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Year in Review: Anti-Terrorism Drill Held at Port of Palm Beach [Video]
Year-In-Review: There was a massive show of force at the Port of Palm Beach Monday.
This Week in Palm Beach Video 12-8-2017
The Civic Association is proud to announce an overview of This Week in Palm Beach on video with news correspondent Christina Noce. See the video below and let us know what you think!
UPDATE 12-8-2017 1:00 PM: Presidential Visit this Weekend
Beginning at approximately 1:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017, the process of closing roadways around Mar-A-Lago will be initiated. The closure will be in effect through Sunday, December 10, 2017. [Updates in Red]
This Week in Palm Beach - December 8, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. December 8, 2017 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
This Week in Palm Beach - December 1, 2017
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. December 1, 2017 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Bradley Park Beautification Ribbon Cutting Scheduled
The Preservation Floundation gave a presentation this week to the Civic Association Beautification Committee on the Bradley Park transformation project.
Worth Ave. Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in Palm Beach [Video]
The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Worth Ave. was attended by hundreds this week and included Santa riding in on a Fastboats Marine Group speedboat.
Your Palm Beach Guide to Town Elections in 2018
Palm Beach Town Council Races are Heating Up. Stay up-to-date with an overview of who is running for which seats.
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Year in Review: Anti-Terrorism Drill Held at Port of Palm Beach [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:48

Year-In-Review: There was a massive show of force at the Port of Palm Beach Monday.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement practiced their response to a terrorist attack. It's called "Operation Guardian." Click to see video below:

WPTV-NBC5 [2:01]

 

Officers participated in active-shooter drills, hostage situations, and dealing with violent protesters.

About 350 officers from eight different agencies took part in the training.

"When an incident happens like you have in Orlando or Fort Lauderdale Airport, more than one agency is going to be involved and we have to know how each other works," said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

Bradshaw said the training is more important than ever because President Trump is making Palm Beach County his part-time home.

See More (WPTV-NBC5)

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This Week in Palm Beach Video 12-8-2017
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 08 December 2017 14:00

The Civic Association is proud to announce an overview of This Week in Palm Beach on video with news correspondent Christina Noce. See the video below and let us know what you think!

The video will be distributed on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Follow us!  

Click video to play it - Civic Association This Week in Palm Beach Overview [3:29]

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Transportation
UPDATE 12-8-2017 1:00 PM: Presidential Visit this Weekend
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 08 December 2017 10:30

Beginning at approximately 1:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017, the process of closing roadways around Mar-A-Lago will be initiated. The closure will be in effect through Sunday, December 10, 2017. [Updates in Red]

The FAA issued flight restrictions for the area around Palm Beach from 11 p.m. Friday to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A separate FAA notice restricts flights in the area from 2:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday. The president is expected to arrive late Friday night from a rally in Pensacola. On Saturday the president will head to Mississippi and back in the afternoon. 

Expect the usual roadblocks around Mar-a-Lago from Friday through Sunday:

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Other FAA advisories were issued for weekend trips to Pensacola on Friday, and Jackson, Miss., on Saturday so be on the lookout for several presidential motorcades and additional temporary road closures in the area.

From the Town of Palm Beach:

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 1 PM 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.

Traffic heading east on Southern Boulevard will only be allowed to exit right at the roundabout to South Ocean Boulevard. Northbound travelers on South Ocean Boulevard will exit onto westbound Southern Boulevard.

Anyone traveling south on South County Road or South Ocean Boulevard will be redirected north at the intersection of those roads.

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.

Press

President in Palm Beach: Ninth Visit Comes with New Wrinkles

President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Mar-a-Lago should feature the least disruptive arrival motorcade of his presidency and a brief Saturday reprieve for weekend pilots who are grounded when the president is in town.

Trump, whose eight previous presidential visits have often snarled rush hour traffic between Palm Beach International Airport and his tropical White House, isn’t expected to arrive on Air Force One until 11 p.m. or later Friday night.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

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This Week in Palm Beach - December 8, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:12

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This Week in Palm Beach - December 1, 2017
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 01 December 2017 15:54

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Top Stories
Bradley Park Beautification Ribbon Cutting Scheduled
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 01 December 2017 10:41

The Preservation Floundation gave a presentation this week to the Civic Association Beautification Committee on the Bradley Park transformation project.

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony to re-open the park is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Over the summer of 2017, the Preservation Foundation transformed Bradley Park through a $2.7 million project that fully realized Colonel E.R. Bradley’s vision for a town-serving park along the shore of Lake Worth. Enhancements include a quarter-mile-long meandering stone dust path that incorporates benches and leads pedestrians through a series of exhibition gardens separated by tall Podocarpus hedges.

The presentation to the Civic Assocition was given by Amanda H. Skier, Preservation Foundation Executive Director, and Brian Vertesch, SMI Landscape Architecture.

Read More (Preservation Foundation)

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Worth Ave. Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in Palm Beach [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:22

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Worth Ave. was attended by hundreds this week and included Santa riding in on a Fastboats Marine Group speedboat.

Mary Robosson, VP of the Palm Beach Civic Association, was there for the celebration and recorded a video on her cellphone. The directors and staff at the Civic Association wish you a very Happy Holidays!

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Photo: Andres Leiva / Palm Beach Daily News

Civic Association Video [45 sec.]

2017 Worth Ave. Christmas Tree Lighting in Palm Beach from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

The Worth Ave. Association holds the event every holiday season. 

 

News

Tree lightings mark the beginning of the season in Palm Beach

Palm Beach kicked off the Christmas season Tuesday night as two town trees were ceremoniously lit.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

 

 

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Your Palm Beach Guide to Town Elections in 2018
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:15

Palm Beach Town Council Races are Heating Up. Stay up-to-date with an overview of who is running for which seats.

The Civic Association has an Election Webpage on our site that shows the latest candidates, events, and news about the upcoming Town Council election. 

Click Here to Go to the Civic Association Elections Webpage

The Palm Beach Civic Association is a nonpartisan organization that believes all civic minded citizens will want to make informed decisions in the March Town Election. 

2018 Town of Palm Beach Municipal General Election Dates

- Town Caucus: January 9, 2018  Time: TBD, Town Council Chambers, 360 S. County Road
- Town General Election: March 13, 2018 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Town Run-Off Election (if necessary): TBD

Town Council Seats Up for Election

  • Council Member - Group 1 (Incumbent Richard M. Kleid)
  • Council Member - Group 2 (Incumbent Maggie Zeidman)
  • Council Member - Group 3 (Incumbent Bobbie Lindsay)

 

 

 

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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