• VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
  • MSNBC’s Brian Williams Entertained at Civic Association Annual Awards Dinner
  • Civic Association Annual Awards: Jeff Smith Wins, Rumbough Legacy Society Established, Brian Williams Speaks
  • UPDATE 2-14-2018: Presidential Visit Expected in Palm Beach this Holiday Weekend
  • The Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. Legacy Society Started for the Civic Association

 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 16, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
UPDATE 2-14-2018: Presidential Visit Expected in Palm Beach this Holiday Weekend
President Trump is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 3:15 p.m. on Friday and leave by 5 p.m. on Monday, according to an alert issued by the FAA this morning.
Civic Association Opposes Anti-Home Rule Bills
In a letter to the House Government Accountability Committee in the Florida State Legislature, the Civic Association opposes HB 773 and other anti-home rule bills being considered in this session.
Civic Association - Garden Club Tour of the Four Arts Garden
The Civic Association and Palm Beach Garden Club hosted a tour of the Four Arts gardens.  See photos below.
VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 10, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 9, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
U.S. Ambassadors Discuss their Service at Civic Association Luncheon [Videos]
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Howard Leach and Craig Stapleton, who both served the United States as ambassadors to France, spoke to a packed house Friday, kicking off a new Civic Association Ambassador Luncheon Series at Café L’Europe.
Kirk Blouin Set to Take Over as Town Manager on Feb. 13
The stage has been set for Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to become town manager as of the Feb. 13 Town Council meeting.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - February 2, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 2, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
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VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:45

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 16, 2018 edition.

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UPDATE 2-14-2018: Presidential Visit Expected in Palm Beach this Holiday Weekend
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:36

President Trump is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 3:15 p.m. on Friday and leave by 5 p.m. on Monday, according to an alert issued by the FAA this morning.

TOWN OF PALM BEACH TRAFFIC ALERT -- CHANGES IN TRAFFIC PATTERNS BEGINNING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 NO LATER THAN 6 AM

Image (File Photo): Air Force transport of presidential motorcade at Palm Beach International Airport.

The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago will begin Friday, February 16, 2018, no later than 6AM. Expect traffic delays and road closures in this area thru Monday, February 19, 2018. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

It is recommended that all household staff, landscaper maintenance companies, pool companies, etc. adjust their schedules accordingly so as not to spend an unnecessary amount of time in traffic due to the closure.
As always, motorists are strongly encouraged to refrain from cellular phone use or any other distractions while driving to assist in the movement of traffic.

During the closure period, all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, are prohibited on S. Ocean Blvd from the intersection of S. County Road to Southern Boulevard. The travel restrictions will also extend eastward to the ocean. If you are a resident living south of the South Ocean Blvd. and South County intersection you will be granted access with proper credentials.

As a reminder, commercial vehicles (including landscaping trucks) are prohibited from traveling east on Southern Blvd and North of the 1200 block of S. Ocean. Marine security zones will be in effect during this period.

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Civic Association Opposes Anti-Home Rule Bills
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:28

In a letter to the House Government Accountability Committee in the Florida State Legislature, the Civic Association opposes HB 773 and other anti-home rule bills being considered in this session.

The Civic Association encourages all residents to contact your state legislators and oppose HB 773.  The Civic Association letter is below:

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Palm Beach Civic Association
Palm Beach, Florida
February 12, 2018

House Government Accountability Committee Members
Florida State Legislature
Tallahassee, Florida

Re: Please Oppose HB 773

Dear Committee Members:

The Palm Beach Civic Association represents more than 2,500 residents in the Town of Palm Beach. I am writing on their behalf to express our strong opposition to anti-home rule bills in the Florida Legislature. Specifically, we oppose HB 773 (La Rosa).

HB 773 (La Rosa) prohibits cities from establishing ordinances specific to short-term vacation rentals. Instead, the law would require that all residential properties be treated the same, regardless of whether the property is being used as a rental or not.

We oppose legislation that reduces a local community’s ability to respond to problems created by the over-commercialization of short-term rental properties.

At the Civic Association, we believe in home rule and the right of municipalities to exercise any power for municipal purposes except as otherwise provided by law. Our local elected officials—our mayor and town council members—should have the authority to make decisions about our unique issues and concerns. Specifically, they should be empowered to determine how our tax dollars are spent.

We urge you to protect us by voting “no” on HB 773. Please keep home rule in the State of Florida.

Sincerely,

Ned Barnes
President

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Contact Your State Representatives in Tallahassee

Senator Bobby Powell
(850) 487-5030
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Representative Bill Hagar
(850) 717-5089
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In an earlier letter and article, the Civic Association outlined our position on other home rule proposals. 

Click here to see our article and video

 

 

 

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Civic Association - Garden Club Tour of the Four Arts Garden
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 09 February 2018 14:09

The Civic Association and Palm Beach Garden Club hosted a tour of the Four Arts gardens.  See photos below.

Photos by Capehart

2018 Civic Association Garden Club Tour

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VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 10, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:15

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 9, 2018 edition.

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U.S. Ambassadors Discuss their Service at Civic Association Luncheon [Videos]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:41

By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Howard Leach and Craig Stapleton, who both served the United States as ambassadors to France, spoke to a packed house Friday, kicking off a new Civic Association Ambassador Luncheon Series at Café L’Europe.

Ambassador Leach, a Civic Association director, and Ambassador Stapleton, who also served the U.S. as Ambassador to the Czech Republic, shared anecdotes about their tenures.

Photo: Ambassador Craig Stapleton, Ambassador Howard Leach, Civic Association Chairman Bob Wright

Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright welcomed the 70 people in attendance. He told the group that the entire season is dedicated to the memory of Stanley M. Rumbough, who passed away on September 27. Mr. Rumbough was a Civic Association director for 40 years, chairman for 10 years, and chairman emeritus since 2010. Mr. Wright introduced Mr. Rumbough’s wife, Janne Rumbough, who was in attendance.

The program was sponsored by First Republic Bank.

Mr. Leach was named U.S. Ambassador to France in 2001 and served until 2005. Mr. Stapleton served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003. In June 2005, he succeeded Mr. Leach as Ambassador to France and served until January 2009.

Ambassador Howard Leach

Mr. Leach talked about getting the call from President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to France, but thought it was a friend of his playing a prank on him, until he heard the president’s recognizable voice.

Amb. Howard Leach February 2018 AMBASSADORS LUNCHEON #1 Video [14:46]

Once an ambassador clears an extensive background check, the ambassador, and his or her spouse, attend a two-week training at the State Department. The program educates them on the country where they will be serving and what protocols must be followed.
Mr. Leach and his wife, Gretchen, lived in a 75,000 square-foot, 18th century residence called Hôtel de Pontalba in Paris. The residence had a two-acre garden and a staff of 24 people.

“We needed 24 people because we entertained 18,000 people a year,” Mr. Leach said.

In the U.S., 70 percent of ambassadors are career diplomats and 30 percent are appointees from other careers, he said.
Mr. Leach presented his credentials to French President Jacques Chirac one week before 9/11.

“France was very supportive,” Mr. Leach said. “The headline on one French newspaper said, ‘We are all Americans.’ They are our oldest ally.”

President Chirac asked Mr. Leach to come over to Élysée Palace, the presidential residence, to pay tribute to lives lost on 9/11. The Star-Spangled Banner was played, along with taps and the French national anthem. It was the only time that any foreign national anthem has been played at Élysée Palace, he said.

Gretchen Leach has written a book that tells of their experiences in France called Letters from Paris. It is a behind-the-scenes personal account of their lives in Paris while representing the United States in France.

Amb. Craig Stapleton February 2018 AMBASSADORS LUNCHEON #1 Video [10:20]

Mr. Stapleton received a call from President Bush, asking if he would accept the job of Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
“I said, ‘fantastic’ and accepted on the spot,” he said.

In 2002, Mr. and Mrs. Leach were on vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. Mr. Leach was playing golf in front of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She told him there are catastrophic floods in Prague and he needs to go back there.

“I said, ‘Floods in Prague? I just left there two days ago,’” he remembered. “I said, ‘Debbie, forget about packing suitcases. We’re going to the airport and going back to Prague.’”

The flooding caused dozens of deaths, destroyed over a thousand houses and caused severe damage to roads and bridges.

“We came back with an American aid program for the Czech Republic, he said. “Being an American ambassador is fantastic – and we got to do it twice.”

Future Luncheons in the Civic Association Ambassador Series

Ambassador Series Luncheons are a benefit to major contributors of the Civic Association. Call Allison Tardonia for more information 561-655-0820.

Ambassador Luncheon Series #2
Wednesday, March 14 – 12:00 Noon
Keynote Speakers: Ambassadors Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Stuart Bernstein
Café L’Europe
Sponsored by Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation

Ambassador Luncheon Series #3
Thursday, April 5 – 12:00 Noon
Keynote Speakers: Ambassadors Nancy Brinker and Eric Javits
Café L’Europe

February 2018 AMBASSADORS LUNCHEON #1 Total-Event Video [55:52]

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Palm Beach Civic Association Holds First Luncheon in Ambassador Series (Palm Beach Daily News)

Gallery (Click an image to see a larger photo)

Photography by Capehart

Ambassador Luncheon February 2, 2018

 

Town Council
Kirk Blouin Set to Take Over as Town Manager on Feb. 13
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 05 February 2018 11:56

The stage has been set for Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to become town manager as of the Feb. 13 Town Council meeting.

Town officials said Blouin was expected to succeed Tom Bradford as town manager on Feb. 13, when Blouin’s new management contract and Bradford’s severance agreement would both be on the agenda for council approval.

Read more (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

This Week in Palm Beach
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - February 2, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:13

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 2, 2018 edition.

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THIS BRIDGE CLOSURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!  THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN OPEN TONIGHT. FDOT News Release -- Flagler Bridge will be closed tonight from 9 p.m. Friday, June 30, to 6 a.m. Saturday, July 1, for mast arm installation at the Bradley Place/Cocoanut Row intersection in Palm Beach.

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 summer 2017. The estimated construction cost is $106 million.

For more information about the Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project, call Community Outreach Specialist Angel Gardner at (561) 886-8773 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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