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Civic Groups Offer to Pay for Public Safety Compensation Study - Council Accepts
BREAKING: Council accepts proposal from Civic Association and Police Foundation to underwrite study.
Cool Temps and Waves in Palm Beach this Week
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...
This Week in Palm Beach - February 5, 2016
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 5, 2016 edition.
Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg on Increased Lake Okeechobee Discharges
Today, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg released the following statement following the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maximize discharges from Lake Okeechobee beginning tomorrow:
CIVIC ASSOCIATION HEALTHCARE NEWS ALERT: Florida Readies for a Fight with Zika Virus
Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.
Sales Tax News
The Palm Beach County Administrator is set to pitch a sales tax increase to Palm Beach County Commissioners on Tuesday, February 9th . The county staff identified $712M in needs and backs sales tax increase.
Book Early for the Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon Featuring Keynote Speaker Bob Wright
The Civic Association is pleased to announce Bob Wright as the keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Luncheon at The Breakers.
Town Square Celebration in Pictures
The restored Memorial Fountain and redesigned Town Square were dedicated and celebrated by town leaders on Sunday. The Civic Association donated $10,000 toward the cause with other donors across Palm Beach.
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Civic Groups Offer to Pay for Public Safety Compensation Study - Council Accepts
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:54

BREAKING: Council accepts proposal from Civic Association and Police Foundation to underwrite study.

townhall600Before making any changes to police and firefighters’ retirement benefits, the Town Council will be able to see how other municipalities compensate their public safety workers.

Two nonprofit civic groups have offered to jointly pay for a study of the total compensation packages that 22 other regional municipalities provide to their police and firefighters.

Pat Cooper, secretary and treasurer of the Palm Beach Civic Association, and John Scarpa, president of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, made the offer Monday to the council’s Finance and Taxation Committee.

“Our executive committee has expressed serious concerns about recruitment and retention in public safety,” Cooper said.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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Cool Temps and Waves in Palm Beach this Week
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 08 February 2016 16:23

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...

DayAtBeachColdFrontWavesSynopsis: A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT BRINGING HAZARDOUS...GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS TO NEAR GALE FORCE. A NORTHEAST SWELL WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WATERS BUT WILL SLOWLY SUBSIDE THROUGH TUESDAY. SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH LATE WEEK WITH ANOTHER COLD FRONT FORECAST BY LATE IN THE WEEKEND.

Marine Forecast

Tonight
Near the coast...west winds 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the evening. Offshore...west winds 15 to 20 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the evening. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet in the gulf stream. Dominant period 8 seconds. North northeast swell 3 to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters rough in exposed areas. A slight chance of showers after midnight.
 
Tuesday
West winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to 11 feet in the gulf stream. Dominant period 6 seconds. North swell around 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Tuesday Night
West northwest winds 15 to 20 knots along the coast to west northwest 20 to 25 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet in the gulf stream. Dominant period 6 seconds. North swell around 3 feet in the evening. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Wednesday
Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet in the gulf stream. Dominant period 8 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Northend Beach [10 sec.]

 
Wednesday Night
Northwest winds around 15 knots along the coast to northwest 15 to 20 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet in the gulf stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Thursday
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet in the gulf stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Thursday Night
North northeast winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to northeast 15 to 20 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet in the gulf stream. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
 
 Northend Beach [24 sec.]
 
Friday
East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet in the gulf stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
 
Friday Night
East southeast winds around 5 knots becoming south late in the evening...then becoming west after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
 
Saturday
West northwest winds around 10 knots along the coast to northwest 10 to 15 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet in the gulf stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.

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This Week in Palm Beach - February 5, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 05 February 2016 14:46

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 5, 2016 edition.

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THIS WEEK IN PALM BEACH
The News Palm Beachers Need to Know

February 5, 2016
UNDERGROUNDING
Political Action Committee Forms to Oppose Utility Burial in Palm Beach
A political action committee has organized to oppose a town initiative to bury all utilities on the island. The PAC, Palm Beachers for Common Sense, registered Wednesday with Town Clerk Susan Owens' office.

Residents May Get Option to Prepay on Assessments 
The town is looking into giving property owners a chance to prepay their share of the cost of town-wide utility undergrounding.
By prepaying, owners would avoid annual assessments that will be on property tax bills.  
Latest Undergrounding News & Information
Visit the Palm Beach Civic Association's website for all the latest news and information in the Town of Palm Beach.
Read More (Civic Association News)
How Much Will Undergrounding Cost you?
The Town of Palm Beach unveiled the on-line search tool this week at the Undergrounding Task Force meeting to help residences calculate undergrounding assessment costs for
their property.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON
 
The Civic Association is pleased to announce Bob Wright as the keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Luncheon at The Breakers.

Bob is the Chairman and CEO of the Civic Association, the co-founder of Autism Speaks with his wife Suzanne, and the former vice-chair of GE and president and CEO of NBC.

Bob joined NBC as President and Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 1986 when he was 43, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal until May 1, 2007. He had one of the longest and most successful tenures of any media company chief executive

Read More (Civic Association News)

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FOUNTAIN
Memorial Fountain - Photo by Dragana Connaughton
Town Square Celebration in Pictures
The restored Memorial Fountain and redesigned Town Square were dedicated and celebrated by town leaders on Sunday. 
SOLD OUT!
CIVIC ASSOCIATION EVENT 
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
Private Tour and Luncheon at the
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
11:00 am
2051 South Flagler Drive,
West Palm Beach


CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERS ONLY
 
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
DIRECTORS IN THE NEWS
Steve Ross
Miami Dolphins Owner Steve Ross, a Civic Association Director, Makes a Big New York Win
Ross's New York-based Related Companies is doing well. The city's largest developer has a dozen projects under way in New York alone, spanning affordable and luxury residences, hotels and mixed use developments.
Wilbur Ross
Invest like a legend
Civic Association Director Wilbur Ross
Wilbur Ross is chairman and chief strategy officer for New York-based WL Ross & Co., an affiliate of Invesco. The 78-year-old contrarian has made a fortune...
WEST PALM DEVELOPS
Palm Beach Outlet Rendering
Rendering of the Palm Beach Outlets - TheRealDeal.com
Palm Beach County's Biggest
Commercial Buyers of 2015
Investors sank billions of dollars into Palm Beach County real estate last year. The Real Deal compiled a list of 2015's biggest commercial investors. Check out the top five.
SOLD OUT!
Civic Association
Breakfast with Our Visionary Leader
Steve Ross
Monday - February 15. 2016 - 9:00 a.m.
Colony Hotel / Members Only Event

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Monday, February 8, 9:30 AM
Town Tax & Finance Committee
Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM 
Town Hall Council Chambers

February 10, 9:30 AM
Town Council Meeting-Development Review
Town Hall Council Chambers

Monday, February 15, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
BREAKFAST WITH OUR VISIONARY LEADER 
Steve Ross 
The Colony Hotel | Pavilion Room

February 16, 9:30 AM 
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 
Town Hall Council Chambers

February 17, 9:30 AM 
Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting 
Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 AM
Private Tour and Luncheon
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
 
Palm Beach County's executive staff has identified more than $712 million in needs for repairs and new facilities and backs a sales tax increase to pay for them.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Administrator Set to Pitch Sales Tax Increase to Commissioners
Palm Beach County's sales tax could jump to 7 percent on purchases if county commissioners back one of the plans they'll hear on Tuesday and it's approved by voters this fall.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

PBC Schools Seek to
Join County on Asking
for 1-Cent Sales Tax Hike
A majority of Palm Beach County School Board members said Wednesday that they want to join with the county's municipal governments and cultural organizations in a campaign to raise the county's 6-cent sales tax by an extra penny.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
New Council Members to be Sworn In at Palm Beach Town Council Meeting Tuesday
Priscilla Taylor Quits Congressional Race, Faces Fight to Keep commission Seat
Priscilla Taylor
Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who said she couldn't raise enough money to compete with her congressional rivals, now appears headed toward an expensive race to remain on the commission.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)
Doyle Rogers Funeral Schedule and Memoriam
Doyle Rodgers
Doyle Rogers
1929 - 2016
Doyle Rogers funeral is scheduled for Saturday, February 13 at the Royal Poinciana Chapel at 60 Cocoanut Row. Services start at 11 a.m.
Everglades Foundation News
Eric Eikenberg
Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg on Increased Lake Okeechobee Discharges
Today, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg released the following statement following the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maximize discharges from Lake Okeechobee beginning tomorrow.
Read More (Civic Association New)
Photo by Patrick Lynch
Everglades Restoration Bill Passes House Committee
A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote.
Read More (Florida Politics)
SCRIPPS FLORIDA NEWS
Scientists Win $1.2M to Study New
Disease Strategies
Scripps Florida scientists will study how to treat obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease & muscle decline.
Scripps Microscope Gets Down to Millionths of Millimeters
Scripps Florida's newest microscope cost $500,000, can see things a few millionths of a millimeter apart and is so sensitive it can be thrown off by the draft from the air conditioning.
Civic Association
HEALTHCARE ALERT!
Florida Readies for a Fight with Zika Virus 
Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments aggressively urge people to dump or cover anything on their property that holds water so they don't end up raising mosquitoes that spread the virus through bites.
Read More (Civic Association News)
Thousands of Blacktip Sharks Cruise the Palm Beach Shoreline
wikipedia image
The blacktip shark is found in warm coastal waters surrounding Florida, frequently seen inhabiting bays, estuaries, coral reefs, and the shallow waters off beaches and river mouths.
 
 
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Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg on Increased Lake Okeechobee Discharges
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 05 February 2016 12:20

Today, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg released the following statement following the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maximize discharges from Lake Okeechobee beginning tomorrow:

EricEikenbergEvergladesFoundationHeadshot-w300Image: Eric Eikenberg, CEO Everglades Foundation

We are disheartened to hear today’s announcement to increase discharges from Lake Okeechobee to maximum capacity. Still recovering from polluted discharges during the ‘Lost Summer’ of 2013, the fragile St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries are once again at risk of facing ecological and economic fallout that’s becoming all too common.

Lake-Okeechobee-discharge-w600Completing projects outlined in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is needed now more than ever. These projects will allow the discharges to be treated and sent south to areas like Florida Bay that are starving for fresh water instead of being dumped out to sea.

We’re optimistic that a bill moving through the Florida Legislature to provide at least $100 million per year for CERP projects alone—and even more for Everglades restoration in general—will be signed into law. This ‘Legacy Florida’ legislation would establish dedicated funding for critical restoration projects that would decrease harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges.

Find out more: www.EvergladesFoundation.org

The Everglades Foundation is a Civic Association Corporate Partner.

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CIVIC ASSOCIATION HEALTHCARE NEWS ALERT: Florida Readies for a Fight with Zika Virus
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 05 February 2016 11:57

Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments aggressively urge people to dump or cover anything on their property that holds water so they don't end up raising mosquitoes that spread the virus through bites.

A rainy, humid winter already had mosquito control officials on alert statewide and door-to-door inspections have been increased in neighborhoods where 12 cases of Zika were reported, all from people who have traveled abroad.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 
Florida Governor Expands State of Emergency in Zika Virus Outbreak [ABC News 1:52]

 

scripps florida verticalScripps Florida Researching Zika Virus

The Zika virus is now causing a health emergency.  Two months ago most of us had never even heard of it.

Now, five Florida counties are under a public health emergency.  The race for answers continues, one that is actually happening right in our back yard with Scripps Florida.

See More (WPTV-NBC5)


Scripps Florida is a Palm Beach Civic Association Partner

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Sales Tax News
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 05 February 2016 11:12

The Palm Beach County Administrator is set to pitch a sales tax increase to Palm Beach County Commissioners on Tuesday, February 9th . The county staff identified $712M in needs and backs sales tax increase.

Sales-Tax-w600Palm Beach County’s sales tax could jump to 7 percent on purchases if county commissioners back one of the plans they’ll hear on Tuesday and it’s approved by voters this fall.

Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

PBC Staff Identifies $712M in Needs; Backs Sales Tax Increase
Palm Beach County’s executive staff has identified more than $712 million in needs for repairs and new facilities and backs a sales tax increase to pay for them. The staff’s formal recommendation will be made when the County Commission meets on Tuesday.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

PBC Schools Seek to Join County on Asking for 1-Cent Sales Tax Hike
A majority of Palm Beach County School Board members said Wednesday that they want to join with the county’s municipal governments and cultural organizations in a campaign to raise the county’s 6-cent sales tax by an extra penny.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board Opposes Possible Sales Tax Hikes
The Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board is urging its supporters to oppose a series of possible sales tax increases that could be on the ballot this fall.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

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Book Early for the Civic Association Annual Awards Luncheon Featuring Keynote Speaker Bob Wright
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:46

The Civic Association is pleased to announce Bob Wright as the keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Luncheon at The Breakers.

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Bob is the Chairman and CEO of the Civic Association, the co-founder of Autism Speaks with his wife Suzanne, and the former vice-chair of GE and president and CEO of NBC.

Bob joined NBC as President and Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 1986 when he was 43, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal until May 1, 2007. He had one of the longest and most successful tenures of any media company chief executive, with more than two decades at the helm of one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

FriendsCast w300During Bob's career, some of the most watched shows were on the air:

  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Cheers
  • Friends
  • Law and Order
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Will and Grace
  • Seinfeld
  • Matlock
  • L.A. Law
  • Quantum Leap
  • The West Wing
  • Many more...


Bob faced a two‐headed dragon: on one hand, distrust from the network people deeply skeptical of the “suit” from GE, their new corporate parent; and on the other, fiscal oversight demands from a cautious, conservative institution reluctant to invest heavily in a media business they didn’t understand. For the next 20 years, he managed to navigate the fine line between the two and in the process completely reinvent ―and save― the network.

Under his leadership, a traditional network, struggling to survive a changing landscape, was transformed into a $45 billion cable and internet giant. Frequently flying under the GE corporate radar, Bob and his hand‐picked team spearheaded what amounts to a revolution in broadcast television.

Suzanne-Bob-Wright-Autism-SpeaksAt almost the exact same time as Bob’s NBC reign was winding down, his grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism, a condition then poorly understood. Baffled by a lack of medical knowledge and community support, Bob and his wife Suzanne founded Autism Speaks, which in short order became the leading advocacy and research funding organization for this mysterious condition that so devastates families. They make a powerful team, the compassionate, charismatic, indefatigable Suzanne who won’t take no for an answer, and the analytic, efficient executive who poured all his business acumen into building an organization from scratch.

Come hear Bob tell his personal story at the Civic Association Annual Luncheon, two weeks before his book "The Wright Stuff" is released.

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The Civic Association Annual Awards is our fund raising event for the year.

 

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Town Square Celebration in Pictures
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:26

The restored Memorial Fountain and redesigned Town Square were dedicated and celebrated by town leaders on Sunday. The Civic Association donated $10,000 toward the cause with other donors across Palm Beach.

Palm Beacher Dragana Connaughton was there to capture the event in pictures.

Photographer: Dragana Connaughton, Special to the Civic Association

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Mayor Gail Coniglio and Congresswoman Lois Frankel taking a selfie!

crowd

 

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Mayor Gail Conglio at the podium with Centenial Chairman Bill Bone (light blue tie) seat to the right.


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Restored Memorial Fountain


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Period Dress


MemorialPark
Memorial Park

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