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]
Inlet Dredging to Go On Beach in the Future It was reported that even though the Town of Palm Beach has worked out arrangements with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the dredging contractor to take dredged sand from the Lake Worth Inlet and place it either directly on the beach or in the near-shore littoral current, the current sand deposits in the inlet are less than 5,000 cu. yards so the USACOE will not return to dredge for now.
County Tax Funds for Beach Restoration Commission member Barbara Lindsay-Buck brought up the Bed Tax in the Town. Money from the tax is supposed to go toward beach restoration projects. Ms. Buck reported the tax is 11.5% in the Town of palm Beach. She said 6.5% goes to the State of Florida and 5% goes to Palm Beach County. It was pointed out that 25% of the Palm Beach County coastline is in the Town of Palm Beach. None of the 5% that goes to the county is used for the inlet Sand Transfer Plant upgrades, inlet dredging, and beach restoration. It’s almost all paid for by the Town taxpayers. On the other hand, Palm Beach County paid 100% of the cost to renovate the Boynton Inlet Sand Transfer Plant and the county pays a significant portion for beach restoration in other parts of the county. The Commission members agreed to approach the County Commissioners about the issue.
Lake Worth Inlet Sand Transfer Plant Running Efficiently The amount and quality of sand being pumped from the north side of the inlet to the south side is working very well according Town engineers. When it’s fully configured and operational, they believe it will be able to stop a significant amount of sand from going in the inlet.
Beach Groin Report Preliminary Conclusion: There has been a Net Benefit to the Town The consultant to the town that is reviewing and documenting the existing beach groins reports that they found 74 groins that have been installed over the decades. They also reported that it is “much easier to get a rehabilitation permit rather than a permit to install new groins.” The next step is to complete the report.
Feasibility Study on Truck Haul Beach Renourishment for Reach 8 The cost would be $15 million and the amount of sand would be 261,000 cu. yards. vs. 724,000 cu. yards in the original plan. More details: - Sand would come from Ortona Mines, 94 miles away vs. offshore from the Town - It would require 217 trucks / day for 4 months between 9:00 a.m & 5:00 p.m. - Grain size from the mine would be 0.60 mm vs. 0.23-0.35 mm in offshore borrow areas. Most beaches on the east coast of Florida are 0.35-0.45 mm sand grain size. The smaller grain sand that is offshore is what has washed out from the beach to sandbars and borrow areas. - The “life” of the renourished beach would be 5-8 years if there were no catastrophic storms. - The cost/cu. yard would be $46 in the truck haul plan vs. $12 in the offshore plan. - The truck haul plan according to the consultant, Coastal Systems International, would be easier to permit. The last Reach 8 plan was not permitted and the Town lost the litigation about the plan.
The Commission voted 5-2 to recommend that the Town Council authorize $95,000 to go forward with design and environmental permit work. That includes $20,000 for a peer review of the consultant's preliminary design.