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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

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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
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Published: Friday, 01 December 2017 15:54

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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.

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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)

 

 

 

By Michele Dargan, Special to the Civic Association - Civic Association Urges Middle Ground. The hot-button issue of whether to ban the use of leaf blowers in Palm Beach is set for a discussion before the Town Council on February 14.

The issue has come before the council several times over the years, but no previous council has taken the final step to ban leaf blowers altogether.

Advocates say it will create a quieter, healthier, and more environmentally-friendly atmosphere.

Landscapers, who currently service the town, say it will drive up costs anywhere from 15 to 30 percent. They say there will be increased costs for the extra time it will take to use brooms, rakes, and/or hoses to get the job done.

They will have to hire more employees and put more vehicles on the road.  They say using brooms on the pavement areas won’t get them clean and hosing them down with water would waste a valuable resource.

The Palm Beach Civic Association sent a letter this week to Mayor Gail Coniglio and Town Council members advocating a middle ground approach.  The Association supports strict enforcement of low-noise leaf blowers, which meet the 65 decibel noise limit as required by the town.  This requirement is not being enforced and a wide range of blowers are currently being used, aggravating the noise problem.

downedtrees w400“We agree that noisy lawn maintenance equipment disturbs the quality of life in Palm Beach,” states the Civic Association letter. “However, we believe it is premature to enact a total ban on leaf blowers … We urge our town leaders to take a measured approach in addressing this issue given the many interests of the parties involved.”

The Association suggests conducting drive-by, on-site spot checks to identify violators.

Violators would be given an initial warning for a first violation with repeat offenders fined a significant amount such as $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for each additional violation.

“This should result in rapid compliance with current town regulations,” says the Association. “If this does not result in a significant reduction of noise, we would support addressing a total ban on leaf blowers.”

The Civic Association letter also calls for the use of one machine at a time on most properties, i.e. those less than one acre, which could result in a much lower noise level.

If the Town Council considers a total ban, Association leaders ask council members to consider the following questions:
*Landscapers report they will be forced to raise their rates 15 to 30 percent to get the job done without leaf blowers. Will residents be willing to accept the dramatic cost increases in exchange for a little less noise on a limited basis?

*What about landowners with large properties like The Breakers, private clubs, and golf courses?  It’s hard to imagine raking and sweeping these extensive properties.  Hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots will require significant amounts of water, a resource we try to conserve.

*Will a leaf blower ban enable the town’s public works department to properly maintain town-owned properties, parks, roadways, swales, and medians?  Does the town have a large enough work force and a big enough budget to handle the additional manual labor required?

Last month, the town’s Ordinance Rules and Standards Committee (ORS), comprised of councilwomen Bobbie Lindsay and Danielle Moore, recommended that the town ban all leaf blowers and sent their proposal to the council for discussion.
If the council does go the route of banning all leaf blowers, there may have to be some type of exemption for large properties like

The Breakers, private clubs, and golf courses, Ms. Moore said, “It’s easy to understand why it’s never been tackled, because it’s a very contentious issue,” Ms. Moore said.  “You have two opposite points of view.  You have the people who want to get rid of them because they serve up allergens, health issues, and noise.  Then you have the people who don’t feel that the noise is a compelling issue, don’t have a problem with it whatsoever, and don’t want their landscapers to increase prices and crews.  You have the people who say, ‘my yard won’t be as neat and clean if my landscaper doesn’t have the ability to blow the leaves.’  They say hosing the leaves is not environmentally conscious.  We’re not sure of the solution, but we’re hoping that by sending it to the full council we can come up with a compromise.”

rakeleaves w400Two of the largest landscaping companies who serve the town have written letters to their clients, urging them to contact council members with their concerns about the ban. Armstrong Landscape Design Group, Inc. and Scott Lewis’ Gardening and Trimming both say that, if the ban is enacted, prices will go up.

In his letter, Mr. Lewis states that “every gardener we have polled expects to increase prices between 15 to 30 percent due to real cost increases.  The alternative to blowers is a return to rakes, brooms, and water hoses as well as the increase in billable hours to perform these inefficient processes.  If you do nothing or if you support this change, the expected cost increase for a $750 a month bill would be $150 per month or $1,800 per year.”

Kurt Carlsen, director of maintenance for Armstrong, made many of the same points as Mr. Lewis: “You’re looking at increased labor which is an increased cost to us which is an increased cost to our clients,” Mr. Carlsen said.  “The alternative is using hoses, but that’s another push-button issue for people because water is the new gold.  Otherwise, we won’t get these places spotless, which is what they expect on Palm Beach Island.”

Paul Brazil, director of Public Works, said the town uses outside contractors for lawn maintenance to town properties.
Mr. Brazil said he believes it will have a financial impact to the town if leaf blowers are banned, however he doesn’t know how much it would be at this point.

BatteryLeafBlower w500Mr. Brazil said the town has purchased some cordless, battery-powered leaf blowers.  “In the beginning, we thought the (battery-powered) blowers cost substantially more, but the fact that there’s no maintenance and repair may make it a cost effective solution, he said.  “They’re substantially quieter.”

Town staff researched communities with a similar demographic to Palm Beach to determine what regulations, if any, they place on the operation of leaf blowers, according to a Jan. 5 memo from Code Enforcement management to Mr. Boodheshwar.
Many California municipalities have banned or restricted leaf blowers.  Greenwich, CT and East Hampton, NY have restrictions on the operation of leaf blowers.  Recently, the Town of Manalapan has decided not to ban leaf blowers, but to enforce a 65 decibel noise level.

Ms. Lindsay said. “The people on the smaller lots in town have numerous complaints – noise, particles in the air, and emissions.  A lot of people in Midtown and the North End, who feel the effects, say it’s easier to get rid of the leaf blowers.  For the condo areas and the large lots south of the B&T, we might want to do something different.  Whatever we do, we have to be able to enforce it.”


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