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Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds
MIAMI — The large-scale dredging of Miami’s port to accommodate the newest generation of freighters, an undertaking that prompted a long-running battle with environmentalists, caused widespread damage to a portion of the area’s fragile and already distressed coral reef, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Port of Palm Beach’s Income Shot Up in March as Exports Increased
March was a banner month for the Port of Palm Beach, which had a net income of $555,780 as sugar and other major exports increased by more than 50 percent.
Traffic Impacts Begin from Infrastructure Projects in Palm Beach
The official Town of Palm Beach construction season began today. Stay tuned for the latest updates via our Town Traffic Alerts, news from the Town, and press coverage.
Road Closure Starting Monday, May 2
Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU) will begin working Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8 AM on North County Road, West Indies Drive, Plantation Road, Crest Road, Clarke Avenue and Via Sunny as described below:
This Week in Palm Beach - April 29, 2016
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. April 29, 2016 edition.
Position Available for Civic Association Office Manager
Position Available for Civic Association Office Manager: Office Manager for active, non-profit community association in Palm Beach: organized, friendly, efficient under pressure, bookkeeping exp, computer/database/web content skills. See below for job description.
This Week in Palm Beach - April 22, 2016
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. April 22, 2016 edition.
Nighttime Flagler Bridge Closure This Sunday, April 24
Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed in both directions and traffic will be detoured from 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, April 25, weather permitting. 
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Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:18

MIAMI — The large-scale dredging of Miami’s port to accommodate the newest generation of freighters, an undertaking that prompted a long-running battle with environmentalists, caused widespread damage to a portion of the area’s fragile and already distressed coral reef, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

MiamiDredgeCoral damageThe report, based on a December survey undertaken by scientists for the agency’s National Marine Fisheries Service, found that as much as 81 percent of the reef near the dredging site was buried in sediment, and an Army Corps of Engineers contractor report from August shows up to 93 percent partial coral death because of sediment, despite a plan by the Corps to minimize the damage.

Read More (NY Times)

The study is of interest to local groups in the Palm Beaches because of the planned but stalled deepening and widening of the Lake Worth Inlet and Lagoon for the Port of Palm Beach.

Groups like the Civic Association, Town of Palm Beach, and the Save Our Inlet Coalition have opposed the deepening and widening of our inlet and Intracoastal because of the potential environmental damage.

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Port of Palm Beach’s Income Shot Up in March as Exports Increased
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:28

March was a banner month for the Port of Palm Beach, which had a net income of $555,780 as sugar and other major exports increased by more than 50 percent.

Port Lake Worth InletThe port’s budgeted total annual income for fiscal year 2016 is $1,085,000, meaning the March income makes up 51.2 percent of the total budgeted income. That’s a 354 percent year-over-year increase, port officials said.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)


Port of Palm Beach March 2016 Earnings Equal Half Annual Budgeted Profit

Port of Palm Beach released its March 2016 financial statements on Thursday, April 21, 2016, detailing an income for the month of March that comprises more than half the port’s annual budgeted profit.

Read More (Port of Palm Beach News)

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Traffic Impacts Begin from Infrastructure Projects in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 02 May 2016 11:29

The official Town of Palm Beach construction season began today. Stay tuned for the latest updates via our Town Traffic Alerts, news from the Town, and press coverage.

May 2, 2016 Town Infrastructure Work Map
May2 2016TrafficMap w800
(1) TOWN SQUARE
(2) ROYAL PALM WAY, SOUTH COUNTY ROAD AND ROYAL POINCIANA WAY
(3) SIGNALIZATION AND MAST ARM IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH COUNTY ROAD
(4) COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
(5) NORTH LAKE WAY
(6) NORTH COUNTY ROAD, W. INDIES DRIVE, PLANTATION ROAD, CREST ROAD, CLARKE AVENUE, AND VIA SUNNY
(7) ANGLER AVE, ATLANTIC AVE, AND CANTERBURY LANE
(8) COCONUT TREE TRIMMING
(9) WORTH AVENUE SIDEWALK SEALING

From the Town of Palm Beach
Construction and Traffic Highlights for the Week of 5/2/2016

TRAFFIC HELP-LINE
A dedicated town traffic telephone line is available from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns. Please call 561-838-5410.

After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.

For more information from the Town of Palm Beach:

William Francis, Town Engineer
Phone: 561-838-5440, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(1) TOWN SQUARE: Starting 5/2/16 the inside northbound and outside southbound lane on South County Road will be closed to traffic. The work involves drainage, sidewalk, curb, landscape, hardscape and associated improvements as part of the Town Square Phase II Project. Parking and handicap spaces directly adjacent to the lane closure will be unavailable. The contractor will make every effort to maintain as many spaces as possible and safe for use. This project will be complete by 08/29/16.

(2) ROYAL PALM WAY, SOUTH COUNTY ROAD AND ROYAL POINCIANA WAY: Striping will be placed on:
• Royal Palm Way from the Royal Park Bridge to South Ocean Boulevard
• South County Road from Barton Avenue to Royal Poinciana Way
• Royal Poinciana Way from Cocoanut Row to South County Road.
The work will be performed during nighttime hours from 7:00 P.M.to 6:00 A.M. in order to minimize the impact to traffic. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction at all times.

(3) SIGNALIZATION AND MAST ARM IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH COUNTY ROAD: The outside northbound lane from Royal Poinciana Way north to Sunrise Avenue will be closed for utility relocation and investigation for the upcoming mast arm project. Parking and handicap spaces adjacent to the lane closure will be unavailable. The contractor will make every effort to maintain as many spaces as possible and safe for use. The lane closure will also include the west bound lane of the 100 block of Sunset Avenue at the intersection of North County Road. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic.

(4) COUNTRY CLUB ROAD: Country Club Road between North Lake Way and North County Road will have one lane blocked and traffic directed by flaggers, for the pump station fuel tank replacement. There will be periodic closures for loading and unloading of equipment and materials.

(5) NORTH LAKE WAY: One lane will be blocked and traffic will be directed by flaggers at the intersection of Via Marila and N. Lake Way

(6) NORTHCOUNTY ROAD, W. INDIES DRIVE, PLANTATION ROAD, CREST ROAD, CLARKE AVENUE, AND VIA SUNNY: Installation of gas line service connections will take place on the following streets. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
• N. County Road between Cherry Lane and Fairview Road
• W. Indies Drive between N. County Road and N. Lake Way
• Plantation Road between N. Lake Way and Crest Road
• Clarke Avenue between S. Ocean Blvd and Cocoanut Row
• N. County Road and Sunset Avenue Intersection
• Via Sunny to Cocoanut Row

(7) ANGLER AVE, ATLANTIC AVE, AND CANTERBURY LANE: Gas main and service work will take place on Angler Ave, Atlantic Ave and Canterbury Lane. Local traffic will be directed by Maintenance of Traffic equipment.

(8) COCONUT TREE TRIMMING: Trimming involves the pruning and chipping of palm fronds and removal of coconut pods from trees in the Towns Right of Way (ROW). Tree debris will be set in parking spaces to be collected after the pruning is complete.
• Tuesday – 100 to 400 blocks of Brazilian Avenue
• Wednesday - 300 and 400 blocks of Chilean Avenue, 100 and 400 blocks of Peruvian Avenue, 400 Block of Worth Avenue, 400 block of Hibiscus Avenue, 100 to 400 blocks of Cocoanut Row, South Lake Drive, Via Marina from South County Road to South Ocean Boulevard, and Middle Road
• Thursday and Friday - 100 to 300 blocks of Worth Avenue.

(9) WORTH AVENUE SIDEWALK SEALING: This work will not disrupt traffic, but will require limited use of parking stall in the working area. The work will occur during off-business hours.

RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMITS
Private construction projects are limited to 3 on-street parking permits. Surrounding residents should not be adversely impacted by construction vehicles and/or associated employee parking. Please call 561-838-5440 to report congestion or abuse.

 

Press Coverage

Palm Beach Daily News:
Palm Beach restricts traffic to accommodate construction

 

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Road Closure Starting Monday, May 2
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 29 April 2016 15:52

Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU) will begin working Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8 AM on North County Road, West Indies Drive, Plantation Road, Crest Road, Clarke Avenue and Via Sunny as described below:

TrafficAlertAd w350[Town of Palm Beach News Release ] -- Installation of gas line service connections on: North County Road, between Cherry Lane and Fairview Road; West Indies Drive, between North County Road and North Lake Way; Plantation Road, between North Lake Way and Crest Road; Clarke Avenue, between South Ocean Boulevard and Cocoanut Row; North County Road and Sunset Avenue intersection and Via Sunny to Cocoanut Row.

Access will be granted to homeowners and local traffic, directed by flaggers. Residents may experience road delays due to workmen in the area. Please keep the street free of automobiles, landscape trimmings and debris, to the extent possible.

During this period, crews will be replacing bare steel natural gas lines with polyethylene pipe in conjunction with the Company’s Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP). There may be a short interruption of service as gas distribution is exchanged. Every effort will be made to forewarn residents of this disruption. If residents are home at the time of the interruption, gas will be turned on immediately. A tag will be left for the homeowner, if they are not in residence at this time, instructing them to call for prompt response.

FPU will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience to the residents of Palm Beach. Normal traffic patterns will resume as quickly as improvements permit.

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - April 29, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 29 April 2016 09:13

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Position Available for Civic Association Office Manager
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016 11:32


Position Available for Civic Association Office Manager: Office Manager for active, non-profit community association in Palm Beach: organized, friendly, efficient under pressure, bookkeeping exp, computer/database/web content skills. See below for job description.

 Palm Beach Civic Association
Palm Beach, Florida

Office Manager Job Description

OfficeManagerAd w600The office manager is part of a staff team employed to implement the goals and objectives of the Palm Beach Civic Association.  He/she provides support for the Civic Association president, the vice president of marketing and membership, the communications director, the bookkeeper and the membership assistant.  Day-to-day assignments and priorities are established by the president.

The office manager is responsible for creating and maintaining a friendly, efficient business office. His/her job includes tasks such as ordering office materials and supplies, processing mail, and keeping office equipment operational.  

The office manager oversees the day-to-day financial activities of the organization.  He/she works with the Civic Association accountant to ensure that the bookkeeping functions are operating efficiently and smoothly.

The office manager is a Civic Association ambassador in the front office.  He/she greets and assists directors, members and residents who call or drop in.  

The office manager assists the vice president of membership and marketing and other staff to arrange Civic Association events and programs.  

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salary:  To be determined, paid bi-weekly on Thursdays.  Initial review after 3 months; year-end review each April.  Annual salary increases based on year-end performance review.

Vacation: two weeks during the off season (May 1-October 1) to be scheduled in advance and approved by the president.

Holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), Christmas, New Year’s Day, Good Friday/Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th

Health Insurance/Life Insurance: Individual coverage after initial three months

Sick Leave: 40 hours of paid sick time and two personal days each fiscal year (May 1 through April 30) to be used for personal illness or disability, medical appointments, or to care for an ill family member (see sick leave policy).  

A retirement plan is available for the office manager’s position.  The president will provide details.

To apply for the position, send your resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

 

Beaches
This Week in Palm Beach - April 22, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:24

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Transportation
Nighttime Flagler Bridge Closure This Sunday, April 24
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:18

Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed in both directions and traffic will be detoured from 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, April 25, weather permitting. 

FlaglerBridgeEastboundView w600This closure will allow workers to pour a new concrete deck on the replacement bridge west of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). While the bridge is closed, all vehicular traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge.  Marine traffic will not be affected.

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 will be 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 spring 2017. The estimated construction cost is $100 million.

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

 

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