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This Week in Palm Beach - June 22, 2018
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Save the Date! Annual Awards Luncheon will Feature Dr. Oz
The Palm Beach Civic Association is proud to announce Dr. Oz will be the keynote speaker for our 75th Anniversary Season Annual Awards Luncheon and Meet & Greet Reception.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 14, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 14, 2018 edition.
Update on Town Issues & Presentation of Scholarships Highlight Town Council
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Town staff provided updates on undergrounding, shore protection, the recreation center, and a proposed total town staff compensation study at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
Jeff Greene Joins Crowded Race for Florida Governor
Civic Association Director Jeff Greene (D) has joined a crowded race for Florida Governor, competing against four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates.
Video of New Southern Blvd. Bridge Liftspan, Progress
The new liftspan is in operation on the temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge and Michael Reiter, a Civic Association Director, video captured it as it was opening and closing.
This Week in Palm Beach - June 8, 2018
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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 1, 2018
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This Week in Palm Beach - June 22, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:51

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Save the Date! Annual Awards Luncheon will Feature Dr. Oz
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 21 June 2018 14:39

The Palm Beach Civic Association is proud to announce Dr. Oz will be the keynote speaker for our 75th Anniversary Season Annual Awards Luncheon and Meet & Greet Reception.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, is a physician and cardiothoracic surgeon, winner of 9 Daytime Emmy® Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show," author of 8 New York Times Best Sellers, and a recipient of numerous honors and recognition for his influence on health and wellness.

The Civic Association turns 75 this season and will celebrate with special events and programs. Click here to join the Civic Association today! - or call 561-655-0820 and ask for Allison Tardonia, Civic Association Membership and Events Manager.

Save the Date!

The Annual Awards Luncheon and Meet and Greet Reception

Monday, January 21, 2019

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Dr. Oz Bio

Dr. Oz has won Nine Daytime Emmy® Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show” and is an attending physician at NY Presbyterian- Columbia Medical Center. He still performs dozens of heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery, alternative medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received numerous patents, and still performs heart surgery. He also authors a newspaper column syndicated by Hearst in 175 markets internationally.

Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for six seasons, spanning over 60 episodes. He also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his “Transplant!” series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q” and performed in the hip-hop video “Everybody” as part of the Let’s Move Campaign.

Dr. Oz authored eight New York Times Best Sellers, including “Food Can Fix It”, “You: The Owner’s Manual”, “You: The Smart Patient”, “YOU: On a Diet”, “YOU: Staying Young”, “YOU: Being Beautiful”, “YOU: Having a Baby”, “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens”, as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in Oprah Magazine and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service. He co-founded Sharecare.com which won “Best Medical App” award for AskMD in 2014 and its DoctorOz app was nominated for an Emmy in 2017. In 2003, Dr Oz founded Healthcorps which emulates the Peacecorps by putting energetic recent college graduates into high schools around the country to reach diet, fitness, and mental resilience. Over a million teens have been influenced this nationwide program.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been named Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Forbes’ most influential celebrity, Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Harvard’s 100 Most Influential Alumni, as well as receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and AARP 50 Influential people over 50. He won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, and he has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and “Healer of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually elected as a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups. He is also an honorary police surgeon for New York City.

Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He was awarded the Captain’s Athletic Award for leadership in college and elected Class President twice followed by President of the Student Body during medical school. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 32 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver and three grandchildren Philomena, John and Domenica.

 

 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 14, 2018
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:42

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Update on Town Issues & Presentation of Scholarships Highlight Town Council
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:22

By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Town staff provided updates on undergrounding, shore protection, the recreation center, and a proposed total town staff compensation study at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, John Cregan of the Palm Beach Civic Association and Harry Wolin of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach presented a $3,000 scholarship to Jaquan Starling.

Mr. Starling, a graduating senior from Palm Beach Gardens High School, will be attending Florida International University in the fall majoring in mechanical engineering. In attendance was his mother LaTreshia Henry and his godmother Khia Chandler.

Undergrounding Update

Steve Stern, project manager of town-wide undergrounding, updated the council on the progress of the $105 million project.
Monthly coffee meeting updates are cancelled in July and will resume on Aug. 3 and 6 for the south and north respectively.
Phase 1 north: the horizontal drilling is complete on N. Ocean Blvd., north of Indian Road and on the entire East Inlet Drive loop.

The project reached a milestone in April by having all the main line horizontal directional drilling completed, as well as the AT&T and Comcast service conduits installed. The final work on Onondaga and Laurie Lane has begun and should be completed by the end of June.

Phase 1 south: The conduit installation by AT&T and Comcast will be completed by mid-June. All of the new FPL main line conduit has been installed. Street lights and hand hole boxes have been installed. New electrical cables are 97 percent complete south of Lake Avenue and cable installation is in progress north to Sloan’s Curve.

Phase 2 north design is on schedule and the guaranteed maximum price is on target and will be presented to Town Council in August.

Phase 2 south design is one month delayed and will be presented in September.

Mr. Stern said 52.3 percent of the phase 1 north budget has been spent and 71.7 percent of the phase 1 south budget has been spent. Construction is more than halfway complete for phase 1 of the project, he said.

The council agreed that there is a great deal of redundancy in staff presentations to both the Underground Utilities Task Force and the Town Council. The council agreed that Jeff Smith, chairman of the task force, and Town Manager Kirk Blouin can decide when the task force needs to meet for a critical issue.

FPL credits are estimated to be between $3 and $4 million, Mr. Stern said. Town staff has a meeting scheduled with Comcast next week and is still trying to set up a similar meeting with AT&T.

Update on the Recreation Center

The cash contributions and quality pledges received from the Friends of Recreation, Inc., up to $5 million, will serve as a match to the challenge grant from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation.

Michael Ainslie, vice-chairman of the Friends of Recreation, Inc., said they have already received 60 percent of the fundraising – a little under $2.6 million. He also said Northern Trust has pledged 100 percent financing and will avoid paying interest payments until near the end of the project, he said. Of the 95 families who have funded the project so far, only 25 have made pledges, he said.

Coastal Update

The council voted unanimously to authorize staff to obtain a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Groin Rehabilitation project. That permit will be good for 10 years.

Coastal Program Manager Rob Weber told the council that the beaches are in great shape.

“There’s a lot of stability to the beaches and, in most cases, we’re seeing them grow and improve,” he said.

Since the nor’easter in March, there’s been some shoaling in the inlet, he said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be doing a temporary dredging in the near shore off Reach One and Reach Two in the next week. It will only be about 16,000 cubic yards.

Because of the sea turtle nests, the sand can’t go on the beach. There are about 1200 turtle nests along the entire beach, he said.
Comprehensive Compensation and Benefits Study

Human Resources Director Danielle Olson presented a draft of criteria that would be used to hire a consultant to perform a Total Compensation Study for town employees.

Ms. Zeidman said she wants to see the overall data and let the council make the final decision on what they should do.
Ms. Lindsay agreed.

“Far more important than getting the data is analysis of the data and what the implications are for our salary structure and pension obligations going forward,” Mr. Crampton said.

During the citizen’s comment portion of the meeting, Pat Cooper spoke on behalf of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He said the Civic Association would support a Total Compensation Study with an independent party to find out where the town is in terms of comparative employee compensation.

The council directed staff to rework the Request for Proposal and bring it back next month.

 

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Jeff Greene Joins Crowded Race for Florida Governor
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:51

Civic Association Director Jeff Greene (D) has joined a crowded race for Florida Governor, competing against four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates.

And others are considering jumping in like Patrick Murphy on the Democratic side. The final date to file for the mid-term elections is June 22.

Mr. Greene says he is running for Governor, "to fix education and create a 21st century economy in Florida. In an interview this week Mr. Greene told the Palm Beach Post that he will spend "whatever it takes" to win. He added, "It could be $100 million."

 

 

 

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Video of New Southern Blvd. Bridge Liftspan, Progress
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 11 June 2018 12:12

The new liftspan is in operation on the temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge and Michael Reiter, a Civic Association Director, video captured it as it was opening and closing.

"The liftspan takes about the same as a typical bascule bridge opening and closing," said Mr. Reiter.  "It's photographically boring at normal speed so I sped it up."  Note the bridge tender walking back and forth out of the trailer-like bridge tender's house.

Fast Speed Video [26 sec. - No Audio] Courtesy of Michael Reiter, Civic Association Director

S.Blvd.Bridge.Liftspan from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

The operation of the temporary bridge is more manual than the permanent ones. The bridge tender walks out on the catwalk and uses a megaphone for the opening and closing instructions. You can see that happening in the video.

You can see the counterweights drop within the bridge support infrastructure and that lifts the span above the channel. After the boats have passed safey, the liftspan lowers and the counterweights return to the top of the bridge supports.

The project is continuing at a brisk pace. June plans:

  • Partial demolition of the tide relief bridge near Mar-a-Lago
  • Demolition of old main bridge’s bascule leaves
  • Install temporary construction walls
  • Install gravity wall on the south side of the Southern Boulevard Causeway
  • Exploratory drilling for replacement bridge foundations

FPL Permit Work:The eastbound right-turn lane on Southern Boulevard between Washington Road and Flagler Drive will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, May 29, until Friday, June 29, as FPL performs utility work in the area.

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Marine Restrictions:

The navigable Intracoastal Waterway (ICCW) through the Southern Boulevard Bridge will have half-channel closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A double-span opening (full channel open) may be requested during those times if four-hour notice is provided by calling Project Superintendent Clay Bores at (407) 488-0738.

During half-channel closures, the horizontal clearance through the bridge is 40 feet. The Southern Boulevard Bridge opens for marine traffic twice per hour at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. 

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - June 8, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 07 June 2018 17:01

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 1, 2018
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Published: Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:56

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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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