Enjoy this relevant and thought provoking symposium at the Four Arts with esteemed naturalists, scientists and agricultural professionals.
By Michele Dargan, Special Report from the Civic Association.
When foul-smelling blue-green algae coated Treasure Coast waterways just days before the Fourth of July holiday, Florida officials scrambled to respond.
How do you know there’s an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee? Look at the calendar. Those familiar with the area will tell you that if it’s summer, there’s a good chance there’s an algae bloom somewhere on the Big O.
Termites have been around since the days of the dinosaur and are certainly not uncommon in sub-tropical South Florida. Among this army of so-called "silent destroyers" is a new invasive species, the Asian subterranean termite.
By Michele Dargan -- Special to Palm Beach Society Magazine --Bob Wright is no stranger to high-profile roles. The former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal, Mr. Wright also has founded two charitable foundations that champion fundraising and raise awareness for autism and pancreatic cancer.
The Palm Beach County Tourism Council is sending a letter to Governor Rick Scott about ocean water quality concerns.
The Civic Association and Palm Beach Garden Club hosted a tour of the Four Arts gardens. See photos below.
What started out to be, what could have been, a night in the rainforest - turned into an evening in the glistening garden when the clouds opened up and sunshine broke through at the Civic Association and Everglades Foundation reception, hosted by Susanne and Douglas Durst.
By Michele Dargan, Special for the Civic Association -- Palm Beach Civic Association Director Susanne Durst wants everyone to live a healthy Palm Beach lifestyle.
Civic Association directors participated this week in a tour of the Everglades given by our corporate partner, the Everglades Foundation.
The Civic Association Community Forum on Shore Protection today answered many questions that residents have about beach erosion. But as Llwyd Ecclestone, Town Shore Protection Board Chairman said, "Unfortunately, because of regulatory agencies like the US Army Corp of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and many others, there are no simple answers."
In a program to help the environment, the Palm Beach Civic Association will distribute free reusable grocery bags at the Town of Palm Beach Publix on Friday, March 2nd.
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.
LOCAL VOICES, A Shiny Sheet Op-Ed.
As a community, we face many important issues, but perhaps none is more important to our town than shoreline protection. We are, after all, the Town of Palm Beach, not the town of Palm.
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director --The Civic Association received a tip from Diane Buhler, founder of the Friends of Palm Beach - Keeping Our Beaches Clean, that small biodegradable wooden science 'drift cards' are washing up on our beaches and that some have been found on Midtown Beach.
By: R. Michael Brown -- According to the US Drought Monitor for Florida the drought is over. The US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Okeechobee water levels are in the normal range at 12.23 ft. The normal range for this date is 11 ft. to 17 ft.
Restoration of the Midtown Beach dune-line starts this Wednesday, February 8, and is expected to take about three weeks.
By: Eric Eikenberg, CEO Everglades Foundation.
Last month, the Everglades Foundation announced a new partnership with the Palm Beach Civic Association. We are thrilled to be working together toward an ecologically and economically sustainable Everglades ecosystem and higher quality of life in Palm Beach.
On March 22nd World Water Day, the Everglades Foundation announced two new international partnerships for the George Barley Water Prize at the inaugural White House Water Summit.
Palm Beach’s Town Hall is one stop on The Everglades Foundation’s #NowOrNeverglades bus tour this month.
Today, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg released the following statement following the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maximize discharges from Lake Okeechobee beginning tomorrow:
Palm Beach, FL, November 17, 2015– Having a core mission of protecting one of America’s greatest natural treasures, the Everglades Foundation is now gaining a more prominent voice in the local community.
Federal and state money for rebuilding beaches is drying up in Palm Beach County, highlighting a national problem of finding new ways to keep oceanfront homes from falling into the sea.
Friends of Palm Beach had 51 volunteers on Saturday morning at the beach near Dolphin Road to clean our beaches.
This week the beach cleaning crew from Friends of Palm Beach hauled 245 pounds of garbage off our beaches - in one day. Over 500 pounds in a week.
A meeting at the Flagler Bridge happened today and Geoffrey Parker, Flagler Bridge senior project engineer assured all parties attending that the new bikepath / walkway that will go under the new bridge will extend and be wider than the current sidewalk that is on the north side of Royal Poinciana Plaza from the bridge to Coconaut Row.
LAKE HARBOR, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott ceremoniously signed a bill on Friday that includes money to speed construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Scott officially signed Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday.
The following letter, from Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO of the Civic Association, was publihed this weekend in the Palm Beach Daily News.
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.
Officials in Miami trying to stop the outbreak of Zika are exploring the use of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that inhibit the insects' ability to transmit the virus.
We’ve been reporting about the extreme erosion at the southern end of Mid-Town Beach that has the beach access closed and waves coming over the seawall. At the Town's Shore Protection Board meeting this week a plan was presented by Publc Works.
The Midtown beach repair is almost completed with a new groin installed and fresh sand to renourish the beach in front of the seawall.
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- Construction began Monday to repair a badly eroded 'hot spot' at Midtown Beach off Gulfstream Road. The wall separating the beach and the sidewalk was removed so trucks and other heavy equipment could access the beach from Ocean Avenue.
Needles, intravenous pouches and vials of blood are a few examples of the medical waste workers for Friends of Palm Beach have been finding recently while combing the beach for trash, which they do every weekday.
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- Directors and members of the Civic Association took an airboat tour of the Everglades with their corporate partner The Everglades Foundation. The purpose - learn about restoration of this national treasure.
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director --The Palm Beach Civic Association office has received several inquiries regarding blue-green algae in the Lake Worth Lagoon and Intracoastal from our members and Directors. A greenish substance was observed by members and photographed in the Intracoastal.
The dismantling of the old Flagler Memorial Bridge continues and barges are taking the concrete and steel sections to build four artificial reefs.
The Palm Beach Civic Association is a dynamic community organization that is truly making a difference in Palm Beach.
On Tuesday, August 16, the Palm Beach Town Council unanimously passed and adopted the following resolution on the Florida Everglades:
By: Maria M. Garcia, Everglades Foundation.
This past weekend Everglades Foundation’s CEO Eric Eikenberg kicked off the opening session of the 31st Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at Miami’s historic Biltmore Hotel. Foundation scientists Drs. Tom Van Lent and Steve Davis served on panels addressing the crisis in Florida Bay and the need for water storage north and south of Lake Okeechobee.
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director --Across the Caribbean, in the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Florida East Coast, including beaches in Palm Beach, a stinky invasion is happening.
The Town of Palm Beach has produced a video highlighting the smart irrigation system that was installed on Worth Avenue.
Between Hurricane Irma and King Tides this week there isn't much beach left on the south end of Midtown Beach.
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Record rains in Florida during last year's wet season and this dry season, blamed on the El Nino weather pattern, has caused Lake Okeechobee, water conservation areas within the Everglades, and the Everglades at large to be flooded with too much water.
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 Town staff recently responded to a series of questions & answers sent by Save Our Shores (SOS) organization. Town responses are in italics.
Workers are now planting 29 Christmas palms from Royal Poinciana Way to Park Avenue.
Beaches are open with yellow flags flying. There is some risk that red tide may be in the water. Check with the lifeguard.
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UPDATE: The beaches were reopened at 5:00 PM Thursday, March 8, 2018.
North-end resident Brad Gary contacted the Civic Association to report the toxic green algae he has been spotting on the north end of the Town of Palm Beach. See the video reports below.
Shoppers and walkers now have some shade when they stroll North County Road. A permanent plaque was installed this week showing the names of the donors on the project [Names listed below]. See the VIDEO.
The Palm Beach Civic Association's video report on the current state of beach erosion and shore protection in the Town of Palm Beach.
King Tides from the Supermoon this year are causing dramatic flooding on the Palm Beach Island.
One of the biggest issues facing Florida today is the availability of sufficient water to meet the needs of people, agriculture, and the environment. A growing population makes the historic competition between users even more intense.
Officials warn thousands impacted by new FEMA maps.
WORKING TOGETHER WORKS! We’re Protecting Our Beaches. Working with the Shore Protection Board and the Town Council, the Civic Association actively supports programs to protect and re-nourish our beaches.