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UPDATE 1-19-2018 2:35 PM: Presidential Visit this Weekend in Palm Beach
The presidential trip to Palm Beach may be off for today but the protest from the Midtown Beach Clock Tower south along Ocean Blvd. toward Mar-a-Lago is still on at Noon Saturday.  The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago began Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:30 AM.
This Week in Palm Beach January 19, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 19, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market, & Code Purple
Fmr. NBC Universal CEO, and current Chairman of the Civic Association, Bob Wright on @Varneyco told Stuart Varney, "Most media doesn't report business."
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - January 12, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 12, 2018 edition. Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter
VIDEO: 2018 Town Caucus Shapes this Election Cycle
Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.
Brightline Train Starts Saturday - Unveils Prices, Schedules [Video]
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- This morning Brightline said they will open trains to the public this Saturday, January 13.
UPDATE 1-11-2018: Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin Named Palm Beach Town Manager
The decision by the Town Council to name Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin was split 3-2 with countil members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman voting for and Council President Richard Kleid and Councilwoman Danielle Moore dissenting.
Flu Season Worst to Hit Florida in Years, Doctors Say
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- Flu activity levels statewide continue to increase sharply for the fourth week in a row and were above peak levels observed during the previous two seasons. Sharp increases in activity have been observed in all regions of the state and across all age groups.
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UPDATE 1-19-2018 2:35 PM: Presidential Visit this Weekend in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 19 January 2018 14:35

The presidential trip to Palm Beach may be off for today but the protest from the Midtown Beach Clock Tower south along Ocean Blvd. toward Mar-a-Lago is still on at Noon Saturday.  The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago began Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:30 AM.

Changes to open roads will be reported.  For now, roads are still closed. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

A new FAA alert was issued for Saturday morning. The president may arrive then. 

The Town of Palm Beach issued a Traffic Alert at 2:30 PM saying all roadblocks will remain in effect "until further notice."

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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This Week in Palm Beach January 19, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:36

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. January 19, 2018 edition.

Click Here To See Original Full E-Newsletter

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UPDATE 1-19-2018 2:35 PM: Presidential Visit this Weekend in Palm Beach

The presidential trip to Palm Beach may be off for today but the protest from the Midtown Beach Clock Tower south along Ocean Blvd. toward Mar-a-Lago is still on at Noon Saturday. The process of establishing checkpoints and road closures in and around Mar-A-Lago began Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:30 AM.

Changes to open roads will be reported. For now, roads are still closed. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

A new FAA alert was issued for Saturday morning. The president may arrive then.

The Town of Palm Beach issued a Traffic Alert at 2:30 PM saying all roadblocks will remain in effect "until further notice."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Civic Association Directors in the News: Bob Wright on Economy, the Market, & Code Purple
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:22

Fmr. NBC Universal CEO, and current Chairman of the Civic Association, Bob Wright on @Varneyco told Stuart Varney, "Most media doesn't report business."

On the 26,000 DOW stockmarket record: "We haven't gone anywhere near where we are going to go. This tax program is so strong, its impact is going to be found over the next 8, or 10, or 15 months. I'm predicting 2018 will probably be the most outstanding year probably since 1996 or 7 in terms of productivity, getting close to 4 percent in GDP, and then the following years are going to have a tremendous opportunity. In a 10 year cycle you're going to create 10 million jobs."

FOX Business [4:21]

On Code Purple, the foundation he founded to attack pancreatic cancer, Mr. Wright said, “We are fighting a huge bureaucracy.” But he's at the White House advocating for the launch of HARPA (Health Advanced Research Projects Agency) to execute transformational medical research projects to invent new cures and technologies in the healthcare arena.

 

This Week in Palm Beach
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - January 12, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 12 January 2018 22:41

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VIDEO: 2018 Town Caucus Shapes this Election Cycle
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:47

Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.

Mr. Crampton, a South End resident, chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and a director at the Palm Beach Civic Association and Mr. Fried, a mid-town resident, an attorney, and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group 1 seat to be vacated by the retiring Richard Kleid.

South End resident James Sved dropped out of the race earlier in the day.

Councilwomen Margaret Zeidman and Bobbie Lindsay were nominated for new two-year terms in the Group 2 and Group 3 seats they hold, respectively with no opposition for their seats.

Civic Association News was there to get the candidate's perspective. Interviewed were Lew Crampton, Harris Fried, Bobbie Lidsay, and Maggie Zeidman [Civic Association News Video 6:48]:


Town of Palm Beach's 106th Town Caucus from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

 

PRESS

Two-candidate race emerges at Palm Beach caucus
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Transportation
Brightline Train Starts Saturday - Unveils Prices, Schedules [Video]
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:13

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- This morning Brightline said they will open trains to the public this Saturday, January 13.

Round-trip fares starting at $20 for rides between its stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. During the week, the company plans to run 10 round-trip trains a day between the two cities. There will be nine round-trip trains on the weekends.

Trains will depart as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.

In South Florida, trains are running on Henry Flagler’s historic rail corridor, passing through the downtown of many coastal cities, but will only eventually stop in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm.

The company launched its new website this morning but it's running slow, probably because of all the traffic with the announcement. Customers can buy tickets and check train times on the website.

WPTV-NBC5 [44 sec.]

Travel time between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale is expected to take about 35 minutes at speeds of up to 79 mph.

Ft. Lauderdale Station: Where to Go From Here?

Ft.LauderdaleBrightlineMap w600So you've booked your train trip from West Palm to Ft. Lauderdale. Great!  But once you get to the Ft. Lauderdale Brightline Station, now what?  Brightline's website has a link:

GO FROM OUR STATIONS
TO YOUR DESTINATIONS.
Find options to seamlessly connect you from our stations to places all over the city.

When I clicked on the link the page had no information. It just took you to pretty renderings of their stations.

The station is at Broward Blvd. near the Museum of Discovery and Science, within walking distance just 4 blocks away. The Broward Performing Arts Center is about 6 blocks away in the same direction as the museum.

The heart of Las Olas shops and restaurants is about 10 to 12 blocks away.

But everything else is going to require some kind of transportion.

The beach and A1A shopping, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment starts at 4 miles away. 

To get to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, which is 6 miles away you can take a bus that runs every 20 minutes. Google maps reports that ride is 37 minutes. Uber is another option, but even that is 21 minutes.

It begs the question, is Brightline going to offer a shuttle to the airport and cruiselines at Port Everglades, 4.5 miles away? Or are you on your own?

Stay tuned to find out.

Brightline said it plans to extend service to its station in Miami in the coming months when the station is finished with construction.

Eventually, Brightline plans to offer trips between South Florida and Orlando. Construction on the Orlando leg is set to begin this year, Brightline said.

PRESS

Brightline starts service Saturday; round-trip fares starting at $20
Read More (Palm Beach Post) $

Finally, you can ride Brightline trains this weekend for $10
Read More (SunSentinel)

Public Safety
UPDATE 1-11-2018: Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin Named Palm Beach Town Manager
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:03

The decision by the Town Council to name Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin was split 3-2 with countil members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman voting for and Council President Richard Kleid and Councilwoman Danielle Moore dissenting.

Mr. Kleid and Mrs. Moore said all candidates should be vetted including Public Works Director Paul Brazil and Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar, both have expressed an interest in the job. They said they weren't against Mr. Blouin; but, they wanted a more orderly process.

But a motion was made by Ms. Araskog to name Mr. Blouin and the majority ruled in favor saying it is important to move quickly to name new leadership because of all the challenges facing the town right now. 

Press

Blouin pledges to cut spending while protecting services in Palm Beach
Incoming Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Town Council Tuesday he’ll begin his task by huddling with department heads to explain his “vision.” Blouin said his mission is to work with employees to find ways to maintain or improve town services while reducing the cost of government.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

Divided Palm Beach Town Council names new manager
In a 3-2 decision, the Town Council on Tuesday named Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to succeed Tom Bradford as town manager.
Read More (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

Top Stories
Flu Season Worst to Hit Florida in Years, Doctors Say
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:40

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- Flu activity levels statewide continue to increase sharply for the fourth week in a row and were above peak levels observed during the previous two seasons. Sharp increases in activity have been observed in all regions of the state and across all age groups.

In South Florida, flu activity is above peak levels observed during the previous three seasons.

FloridaFluOutbreak2017 2018Nationwide there are more than 41,000 confirmed flu cases, more than double this time last year according to the Center for Disease Control.

The Florida Department of Health reported this week, "Nearly all of the outbreaks (98.4%) reported so far this season have been for people at higher risk for complications due to influenza infection (children and adults aged ≥65 years). Based on the data available for the outbreaks that have been reported thus far, this flu season may be more severe; this trend will be monitored closely."

Immunizations and Prevention

  • The Florida Department of Health recommends that sick people stay home until feve rfree for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and that all people exercise good handwashing practices,
  • Get your flu shot now. Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications.
  • To locate a flu shot near you, contact your physician, your local county health department, or use the Florida Department of Health’s flu shot locator:  www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot

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  • CDC recommends the use of antiviral treatment as soon as possible for all persons with suspected influenza for all hospitalized, severely ill, and people who are at higher risk for complications: children <2 years, adults ≥65 years old, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions. Treatment should be administered within 48 hours of illness onset (but treatment administered after this period can still be beneficial), although, unfortunately, there is often a delay in administering antiviral treatment.
  • A recent CDC health advisory stresses the importance of rapid and early antiviral treatment this season. For more information, visit: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp
  • Clinicians should not wait for laboratory confirmation to administer antivirals for suspect influenza.

Graph: Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza Hospitalizations.  Green Line is 65 and older population

 

Click Here for Full Florida Depatment of Health Report (PDF)


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