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Intracoastal Dredging Project from Town Docks to Peanut Island
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) plans to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway between the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks to a depth of -12 feet at average low tide depth.
UPDATE 9-18-2018: Peak of Hurricane Season Behind Us
The historical peak of Hurricane Season is September 10. It doesn't mean we are out of the woods but the peak is in the past.  Will the calm last?  Probably not.  Hurricane Season concludes November 30. See maps below:
This Week in Palm Beach 9-14-2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. September 14, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Traffic Alert: Former President George Bush in Town on Friday
Former President George W. Bush will be in Palm Beach for a Friday evening reception 9/14/2018. Expect a motorcade along with the usual Secret Service protection detail for the president. The location or exact time have not been released. 
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - September 7, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. September 7, 2018 edition.
No Blue-Green Algae Reported in Lake Worth Lagoon - Palm Beach Intracoastal
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- The Palm Beach Civic Association office has received several inquiries regarding blue-green algae in the Lake Worth Lagoon and Intracoastal from our members and Directors. A greenish substance was observed by members and photographed in the Intracoastal.
This Week in Palm Beach - August 31, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. August 31, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Primary Winners for Florida on Palm Beach Ballots
By R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- The results for the Primary Election on August 28, 2018 for candidates on ballots in Palm Beach are shown below.
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Intracoastal Dredging Project from Town Docks to Peanut Island
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:16

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) plans to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway between the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks to a depth of -12 feet at average low tide depth.

IntracoastalDredgeProject w300Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be removed from the Intracoastal bottom along the 4.5 mile route.

The permit states that the "material should be dredged via the use of either a mechanical or hydraulic dredge to remove all material from the dredge template. Dredged material should be offloaded at a District-owned ±17-acre dredged material management area (DMMA) located on the north end of Peanut Island."

The plans show that the project will start at the Port of Palm Beach and proceed south. After bids are received by FIND and the project is awarded, the dredging company will have 180 days to complete the project.

In addition, there is an old 5-inch AT&T abandoned conduit that lies within the Intracoastal Waterway channel bottom that will be removed.

The District is holding a mandatory pre-bid meeting for dredging contractors at 11:00 AM, September 20, 2018 at the project site at Riviera Beach City Marina located at 200 E 13th Street; Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

Maintenance dredging bids are being recived at FIND at its offices in Jupiter, Florida until 2 PM, October 4, and then the bids will be publicly opened.

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UPDATE 9-18-2018: Peak of Hurricane Season Behind Us
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:02

The historical peak of Hurricane Season is September 10. It doesn't mean we are out of the woods but the peak is in the past.  Will the calm last?  Probably not.  Hurricane Season concludes November 30. See maps below:

A large area of disturbed weather located a little more than 1000 miles east of the Windward Islands is associated with a tropical wave moving westward about 10 to 15 mph. Some slight development is possible during the next day or two before the environment becomes unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Grab map to move it to see more. Move day and time to see the future.

See the animation above at https://www.windy.com

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NHC Details
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/cyclones/

National Hurricane Center Report

“Over the next six weeks we will see a steady parade of strong tropical waves emerging from the coast of Africa, and some of these waves will be capable of acting as the seeds for the most dangerous type of Atlantic hurricanes – the Cape Verde storms,” said Weather Underground co-founder Jeff Masters in his Category 6 blog.

Mr. Masters says the Atlantic had unusually cool sea-surface temperatures earlier this season, but that they have since rebounded to near average.

“Wind shear is still higher than average over much of the tropical Atlantic, but we could nevertheless see the development of our first Cape Verde-type system late this week,” Mr. Masters said.

The period between Aug. 20 and Oct. 10 accounts for 60 percent of all Atlantic Basin hurricanes and 75 percent of all major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) in that basin, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University.

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This Week in Palm Beach 9-14-2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 14 September 2018 12:11

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UPDATE
MEETING CANCELLED:

Tuesday, September 25, 9:30 AM
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Town Council Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

Presidential Visists
Traffic Alert: Former President George Bush in Town on Friday
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:49

Former President George W. Bush will be in Palm Beach for a Friday evening reception 9/14/2018. Expect a motorcade along with the usual Secret Service protection detail for the president. The location or exact time have not been released. 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - September 7, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 07 September 2018 16:15

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. September 7, 2018 edition.

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Civic Association News Video [3:10]

 

 

 

 

 

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No Blue-Green Algae Reported in Lake Worth Lagoon - Palm Beach Intracoastal
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:46

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- The Palm Beach Civic Association office has received several inquiries regarding blue-green algae in the Lake Worth Lagoon and Intracoastal from our members and Directors. A greenish substance was observed by members and photographed in the Intracoastal.

IntracoastalSludgeIMG 6357A w300The Civic Association contacted Terrie Bates, Water Resources Manager at the South Florida Water Management District, and Rob Weber, Town of Palm Beach Coastal Program Manager, and asked them about the potential sighting of blue-green-algae.

Photo: August, 2018 Courtesy of Bob Holuba

Ms. Bates responded that they had not released water into the C-51 Canal from Lake Okeechobee and don’t see a need to in the near future. She said Lake O water is being directed south.

Mr. Weber responded in an email as follows:

"Blue-green algae is currently not a problem in the Lake Worth Lagoon and is not threatening our beaches.

Please note that no blue-green algae has been observed by either Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), or Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management (PBERM) east [downdrift] of the 2nd spillway structure near Southern Blvd. and State Road 7 within canal C-51 in 2018.

  • Blue-green algal bloom impacts to the Lake Worth Lagoon/Palm Beach Inlet/Beaches would most likely occur from canal C-51 discharges.
  • Town of Palm Beach staff visually observes the conditions both west (updrift) and east (downdrift) of the C-51 spillway structure near Federal Highway on a weekly basis.
  • Town of Palm Beach staff reviews online reporting through the FDEP website on a daily basis.
  • Palm Beach County ERM visually observes the entire length of canal C-51 from Lake Okeechobee to the Lake Worth Lagoon approximately every two (2) days.
  • FDEP performs all reporting, documenting, and testing for blue-green algae.


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Photo: Docks, August 28, 2018 Courtesy of Brad Gary

Any sightings of blue-green algae should be reported through FDEP using the following link: https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom or calling FDEP at (855) 305-3903."

In the meantime, the Civic Association will continue to watch the waterway. 

Background and Latest News

LakeO AlgaeHighly toxic blue-green algae — nearly 50 times the level considered hazardous — was found in an Aug. 23 sample taken from the C-44 (St. Lucie Canal) in Martin County, where Lake O water enters the St. Lucie River.

Image: Blue-green algae in Lake O on August 14, 2018.

A sample taken just feet away from there last week was not toxic, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Microcystin, the toxin in the blue-green algae, can cause nausea and vomiting if ingested and rashes and hay fever symptoms if touched or inhaled. Drinking water with the toxin can cause long-term liver disease.

Treasure Coast Congressman, Rep. Brian Mast [R], introduced a bill in Congress Tuesday night which defines "public health and safety" as managing lake levels in a way that:

  • Minimizes potential of toxic blue-green algae blooms 
  • Prevents discharges containing toxins into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers
  • Ensures enough water moves south to the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Caloosahatchee watershed.

"Our health and human safety here is not mentioned at all when it comes to Lake Okeechobee, and that has to stop," the Palm City Republican said at a Tuesday news conference to unveil his bill. "What we're demanding is that we be given priority as well."

Current Lake Okeechobee Water Levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just announced today that water flows from Lake Okeechobee will continue into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers until further notice.

The Corps announced Thursday that the water flow at W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam will be a constant 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

That's higher than the previous 14-day average set on August 24th of 2,000 cfs on a pulse schedule.

They are however reducing the amount flowing in pulse releases into the St. Lucie River from 1,500 cfs over the last two weeks to 1,170 cfs over the next seven days.

According to the Corps, Lake Okeechobee is currently at 14.66 feet above sea level, almost a foot higher than it was at this time last year. During the past week, lake levels rose 0.06 feet, with a 0.27 foot rise in the past 30 days.

South Florida Water Management District meteorologists estimate that Tropical Storm Gordon dropped approximately 1- 1.5 inches of rain over Lake Okeechobee within the last 7 days,

The current potential for hurricanes, now in the peak of the season, is a threat to the water levels in the lake. 

UPDATE 9-6-2018: Tropical Activity Heating Up in the Atlantic

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - August 31, 2018
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:36

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Primary Winners for Florida on Palm Beach Ballots
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:47

By R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- The results for the Primary Election on August 28, 2018 for candidates on ballots in Palm Beach are shown below.

Palm Beach turnout at the polls on Tuesday was very light and we're still waiting to hear about overall turnout and specific results from precincts in Town.  However, the Civic Association Online Voters Guide showed over 14,400 views so there was tremendous interest in the Primary Election. 

Now that the primaries are over, major races will be for U.S. Senate between Rick Scott [R] and Bill Nelson [D] and for Governor between Ron DeSantis [R] and Andrew Gillum [D].  To learn more about the candidates, read their bios and visit their websites by going to the Civic Association Online Voters Guide.

Primary Winners on Palm Beach Ballots

U.S. Senate [R]
Rick Scott

Governor [R]
Ron DeSantis

Governor [D]
Andrew Gillum

Attorney General [R]
Ashley Moody

Attorney General [D]
Sean Shaw

Agriculture Commissioner [R]
Matt Caldwell

Agriculture Commissioner [D]
Nikki Fried

State Senate District 30 [D]
Bobby Powell

State House District 89 [R]
Mike Caruso

State House District 89 [D]
Jim Bonfiglio

Port of Palm Beach Group 5 [D]
Joseph Anderson

Circuit Court 15 Seat 13*
Scott Kerner 41%
Alcolya St. Juste 38%

Circuit Court 15 Seat 18*
Maxine Cheesman 41%
Marybel Coleman 32%

Circuit Court 15 Seat 25*
Sarah Willis 40%
Michael McAuliffe 34%

Palm Beach County Judge, Group 5*
Sara Alijewicz 52%

Palm Beach County Judge, Group 4*
Ashley Zuckerman 30%
Allegra Philipa Fung 23%

*In the judge races, if no one got 50% of the vote, there is a runoff between the top two vote getters in the General Election in November. In this primary, Sara Alijewicz is the only judge candidate that got 50% of the vote or higher so she won't have a runoff.  All other judge races will have a runoff on Nobember 6, 2018. 

See Detailed Results (Palm Beach Post)

Jeff Greene: ‘I don’t think progressives like billionaires’ (Palm Beach Daily News)

All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6  (Palm Beach Post)


Sara Alijewicz wins county judge seat; Fung, Zuckerman in runoff (Palm Beach Post)
 

See the Civic Association Online Midterm Election Voters Guide

 

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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