• In Memoriam: Civic Association Director Edward McLaughlin
  • VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach January 21, 2018
  • UPDATE 1-20-2018: Presidential Visit Cancelled - Roads Open
  • Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market, & Code Purple
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In Memoriam: Civic Association Director Edward McLaughlin
The Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledges with deep appreciation the exceptional life and service of Civic Association Director Edward F. McLaughlin who died on January 18, 2018 in Palm Beach. He was 91.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach January 21, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 19, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
UPDATE 1-20-2018: Presidential Visit Cancelled - Roads Open
The presidential trip to Palm Beach was cancelled. Roads are open.  
Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market, & Code Purple
Fmr. NBC Universal CEO, and current Chairman of the Civic Association, Bob Wright on @Varneyco told Stuart Varney, "Most media doesn't report business."
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - January 12, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 12, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
VIDEO: 2018 Town Caucus Shapes this Election Cycle
Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.
Brightline Train Starts Saturday - Unveils Prices, Schedules [Video]
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- This morning Brightline said they will open trains to the public this Saturday, January 13.
UPDATE 1-11-2018: Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin Named Palm Beach Town Manager
The decision by the Town Council to name Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin was split 3-2 with countil members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman voting for and Council President Richard Kleid and Councilwoman Danielle Moore dissenting.
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In Memoriam: Civic Association Director Edward McLaughlin
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 22 January 2018 10:30

The Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledges with deep appreciation the exceptional life and service of Civic Association Director Edward F. McLaughlin who died on January 18, 2018 in Palm Beach. He was 91.

Palm Beach Civic Association
In Memoriam
Edward F. McLaughlin
1926- 2018

Ed lived a full and active life. He began his career in radio in 1958 as a salesman for an Oakland radio station. In 1964, ABC hired him as general sales manager for KGO/San Francisco, one of the area’s first news/talk stations where he became general manager in 1966.

In 1972, ABC transferred Mr. McLaughlin to New York to become president of ABC Radio Networks. During his 14-year tenure, he greatly increased the number of ABC affiliates and purchased Watermark, a radio syndication company.

In 1987, Ed founded EFM Radio, a production company devoted to talk radio and, in 1988, he produced the Rush Limbaugh Show. By 1990, this daytime talk show on political issues had become a fixture on more than 200 stations, ultimately airing on more than 500 stations. Through EFM Radio, he also produced and syndicated the “Dr. Dean Edell Show,” a medical talk show that airs on more than 400 stations.

In 1998, he became chairman of the board at Broadcaster’s Foundation, an organization devoted to helping broadcasters in need. He was also a trustee emeritus of Paley Center for Media and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

Ed was an active Civic Association director and a prominent community figure. He loved Palm Beach and enthusiastically supported the Association’s efforts to protect and improve the Town. We will miss him greatly. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife,

 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach January 21, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:36

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 19, 2018 edition.

Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter

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UPDATE 1/21/2018: Presidential Visit this Weekend in Palm Beach

The President cancelled his trip to Palm Beach. Roads are open.

Civic Association Video News [3:32]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE 1-20-2018: Presidential Visit Cancelled - Roads Open
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 19 January 2018 14:35

The presidential trip to Palm Beach was cancelled. Roads are open.

 

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Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market, & Code Purple
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:22

Fmr. NBC Universal CEO, and current Chairman of the Civic Association, Bob Wright on @Varneyco told Stuart Varney, "Most media doesn't report business."

On the 26,000 DOW stockmarket record: "We haven't gone anywhere near where we are going to go. This tax program is so strong, its impact is going to be found over the next 8, or 10, or 15 months. I'm predicting 2018 will probably be the most outstanding year probably since 1996 or 7 in terms of productivity, getting close to 4 percent in GDP, and then the following years are going to have a tremendous opportunity. In a 10 year cycle you're going to create 10 million jobs."

FOX Business [4:21]

On Code Purple, the foundation he founded to attack pancreatic cancer, Mr. Wright said, “We are fighting a huge bureaucracy.” But he's at the White House advocating for the launch of HARPA (Health Advanced Research Projects Agency) to execute transformational medical research projects to invent new cures and technologies in the healthcare arena.

 

This Week in Palm Beach
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - January 12, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 12 January 2018 22:41

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 12, 2018 edition.

Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter

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This Week in Palm Beach - January 12, 2018 from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO: 2018 Town Caucus Shapes this Election Cycle
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:47

Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.

Mr. Crampton, a South End resident, chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and a director at the Palm Beach Civic Association and Mr. Fried, a mid-town resident, an attorney, and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group 1 seat to be vacated by the retiring Richard Kleid.

South End resident James Sved dropped out of the race earlier in the day.

Councilwomen Margaret Zeidman and Bobbie Lindsay were nominated for new two-year terms in the Group 2 and Group 3 seats they hold, respectively with no opposition for their seats.

Civic Association News was there to get the candidate's perspective. Interviewed were Lew Crampton, Harris Fried, Bobbie Lidsay, and Maggie Zeidman [Civic Association News Video 6:48]:


Town of Palm Beach's 106th Town Caucus from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

 

PRESS

Two-candidate race emerges at Palm Beach caucus
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Transportation
Brightline Train Starts Saturday - Unveils Prices, Schedules [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:13

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- This morning Brightline said they will open trains to the public this Saturday, January 13.

Round-trip fares starting at $20 for rides between its stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. During the week, the company plans to run 10 round-trip trains a day between the two cities. There will be nine round-trip trains on the weekends.

Trains will depart as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.

In South Florida, trains are running on Henry Flagler’s historic rail corridor, passing through the downtown of many coastal cities, but will only eventually stop in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm.

The company launched its new website this morning but it's running slow, probably because of all the traffic with the announcement. Customers can buy tickets and check train times on the website.

WPTV-NBC5 [44 sec.]

Travel time between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale is expected to take about 35 minutes at speeds of up to 79 mph.

Ft. Lauderdale Station: Where to Go From Here?

Ft.LauderdaleBrightlineMap w600So you've booked your train trip from West Palm to Ft. Lauderdale. Great!  But once you get to the Ft. Lauderdale Brightline Station, now what?  Brightline's website has a link:

GO FROM OUR STATIONS
TO YOUR DESTINATIONS.
Find options to seamlessly connect you from our stations to places all over the city.

When I clicked on the link the page had no information. It just took you to pretty renderings of their stations.

The station is at Broward Blvd. near the Museum of Discovery and Science, within walking distance just 4 blocks away. The Broward Performing Arts Center is about 6 blocks away in the same direction as the museum.

The heart of Las Olas shops and restaurants is about 10 to 12 blocks away.

But everything else is going to require some kind of transportion.

The beach and A1A shopping, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment starts at 4 miles away. 

To get to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, which is 6 miles away you can take a bus that runs every 20 minutes. Google maps reports that ride is 37 minutes. Uber is another option, but even that is 21 minutes.

It begs the question, is Brightline going to offer a shuttle to the airport and cruiselines at Port Everglades, 4.5 miles away? Or are you on your own?

Stay tuned to find out.

Brightline said it plans to extend service to its station in Miami in the coming months when the station is finished with construction.

Eventually, Brightline plans to offer trips between South Florida and Orlando. Construction on the Orlando leg is set to begin this year, Brightline said.

PRESS

Brightline starts service Saturday; round-trip fares starting at $20
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $

Finally, you can ride Brightline trains this weekend for $10
Read More (SunSentinel)

Public Safety
UPDATE 1-11-2018: Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin Named Palm Beach Town Manager
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:03

The decision by the Town Council to name Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin was split 3-2 with countil members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman voting for and Council President Richard Kleid and Councilwoman Danielle Moore dissenting.

Mr. Kleid and Mrs. Moore said all candidates should be vetted including Public Works Director Paul Brazil and Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar, both have expressed an interest in the job. They said they weren't against Mr. Blouin; but, they wanted a more orderly process.

But a motion was made by Ms. Araskog to name Mr. Blouin and the majority ruled in favor saying it is important to move quickly to name new leadership because of all the challenges facing the town right now. 

Press

Blouin pledges to cut spending while protecting services in Palm Beach
Incoming Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Town Council Tuesday he’ll begin his task by huddling with department heads to explain his “vision.” Blouin said his mission is to work with employees to find ways to maintain or improve town services while reducing the cost of government.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Divided Palm Beach Town Council names new manager
In a 3-2 decision, the Town Council on Tuesday named Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to succeed Tom Bradford as town manager.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen, located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea near Cuba.

Somewhat disorganized Tropical Cyclone 18 is still moving northeast toward Florida and on a track that is forecast to brush by the Keys and the tip of the Florida peninsula overnight tonight.

Rain in Palm Beach expected to start around 1-3 pm today with a potential of 2-6 inches and flash flooding in some areas through Sunday morning. A flood watch is in effect from Vero Beach to Homestead from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning.

The system is forecast to become a tropical storm, named Philippe later today.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

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