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Flagler [North] Bridge Lane Closures
The Flagler Memorial Bridge will have lane closures from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, and nightly lane closures 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, through Thursday, June 1, and from Sunday, June 4, through Thursday, June 8, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. One lane will remain open during this time. 
This Week in Palm Beach - May 26, 2017
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Traffic Summit Seeks Answers to West Palm Gridlock & Safety
WEST PALM BEACH -- Just how to make Okeechobee, between Australian Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway, less scary was the point of a meeting Monday at the convention center, where about 200 city, county and state officials gathered. Palm Beach's Mayor Gail Coniglio was a host at the meeting. The Civic Association helped underwrite the summit.
Man Dies Trying to Save Friend Caught in Rip Current in Palm Beach
A trip to the beach ended in tragedy for two out-of-town coworkers.
This Week in Palm Beach - May 19, 2017
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Gov. Scott Ceremoniously Signs Lake O Reservoir Bill
LAKE HARBOR, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott ceremoniously signed a bill on Friday that includes money to speed construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Scott officially signed Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday.
This Week in Palm Beach - May 12, 2017
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Flagler [North] Bridge Lane Closures
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 26 May 2017 15:41

The Flagler Memorial Bridge will have lane closures from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, and nightly lane closures 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, through Thursday, June 1, and from Sunday, June 4, through Thursday, June 8, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. One lane will remain open during this time. 

FDOTFlaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the remaining lane as the new fender system is installed.

The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge with a new bascule bridge connecting the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). The Flagler Drive overpass is being replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included. Active construction began on Sept. 10, 2012, and will last until summer 2017. The estimated construction cost is $106 million.

For more information about the Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project, call Public Information Officer Angel Gardner at (561) 702-9096 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Information can also be found on the project website: www.flaglerbridge.com

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - May 26, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:23

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Traffic Summit Seeks Answers to West Palm Gridlock & Safety
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:32

WEST PALM BEACH -- Just how to make Okeechobee, between Australian Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway, less scary was the point of a meeting Monday at the convention center, where about 200 city, county and state officials gathered. Palm Beach's Mayor Gail Coniglio was a host at the meeting. The Civic Association helped underwrite the summit.

They discussed how to make that stretch of road, which handles an estimated 40,000 cars daily, more accommodating to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Press About the Subject

Mayor, Palm Beachers Concerned About Growing Okeechobee Blvd. Gridlock
Mayor Gail Coniglio and Palm Beach residents say they want to work with officials in West Palm Beach, as well as the state and county, and find ways to fix the worsening traffic gridlock on Okeechobee Boulevard.

Government and planning officials gathered at a public forum Monday to talk about the growing congestion on the boulevard, which is a vital transportation link between the Royal Park Bridge, downtown West Palm Beach and Interstate 95.

“The corridor has become gridlocked,” Mrs. Coniglio said. “We need to work together to find solutions.”

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Videos of the Meeting 

Provided by: Wes Blackman (YouTube)  - Getting from Point A to Point B - "Trump, Trains, & Bridges"

Video Segment 1

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Will Your Property Be In a Flood Zone In 6 Months? What You Need to Know [SEE VIDEO]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 22 May 2017 11:32

Officials warn thousands impacted by new FEMA maps.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- FEMA released its first updated flood map for Palm Beach County in 30 years and county officials say the changes will impact many homeowners dramatically.

“It’s a huge deal,” Doug Wise with the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Department said. “Thousands of properties are affected.”

"They’ve really expanded some of the areas," said Douglas Rill, a real estate agent with Century 21.

He said many people in the area are going to be surprised when they find out how the changes will affect them.

“It’ll be like, when someone gets their renewal they’ll be like: Oh my gosh! What happened to my policy? I wasn’t in a flood zone now I am in one," Rill said.

For many that will mean they will have no choice but to buy flood insurance.

“So if you don’t have it, they can foreclose on your house because you don’t have it," Rill said.

Depending on which flood zone type you're in (A, B or C) your premium will be different.

WPTV-NBC5 [2:31]

 

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Flood Map Changes to Trigger Higher Building Elevations in Palm Beach

TOWN OF PALM BEACH -- Long-anticipated changes in floodplain maps, coupled with changes to the Florida Building Code, are going to require buildings to be built at higher elevations, town officials say.
Residences will have to be built at 8.5 feet, a foot higher than now, and non-residential buildings at 9.5 feet, 2 feet higher than current guidelines.

The state building code is expected to change in December after it is adopted by the Florida Legislature, Building Official Bill Bucklew told the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Resources

Click HERE to See Your Property: County Flood Zone Map by Address

Here is how to use the map:

1) Enter your address

2) Click on the icon all the way on the left

3) Open "Commonly Used Layers"

4) Click on "Flood Zone Map" to see current flood zones

5) Click on "Proposed Flood Zone" to see the proposed changes

The maps are still preliminary. You can get your own survey done and try to change the map before it takes effect in October.

Example

Map Before Proposed Flood Zone Update on October, 2017
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Map After Proposed Flood Zone Update on October, 2017
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Yellow indicates new Flood Zone Area

Town of Palm Beach Flood Map Information Page

 

 

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Man Dies Trying to Save Friend Caught in Rip Current in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 19 May 2017 11:07

A trip to the beach ended in tragedy for two out-of-town coworkers.

According to Palm Beach police, a man from Sanford died after trying to save his friend who was swept away by a rip current.
It happened Tuesday afternoon at Clarke Avenue Beach off South Ocean Boulevard.

Kenneth Hutchenson is a life-long Florida resident and watched the terrifying incident unfold.

“They couldn’t fight the water,” he said. “They couldn’t fight the rip currents.”

Hutchenson was visibly shaken as he recalled what happened. He says he saw one of the men, later identified as 25-year-old Jason DeLeon, struggling in the turbulent waters.

 

See Video [CBS12 - 2:11]

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What to Do if Caught in a Rip Current

Swim parallel to shore to get out of the rip!  Then swim to shore.

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This Week in Palm Beach - May 19, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 19 May 2017 09:19

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Gov. Scott Ceremoniously Signs Lake O Reservoir Bill
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:15

LAKE HARBOR, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott ceremoniously signed a bill on Friday that includes money to speed construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Scott officially signed Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday.

The bill aims to reduce the recurrence of toxic algae outbreaks that have impacted communities along the Caloosahatchee Riverand create cleaner beaches in Southwest Florida by restoring the flow of clean water to the Everglades and Florida Bay. The reservoir will store 120 billion gallons of storm overflow.

The measured was cheered by Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation.

“Toxic algae were going down into the Caloosahatchee, Sanibel, Captiva,” he said. “Folks in Lee County suffered, the environment and economy. What today does is provides a new outlet.”

 

 WINK News [1:45]



Scott Says Lake O Reservoir Plan will Help Estuaries

About 100 people lined the southern banks of Lake Okeechobee Friday to see Rick Scott sign legislation aimed at building a reservoir that should eventually help ease freshwater discharges to the Caloosahatchee River.

"This continues the puzzle to fix the flow of water and the Everglades through all the Everglades restoration," Scott said. "This is good for all of us. It's good for our wildlife. It's good for our agriculture industry and it's great for this part of the state."

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This Week in Palm Beach - May 12, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:13

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The Palm Beach Police Department has announced its partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s ‘Florida’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Focused Initiative.’ 

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