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The Beach is Gone! Midtown Beach Erosion in Palm Beach [Video]
Between Hurricane Irma and King Tides this week there isn't much beach left on the south end of Midtown Beach.
This Week in Palm Beach - October 20, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. October 20, 2017 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Healthcare Provider HIH Becomes Civic Association Signature Sponsor
We are pleased to announce The Palm Beach Civic Association E-Newsletter, This Week in Palm Beach, and Directory of Members and Directors for the 2017-18 Season are both sponsored by Holistic Integrative Health (HIH).
3 Wise Leaders, 1 Dynamic Organization
The roster of Civic Association directors reads like a Who’s Who of the nation’s top philanthropists, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, ambassadors, and other elite business professionals.
Scripps Florida Sponsors Civic Association Website
We are pleased to announce the Palm Beach Civic Association website www.PalmBeachCivic.org will be sponsored during the 2017-2018 season by Scripps Florida.
UPDATE 10-17-2017: Tropical Weather Outlook
Potential tropical development east of Florida and the Bahamas blew apart from strong upper-level winds.
Mayor Gail Coniglio Message of Support for our Neighbors in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
By: Gail Coniglio, Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach -- The Town of Palm Beach is part of a non-partisan, public/private coalition called Palm Beach County Cares. This newly formed organization is currently concentrating on helping our neighbors in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands recover from significant damage caused by the recent hurricanes.
This Week in Palm Beach - October 13, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. October 13, 2017 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
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The Beach is Gone! Midtown Beach Erosion in Palm Beach [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 10:54

Between Hurricane Irma and King Tides this week there isn't much beach left on the south end of Midtown Beach.

In fact, waves hitting the seawall are spraying over cars on South Ocean Blvd. And yesterday evening, a fisherman was casting from up on the sidewalk to the water down below near the south stairway. 

Stay tuned to the Civic Association for an in-depth report on the conditions of our beaches after the storm season.

 Midtown Beach Erosion [1 min.]

MidtownBeachErosion10-20-2017 from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

 

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - October 20, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:28

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Healthcare Provider HIH Becomes Civic Association Signature Sponsor
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:30

We are pleased to announce The Palm Beach Civic Association E-Newsletter, This Week in Palm Beach, and Directory of Members and Directors for the 2017-18 Season are both sponsored by Holistic Integrative Health (HIH).

HIHAd w600On behalf of the Directors at The Palm Beach Civic Association we thank Thomas Peterffy and HIH for playing an integral part of our season. The support from our Signature Sponsors and corporate members enables the facilitation of research, community news and educational programs that inform, protect and enhance the quality of life for those who live in Palm Beach.

Bob Wright
Chairman and CEO
Palm Beach Civic Association

 

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3 Wise Leaders, 1 Dynamic Organization
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:51

The roster of Civic Association directors reads like a Who’s Who of the nation’s top philanthropists, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, ambassadors, and other elite business professionals.

pbca advertorial 10 2017ribbon rev5FinalWholeAd w600Bob Wright, Chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association, and the former Vice Chairman of General Electric and Chief Executive Officer of NBC and NBC Universal, also has founded two charitable foundations that raise funds and awareness for autism and pancreatic cancer.

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Civic Association Director Hillie Mahoney is co-founder and Chairman of the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute in Boston, a Trustee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, a Director of The Charles A. Dana Foundation, and the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Peterffy, a Civic Association Director, formed the first entirely automated trading firm known today as Interactive Brokers Firm, LLC, where he is Chairman and CEO. He recently founded Holistic Integrative Health (HIH), a premier medical wellness and diagnostic center, located in Royal Poinciana Plaza.

The three recently shared their thoughts on the Palm Beach Civic Association…

Mr. Peterffy: “Civic Association members have a depth and diversity of backgrounds that is probably unparalleled in any other similarly small community. They all have unique expertise in various areas. We are all grateful for Bob’s willingness to take a leadership role in the Association.”

Mr. Wright: “When members go to events, they meet new people and form relationships with interesting people from a variety of different backgrounds. We bring people together.”

Mrs. Mahoney: “The Civic Association helps keep us informed about all that is going on in Palm Beach. Most of us travel. When we get the newsletter, we’re never out of touch. It’s a very congenial group. I’ve found everyone to be so genuine and helpful.”

Mr. Wright: “We’ve created committees dealing with town issues and that brings a whole new dimension to becoming a member of the Civic Association. We’ve spent a lot of time on infrastructure issues like bridges and undergrounding. All those things have brought us in touch with many new people both on and off the island.”

Through the Civic Association, we see eye to eye on what’s important to the Town of Palm Beach. Protecting and preserving our wonderful community, and enjoying true camaraderie, is why you should become a member of the Civic Association.

Civic Association Leadership Begins with Our Citizens

Become a Member and Join Us for Our Signature Events

Underground Utilities Forum
Thursday, November 16

Annual Holiday Party*
Monday, December 11
Co-sponsored by Earl J. Campazzi, MD and Boca Nursing

Major Contributor Reception*
Tuesday, January 23

Ambassador Series*
Friday, February 2
Sponsored by First Republic Bank

Four Arts Garden Tour*
Thursday, February 8

Annual Award Luncheon with MSNBC Anchor Brian Williams*
Monday, February 12
Co-sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center and Florida Crystals

Town Council Candidates Debate
Thursday, March 1

Ambassador Luncheon Series*
Wednesday, March 14

Annual Membership Meeting
End of Season Party
Monday, April 16

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Join Today | 561-655-0820 | www.PalmBeachCivic.org/JoinToday

 

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Scripps Florida Sponsors Civic Association Website
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:20

We are pleased to announce the Palm Beach Civic Association website www.PalmBeachCivic.org will be sponsored during the 2017-2018 season by Scripps Florida.

“On behalf of the Directors and members at the Palm Beach Civic Association we thank the Scripps Research Institute for playing an integral part in our season,” said Ned Barnes, president of the Civic Association. “The support from our Signature Sponsors and corporate members enables the facilitation of research, community news, and educational programs that inform, protect, and enhance the quality of life for those who live in Palm Beach.”

“I’ve toured the Scripps Florida facility and met with their CEO Peter Schultz,” said Bob Wright, CEO of the Civic Association. “They conduct amazing biomedical research in Jupiter Florida to advance the field of medicine to save precious lives. This partnership helps both organizations with our respective missions.”

The banner below will be displayed on the Civic Association website for the season:
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To learn more, please visit www.Scripps.edu/Florida

 

 

Hurricane
UPDATE 10-17-2017: Tropical Weather Outlook
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:03

Potential tropical development east of Florida and the Bahamas blew apart from strong upper-level winds.

The storm will still have shower and thunderstorm activity but get taken out to sea by a pending cold front.

 

 

 

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Mayor Gail Coniglio Message of Support for our Neighbors in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 13:17

By: Gail Coniglio, Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach -- The Town of Palm Beach is part of a non-partisan, public/private coalition called Palm Beach County Cares. This newly formed organization is currently concentrating on helping our neighbors in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands recover from significant damage caused by the recent hurricanes.

We are hoping that you would be willing help in this effort. We are collecting money, volunteers and material donations. For more information on how you can help, go to our website www.PalmBeachCountyCares.com. There was also an article in the October 12 Palm Beach Post that gives a little more background on their cooperative effort.

Our goal is to raise $5 million dollars in the next 5 weeks. The United Way of Palm Beach County will oversee the collection and distribution of the funds. Donation information is on the website.

You may drop off items at any time within the next five weeks at any of the three Town Fire Stations:

Central Fire – Station #1
355 South County Road

North Fire – Station #2
300 North County Road

South Fire – Station #3
2185 South Ocean Boulevard

All donations will be delivered to the Port of Palm Beach, who has donated a warehouse to collect items to be shipped to the islands. Requested items include:

Baby formula, wipes, diapers
Batteries (all sizes)
Canned goods, can openers
Cleaning supplies
Extension cords
First aid kits, pain medications, diarrhea relief medications
Hygiene products (wipes, sanitizers, female necessities)
Insect repellent
Toilet paper, paper towels

Thank you for joining your fellow residents and organizations across the entire County in this important humanitarian effort. Questions about dropping off donations can be directed to the main phone number of the Fire-Rescue Department (561) 838-5420Call: (561) 838-5420

Thank you!

Mayor Gail L. Coniglio

 

 

This Week in Palm Beach
This Week in Palm Beach - October 13, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 10:13

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By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association - With the reoccurring theme of the veteran versus the newbie, Town Council hopefuls Martin Klein and Julie Araskog squared off Monday in a Candidates’ Debate sponsored by the Palm Beach Civic Association.

More than 200 people packed the parish hall at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea to hear the candidates for the Group 2 council seat speak about issues impacting the town. Among those in attendance: Mayor Gail Coniglio and Councilwoman Danielle Moore, who were up for reelection and regained their seats unopposed at the town caucus in January.

The town’s budget, undergrounding, beach erosion and traffic were among the topics discussed and moderated by retired WPTV Channel 5 news anchor Jim Sackett. Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright welcomed everyone to the debate.

Mr. Klein, an attorney with an office on Worth Avenue, outlined his longtime service on town boards and his 50-year history as a resident and businessman. He currently serves as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

An attorney and victims’ advocate, Ms. Araskog - a novice to the Palm Beach political scene - touted her new ideas and approaches to town issues. She bought her Palm Beach home in 2012, but has been coming here since 1993.

Neither candidate shied away from taking verbal jabs at the other.

Ms. Araskog portrayed Mr. Klein as pro-development.

“While I worked hard to enact changes in the ARCOM ordinance to increase fairness and neighborhood participation against oversized development and worked hard to reduce the size and cost of the rec center, my opponent advocated for incentivized development with PUD-5 and other changes,” she said. “He simply didn’t get it right. It would have weakened our parking requirements and density, which is against the comp plan. It is not by accident that he’s supported by a boatload of development-minded people.”

Mr. Klein emphasized Ms. Araskog’s inexperience in town government and the fact that she’s a relatively new Palm Beach homeowner.

“Over the past 20 years, I have been appointed five times by our town council to serve this community on our planning and zoning board and code enforcement board,” Mr. Klein said. “I’ve worked side by side, successfully, with all of our community leaders. My opponent has never served a day on a town board. I have a record. In the 1990’s, zoning in the North End was like the Wild West. With my involvement, today we have meaningful zoning and preservation, while protecting private property rights. My opponent prefers zoning by mob rule. On Royal Poinciana Way, we reduced the density … While I’ve been practicing law and solving your problems, my opponent has been in Hollywood.”

Click Below to See the Debate Video [37:15] - Story continues below video.

In the election set for Feb. 7, Mr. Klein and Ms. Araskog are vying for the seat currently held by Town Council President Michael Pucillo. Mr. Pucillo, who served on the council for six years, decided not to run for a fourth term.

Mr. Sackett asked questions of both candidates and posed questions submitted by audience members that he selected by random draw. He also had the candidates ask each other one question.

Among her strengths, Ms. Araskog said she possesses strong leadership and active listening as well as the ability to forge consensus, craft innovative win-win solutions and a willingness to listen to all residents.

Mr. Klein described himself as a positive problem solver and a unifier.

“I’ve had an impeccable record of attendance and have demonstrated that I can work full-time on this Town Council,” he said. “My opponent has no attendance record. I can bring an independent voice. I can bring town government experience and I can bring a history that my opponent doesn’t have.”

Ms. Araskog recently led a successful effort to negotiate a change to an ARCOM ordinance, enabling residents to have more time to review and voice their opinions about proposed construction projects.

On Undergrounding:

Ms. Araskog: “The lack of transparency on the budget is unacceptable. Both the task force and the residents don’t know what it will cost. The Town Council is legally required to move forward, because we have passed a referendum for $90 million. But I believe we can’t break ground until we have a master plan in place and a realistic budget of $90 million. Some areas support undergrounding because they believe it’s safer and a better aesthetic value and they feel it will help property values. Others support hard poles because they believe it’s safer and better monetarily. I understand resident anger over the rising budget, assessment methodology and lack of a plan.”

Mr. Klein: “Undergrounding is a project long overdue,” he said. “Every resident needs safe reliable service. We’ve been talking about it for 10 years and the project is estimated to take 10 years … I commit we will do it either for the $90 million or have another conversation … Nobody can stand here and predict what the cost of the project will be going out 10 years … These projects change and evolve over time. We made a deal with voters to bring this plan in at $90 million … If we can do that wonderful, if we can’t we may have to go back to the voters.”

On the Beaches:

Mr. Klein: “Everybody wants the most sand. The true answer is we need to study it and give our neighbors to the south the protection that they need … and we need to do the same here. It’s expensive. We don’t know what’s able to be permitted. The beach issue is significant. We have a 10-year plan. We need to have another conversation to see what else we can do.”
Ms. Araskog: “We have to bring in new experts. This is a very complicated process, but I do think we have to listen to all the experts and all the comments and study and research more and find the expert who will bring us sand on our beaches. It’s our first line of defense. It affects our property values and it’s important to our town’s values.”

On the Budget:

Ms. Araskog: “Our budget went from $58.5 million in 2012 to over $77 million projected this year. I will protect your tax dollars and savings. We need fiscal responsibility. We have development pressures that threaten our town every day. Developers don’t need incentivizing to build in Palm Beach … We need to rein in our spending both by a zero-based budget and also by looking at our sand.”

Mr. Klein: “People come here because they want the best police protection in the world, the best fire protection in the world, the best EMS protection in the world. That costs money. We had a discussion, not long ago, about reducing residential garbage collection. The residents said, ‘no. We want it just the way it is.’ So the question for me is, ‘what do our residents want and what do they need and let’s deliver that effectively.’ The fact that our budget is going up is a reflection of increasing costs and increasing services that residents demand and need and want … We spend a lot of money for our services. Our residents demand the services. We need to look carefully at the budget and see if we can find savings.”

On Maintaining a Vital Business Community:

Mr. Klein: “What we need to do is look at some of the regulatory processes in town … particularly regarding the small businesses on County Road that would like to open up but are faced with a blizzard of regulations … We’re trying to achieve a balance in this town between the town being a residential community and the town receiving essential services. Maybe we need a conversation how we can encourage to have a balance of a residential and the services we require.”

On Construction and Traffic Congestion:

Ms. Araskog: “We need better light coordination on Royal Poinciana and Okeechobee to get traffic moving smoothly. We also need a (onsite) manager to supervise and oversee the construction. We don’t have that so you have stops everywhere … We have to look at how we’re permitting parking. We need to look at infrastructure and commercial construction to see what we can do to stop the congestion in our town.”

 
Press About the Event

Council candidates spar over experience, development, spending (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

Photos: Capehart Photography

2017 Civic Association Town Council Debate - January 23, 2017

 


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