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On this page:

• SOS Puts Issues on Record

• New Boat Dock at Oasis Palm Beach

• U.S. Flag honoring USMC 238th Anniversary flies in Palm Beach

• US Rep. Lois Frankel Talks About Beaches and Other Matters

• Reflections of Super Storm Sandy

• SOS Presents Graphics of the "EIS Alternatives"

• The US Army Corps of Engineers Recognizes the SOS!

• Long Awaited Study to Find Beach Erosion Solutions

• PUBLIC NOTICE: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conducting Scoping Meetings

• Water Ski Tournament Tournament at Okeeheelee Park

• Rep. Lois Frankel meets with Town of Palm Beach residents regarding beaches

• State, Town of P.B. Coastal engineers meet with residents

• Beach Erosion from T.S. Sandy Severe -- Condos in Peril

~A Series by Maddy Greenberg~

• Palm Beach County drenched by T.S. Isaac

• FP&L Demolition of old power plant in Riviera Beach, FL

• Echoes of the Blast ... Where did all the 1515 promises go?

• 1515 Finally Down and Wrapping Up 1515

By Jeanine Heidtman

• Hotlines on Happenings

 • HOT LINKS

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Last Updated 04/12/2014


The Coalition to Save Our Shoreline (SOS) Puts Their Issues on the Record with the Town of Palm Beach

By Madelyn Greenberg

Photos by Andy Frame Photography

Atriums at 3400 in Reach 8. 

Dunes and property collapsing 

from severe erosion.

La Renaissance in Reach 8. 

Parts of pool deck collapsing 

and severely eroded dunes.

The Reef Condo in Reach 7.

2100 Condo at Sloan's Curve. Seaweed shows water line 

at the base of the eroded dunes.

The Town of Palm Beach, in a recent decision, determined that it was necessary to add "Coastal Matters" to their regular agenda items at monthly Town Council Meetings. The March 11, 2014 Meeting was the first Town Council Meeting to initiate this. Council President Pro-Tem, William Diamond, presided over this Town Council Meeting.

At the "Coastal Matters" portion of the Agenda, President Pro-Tem Diamond gave permission to a town, civilian based organization, the Coalition to Save Our Shoreline (SOS) to make a slide show presentation with photos of the critically eroded shoreline in the southern part of the Town. The southern shoreline parts of the Town of Palm Beach are designated as Reaches 7 and 8. SOS Chairman, Richard G. Hunegs, introduced the thirteen photos taken by independent professional photographer, Andy Frame, by citing that "thousands of Palm Beach residents live in condominium buildings that once were protected by wide beaches which fortified the dunes and shielded the upland properties from irreparable damage". Mr. Hunegs said that these photos demonstrate the serious vulnerability of the shoreline as we approach another hurricane season!

President Pro-Tem Diamond and the Council Members proceeded to question the Town Manager, Peter Elwell, regarding his explanation for this situation and how the Town could best cooperate with the SOS which had financed a beach nourishment plan. This SOS Plan, which is in an area of shoreline called Reach 8, is currently being considered along with the Town’s alternative as part of a federal Environmental Impact Study.

The photos revealed the serious erosion at Sloan’s Curve to the Town’s boundary, which ends at La Bonne Vie. Reach 7 begins at Sloan’s Curve and ends just north of the Lake Worth beach. Reach 8 begins just south of the Lake Worth pier at Bellaria Condo and ends at the Town’s boundary at La Bonne Vie.

The SOS resident based group formally requested the Town Council, for the first time, to make the SOS Plan the Town’s "Preferred Alternative" in the Environmental Impact Study. The SOS Plan would provide 25 year protection for upland properties as opposed to the 15 year protection (the equivalent of one Tropical Storm), afforded by the Town Plan.
The SOS also requested that the Town initiate and implement the SOS Reach 7 Beach Restoration Project Alternative with Coastal Structures developed by Coastal Engineer Erickson or the alternative plan developed by Taylor Engineering, the Town’s Consultant.

The SOS statement to the Council Members also strongly objected to the omission of funding in the Town’s $85M coastal plan for beach nourishment in Reach 8 as well as for an Environmental Impact Study and plan for beach nourishment with coastal structures in northern Reach 7 at Sloan’s Curve.

As Richard Hunegs said, after the Meeting, Town Council President Pro-Tem William Diamond "made it clear that our positions are in sync, that is, we all have the same goal to develop the best possible plan and allocate the necessary resources to obtain the finest results".

This was a long-awaited, productive and positive Town Council Meeting for those residents whose properties are at risk and endangered by severely eroded beaches. Let us stay tuned for results!


New Boat Dock at Oasis Palm Beach

Story by Betty Thomas

Photos by Jimmy Shirley

Josh Teverow, president of Oasis Palm Beach, 

pulls into his slip for the first time.

View of the Oasis from the dock

View of the Dock 

Wednesday, February 5th, Josh Teverow, president of the Oasis condominium in Palm Beach, pulls his boat into his slip at the new dock located across S. Ocean Blvd. from the condominium on the Intracoastal. Teverow’s was the first boat to arrive. 

According to Julian Butler, General Manager of the Oasis, it started with 16 owners who wanted to build the dock and who would finance the project. Permitting took two years, working through the process with the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Army Corps of Engineers and the Town of Palm Beach. Finally, in mid-July/August of 2013, building got underway. 

The project is substantially complete, explained Butler, still needing a few more inspections. Also, depending on what each owner wants, there are a few more pilings yet to be installed. 

Teverow’s slip is equipped with a boat lift and raises the craft to the level of the dock. "There is no electricity on that side of the road", added Butler, "so they had to go under the road with piping to bring electricity from the building to the dock." 

Responsibility for upkeep of the dock is with the 16 owners, who may sell their slip to another Oasis owner, if desired. So far, Teverow’s boat is the only one docked there. "Some owners may add lifts", said to Butler, "others may join boating clubs, and still others may just keep it as an investment." "It has been an exciting project", he agreed.


Flag Flown Over US Capitol Building Commemorating USMC Anniversary Now Flies in Palm Beach

Story and photos by Madelyn Greenberg

This U. S. Flag flew over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, honoring the 238th anniversary of the founding of the U. S. Marine Corps in 1775.

(L-r) Donald Mates & Richard Hunegs.

Mr. Hunegs is president of the 3360 Condominium Association.

3360 Condominium is proud that the American Flag that flies along South Ocean Boulevard is no ordinary flag.

The US Flag that flew over the Capital Building in Washington D.C. honoring the two hundred and thirty eighth anniversary commemorating the founding of the United States Marine Corps, (1775), is now flying at 3360 S. Ocean Boulevard.

The flag was presented to Donald A. Mates on November 10, 2013 and was donated by Mr. Mates.

Donald Mates was born on February 10, 1926 in Cleveland, OH. He committed to the Marine Corps in high school and was inducted into service upon graduation in June 1943.

During combat on Iwo Jima, Mates served as a personal body guard for the commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, General Graves Erskine. While one night-time patrol on February 28, 1945 and March 1, 1945, Don Mates was wounded by hand grenades and a machine gun. During the next 30 years he underwent a series of operations for removal of shrapnel and riddance of leg braces.

Donald Mates has been awarded the Purple Heart, Marine Combat Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Medal, Pacific Theatre of War, Victory Medal and Marine Corps League Recognition Award.

Don is the Founder and Chairman of the Jimmy Trimble Scholarship Fund dedicated to his friend and fellow Marine who was killed by a Japanese soldier suicide bomber.

He teaches at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, is a former volunteer for the Town of Palm Beach Police Department in the Crime Scene division. Don Mates is also the Treasurer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a finance officer for his church.

In 2009, Donald Mates was awarded the Pentagon Combat Service Award for valor during World War II.

Don Mates is a resident of 3360.


US Representative Lois Frankel Talks About Beaches and Other Matters

By Madelyn Greenberg

US Representative Lois Frankel (center) with Claire Levine (right), 2500 S. Ocean Blvd. & Maddy Greenberg (left), 3360 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Photo taken by the Congresswoman’s District Director, Felicia Goldstein.

At a community forum meeting at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Congresswoman Lois Frankel spoke. She opened with telling the audience how important beaches are and that she felt very strongly that "beaches help to protect the shoreline." Frankel said that beaches are "magnets for tourism." She also said that "Nobody should say oh, it’s just about the beaches." Frankel is clearly a proponent for beach nourishment projects and as she has said before, "beaches are the economic engine for the State of Florida and the different municipalities that are upland of them."

The Congresswoman explained to the audience that she serves on a very important, bipartisan committee in Washington, the Transportation Committee. She is also on a subcommittee that oversees the US Army Corps of Engineers. Frankel explained that her committee "has the ability to get things done." US Rep. Frankel said that she and her subcommittee are "trying to streamline the permitting process for beach nourishment projects."

What was not said by Frankel at this meeting is that she walked the beaches at the south end of the Town of Palm Beach last spring with a Coalition To Save Our Shoreline, Inc. (SOS) board member. When Frankel viewed the severe erosion of the beaches and dunes, she said that she was pleased that she "got to see first hand what she was fighting for." She also gave her word to the SOS board member that she would keep her eye on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) study where the SOS Beach Nourishment Plan and Design, developed by Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, is a plan being studied right alongside of the Town of Palm Beach’s alternative. The EIS is a federal study under the direction of the Corps of Engineers for Reach 8, south of the Lake Worth pier in the Town of Palm Beach and South Palm Beach and Lantana under Palm Beach County’s auspice. Frankel promised to assist with the permitting process for the beach nourishment project that would result from the EIS. Palm Beach County, Dept. of Environmental Resources Mgmt., Deputy Director Dan Bates was also present on the beach with Congresswoman Frankel and the SOS Board Member. At that time, Frankel showed a keen interest in the SOS Beach Nourishment Plan.

At the community forum last week, Frankel also spoke about the fact that she served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and that although she has traveled with her colleagues from the opposite end of the spectrum in the "tea party", she said that they were all "very collegial" although their political views were so different. Frankel described that she discovered during her travels to Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Brussels and other locals, that people around the world actually had a favorable view of America and see us as a "Superpower."

Frankel spoke candidly about the fact that she felt that tea party members of Congress using the debt ceiling vote to defund the Affordable Care Act, did not help America’s world wide reputation. Frankel said that "the shutdown did not do us any good in terms of our interests." The US Rep said that she felt that when you go to other countries and try to tell them how to run their governments, you lose "credibility when you can’t even keep your own government open."

Responding to the audience about the glitches in Obamacare and the fact that over 300,000 Floridians had their policies cancelled by Blue Cross/Blue Shield because the Affordable Care Act coverage requirements would not be met. Ms. Frankel said that those residents "need to buy policies that include the benefits required by the act." This would include free wellness check-ups.

The Congresswoman said she felt that there is a "moral obligation to provide health care to the millions of Americans now without access." She explained that the act will prohibit insurers from denying coverage because of preexisting conditions, among other benefits. Frankel said that she felt that "If the program isn’t working well after it is fully deployed, legislators should get together and fix it." The US Representative said she felt that first people need to give the program a chance and then see what can be done to rectify any problem issues.

Frankel spoke to her constituents in a relaxed and confident manner, yet very friendly and accessible. She seemed unperturbed by the fact that she was a Democrat speaking before an audience of constituents that in the part of the Town of Palm Beach she spoke in, were mostly Republicans. She made a point of speaking of how well she works with Republicans and believes that much can be accomplished with bipartisanship. Frankel even spoke about a bill that she and a fellow Congressional Republican got passed by working together.

This journalist found Frankel’s candid and honest talk as well as her serious intent to make strides to assist us in obtaining adequate beach nourishment projects, a refreshing and welcome change from those that preceded her.


Reflections on the Anniversary of Tropical/Super Storm Sandy

By Madelyn Greenberg

Last year around this time, Sandy blew some 250 miles offshore of the east coast of Florida and left decimated dunes and added to the already severe beach erosion in her wake. She worked her way up the eastern seaboard and became Super Storm Sandy that caused so much devastation and havoc on the northeastern coast.

For most of the municipalities that suffered Sandy’s wrath, there was a hard lesson that was learned about "vulnerability" and the importance of righting situations on the shoreline in order to better protect the beaches and the upland properties beyond.

When most people hear that they are getting "sand" they think that all the answers to their problems of "vulnerability" are solved. I am here to tell you that that just isn’t so. Sand is a part, an important part as it may be, to the solution of protection from the advent of storm events that can put life as we know it in jeopardy. It is not sand alone, but how much and how it is placed on the shoreline that really gives the protection that we all seek.

Translation: To scatter, dump or bulldoze an inadequate amount of sand onto already severely eroded shoreline or on a scarped and collapsed dune system, accomplishes little more than visual satisfaction for the unknowing layman. Because, the protection needed by the adequate number of cubic yards of sand per foot, is not being provided. There are formulas for a properly designed beach and dune system which must be adhered to if we want to get our money’s worth out of our tax dollars. There are municipalities, especially in the northeast, like New Jersey and New York, where we can read in articles such as the NY Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal and local New Jersey papers and magazines, reports about their revelations of what must be done to protect their shorelines and upland properties.

Whether every municipality on the shoreline in Florida believes that adequate sand supply designed for protection is a priority, has yet to be seen. What can be clearly seen, are the scarped dunes that have been neglected and one has to wonder whether adequate amounts of sand will be placed strategically on the beaches and dunes throughout the hardest hit areas, in order to best shield the upland properties from harm.

We were indeed very lucky this hurricane season. We were fortunately spared any storms of "mother nature’s wrath." That does not mean we are not "vulnerable." Will a municipality like the Town of Palm Beach, place adequate amounts of sand on the severely damaged dune systems during their "Interim" Beach Nourishment project that will be constructed on the south end this winter season? One can only surmise that a responsible party would indeed and assuredly accomplish that. Because, if we don’t, we are wasting everyone’s time and tax dollars.


The SOS Presents Graphics of the EIS "Alternatives"

By Madelyn Greenberg

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW

At the August meeting of the Town Council of South Palm Beach, two of the agenda items consisted of the important need for beaches which safeguard the health of the towns in which they are located and also their role in preserving the coastline of the State.

The Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach and a board member of the Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS) were the guest speakers.

The Town of Palm Beach Mayor spoke about the Florida Department of Environment Protection (FDEP) Beach Management Agreement (BMA) and told South Palm Beach Council members that the BMA will "revolutionize" the process of permitting "from north to south" and "from one project to another". Mayor Coniglio also brought out a change in the Town of Palm Beach’s plan. The Mayor said that the projects that will come out of the current federal Environmental Impact Study (EIS) in Reaches 8, 9 and 10 will now both use "upland sand" sources, such as Ortona sand for Reach 8 and the shoreline project, that will constructed by Palm Beach County. This is a departure for the Town of Palm Beach who up until recently refused "upland sand" for their modified "Alternative" in Reach 8.

During the SOS presentation that followed, mention was made that the organization was pleased that the Town of Palm Beach had finally agreed to use an "upland sand" source for their part of the Reach 8 project. South Palm Beach Council Members were informed that the SOS and their coastal engineer, Karyn Erickson, had consistently recommended, for more than two years, that Palm Beach needed to use "upland sand" because environmental benefits as well as because it lasts longer. The Town of Palm Beach had continued to reject it until just prior to the Army Corps’ p;ublic meeting in August. The SOS Beach Nourishment Plan for Reach 8, which is now an "Alternative" to be studied in the EIS by the US Army Corps of Engineers was designed as a large scale beach nourishment plan based on the use of "upland sand".

The SOS is now confident that their "Alternative" will serve everyone best because it would begin south of the Lake Worth pier and stabilize a "contiguous beach the entire length of the project and protect those living in Reach 8 while serving as a feeder beach for their southern neighbors on the coastline". The Council was told that this was the essence of what the BMA and the Inlet to Inlet Pilot Project was created to accomplish.

The SOS supplied graphic visuals which showed the three "Alternatives" to be studied in the EIS process. It was evident in the graph visual that the SOS "Alternative" plan stretched the entire length of the beach and would merge into the County "Alternative" that abuts Reach 8.

The subsequent graphic showed the Town of Palm Beach’s "Alternative" and the County "Alternative". Palm Beach’s "Alternative" begins with a slim line of dunes only. It contains beach fill at different levels that partially front some upland property condos while fully fronting others, totaling 4 to 5 condos. This leaves the major stretch of shoreline in Reach 8 with dunes only.

It was pointed out by the SOS that, in this scenario, the County beach nourishment project adjoining Palm Beach’s current "Alternative" would begin in the middle of nowhere and would destabilize this entire coastline area. The graphic shows that the County "Alternative" had illustrations of beach fill with groins running the entire length of the Town of South Palm Beach and Lantana to the former Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The SOS large scale beach nourishment "Alternative" plan had carefully placed two groins in the southernmost section of Reach 8 to hold the sand in place, while allowing for littoral movement of sand southward to South Palm Beach.

For more details on all three "Alternatives", Google the "USACE EIS Southern Palm Beach Island". You will find under the Army Corps website both PDF links for the Town and County "Alternative" slide presentation from the public meeting and the Coalition To Save Our Shoreline Proposed "Alternative" for Reach 8.

 


The US Army Corps of Engineers Recognizes the SOS!

By Madelyn Greenberg

(8-21-13)

The US Army Corps of Engineers conducted a public meeting on August 12, 2013 at the Town Hall in the Town of Palm Beach. The meeting was advertised as a "scoping meeting" which would provide opportunity for public comments regarding the long awaited Environmental Impact Study (EIS). This study is essential to the process of finding the best solution for the critically eroded beaches in the Town of Palm Beach, south of the Lake Worth pier and extending to the shorelines of South Palm Beach, Lantana and the former Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manalapan.

The beaches that will be included in this EIS cover a wide area of shoreline that is managed, in part, by the Town of Palm Beach and the remainder by Palm Beach County. In this situation, the Army Corps of Engineers requires the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County to each submit its own "Alternative" plan for beach nourishment, to be studied under the EIS.

However, the Army Corps of Engineers announced at the August 12th meeting that the EIS will also be studying a third "Alternative" plan. This third "Alternative" plan will be "The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline, Inc. (SOS) Plan & Design for Reach 8" in the Town of Palm Beach. It was submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers by the SOS. The Army Corps of Engineers announced, also, that the SOS Plan, designed by coastal engineer, Karyn Erickson, P.E., D.CE, will be studied by the EIS and will receive the same consideration and attention, as if it were submitted by a municipality.

The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline, Inc. (SOS) has indeed achieved a high level of recognition and distinction for its efforts to seek storm protection through beach nourishment for the thousands of residents whose properties are at severe risk. The SOS is a resident based, privately funded organization that financed a large scale beach nourishment plan and design by a coastal engineer that they had retained. The members of the organization supported this beach nourishment plan even though they pay taxes that funded the Town’s "Alternative."

The EIS will now study two "Alternatives" for Reach 8 and one "Alternative" for Reaches 9 & 10 offered for study in the EIS and submitted by Palm Beach County.

According to the SOS statement read at the EIS public meeting, the SOS "respectfully submits" that their plan for Reach 8 "meets the standards and criteria that are necessary to prevail." Also, the SOS statement maintains that their plan is "feasible, responsible, affordable, balanced and effective for the long term benefits for all. No other submitted proposals or plans can be said to accomplish this nor do they constitute the interests of everyone."

The SOS brought out that "endangered sea turtles that come to nest on our beaches and, because of the scarps and cliffs and the continually diminishing beach, they lay their eggs and the tide comes up and washes the eggs away or they lay under the water and are destroyed. These sea turtles will continue to be lost to us if man does not restore the wide beaches that sea turtles seek to lay their eggs, nest, hatch their young and return to the sea."

The SOS said, "they are confident that the Army Corps will find the Beach Nourishment Plan which was designed by Ms. Erickson, to be thoroughly researched, environmentally suitable and, most importantly, permitable." They also told the Corps and the public that their plan, "will stand on its own merit" and "fulfill the need to correct severe erosion, satisfy environmental concerns and be a prototype for other successful beach nourishment and erosion control projects in the future."

Town of Palm Beach resident, Larry Goldberg, spoke during public comments and stated that the Town of Palm Beach’s modified "Alternative" would give beach fill for only several upland properties and dunes for the majority of the length of Reach 8, was totally inadequate and would not protect the properties of the Town sufficiently, if at all. An SOS spokesperson stated that their organization agrees with Mr. Goldberg’s appraisal of the Town’s alternative that was submitted for study by the EIS. It was also mentioned that the SOS, since its inception, has maintained that the inadequate plans that the Town has developed, constructed and now are proposing, are a waste of their tax dollars and will not protect the environment nor provide for the safety and protection of those that are at risk.

Another Palm Beach resident, Pat Cooper suggested that the Army Corps also look at the Lake Worth pier and its obstruction to sand flow.

Kudos to the SOS for their continual advocacy and proactive tenacity to protect the thousands of property owners at risk. This EIS and the three "Alternatives" that will be studied, is positive and forward movement that hopefully "should result in a joint project that will serve the needs of the public for now and also for the future."

 


The Long Awaited Study To Find Erosion Solutions For Palm Beach Island

By Madelyn Greenberg

(8-7-13)

The long awaited federal EIS process for the "Southern Palm Beach Island Comprehensive Shoreline Stabilization Project" will begin at a "public meeting" on August 12th, at 5:30 pm, at the Town Hall of the Town of Palm Beach. At this public meeting, residents will have the opportunity to comment on the scope of the EIS. The Environmental Impact Study, which will cover the areas south of the Lake Worth pier, in Reach 8, in Palm Beach through Reaches 9 & 10 in South Palm Beach, Lantana to the former Ritz Carlton, Manalapan.

The public notice for this meeting was recently sent by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Condo Managers along the entire coastline of Reaches 8, 9 & 10. This is welcome news for thousands of residents that have been living in jeopardy, since the EIS process could very well lead to a joint project between the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. The Town of Palm Beach manages their own coastal projects and funding, while the Town of South Palm Beach, Lantana and Manalapan are under the beach management of Palm Beach County.

This upcoming public meeting and the federal EIS process will be directed by Mr. Garett Lips, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager. At the Monday, August 12th 5:30 pm meeting, the public will have the opportunity to listen and to make comments and recommendations about the proposed study and what they believe it should incorporate. There will also be information provided about where the public can send their written comments.

Readers of The Condo News will recall the eleven part series on Beach Erosion and Condos in Peril. You may still catch up with the series below on this page. The series explained the severity of the erosion situation that has taken place in the southern areas in the Town of Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, Lantana and parts of Manalapan with photos that demonstrated the seriousness of the beach erosion and dunes from south of Sloan’s Curve in Palm Beach down to Manalapan.

Throughout the series it was stressed that for these areas of shoreline that are critically eroded, the ultimate solutions will be derived through a federal process, the Environmental Impact Study, which is directed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. An EIS is a description and analysis of all environmentally-related aspects of a project. This EIS will review a range of alternatives and actions such as beach nourishment projects that can take place after the selection of options are studied thoroughly to determine what will serve environmental concerns and the best interests of the public.

Because of the dire needs of this entire stretch of critically eroded beach, an organization comprised of concerned property owners in the Town of Palm Beach, financed a beach nourishment plan. This organization, the SOS, has requested that the Army Corps of Engineers will study their plan as one of the alternatives which they believe will best serve to protect the environment and to protect the entire area of shoreline. The name of this plan is: "The Coalition to Save Our Shoreline, Inc. (SOS) Beach Nourishment Plan & Design for Reach 8". This large scale beach nourishment plan was designed by Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, and will become an alternative that will be studied in the EIS process.

This Environmental Impact Study is extremely important. According to FDEP Deputy Division Director, Danielle Irwin, "This process will make it possible for Reach 7, Reach 8 and the southern municipalities to get projects". Specifically, Fondren said that "the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for Reach 8 and Central Palm Beach (South Palm Beach, Lantana to Manalapan) will help guide the future direction in the Beach Management Agreement (BMA) with projects such as north of Phipps Ocean Park, at Sloan’s Curve" in Reach 7. This EIS is therefore of great significance to those who live at risk with critical erosion and the fear of Mother Nature’s wrath striking and causing irrevocable harm to them and their upland properties.

 

PLEASE SEE PUBLIC NOTICE BELOW...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Public Notice

(8-7-13)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District is conducting a public scoping meeting as part of the initiation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Southern Palm Beach Island Comprehensive Shoreline Stabilization Project in Palm Beach County. The scoping process is used to determine the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered in the Draft EIS and to identify the significant issues related to the proposed action early, so the draft EIS produced for public review and comment is properly studied, thorough and balanced.

The scoping process will identify concerns of Federal, State, and local agencies, any affected Native American Indian Tribe, the proponents of the action, and the public. The scoping meeting is one venue in which to raise environmental or social concerns and/or concepts for minimizing the potential environmental effects of the project. At the meeting you will be able to ask questions and provide comments or suggestions on any issues that you believe should be addressed in the EIS. For those that are unable to attend the scoping meeting, you could provide comments in response to the public notice posted on the USACE’s website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx . To access the document, click on the public notice labeled: 20130723-SAJ-2008-04086.pdf.

With this input, the Draft EIS can be structured to better address public and agency concerns and help lead to better decisions. The date, time and location for the public scoping meeting are: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm (EST), at the Town of Palm Beach Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 360 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida.

*Anyone needing special accommodations to attend this meeting, specifically pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is encouraged to contact Garett Lips, USACE Project Manager, at 561-472-3517, or email us at Garett.G.Lips@usace.army.mil, so arrangements can be made prior to the scoping meeting. Please contact Garett Lips by August 10, 5:00 pm EST, to allow time for planning purposes.

 

Scoping meetings to be held for Miami-Dade County Beach Alternative Sand Source Investigation

Jacksonville, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will be holding a series of scoping meetings to discuss the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project – Alternative Sand Source Investigation and give all interested individuals, groups and agencies an opportunity to provide input.

Five meetings will be held throughout south Florida between Aug. 12 and Aug. 16. Each meeting will host a presentation at 6:30, followed by a poster session, and comment period from the public.


• Aug. 12 – City of Miami Beach Commission Chambers, 3rd floor,   

1700 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
• Aug. 13 – Town of Palm Beach Council Chambers, 360 South 

County Rd., Palm Beach
• Aug. 14 – Indian State River College, Wolfe Center Room, 2400 

SE Salerno Rd., Stuart
• Aug. 15 – Ft. Lauderdale Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 

33rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
• Aug. 16 – St. Lucie Co. Commission Chambers, Roger Poitras 

Administration Annex, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort. Pierce

Miami-Dade County is currently depleting all dependable, economical, and environmentally practicable offshore sand sources. Studies have been underway to identify alternative sand sources. In addition to non-domestic sources, the studies included domestic sources such as upland sources, sources in deeper offshore waters, and sources offshore of  southeast Florida in  federal and state waters.

A 2009 Regional Sediment Management Plan for southeast Florida indicated there was just enough domestic offshore sand in the region to support federal and non-federal projects for 50 years. In 2012, a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the five southeast Florida Counties, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) sought to update the 2009 with improved data.  The FDEP lead the study effort with technical input from the Corps, and data provided by southeast Florida counties.  Each county determined its sand need for federal and non-federal nourishment projects over the next 50 years.  

A copy of the Southeast Florida Sediment Assessment and Needs Determination (SAND) Study is located at:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ShoreProtection.aspx

Comments on the study may be submitted to Ms. Terri Jordan-Sellers at Terri.Jordan-Sellers@usace.army.mil or 904-232-1817.


Water Ski Tournament at Okeeheelee Park, 

June 22nd & 23, 2013

Photo by Jimmy Shirley

The water skiing tournament at the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches at Okeeheelee Park took place Sat. & Sun., June 22nd & 23rd. This tournament was a qualifying event for the August finals, the 13th time the national championships will be at Okeeheelee Park. The August event is said to be the largest water ski tournament in the world and includes national titles for slalom, tricks and jumping. Condo News photographer, Jimmy Shirley, found it to be a treasure trove of photo ops. The skier in the photo above and below is competing in the slalom event using one ski. If he were to fall, he would be out of the competition. There is no room for even one mistake. In the photo above, the skier is competing on the slalom.


Beach Erosion from T.S. Sandy Severe; Condos in Peril 

A Series 

by Maddy Greenberg

Devastating damage up and down the south end strip of The Town of Palm Beach on S. Ocean Blvd. from Sloan’s Curve south to the town’s boundary. Some photos demonstrate the severity of Tropical Storm Sandy’s beach and dune erosion and the imminent danger residents are in without adequate shoreline beach nourishment and protection.

Beaches are the Economic Engine for Florida

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel with SOS Board Members Carla Herwitz of 2275 S. Ocean (left) & 

Eileen Curran (right) 

of 2778 S. Ocean. Blvd.,

Palm Beach

Rep. Lois Frankel 

with Arlene Kurtis 

of 3360 S. Ocean Blvd.

U.S. House Representative Lois Frankel (D-Fla) spoke with residents of the Town of Palm Beach at a meeting hosted by the Harbour House on South Ocean Blvd. The opportunity to meet and ask questions of our Representative came about through Dr. Max Rosenbaum.

Harbour House President, Stewart Tabakin, introduced Rep. Frankel to an audience about 100 people.

The focal point of her discussion was the importance of the beaches in Florida and their source of revenue. The economic engine in Florida according to the Congresswoman is driven by the property taxes from the residents, especially those properties along the shoreline. Wide beaches and dunes attract people to live on the shoreline and bring tourism to Florida. Frankel explained that the property taxes from the coastline residents are a large revenue apparatus as well as the tourism and hospitality. She said that the monies derived from property taxes, tourism and hospitality in communities along the coast fund the fire, police and school departments throughout the State.

Frankel said that "these are the reasons why the beach issues, such as erosion and the need for shoreline protection for upland properties, are not just local issues." It affects all those residing in the State of Florida, on the shore and inland.

When asked if the Town of Palm Beach uses federal monies to restore its beaches, Frankel said, that "The Town did not want federal money to renourish the beaches." The Town of Palm Beach is unique from the rest of Palm Beach County because they do their own coastal management which did not include federal monies in the funding of their projects.

Arlene Kurtis, resident at 3360 S. Ocean Blvd., expressed her concerns and said that her local government has refused to restore the severely eroded dunes for this upcoming hurricane season. Mrs. Kurtis wanted Frankel to know about the seriousness of this situation in the south end of the Town of Palm Beach.

Eileen Curran, a Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS) board member and resident of 2778 S. Ocean Blvd., described how the inlets cause interruption to the natural flow of sand from north to south. She described how the Army Corp of Engineers dredges the Lake Worth Inlet and it dumps the sand 15 to 20 miles out to sea, instead of placing it on the shoreline south of the inlet. This resulted in the loss of sand showing in the severe erosion of our beaches. Mrs. Curran asked for Rep. Frankel’s help in correcting this situation to get the Army Corps to dump the sand at no cost on the beaches in the Town of Palm Beach. Frankel said she appreciated this information and it gave her weaponry to use.

Lewis Katz, Reef Condo on S. Ocean Blvd., said that there is a debate over who should pay for protection of Condo/Co-op shoreline properties in the Town of Palm Beach. He said the new notion by the Town is that taxpayers should be "self sufficient" and rely totally on seawalls for protection from the wrath of Mother Nature and the ocean. Katz said sea walls cause erosion issues. He stated that coastal structures, wide beaches and dunes need to be considered before building giant seawalls to armor the shoreline. Katz asserted that the upland properties and buildings serve as protection for the properties behind them and therefore designing environmentally suitable beach nourishment projects with coastal structures, wide beaches and dunes in front of the existing seawalls will serve to not only protect the beachfront properties, but all those behind it.

This writer asked Rep. Frankel for her assistance in areas of our shoreline that have never had beach nourishment. These areas have severe, critical erosion and as a result of these conditions, many of the properties in those areas are in jeopardy. A Federal Environmental Impact Study must be done before beach projects can be permitted and constructed. Frankel asked what areas were referred to that had not had beach nourishment, are being eroded and were not proposed to get it without an EIS. She was told in northern Reach 7, or Sloan’s Curve and Reach 8, south of the Lake Worth Pier. Frankel said that she would do her best to help us with the EIS process and our beach issues.

Lastly, Congresswoman advised the audience of residents to "keep pounding and pounding your officials about the beach issues." She said "this issue is much too important and residents and taxpayers should keep it at the forefront." An SOS board member’s response to me was that they totally agree with Frankel.

Until next time, be well and stay safe.


State, Town of P.B. officials, Coastal Engineers Speak with Residents

Residents expressed their frustration regarding the serious erosion of the beaches, jeopardizing their properties

Severe shoreline Erosion and loss of dunes shown in photo taken on 3/10/13 looking toward the Lake Worth Pier. This photo was not taken during a storm.

SOS Coastal Engineer Karyn Erickson, President of Erickson Consulting Engineers; Richard Hunegs, Chairman of the SOS & resident & President of 3360 Condo on S. Ocean Blvd.; FDEP Deputy Director Danielle Fondren Irwin, Beach Management

Overflowing audience of residents at the SOS Public Service Meeting, (flowing out to the hallways and standing room only)

The March 21st Public Service Meeting sponsored by The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline Inc. (SOS) was successful in bringing over 300 residents, standing room only to speak with State, Town officials and Coastal Engineering expertise.

The spontaneous response of the overflowing audience of residents to the presentations led the meeting to a different level. The residents expressed their bitter frustration and despair to the long unresolved severe erosion conditions of the beaches and the loss of their dunes, which they clearly felt put their homes and safety in jeopardy. There were numerous rallying cries of "What can be done NOW to protect our homes against this summer’s storms?" and "How SOON can we have beach nourishment and groins to protect our homes?"!!

The momentum that this meeting took on was quite remarkable. For the first time, residents had the opportunity to express their total frustration and, most importantly, they demonstrated the pent up anger which sent a powerful message to the Town of Palm Beach. The State, whose Inlet to Inlet regional project is proposed to cover these areas of shoreline, clearly heard the desperate need of the residents to obtain large scale beach nourishment projects with groins.

In response to the residents frustration at their dire situation and their dissatisfaction by the lack of action on a beach fix, Richard Hunegs, Chairman of the SOS said, "This requires political action because, as the Town of Palm Beach demonstrated with the Flagler Bridge, to get things done at higher levels, you have to take action now!"

The SOS has declared that this is the time for taxpayers to sound a rallying cry to save their properties and make a large impact on the Town Council in The Town of Palm Beach. Mr. Hunegs believes that shoreline erosion and the jeopardy that exists for the safety of the residents and the protection of their properties is at the "apex of all of the Town’s issues"!

Mr. Hunegs first called upon Town of Palm Beach Councilman Richard Kleid, who told residents that if there was a storm threat there would be sand bags on the way. The residents rejected Kleid’s statement and were displeased with Mr. Kleid’s announcement that the Town of Palm Beach could not restore the dunes or put sand on the beaches during the current turtle season. SOS’s Coastal Engineer Karyn Erickson, who was a presenter at this meeting, responded to Councilman Kleid that during turtle season it is possible to obtain an emergency extension until June 1st.

As a result of the anger vented by the residents, Town of Palm Beach Councilman William Diamond advised that "This meeting should be transported to the next Town Council Meeting on April 9th and I will place the SOS on the agenda."

To transport the SOS’s Public Service Meeting’s momentum, the SOS has prepared a Petition to be signed by each resident and taxpayer. This Petition, which will be submitted to the Town of Palm Beach Town Council, demands that the town act immediately to restore the dunes in the south end of the town in order to protect homes and properties from this summer’s storms and hurricanes. This is an effort to address the emergency situation that exists. The Petition also requests that the Town of Palm Beach apply for the necessary permits to undertake beach nourishment projects for those areas in the south end of the town that so desperately need adequate, long-term shoreline protection.

It appears that the SOS has immediately responded to the outcry of the residents at the Public Service Meeting and is actively going forward to have the Town of Palm Beach obtain the necessary shoreline protection for their residents.


Part 9: Ask Questions – Get Answers About Nourishing Our Shoreline!!!

Through this series on beach erosion, hopefully you have become more informed. Now you have a first hand opportunity to meet, listen and ask questions of the two experts that have been mentioned so often in my articles. The State of Florida apparently recognizes the severity of our critical erosion issues and we are fortunate because they have selected to initiate a model project that would be the first in the State of Florida, to find solutions, streamline permitting and create new beach nourishment projects that are environmentally suitable, make sense and have longevity in the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Palm Beach Island Inlet to Inlet "Pilot Project"- Beach Management Agreement (BMA).

The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline Inc. (SOS), is sponsoring a PUBLIC SERVICE MEETING on THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the South Fire Station, 2185 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. So MARK YOUR CALENDAR, so that you attend this most important meeting!!

This upcoming Public Service Meeting is a one time opportunity for all residents to "FIND OUT WHAT IS PROPOSED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO SAFEGUARD THE BEACHES AND YOUR PROPERTIES IN A PALM BEACH ISLAND INLET TO INLET ‘PILOT PROJECT’", according to an SOS source.

Guest Speakers at this meeting are: Danielle Fondren, PWS, Deputy Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Beach Management, Beaches & Coastal Systems, Division of Water Resource Management & Karyn Erickson, ME, PE, Coastal Engineer, President, Erickson Consulting Engineers, Inc. Ms. Erickson designed and developed the SOS Beach Nourishment Plan and second Coastal Alternative that will benefit Palm Beach Island.

There will be discussion about the State’s proposed activities and projects that will protect those areas previously without adequate nourishment and how the State now looks favorably on a large scale beach nourishment project in one area that previously had no beach nourishment in order to benefit them and those areas in the municipalities to their south.

Deputy Director Fondren can explain the many things discussed in my series, from the significance of "Historical Shoreline Data" that will help in new beach nourishment projects; how the State’s Beach Management favorably views the construction of coastal structures, such as groins placed in areas of critical erosion, as " an appropriate action" and how "the best results come when a plan pinpoints coastal structures, like groins in areas such as hot spots" "The Department wants to do what makes sense for the longevity of a project". This is your chance to hear in a less technical way first hand about how the benefits that the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) to be done in Reach 8 in The Town of Palm Beach, south of the Lake Worth Pier & Central Palm Beach County, (South Palm Beach, Lantana and Manalapan), will lead to beach nourishment projects and erosion solutions that will not only benefit the area of the EIS, but other areas such as Reach 7 which is within the cell of the Inlet to Inlet Pilot Project. Deputy Director Fondren will answer questions on how this Palm Beach Island Pilot Project will serve as a model for the rest of the State of Florida and give this inlet to inlet the opportunity to gain adequate protection and solutions for beach erosion.

Ms. Erickson as the SOS’s Coastal Engineer who designed and developed beach nourishment plans and coastal alternatives, can explain and answer questions regarding why these types of plans are so significantly important to these areas and can provide adequate levels of protection.

Under Danielle Fondren’s leadership, the Beach Management Agreement for this Palm Beach Island Inlet to Inlet Pilot Project has created a category of "Proposed Activities" within the BMA document, that will include the proposed new construction for projects such as the SOS/Erickson one, where areas that have never had beach nourishment or adequate protection will receive it with the State as one of the partners. This is in recognition of the efforts of the SOS.

The public can ask questions about any of these important matters. This is your chance to learn first hand from the experts how there is "light at the end of the tunnel" for those in jeopardy along the shoreline which is the most valuable asset that exists on the coast of Florida, our beaches and upland properties.

We look forward to seeing you at the March 21st Public Service Meeting at 2pm.


Part 8: Benefits from the Palm Beach Island 

BMA Pilot Project 

Aerial Photo taken by Brian Lee for the SOS; shows the eroded beaches and dunes south of the Lake Worth Pier at low tide in the Town of Palm Beach. Much like their neighbors north of the pier, south of Sloan’s Curve. South of Palm Beach, those municipalities have NO beaches due to armoring of their shoreline.

Condos l-r are the Palm Beach Hampton, the Palm Beacher and Bellaria

It is necessary for all shoreline residents who live in the Town of Palm Beach, Lake Worth, South Palm Beach, Lantana & Manalapan to realize that they share a coastline from the Palm Beach Inlet to the Boynton Beach Inlet. These communities became an island, the Palm Beach Island, when the two inlets were created.

As a result, the coastline of each of these towns becomes interdependent on the other since sand flows past town boundaries in a north to south direction, unless interrupted by obstacles.

Due to the critically eroded beaches on Palm Beach Island and in recognition of the dependency of every town shoreline/beach within Palm Beach Island, the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), under its Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, has established the Palm Beach Island Beach Management Agreement (BMA) as their "Pilot Project".

To accomplish the goals of this Palm Beach Island BMA "Pilot Project", the State has outlined their plan for meeting the needs of the shoreline of each of the communities involved. The Agreement will improve the permitting process by monitoring sand drift, ocean current, sea turtle nesting and near-shore hard-bottom environments.

This Agreement will impact 15.7 miles of shoreline from inlet to inlet. Each community will be required to contribute to the cost of monitoring in accordance with the percentage of shoreline that their town occupies. According to the FDEP, "the BMA is designed to be a cooperative effort among the municipalities within the coastal cell, (from Palm Beach Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet) and the success of the BMA is dependent on the participation of all the municipalities and implementation of the cell-wide monitoring plans."

The FDEP proposed this regional approach to shoreline protection in March, 2012. A series of Stakeholder Meetings was held with representatives of the Town of Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Palm Beach County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers.

As a journalist, I attended each of the all day meetings which took place from last spring to late fall of 2012. During the first two Stakeholder Meetings, it appeared that the Palm Beach BMA "Pilot Project" would consist of nothing more than to streamline the permitting process for the renourishment of shoreline areas where projects had already been done. However, after the power point presentation by Coastal Engineer Karyn Erickson, there was a shift in the direction of the BMA.

Karyn Erickson, the Coastal Engineer retained by The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS) developed a large scale beach nourishment plan and design with limited coastal structures south of Sloan’s Curve in the Town of Palm Beach. This plan will also benefit the coastline of communities that are south of the Town of Palm Beach.

Following the SOS/Erickson presentation, the FDEP BMA Meetings took on another dimension. The original draft of the BMA would now include "Proposed Activities" which are the new construction of environmentally suitable beach restoration designs and plans for critically eroded areas along the shoreline that, previously, did not have projects and would now be a part of the beach management draft. Deputy Director Danielle Fondren said that "as a result of the SOS’s ‘bulldog tenacity’ the Department decided to include ‘Proposed Activities’ which would, at a later time, be added to the document under ‘Projects Listed’".

A large scale beach nourishment plan such as the SOS/Erickson plan with limited coastal structures, will not only give adequate protection to the entire section of Reach 8, south of the Lake Worth Pier, but it will provide sand to the system for their southern neighboring municipalities.

Richard G. Hunegs, Esq., Leader of the SOS has stated that "As residents and taxpayers, we need to put emphasis on the need for our municipalities on Palm Beach Island to fully cooperate with the FDEP BMA ‘Pilot Project’. This is a one time opportunity that we have at our doorsteps to protect the most important asset that we have, our beaches. This is an investment in the value of our properties. As Florida property owners, we all will be affected by the outcome of this ‘Pilot Project’ being offered to us by the FDEP".

Hunegs stresses that "We now have a rare opportunity that the State of Florida’s Beaches and Coastal Systems, under the leadership of Deputy Director Danielle Fondren, has provided us. We, as individuals and residents of municipalities on Palm Beach Island must support the BMA in every way possible. We understand that financial concerns are great but we must look at the long term. Investing in our future and the protection of our beaches, environment and upland properties is of the utmost importance and will be cost effective in the long run".

"We must strongly urge our municipalities to become proactive participants in the protection of our shoreline and upland properties. As taxpayers, we must not tolerate the usual reactive stance that puts all of us in jeopardy."


Part 7: More Good News Regarding Beach Nourishment

Photo taken by The Town of South Palm Beach Police Officer, Mark McKirchy from the pool deck of Horizon’s East condominium with Ocean Front Inn’s Tide’s Bar & Grill and the Tuscany Condominium in the background  demonstrates the CRITICALLY ERODED SHORELINE and lack of beach in the Town of South Palm Beach. Notice that the wave has receded in the forefront, but it hits the seawalls. South Palm Beach, needs sand desperately from the beaches north of them. They are in jeopardy, which is easily seen here. No beach remains for South Palm Beach, unless their northern neighboring municipality gets a large scale beach nourishment, which will also feed those beaches to the south of them. What is needed here is to work together to protect the shoreline and the homes beyond it.

At the January 22, 2013 South Palm Beach Town Council Meeting, the Town Council, in a motion passed unanimously, publicly gave their support to the Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS) and their efforts for beach nourishment.

South Palm Beach Council Member Bonnie Fischer introduced this agenda item and spoke about the goals that the SOS is pursuing to gain adequate shoreline protection. These include, among other things, the foresight and vision of the SOS to retain Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, President of Erickson Consulting Engineers, Inc. to develop an environmentally sound full beach nourishment plan combined with limited coastal structures, such as groins, that will continue down the shoreline and benefit towns like South Palm Beach".

There was a positive and lengthy discussion between the Town Council, South Palm Beach residents and Richard Hunegs, Esq., who is the Leader of the SOS. Conversation ensued regarding the common interests of the Town of South Palm Beach and the residents who live in the Town of Palm Beach, on the dire need for adequate shoreline protection in these long neglected areas of Palm Beach Island. The Town Council and the audience agreed with Mr. Hunegs, who said that "due to the severe beach and dune erosion that exists, the risk to our environment and to our condos is staggering".

The Town Council and the audience all reacted positively to the SOS for their "tenacity", as Councilwoman Fischer described this "proactive" organization. Fischer spoke highly of the SOS and Coastal Engineer, Erickson. Fischer said that she "has looked at the SOS/Erickson plan and believes it is a good one for Reach 8 and the Town of South Palm Beach". She said that the plan is a "very viable plan" and that it is "the only one that makes sense".

Hunegs spent a great deal of time promoting and encouraging the Town Council Members to become signatories on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Beach Management Agreement (BMA) for the pilot program that will extend from Palm Beach Inlet to the Boynton Inlet along Palm Beach Island.

Council Member Stella Jordan said that she "fully supports the SOS and the BMA and that South Palm Beach should get involved with the BMA". Council Member Fischer whole heartedly agreed. Councilwoman Jordan also said that she is "thankful for everything the SOS has done and continues to do for all the residents along Palm Beach Island".

The second item of good news on adequate shoreline protection came during an interview with FDEP Bureau of Beaches & Coastal Systems, Beach Management Deputy Director Danielle Fondren. Fondren said that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Beach Management, endorses "flexible structures like beach nourishment" and "hard coastal structures like groins". Fondren said that her Department is in favor of combined projects and will permit coastal structures like groins. She said, "Coastal structures such as groins are an appropriate action". Fondren said that the best results come when a plan "pinpoints coastal structures, like groins, in areas where they are needed, like ‘hot spots’".

This is exciting news for areas along the coastline that have not previously had groins or hard coastal structures to hold the beach sand on the shores. Groins are perpendicular coastal structures that are meant to slow the loss of sand and the currents and would still allow for movement southward in the littoral drift.

According to FDEP, Beach Management Deputy Director Fondren, "The Department wants to do what makes sense for the longevity of a project". This is welcome news to the many severely eroded areas on the south end of the Town of Palm Beach, the Town of South Palm Beach, Lantana & Manalapan.

More to come in Part 8 of this series. Stay tuned.

 


Part 6: Beach Nourishment & The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Aerial photo taken by Brian Lee for the SOS, demonstrates how the eroded 

beaches even at low tide in Reach 8 at the south end of the Town of Palm Beach, (not too dissimilar from their neighbors to the north of them in Reach 7), provide little or no protection for the upland properties that lay beyond them. This photo shows 3200 Condo who is representative of the major problem that currently exists; where one decent storm could mean a catastrophe. South Palm Beach and southward, have even less or no beaches due to their armored shoreline. For the south end of Palm Beach Island, their only hope is finally receiving the adequate shoreline protection through a "large scale beach nourishment project" with limited coastal structures to give it "longevity." This journalist, hopes that the LIGHT at the End of the this Tunnel, shines brightly and these proposed activities BECOME a BEACON of light for Palm Beach Island.

Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those critically eroded areas along the shoreline on the south end of Palm Beach Island!

This article will address "Who" is responsible for the planning of such monumentally positive action. Also, in this article, there will be a discussion of "How" adequate shoreline protection for these long neglected beaches will be achieved and finally, "What" produced the light at the end of the tunnel?

Under the Leadership of Deputy Director Danielle Fondren, the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and its Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, Beach Management, will now include a LARGE (environmentally suitable) beach nourishment project at the south end of Palm Beach Island. Such a project has never been entertained before. It will be included in the Department’s adopted Statewide Strategic Beach Management Plan strategy for proposed activities within the Agreement area.

As to the "light at the end of the tunnel", Deputy Director Fondren " attributes the extra attention, the new policy concepts, the large scale beach nourishment plan concept in Reach 8 and the prospect of coastal structures like groins incorporated into such a project, to the Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS)". During this interview, Fondren repeatedly praised the continual efforts of the SOS as the instigation for this forward motion and the FDEP’s participation in guiding the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County in initiating these "proposed activities".

Fondren referred to the civic-minded advocacy group, SOS, as a "bulldog" organization "that had and continues to have the wisdom to retain Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, to develop a full scale Beach Nourishment Plan & Design for Reach 8," (which is environmentally suitable and has never been developed before) "and a second coastal alternative for Reach 7, including the Sloan’s Curve area", which is critically eroded as well. Deputy Director Fondren "welcomes Karyn Erickson’s continual involvement in this process". She said she "respects new ideas like those of Karyn Erickson" and was "happy to provide a venue for the SOS to have Karyn Erickson present the beach nourishment plan and alternative". Fondren stressed that if not for the "advocacy and persistence" and hands on "involvement of the SOS, none of this extra attention to these areas of shoreline that had not been previously nourished, would be happening".

This is great news for areas such as those that have previously been denied the proper nourishment and protection of their shoreline and their homes in this State. According to SOS Leadership, Richard Hunegs, Esq., "These areas of shoreline have been sorely neglected by the Township and Palm Beach County for years and it is time that they rectify this." An excerpt from the BMA, "The completion of feasibility/design studies and associated environmental impact statements for Reach 8 and Central Palm Beach projects," will be "eligible for State funding assistance in accordance with the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program." The Beach Management Division of the FDEP, besides sharing funding, will therefore become an active "participant in the entire process;" as Robert Brantly, FDEP, Beach Management, Coastal Engineer Program Administrator, said to this journalist in an interview. Brantly said that this is "something significant" having a "large scale project tied to Central Palm Beach." Brantly said that, they "are stepping forward for a project in Reach 8 through the BMA process to develop a joint project."

According to Deputy Director Danielle Fondren, this process will make it possible for Reach 7, Reach 8 and the southern municipalities to get projects. Specifically, Fondren said that " the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for Reach 8 and Central Palm Beach (South Palm Beach, Lantana & Manalapan) will help guide the future direction in the BMA with projects such as north of Phipps Ocean Park, at Sloan’s Curve" in Reach 7. Finally, through the Beach Management Agreement (BMA), a pilot project in the State of Florida that extends from Palm Beach Inlet to Boynton Inlet, light at the end of the tunnel is within our sights.

Richard Hunegs, Leadership of the Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS), was proud and pleased by Fondren’s praise and the progress that we have made. He said that the SOS will continue to retain Karyn Erickson’s services so that she will actively be engaged in the process and will make sure that her environmentally sensitive plans and strategies are included in the final projects that are constructed on Palm Beach Island.

More important information is coming in Part 7 of this series. So stay tuned.


Part 5: Historical Beach Data a Key to Protection

Aerial view of the south end beaches in the Town of Palm Beach taken at low tide by photographer, Brian Lee. It shows the beaches in front of the Meridian Condo at 3300 S. Ocean Blvd. going northward to the Dorchester Condo. This photo is representative of all the eroded and shallow beaches in the south end of the Town of Palm Beach, even at low tide. The photo was taken from a helicopter for the Coalition SOS by Mr. Lee.

The beaches and sunshine in Florida have historically been what has attracted people to visit and move to our state. The communities & hotels that line the shoreline also serve as major revenue and tax assets that make Florida and more specifically Palm Beach County an attraction for so many people.

Whether or not you live directly on the coast, most residents and visitors enjoy the beaches. The beaches serve much more than just a recreational function. The most significant function of the beaches is, or should be, protection for the upland properties and for the residents who live there and in the neighboring vicinity. Richard Hunegs, Esq., who serves as the Leadership for The Coalition to Save Our Shoreline (SOS), has consistently stressed, "that we are a society that loves the seashore. The preservation of our beaches must be the underlying rationale for properly designed beach nourishment projects that are environmentally sensitive while giving adequate protection for upland properties. It is our job as taxpayers to assure that our beaches, for which Florida is famous, are adequately nourished and maintained to protect sea turtles, our homes and our investments".

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Deputy Director Danielle H. Fondren and her staff are working on the Palm Beach Island Beach Management Agreement (BMA) pilot project with Palm Beach County and the municipalities between Lake Worth Inlet and the Boynton Beach Inlet. Through this pilot project the Department is coordinating its regulatory responsibilities with other state and federal agencies, local municipalities, the county and the public, "to streamline a program to protect the environment and to provide net ecosystem benefits". According to Fondren, "The BMA was initiated in part to address coastal erosion and environmental resource protection on a regional basis. Palm Beach Island has experienced critical erosion along more than 75% of its shoreline".

The purpose of this series has been to educate and enlighten residents of Florida and to bring out issues and possible solutions to this serious crisis that exists on our shorelines. The problem of severe beach erosion on Palm Beach Island did not just appear after Tropical Storm Sandy. Local municipalities and Palm Beach County which are in charge of coastal management for these areas along the shoreline have watched this situation worsen over time.

Several months back, Richard Hunegs on behalf of the SOS, in conversation with Danielle Fondren, expressed his concern that the local Palm Beach shoreline has become so eroded that not only will our "friends from the sea" not be able to survive because of no beach, but he feared for the residents and their upland properties. He explained that this was "due to years of neglect in certain areas of the shoreline, particularly the south end of the Town of Palm Beach". Hunegs expressed that this "has led to a situation where it will take far less than a catastrophic storm to devastate and destroy."

At December’s BMA Meeting, FDEP Deputy Director, Fondren presented a "Historical Shoreline Policy" concept that would make it possible according to her to "recapture shoreline" in new beach nourishment projects using historical shoreline data. The Historical Shoreline Policy concept was presented as an idea of how the FDEP may balance the historical erosion with environmental resource protection. This "recapture of the shoreline" could benefit new beach nourishment project areas on Palm Beach Island according to Ms. Fondren, "given some areas have seen shoreline recession of more than 200 feet since the 1940s."

"The main benefit for any of the Beach Management Agreement municipalities, (Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, Lantana & Manalapan), may be in providing project engineers with flexibility to design a project that would afford storm protection to upland property. Any of the municipalities in the BMA may benefit from the policy".

Deputy Director Danielle Fondren also said that the FDEP Beach Management Agreement’s goal "is to use the historical analysis to improve our ability to manage coastal erosion and environmental resources. The pilot BMA provides the FDEP the opportunity to explore historical data and find a balance between the protection of Florida’s beaches from erosion and the protection of environmental resources".

Richard Hunegs Esq. serving as the Leadership for the Coalition to Save Our Shoreline said the SOS highly endorses the adoption of the Historical Shoreline Policy by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Beach Management of our Beaches & Coastal Systems as a NECESSITY especially for those areas that have thus far been denied any real adequate beach nourishment projects. Hunegs commends Danielle Fondren and her staff for this innovative approach to balance and better protect our shoreline and the residents of Florida. He also urges all the municipalities that are involved in the BMA pilot project to give the FDEP and Ms. Fondren their complete support to initiate this Historical Shoreline Policy as soon as possible.


Part 4: Seawall "Quick-Fix" — 

More Harm Than Good?

Photo by Bonnie Fischer, SPB Councilwoman

Taken by South Palm Beach Town Councilwoman Bonnie Fischer, 

shows the waves in South Palm Beach pounding the seawalls. 

Where is the beach?

Bonnie Fischer, Town of South Palm Beach Councilwoman and resident, describes how her seawall armored shoreline is under water because the once deep luscious beaches of South Palm Beach are now so dramatically eroded that the beach is under the ocean and there isn’t any sand on which to put sand dunes up against the seawalls! The waves lap against the seawalls and the beaches which once were wide, no longer exist except for possibly a slim space on which to walk at low tide. The seawalls that line the beachfront properties of South Palm Beach have their own issues; some are cracked while others are collapsing. The seawall at the Imperial House, at the Town’s boundary, had to be shored up some years ago because it proved woefully inadequate.

To the south of Ms. Fischer’s municipality, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manalapan/Lantana had serious problems when part of their seawall collapsed. The private homes in Manalapan, which have seawalls, suffered tremendous damage to their properties from the storm, Sandy. Their seawalls did not protect their shorefronts from the storm that was 200 miles offshore.

By definition, seawalls cause loss of sand because they provide a stationary object against which a retreating beach narrows and eventually disappears. It is also believed that seawalls may intensify certain wave action during storms that lead to beach loss. Wave action is intensified by seawalls rather than dissipated.

There has been much controversy over the role of seawalls. Most coastal engineers now agree that seawalls are destructive to the beaches.

The Corps of Engineers and Fla. Dept. Environmental Protection Beach Management Deputy Director, Danielle Fondren, both agree that beach nourishment is the environmentally preferable alternative to seawalls and as the method of choice in responding to beach erosion. Also, planting vegetation with beach replenishment nourishment instead of building seawalls has proven to be much more successful in halting beach erosion. Nourishing/re-nourishing beaches are a critical decision in this time of rising sea levels. Once a nourished beach is in place, storm waves must fight the sand absorption of the beach and dunes before they can reach the buildings.

Because the fate of sea turtles is a critical environmental issue, the renourished beach provides for new nesting areas for the turtles. Erosion, on the other hand, produces scarps or "cliffs" that present serious problems for nesting sea turtles which can not climb the scarps to lay their eggs.

It is the belief of Richard Hunegs, Esq. who serves as the Leadership for The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline, (SOS), that since we are a society that loves the seashore, we need to be certain that our beaches are receiving the best and most capable management possible. Representing the SOS, Mr. Hunegs has been dogmatic about his belief that in this time of rising sea levels, preservation of our beaches for future generations should always be the underlying rationale for properly designed beach nourishment projects that will be environmentally sensitive while giving adequate protection for upland properties that belong to the residents of this State.

Because of the concerns of Mr. Hunegs and the many residents that he represents, the SOS retained and financed Coastal Engineer Karyn Erickson to assist them in creating environmentally sensitive beach nourishment projects with limited coastal structures so that their town finally gives all areas that lie within it, the adequate protection that they deserve and require.

The seawalls of South Palm Beach have created a situation where the full beach nourishment project that Erickson designed for the SOS is needed to provide a feeder beach to give sand to their system. The seawall "Quick Fix" has proven to cause more harm than good.


Part 3: Positive Progress on Beaches & 

Coastal System, Thanks to FDEP 

Deputy Director Fondren

(12-12-12)

The above two photos were taken by South Palm Beach Councilwoman, Bonni Fischer. These photos, taken at the Imperial House, are representative of the entire shoreline and the perilous conditions that exist from Sloan’s Curve through La Bonnie Vie in Palm Beach and continues through South Palm Beach, Lantana and Manalapan. The properties with sea walls did not fair well, many cracked, collapsed, had seepage under the walls, and the waves, in some cases, went over towards the buildings. Sea walls are known to erode the beaches until there is little or no beach left. The entire strip of beaches with or without sea walls is in dire straits.

The purpose of this series has been to inform and enlighten local Florida residents of the important issues concerning our shoreline. This series continues to explain why things have gotten to this dangerous level; whose responsibility it is for protecting our coastline and the possible solutions for this major crisis.

At a recent Beach Management Meeting held by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, (FDEP), three important announcements were made that are a giant step toward adequate shoreline protection for our homes. Under the leadership of Danielle H. Fondren, Deputy Director of Beach Management at the FDEP, significant strides have been made. These three announcements that were made by the FDEP at last week’s meeting will have positive and beneficial ramifications for beach nourishment projects within the Town of Palm Beach, and will also be helpful to its neighboring municipalities along the coast. Southern neighbors like South Palm Beach, Lantana & Manalapan can reap positive results. Areas like Singer Island and northward can also utilize what has been presented at the Beach Management program.

Ms. Fondren & staff announced that they had decided that a policy change was necessary. This change has incorporated historical data on shoreline conditions dating as far back as 1940 which was retrieved through the cooperation of Palm Beach County. It is important to note that 1964 was the year that the State of Florida first recognized beach erosion as a statewide issue. Therefore, Fondren and staff have settled on 1964 for the retroactive date of shoreline conditions in order to ease permitting for new beach nourishment projects. Ms. Fondren explained that their concept "would affect future nourishment proposals in those areas that have not currently had nourishment projects". This new policy would "make it possible for future projects to be able to reflect back on the 1964 shoreline numbers for beach nourishment levels". Ms. Fondren also said that this "gives flexibility to the plans for potential shoreline projects going out into areas that have previously been unable to be permitted because of the resources in the area". This new policy concept is "allowing for some recapture of the shoreline to occur".

Richard Hunegs, Esq., Leadership for The Coalition SOS, believes that because of the persistence of his organization, in concert with others, the state agency, under the guidance of Ms. Fondren, has made tremendous strides with their intervention on behalf of the residents of this State. Hunegs believes the FDEP’s stand and new Historical Shoreline Policy concept will change the face of beach nourishment and the permitting process. It will allow better designed protective beaches with greater width to be created as they had existed years ago. Mr. Hunegs said that the SOS believes this type of policy shows great foresight and is highly commendable.

The next significant FDEP announcement by Deputy Director Fondren was that Florida has a world renowned reputation for their coastal policies. Fondren said that "the FDEP’s role is to sustain the beaches with balance". "Our job is to refine our methods and to find a continual balance". She said that their policy endorses "flexible structures and a combined effort of hard structures". When asked in conversation after her remark, Ms. Fondren explained that "flexible structures consist of beach nourishment which would also include dunes." "Hard structures," Fondren said, "are groins and or breakwaters." That would mean that the State of Florida FDEP Beach Management endorses both of these as a solution for our beach erosion problems. This is quite a revelation and it is most significant and positive.

Deputy Director Fondren also declared that the State Strategic Beach Management Plan is to incorporate beach nourishment plans and coastal alternatives that were presented to the FDEP, "such as those presented by Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, with possible solutions in the Reach 7, Reach 8 area". (Reaches 7 & 8 are in the south-end of the Town of Palm Beach). She said that these are potential alternatives that can be appropriate.

These three announcements are significant for those living in perilous conditions along the shoreline. Richard Hunegs, the SOS Leadership, credits Danielle Fondren for these enormous accomplishments and forward motion. He also credits Robert Brantley, Coastal Engineering Program Administrator, Bureau of Beaches & Coastal Systems of the FDEP who works under Fondren’s leadership. Hunegs especially gives accolades and strongly compliments Coastal Engineer Karyn Erickson, whom the SOS has retained. It was the SOS that financed her development of a beach nourishment plan and second coastal alternative, both with limited coastal structures. Richard Hunegs says that this is all due to Erickson’s fine work. The SOS will continue to endorse and to utilize Erickson’s exceptional coastal engineering capabilities and knowledge for the benefit of all residents of the Town.

South Palm Beach Councilwoman, Bonni Fischer is also enthusiastic and supportive of the announcements made by FDEP Deputy Director Fondren. Fischer agrees that they can benefit South Palm Beach and their beaches.

Richard Hunegs believes that there are now reasons to be positive. He said that Danielle Fondren is "showing the way" and "it is now up to the Town of Palm Beach to put its oar in the water to get this accomplished by adopting the programs that Fondren and the FDEP have presented." "The Town has to adopt what has been presented by the FDEP without further delay."


Part 2: What All Residents Need To Know About Who Provides Shoreline Protection And How Each of Us Can Make A Difference

(11-28-12)

Photo taken from the rooftop of a condo after T.S. Sandy by Atriums Condo Manager, Marc Ritcher, shows fast and furious waves knocking the dunes out at the Halcyon, and overcoming the seawall at the Patrician and pounding the seawalls at the Claridges and La Bonne Vie. What looks like sand on all sides of the first sea wall is in fact the waves crashing over the wall towards the building. This was only a Tropical Storm. The sea wall does not appear to be doing much good. In Ft. Lauderdale is has been 

reported that a sea wall collapsed. The sea walls are known to cause tremendous beach erosion. This area has never been provided a beach nourishment project as of yet.

Photo taken by Residences at Sloan’s Curve Manager, Ivan Fraser. None of the condos and buildings within Sloan’s Curve have ever received a beach nourishment project and there is little beach left due to severe erosion. You can see that one small surge and these homes will be flooded out. Sloan’s Curve area is dire need

Photo taken by Atriums Manager, Marc Ritcher. Having never received a beach nourishment project and having a severely eroded beach and then little left of their dunes, the Atriums, like their neighbors, the Halcyon, the Emeraude, 3360 and like those north and south of them are in jeopardy when another storm strikes.

Dorchester Condo has the ocean up to what remains of their beach stairs. Severely eroded beach has never had a beach nourishment project and the dunes are now eroded as well. No protection here. Photo taken by Dorchester Manager, Ned Fleming.

It is about time that residents who live in the State of Florida and are taxpayers understand what we can do to help protect our shoreline.

The first thing you need to know is that neither the State of Florida nor the Federal government provides beach nourishment projects. That responsibility falls squarely on each municipality. For example, the Town of Palm Beach has its own coastal management department. Some shoreline municipalities are under the purview of their County for providing shoreline management, as is the case with Singer Island and South Palm Beach which are under the shore management of Palm Beach County.

The Town of Palm Beach will be used as an example for this scenario. The Town is responsible for the development of beach nourishment plans and designs that will adequately protect all of the Town of Palm Beach shoreline so that their taxpaying residents are protected from a storm event. The Town of Palm Beach should then proceed to develop the best projects. The Town of Palm Beach has been fortunate to have the assistance of a town organization, called The Coalition To Save Our Shoreline, (SOS) which as you already know is under the leadership of Richard G. Hunegs, Esq. The SOS has retained a well respected Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson, to design a beach nourishment plan and second coastal alternative for two areas of the Town. These plans include a limited number of coastal structures that will hold the sand in place. These types of plans in these specific areas have never been developed before by the Town for its residents. The SOS plans both provide adequate and environmentally sensitive beach nourishment and have been acknowledged by other coastal engineers to be viable. The plans have been submitted to the Town, the State and the County. It is the Town’s responsibility to develop beach nourishment projects. According to an SOS source, these beach nourishment plans were developed by the SOS because it appeared that the Town would otherwise continue to neglect those areas as they had done for so many years.

The process that follows is that the Town goes next to the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, (FDEP), to get a permit. The State approves the design and then the Army Corps of Engineers usually follows the State’s recommendation and would also approve the permit that the Town requests.

From there the permitted project goes back to the Town of Palm Beach, whose taxpayers finance these coastal management projects. Whether projects are done individually or jointly, neither the State nor the Federal government is responsible for developing the beach nourishment plans or implementing them. The State and Federal governments only grant permits for the projects presented to them.

Allen Wyett, former Town of Palm Beach Councilman for many years and currently adviser to the NAPB, a north end civic organization that is in agreement with the SOS, confirmed that the Town of Palm Beach is responsible, by tradition, for developing beach nourishment plans and projects which are submitted to the State for approval.

In situations such as the Town of Palm Beach, the municipality is responsible for implementing adequate projects that have been permitted by the State and or Federal government. Any belief or assertion that State or Federal red tape could prevent Town Officials from the development of a beach nourishment plan that has adequate protection would be erroneous.

Once the projects have been developed and permitted the taxpayers provide the revenue to protect the shoreline which in turn protects their entire town.

There seems to be some confusion between repairing the latest damages to the dune system and the development of adequate protective beach nourishment plans. It is significant to point out here that the dunes should not be the only defense against a storm. Constructing adequate beach nourishment projects would avoid this current crisis.

The Town of Palm Beach has asserted that their "level of adequate protection" is satisfied as long as the buildings are still standing, whether or not they are flooded and therefore unsafe and uninhabitable. This is the Town’s definition of adequate shoreline protection. In the Town of Palm Beach, two organizations, (both the SOS & the NAPB), are at odds with this level of protection as stated by the Town of Palm Beach and believe it is highly inadequate and unacceptable. It is a waste of tax dollars to promote projects that pursue the Town’s current "level of protection".

As a resident you can make a difference and find out the level of protection in your own municipality. Most importantly, stress that any beach nourishment plan must assure that the dunes will lie beyond the beach and are the last line of defense, not the properties and buildings where so many people live. We need to create beach nourishment projects that will not waste our tax dollars. We must protect our valuable shoreline and the homes that lie beyond it.

 


Part 1: Heed the warning that Sandy left in her wake before it is too late

(11-14-12)

Atriums Condo- 3400 S. Ocean, demonstrates the severe beach erosion, loss of dunes and beach steps. At high tide the ocean is pounding what is left of the dunes. One good surge and the damage will destroy valuable real estate and endanger residents.

Photo by 3400 Condo Manager:

Marc Richter.

Severe dune erosion in front of The Reef Condo, 2600 Condo and all their southern neighbors. Another storm and the buildings are in jeopardy. This portion of beach had been renourished in 2006 and the sand had washed away shortly afterwards and along with it, 

 tax dollars 

Photo taken by 2600 Condo Manager:

Hector Pintos.

Ambassador II Co-op. The Town claimed that the sand washed down from previously renourished beaches to their north to give the Ambassador a large beach. Sand on a flat beach is not designed to protect. Look how close to the buildings it is. One good wave and disaster would be forthcoming. 

Connie Dubé, Administrative Assistant checks out the damage.

Photo taken by Ambassador II Manager:

Donna Crandall

2100 at Sloan’s Curve. Nothing remains of the previously eroded beach and the dunes have been devastated as much as their beach steps. The waves are seriously too close. Another tropical storm could cause severe damage. In desperate need of much better shoreline protection.

Photo by 2100 Condo Manager:

Kristin Feesl

Tropical Storm Sandy, which became "Super Storm" as it moved up the coastline and struck the northeast, should ring all the alarm bells for those who live in Palm Beach County and any of the shoreline municipalities that suffered severe beach erosion from nothing more than a "Tropical Storm."

Up north, Sandy left behind "Catastrophic Devastation" in those shoreline communities that were wiped out and totally destroyed by a fluke "Super Storm" that caused so much tragedy for so many. The fact that locally, Sandy as nothing more than a slow moving Tropical Storm, completely wiped out dune systems, with already eroded beaches in front of them, should be a "WAKE-UP CALL" for all those shoreline municipalities’ where their residents’ homes at this point are hanging out in the abyss.

Hearing the reports of how some of the shoreline in the Town of Palm Beach has been left bare from merely a Tropical Storm, makes it essential that coastal management stops spending more and more tax dollars on repetitive reviews and studies around which continues the procrastination that keeps their residents in peril. It is the responsibility of government to protect the citizens and their properties before tragedy strikes and wipes out a community. We don’t want to need FEMA; we want proactive protection so that we don’t lose everything we value.

In the Town of Palm Beach , the most major issue that is little known by the public is what our Town considers their acceptable "Level of Protection." The Town thinks it is acceptable if everything is washed away, destroyed and "sacrificed" as long as the buildings are still standing. The buildings can be completely flooded and therefore uninhabitable, but according to Town standards this is their acceptable level of "Shoreline Protection."

A source from the Coalition to Save Our Shoreline (SOS) says that both the SOS organization and their ally organization from the north-end of Town, the NAPB, have a major bone of contention with the Town of Palm Beach’s failed level of protection for the thousands of residents that live in this peril. As Condo News readers are all aware from our last issue, the purpose of the SOS is to gain adequate shoreline protection for the residents living on or near the coast in the Town of Palm Beach. To that end, under the leadership of Richard G. Hunegs, Esq., the SOS retained and financed well respected Coastal Engineer, Karyn Erickson’s development of an environmentally sensitive and permitable beach nourishment plan and design with an additional coastal beach alternative in two areas of coastline in the town to rectify the neglect and impending catastrophic conditions that have been allowed to exist for so many years.

As a resident in a local municipality who now understands the implicit need for adequate shoreline protection, you each need to contact your municipality and make sure that they know the beaches should be adequately renourished and designed to be our first line of defense. The dunes should be the last line of defense, not the properties and buildings where so many live. You can play a part in avoiding certain disaster. Contact your municipality and let them know your thoughts on this matter.

More to come ...

 



Palm Beach County Drenched by T.S. Isaac

Outer band from T.S. Isaac churned up the ocean -- 

view from 3360 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL

Photo by Maddy Greenberg

Above and below: Flooding of the streets and parking lots in Springdale Homes, Palm Springs, FL Notice the strip of grass in the picture below separating the lake from the parking lot. 

Photos by Jimmy L. Shirley, Jr.

South Florida's first taste of the 2012 hurricane season arrived in Palm Beach County on August 27 in the form of a feeder band that had separated from the main storm, Tropical Storm Isaac. It stretched from Cuba up the east coast of Florida while the main body of the storm was in the Gulf of Mexico heading for Louisiana, and eventually becoming a category 1 hurricane before making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

For a storm that was expected, by the National Weather Service, to dump from 4 to 6 inches of rain on Palm Beach County, but instead, dropped up to 18 inches in some spots, Isaac sure packed a wallop. Springdale Homes in Palm Springs, Fla. received its fair share, tabulating about 9 inches of rain late Monday morning to around 4 PM. This left us with knee-deep water in many of our parking lots after Monday, not to mention the main road.

The western towns of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, the Acreage were flooded for more than a couple of weeks. In order to be eligible for FEMA aid, at least 18 inches of water must have flooded their homes. Since most of the homes were build up high on "pads", federal aid is not available for them. The high water became contaminated with septic tank water, fluids from cars and trucks as well as from some unlicensed car repair shops. So, they must look to themselves in the spirit of real Americans of self reliance, instead of governmental welfare.



FP&L Smoke Stacks Came a-Tumbling Down

By Jimmy Shirley, Jr.

Photo by Jimmy Shirley, Jr.

A couple of hundred boats assembled at the FPL power plant Sunday, June 19th to watch the old 300 foot smoke stacks and boilers blown up. Condos on Singer Island are visible in the background. The demolition itself lasted only around 8 seconds.

Photos below by 

Jimmy Shirley, Jr, Condo News,

From the Port Authority rooftop.

( Palm Beach House Condominium

is  in the background)

Photos below by 

Dr. Douglas Snetsinger

avec Mme. Alice Malon

From the rooftop of the 

Palm Beach House Condominium

Photos below by Jimmy Shirley, Jr. 

From the US Hwy 1 overpass west of the power plant


Echoes of the Blast

Where Did All the 1515 Promises Go?

Commentary by Jeanine Heidtman

With only the last weeks of 2010 before us, I want to bring our returning Condo News readers some updates regarding the current status of the large brown, barren, vacant parcel at 1515 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. During this summer, the August announcement of the foreclosure lawsuit against New York City-based Trinity 1515 LLC and managing member Edmund Abramson is working its way through Palm Beach County Circuit Court. In addition to the $36 million owed First Commonwealth Bank of Pennsylvania, another $1.3 million in interest has accrued as of September 1st. The mortgage was due on Feb. 21st, 2010. It replaced the original $24 million from Kennedy Funding.

In searching the tax rolls for the Arkona a/k/a/ Tower 1515, the total market value of the parcel now is listed as $10,500,000 and $254,325 is the total tax pending. I have questioned many officials, many times, why no figures are listed for 2008 and 2009 on the Tax Collector’s website. The best answer I got was the original condo owners, not Trinity 1515 LLC, was responsible for the ’08 and ’09 obligation for these 2 years taxes even though it was clear these unfortunate previous owners were long gone and their units were sold. The date of February 3rd, 2007 has always been given as when the property was sold and closed for 32 million dollars.

The additional amount of the outstanding loan according to Abramson "... was necessary to obtain the Modern’s zoning and Trinity had intended to repay the loan with a construction loan." He expects construction to start in 12 - 16 months and the clock to cancel the hard fought rezoning is tied to beginning actual construction. In March, long before the foreclosure action, a construction lien of $60,000 was placed by Urban Design Studios aka Kilday and Associates on the 1515 South Flagler property. A contract signed with Paul Grillo was documented for the professional services provided to guide the rezoning through the commission process. The lien is for May ‘09 to December ‘09 and remains unpaid. The Planning and Zoning Firm has been added to the August foreclosure submittal.

West Palm Beach Attorney Peter Bernhardt, who represents the bank, said the full $36 million is outstanding and I continue searching for any information if Trinity has a chance to work this out.

On a different side of the Modern’s history, using more than 3,000 sticks of dynamite, the remains of the 30 story 1515 Condo Tower originally called the Arkona, were imploded by Advanced Explosives Demolition on February 14, 2010.

This week, that company no longer can claim an accident free record for 27 years. Wednesday, November 12th at noon, the AED demolition of a 300 foot smokestack at an Ohio power plant went terribly wrong. Lisa and Eric Kelly the company owners, had little patience last year when the plan to implode the 1515 during the holidays was denied. Because our city and construction supervisor, Doug Wise, put safety in front of a chance to become a TV reality show episode of the "Imploders", our takedown occurred in February with enormous safety rules in place.

According to the Dayton Daily news accounts, the explanation of why the blast did not send the stack to the cleared area directly to the east, but went crashing down to the southeast, was an undetected crack in the tower.

With the live electrical lines falling, 25 media members, demolition crews and the Kelly family members scattered to avoid the crackling lines. WHLO-TV videographer Eric Higgenbotham stated, "We were standing under the power lines, it was like the end. We were running for our lives." The two 12,000 volt power lines also came down on a building housing backup generators. Power was out to the west side of the city for hours.

The justified fears and concerns of the 1515 neighbors and city officials who labored to ensure the best outcome, along with the Condo News’ unwavering support, made this comment by Lisa Kelly NOT a part of our collective memory, "Nobody’s happy with things that go wrong in life, and sometimes it’s out of our hands and beyond anybody’s prediction." she stated.

I remain convinced the "public unified demand" for every possible safety factor and several rigorous pre-inspections might have made the difference in our city.

Since we have been successful in our goal of removing a terrible blight on our waterfront, I have been writing your Condo Design column. I have come to realize my passion remains in the visual satisfaction of creating a room, not in putting the Rules and Don’t into words. I plan on continuing submitting the social goings on at Rapallo Condominium, as well as any major news regarding the Modern project when our local paper does not give as much detail as available.

As every politician says when departing whether by scandal or choice, "I want to travel and spend more time with my family."

(Note: See full story of 1515 take-down below)


 


1515 Condominium Tower Imploded February 14, 2010 

By Jeanine Heidtman

Photo by Jimmy Shirley for Condo News

Background by Betty Thomas: On Labor Day weekend in 2004, Palm Beach County was hit by Hurricane Frances, and 3 weeks later by Hurricane Jeanne. They made landfall very nearly at the same place in Hutchinson Island, some 35-40 miles north of West Palm Beach. H. Frances, a category 2 at landfall,  had an unusually large eye, 80 miles across, torrential rains and lingered nearly stationary, moving only 5 miles an hour, with hurricane force winds pummeling West Palm Beach for nearly 2 days.  H. Jeanne struck Florida as a category 3, with a 60 mile wide eye and moved out the same day.  The following year, Hurricane Wilma made her entrance on the west coast of Florida October 24, 2005, crossed the state in about 6 hours, with the eye passing over West Palm Beach. Winds were measured at 92 miles per hour with gusts 112-117 mph over Lake Okeechobee. The 1515 Tower on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach (pictured above) sustained devastating damage during Frances and Jeanne, rendering the building uninhabitable, but not condemned by the City of West Palm Beach. Wilma added to the damage by blowing more debris through the structure endangering surrounding buildings. The status of 1515 remained in flux until February 14 , and residents in nearby condominiums were exasperated by seemingly endless wrangling between the developer, who bought the property for redevelopment, and the City Commission.  At 30 stories high, the 1515 was the tallest building in the state of Florida to be imploded, and the third tallest in the nation. Below are some photos of the demolition and Jeanine Heidtman's account. Still to come, the clean-up and eventual construction of The Modern on that site.

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Jeanine Heidtman reports on the implosion of the 1515 and aftermath to come. 

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Thar She Blows! 

1515 Tower implosion 

- 5½ years over in 7 seconds!

 

Photo by Andres Garcia, 

Rapallo North Doorman 

taken from the Royal Park Bridge 

in West Palm Beach

 

Hundreds of boats watching the implosion from the Intracoastal made a mad dash to escape the dust pall. 

Photo by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman

6-year-old Elyja Kelly, daughter of AED's Kelly family, pushed the button that triggered the implosion. When asked what happened when she pushed the button, Elyja answered simply, "It blowed up."

 

Photo by Jeanine Heitman

View from the roof of Rapallo North Condominium shows the Viding Arms (foreground) and the Norton Park Condominiums with the pile of debris of what was the 1515 Tower. 

Photo by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman

View of the Royal Park Bridge from the roof of the Rapallo North Condominium on Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. 

Photo by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman

Jeanine Heidtman with West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel following the implosion.

 

Photo submitted by Jeanine Heidtman

With the live broadcast of the 1515 South Flagler Drive Implosion and in depth stories by our local newspaper, it would appear all ended well.

Because of the diligent requirements and safety measures in place under the direction of Doug Wise, Director of Construction Services, we witnessed the most modern methods of taking down such a tall structure. With the push of a button by Elyja Kelly, 6 year old daughter of AED’s Kelly family , the building fell, the wind sent the dust cloud over to Palm Beach and the hundreds of boats watching made a mad dash to get away.

With AED Demolition gone from Palm Beach County after their "picture perfect implosion," there is one Condo who did not fare very well.

I spoke to Seth Schulman, Manager of the Viking Arms, just south of the implosion who told me "after further assessment, our roof suffered significant damage. The blast threw out large chunks of concrete and steel rebar that penetrated our roof system in over 40 places. We have been told by City Officials to file with our Insurance Company, but no person from the BG Group has come over as requested several times. The roof is only several years old and cost over $200,000 and has to be professionally repaired so it will remain under warranty in the future. We are hoping temporary patches will hold till we can get it taken care of. We also have our screen balconies and windows covered with thick cement dust and bent aluminum rail damage to be addressed. Despite additional calls, there has been no one over to the Viking Arms to evaluate and discuss solutions even though BG Group is working right next door."

Shortly after I was allowed to return to the Rapallo, I gathered a large amount of golf ball and larger cement chunks which had fallen into our parking lot. The total removal of all our cars surely saved a lot of damage to deal with.

I was very pleased overall from the cooperative spirit between condo residents and the police who were organizing every aspect of safety. A definite feeling of respect was shown by spectators for the many necessary rules during the event. Watching from Olive Avenue and the Norton Museum where VIP and Press were set up, I spoke with one former resident of 1515, who asked to be nameless, about her home of almost 30 years permanently gone in 8 seconds. She recalled the glorious view each morning while having her coffee, never imagining it would someday end so abruptly from the Hurricanes.

The worst part before today, was the hopes for restoration of the 1515 being followed by disappointment afterwards. She felt being there in person to watch would finally give her some ending emotionally. I truly hope it has.

Mayor Frankel greeted the crowd assembled with Hershey’s Kisses for Valentine’s Day, and Bill Moss appeared to be the only City Commissioner in our viewing area.

Just before blast, I started speaking with the person next to me who turned out to be Susan Wise, whose husband was Director for the Implosion. I commented the enormous responsibility Doug was just completing and he should take a long needed rest. She and their four children were just looking forward to getting "Dad and Husband back again."

Still to come ... the Aftermath ...


 

Wrapping Up 1515

March 24, 2010

Probably the most often asked question after the long hoped for implosion, is how is the fast shrinking pile of debris being dealt with.

Doug Wise, City of West Palm Beach Construction Services, who has turned in his "Demolition Hard Hat" after a job well done, sent me the City Code 109.3.10 regarding the specific language concerning the impact of Construction.

This widely inclusive Code states, "All activity cannot adversely impact conditions of adjacent properties unless consent is granted by the property owners with exact terms and conditions. This includes but not limited to dust, noise, debris and construction materials."

In speaking with Denny Johnson, a resident of Norton Park Place Condominium, to thank him for some new amazing shots of the building falling, I received the following e-mail:

"I am feeling positive regarding the on-going rubble cleanup at 1515 South Flagler. There has been no unwelcome weekend activity, and things are well organized to separate the enormous amount of rebar from the cement.

"Every truck is covered with a retractable screen and they are hosing down the dust constantly throughout the day. At their current rate, the lot should be clean by April 1st. In summary, the Dental Office on Arkona Drive is not very happy with the aftermath of the implosion and if you venture near to see the rubble from a different vantage, you are asked to leave. Certainly he has every right."

Seth Schulman reports the roof repairs on the Viking Arms were to begin March 9th, but no agreement has been reached for the significant clean-up of resident balconies. With the additional ongoing cloud of dust created, it would be futile for much actual work to begin. Trinity Development has acknowledged this responsibility by City Code to comply, and that granting final approval to sign off on the Demolition permit can be with-held. We hope the BG Group will inform us of their plan for restoring our property without further delay.

Perhaps the most favorable news to share, is the changed route for trucks removing the debris. According to Brian Collins, City Traffic Official in a phone call this morning, "No longer are trucks permitted to exit and go south on Flagler Drive through the El Cid Historic District. Now required is a left out of the Demolition site north to Okeechobee Blvd. and then proceeding west on Okeechobee where commercial vehicles are standard fare.

Empty returning trucks come east on Okeechobee, travel a short distance south on Flagler Drive, but use Arkona Drive and Olive Avenue to come back in for reloading. This prevents any turn around on the narrow Historic Streets of Mango Promenade, particularly on Cranes Nest Way, just south of the Norton Museum. This has solved the many numerous complaints and also moved the traffic away from the Museum."

Many of us wish however, the traffic congestion from student pick-up from Palm Beach Day Academy would be finally dealt with as quickly.

The Foreman of the 1515 site has stated to the City Officials, "Any trucks not obeying the Flagler Drive and other restrictions should report the name on the side of the vehicle and the person will be dealt with immediately. With all our surrounding Condominium owners now enjoying their new view, there will be plenty of eyes from above watching the efforts.

A call to 822-2222 at City Hall has resulted in fast and successful resolution of problems for concerned citizens.

Perhaps April 1st, 2010, is a bit optimistic for a completely cleared site but no one is venturing a comment beyond grass and irrigation required by the end of May.

With the Modern units to start at over $3 million, many will be waiting for their income tax checks before they make the anticipated $800,000 deposit.

With property taxes to be around $70,000 per year, you’ll have to dig deeper in your pockets than the 25 foot excavation planned just 1 foot from all 1515 site property lines, necessary for the underground parking garage. The neighborhood hopes this anticipated step down the line, whenever and if it occurs will be "Picture perfect too."

Next issue, back to ideas and trends in 2010 Spring decorating. I’m turning in my "Hard Hat" as well.

 


 

Hotlines on Happenings

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SENIORS vs CRIME: The Florida Attorney General’s Office announces the opening of its West Palm Beach office through its "SENIOR vs CRIME" program. These offices are staffed by volunteers who are part of the crime-fighting initiative which aims to identify unethical businesses and individuals who attempt to prey on seniors. For information call 561-445-9966.

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MEETINGS

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Yiddish Vinkl. West Palm Beach Century Village Clubhouse, 2 Sundays a Month, 1PM. Talk, poetry, legends, sing-a-long. Info: Edy, 687-4255.

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Royal/Wellington Chpt. of ORT meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 12 noon in the Cultural Center in Royal Palm Beach. RSVP: Betty Ryen Breinin at 790-4364 or Ray Kerner at 793-1423.

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West Palm Beach Club Alliance for Retired Americans, join us for interesting speakers, informative topics. Call Ruth for location, dates and times of meetings. 561-478-7889.

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Democratic Party of Palm Beach meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 7pm, in the auditorium of the Park Vista community High School, 7900 Jog Rd., corner of Hypoluxo Rd., Lake Worth, FL 33467. Refreshments served. All welcome. Info: 561-833-8936.

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Civil War Round Table of Palm Beach County meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the American Polish Hall on Lake Worth Rd. The CWRT is a non-partisan study and discussion group of the Civil War embracing all viewpoints. For information, call Gerridine at 967-8911 or Bob 683-5759.

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1599, West Palm Beach, meets every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  For information, call Cdr. Brian Anderson at 561-352-4728.

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Hasting Cue Club meets every day (except Sunday) to play on reserved tables from 9am-12 noon at the Hastings Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, Century Village. The cue club meets the last Thursday of every month. Info: call Billy at 684-1885.

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Combat Infantrymen's Association meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Golden Corral restaurant, Okeechobee Blvd. and 441 (State Rd 7) at 11:30 am. For information call  George Fisher at (561) 585-7086.

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Korean War Veterans Chpt. 17 meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9am in the Hagen Ranch Firehouse. All Korean Veterans are invited and refreshments are served. Call 561-499-4892 for more information.

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National Council of Jewish Women meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm at Wachovia Bank, 5849 Okeechobee Blvd. Speaker and collation. Info call Madalyn at 684-2835.

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Cypress Lakes, Na'Amat, formerly Pioneer Women Meetings & Fund Raisers, meets at Cypress Lakes off Haverhill Rd., WPB, every 4th Tues. of the month at 12:30pm. Refreshments served, guests welcome. Info: Call Marcia 640-4258 or Rhoda at 478-8559..

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The Jupiter/Tequesta/Juno Beach Lions Club  meets at Denny's Restaurant, 716 No. US Hwy One, Tequesta, on the 2nd Tuesday at 11:30am social, 12 noon for lunch; and on the 4th Tuesday at 6pm for social with dinner at 6:30pm. The public is invited but reservations are necessary. Info: Call Bob Hall at 743-4674 or email: papabobtequesta@msn.com.

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Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-12, P.B.Co., meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Moose Lodge in Greenacres on Bowman St, Lake Worth. For info, call William Edwards at (561) 881-8245.

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American Legion post #367, 110 Camellia Dr., Royal Palm Beach, meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, of each month, non-smoking atmosphere. For info call daytime or early evening: 792-3813 or 795-4854.

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Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Roslyn Moore Post 502, meets the 2nd Sunday of the month. 9am collation, 10am meeting at the V.A. Hospital, Room 1-C 135. Call Cmdr. Eugene L. Moore at 561-638-6435.

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Jewish War Veterans Post 520 meets at the Elks Lodge (new meeting place), 6188 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL, on the 4th Sunday of every month. Collation 9am, meeting at 9:30am. We welcome all veterans of past wars as well as all recently returned veterans from the Gulf Area. For information, call David Waldstein, (561) 439-1157. 

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Jewish War Veterans Post Sylvia & Hyman L. Solomon Post 684, Western communities, meets the 1st Sunday of the month at Temple Beth Zion, Royal Palm Beach. Collation 9am, meeting 9:30am. Info: Cdr. Lawrence Schmookler  (561) 697-9011.

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Jewish War Veterans Post 501 meets at the Jewish Community Center, 3151 N. Military Trail, WPB, 33409, 1st Sunday of every month at 9am. Info: Call Ralph Wugman, (561) 689-1271

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The Irwin L. Steinberg Post #321 of the Jewish War Veterans meets the 1st Tuesday at Temple Anshie Shalom, 7099 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For information call Jake Sahl (561) 496-7024.

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The Palm Beach Gardens Lions Club meets twice a month - 2nd Tues. luncheon 11:30 am, and 4th Tues. dinner 6:30 pm, at the Waterford Hotel and Conference Center, 11360 US Hwy One in North Palm Beach. Public welcome. Advance reservations required. Call 743-4674 or 630-4866.

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The Marine Corps League of the Palm Beaches, General A.A. Vandegrift Detachment 068, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month at the VFW Post #9610, 350 Tenth Street, Lake Park. All Marines, retired, and former Marines are welcomed. Call Cary Haerlin 561-662-8295. or Dianne Bradley (561) 309-5262.

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Alliance for Retired Americans, West Palm Beach, FL meets the 2nd Wed. of each month, at the Wachovia Bank at Okeechobee & Meridian (just outside the West Gate of Century Village) in the Community Rm., 2nd Fl., at 1pm for coffee and 1:30 pm for the meeting. Come, bring friends & neighbors. Interesting speakers & topics. Call Ruth at 478-7889.

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NARFE (National Assn. of Retired Fed. Empl.), Delray Beach Chapter #1979, meets every third Friday at 9:30 am at the First Union Bank in Kings Point shopping area, Atlantic Ave., west of Jog Rd., Delray Beach. Info: call Dave Forest at 561-499-3213.

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NARFE (National Assn. of Retired Fed. Empl.), North Palm Beach Chapter #1088, meets 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30 pm, at the Sugar Cane Island Bistro, 353 US 1, just south of Indiantown Rd, Jupiter Bay Plaza. Info: Call Pres. C. Ransbottom-Roman, 637-0642, connie2rr@yahoo.com.

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NARFE (National Association of Current & Retired Fed. Empl.) Chapter 159, meets at 1:00 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month on the 2nd Floor Community Rm. of Wachovia Bank, 5849 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB. All current & retired Fed. Employees are welcome and urged to attend our meetings to protect their rights. Info: Call Sam at (561) 687-0228 or E-mail Don at: DonTootin@wmconnect.com.

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Coure d’Italia order of the Sons of Italy in America, meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm, Waterford Hotel Conference Ctr., 11360 US 1, No.Palm Bch. Call Leo Lauricella at (561) 630-2766.

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Golda Meir Chapter of Hadassah, Aveda Meir of Boynton Beach meets every 3rd Thursday at the Beth Kadesh Temple at NE 26th Ave., 12 Noon. Info: 734-3593.

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B'nai Brith Century Unit #5367, in Century Village, West Palm Beach. Breakfast meetings are held the 4th Sunday morning at Anshi-Shalom Synagogue. For more information call Sarah Farkas at (561) 478-3067 or Helen Fisherman at (561) 683-1937.

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Miscellaneous

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jupiter Flotilla 52, is offering FREE Safety Check of recreational boats and personal watercraft to interested boating groups and/or individuals. Any marinas, clubs, individuals or homeowners associations interested in arranging a date to receive a Vessel Safety Check should contact Leonard Lesnik at (561) 842-0925.

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CLASSES

The Lake Worth Senior Citizens Center, 202 No. H St., offers the following classes: Languages (Spanish, French); Exercise, Senior Aerobics, Arts and Crafts, Computer, Tai Chi, Oil Painting, Ballroom Dance, Line Dance and others. Call for information: 586-6102.

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North County Senior Center, 5217 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, has classes for seniors: Includes crafts, cards, painting, dancing, exercise, computer, languages, quilting. Info: call 561-627-6470.

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Classes for Peer Counselors and Widowed Support Counselors. Classes are held in South, Central and Northern Palm Beach County and are sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. Call (561) 832-3755 ext. 13, for more information.

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VOLUNTEERS

 

The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park invite you to join our volunteer family by volunteering in our Gift Shop. Volunteers greet customers, assist with purchases and enjoy the beautiful State Park. Training provided, volunteers enjoy free Park admission and free participation in Park activities. Please call Marty at 561 776-7449 to volunteer or with questions.

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Fla. Dept. of Elder Affairs & Area Agency on Aging of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast need volunteers for SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. Volunteers are fully trained in tops as Medicare, Medicaid, etc., provide information, compare policies, help clients w/ claims and appeals of health care decisions, provide information regarding prescription assistance programs, and more. Services are provided to clients either in person or by telephone. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of 10 hours per month. For more information about the programs and requirements of Volunteers, call Jennifer VanderMay at (561) 684-5885 or Moses Baskin at (561) 686-9002.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for men and women volunteers. Duties include serving citizens of P.B.Co. by providing a place to make inquiries, report non-emergency matters and receive suggestions that will help create a safer community. Call Volunteer Captain, Herb Cornell at (561) 478-6497.

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P.B. County Division of Senior Services needs volunteers: aiding seniors, frail elders and caregivers; volunteer for companionship to the homebound, telephone friend (reassuring someone they are not alone), assist at senior centers, meal sites and day care. Training provided. Contact 561-355-4683.

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Hospice of Palm Beach County needs volunteers: Direct Patient Contact, Clerical & Resale, Special Needs. One-day training programs offered once a month on a Saturday from 9am-4pm. Info: call Sandy Brown at 561-227-5167.

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Mid-County Senior Citizens Center is located at 3680 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL. For information, please call (561) 357-7100.

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Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida grants over 450 wishes each year to children who have life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers are needed to help make those dreams come true by meeting with wish children and their families, speaking to community groups or assisting with fund-raising efforts. If you can attend a general orientation session and want to make a difference in the lives of those coping with a child's illness, contact Make-A-Wish at (954) 967-WISH (9474).

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Wellington Regional Auxiliary needs enthusiastic volunteers to join auxiliary staff. Positions exist in most departments. One 4-hour shift once per week. Info: 790-7175.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

 

The Mid Palm Beach County Peripheral Neuropathy support group has a monthly 4-page newsletter. For information on how to receive the newsletter by email or regulator mail, call Samuel Grundfast DDS at 964-0147.

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NEW ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP meets every Thursday, Classroom A, Century Village Clubhouse. No doctors, no sales, no fees. Century Village residents only. Call David 683-9189.

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Bereavement Support Groups.:

-- Mid County Senior Center, 3680 Lake Worth Road. Lake Worth, FL 33461. Tel: (561) 357-7100, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 am.

-- JFK Medical Center, 5301 S. Congress Ave., Atlantis: Newly bereaved, Saturdays 10-11am, Main Entrance; Moving on, Saturdays, 10-11am, Rothman Center. For more information call the Mental Health Association at (561) 832-3755.

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AAKP Support Groups for Kidney Patients and Care Givers; Call for information:

-- No. County Sr. Center. Call 561-622-3745, or 561-882-6467.

-- Baywinds Clubhouse, Call 561-798-5468 or 561-588-8721.

-- Boynton Beach Mall at Picadilly Cafeteria, Call 561-739-9267 or 561-732-7229.

-- DOT, Delray Beach, Call 561-879-0368.

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Alzheimers Support Groups at Following Locations:

-- Boynton Beach Heartland Healthcare Center. Call 1-800-861-7826.

-- The Pointe at Newport Place, Call: 561-586-2989.

-- Delray Beach Alzheimer's Day Care Center. Call Tricia at 561-265-3667.

-- Alzheimer's Day Care Center. Call 561-265-3667.

-- Arden Courts. Call 561-498-5552.

-- HCR-Manor Care. Call 561-638-0000.

-- Alterra Wynwood West. Call 561-738-4777.

-- Greenacres - The Villages. Call 800-748-0395.

-- Wellington/Royal Palm Beach/ Loxahatchee, West Lake Worth, Lake Wellington Professional Center. Call 1-800-861-7826.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Assn. of Palm Beach, meets at JFK Hospital, Congress Ave., every other month on the 1st Sunday from 2-4 pm. For info: (561) 641-7903, or (561) 965-4866.

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American Tinnitus Assn. sponsors the Tinnitus Self-Help Group of Palm Beach County.Educational programs 2nd Thurs of each month, Oct. - May, 7:30-9:00pm. South County Civic Center, Jog Rd. South of Linton across from the Morikami, Delray Beach. Free Parking front lot. Sugg. donation $1.00. Info. & Res. Call Ellen Gartner (800) 732-9217.

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Stroke of Hope Club meets 2nd Sunday of Every Month, at 1:45 pm. at the First Presbyterian Church, 717 Prosperity Farms Rd., North Palm Beach. General meeting is open to Stroke Victors and Caregivers. All welcome. Info. call (561) 745-0400.

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Aphasia Group (Speech Therapy)  meets every Tuesday 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in the Cafeteria, and every Thursday 9:30-11:00 a.m. at their NEW OFFICE: The Gentry Bldg., 860 Hwy. 1, Suite 106, North Palm Beach, 33408. For more info call 745-0400.

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Smoke Free ME! -Am. Lung Assn. - first Mondays, 6:30-8pm, 2701 N. Australian Ave., WPB. Combination support group w/ informational talks. Call Mon.-Fri., 1-800-330-5864 for info.

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SHHH (Delray-Boynton Chapter) Self Help for Hard of Hearing People Membership Meeting, third Friday of the month at the South County Civic Center, 1600 Jog Rd. (Opposite Morikami Park) Delray Beach. Meeting starts 9:45am and ends approx. 11:30 am. Come early for coffee & bagels. Meeting free. Non-members, hearing impaired people, friends & relatives invited to attend. For information or if you need a ride, call George (561) 637-8430.

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DONATIONS NEEDED

Hospice’s Resale Shops are looking for quality donations of furniture, household items and furniture from residents and businesses. The shops are open Monday thru Friday, 10am-4pm. Shops are located in West Palm Beach, Juno Beach and their newest one in Wellington. For information, Call Pat Bockford at (561) 236-4008.

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Fl. Dept. of Chldrn. & Families looking for toiletries, soap, shampoo, combs, tooth brushes & paste, etc. Call Fred Wein at Volunteer Services 837-5565.

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Mounts Botanical Gardens

Mounts Botanical Garden is a component of the Palm Beach County Extension Service and affiliated with the University of Florida. Mounts' gardens and programs can provide a source of valuable horticultural and botanical information for associations to draw on.


 

 

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