By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- [UPDATES IN RED] There are still 3 to ocassional 5 foot waves from the north swell are left over from this week's heavy surf. Beaches were closed until late Thursday. They are now open.
By R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- The Civic Association Reusable Bag Program offers a friendly way to discourage shoppers from using plastic bags, which are harmful to marine life and the environment.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - March 9, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 09 March 2018 15:11
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. March 9, 2018 edition.
UPDATE: The beaches were reopened at 5:00 PM Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Civic Association's This Week in Palm Beach | 3-9-2018 Video Edition [2:55]
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UPDATE: No-Swimming Advisories Lifted for Beaches in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 08 March 2018 16:00
The Town of Palm Beach posted an update late Thursday, clearing the beaches for swimming.
Recent test samples showed poor water quality for Jupiter Beach Park and Midtown Beach in Palm Beach, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Palm Beach County office.
Photo: Big surf in Palm Beach this week. Surfer Jeff Thiel. Photographer: William Davis
The levels of enterococci, a bacteria associated with gastrointestinal problems and infected cuts, were in excess of 200 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water. Samples must be under 70 colonies for the advisories to be lifted.
The elevated bacterial levels are generally associated with the presence of wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf from high winds and high tides, or runoff following heavy rainfall. Surf in area waters has been heavy for several days.
Even though the waves have died down for now, they stirred up so much in the ocean and inlets the bacteria is off the charts!
Huge Surf Stirred Up Ocean This Week
Photo: North side of Palm Beach Inlet. Yosh at SimpleLife Photography @simplelife_photography1
Lake Worth Pier Video: Underwater Florida
Reef Road. Photo: Ivy Yin
Reef Road. Photo: Ivy Yin
UPDATE: Surf Advisory - Caution at Public Beaches
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 08 March 2018 13:25
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director --[UPDATES IN RED] There are still 3 to ocassional 5 foot waves from the north swell are left over from this week's heavy surf. Beaches were closed until late Thursday. They are now open.
The cold front that just passed on Wednesday night may cause an increase in local wave size over the next few days.
Photo: North side of Boynton Inlet
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
This hazardous weather outlook is for South Florida.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
Rip currents: There is a high risk of rip currents along all the Atlantic beaches. There is a moderate risk of rip currents along all Gulf Coast beaches.
Fire Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for most of South Florida, except for Miami-Dade, Mainland Monroe and Coastal Collier Counties.
Waves: Seas of 7 to 9 feet are expected today in the Atlantic waters, highest off Palm Beach County. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all Atlantic waters through this evening.
Temperatures: Minimum wind chills early Thursday morning will be in the 40s for northern interior sections of South Florida. Colder temperatures are expected late tonight into early Friday morning, with wind chills in the upper 30s in northern interior sections and 40s elsewhere in South Florida.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
A high risk of rip currents is possible on Atlantic beaches through Friday, especially along the Palm Beach coast. Hazardous marine conditions off the Palm Beach Coast are expected into Friday.
“Live to be 100” is Topic of Civic Association Forum
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 07 March 2018 14:46
By Michele Dargan, special for the Civic Association -- The Palm Beach Civic Association will present “Live to be 100 with a High-Quality Palm Beach Lifestyle” at 10 a.m. March 20.
The forum will feature interviews and a panel discussion with medical professionals who will reveal what it takes to live a longer, healthier life.
The event will take place at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, 141 S. County Rd, Palm Beach. There will be complimentary valet parking. It’s free and open to the public, but registration is required. For registrations, call 561-655-0820 or register online at www.PalmBeachCivic.org/Events.
Anita Finley will serve as moderator. Ms. Finley is the publisher of Boomer Times & Senior Life, a radio talk show host, author, and gerontologist. She has developed and hosted C.U.R.E. (cutting-edge research & education) Medical Symposiums in Boca Raton.
“This is a rare opportunity to meet and hear the latest advances in modern medicine to achieve optimal health and wellness,” Ms.Finley said. “People want to live in a very powerful and healthy way in Palm Beach. This is cutting-edge information that people will not be able to get anywhere else and it will all be here in one symposium.”
The panelists and their topics are: Daniel Yadegar M.D. medical director, Holistic Integrated Health (HIH) “The Brain - Size Matters!;” Paul Robbins, Ph.D., professor, Department of Molecular Science at The Scripps Research Institute “Extending Human Healthspan;” Elisabeth McKeen M.D., oncologist specializing in breast cancer and genetics at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Conni Murphy, ARNP, genetics counselor, High Risk Genetics Clinic, Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Cancer Institute, “What Your Genes Can Tell You;” Cheri Surloff, Ph.D., Psy.D. neuropsychologist “The Truth about Medical Marijuana.”
Holistic Integrated Health, Good Samaritan Medical Center and Scripps Research Institute are sponsors of the Civic Association. Each panelist will speak about 20 minutes in an interview-style format, with questions and answers afterward. The panelists will be speaking directly to the audience with no power points, Ms. Finley said.
Jeffrey Levitt, chairman of the Civic Association’s Healthcare Committee, said the committee’s responsibilities include making relevant medical and health information available for educational purposed to all residents in the Town of Palm Beach.
“We have sponsored community education events in the past and covered reimbursement topics, updates by area clinical staffs, and most recently, informational meetings around the Zika virus,” Mr. Levitt said. “As we discussed potential topics for community medical and health education this year, our committee felt that we've not done anything, to this point, on optimal aging and brain health. The committee members felt that this kind of program would be beneficial to our members. Anita proposed that we find area medical and clinical expert and resources that she could interview in a mini-symposium setting to help our audience learn what new developments are taking place that are providing evidence that there's a lot we can do for ourselves to live healthier and live longer. We're featuring medical and clinical staff who will discuss living healthier and longer lives. They will highlight the latest developments that are occurring in brain health and physical health.”
Civic Association's Re-Usable Shopping Bag Program a Great Success
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Saturday, 03 March 2018 12:21
By R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director --The Civic Association Reusable Bag Program offers a friendly way to discourage shoppers from using plastic bags, which are harmful to marine life and the environment.
The association along with Oxbridge Academy students handed out all 2,000 bags by 2:30 PM on Friday at the Town of Palm Beach Publix.
Mayor Gail Coniglio was on hand to promote the Go Green program.
"The Civic Association has a long-term commitment for improving the quality of life in the Town of Palm Beach," said Brian McIver, Chairman of the association’s Marketing Committee. "That means protecting our environment, protecting our beaches, and it became very apparent to us over the last couple of years that a risk to all this are the plastic bags being distributed through the grocery stores."
As the reusable bags were being distributed to very willing shoppers, Mr. McIver reminded everyone to not forget the bags at home or in your car. Bring them into the store and use them to "make our island a more ecologically sound place."
Mr. McIver said it would furnish more reusable bags in the future if shoppers were responsive. It was so successful the Civic Association is planning to have the next event before the end of the season at the Palm Beach Publix.
WPTV Video [39 sec.]
Palm Beach Civic Association News Video [5:37 -- Reusable Grocery Bag Story starts at 3:22]
The Civic Association conducted a study about our crime rate and fire-rescue services in town, our Police and Fire-Rescue Departments and the impact of recent budget and pension changes, and a comparison of the departments with other local communities.
The study was led by Pat Cooper, Civic Association Treasurer & Chairman of the Tax and Finance Committee.
We started on the reporting of the study with a Local Voices Op-Ed in the Shiny Sheet last week. Now we will be reporting on the study with a weekly series covering details about what we found. This week:
The Crime Rate in Palm Beach
Special to the Civic Association By: Tim Pallesen
Crime is extraordinarily low in Palm Beach compared to surrounding communities – and getting lower as police solve twice as many crimes as other departments.
“We want the criminal community to know that if you come to Palm Beach, we will know that you are here and we will be watching you,” Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin says.
Palm Beach registered only 153 serious crimes last year, according to statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Serious crime is defined as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
Of those, 116 were larcenies and 23 were burglaries. No one was murdered. One rape, one robbery, five aggravated assaults and seven car thefts were reported.
A comparison by the Palm Beach Civic Association of Palm Beach’s crime with nearby cities shows a dramatic contrast. West Palm Beach had 6,152 serious crimes in 2011 that included 14 murders, 235 robberies, 472 aggravated assaults and 1,354 burglaries.
Crime rates calculated as the number of serious crimes per 10,000 residents showed West Palm Beach with a crime rate of 610 last year, which was more than triple Palm Beach’s rate of 183. Crime rates in Lake Worth (645) and Riviera Beach (752) were even higher.
Palm Beach’s crime rate has fallen below 200 during each of the past five years after averaging 237 for the previous seven years. The number of serious crimes has steadily decreased as well. The annual average of 185 serious crimes since 2004 compares with twice that number in the years before 1998.
Violent crimes rarely occur here. Palm Beach’s last murder was in 1996. A study of crime during the past 10 years shows only eight rapes, 18 robberies and 38 aggravated assaults.
Equally impressive is the ability of Palm Beach police to solve the crimes that do occur.
Police cleared 39.2 percent of their serious crimes in 2011, compared to a national average of 16 percent. Police in West Palm Beach cleared only 8.4 percent of their cases last year. The clearance rate for all of Palm Beach County in 2011 was 21.1 percent.