Palm Beach Civic Association Committees 2015/2016
Committees on Community Issues
Advisory Council* gives the town’s most dynamic younger residents a voice in the Civic Association and the community. The group meets regularly to discuss local issues and provide input to the Executive Committee.
Bridge Committee, chaired by Llwyd Ecclestone, addresses Flagler Bridge and Southern Blvd Bridge construction. The group meets with officials, investigates options, and works with the mayor and Town of Palm Beach to ensure an efficient building process with minimal disruption for Palm Beach residents.
Health Care Committee** works to improve the level of health care available to Palm Beach residents. The group monitors local medical institutions and educates the public on relevant health care issues.
Palm Beach County Committee**, chaired by Jack Borland, addresses Palm Beach County issues that affect the Town of Palm Beach. The group works with the Palm Beach mayor on specific areas of concern, engages in the annual County budget process, and seeks to build productive relationships with County Commissioners and staff.
Port of Palm Beach/Peanut Island Committee, chaired by Robert Holuba, works closely with the newly created “Save Our Inlet” Coalition, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Palm Beach mayor to address Port of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Inlet, and Peanut Island issues.
Public Safety Committee** works to build positive relations between Town residents and police and fire rescue employees. The group partners with the Police Foundation in joint efforts and meets with the Public Safety Director to explore ways to be helpful.
Tax and Finance Committee**, chaired by Pat Cooper, monitors the Town’s finances, reviews the Town’s annual budget, and makes informed recommendations for improving the Town’s financial condition.
Town Beautification Committee*/** participates in Town beautification issues. The committee undertakes projects that enhance the beauty of Palm Beach and co-operates with other community organizations seeking to beautify the Town.
Transportation Committee**, chaired by James Weiner, addresses traffic flow and parking issues and other transportation-related concerns affecting the Town of Palm Beach. It monitors airport expansion and serves as an advocate for Palm Beach residents.
Underground Utilities Committee*/** supports the town in its efforts to bury the overhead utility lines. The group monitors the Town’s Underground Utilities Task Force, presents program on undergrounding, and educates residents on the Town’s undergrounding activities.
Water Resources Committee, chaired by Harvey Poppel, addresses water resource issues in the Town of Palm Beach. The group promotes water-saving measures and engages the City of West Palm Beach and other water providers on water quality issues and
West Palm Beach Committee*/** addresses West Palm Beach development issues and educates residents on the impact of West Palm Beach activities on the Town of Palm Beach.
Executive Committee, chaired by Bob Wright, meets monthly throughout the season to set Civic Association policy, oversee the work of the staff and the committees, and address the major issues in the community. (Executive Committee members are elected by the Civic Association Board of Directors)
Communications Committee*/** works with the communications director to upgrade and improve the Civic Association’s electronic communications such as the weekly email bulletin and the web site.
Fund Raising/Development Committee helps raise funds to underwrite Civic Association activities and programming. Chaired by Michele Kessler, the group plans and produces the Civic Association’s annual fund raising dinner and awards luncheon. It advises the vice president of marketing and membership on fund raising strategies, as needed.
Marketing/Membership Committee, chaired by Brian McIver, works with the vice president of marketing and membership to develop and implement the Civic Association’s marketing and membership programs. The group also assists with the Civic Association’s premier corporate partnership.
Nominating Committee, a sub-committee of the Executive Committee, recommends candidates for the Civic Association board of directors and works with the chairman to nominate candidates for officers and the executive committee. (Nominating Committee members are elected by the Civic Association Board of Directors).
Raymond J. Kunkel Committee selects a recipient of the Raymond J. Kunkel Award given each year at the annual meeting to an individual or group who renders heroic and/or meritorious service to the Palm Beach community.