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Civic Association Director Dr. Oz Films Dramatic Video of Students Fleeing Bus on Fire
New Civic Association Director, Dr. Mehmet Oz, filmed dramatic video Sunday of high school students fleeing a bus engulfed in flames on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Civic Association Director Urges Vigilance about Pesticides & Fertilizer
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Palm Beach Civic Association Director Susanne Durst wants everyone to live a healthy Palm Beach lifestyle.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - April 20, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. April 20, 2018 edition.
2017 - 2018 Season in Review Video
The Palm Beach Civic Association was involved and engaged in the community throughout the 2017 - 2018 season. See the video in the link below for a six minute review of recent association activity.
New Civic Association Directors, Award Winners, & State-of-the-Town Address Highlight Annual Meeting [Videos]
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association -- Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, renowned heart surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show, joined the ranks of distinguished directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association Monday during the Annual Meeting at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.
Mayor Talks Pensions, Beaches & More During Civic Association’s Annual Meeting
By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association -- In her State-of-the-Town address, Mayor Gail Coniglio spoke about shoring up the pension deficit, improving facilities and infrastructure, dealing with traffic issues and protecting the beaches.
New Civic Association Directors Elected to the Board
During the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Meeting, new directors were elected to the Board of Directors.  See bios below:
Civic Association Annual Meeting Videos
The Civic Association produced several videos about the Season and Annual Meeting. See them here.
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Civic Association Director Dr. Oz Films Dramatic Video of Students Fleeing Bus on Fire
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 23 April 2018 13:15

New Civic Association Director, Dr. Mehmet Oz, filmed dramatic video Sunday of high school students fleeing a bus engulfed in flames on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

DrOzStopsForRescue FoxNews w600Dr. Oz was driving along the highway when he saw the fire taking over the coach bus. He pulled his car off to the side of the road in front of the bus, checked if everyone was alright, and started filming the frantic students fleeing the blaze.

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Civic Association Director Urges Vigilance about Pesticides & Fertilizer
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 23 April 2018 11:31

By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Palm Beach Civic Association Director Susanne Durst wants everyone to live a healthy Palm Beach lifestyle.

Durst w200And that begins with residents educating themselves on what pesticides are being sprayed on their property and the frequency of spraying that’s taking place, Ms. Durst says. She urges that residents monitor the pesticides that are sprayed daily, monthly, and annually.

Photo: Susanne Durst, Civic Association Director

“I’m not saying stop spraying,” she said. “I’m saying spray consciously."

Photo: Four Arts Garden

"We are always looking for beautiful Palm Beach gardens and healthy children, but we are killing one of the most important environmental aspects of our life. Our life depends on a vibrant ecosystem and that cannot be run without insects. By spraying a couple of annoying insects, we’re killing thousands of good insects. Three different species of bumble bees have gone extinct.”

Ms. Durst said she asks the pest control technicians what they’re spraying, and they don’t know.

Butterfly1 w386“The homeowners don’t know what’s being sprayed,” she said. “The technicians, who are spraying, don’t know what’s being sprayed. The pest control companies are buying pesticides in big white containers and pumping it onto our properties and they might not even know what is being sprayed.”

Photo: One of many butterflies in the Susanne Durst garden.

Phosphorous and nitrogen are two of the worst things that can be sprayed, especially in the summertime when it rains heavily and runs into the waterways, Ms. Durst said.

“This is affecting us physically, especially our children and our pets,” she said.

Ms. Durst’s love of the environment dates back to childhood.

Her father was a landscape architect and her grandparents owned a large farm. She and her husband, Douglas, have owned the biggest certified organic farm in New York for more than 35 years. It’s a 1,200-acre farm in Millerton, New York. They also have a large garden at their Katonah, N.Y. residence. They have never used pesticides anywhere, she said.

“We grow vegetables and have livestock,” Ms. Durst said of their Millerton farm. “We have a large teaching facility and take interns from all over the world. We have a big road stand on Rt. 22 with a bakery and a kitchen. I’m talking from experience.

 “In Palm Beach, we have white flies, and everyone is hysterical over white flies,” she said. “If we had dragon flies and lady bugs, they would deal with the white flies. Whenever we spray, we kill the dragon flies and the lady bugs.

028 Dunst CorrectionMs. Durst urges residents to learn what is being sprayed on their property and to monitor the frequency. It becomes harmful when pesticides are sprayed on a daily basis and, especially, in high winds, which makes the spray drift onto other properties, she said.

“Roses have to be sprayed in Florida, but it should be done on a day with no wind, so it doesn’t carry to next three houses,” she said. “We are truly killing one of the most important environmental aspects of our life.”

File Photo: Durst guest house and gardens with newly planted African tree in 2017.

Doug Tallamy, professor and chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, agrees. One of his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Mr. Tallamy won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

“If people knew the degree to which they are exposed to all of these toxins that we are putting in our yard, they wouldn’t do it,” Mr. Tallamy said. “We need functional ecosystems and spraying is inconsistent with that. It kills the things that run those ecosystems.”

OrangeCaterpillar2CU colorcorrectIt’s not just the spraying that’s dangerous, Mr. Tallamy says. It’s the use of fertilizers that wash into the waterways during rainy season and cause the blue-green algae blooms, he said.

Photo: Caterpiller in Susanne Durst garden.

“It’s overzealous landscape care that’s causing a lot of problems,” he said.

One key to good landscaping is to use plants that have evolved in South Florida that other plants and animals have interacted with for thousands of years. Then you will need very little spraying – if any, he said.

“Everybody’s property is part of the local ecosystem and if you treat your property in a way that degrades that ecosystem, and everybody does that, you’ll have an ecosystem collapse,” he said. “The less you spray the better, and only do it when it’s necessary – when you have a targeted pest and there’s an outbreak. Preventive spraying is no good. When you spray, the first thing you kill the natural enemies of the pests you’re trying to kill.”

Ms. Durst added, “Everyone is so good about eating healthy food, wearing the right clothes, doing their exercises. Now is the time to be more educated about the pesticides that are being sprayed. Be aware of what goes on in your yard.”

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Growing the Garden

The annual Spring Benefit was held in the garden of Susanne and Douglas Durst’s home. More than 300 guests enjoyed an open bar; hors d’oeuvres; and a live auction featuring rare and exotic plants, orchids and arrangements.

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - April 20, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:32

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. April 20, 2018 edition.

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2017 - 2018 Season in Review Video
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:51

The Palm Beach Civic Association was involved and engaged in the community throughout the 2017 - 2018 season. See the video in the link below for a six minute review of recent association activity.

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Civic Association Video: This Season in Palm Beach 2017 - 2018 [6:45] 

Palm Beach Civic Association
President’s Report
2017-2018

Happy news and sad news this season…  First, the happy news:

In September, our Chairman and CEO Bob Wright married our Vice President of Marketing and Membership, Susan Keenan.  We congratulate the happy couple who are so supportive of Civic Association activities.  During the season, the Wrights graciously hosted a Civic Association party at their home for our directors and major donors.

As the wedding day approached, the soon-to-be Mrs. Wright resigned her position at the Civic Association, and we were sad to see her go.  Soon, however, Mary Robosson, the widely-known, very capable former Development Director at the Kravis Center (1992-2004), stepped up to take the job.  Mary recruited Allison Tardonia, also widely-known and very capable, the former Kravis Development Assistant (1998-2004), to serve on the Civic Association team as our new Membership and Events Manager. 

Now, the sad news:

Last fall, our former chairman, Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., passed away at 97.  An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stan was a Civic Association director for more than 40 years. He was co-chairman for 10 years and CEO from 2005 to 2009 where he led the association’s policy-making executive committee.  Stan loved Palm Beach and he loved the Civic Association. He was our friend and we miss him.

Through Stan’s generosity and the generosity of his family and friends, the Palm Beach Civic Association has established the Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. Legacy Society with gifts and commitments totaling more than one million dollars. 

The Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. Legacy Society will ensure the Civic Association long-term fiscal stability to continue our mission of protecting and enhancing the quality of life in Palm Beach.  The Society will serve as a catalyst to educate our citizens through organized forums and symposiums in perpetuity.  

In other news, the Civic Association was extremely active on all fronts this season in our efforts to protect and improve Palm Beach.

We partnered with the Town of Palm Beach and invested $50,000 to conduct a peer review of the Town-Wide Underground Utilities Master Plan.  The report helped Town officials make sure they were employing the most effective, financially sound procedures when burying the overhead utilities.  

We engaged an engineering firm to study traffic congestion created by West Palm Beach development and recommend solutions for Palm Beachers who must fight their way through the city of West Palm Beach to get on and off the island.

Civic Association Directors E. Llwyd Ecclestone and Leo Vecellio and our consultant, former County Commissioner Karen Marcus met with West Palm Beach elected officials and West Palm Beach residents’ groups.  They attended West Palm Beach public meetings with our traffic experts to appeal for improved access and egress to Palm Beach Island.

In the fall, the Civic Association hosted a community forum on Hurricane Irma recovery and the Town’s undergrounding program.

During the winter, the association presented a town-wide forum for residents to hear their elected officials, meet the candidates for the Town Council, and get to know the new Town Manager Kirk Blouin.

Civic Association directors were treated to a special luncheon by Civic Association Director Jeff Greene at his Tideline Hotel in Palm Beach.  As our host and a major local developer, Mr. Greene presented a comprehensive overview of West Palm Beach development along with his own plans for the future.     

Under the skilled leadership of Civic Association director and executive committee member Harvey L. Poppel, Civic Association volunteers undertook an exhaustive long range planning study of the Town of Palm Beach.

Our Tax and Finance Committee, led by our treasurer Pat Cooper, analyzed the Town budget, helped Town officials address pension challenges and participated in the Town’s Comprehensive Review of Town Operations.

Our consultant Karen Marcus and the Save Our Inlet Coalition, led by Civic Association Director Keith Beaty, encouraged Palm Beach County to take over Peanut Island and the Kennedy Bunker and turn the entire Peanut Island property into a County park open to the public.

Our Public Safety Committee, chaired by executive committee member Dave Duffy, met with then Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to discuss Town safety issues. 

Our Health Care Committee, led by director Jeffrey Levitt, welcomed Good Samaritan Medical Center’s new CEO Tara McCoy and produced a community forum entitled: “Live to be 100 with a High Quality Palm Beach Lifestyle.”

In February, the Civic Association hosted a highly successful luncheon and fund raiser at the Breakers featuring MSNBC’s Brian Williams.  More than 60 event underwriters joined Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, at a dinner hosted and underwritten by Howard and Michele Kessler at their beautiful home.  Director Jeff Smith was awarded the William J. “Bill” Brooks Community Service Award. 

This season, more than a dozen organizations stepped up to underwrite Civic Association programs and activities.  Major sponsors included Boca Nursing Services, The Breakers, Braman Motorcars, Campazzi Concierge Medical Services, First Republic Bank, Florida Crystals, the Frisbie Group, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Holistic Integrated Health (HIH), Linda R. Olsson, Inc., Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation, Scripps Research Institute, Florida, and Tiffany & Co.  The Civic Association is grateful to everyone who supports our community efforts.

The Civic Association Holiday party in the Breakers Circle Ballroom was attended by over 300 guests and once again proved to be a highlight of the year. 

The very successful Civic Association-Garden Club tour of the magnificent Four Arts Garden sold out for another season. 

The Association’s 2017 Raymond J. Kunkel Award for heroic or meritorious service to the Town was presented to:

  • Sean Luca Frankland, a student at Bak Middle School of the Arts and South End resident, for creating “Recycle with Sean Luca” in which he collects abandoned or donated bicycles, washes and fixes them, and delivers them to homeless and family outreach centers.
  • Gray Foster, a Palm Beach Day Academy student and Palm Beach resident, for his research on the environment and his efforts to improve Palm Beach by banning plastic bags and ending the release of balloons on our beaches.      
  • Friends of Palm Beach, founded by Diane Buhler, for their comprehensive beach cleaning program in the community.

Again this season, the Civic Association joined the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach to co-fund the Town’s “Employee of the Year Award” and a scholarship for the child of a Town employee.

In April, Mayor Gail Coniglio delivered her annual State-of-the-Town address to a full house at the Civic Association’s Annual Meeting and Season-End Celebration at the Flagler Museum.  The Town Beautification Award was presented to the Garden Club of Palm Beach for its amazing contributions to the beauty of Palm Beach over many years.

Following the tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida, the Civic Association Executive Committee issued a statement condemning the violence and calling on elected officials to ensure the safety of all citizens.

Last July, after almost five years of construction, the new Flagler Memorial Bridge opened to the public.  Mayor Gail Coniglio and Civic Association directors worked behind the scenes to help make it happen while keeping the old bridge open to traffic during construction. 

To spread the word about the negative impact of plastic shopping bags, the Civic Association partnered with Publix and Oxbridge Academy students to hand out reusable grocery bags to Publix shoppers.  Spearheaded by Civic Association Director Brian McIver, the two day-long efforts resulted in the distribution of thousands of free reusable bags to Palm Beach residents.      

In March, forty Civic Association directors and friends boarded a bus for a field trip to Florida Crystals, Inc.  Hosted by Civic Association Director Pepe Fanjul, the sensational event introduced Palm Beachers to the extensive world of farming in Central Florida that impacts the nation and the world.

This season, the Civic Association provided directors as keynote speakers for a leadership series sponsored by the police and fire-rescue departments.  Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright and executive committee member George Cohon shared stories of their successful careers and the important leadership lessons learned along the way. 

The Civic Association hosted a luncheon series at Cafe L’Europe where former United States ambassadors, many of whom are Civic Association directors, shared their experiences and reflected on the state of the world today.  Featured guests included Ambassador to France, Howard Leach; Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic, Craig Stapleton; Ambassador to Denmark, Stuart Bernstein; Ambassador to Finland, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter; Ambassador to Hungary, Nancy Brinker; and Eric Javits, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.       

In addition to our weekly email newsletter, “This Week in Palm Beach,” our Communications Director Mike Brown launched a successful video news feature in which the Civic Association now also reports Palm Beach news in a video format each week.   

I want to thank the Civic Association staff—Vice President Mary Robosson, Membership and Events Manager Allison Tardonia, Communications Director Mike Brown, and Office Manager Cathy Coleman.  They are a capable, highly skilled, dedicated, enthusiastic team that serves our organization exceptionally well.  We are fortunate to have them.

I also want to thank our chairman and CEO Bob Wright, our Treasurer Pat Cooper, our executive committee, and all our many Civic Association directors, members, and friends.  Palm Beach is privileged to have such an active, highly energized organization like ours where so many residents roll up their sleeves and get involved in their community. 

 

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New Civic Association Directors, Award Winners, & State-of-the-Town Address Highlight Annual Meeting [Videos]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:46

By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association -- Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, renowned heart surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show, joined the ranks of distinguished directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association Monday during the Annual Meeting at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

BobWrightDr.Oz w300“I love the power of everyday citizens showing up in force to voice their passion for improving our communities,” Dr. Oz said. “I’m very proud to be a new director of the Palm Beach Civic Association."

Image: Civic Association Chairman Bob Wright & Civic Association Director Dr. Mehmet Oz

Dr. Oz, Alfred P. “Skip” Aldridge, C. Edward Carter, Geri M. Emmett, Suzanne Frisbie, and Richard Kleid were nominated and approved as new Civic Association Directors. [Click Here to See Bios]

 More than 350 people attended the Annual Meeting followed by an End of Season Celebration.

Some of the highlights included Mayor Gail Coniglio’s eighth “State of Palm Beach” address, a “Year in Review” video of the association’s events, the presentation of the Town Beautification Award, and Raymond J. Kunkel Awards.

Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright welcomed everyone and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Erin Manning, executive director of the Flagler Museum, also welcomed everyone.

Mayor Coniglio and Civic Association President Ned Barnes recognized Palm Beach Town Council members and other town officials as well as Palm Beach County elected officials, and those running for office.

The entire season has been dedicated to the memory of former Civic Association Chairman Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., who passed away on September 27. Thanks to the generosity of the Rumbough family, the Civic Association has established the Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. Legacy Society with gift commitments totaling over $1 million. Mr. Wright thanked his widow, Janne Rumbough, who was in attendance.

Mr. Wright asked new director and former Town Councilman Richard Kleid to stand and be honored for his tremendous service to the town; and, expressed sympathy to him on the recent death of his wife, Rhoda. Mr. Kleid received a long standing ovation from the crowd.

Civic Association Video: Annual Meeting Overview & Reactions [5:23]

Civic Association Year in Review Video [6;45]

Town Beautification Award

Each year at the annual meeting, the Palm Beach Civic Association presents the Town Beautification Award to an individual or group that has significantly enhanced the beauty of the Town of Palm Beach.

The newly restored Royal Poinciana Plaza is the 2018 recipient of the award.

John Corey, co-chair of the Beautification Committee, spoke about the project.

“This year, we are pleased to recognize the stunning restoration of the John-Volk designed, Palm Beach landmark,” Mr. Corey said. “Originally opened in 1957, it has been transformed from a tired, worn out plaza into a vibrant, eye-catching premier shopping district with extensive landscaping and attractive store fronts. The reinvigorated plaza has become a wonderful gateway into our town.”

This multi-million-dollar project was brought to fruition by Samantha David and her Up Markets team, who had the vision and the commitment to accomplish the remarkable renovations to the 180,000-square-feet of retail space on 12 acres of land, Mr. Corey said.

The project included restoration to the buildings and fountains, a new traffic pattern with wider entrance and exit lanes, improvements to the courtyard with curved paths and seating areas and all-new lush landscaping.

“The extensive plaza improvements and beautification efforts will be a lasting legacy to the Town of Palm Beach and enjoyed and cherished for generations to come,” Mr. Corey said.

Ms. David thanked the Civic Association for the award and thanked her team for making the award possible.

“The Beautification Award for Palm Beach is no small thing,” Ms. David said. “Everything on the island is beautiful … What had started as a crazy, silly impossible dream has now become a reality before my eyes. You all challenged us to something extraordinary and not to be average and you said if we deliver, you would be there. And you have all been there for us. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to the people who’ve gotten us here … This is just the beginning of our journey. We have much, much more yet to do and we stand here committed to making you proud for many years to come.” 

Raymond J. Kunkel Awards

Palm Beach Publix Manager Andy DeLong and Palm Beach Police Officers Ryan Burgoon and Anthony DeJesse are the 2018 recipients of Raymond J. Kunkel Awards.

Mr. DeLong received a plaque and a check for $3,000. Officers Burgoon and DeJesse each received a plaque and a $2,000 check.

The Raymond J. Kunkel Award was created in 1976 to honor the memory of former Civic Association director and chairman Raymond J. Kunkel. It is awarded each year to individuals or organizations that render heroic or meritorious service to the Town of Palm Beach.

 “This year, we have three Kunkel Award recipients: an individual who ensured that supplies were available to first responders and residents before and after Hurricane Irma and two police officers who risked their lives to save two swimmers in distress,” said William Matthews, chairman of the Kunkel Award Committee.

Paul Leone and Cathy Flagg, Kunkel Committee members, helped present the award.


Palm Beach Publix Manager Andy DeLong

“Today, the Civic Association recognizes Palm Beach Publix Manager Andy DeLong for his efforts in providing food to first responders and stocking the store with food and supplies for residents before and after Hurricane Irma,” Mr. Leone said. “Andy is also at the forefront of helping to distribute reusable grocery bags, provided by the Civic Association, in support of the town’s initiative to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Palm Beach. Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said that during major storms he considers Andy and the Palm Beach Publix team as part of the town’s Emergency Management Team.

“Andy, in recognition of your tireless efforts to ensure food and supplies were available to the Palm Beach community before and after Hurricane Irma, and for your exceptionally friendly, upbeat, “can-do” community spirit, the Civic Association would like to present you with the 2018 Raymond J. Kunkel Award for meritorious service to the Town of Palm Beach,” Mr. Leone said.

Mr. DeLong thanked the Civic Association for the award. He also recognized his wife, Virginia, and three outstanding Publix employees who attended.

“It is a true honor,” Mr. DeLong said.

Mr. DeLong said he enjoyed working with the Civic Association and Oxbridge Academy students in distributing 5,000 reusable bags to Publix customers over two days.

He also thanked the first responders for serving the town during Hurricane Irma.


Palm Beach Police Officers Ryan Burgoon and Anthony DeJesse

“The Civic Association is proud to honor Officers Ryan Burgoon and Anthony DeJesse for their heroism in rescuing two swimmers who, most likely, would have drowned without the brave actions of the two officers,” Ms. Flagg said.

Ms. Flagg described the rescue.

The two officers received a call on the afternoon of May 16, 2017 that two male swimmers were in distress near Clarke Beach. A fast-moving storm had rolled in with rain and high winds, creating rip tides. The officers arrived less than three minutes after the call was dispatched, dove into the water with floatation devices and pulled the men to safety. Unfortunately, one of the men went into cardiac arrest during the rescue and, ultimately, died. The other man made a complete recovery.

Deputy Chief Ann-Marie Taylor praised both men for their actions that day, saying, “Their calm demeanor and quick response were in complete disregard for their own personal safety and their actions saved the men from drowning.”

“Officer Ryan Burgoon and Officer Anthony DeJesse, for your heroic efforts in rescuing two individuals who were drowning, the Civic Association is proud to present you with the 2018 Raymond J. Kunkel Award for meritorious service to the Town of Palm Beach,” Ms. Flagg said.

Officer Burgoon thanked the Palm Beach Civic Association saying, “it’s such a great organization in this town and makes it easy for us to serve.”


Mayor Gail Coniglio State-of the-Town Address

Mayor Gail Coniglio was the keynote speaker with her eighth State-of-the Town Address.  She focused on how the town would meet its financial commitments, hiring and retaining employees, safety and security, the new town docks proposal, the new recreation center, undergrounding, shore protection, and traffic.  Click Here to See the in-depth Civic Association news story on the Mayor’s speech [Including Speech Video].

A champagne and mimosa celebration with passed hors d'oeuvres was held in the Grand Hall following the meeting.


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CIVIC ASSOCIATION

2017 – 2018

SIGNATURE SPONSORS

Boca Nursing Services Inc.

The Breakers

Braman MotorCars

Campazzi Concierge Medical Services

First Republic Bank

Florida Crystals

The Frisbie Group

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Holistic Integrative Health (HIH)

Linda R. Olsson, Inc. - Realtor

Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation

Scripps Research Institute, Florida

Tideline Resort & Spa

Tiffany & Co.

Photos: Capehart

2018 Annual Meeting & Toast to the Town Celebration

 

 

 

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Mayor Talks Pensions, Beaches & More During Civic Association’s Annual Meeting
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:44

By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association -- In her State-of-the-Town address, Mayor Gail Coniglio spoke about shoring up the pension deficit, improving facilities and infrastructure, dealing with traffic issues and protecting the beaches.

GailConiglio2018AnnualMtg w600“To put it bluntly, we will preserve, protect, and prosper,” she said. “Our long-term financial forecast is both positive and optimistic.”

Mayor Coniglio delivered her speech Monday morning during the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Annual Meeting at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum with more than 350 people in attendance.

Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright described the mayor as being “highly respected in Palm Beach and beyond its borders. She works hard to build productive relationships with elected officials, staff and others in the county, state, and federal government.”

The mayor thanked the Civic Association for its work.

“Pressing for answers, educating the residents and contributing to solutions. Thank you for your steadfast support. It’s welcomed and appreciated by the Town Council team,” Mayor Coniglio said.

The mayor congratulated Palm Beach Publix Manager Andy DeLong, Palm Beach Police Officers Ryan Burgoon and Anthony DeJesse, winners of the Civic Association’s Raymond J. Kunkel Awards, and The Royal Poinciana Plaza, winner of the Town Beautification Award.

April 17 marked the 107th anniversary of the town.

“This town could not have reached this advance age without standing steady, firm and prudent in everything we do,” she said. “Its dignity and grace must never change. Like every one of us, our health is vital and can sometimes be taken for granted. From the strength of our roads, bridges, infrastructure, beaches and, of course, the depth of our municipal finances, we must not be complacent to question, explore, and be proactive … We will be leaner. We will be stronger.”

Civic Association Video [11:54] 

Pensions and Budget Issues

“Pension contributions toward the total unfunded liability have been committed on the order of $5.4 million satisfying Town Council’s requirements to reduce the risk over the next 10 years. Even though the $5.4 million commitment created a shortfall of over $4.2 million, the Town Council requested a Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CROTO) to address a portion of the shortfall through budget modifications. Town staff was able to find $2.8 million from the review and an additional savings from reduced town pension contributions and identifying opportunities to both increase revenue and streamline operations, reducing the shortfall to about $900,000. The robust rise in our property values has dramatically increased the associative tax base and has prompted improvements to Planning and Zoning revenues that can help offset the shortfall.”

Town Staff  

“We must remember that our employees are paramount towards the continued success of our community. These talented, motivated, and goal-oriented employees are multitasking and accomplishing more with less. An upcoming Wage and Compensation Study, to review the surrounding marketplace, will ensure that the employment packages offered by the town will attract and retain the best and the brightest individuals.

“Safety and security successes in Palm Beach are proven by the lowest crime rate in our town’s history. Intensive training and equipment advances are all confirmed by resident accolades across each and every department. There is no better example of our community’s dedicated work force than the herculean efforts town wide to eliminate the remnants of Hurricane Irma.”

Improvements to Town Docks

“We’re charging forward with a solid resolve to renovate and modernize our town docks. This facility provides a unique benefit to our residents and has the potential to be a substantial revenue generator. Improvements to the docks will maximize the value of this town asset and fortify the bottom line.”

Recreation Center and Bradley Park

“The town is moving forward with a new, state-of-the-art recreation center, upgrading the tennis facility, multipurpose field, and playground, to improve the well-being of both the young and young at heart.

“Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the reborn Bradley Park. These improvements give our residents and visitors opportunities to make new friends and lasting memories that can only be found in our own Palm Beach.”

Undergrounding

“The undergrounding project is on schedule and the town continues to explore opportunities for cost savings. The pursuit of Florida Power & Light tariff credits and intense negotiations with telecommunication providers to reduce and slim down the total budget remains our highest priority.”

Beaches

“For the second year in a row, our town was impacted by a hurricane. The town is taking measures to receive as much federal financial funding as possible to restore our beaches devastated by the storm. The town is aggressively seeking federal involvement in our beaches to increase shared funding and improve our ranking for state cost sharing. This is being pursued with vigor and determination with regular visits to Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Washington, D.C. We are deeply grateful to our congressional legislators and our partners at the Army Corps of Engineers for their critical advocacy to achieve this new victory.

“There have been, and will continue to be, active projects to strengthen important storm protection. The current example is the project being performed at the Mid-Town beaches to install a new groin at the hotspot near Gulfstream Road. This structure will help control erosion and provide additional stability to the roadway to protect the seawall along South Ocean Boulevard.

“In January, at no cost to this town, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a maintenance dredging project at the Palm Beach Inlet providing $8 million of dry sand placement from the inlet south. This expanded footprint put sand on beaches that have never received this valuable resource.”

Traffic

“We continue to work closer with our neighbors in West Palm Beach to address mounting traffic concerns due to their development intensification. Implementation of a regional approach to improve traffic circulation, ensuring safe travel on and off the island can only be achieved with strategies identified with a partnership with the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, and the Florida Department of Transportation. We are actively pursuing an expansion of the traffic management system. This will enable us, commencing with County Road, to relieve the traffic stacking in Palm Beach and clear the east-west gridlock.”

The mayor recognized former Public Safety Director and new Town Manager Kirk Blouin.

“He will get us in shape,” she said. “We are strong and will only get stronger.”

 

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New Civic Association Directors Elected to the Board
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:09

During the Palm Beach Civic Association Annual Meeting, new directors were elected to the Board of Directors.  See bios below:

NEW MEMBERS OF THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Skip Aldridge
Edward Carter
Geri Emmett
Suzanne Frisbie
Richard Kleid
Dr. Mehmet Oz

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APAldridge w200Alfred P. “Skip” Aldridge
Mr. Aldridge is the president, CEO, and founder (with his wife, Linda) of Head of Sales Consulting, Inc. (HSC), advising on executive sales in retail and consumer goods industries. HSC addresses senior sales leadership, customer strategy development, and product launch expertise. Prior to HSC, Mr. Aldridge served as executive vice president of sales at Pharmavite, LLC (2002-11) and served on the Pharmavite executive management team. In 2011, he transitioned to executive advisor to Pharmavite, providing consulting services to the board of directors and executive management, and led Nature Made to become the number-one US vitamin brand. Mr. Aldridge also introduced Nature Made into Asian countries (China, Taiwan, South Korea), and managed Nature Made development in Japan. Before joining Pharmavite, he was an executive vice president at ConAgra Foods, vice president of sales and national sales manager for Del Monte Foods, and had held senior sales management positions with Pet Inc. and Clorox. Mr. Aldridge is affiliated with Encore Associates (San Ramon, CA) via Encore ExecuForce.  He was a member of the advisory board of One Hope Cause Marketing, which has donated over $1.5 million to targeted charities, and on the board of the Making Change charity. He is a director of the Citizens Association of Palm Beach. Mr. Aldridge was raised in Gastonia, NC, and received a BA in 1974 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He and his wife reside in Palm Beach and Kansas City, MO.

Ed Carter

C. Edward Carter
Mr. Carter is the co-founder (with William S. Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense) and CEO of TCG Financial Partners, a defense-related strategic advisory and private equity business (2004-09).  He had previously been the head of corporate and investment banking for Bank of America Securities (1999-2004) and CEO and global head of corporate and investment banking of Deutsche Bank Securities (1997-99). Prior to that, he was managing director of Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Group (1986-97) and Merrill Lynch Corporate Bond Group (1981-86), and vice president of Continental Illinois National Bank (1977-81). Mr. Carter received his BS in marketing/management from the University of Miami in 1975 and his MBA in finance from the University of Miami in 1977. He has been a full-time resident of Palm Beach since 2012 and was appointed by the Palm Beach Town Council to the Retirement Board of Trustees.  Mr. Carter, who is divorced, has four grown children and a grandson.

GeriEmmett w200Geri M. Emmett
Ms. Emmett is a principal owner of Duffy’s Sports Grill, Florida’s largest independently owned restaurant chain, and is involved in all brand initiatives. Duffy’s, founded by her late husband, Paul Emmett, is a premier sports-themed restaurant. Prior to joining Duffy’s in 2016, Ms. Emmett was vice president of marketing and product development at Trish McEvoy, an international retailer of cosmetic and beauty products, where she developed comprehensive marketing strategies. The company grew from a single New York City retail location to over 300 locations worldwide. In 2015, Ms. Emmett founded the Duffy’s Foundation in memory of her husband; it is dedicated to improving communities through charitable contributions. The foundation, which she chairs, supports local branches of such organizations as the Special Olympics and Girl Scouts of America and hosts events aimed at increasing awareness of important local initiatives like The Arc of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach School for Autism, and School Lunch Fairies. Ms. Emmett is an advisory board member of Brigham and Women’s Boston Hospital and Medical Center and serves on the visiting committee on gastrointestinal cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is currently a board member of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and received the 2018 Emerald Award.  Ms. Emmett lives in Palm Beach and has a son and stepson who are actively involved in the business their father founded.

FrisbieSuzanne w200Suzanne Frisbie  
Ms. Frisbie has been a real estate broker-associate in Palm Beach since 1988, and with Corcoran Group since 2004. A long-time South Florida resident and professional, she focuses on residential sales, acquisition and development throughout most of coastal Palm Beach County. Her annual sales records place her in the top one percent of Corcoran Group’s highest-selling brokers. Ms. Frisbie has an extensive network of local subcontractors, including architects, builders and real estate attorneys. This network serves as a resource for clients, not only in acquiring or selling a home, but also in building or renovating one. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Frisbie has lived in South Florida since 1986. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has served as a member of the university’s Jefferson Scholar Final Selection Committee. She is president of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors and has served on the board for Adopt-A-Family. Ms. Frisbie is an active supporter of several organizations, including Autism Speaks, Impact 100, and Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, VA. She has two daughters and currently resides in Palm Beach with her husband, David.

RichardKleidRichard M. Kleid
Mr. Kleid and his late wife, Rhoda, became residents of Palm Beach in 1997 after 20 years as visitors. Mr. Kleid was soon appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving successively as secretary and chairman during his five-year tenure. In 2005 he was elected to the Town Council, serving two terms as president pro tem; he recently completed his third term as Council president. In addition to his service to the town, he is an alumni interviewer for his alma mater, Columbia College, and a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, from which he received the prestigious Emeritus award. He is a member of both the Palm Beach Citizens' Association and the Civic Association. Mr. Kleid’s interest in civic involvement goes back to his residence in Upper St. Clair, PA, where he was an elected member of the school board and its president for several years, as well as a trustee of the Upper St. Clair Community Foundation. A long-time employee of the JC Penney Company, Mr. Kleid served as its real estate counsel and was an active member and frequent speaker at the Lawyers' Section of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also contributed to legal publications and lectured in seminars at the University of Miami Law School. Mr. Kleid was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and of its real estate committee. He is a graduate of the Horace Mann School, Columbia College, Columbia Law School, and holds a Master of Law in taxation from New York University Law School.

DrOz2018 w200Mehmet C. Oz
Dr. Oz, a renowned heart surgeon, has brought complementary medicine into the mainstream on television and as a radio host and author. He now hosts a television series, The Dr. Oz Show. Born in Cleveland, OH, he grew up in Wilmington, DE, traveling frequently to his parents’ Turkish homeland. He graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. As a surgeon, Dr. Oz specialized in heart transplants and minimally invasive procedures. His open-minded world view led him to seek out alternative treatments and to combine them with Western medical practices. In 1994, Dr. Oz established the Cardiovascular Institute and Integrative Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Media exposure followed, and he and his wife co-authored Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, released in 1998. The couple also created Second Opinion with Dr. Oz, a 2003 television show; The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009. Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa, have collaborated on numerous projects, including the best-selling YOU book series. They have four children and reside in Palm Beach.

 

Alfred P. “Skip” Aldridge
Mr. Aldridge is the president, CEO, and founder (with his wife, Linda) of Head of Sales Consulting, Inc. (HSC), advising on executive sales in retail and consumer goods industries. HSC addresses senior sales leadership, customer strategy development, and product launch expertise. Prior to HSC, Mr. Aldridge served as executive vice president of sales at Pharmavite, LLC (2002-11) and served on the Pharmavite executive management team. In 2011, he transitioned to executive advisor to Pharmavite, providing consulting services to the board of directors and executive management, and led Nature Made to become the number-one US vitamin brand. Mr. Aldridge also introduced Nature Made into Asian countries (China, Taiwan, South Korea), and managed Nature Made development in Japan. Before joining Pharmavite, he was an executive vice president at ConAgra Foods, vice president of sales and national sales manager for Del Monte Foods, and had held senior sales management positions with Pet Inc. and Clorox. Mr. Aldridge is affiliated with Encore Associates (San Ramon, CA) via Encore ExecuForce.  He was a member of the advisory board of One Hope Cause Marketing, which has donated over $1.5 million to targeted charities, and on the board of the Making Change charity. He is a director of the Citizens Association of Palm Beach. Mr. Aldridge was raised in Gastonia, NC, and received a BA in 1974 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He and his wife reside in Palm Beach and Kansas City, MO.
 
C. Edward Carter
Mr. Carter is the co-founder (with William S. Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense) and CEO of TCG Financial Partners, a defense-related strategic advisory and private equity business (2004-09).  He had previously been the head of corporate and investment banking for Bank of America Securities (1999-2004) and CEO and global head of corporate and investment banking of Deutsche Bank Securities (1997-99). Prior to that, he was managing director of Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Group (1986-97) and Merrill Lynch Corporate Bond Group (1981-86), and vice president of Continental Illinois National Bank (1977-81). Mr. Carter received his BS in marketing/management from the University of Miami in 1975 and his MBA in finance from the University of Miami in 1977. He has been a full-time resident of Palm Beach since 2012 and was appointed by the Palm Beach Town Council to the Retirement Board of Trustees.  Mr. Carter, who is divorced, has four grown children and a grandson.
 
Geraldine Emmett
Ms. Emmett is a principal owner of Duffy’s Sports Grill, Florida’s largest independently owned restaurant chain, and is involved in all brand initiatives. Duffy’s, founded by her late husband, Paul Emmett, is a premier sports-themed restaurant. Prior to joining Duffy’s in 2016, Ms. Emmett was vice president of marketing and product development at Trish McEvoy, an international retailer of cosmetic and beauty products, where she developed comprehensive marketing strategies. The company grew from a single New York City retail location to over 300 locations worldwide. In 2015, Ms. Emmett founded the Duffy’s Foundation in memory of her husband; it is dedicated to improving communities through charitable contributions. The foundation, which she chairs, supports local branches of such organizations as the Special Olympics and Girl Scouts of America and hosts events aimed at increasing awareness of important local initiatives like The Arc of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach School for Autism, and School Lunch Fairies. Ms. Emmett is an advisory board member of Brigham and Women’s Boston Hospital and Medical Center and serves on the visiting committee on gastrointestinal cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is currently a board member of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and received the 2018 Emerald Award.  Ms. Emmett lives in Palm Beach and has a son and stepson who are actively involved in the business their father founded. 
 
Suzanne Frisbie
Ms. Frisbie has been a real estate broker-associate in Palm Beach since 1988, and with Corcoran Group since 2004. A long-time South Florida resident and professional, she focuses on residential sales, acquisition and development throughout most of coastal Palm Beach County. Her annual sales records place her in the top one percent of Corcoran Group’s highest-selling brokers. Ms. Frisbie has an extensive network of local subcontractors, including architects, builders and real estate attorneys. This network serves as a resource for clients, not only in acquiring or selling a home, but also in building or renovating one. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Frisbie has lived in South Florida since 1986. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has served as a member of the university’s Jefferson Scholar Final Selection Committee. She is president of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors and has served on the board for Adopt-A-Family. Ms. Frisbie is an active supporter of several organizations, including Autism Speaks, Impact 100, and Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, VA. She has two daughters and currently resides in Palm Beach with her husband, David.
 
Richard M. Kleid
Mr. Kleid and his late wife, Rhoda, became residents of Palm Beach in 1997 after 20 years as visitors. Mr. Kleid was soon appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving successively as secretary and chairman during his five-year tenure. In 2005 he was elected to the Town Council, serving two terms as president pro tem; he recently completed his third term as Council president. In addition to his service to the town, he is an alumni interviewer for his alma mater, Columbia College, and a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, from which he received the prestigious Emeritus award. He is a member of both the Palm Beach Citizens' Association and the Civic Association. Mr. Kleid’s interest in civic involvement goes back to his residence in Upper St. Clair, PA, where he was an elected member of the school board and its president for several years, as well as a trustee of the Upper St. Clair Community Foundation. A long-time employee of the JC Penney Company, Mr. Kleid served as its real estate counsel and was an active member and frequent speaker at the Lawyers' Section of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also contributed to legal publications and lectured in seminars at the University of Miami Law School. Mr. Kleid was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and of its real estate committee. He is a graduate of the Horace Mann School, Columbia College, Columbia Law School, and holds a Master of Law in taxation from New York University Law School.
 
Mehmet Cengiz Oz
Dr. Oz, a renowned heart surgeon, has brought complementary medicine into the mainstream on television and as a radio host and author. He now hosts a television series, The Dr. Oz Show. Born in Cleveland, OH, he grew up in Wilmington, DE, traveling frequently to his parents’ Turkish homeland. He graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. As a surgeon, Dr. Oz specialized in heart transplants and minimally invasive procedures. His open-minded world view led him to seek out alternative treatments and to combine them with Western medical practices. In 1994, Dr. Oz established the Cardiovascular Institute and Integrative Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Media exposure followed, and he and his wife co-authored Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, released in 1998. The couple also created Second Opinion with Dr. Oz, a 2003 television show; The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009. Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa, have collaborated on numerous projects, including the best-selling YOU book series. They have four children and reside in Palm Beach.

 

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Civic Association Annual Meeting Videos
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 16 April 2018 12:12

The Civic Association produced several videos about the Season and Annual Meeting. See them here.

Civic Association Season in Review Video [6:45]

Civic Association Video: Annual Meeting Overview & Reactions [5:23]

Civic Association Video: Mayor Gail Coniglio State-of-the-Town Address [11:54]

Civic Association Video: Civic Association Town Beautification Award [9:58] 

Civic Association Video: Civic Association Raymond J. Kunkle Award 2018 - Andy DeLong Recipient [13:15] 

Civic Association Video: Civic Association Raymond J. Kunkle Award 2018 - Ryan Burgoon & Anthony DeJesse Recipients [7:04] 

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The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 28, to 6 a.m. Monday, July 31, in preparation for opening four lanes of traffic on the new bridge. While the bridge is closed, all eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway.

The bridge will reopen on Monday, July 31, with four lanes of traffic and a new at-grade intersection with Flagler Drive. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Monday with local officials on the bridge to commemorate the event. The ceremony will be near the bridge tender's building at the middle of the bridge during a scheduled bridge opening.

FlaglerDriveintersectionmaprev w600The new bridge features a bridge tender house, pedestrian outlooks, 8-foot sidewalks, 10-foot buffered bike lanes, a 21-foot vertical clearance, a 125-foot navigable channel and a solid bridge deck to reduce traffic noise.

 Minor construction activities such as landscaping, irrigation and sidewalk installations are ongoing along with making minor fixes, adding touch-up paint and finishing the shared-use path under the bridge.  

The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project replaced the 75-year-old 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 was replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, 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.. Information can also be found on the project website: www.flaglerbridge.com.

 

Press

At last: All four lanes of the new Flagler bridge to open Monday (Palm Beach Daily News)

All lanes of new Flagler Memorial Bridge to open Monday (Palm Beach Daily News)

 


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