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UPDATE 10-17-2017: Tropical Weather Outlook
Potential tropical development east of Florida and the Bahamas blew apart from strong upper-level winds.
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.
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
After Hurricane Irma, Undergrounding Proves It Works in Other Towns
By; R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communiciation Director -- Gene Rauth, Town Manager of Jupiter Island, had nothing but positive things to say about how their underground utilities performed during and after Hurricane Irma.
Palm Beach County Braces for Exodus from Puerto Rico Hurricane Crisis [Video]
Palm Beach County Cares, a group of county leaders, businesses and non-profit organization, held a press conference at the Port of Palm Beach Wednesday afternoon to discuss its countywide relief to help Puerto Rican evacuees coming into the county.
UPDATE 10-11-2017 4:30 pm: POSTPONED: Lane to Close on Southern Blvd. Bridge Overnight
FDOT News Release -- Due to weather, the lane closure scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled and rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island Closing Oct. 22
If you’ve never been to the Cold War-era John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island, you’d better hurry. It’s closing Oct. 22, and it’s not known when it might re-open.
UPDATE 10-6-2017: Tropical Storm Nate Forms in Gulf - US Threat this Weekend
Tropical Depression Nate formed in the Southwestern Caribbean and it's moving northwest at 20 mph.
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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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3 Wise Leaders, 1 Dynamic Organization
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 16 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.

ShinySheetPage3Ad PB Civic Assoc 101517 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.

Image: Civic Association Ad in the Shiny Sheet on Page 3 of the Season Preview Edition 2017-2018

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

*By Invitation Only

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

 

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

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. October 13, 2017 edition.

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After Hurricane Irma, Undergrounding Proves It Works in Other Towns
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:30

By; R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communiciation Director -- Gene Rauth, Town Manager of Jupiter Island, had nothing but positive things to say about how their underground utilities performed during and after Hurricane Irma.

"Our town did great," said Mr. Rauth. "We would still be dealing with downed poles and lines if our utilities were still above ground." 

Jupiter Island completed their undergrounding in 2007. 

Photos: Horizontal drill for installing underground utility lines in the South End, Palm Beach

"The three feeder lines over on the mainland went down and caused an outage here on the island for three days but the minute FPL got those back online the island came back on," said Mr. Rauth. "After Hurricane Wilma in 2005, we were dealing with power outages for weeks. During Hurricane Mathew last year, we never lost power." 

Plus with all the flooding rain for the last few weeks, "No problems at all," he said. 

UndergroundingDrillerWithPowerlinesIMG 8525 350Currently the Town of Palm Beach is in Phase 1 of Undergrounding with horizontal drilling and installation in the North end from Onondaga north to the Inlet and from the southern Town limits to Sloan's Curve.

The Civic Association is holding an Underground Utility Update and Hurricane Recovery Report Community Forum on Thursday, November 16, at 10 am at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.  Everyone is welcome.

Featured presenters are: Tom Bradford, Palm Beach Town Manager; Jay Boodheshwar, Deputy Town Manager; Steven Stern, Underground Utilities Project Manager; and Patricia Strayer, Town Engineer.

 

After Hurricane Irma, South Florida Cities and FPL Consider More Underground Lines

After Hurricane Irma's winds took out 90 percent of South Florida's power, many residents wondered why more of the region’s power lines are not underground.

Read More (Sun Sentinel)

 

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Palm Beach County Braces for Exodus from Puerto Rico Hurricane Crisis [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:27

Palm Beach County Cares, a group of county leaders, businesses and non-profit organization, held a press conference at the Port of Palm Beach Wednesday afternoon to discuss its countywide relief to help Puerto Rican evacuees coming into the county.

"Juan Pagan, President of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce expects around 100,000 Puerto Rican evacuees to come to Palm Beach County."

Click Below for Video - CBS12 [2:27]

Palm Beach County Cares, a group of county leaders, businesses and non-profit organization, held a press conference at the Port of Palm Beach Wednesday afternoon to discuss its countywide relief to help Puerto Rican evacuees coming into the county.
See More (CBS12)


South Florida Braces for Exodus from Puerto Rico Amid Hurricane Crisis
South Florida is seeing the beginning of what could be an exodus of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing a humanitarian crisis on the island.
See More (Sun-Sentinel)

 
IRMA AFTERMATH

Hurricane Irma: Inspection Backlogs Grow as $5.3B OKed in Claims, Aid
Estimated insured losses and federal grants in Florida top $5.3 billion for Hurricane Irma, and the number is likely to grow because inspections have not yet been completed on tens of thousands of Palm Beach County households seeking help with home damage.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

Scott, Putnam in D.C. to Discuss Irma’s $2.5B Agriculture Hit
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will meet with members of Florida’s congressional delegation in Washington today to discuss the state’s estimated $2.5 billion in agricultural losses from Hurricane Irma.
Read More (Palm Beach Post)

 

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UPDATE 10-11-2017 4:30 pm: POSTPONED: Lane to Close on Southern Blvd. Bridge Overnight
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:00

FDOT News Release -- Due to weather, the lane closure scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled and rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the eastbound lane – one direction at a time – to allow crews to pour concrete for one of the main temporary bridge piers.

SBlvdBridgeAerialOctober2017 170822057The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach.

The project limits are between Washington Road in West Palm Beach and State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. Active construction began April 3, 2017, and will last until late 2020. The estimated construction cost is $93 million.

Contact Information
Angel Streeter Gardner
Community Outreach Specialist
(561) 886-8773
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Please visit the project website at www.southernblvdbridge.com for additional information.

 

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Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island Closing Oct. 22
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 10:54

If you’ve never been to the Cold War-era John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island, you’d better hurry. It’s closing Oct. 22, and it’s not known when it might re-open.

The iconic property’s management is in a state of flux as Palm Beach County begins to consider whether to take over operation of the deteriorating treasure.

The Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach across from Peanut Island owns the 6 acres that are home to the bunker built in 1961 as a top-secret nuclear bomb shelter for Kennedy in case there was a nuclear attack while he was visiting his “Winter White House” — the Kennedy compound on the north end of Palm Beach.

Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

Palm Beach County Exploring Kennedy Bunker Takeover On Peanut Island

Palm Beach County and the Port of Palm Beach are exploring the county taking over the Kennedy Bunker and Coast Guard Station on Peanut Island. Note: This is a developing story and a nothing is final yet.

Several areas are under review:

  • The County is developing a cost estimate to fix structural issues at the property and what the annual operating costs.would be.
    Cost sharing between the County and the Port.
  • The Port is creating a Roundtable Group including all the stakeholders that have an interest in the property. The Civic Association is part of that group.

Read More (Civic Association News)

Hurricane
UPDATE 10-6-2017: Tropical Storm Nate Forms in Gulf - US Threat this Weekend
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 06 October 2017 11:33

Tropical Depression Nate formed in the Southwestern Caribbean and it's moving northwest at 20 mph.

The model tracks forecast that Nate will hit on or near New Orleans or east toward the Florida panhandle this weekend..

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Read More (Weather Underground)

 

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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