• Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
  • VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
  • MSNBC’s Brian Williams Entertained at Civic Association Annual Awards Dinner
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  • The Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. Legacy Society Started for the Civic Association

 

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is adding a second cruise ship (Grand Classica) in April that will sail short two night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach.
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.
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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:35

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is adding a second cruise ship (Grand Classica) in April that will sail short two night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new ship joining Grand Celebration, will begin sailing on April 13, 2018. Reservations for Grand Classica are open with a special buy one cruise, get one cruise free.

Beginning with the first sailing, Bahamas Paradise will be the only cruise line to offer daily departures to Grand Bahama Island from the Port of Palm Beach becoming the largest provider of tourism to the Island. The two ships expect to carry approximately 500,000 passengers annually to Freeport, Bahamas.

In opening reservations, BPCL also revealed details of the new ship, including dining, entertainment, bars and lounges and other amenities.

The Classica underwent a major refurbishment in 2014. In October 2017, a comprehensive dry dock took place to improve systems and infrastructure, complemented with refurbishments and improvements executed by BPCL, to make her ready for the US market.

Read More (Cruise Fever)

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Grand Classica slated to sail from Port of Palm Beach April 13 (Palm Beach Post)

Port of Palm Beach News Release

 

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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.

Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter

To subscribe to This Week in Palm Beach and receive it in your inbox, CLICK HERE

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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

This Week in Palm Beach
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.

Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter

To subscribe to This Week in Palm Beach and receive it in your inbox, CLICK HERE

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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)

 

On Tuesday, August 16, the Palm Beach Town Council unanimously passed and adopted the following resolution on the Florida Everglades:

 RESOLUTION NO. 123-2016

A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF PALM
BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA URGING EXPEDITED
COMPREHENSIVE ACTIONS TO STORE, TREAT, AND CONVEY
CLEAN WATER TO AND· FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE TO
ALLEVIATE HARMFUL DISCHARGES TO EVERGLADES NATIONAL
PARK, FLORIDA BAY AND NORTHERN COASTAL ESTUARIES

Everglades 3D mapWHEREAS, the discharge of water from Lake Okeechobee has contributed to algae blooms within local water bodies and recreational areas in South Florida, incl uding the Lake Worth Lagoon. Peanut Island and ocean-side beaches, resulting in beach closures and impacts to tourism; and

WHEREAS, the Everglades is the largest and most important freshwater, subtropical peat wetlands in North America; and

WHEREAS, one-third of all Floridians, nearly seven million people, depend on the
Everglades for their water supply; and

WHEREAS, approximately I .7 billion gallons of water per day are lost from the Everglades through discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, causing significant harm to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers; and

WHEREAS, additional improvements are needed to manage stormwater runoff onto publicly owned properties north of Lake Okeechobee such as those recently approved by the South Florida Water Management District to slow down the flow of water south to the Lake and limit discharges from the Lake as recommended in the 2015 University of Florida Water Institute Report; and

WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has prepared the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), the goal of which is to deliver a finalized plan, known as a Project Implementation Report (PIR), for a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades to prepare for congressional authorization, as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP). The CEPP will identify and plan for projects on land already in public ownership
to allow more water to be directed south to the central Everglades, Everglades National Park and
Florida Bay; and

WHEREAS, Lake Okeechobee is the heart of the South Florida ecosystem yet its capacity is
limited by the condition of the Herbert Hoover Dike which is in need of repair and is critical
to the future storage of water and the health of estuaries; and

WHEREAS, studies indicate that failure of the Dike at Lake Okeechobee could cause catastrophic
flooding in large areas of Palm Beach County and create massive economic losses from flooded
crops in the Glades. In 2006, a state hired panel of engineering experts warned that the leak prone
Dike around the lake posed a grave imminent danger to the people and environment of South
Florida; and

WHEREAS, once the Dike is restored the Lake can retain large quantities of water that will not
flow into estuaries. With more storage capacity discharges from the Lake can be reduced.
Increased storage north of the Lake will enhance water quality, storage south of the Lake will
provide relief to discharges in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers while providing more
water to Florida Bay. The South Florida ecosystem will be enhanced with these improvements
while protecting life and property; and

WHEREAS, storage of water south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area
("EAA") will assist in reducing discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries and to restore
the Everglades and Florida Bay and has been prioritized in restoration plans since the original
adoption of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan by State of Florida and the Federal
Govermnent in 2000; and

WHEREAS, the current schedule for the implementation of Everglades restoration projects has
delayed the initiation of planning for storage within the EAA until 2021 or later, potentially
resulting in a decade or more of additional harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the
estuaries; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that Florida has 2.3 million on-site sewer treatment and disposal
systems in operation, serving approximately 31 % of the population. Of the 2.3 million septic
tanks, less than I % are managed by operating permits and/ormaintenance agreements,
with the remainder only being serviced when the system fails. Over half of the 2.3 million septic
tanks are over 30 years old and installed under less stringent standards. Sewage, or "blackwater"
from a typical residential building contains a variety of inorganic and organic substances
including, but not limited to, nitrogen, phosphorous and E. coli bacteria; and

WHEREAS, over the past century, development, population growth, excessive drainage of
wetlands, and alterations in water quality and flow, including construction of water control
structures and facilities within the Everglades has altered the natural hydrologic patterns of
water in the region and have greatly damaged the Greater Everglades ecosystem; and

WHEREAS, protecting and restoring the Everglades is critical to restoring hydrology and
surface water, which can reduce threats caused by saltwater intrusion.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN
OF PALM BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1: Recitals. The above recitals are true and correct an are incorporated herein by
reference.

Section 2: The Town of Palin Beach urges the federal govermnent, the State of Florida legislature
and the Governor of the State of Florida to expedite the process of planning and funding landbased
water storage treatment and conveyance north and south of Lake Okeechobee while limiting
discharges from Lake Okeechobee as recommended in the 2015 University of Florida Water
Institute Report.

Section 3: The Town of Palm Beach urges the Federal Govemment and the State of Florida to
expedite the planning for water storage, water quality treatment and conveyance south of Lake
Okeechobee to decrease harmful discharges to the east and west coasts of Florida while
increasing the flow of clean water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Section 4: Further, the Town of Palm Beach urges Congress to immediately increase funding and
expedite work authorizations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Lake Okeechobee
Dike restoration project and authorize the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) which
increases the ability to store, treat, and convey water south.

Section 5: The Town of Palm Beach urges the State of Florida or its agencies to embark upon
implementation of a region wide septic tank replacement program converting to centralized
sanitary sewerage collection, distribution and treatment systems to eliminate "blackwater"
leaching into the various surface water resources of this region in order to reduce contamination
from the nitrogen, phosphorus and E. coli.

Section 6: The Town of Palm Beach urges all relevant and responsible governments and agencies
to implement robust plamling programs in the South Florida region to control over-development
and agricultural runoff into Lake Okeechobee and local tributaries.

Section 7: Transmittal. The Town Clerk is directed to furnish copies of this Resolution to:
• U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
• U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
• U.S. House of Representatives Members for the State of Florida
• U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Commander Col. Jason Kirk
• U.S. Secretary ofthe Interior Sally Jewell
• Florida Governor Rick Scott
• Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner
• Florida Senate President - designate Joe Negron, District 32
• Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, District 51
• Florida House Speaker - designate, Richard Corcoran, District 37
• Florida Senate and House Members Having Districts within the South Florida Water
Management District boundaries.
• Chair, South Florida Water Management District Goveming Board, Daniel O'Keefe
• Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District Peter Antonacci
• Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Jon Steverson

PASSED AND ADOPTED in a regular, adjourned session of the Town Council of the Town of
Palm Beach assembled this 16th day of August 2016.


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