water and the health of estuaries; and

WHEREAS, studies indicate that failure of the Dike at Lake Okeechobee could cause catastrophic
flooding in large areas of Palm Beach County and create massive economic losses from flooded
crops in the Glades. In 2006, a state hired panel of engineering experts warned that the leak prone
Dike around the lake posed a grave imminent danger to the people and environment of South
Florida; and

WHEREAS, once the Dike is restored the Lake can retain large quantities of water that will not
flow into estuaries. With more storage capacity discharges from the Lake can be reduced.
Increased storage north of the Lake will enhance water quality, storage south of the Lake will
provide relief to discharges in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers while providing more
water to Florida Bay. The South Florida ecosystem will be enhanced with these improvements
while protecting life and property; and

WHEREAS, storage of water south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area
("EAA") will assist in reducing discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries and to restore
the Everglades and Florida Bay and has been prioritized in restoration plans since the original
adoption of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan by State of Florida and the Federal
Govermnent in 2000; and

WHEREAS, the current schedule for the implementation of Everglades restoration projects has
delayed the initiation of planning for storage within the EAA until 2021 or later, potentially
resulting in a decade or more of additional harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the
estuaries; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that Florida has 2.3 million on-site sewer treatment and disposal
systems in operation, serving approximately 31 % of the population. Of the 2.3 million septic
tanks, less than I % are managed by operating permits and/ormaintenance agreements,
with the remainder only being serviced when the system fails. Over half of the 2.3 million septic
tanks are over 30 years old and installed under less stringent standards. Sewage, or "blackwater"
from a typical residential building contains a variety of inorganic and organic substances
including, but not limited to, nitrogen, phosphorous and E. coli bacteria; and

WHEREAS, over the past century, development, population growth, excessive drainage of
wetlands, and alterations in water quality and flow, including construction of water control
structures and facilities within the Everglades has altered the natural hydrologic patterns of
water in the region and have greatly damaged the Greater Everglades ecosystem; and

WHEREAS, protecting and restoring the Everglades is critical to restoring hydrology and
surface water, which can reduce threats caused by saltwater intrusion.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN
OF PALM BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1: Recitals. The above recitals are true and correct an are incorporated herein by
reference.

Section 2: The Town of Palin Beach urges the federal govermnent, the State of Florida legislature
and the Governor of the State of Florida to expedite the process of planning and funding landbased
water storage treatment and conveyance north and south of Lake Okeechobee while limiting
discharges from Lake Okeechobee as recommended in the 2015 University of Florida Water
Institute Report.

Section 3: The Town of Palm Beach urges the Federal Govemment and the State of Florida to
expedite the planning for water storage, water quality treatment and conveyance south of Lake
Okeechobee to decrease harmful discharges to the east and west coasts of Florida while
increasing the flow of clean water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Section 4: Further, the Town of Palm Beach urges Congress to immediately increase funding and
expedite work authorizations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Lake Okeechobee
Dike restoration project and authorize the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) which
increases the ability to store, treat, and convey water south.

Section 5: The Town of Palm Beach urges the State of Florida or its agencies to embark upon
implementation of a region wide septic tank replacement program converting to centralized
sanitary sewerage collection, distribution and treatment systems to eliminate "blackwater"
leaching into the various surface water resources of this region in order to reduce contamination
from the nitrogen, phosphorus and E. coli.

Section 6: The Town of Palm Beach urges all relevant and responsible governments and agencies
to implement robust plamling programs in the South Florida region to control over-development
and agricultural runoff into Lake Okeechobee and local tributaries.

Section 7: Transmittal. The Town Clerk is directed to furnish copies of this Resolution to:
• U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
• U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
• U.S. House of Representatives Members for the State of Florida
• U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Commander Col. Jason Kirk
• U.S. Secretary ofthe Interior Sally Jewell
• Florida Governor Rick Scott
• Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner
• Florida Senate President - designate Joe Negron, District 32
• Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, District 51
• Florida House Speaker - designate, Richard Corcoran, District 37
• Florida Senate and House Members Having Districts within the South Florida Water
Management District boundaries.
• Chair, South Florida Water Management District Goveming Board, Daniel O'Keefe
• Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District Peter Antonacci
• Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Jon Steverson

PASSED AND ADOPTED in a regular, adjourned session of the Town Council of the Town of
Palm Beach assembled this 16th day of August 2016.

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Standing-Room Only Crowd Attends Civic Association “Meet Your Candidates” Forum
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:06

By Michele Dargan, Civic Association Special Report.

A standing-room only crowd filled the back room of Nick and Johnnie’s Wednesday for a chance to hear from some of the candidates who will appear on the Palm Beach ballot in the August 30 primary election.

The Palm Beach Civic Association and the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach presented the “Meet Your Candidates” forum with more than 120 people in attendance.

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Twenty-four out of the 39 candidates on the ballot appeared at the 5 p.m. event, talking with constituents before and after the program.

Civic Association President Ned Barnes welcomed attendees and introduced candidates for supervisor of elections, state senate, public defender, property appraiser, sheriff, county commissioner and Port of Palm Beach.

Citizens’ Association Chairman Lew Crampton, a Civic Association director, introduced the candidates for circuit and county court judges.

018 PB Civic Forum 2Mr. Barnes told the gathering that both groups are non-profit, non-partisan organizations.

“Our groups do not endorse candidates,” Mr. Barnes said. “Instead we educate residents so they can make their own informed decisions at the polls.”

Mr. Crampton said he and Mr. Barnes were pleased to get such a large turnout.

“Usually in the Town of Palm Beach in the dead of summer, you can fire a cannon on Worth Avenue and you won’t hit anyone,” he said. “This is a great, great crowd.”

Each candidate had two minutes to make his or her pitch. The judicial candidates were recognized and waved to the crowd, but didn’t speak at the podium.

The three Republicans and five Democrats for U.S. Senate as well as incumbent sheriff Ric Bradshaw were notably missing.
Susan Gary, a Civic Association director, said she always comes to the candidate forums.

“It’s an opportunity to get to know the candidates a little bit better and that’s important in all of these elected offices from our judges to our port commissioners to the sheriff’s race,” she said. “It’s very difficult to get a feel for them from a newspaper article alone, so it is important to be able to hear them, see them and shake their hand.”

The non-partisan race for property appraiser pits the current Chief Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks against County Commissioner Shelly Vana. They are vying for the job vacated by longtime Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits, who is retiring.
Mrs. Jacks touted her 27 years of experience in the appraiser’s office, 20 of those in a supervisory position. In addition, she said Mr. Nikolits endorsed her.

064 PB Civic Forum“We are a full-service office with a lot of moving parts,” Mrs. Jacks said. “We value 630,000 parcels a year and we manage over 300,000 homestead exemptions. It’s a professional job that requires someone with a lot of experience.  We need someone at the helm who understands the work and is prepared to lead the office.”

Mrs. Vana said she has a long list of endorsements. Among them: U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, and State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Mrs. Vana highlighted her eight years on the county commission, six years as a state representative and, before those positions, a teacher. As a state representative, Mrs. Vana said she was involved in rewriting the property tax laws.

“I would say all of those qualify me as a professional, especially the teacher,” she said. “This is about you, about who will make sure that you are treated fairly and who has proven that over two decades in various leadership roles, and this is a leadership role, that I can do the job.”

In the four-person Port of Palm Beach, group 2, Joseph Anderson and Katherine Waldron spoke at the podium. Incumbent George Mastics spoke with people individually after the event and candidate Henry Taylor did not attend. This race will appear on Democratic ballots only.

Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Mr. Anderson highlighted his business experience by working for AT&T and starting his own construction company. He also emphasized his civic and community service.

“I have a life of service,” he said. “I bring the business acumen and many projects coming from the port are construction related.”

Ms. Waldron said she wants to “bring a fresh voice to the port. I’m a businesswoman and I have a passion for community service.”
She referred to the port as “an economic driver.”

“We can create more jobs and do more in terms of helping some of the communities in the district,” she said. “It’s also important to make sure we’re protecting our environment, the inlet, so when we’re making our decisions, we want to make sure we’re taking that into account.”

Bobby Powell, Jr. and Michael Steinger, Democratic candidates for state senate, district 30, both spoke. This race will appear on Democratic ballots only.

Also speaking at the event: incumbent Public Defender Carey Haughwout and challenger William “Bill” Abramson; the incumbent Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and challenger Christine Spain; and the three challengers in the sheriff’s race – Alex Freeman, Rick “Rosco” Sessa and Samuel Thompson.

The nine judicial candidates in attendance were: Robert “Rob” Ostrov, circuit judge, group 1; Gregory Tendrich and Jeremy Zubkoff, circuit court judge, group 4; Lisa Ann Grossman, county judge, group 7; Thomas Baker, Gregg Lerman and Dana Santino, county court judge, group 11; Esther “Ettie” Feistmann and Bradley Harper, county court judge, group 15.

Jerry Frank, an executive board member of the Civic Association, said he likes listening to candidate’s backgrounds and seeing how they come across in person.

“Many of these people you’ve never seen before and don’t know much about them,” he said. “Hearing how they speak and present themselves is very important – whether they sound sincere or are giving a lot of political malarkey. When it’s a close decision and you’re borderline, you can make a decision.”

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Civic Association Candidate Meet & Greet Tonight in Palm Beach!
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 09:34

The Civic Association Candidate Meet and Greet is this evening at Nick & Johnnie's restaurant in the Town of Palm Beach. A packed house is expected with over 130 RSVPs.

Over 20 candidates from state senator, county commissioner, property appraiser, sheriff, supervisor of elections, Port of Palm Beach, public defender, and judge races have confirmed attendance. As always the press will cover the event and our own Civic Association News reporter will be there too.  The event is co-sponsored by the Citizens Association.

2016PrimaryElectionVotersGuideCover w600If you are attending, remember that even though there is free valet parking, get their early because the valet line may be long. The event starts at 5 p.m.  Call the Civic Association for more information: 561-655-0820

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Early Voting for the Primary Election Begins Today
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 15 August 2016 10:40

Registered voters may vote early from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 28,at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. See map and link to directions below.

 Click Here to Download the Palm Beach Civic Association Voters Guide (PDF)

The Palm Beach Civic Association is a nonpartisan organization that believes all civic minded citizens will want to make informed decisions in the August 30, 2016 Primary. This Voters Guide details only the candidates on the Palm Beach ballot.

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This Week in Palm Beach - August 12, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 12 August 2016 15:49

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August 30 Primary Election Set in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:01

By Michele Dargan, A Civic Association Special Report. Candidates for the U.S. Senate and Florida Senate as well as key Palm Beach County offices, including county commissioner, supervisor of elections, sheriff and public defender are among the races on the ballot for the primary election August 30.

Registered voters can only vote for the candidates from their registered party. All registered voters can vote on ballot questions, non-partisan races and races where a candidate faces no opposition.

your vote countsU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a former contender for the presidential nomination, will be front-and-center on Republican ballots.  In June, Sen. Rubio made an about-face regarding his earlier decision not to run for re-election.

Challenging Sen. Rubio in the Republican primary will be Carlos Beruff, Ernie Rivera and Dwight Mark Anthony Young.  Sen. Rubio released a statement at the time of his announcement, saying in part, “Control of the Senate may very well come down to the race in Florida…It means the direction of our country’s fiscal and economic policies will be determined by this Senate seat. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.”

Running for U.S. Senate on the Democratic side are: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, Pam Keith, Reginald Luster and U.S. Rep. Patrick E. Murphy.

In the District 30 State Senate race, State Rep. Bobby Powell Jr. and Michael Steinger, both Democrats, will square off against each other in the primary. The winner will run against Republican Ron Berman in the Nov. 8 general election.

Due to redistricting, State Sen. Jeff Clemens, who currently represents Palm Beach, is running for District 31, the district south of Palm Beach.

After the Florida Supreme Court approved the redistricting map in December, the newly configured districts set in motion a jockeying by some elected officials to switch districts in order to retain the majority of their constituency.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, agreed to switch districts. Rep. Frankel, currently District 22, will run for the newly redrawn, all-Palm Beach County District 21 and Rep. Deutch, currently District 21, will run for District 22, which includes Highland Beach, Boca Raton and Broward County. Neither Rep. Frankel nor Rep. Deutch will be on the primary ballot because they haven’t drawn a Democratic challenger. Both have Republican challengers in the general election.


County Races

For the first time in 15 years, Public Defender Carey Haughwout is facing a challenger. Attorney William S. “Bill” Abramson is running against Ms. Haughwout.

Longtime Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits is retiring and has endorsed Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks to be his successor. County Commissioner Shelly Vana also is running against Ms. Jacks for the job.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher faces a challenge from Christine Spain. Ms. Bucher was elected to the office in 2008.

Three candidates are challenging longtime Sheriff Ric L. Bradford. They are Alex Freeman, a police major in Riviera Beach; Rick “Rosco” Sessa, a former police lieutenant in Riviera Beach, and Samuel L. Thompson, a former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy.

County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who is seeking reelection to her District 7 seat, faces a challenge from Mack Bernard, an attorney and former Delray Beach City Commissioner and Lawrence Gordon, the vice mayor of Haverhill.

Port of Palm Beach Commissioner George E. Mastics is seeking his sixth term. Joseph Anderson, Henry A. Taylor and Katherine Waldron also are running for that Group 2 seat.

Judges

There are two races for circuit court judge. Robert “Rob” Ostrov is challenging incumbent Judge Dina Keever in the Group 1 circuit race.

In the Group 4 judicial race, Luis “Lou” Delgado, Gregory Tendrich and Jeremy M. Zubkoff are running to replace retiring Judge Martin Colin.

In County Court judicial races, seven candidates are vying for three seats on the bench.

In Group 7, incumbent Judge Marni Bryson is being challenged by Lisa Ann Grossman.

In Group 11, Thomas R. Baker, Gregg Lerman and Dana M. Santino are vying for this seat vacated by Judge Laura Johnson. Judge Johnson will replace retiring Judge Jack Cox on the circuit court bench in January.

In Group 15, Esther “Ettie” Feistmann is running against Bradley G. Harper for this seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Barry Cohen.


Constitutional Amendment 4

The Amendment 4 ballot question, if passed, would provide tax breaks for the installation of solar or renewable energy equipment.
“Proposing an amendment to the state constitution to authorize the legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018 and expires on December 31, 2037.”

The Palm Beach Civic Association and the Citizen’s Association of Palm Beach will host a “Meet Your Candidates” night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nick and Johnnie’s, 207 Royal Poinciana Way. Over 100 have already made reservations for the event and so we are full and accepting reservations on a Wait List. To be added to the Wait List, call 561-655-0820.
Each candidate will get two minutes to speak at the microphone and surrogates for the candidates will not be allowed to fill in.

Click Here to Download the Civic Association Voters Guide [PDF]

Click Here to See the Civic Association Online Voters Guide

 

Fast Facts on the Primary Election in Palm Beach
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association

Early Voting

Registered voters may vote early from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 28.

The closest early voting locations to Palm Beach are the supervisor of elections office, 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach; the West Palm Beach Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach and the Lantana Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lantana.

Whether you vote during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature at the polls. If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.

If you do not bring proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.


Vote-by-Mail (formerly Absentee Ballot)

As of July 1, 2016, the term “Absentee Ballot” has changed to “Vote-by-Mail Ballot.”

Vote-by-mail refers to voting a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a voter who is unable or unwilling to go to the polls during early voting or Election Day. A request covers all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election.

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot must be made to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections either through an online application, in writing via email, fax or mail or by phone.

The following information is required for a vote-by-mail ballot: the name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested, the voter’s address, date of birth and signature, if the request is written.

If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for you, the following additional information must be provided: the requestor’s address, the requestor’s driver’s license number (if available), the requestor’s relationship to the voter and the requestor’s signature (if the request is written).

The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election. Otherwise, a vote-by-mail ballot can be picked-up until and including on Election Day. However, the ballot must still be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count.

For more information on vote-by-mail ballots, visit Florida Division of Elections (Vote by Mail) or Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (Vote by Mail)

 

Primary Election Day Voting, Tuesday, August 30

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palm Beach Polling Locations:

  • Precincts 1390 and 1392 vote at St. Edward Catholic Church, 165 N. County Road.
  • Precincts 1394 and 7154 vote at the Central Fire Station, 355 S. County Road
  • Precincts 7156, 7158 and 7166 vote at the South Fire Station, 2185 S. Ocean Boulevard.

 

Florida Announces 10 More Homegrown Zika Cases - Palm Beachers: Attend the Zika Forum Wednesday

Zika Mosquito


Florida has confirmed 10 more homegrown cases of Zika in people infected by local mosquitoes, leading federal health officials to advise women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant to avoid the area just north of downtown Miami where Zika is spreading.  Palm Beachers are encouraged to attend a Town of Palm Beach Zika Forum this Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016.  See below:

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Travel Ruled Out in Florida’s 2 Suspected Cases of Local Zika Infection

Zika Virus

Florida epidemiologists have ruled out travel as a possible source for two Zika infections — one in Miami-Dade and one in Broward — suspected of being the nation’s first cases transmitted by local mosquitoes, State Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday during a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott and health officials.

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Algae Bloom Stirs Everglades Restoration Concerns

Blue Green Algae Bloom

By Michele Dargan, Special Report from the Civic Association.

When foul-smelling blue-green algae coated Treasure Coast waterways just days before the Fourth of July holiday, Florida officials scrambled to respond.

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Video: Green Algae at North End of Island

Green Algae

North-end resident Brad Gary contacted the Civic Association to report the toxic green algae he has been spotting on the north end of the Town of Palm Beach.  See the video reports below.

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Police: Orlando Shooting Should Increase Residents’ Vigilance

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By Michele Dargan - Special to the Civic Association News.

In the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting, Deputy Police Chief Dan Szarszewski urges residents to report anyone talking about acts of violence or acting in a suspicious manner.

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Police Alert: Burglary By Traveling Criminals in Palm Beach

Palm Beach Police Alert

By: Town of Palm Beach Police. Palm Beach residents are once again advised to be on the alert for traveling criminals who practice “distraction thefts,” due to a recent residential burglary in the Midtown and North areas of the island.

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