• Civic Association Directors Meet with All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger
  • Michael Reiman Honored with Kunkel Award for Heroism at Civic Association Annual Meeting
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  • Distinguished New Directors Elected to Civic Association Board
  • A Bubbling Success! 2015 Civic Association Annual Meeting

 

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This Week in Palm Beach 4-24-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > A Bubbling Success! 2015 Civic Association Annual Meeting [SEE THE VIDEOS] -  Mayor, Frankel: Don’t Fund Port Plan Until All Sides Agree -  Michael Reiman Honored with Kunkel Award for Heroism at Civic Association Annual Meeting -  Palm Beach Civic Association 2015 President’s Report
Civic Association Directors Meet with All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger
In a Directors Forum this week, Michael Reininger, President of All Aboard Florida, met with Civic Association Directors to describe All Aboard's new proposed passenger rail service and business plan for the first-ever privately owned rail line in the United States.
A Bubbling Success! 2015 Civic Association Annual Meeting
The 2015 Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Meeting, held at the grand Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was attended by a jubilant crowd of over 270.
This Week in Palm Beach 4-17-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-NewsletterHEADLINES: > Champagne & Mimosas! - Lineup for the Annual Meeting and Celebration > SHORE PROTECTION - Town Council To Consider Phased Plan For Groin Rehabilitation - Reach 8 Sand Project Delayed, Consultants Need More Money
This Week in Palm Beach 4-10-15
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > Civic AssociationInvites You to aChampagne & Mimosa Party > COASTAL PROTECTION - Midtown Beach Renourishment Work Should Be Finished By May 1 - Town Puts South End Phipps Park Sand Project Out To Bid > Temporary Southern Boulevard Bridge Construction To Begin Next Year
Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Autism
Palm Beach Civic Association Chairman-CEO and former NBC chairman and Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright, and grandson Mattias Hildebrand, discuss the scientific advancements in autism over the years.
Nighttime Bridge Closure Notice for Flagler [North] Bridge
The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10 to refresh striping and adjust concrete barrier wall and maintenance of traffic (MOT) devices on the bridge.  During these closures, drivers who want to go east or west over the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge.
This Week in Palm Beach 4-2-2015
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter HEADLINES: > Happy Easter & Passover! > Thank You Civic Association Members! > Civic AssociationInvites You to aChampagne & Mimosa Party > New Town Manager Tom Bradford Discusses Top Priorities
Town Council
This Week in Palm Beach 4-24-15
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Friday, 24 April 2015 19:42

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HEADLINES:

PBCA 169> A Bubbling Success! 2015 Civic Association Annual Meeting [SEE THE VIDEOS]

-  Mayor, Frankel: Don’t Fund Port Plan Until All Sides Agree

-  Michael Reiman Honored with Kunkel Award for Heroism at Civic Association Annual Meeting

-  Palm Beach Civic Association 2015 President’s Report

> SHORE PROTECTION

- Tests Reveal Midtown Beach Sand Grain Size Up To Par

- Reach 8: More Environmental Study Costs Rankle Council

- Town Spends Thousands To Monitor Turtle Nests In Midtown Beach Work

> TOWN COUNCIL

- Planning Board Told About Comprehensive Plan Review

- Council Rejects Idea To Allow More Charity Events On The Island

- Town Awaits County, State Action On Ride-Booking Service Uber

- Town Spends Thousands To Monitor Turtle Nests In Midtown Beach Work

- Less Restrictive Political Sign Law Earns Final Nod

> ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA

- Landmarks panel praises planned Royal Poinciana Plaza revamp

- Meet Samantha David - Update at Civic Association Annual Meeting

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

-  Distinguished New Directors Elected to Civic Association Board


SIDEBAR:

> Civic Association Directors Meet with All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger

> Bristol Opponents, Developer Settle Lawsuit

> Harbor pilots risk lives to sail largest ships into, out of Port of Palm Beach

> Board: Put hedge in front of vacant Testa gas station

> PEANUT ISLAND

- JFK Bunker Re-Do Could Start This Fall, Group Says

> Amici

> Linda R. Olsson Inc.

> Identity Theft: Congress Pushes Change That Will Eliminate Social Security Numbers On Medicare Cards In Four Years

> Ladies Team Tennis Open Division Tryouts 2015-2016 Season

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Civic Association Directors Meet with All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 24 April 2015 14:12

In a Directors Forum this week, Michael Reininger, President of All Aboard Florida, met with Civic Association Directors to describe All Aboard's new proposed passenger rail service and business plan for the first-ever privately owned rail line in the United States.

The trains will connect South and Central Florida using 195 miles of an existing, active rail corridor located along the eastern portion of the state that parallels U.S. 1, the FEC rail line that Henry Flagler purchased and built in the 1890’s.

Michael-ReiningerPBCA 54-4769-600-450-80“Currently, the track only runs freight trains, about 14 through-trains a day,” said Michael Reininger.  “Forty (40) new route miles will be created parallel to State Road 528, from the Cocoa / Port Canaveral area to connect to the Orlando International Airport.”

The express service will only have four stops at first: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. All Aboard will offer 32 trains per day (16 northbound and 16 southbound), from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by the end of 2016. A leg to Orlando International Airport will open in 2017, for a total of 235 miles.

When completed, the total trip time between Miami and Orlando will be about three hours. These new express trains will travel between 80 and 125 mph.

When asked by the directors about funding, Mr. Reininger said, "It's private capital doing what it does best – creating new transportation infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars' worth of GDP.  No public tax dollars are at risk.  The startup budget is $2.5 billion."  Click Here to See the Directors & Guests at the Event.

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West Palm Beach Location

All-Aboard-Florida-West-Palm-Beach-SOM-3The 60,000 square foot All Aboard station and platform in downtown West Palm Beach, with the train tracks that run parallel to S. Quadrille, will be located between Datura and Evernia Streets.  CityPlace and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Center are two blocks away, and the government center district and Clematis Street are four blocks away.

The Tri-Rail - Amtrak West Palm Station track is west of CityPlace parallelling Tamarind Ave.

Safety, Noise, and Traffic

Quiet Zones have already been approved with the cooperation of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. That means no train horns for the entire corridor. New crossing configurations will block traffic when a train passes so there is no need for horns.

All Aboard trains will operate at 80-125 mph. "The worst case from the time a road crossing is closed to open is 45 seconds," said Mr. Reininger.

Train Line Amenities
“These will be state-of-the-art trains,” said Mr. Reininger.  “Think the new private Italian train line, not what we are used to here.”  From the All Aboard Florida website:

  • Dynamic WiFi: All Aboard Florida has invested into a beefed-up, high-bandwidth signal that it owns along the route, so passengers will have no problems doing work, playing games or listening to music during their ride.
  • Cafe car/bar car: During the three-hour ride, of course you might get hungry or thirsty, so you’ll have the option of visiting the dining car for a snack or the bar car for a drink with friends. All Aboard Florida also is looking into apps that would allow you to order your beverage or snack to be delivered to your seat on the train.
  • Seating configuration: Whether traveling with family, friends or alone on a business trip, riders can choose the type of seating configuration best suited for their party when booking tickets online. Each train will fit up to 400 passengers, and seats will be the same or larger than first-class airline seats. And you can check your luggage on the train, too.
  • Fully ADA-compliant: Along with wide aisles, the trains also will have level boarding with no steps, which will allow for wheelchairs, scooters and bikes to be able to wheel directly onto the train.

 

"All Aboard Florida will transform the way tourists, residents and professionals travel between South and Central Florida," said Mr. Reininger.  "It will get a lot of people to try rail instead of driving their car, because it will offer downtown to downtown service."  

Parking garages will be at each of the stations Mr. Reininger said, “Since the stations are at airports or downtown, all the convenient ground transportation options are right there… shuttles, Uber, taxis, car rental, and more.”


Demographics and Fares

“Our service is in the sweet-spot for transportation – three hours. It’s too long to drive comfortably and too short to fly,” said Mr. Reininger. “Our riders will be 40-50% tourists, 30% business, and 25% local.”

“Florida pulled ahead of New York last year as the third most populated state,” said Lynn Martenstein, a spokesperson for All Aboard.  “Even more demands are now being placed on Florida’s transportation systems.”  All Aboard Florida believes it will take 3 million car trips off the road of the 500 million car trips currently along the route.  

“Fares haven’t been announced yet but we are going to calculate what it would cost to drive your car and price will be close to that,” Mr. Reininger told directors. “The convenience factor of not having to worry about driving and parking while sitting comfortably with your iPad and mobile phone are huge benefits.”

To get to the Miami Airport from West Palm Beach will be less than an hour and trains will take you right to the terminal.


Resistance to the Project

Officials of communities north of Jupiter oppose the service because they say they'll have to deal with noise and blocked crossings; but, will not have any stops.  Boaters who sail along the New River in Fort Lauderdale and on waterways in Martin and St. Lucie counties fear they'll face long waits as the trains cross bridge openings.  Mr. Reininger told the directors that after the initial launch, they’ll look at more stops and other options for more local service.


History

In the 1890's, Henry Flagler bought up small railroads and standardized the width between their rails. He then merged them into the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway and steadily extended service south from St. Augustine.

When he reached what is today West Palm Beach in 1894, he found a community of settlers spread around Lake Worth.  Mr. Flagler made it a point to convert the region into a bustling business center, laying out streets and building two luxury hotels, the Royal Poinciana and The Breakers.

All Aboard Florida is using the FEC railway. “After passenger service was stopped in 1969, parts of the double tracks [northbound and southbound rails] were removed and sold off because it was cheaper than maintaining them,” said Mr. Reininger.  Those tracks are being replaced and the existing tracks are being upgraded.

Today and Near Future:

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Florida Train Timeline

1834: The Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad, the first line in Florida, uses mules to run from Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico.
1836: The state's first steam-powered train, the Lake Wimico and St. Joseph Canal and Railroad Co., runs from St. Joseph to White City on the panhandle.
1878: Industrialist Henry Flagler visits St. Augustine and recognizes potential to develop the region with rail. He begins buying small railroads and merging them into one.
1893: Flagler visits Lake Worth region. He lays out roads, builds hotels and extends his railroad, leading to development of West Palm Beach.
1895: Flagler's railroad is incorporated as the Florida East Coast Railway.
1896: FEC reaches Miami, the town is incorporated.
1900: Seaboard Air Line is incorporated.
1905: Construction starts on Overseas Railroad to Key West.
1912: First train arrives in Key West.
1931: Florida East Coast Railway declares bankruptcy.
1935: Labor Day hurricane wipes out much of the railroad's track in the Keys.
1967: Seaboard Air Line merges with Atlantic Coast Line to become Seaboard Coast Line.
1969: Passenger Trains stopped on Florida East Coast Railway. Becomes freight only.
1980: Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line Industries Inc. united and CSX Corporation was born.
1983: Florida East Coast Industries, a descendent of Flagler's railroad, is incorporated.
1986: Seaboard System Railroad renames itself CSX Transportation.
2012: Florida East Coast Industries announced plans to launch the $1 billion privately All Aboard Florida.

 

All Aboard Florida construction in West Palm: 5 things to know (Palm Beach Post)

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A Bubbling Success! 2015 Civic Association Annual Meeting
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 20 April 2015 19:38

The 2015 Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Meeting, held at the grand Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was attended by a jubilant crowd of over 270.

Complete Meeting Video - Click Below to See the Video [43 min.]


Videos Below are Portions of the Complete Video Above. Click Each to Play Each Segment.


Mayor Gail Coniglio - State of the Town Address


Congresswoman Lois Frankel


Ned Barnes - Civic Association President's Report


Michael Reiman - Kunkel Award Winner


Samantha David - Up Markets Royal Poinciana Plaza

Click HERE to see all the Photos!

Bob Wright, Chariman and CEO called the Annual Meeting and End-of-Year Celebration to order with almost 300 in attendance. John Blades welcomed guests to the Flagler Museum. Special guests from the Town Council and Town Staff were introduced as were the Civic Association Chairman Emeriti and Directors.

Mr. Wright thanked the Season Partner First Republic Bank, and event sponsors Linda Olsson and the Flagler Museum.Robert Weisman, retiring Palm Beach County Administrator was recognized for his years of service and working with the Town and Civic Association.

Samantha David, head of Up Markets, gave a brief update on the remodeling of the Royal Poinciana Plaza.

Ned Barnes gave the Civic Association President's Report.

Mr. Wright nominated seven distinguished new Directors to the Board:

  • Warren Belmar
  • Howard Bernick
  • Paula Butler
  • Susanne Durst
  • Francis Fisher
  • Howard Leach
  • Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

New Honorary Directors were recognized:

  • Alex Dreyfoos
  • Isabel Furlaud


The Kunkel Award was presented by Anne Keresey and Paul Leone to Michael Reiman.

Mayor Gail Coniglio gave the State of the Town Address.

Congresswoman Lois Frankel gave a brief speech about the Port of Palm Beach and stopping the deepening and widening of the Lake Worth Inlet and Lagoon, crediting Mayor Gail Coniglio, the Civic Association, and the Save Our Inlet President Bobbie Lindsay for leading the community effort.

Congresswoman Lois Frankel wrote a letter, spurred on by the community and stakeholders in and around the Port of Palm Beach, to stop the Port and the Army Corps of Engineers from deepening and widening the Lake Worth Inlet and Lagoon.  The letter is below:

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Mayor, Frankel: Don’t fund port plan until all sides agree
Keynote speaker Coniglio discusses beach plans, bridges in State of the Town address.

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Town Council
This Week in Palm Beach 4-17-15
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:06

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HEADLINES:

Civic mulroney event 600x350> Champagne & Mimosas!

- Lineup for the Annual Meeting and Celebration

> SHORE PROTECTION

- Town Council To Consider Phased Plan For Groin Rehabilitation

- Reach 8 Sand Project Delayed, Consultants Need More Money

> TOWN COUNCIL

-  Council Sets Rules For New Underground Utilities Advisory Board

- Despite County Concerns, Town Moves Forward With Plan To Hold Election

- Council Agrees To Buy Four Suvs For Police

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Palm Beach Billionaire Adds Another Trophy Property To Portfolio

- Charles Koch & Civic Association Director David Koch: TIME 100 Titans

> Civic Association Directors Forum: All Aboard Florida


SIDEBAR:

> Original Colors May Be Restored To Memorial Fountain

> West Palm Beach Tap Water Named Best-Tasting

> Amici

> Updated: Police: Thief Used ATM Skimmer At Bank Branch

> Car Tag Renewal Warning

> Linda R. Olsson Inc.

> Commissioners pleased with administrator selection process

> Weather Service Leader: Get Ready For Hurricane Season

> You could be breaking the law and not even know it

> Spring Sports at the Palm Beach Recreation Center

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This Week in Palm Beach 4-10-15
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Thursday, 09 April 2015 23:37

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HEADLINES:

flagler museum> Civic Association
Invites You to a
Champagne & Mimosa Party

> COASTAL PROTECTION

- Midtown Beach Renourishment Work Should Be Finished By May 1

- Town Puts South End Phipps Park Sand Project Out To Bid

> Temporary Southern Boulevard Bridge Construction To Begin Next Year

> FLAGLER BRIDGE

- Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge

> TOWN COUNCIL

- REVISED - Town Council To Appoint Members To The Town Of Plam Beach Underground Utilities Task Force

> ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA

- Team Reveals Plan For ‘Intimate’ Redo Of Royal Poinciana Plaza

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Autism

- Palm Beach Book Festival Highlights Publishing And Authors

> It’s Official: Ric Bradshaw Seeking 4th Term As Palm Beach County Sheriff

> PORT OF PALM BEACH

- Port of Palm Beach hosts free festival April 11

- Port of Palm Beach wants to renew trade relationship with Cuba

> It's Official: Ric Bradshaw Seeking 4th Term As Palm Beach County Sheriff

SIDEBAR:

> Sea-Wall Work To Close Parts Of North Ocean Blvd.

> Firefighters Want Town To Restore Benefits

> Amici

> Feds Extend ‘Real ID’ Deadline To 2020

> Civic Association Directors Forum: All Aboard Florida
Directors and Invited Guests Only Please

> Memorial Fountain cleaning reveals next restoration step

> Analysis: Property Prices Kept Rising Last Year

> Future Hurricane Warnings? 7 Days Ahead, Maybe Before Storm Even Forms

> End of Season Tennis Celebration

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Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Autism
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 08 April 2015 18:52

Palm Beach Civic Association Chairman-CEO and former NBC chairman and Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright, and grandson Mattias Hildebrand, discuss the scientific advancements in autism over the years.

 

 

Click Video Below to Play: Bob Wright - Autism Better Understood (CNBC - 5:00 min.)

Flagler Memorial Bridge
Nighttime Bridge Closure Notice for Flagler [North] Bridge
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:51

The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10 to refresh striping and adjust concrete barrier wall and maintenance of traffic (MOT) devices on the bridge.  During these closures, drivers who want to go east or west over the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge.

Please note that this schedule might change because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

This work is being performed in conjunction with the Flagler Memorial Bascule (draw) Bridge Replacement Project.

This Design/Build Project includes replacing the existing 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. The new bridge is being built south of the existing bridge, which will remain open during construction. 

The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included in this project. The estimated cost of this project is $97.6 million.

Real Estate
This Week in Palm Beach 4-2-2015
Posted by Mike Kimberley
Published: Wednesday, 01 April 2015 22:13

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HEADLINES:

easter passover 600> Happy Easter & Passover!

> Thank You Civic Association Members!

> Civic Association
Invites You to a
Champagne & Mimosa Party

> New Town Manager Tom Bradford Discusses Top Priorities

> TOWN COUNCIL

- Town Council To Appoint Members To The Town of Palm Beach Underground Utilities Task Force

> DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS

- Resident Named President Of PB County Medical Society Charity Division

- Palm Beach Couple Donates $5 Million To Villanova

- Documentary Shows Plight And Promise In The Glades

> Developers Seek Time Extension To Demolish Testa Properties

> Lakefront Luxury Condo Project A Game-Changer


SIDEBAR:

> North Ocean Boulevard Seawall Replacement Project

> Linda R. Olsson
Real Estate

> Civic Association Directors Forum: All Aboard Florida
Directors and Invited Guests Only Please

> Top 10 States for Taxes: Florida?

> REAL ESTATE

- South Florida Home Prices Up, But Not Highest, In Leading Index

- South Florida Home Prices Rise 8.3 Percent In January

> WEATHER

- ‘Boring’ 2015 Hurricane Season Forecast; Start Of Less-Active Era?

> Eyes on the Island

> Door-To-Door Solicitors Require Permits

> Amici

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