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Fountain's Controversy Surrounds Pending Sale of
Golf Course Land
A Moment With ... Saul Tilson
Last state operated Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle
(DMV) Office Closing June 30, 2015
Former Palm Beach Hawaiian to be Razed
The Claridges Hoists New Flag
Moose Lodge Chapter 46 Lake Worth/Greenacres Ladies
for Forgotten Soldiers' Outreach
Pines of Delray West Wins Award
New Boat Dock at Oasis Palm Beach
Ski Tournament Tournament at Okeeheelee Park
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
the Condo News' Print Newspaper Correspondents at Right
Surrounds Fountains Country Club's Pending Sale of Golf Course
by Manny Luftglass
Condo News published an article entitled "Fountains
Country Club Members Approve Sale of Golf Course Land to GL Homes
for Future Development." However, this event is not without
country club members were asked to approve the contract without
ever seeing the contents. To date, the club has refused to share
the contract with any member, including past Presidents and Board
members. Club members voted for the deal based on promises their
dues and assessments would go down when the north golf course is
sold to GL Homes for $17 million dollars.
this is misleading because the money has to remain in the Capital
Account to be used only for capital improvements, such as the new
resort-style pool and amenities GL Homes requires for the new
owners. This money cannot be used for Operating Budget items,
therefore, the chance of seeing a reduction of dues and fees to
members may take a number of years, if at all. Only new members
will improve the finances, but the country club has continually
ignored the declining interest nationally for golf and the total
lack of interest in country club memberships.
2003, the Fountains Country club persuaded the community that
their property values would be stronger if they voted to require
all new buyers to join the country club. It became a real estate
disaster. The smaller condos located in the north, experienced
such devaluation that by 2010, the condos were selling for as low
as $6,000, with an average sales price of around $20,000. With
mandatory membership recently eliminated in the north, those same
condos are selling between $80,000 and $120,000. The homes in the
south are still mandatory and are experiencing some of the same
problems as those in the north experienced previously. In fact,
one resident in the south offered to give their home to charity,
but was turned down due to the requirement of mandatory
membership. Today, the south homes are experiencing over 50%
spite of the fact that the courts in the north voted out mandatory
membership and registered the new non-mandatory membership by-law
with the County of Palm Beach, the country club board brought
lawsuits against people who purchased their condo without becoming
a member. Due to these lawsuits, seven of the court boards in the
north filed a lawsuit against the Fountains Country Club in an
effort to protect their residents from further lawsuits. The trial
was held this past August 2015 with Judge Artau rendering a
decision in favor of the associations. The country club has
recently filed an appeal, however, with such a strong conclusion
by Judge Artau, it is the opinion of many this appeal may not
the club agreed to sell the north golf course to GL Homes, who
intends to build a 300 unit rental building on 18 acres and 200
single family homes on another parcel of 40 acres. Sadly, in both
cases, this construction is going to destroy the peace and quiet
of the many residents who presently live next these parcels. The
interesting fact of this sale, is the communities impacted by this
new construction are those same courts who opted out of mandatory
and sued the club, which resulted in this trial last August. Some
see this as PAY BACK on the part of the club.
is a concern about more accidents within the Fountains, resulting
from the number of additional cars for the families in so many
homes, as well as the traffic on Jog Road. The intersection of
Jog/Melaleuca roads is an extremely dangerous area and has had 40
accidents just so far in 2016.
community is being divided by a country club that states it is
designing a first class experience, but in truth, between the
lawsuits and 500 new homes which will destroy views and cause
increased traffic, it is ruining the Fountains experience.
Note: The community consists of two parts, residences on the north
side of the development (north court associations), and those on
the southern end (south court associations.)
Manny Luftglass is a condo owner in the Fountains in Lake Worth,
Moment With ... Saul Tilson
Betty Thomas • Photos by Jimmy Shirley
week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Saul Tilson at his home
at Poinciana Gramercy condominium in Lake Worth. Readers will
remember his Condo Art Corner feature "Dimensions" that
ran in the July 22, 2015 issue of Condo News. He uses pieces of art
that he cuts from pages of magazines to create his collage in multi
layers for a 3-dimensional illusion. The layers are created using
duplicate pieces which he curves to give a more realistic effect to
the dimensions. The result is stunning.
condo is decorated with many of his pieces. He says he has sold
several to visitors "right off the walls."
Tilson was born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 17, 1927, and lived in
Manhattan and the Bronx until he was 17½ years old.
mother passed away when he was 7 years old and his father had to put
him and his brother, Harold, in an Orthodox Jewish orphanage so he
could work. Then, some years later, his dad moved to Miami for his
he graduated from high school, Saul went to work for Lane Bryant.
Owner Lena Bryant Himmelstein designed the first maternity clothes.
(Her name was incorrectly written down as "Lane" when she
applied for a business license -- hence the name.)
was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War from
1950-1952 as a supply sergeant. He received the Bronze Star.
the Korean War, Saul went back to Lane Bryant, this time in their
Milwaukee, Wisconsin store where he was General Manager of their 6
stores. He worked for them for a total of 32 years. "I loved
the women’s business. It was fun", says Saul.
retiring from Lane Bryant, Saul moved to Indiana and went to work
for Don Abrams in Marion. He became their General Manager over all
13 stores. He worked for Abrams 18 years. He even helped Don Abrams
go out of business.
that time, Saul met and married the love of his life, Nancy, to whom
he was married for 57 years. The couple had two children, Michael
and Steven, and two grandchildren, Kevin and Lela. Saul’s son
Michael served in the first Gulf War. Grandson Kevin is studying to
be a robotics engineer.
worked for Gary Oradat for 11 years selling new homes for Oradat
Builders in Indiana.
and Saul began coming to Florida as snowbirds some 15 years ago, to
their condo in Poinciana. They became full-timers in 2002. Saul
served on his condo’s board for 7 years. He supervised maintenance
of the outside common area. He and Nancy worked on the condo’s
newsletter -- he would dictate to her and she would type. He also
passed away on September 19, 2012.
Saul keeps busy. His hobbies are photography and dimensional art. He
also does a lot of reading: newspapers and magazines. He has been
doing the art for 6 years. His former boss at Lane Bryant Milwaukee,
Ed Urban, and Saul remained friends all through the years and Ed
would visit Saul from time to time. It was Urban who introduced Saul
to dimensional art.
the orphanage, he dabbled in oil painting. He has always had an
Wisconsin, Saul and Nancy livedacross
the street from a couple, Donald and Rosalie Levine. They
were good friends. When Donald passed away over across
the street from a couple, Donald and Rosalie Levine.
Tilson in Korea c. 1950-51
were good friends. When Donald passed away over 11 years
ago, Rosalie and the Tilsons kept up the friendship. Then,
when Nancy passed away 3 years ago, Saul and Rosalie kept
their friendship going. He now calls her his girlfriend --
he has known her 55 years. Saul goes to Wisconsin in the
summer for a few weeks and Rosalie comes to Florida for
the season ... and then sometimes longer.
was a pleasure spending A Moment With Saul Tilson.
state operated Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle
(DMV) Office Closing June 30, 2015
June 30 the last state operated Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) office, located at 571 North Military Trail
closes. Effective July 1 our offices are the only Florida driver
license/ID card-issuing agency serving Palm Beach County.
expect the closing of the DMV office to increase customer traffic
in our offices. Service centers in Delray Beach, Lantana and Royal
Palm Beach will have the largest increases. If you think the DHSMV
office closing affects you, here are some helpful tips:
Renew driver license/ID cards up to 18 months in advance of the
expiration date. If you already have a REAL ID (star in upper
right corner of license), you can renew or order a replacement
online. The deadline to have a REAL ID is October 1, 2020.
our drop off box for property tax, local business tax renewals and
motor vehicle registration renewals located in our office lobbies.
"waitpbc" to 41411 for Tax Collector service center wait
us on Twitter @TAXPBC for the latest updates.
Avoid lines altogether! Use our online services. Above is a chart
that details some of our online services. Visit our website for
outreach program is available to provide information answers to
questions about our services. If your community is hosting an
event that you would like us to give a short presentation, put up
our expo table, or provide handouts, send an email to ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com.
Please provide as many details as possible. We will make every
effort to accommodate your request.
Chance to Avoid Tax Certificate Sale
year’s Tax Certificate Sale takes place on May 31st. 2014
property tax payments became delinquent on April 1. All delinquent
payments must be received by Friday, May 29 or they will be listed
in the Tax Certificate Sale. A tax certificate is a first lien
created when someone else pays your delinquent taxes. To learn
more visit www.pbctax.com/delinquent-property-tax.
want to welcome anyone moving to a new residence in Palm Beach
County! New residents must complete 1 – 10 relocation
transactions with our office, including changing the address on
driver license, registering and titling cars or boats, paying
property taxes, getting a hunting and fishing license and more. If
you or a neighbor has relocated, we can help! Our New Neighbor Kit
provides information and tips to make these transactions easy and
hassle-free. Download our kit at www.pbctax.com/NewNeighbor.
If your community would like printed copies to welcome new
residents, send an email ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com.
month our nation honors veterans who lost their lives in the line
of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, as well
as our soldiers currently stationed overseas. We pray for their
part of our agency’s giving program, our employees select local
charities to support. This year they selected the Forgotten
Soldiers Outreach program as one of our three charities. Forgotten
Soldiers Outreach ships care packages filled with donated items
and letters of encouragement to active duty soldiers stationed
overseas. Our first bake sale raised over $2,700. Supporting
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a great way to demonstrate our
appreciation to soldiers for their service.
but not Least
offers more than 100 different specialty license plates. Stop by
one of our offices and choose your favorite. Gift vouchers are
available. Our offices are open 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Our Lantana
and PGA offices do not offer this service.
more information, phone them at 561-355-2264.
Palm Beach Hawaiian to be Razed
by Jimmy Shirley
Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn is flanked by Horizon East Condominium
on the south (right) and Tuscany Condominium on the north (left).
Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn, formerly known as the Palm Beach
Hawaiian, will soon give way to a new condominium. The 50 year old
Polynesian style hotel was the only retail business in South Palm
Beach. Tides Bar & Grill, which occupied the ocean side of the
building, was a popular watering-hole for many decades. The
58-room hotel drew patrons from all over, many of whom were
Wilma in 2005 took out most of the beach and the building had
deteriorated badly. In its place will be a 6-story condominium.
Claridges Condominium Hoists New Flag
Sen. Maria Sachs presents George Fisher a flag that was flown over
the Capitol in Tallahassee.
Photo by Jimmy Shirley
by Jimmy Shirley
Fisher and Claridges property Manager Robert McCullock prepare
raise the new flag in front of the Claridges Condominium in Palm Beach.
December 15, at the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Christmas
meeting, Florida Senator Maria Sachs presented George Fisher,
president of the VBOB Chapter, a flag that was flown over the
Capitol in Tallahassee (pictured above).
month, on October 30th, Mr. Fisher and the Manager of The
Claridges, Robert McCullock, LCAM, raised the flag in front of the
condominium. A plaque on the flag pole reads: "This flag was
flown over the Capitol in Tallahassee in honor of George Fisher,
veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and Claridges resident.
of the Moose Lodge Chapter 46 Lake Worth/Greenacres Put in over 50
Community Service Hours for FSO Holiday Greeting Cards for Troops
by Gina Abbanato, FSO Volunteer Manager
Webb (Pine Ridge So. 1), Mary Jo Hawthorne (Pine Ridge So. 3) (also a Full time
volunteer at FSO Furniture & Thrift Store),
Fox (Boynton Beach), Terry Intoppa (Lake Worth)
Joan Tatkus (Lantana).
Fl - Since July the Women of the Moose
Lodge Chapter 46, Lake Worth/Greenacres put in over 50 hours of
community service hours to write over 6 BIG boxes of Christmas
Cards to our troops and 2 BIG boxes of Greeting Cards to our
particular group of ladies are Past Regents of the chapter.
Combined, they have almost 100 years of service to the Women of
the Moose organization.
an amazing group of women, who dedicated a day every week since
July to achieve their mission. Recently they presented the cards
to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach to be included in the upcoming
Holiday Packing Event of Holiday "We Care" packages.
couldn’t continue to do what we do since 2003, without the
support of our wonderful community. Thank you ladies from the
Women of the Moose Lodge Chapter 46, your hard word and dedication
is truly appreciated", comments Lynelle Zelnar, Executive
Director and Founder of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.
more information on the group, contact Mary Jo Hawthorne at the
thrift store at 561-969-2222.
Soldiers Outreach, Inc. has been sending monthly "We
Care" packages to our troops serving overseas, covering all
world theaters and all branches of the military. Since its
inception in 2003, FSO has benefited well over 300,000 of our
military to date. For more information about Forgotten Soldiers
Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization please log on to www.forgottensoldiers.org
or call 561-369-2933.
of Delray West Wins Community Excellence Award for Financial
the award for Pines West Association from left to right:
Picerno –Director; Bob Gizzarelli – Vice Pres.; Tom Comparato
– President; Teri Fifth – Manager; John Critelli – Treasurer
of Delray West Association won the Community Excellence Award for
Financial Innovation of small communities, presented, by the
Florida Community Association Journal. The awards of excellence
was created in 2008 and recognizes communities throughout the
state of Florida in a host of categories. The awards are
independently judged by a panel of industry and government
professionals. The gala and presentation took place at the Rosen
Plaza in Orlando Florida, on May 2, 2014
of Delray won the award because they demonstrated their ability to
cut costs and maintain condo fees, by rebidding contracts,
deciding when to use outside vendors or in-house maintenance staff
searching out the best insurance company for maximum coverage at
lowest rates and by constantly reviewing costs and ability to save
and not eliminate any community services. Pines of Delray West has
Management Team, as well as an active Financial Committee
consisting of non board members that creates transparency, and
they all work together for the greater good.
of Delray West was established in 1978 and consists of 288 condos.
Pines of Delray West is managed by Campbell Property Management
out of Deerfield Beach, since 2007.
Boat Dock at Oasis Palm Beach
by Betty Thomas
by Jimmy Shirley
Teverow, president of Oasis Palm Beach,
into his slip for the first time.
of the Oasis from the dock
of the Dock
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ski Tournament at Okeeheelee Park,
22nd & 23, 2013
by Jimmy Shirley
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 County Drenched by T.S. Isaac
band from T.S. Isaac churned up the ocean --
from 3360 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL
by Maddy Greenberg
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.
by Jimmy L. Shirley, Jr.
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
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
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
Smoke Stacks Came a-Tumbling Down
Jimmy Shirley, Jr.
by Jimmy Shirley, Jr.
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
Shirley, Jr, Condo News,
the Port Authority rooftop.
Palm Beach House Condominium
in the background)
Mme. Alice Malon
the rooftop of the
Beach House Condominium
below by Jimmy Shirley, Jr.
the US Hwy 1 overpass west of the power plant
Echoes of the
Where Did All the 1515
Commentary by Jeanine
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
remain convinced the "public unified demand" for every
possible safety factor and several rigorous pre-inspections might
have made the difference in our city.
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
every politician says when departing whether by scandal or choice,
"I want to travel and spend more time with my family."
See full story of 1515 take-down below)
Condominium Tower Imploded February 14, 2010
Photo by Jimmy Shirley for Condo
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.
Heidtman reports on the implosion of the 1515 and aftermath to
5½ years over in 7 seconds!
by Andres Garcia,
from the Royal Park Bridge
West Palm Beach
of boats watching the implosion from the Intracoastal made a mad
dash to escape the dust pall.
by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman
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."
by Jeanine Heitman
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.
by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman
of the Royal Park Bridge from the roof of the Rapallo North
Condominium on Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.
by Andres Garcia, Rapallo No. doorman
Heidtman with West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel following the
submitted by Jeanine Heidtman
the live broadcast of the 1515 South Flagler Drive Implosion and in
depth stories by our local newspaper, it would appear all ended well.
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.
AED Demolition gone from Palm Beach County after their "picture
perfect implosion," there is one Condo who did not fare very well.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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."
to come ... the Aftermath ...
March 24, 2010
the most often asked question after the long hoped for implosion, is how
is the fast shrinking pile of debris being dealt with.
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
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."
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:
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
of us wish however, the traffic congestion from student pick-up from
Palm Beach Day Academy would be finally dealt with as quickly.
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.
call to 822-2222 at City Hall has resulted in fast and successful
resolution of problems for concerned citizens.
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.
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
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."
issue, back to ideas and trends in 2010 Spring decorating. I’m turning
in my "Hard Hat" as well.
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.
West Palm Beach Century Village Clubhouse, 2 Sundays a
Month, 1PM. Talk, poetry, legends,
sing-a-long. Info: Edy, 687-4255.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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..
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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
(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,
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
County Senior Center, 5217 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach
Gardens, has classes for seniors: Includes crafts, cards,
painting, dancing, exercise, computer, languages, quilting. Info:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Citizens Center is located at 3680 Lake Worth Road,
Lake Worth, FL. For information, please call (561) 357-7100.
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)
Regional Auxiliary needs enthusiastic volunteers to join
auxiliary staff. Positions exist in most departments. One 4-hour
shift once per week. Info: 790-7175.
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
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.
Mid County Senior Center, 3680 Lake Worth Road. Lake Worth, FL
33461. Tel: (561) 357-7100, Tuesdays,
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.
Support Groups for Kidney Patients and Care Givers; Call for
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
DOT, Delray Beach, Call 561-879-0368.
Support Groups at Following Locations:
Boynton Beach Heartland Healthcare Center. Call
The Pointe at Newport Place, Call: 561-586-2989.
Delray Beach Alzheimer's Day Care Center. Call Tricia at
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Dept. of Chldrn. & Families looking for toiletries, soap,
shampoo, combs, tooth brushes & paste, etc. Call Fred Wein at
Volunteer Services 837-5565.
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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