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This Week in Palm Beach - February 23, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 23, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Final Events for Flagler Shore Pilot Project: Road Closures Ends
WEST PALM BEACH NEWS RELEASE -- The Flagler Shore pilot project will come to an end after the scheduled events on February 28, and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will be reopened on March 1.
Friends of Palm Beach Cleans Up 245 Lbs. from Beach
This week the beach cleaning crew from Friends of Palm Beach hauled 245 pounds of garbage off our beaches.
Stinging Portuguese Man-O-War Warnings in Palm Beach
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- Town of Palm Beach Ocean Rescue is advising beachgoers to watch out for a stinging danger that is blowing ashore in the water and on the sand at area beaches.
Lights Out for Sea Turtles March 1 - October 31
TOWN OF PALM BEACH NEWS ALERT -- To protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings that nest on local beaches, the Town Council adopted an ordinance requiring all oceanfront property owners to ensure that their lights are not visible from the beach anytime from March 1st through October 31st.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is adding a second cruise ship (Grand Classica) in April that will sail short two night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach.
VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. February 16, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
UPDATE 2-14-2018: Presidential Visit Expected in Palm Beach this Holiday Weekend
President Trump is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 3:15 p.m. on Friday and leave by 5 p.m. on Monday, according to an alert issued by the FAA this morning.
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This Week in Palm Beach - February 23, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:38

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Final Events for Flagler Shore Pilot Project: Road Closures Ends
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:12

WEST PALM BEACH NEWS RELEASE -- The Flagler Shore pilot project will come to an end after the scheduled events on February 28, and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will be reopened on March 1.

Please note that the City will need to close the affected area of Flagler Drive in the final days of the project in order to apply the MOT (Method of Transportation).

Road Closures:
• Feb. 27 & 28 at 7:00 AM - Full Road Closure of Flagler Drive from Lakeview Avenue to Banyan Boulevard.
• Mar. 1 at 8:00 AM - Flagler Drive will reopen as a four-lane road

The final Flagler Shore events will take place as scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, February 28:

Pedal/Run/Walk with Purpose
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Meet at Datura & Flagler Intersection (Across from E. R. Bradley’s Saloon)
Free
Enjoy an evening walk, run or ride after work as you meet up with friends and community members on the Flagler Shore with food trucks, music and more. Meetup will take place at 6:00 p.m. and the scenic ride through Downtown WPB will commence at 6:10 p.m. to a secret location and conclude at 7:00 p.m. Co-Hosted: Bike WPB & Flagler Shore Peloton

Food Trucks @ The Shore
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
On Flagler Drive from Fern to Lakeview
Free
Enjoy a flavorful night in Downtown WPB with 15-20 of the best food trucks in town. Indulge in fusion cuisine, comfort foods, sweet treats, and much more while enjoying the water views. Food trucks will be located on Flagler Drive from Fern to Lakeview. Co-Hosted: Gourmet Truck Expo

For more information about Flagler Shore, visit www.wpb.org/flaglershore. Residents and visitors can continue to provide feedback and ideas by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Friends of Palm Beach Cleans Up 245 Lbs. from Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:00

This week the beach cleaning crew from Friends of Palm Beach hauled 245 pounds of garbage off our beaches.

Said Diane Buhler, founder of the group, "Thanks to the help of 19 teammates from the Breakers Gives team!!! The needles keep washing ashore along with so much plastic."

FriendsOfPalmBeach2 20 2018 3A homeopathic medicine called Vidatox from Cuba was found this week. "Holy cow I've heard of that stuff. It's scorpion venom that they peddle out to treat cancer. Truly some snake oil nonsense," said Natasha Rawding, owner of Le Macaron Palm Beach, on Facebook.

Plastic is so deadly to our oceans and waterways that even the Queen of England is banning it from Royal Estates.

Queen bans plastic straws and bottles on royal estates after David Attenborough documentary

The Queen has banned plastic straws and bottles from the royal estates as part of a move to cut back on the use of plastics "at all levels".

Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a “strong desire to tackle the issue” in the royal household, in a move thought to be inspired by David Attenborough.

“Across the organisation, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact,” said a spokesman for Buckingham Palace.

See More (UK Independent)

To learn more about the Friends of Palm Beach, see their website: 

http://www.friendsofpalmbeach.com

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Stinging Portuguese Man-O-War Warnings in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:57

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- Town of Palm Beach Ocean Rescue is advising beachgoers to watch out for a stinging danger that is blowing ashore in the water and on the sand at area beaches.

They are blue, pink, and purple balloon-like creatures and they’re called Portuguese Man-O-War – a critter that packs a sting that is much more severe than your average jellyfish.

Strong east and southeast winds have brought extra man-o-war into the area, prompting lifeguards to fly yellow flags for dangerous rip currents and purple flags because of “lots of man-o-war.”

Man-o-war blow ashore November to April, with March being the peak month because of Spring easterly winds. They wash ashore with tentacles that can be more than 150-feet long.

Yes, that's right, the tentacles can stretch out in search of food for up to 150 feet. So if you see a man-o-war in the water or on the beach, the tentacles can sting you far from the main animal where the balloon-like sail is.

Man o warA Portuguese man-o-war is actually a colony of individual organisms dependent on each other. A gas-filled bladder keeps them afloat on the ocean’s surface, while a crest acts like a sail dictating the animal’s path. Its hazardous tentacles dangle below.

When a man-o-war stings, its long tentacles release thousands of microscopic venom-injecting capsules called nematocysts. On contact with skin, the nematocysts deliver a toxic chemical cocktail into its victim. The effects of this venom can range from mild to life threatening, but typically include immediate pain that can last upwards of 15 to 20 minutes.

In more severe cases, a sting can trigger chest pain, difficulty breathing, anaphylactic shock, and even death.
Treatment

Man-o-war treatment follows the same protocol as that of a jellyfish sting. Dr. Jennifer Ping, an emergency medicine physician at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, who conducted a study last fall on the efficacy of various jellyfish sting treatments.

“Jellyfish stings are caused by contact with the creature’s tentacle, which triggers millions of stinging cells called nematocytes to pierce the skin and inject venom." Dr. Ping said. "The best way to deactivate the nematocytes is to get out of the water, remove the tentacles with something other than your bare fingers, and splash vinegar or some other acidic compound on the wound."

Anything else like alcohol, mineral spirits, even fresh water, can cause the nematocytes to swell and release more venom, worsening the sting.

Their experiments showed that the best way to treat a sting from a man-o-war is to rinse the wound with vinegar to remove any residual stingers or bits of tentacle left on the skin, and then immerse the wound in hot water — ideally at a temperature of 113 degrees F (45 degrees C) — for 45 minutes.

A hot pack will substitute nicely for the hot water, as will a spray called Sting No More, which was developed to treat combat divers under a Department of Defense grant. Even a quick, 30-second wash of diluted vinegar will confer protective effects.

“Since vinegar is already the go-to rinse solution for other jellyfish stings, removing the Physalia caveat will simplify treatment recommendations making them easier for the general public and first responders to remember and apply correctly,” conclude the authors in their study.

The ability of vinegar to suppress the discharge of cnidaria toxin after a sting is likely the result of its pH, or acidic content. But other acidic solutions didn’t confer the same protective effects, and the researchers aren’t entirely sure why. As they investigate further, just remember to pack a bottle of vinegar and a hot pack for that next trip to the beach.

For a current beach report in the Town of Palm Beach call Ocean Rescue: 561-835-4693. Reports are updated each morning.

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Lights Out for Sea Turtles March 1 - October 31
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:35

TOWN OF PALM BEACH NEWS ALERT -- To protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings that nest on local beaches, the Town Council adopted an ordinance requiring all oceanfront property owners to ensure that their lights are not visible from the beach anytime from March 1st through October 31st.

Artificial lighting confuses sea turtle hatchlings causing them to veer off course from their intended destination, the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed that artificial lighting sources cause disorientation in sea turtle hatchlings and are a major cause of the sea turtle’s population decline worldwide.

sea turtle light pollutionTo comply with the “lights out” policy, oceanfront property owners are required to shield, redirect or simply turn off any light illuminating any area of the beach or water that may be used by nesting sea turtles.

Limited use of low pressure sodium lights, red, orange or amber LED bulbs may not be a threat to turtles. Please contact Benjamin Alma, Code Enforcement Manager, at 561-227-7080, before allowing any lights to be illuminated.

The rule of thumb is “When in doubt, turn it out.” The cooperation and compliance of the public will be appreciated.

 

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship to the Bahamas in April
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:35

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is adding a second cruise ship (Grand Classica) in April that will sail short two night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach.

For Palm Beachers living on the north end Intracoastal and inlet, and recreational boaters around Peanut Island and inlet, that means contending with a cruise ship everyday instead of every other day. The new ship is about the same length but its beam is about 10 feet wider in our already narrow inlet and turning basin.

Grand Celebration (Current Ship)
Length: 733 ft
Beam: 93 ft
Draft: 25.5 ft
Capacity: 1,496 passengers
Crew: 670

Grand Classica (New Ship)
Length: 722 ft
Beam: 102 ft
Draft: 25.5 ft
Capacity: 1,680 passengers
Crew: 620

Grand Classica will join Grand Celebration and begin sailing on April 13, 2018. Reservations for Grand Classica are open with a special buy one cruise, get one cruise free.

Beginning with the first sailing, Bahamas Paradise will be the only cruise line to offer daily departures to Grand Bahama Island from the Port of Palm Beach becoming the largest provider of tourism to the Island. The two ships expect to carry approximately 500,000 passengers annually to Freeport, Bahamas.

In opening reservations, BPCL also revealed details of the new ship, including dining, entertainment, bars and lounges and other amenities.

The Classica underwent a major refurbishment in 2014. In October 2017, a comprehensive dry dock took place to improve systems and infrastructure, complemented with refurbishments and improvements executed by BPCL, to make her ready for the US market.

Read More (Cruise Fever)

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Grand Classica slated to sail from Port of Palm Beach April 13 (Palm Beach Post)

Port of Palm Beach News Release

 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS This Week in Palm Beach - February 16, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:45

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Transportation
UPDATE 2-14-2018: Presidential Visit Expected in Palm Beach this Holiday Weekend
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:36

President Trump is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 3:15 p.m. on Friday and leave by 5 p.m. on Monday, according to an alert issued by the FAA this morning.

TOWN OF PALM BEACH TRAFFIC ALERT -- CHANGES IN TRAFFIC PATTERNS BEGINNING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 NO LATER THAN 6 AM

Image (File Photo): Air Force transport of presidential motorcade at Palm Beach International Airport.

The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago will begin Friday, February 16, 2018, no later than 6AM. Expect traffic delays and road closures in this area thru Monday, February 19, 2018. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

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 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.

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.

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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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