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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 14, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 14, 2018 edition.
Update on Town Issues & Presentation of Scholarships Highlight Town Council
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Town staff provided updates on undergrounding, shore protection, the recreation center, and a proposed total town staff compensation study at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
Jeff Greene Joins Crowded Race for Florida Governor
Civic Association Director Jeff Greene (D) has joined a crowded race for Florida Governor, competing against four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates.
Video of New Southern Blvd. Bridge Liftspan, Progress
The new liftspan is in operation on the temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge and Michael Reiter, a Civic Association Director, video captured it as it was opening and closing.
This Week in Palm Beach - June 8, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 8, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 1, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 1, 2018 edition.
SunPass Alert for All Drivers
From June 5 to June 11 SunPass will be updating thier systems. You may still use your transponders to pay for tolls during the system maintenance period. However, you won't be able to add money to your account during that period.
UPDATE 5-28-2018: SubTropical Storm Alberto Making Landfall
Alberto is expected to intensify on Sunday as it moves through the eastern Gulf of Mexico, likely bringing tropical-storm-force winds to Florida's west coast Sunday afternoon and the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday evening.
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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 14, 2018
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:42

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Update on Town Issues & Presentation of Scholarships Highlight Town Council
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:22

By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Town staff provided updates on undergrounding, shore protection, the recreation center, and a proposed total town staff compensation study at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, John Cregan of the Palm Beach Civic Association and Harry Wolin of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach presented a $3,000 scholarship to Jaquan Starling.

Mr. Starling, a graduating senior from Palm Beach Gardens High School, will be attending Florida International University in the fall majoring in mechanical engineering. In attendance was his mother LaTreshia Henry and his godmother Khia Chandler.

Undergrounding Update

Steve Stern, project manager of town-wide undergrounding, updated the council on the progress of the $105 million project.
Monthly coffee meeting updates are cancelled in July and will resume on Aug. 3 and 6 for the south and north respectively.
Phase 1 north: the horizontal drilling is complete on N. Ocean Blvd., north of Indian Road and on the entire East Inlet Drive loop.

The project reached a milestone in April by having all the main line horizontal directional drilling completed, as well as the AT&T and Comcast service conduits installed. The final work on Onondaga and Laurie Lane has begun and should be completed by the end of June.

Phase 1 south: The conduit installation by AT&T and Comcast will be completed by mid-June. All of the new FPL main line conduit has been installed. Street lights and hand hole boxes have been installed. New electrical cables are 97 percent complete south of Lake Avenue and cable installation is in progress north to Sloan’s Curve.

Phase 2 north design is on schedule and the guaranteed maximum price is on target and will be presented to Town Council in August.

Phase 2 south design is one month delayed and will be presented in September.

Mr. Stern said 52.3 percent of the phase 1 north budget has been spent and 71.7 percent of the phase 1 south budget has been spent. Construction is more than halfway complete for phase 1 of the project, he said.

The council agreed that there is a great deal of redundancy in staff presentations to both the Underground Utilities Task Force and the Town Council. The council agreed that Jeff Smith, chairman of the task force, and Town Manager Kirk Blouin can decide when the task force needs to meet for a critical issue.

FPL credits are estimated to be between $3 and $4 million, Mr. Stern said. Town staff has a meeting scheduled with Comcast next week and is still trying to set up a similar meeting with AT&T.

Update on the Recreation Center

The cash contributions and quality pledges received from the Friends of Recreation, Inc., up to $5 million, will serve as a match to the challenge grant from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation.

Michael Ainslie, vice-chairman of the Friends of Recreation, Inc., said they have already received 60 percent of the fundraising – a little under $2.6 million. He also said Northern Trust has pledged 100 percent financing and will avoid paying interest payments until near the end of the project, he said. Of the 95 families who have funded the project so far, only 25 have made pledges, he said.

Coastal Update

The council voted unanimously to authorize staff to obtain a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Groin Rehabilitation project. That permit will be good for 10 years.

Coastal Program Manager Rob Weber told the council that the beaches are in great shape.

“There’s a lot of stability to the beaches and, in most cases, we’re seeing them grow and improve,” he said.

Since the nor’easter in March, there’s been some shoaling in the inlet, he said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be doing a temporary dredging in the near shore off Reach One and Reach Two in the next week. It will only be about 16,000 cubic yards.

Because of the sea turtle nests, the sand can’t go on the beach. There are about 1200 turtle nests along the entire beach, he said.
Comprehensive Compensation and Benefits Study

Human Resources Director Danielle Olson presented a draft of criteria that would be used to hire a consultant to perform a Total Compensation Study for town employees.

Ms. Zeidman said she wants to see the overall data and let the council make the final decision on what they should do.
Ms. Lindsay agreed.

“Far more important than getting the data is analysis of the data and what the implications are for our salary structure and pension obligations going forward,” Mr. Crampton said.

During the citizen’s comment portion of the meeting, Pat Cooper spoke on behalf of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He said the Civic Association would support a Total Compensation Study with an independent party to find out where the town is in terms of comparative employee compensation.

The council directed staff to rework the Request for Proposal and bring it back next month.

 

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Jeff Greene Joins Crowded Race for Florida Governor
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:51

Civic Association Director Jeff Greene (D) has joined a crowded race for Florida Governor, competing against four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates.

And others are considering jumping in like Patrick Murphy on the Democratic side. The final date to file for the mid-term elections is June 22.

Mr. Greene says he is running for Governor, "to fix education and create a 21st century economy in Florida. In an interview this week Mr. Greene told the Palm Beach Post that he will spend "whatever it takes" to win. He added, "It could be $100 million."

 

 

 

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Video of New Southern Blvd. Bridge Liftspan, Progress
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 11 June 2018 12:12

The new liftspan is in operation on the temporary Southern Blvd. Bridge and Michael Reiter, a Civic Association Director, video captured it as it was opening and closing.

"The liftspan takes about the same as a typical bascule bridge opening and closing," said Mr. Reiter.  "It's photographically boring at normal speed so I sped it up."  Note the bridge tender walking back and forth out of the trailer-like bridge tender's house.

Fast Speed Video [26 sec. - No Audio] Courtesy of Michael Reiter, Civic Association Director

S.Blvd.Bridge.Liftspan from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

The operation of the temporary bridge is more manual than the permanent ones. The bridge tender walks out on the catwalk and uses a megaphone for the opening and closing instructions. You can see that happening in the video.

You can see the counterweights drop within the bridge support infrastructure and that lifts the span above the channel. After the boats have passed safey, the liftspan lowers and the counterweights return to the top of the bridge supports.

The project is continuing at a brisk pace. June plans:

  • Partial demolition of the tide relief bridge near Mar-a-Lago
  • Demolition of old main bridge’s bascule leaves
  • Install temporary construction walls
  • Install gravity wall on the south side of the Southern Boulevard Causeway
  • Exploratory drilling for replacement bridge foundations

FPL Permit Work:The eastbound right-turn lane on Southern Boulevard between Washington Road and Flagler Drive will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, May 29, until Friday, June 29, as FPL performs utility work in the area.

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Marine Restrictions:

The navigable Intracoastal Waterway (ICCW) through the Southern Boulevard Bridge will have half-channel closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A double-span opening (full channel open) may be requested during those times if four-hour notice is provided by calling Project Superintendent Clay Bores at (407) 488-0738.

During half-channel closures, the horizontal clearance through the bridge is 40 feet. The Southern Boulevard Bridge opens for marine traffic twice per hour at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. 

 

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This Week in Palm Beach - June 8, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 07 June 2018 17:01

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - June 1, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:56

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SunPass Alert for All Drivers
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:47

From June 5 to June 11 SunPass will be updating thier systems. You may still use your transponders to pay for tolls during the system maintenance period. However, you won't be able to add money to your account during that period.

In addition, SunPass Plus at Palm Beach International Airport and most other Florida airports will be shut down. You won't be able to pay using your SunPass transponder. You will have to pay with cash or credit card.

 

Weather
UPDATE 5-28-2018: SubTropical Storm Alberto Making Landfall
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 28 May 2018 12:03

Alberto is expected to intensify on Sunday as it moves through the eastern Gulf of Mexico, likely bringing tropical-storm-force winds to Florida's west coast Sunday afternoon and the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday evening.

Clusters of thunderstorms with heavy rain and gusty winds are now pushing through parts of the Florida Peninsula, the northwestern Bahamas and central Cuba.

See More (Weather.com)

 

 

 

U.S. Secret Service Mandates Temporary Road Closures and Adjusted Traffic Patterns Around Mar-a-Lago.

UPDATE 2-15-17: Starting at 8 AM on Friday morning, February 17, 2017 through Monday evening, February 20, 2017, all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, will be prohibited on S. Ocean Boulevard from the intersection of S. County Road to Southern Boulevard.  The travel restrictions will also extend eastward to the ocean.  Only residents living between S. County and Woodbridge will be granted access to this restricted zone with proper identification.  

Please take note of the temporary traffic patterns that will be in effect while President Trump is in Town.  

If you are traveling South on S. County Road or S. Ocean Boulevard: You will be redirected north at the intersection of S. County Road and S. Ocean Boulevard.  There will be traffic cones and barricades directing you back north.

If you are traveling East on Southern Boulevard: You will only be allowed to exit south onto S. Ocean Boulevard at the Southern Causeway.

If you are traveling North on S. Ocean Boulevard: You will have to exit onto Westbound Southern Boulevard at the Southern Causeway.   
 
To avoid delays, if you are north of midtown, please use the Royal Park (Middle) Bridge and Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge.  If you are south of midtown, use the Lake Worth Bridge to avoid the congestion around Mar-A-Lago.  Please contact the Palm Beach Police Department if you have any questions at 561-838-5454.

ORIGINAL STORY

Starting early on Friday morning, (February 17, 2017), all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, will be prohibited on S. Ocean Blvd from the intersection of S. County Rd. to Southern Blvd.  The travel restrictions will also extend eastward to the ocean.  Only residents living between S. County and Woodbridge will be granted access to this restricted zone with proper identification.  These restrictions will be in effect until his departure late in the afternoon on Monday, February 20, 2017.  

Please take note of the temporary traffic patterns that will be in effect while President Trump is in Town.  

If you are traveling South on S. County Rd. or S. Ocean Blvd: You will be redirected north at the intersection of S. County and S. Ocean.  There will be traffic cones and barricades directing you back north.

If you are traveling East on Southern Blvd: You will only be allowed to exit south onto S. Ocean Blvd at the Southern Causeway.

If you are traveling North on S. Ocean Blvd: You will have to exit onto Westbound Southern Blvd at the Southern Causeway.   
 
To avoid delays, if you are north of midtown, please use the Royal Park (Middle) Bridge and Flagler Memorial (North) Bridge.  If you are south of midtown, use the Lake Worth Bridge to avoid the congestion around Mar-A-Lago.  Please contact the Palm Beach Police Department if you have any questions at 561-838-5454.

According to the Town of Palm Beach they may get only a 2-4 hour notice before the President arrives and they will let the public know through text and email alerts.

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