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 Palm Beach Town Council met Monday and Tuesday. Here's a summary of the results:

Appointed the following seven residents to serve on the newly created Palm Beach Shore Protection Board: Llwyd Ecclestone, Gerald Frank, Lee Goldstein, Scott Hicks, Lewis Katz, Barbara Lindsay, and Richard Raffo.

Interviewed five lobbying firms to represent the Town of Palm Beach in Florida state and Federal government issues. Selected Smith and Ballard as Florida state advocates at $40,000 per year and Marlowe and Company as the Town’s federal lobbyists at $60,000.

Heard a detailed presentation on Florida Power and Light's Riviera Beach Energy Center that will replace the current FPL power facility beside the Port of Palm Beach. Discovered that FPL may be open to using a portion of that site for a desalinization water plant for Palm Beach. 

Reaffirmed the importance of maintaining ocean vistas along Town roadways. Referred the regulation of sea grapes that block motorists' views to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further study.

Denied a variance for a 1,500 kilowatt generator and fuel tank at the Biltmore Condominium that would serve all power needs for that building in a power failure.

Voted to reconsider the Town's policy of awarding extraordinary longevity pay for top performing employees having in excess of 20 years of service.

Unanimously opposed the $2 million feasibility study for the Port of Palm Beach inlet expansion project. To see more about the Port expansion project and issues, go to our website homepage: www.palmbeachcivic.org

Referred the implementation of the Royal Poinciana District Master Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further study.

Agreed to consider 15 Town properties for landmarking status each year instead of the current 5-10 sites considered annually (485 are potentially eligible).

Delayed storm sewer design and construction on planned North Lake Way and Tangier Avenue projects due to budget considerations.