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New Flagler Bridge Opening 2 Lanes Monday, Dec 19
On Monday, Dec. 19, the new Flagler Memorial Bridge will open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic with one eastbound and one westbound lane on the bridge and the south sidewalk open to pedestrians.
This Week in Palm Beach - December 9, 2016
Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. December 9, 2016 edition.
Traffic Nightmares, Delayed North Bridge Focus of Civic Association Forum
By Michele Dargan, A Special Report from the Palm Beach Civic Association - During the Palm Beach Civic Association’s November 30 Transportation Forum, Director and Executive Committee member Leo Vecellio Jr. accurately predicted a delayed opening for the new Flagler Memorial Bridge.
West Palm in Push for Tri-State Hedge Funds with Flagler Financial District
West Palm Beach and Business Development Board launched a campaign Friday to brand a large swath of downtown as The Flagler Financial District, a bid to lure hedge funds and other financial firms from the chilly Northeast.
Palm Beach Condos are Back
Sleepy Palm Beach and neighboring West Palm Beach have awakened to a wave of new residential development.
“Your Everglades and Clean Water” with Photographer Mac Stone
Enjoy this relevant and thought provoking symposium at the Four Arts with esteemed naturalists, scientists and agricultural professionals.
Civic Association Town Beautification Committee Holds Start-of-Season Meeting
The Civic Association Town Beautification Committee met this week. 
Trump Taps Civic Association Director Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump tapped billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr., a Palm Beach Civic Association director and member of the Executive Committee, as commerce secretary.
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New Flagler Bridge Opening 2 Lanes Monday, Dec 19
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 09 December 2016 10:22

On Monday, Dec. 19, the new Flagler Memorial Bridge will open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic with one eastbound and one westbound lane on the bridge and the south sidewalk open to pedestrians.

To prepare for the traffic switch from the old bridge to the replacement bridge, the old bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with the new bridge opening at 6 a.m. Monday. While the bridges are closed, all eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway.

FlaglerBridgeConstructionIMG 6648 w600When the replacement bridge opens, eastbound traffic will access the bridge from Quadrille Boulevard. Westbound traffic will access the bridge at Royal Poinciana Way. The following restrictions will be in place:

• Flagler Drive will continue to be closed in both directions from Fourth Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge while the road is reconstructed.
• Flagler Drive will be closed in both directions from north of Seventh Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge while the road is reconstructed. Only local traffic will have access. Westbound traffic exiting the bridge will no longer be able to access Flagler Drive to go north.
• Eastbound traffic exiting the bridge will not be able to turn left onto Bradley Place.

The following detours (see map) will be in place:

• Drivers going west on Flagler Memorial Bridge should go to North Dixie Highway to go north or south.
• Drivers going north on Flagler Drive from south of Fourth Street should go west on Banyan Boulevard, north on North Dixie Highway, east on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to Flagler Drive.
• Drivers going south on Flagler Drive from north of Seventh Street should go north/south on Flagler Drive to Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, west on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, south on North Dixie Highway, east on Banyan Boulevard to Flagler Drive.

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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 spring 2017. The estimated construction cost is $105 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 - December 9, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 08 December 2016 18:06

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Traffic Nightmares, Delayed North Bridge Focus of Civic Association Forum
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:54

By Michele Dargan, A Special Report from the Palm Beach Civic Association - During the Palm Beach Civic Association’s November 30 Transportation Forum, Director and Executive Committee member Leo Vecellio Jr. accurately predicted a delayed opening for the new Flagler Memorial Bridge.

Mr. Vecellio, whose company owns Ranger Construction, said he believes the new bridge would have trouble opening two lanes in December and that the entire bridge would not open by February 2017 as projected by the Florida Department of Transportation.

TransportationForum11 30 2016 w600“From what I see as I drive across, they have a lot of work to do,” said Mr. Vecellio.

Some of the 30 attendees expressed disappointment that a representative from the Flagler Memorial Bridge project wasn’t at the meeting.

Angel Gardner, spokeswoman for the Flagler Memorial Bridge project, was scheduled to speak, but cancelled a half hour before the start of the forum, citing illness.

Within 24 hours, the Civic Association received an email from Ms. Gardner, confirming that the opening of two lanes on the bridge has been delayed to Dec. 19.

She later confirmed via email that the entire bridge won’t be open until spring.

“The contractor encountered some challenges with aligning the bascule leaves,” Ms. Gardner said. “Solutions are being implemented, and the contractor is now making significant progress. As of now, the bascule leaves are aligned and operating at full speed. The contractor, PCL, is moving forward with preliminary check-out procedures that will allow the bridge to open on Dec. 19.

FlaglerBridgeOverBudget w600“Moving traffic from the old bridge to the new bridge is an important milestone in the project” she said. “It impacts the contractor’s ability to move on to the next phase of work, which includes demolishing the old bridge, completing the approaches, and finishing parts of the new bridge that could not be reached because of the proximity of the old bridge.”
Town construction projects, traffic issues and bridge concerns dominated the discussion.

Ned Barnes, president, explained that the Civic Association holds forums on topics “that everyone is talking about.”
He described the traffic on the island during the summer as “chaos.”

Patricia Strayer, town engineer, outlined the status of summer construction projects. Some of those projects impacted the flow of traffic, she said.

They were: street light upgrades; drainage work on West Indies Drive, Ridgeview Drive and Cherry Lane; mast arm replacements and upgrades on traffic signals; underground utility projects at Lake Towers and at Nightingale Trail and LaPuerta Way; projects at Town Hall Square; gas lines upgraded and three water main improvements at Sunrise Avenue, Everglades Island and the Southern Boulevard Bridge.

The drainage work on Cherry Lane and the undergrounding at LaPuerta will continue, but is not expected to cause traffic problems, Ms. Strayer said.

“We actually scaled back on the number of projects because of how bad traffic was the previous year,” she said.
Mayor Gail Coniglio attended the forum and recommended not using Bradley Place and Cocoanut Row to exit the island over the north bridge during rush hour but to use County Road to Royal Palm Way. She also said there may be a need to extend the timing of the traffic lights during rush hour to help move traffic faster over the bridges.

okeechobee corridor traffic w500Scott Kelly, assistant administrator of West Palm Beach spoke about what the city plans to do about traffic flow in and around the downtown area that would help to improve conditions getting on and off the island.

“There simply is no more room to add any type of lanes for traffic,” Mr. Kelly said. “So you’re not going to see new road construction in West Palm Beach.”

The city is conducting a mobility study that starts in January 2017, to look at alternate modes of transportation, Mr. Kelly said. The city wants to encourage people, who come to the downtown area, to park their cars and either walk, bicycle or use the trolley, Mr. Kelly said.

“It is happening,” he said. “We’re seeing dramatic improvement in the use of transit. We’re up to a half million passengers on one trolley route and up to almost 200,000 on the other route, so people are utilizing that option to get out of their cars.

“We’re also going to be doing a parking study,” Mr. Kelly said. “The point is to get people to park once and walk in lieu of driving from point to point. Smart cities are looking at pricing the parking properly to make sure that parking is available for people making short trips, while encouraging people to use the garages and making sure the perception of safety in our garages is improved.”

The city has hired a consultant and the first portion of the study, which also starts January 2017, will focus on the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor from I-95 to the bridge, he said.

“One of the big things is signal timing,” he said. “The county is responsible for signal timing and we’ve encouraged them to do a better job of optimizing the timing of these lights, not just for vehicular traffic, but for the safety of the pedestrians as well. The first task is to study that corridor, the intersections, the flow of traffic and the safety with regards to pedestrians along that corridor.”

Civic Association Director Christopher Storkerson said the one thing that stands out to him is that traffic lights on Okeechobee Boulevard have “zero coordination.” As buildings go up across from CityPlace, more traffic lights are added causing more traffic congestion, he said.

“I would highly suggest someone address that because a lot of that traffic is not going to be addressed by bikes and alternative methods of transportation, but by simply looking at the coordination of the lights,” Mr. Storkerson said.
Mayor Coniglio said she thinks it would be helpful to have representatives from Palm Beach participate in West Palm Beach mobility study.

“My three main concerns are that our residents can get on and off the island, that the emergency response time will be quick enough and that we will be able to move, not only east-west, but north-south,” she said.

 

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West Palm in Push for Tri-State Hedge Funds with Flagler Financial District
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 05 December 2016 15:21

West Palm Beach and Business Development Board launched a campaign Friday to brand a large swath of downtown as The Flagler Financial District, a bid to lure hedge funds and other financial firms from the chilly Northeast.

Along with the geographic designation comes a new website, www.flaglerfinancialdistrict.com, boasting of the city’s amenities and an ad campaign set to hit Tri-state trade publications from December through April.

See More (Palm Beach Post)

Flagler Financial District map


From the Flagler Financial District Website:

The top reasons to choose one of America’s top business and financial Districts.

As a dedicated District within one of America’s great cities, the Flagler Financial District offers a number of reasons for you to consider it as the next address for your business or financial enterprise. Here are just a few:

Flagler Financial District advantages:

One of America’s truly dedicated urban Districts exclusively devoted to business and financial enterprise.

The District offers a variety of office space and amenities that combine to support the District’s businesses and provide the perfect location for corporate and financial success.

The District lies in the heart of West Palm Beach, Florida, the vibrant urban business and governmental center of the Palm Beach region.

The District is surrounded by exceptional restaurants and client entertainment venues and is served by exceptional regional and international travel and transit such as passenger rail, port and international airport.

The area offers some of the nation’s lowest costs of doing business, including no state income tax.

The City offers custom, executive assistance in relocation consideration and related issues, including District and area tours, business contacts and regulatory fast tracking.

Click to See More (Flagler Financial District)

 

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Palm Beach Condos are Back
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 05 December 2016 14:23

Sleepy Palm Beach and neighboring West Palm Beach have awakened to a wave of new residential development.

In 2018, Palm Beach, the tony enclave known for multimillion-dollar estates, becomes home to the 30-unit 3550 South Ocean (from $2.3 million) — the first residential edifice to rise there in over a decade.

Condo amenity terrace north view w600West Palm condos included in the article:

  • The Bristol
  • One West Palm
  • Marina Village

Read More (NY Post)


In Other Condo News

5-tower Prospect Place Project Up for West Palm Approval Today

A big turnout is expected at City Hall today to oppose the Prospect Place project, a five-tower condo complex planned for 3111 S. Dixie Highway, a quarter-mile south of Belvedere Road.

The 14-story towers are proposed to replace a mostly vacant, one- and two-story office complex. In addition to the 300 condos, plans call for six one-story retail buildings lining South Dixie in front of the towers.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)

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“Your Everglades and Clean Water” with Photographer Mac Stone
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Saturday, 03 December 2016 09:39

Enjoy this relevant and thought provoking symposium at the Four Arts with esteemed naturalists, scientists and agricultural professionals.

The keynote address will be given by Mac Stone,  an internationally acclaimed and award-winning conservation photographer.

macstone 1 w6002:00PM, Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium
$10

Reservations Required

Symposium Agenda

2 p.m. – Welcome by Garrison duP. Lickle and Eric Eikenberg, CEO Everglades Foundation

Panelists include:

- Science – Dr. Stephen Davis, Wetland Ecologist at the Everglades Foundation

- Human Health – Dr. Paul Alan Cox, Director of Brain Chemistry Labs

- Commerce and Agriculture – Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, VP of Lykes Brothers, Inc.

- Restoration  – Dr. Fred Sklar, South Florida Water Management District

Click to Find Out More & Purchase Tickets at the Four Arts Website

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Civic Association Town Beautification Committee Holds Start-of-Season Meeting
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 02 December 2016 14:16

The Civic Association Town Beautification Committee met this week. 

John Corey, from Palm Beach Walks, reviewed the North County Road tree Initiative and answered questions from the committee members. Bill Metzger updated the committee on the recently completed Town Square project. 

PBCA BeautificationCommitteeMtg11 29 16 w600The Town Square was the winner of the 2016 Civic Association Town Beautification Award.

The committee discussed the following: Bradley Park, Poinciana Plaza, Recreation Center, and candidates for the Civic Association’s 2017 Town Beautification Award.

In attendance: Christine Aylward, John Corey, Isabel Furlaud, Deborah O’Kain, Pat Mclaughlin, and Catherine Zieman.  Also present: special guest Bill Metzger, and Civic Association representatives Ned Barnes and Susan Keenan.

 

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Trump Taps Civic Association Director Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:45

President-elect Donald Trump tapped billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr., a Palm Beach Civic Association director and member of the Executive Committee, as commerce secretary.

Mr. Ross, 79, said he got official word of the selection late Tuesday when he met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.

Wilbur L Ross Jr w200Reached by phone today, Mr. Ross said he likely won’t be able to spend as much time in Palm Beach as he does now, though he will be here for the holidays.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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