October Palm Beach Town Council Summary

PALM BEACH -- The Palm Beach Town Council met Monday and Tuesday, the week ending October 17th. Here is a summary of the results.

Appointed three Civic Association directors to serve on Palm Beach commissions. Alan Miller was appointed to the Public Employees Relations Commission; Alvin Parven was elected to the General Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees; and Wilbur Ross will serve on the Firefighter Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Considered a proposal by Council member David Rosow to scrutinize Town expenditures in the light of the current worldwide economic crisis. Decided to review capital expenditures, pension funds, and reserve accounts to identify potential savings.

Heard a detailed report on the Town's shore protection efforts. Discussed the pros and cons of the current plan. Questioned the experts on the value of renourishing beaches and the benefits of groins and breakwaters. Appealed to residents for input and ideas.

Authorized up to $100,000 in attorney's fees for a feasibility study on suing the United States Army Corps of Engineers for beach erosion caused by the Palm Beach Inlet.

Discussed The Breakers future plans with Flagler Systems CEO Jim Keenan and Breaker's president Paul Leone. Learned that there are no plans to move ahead to construct the 250 homes permitted by The Breakers planned unit development agreement.

Agreed to reconsider the Royal Poinciana Area Study proposals at the December Council meeting.

Discussed the Town's opposition to Port of Palm Beach expansion and the proposal to deepen and widen the Palm Beach Inlet. Reviewed goals and objectives for the joint meeting with port commissioners on October 30.

Approved the recommendation to no longer provide valet parking on Worth Avenue.

Delayed action for financial reasons on a program to bury the Town's overhead utility lines. Agreed to help groups of residents seeking to underground utility lines in their particular areas of town.