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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
Army Corps of Engineers Conducting Scoping Meetings
Ski Tournament Tournament at Okeeheelee Park
Rep. Lois Frankel meets with Town of Palm Beach residents
State, Town of P.B. Coastal engineers meet with residents
Erosion from T.S. Sandy Severe -- Condos in Peril
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Representative Lois Frankel Talks About Beaches and Other Matters
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.
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."
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."
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
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."
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."
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
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
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
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.
on the Anniversary of Tropical/Super Storm Sandy
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOS Presents Graphics of the EIS "Alternatives"
ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW
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.
Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach and a board member of the
Coalition To Save Our Shoreline (SOS) were the guest speakers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
US Army Corps of Engineers Recognizes the SOS!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
Palm Beach resident, Pat Cooper suggested that the Army Corps also
look at the Lake Worth pier and its obstruction to sand flow.
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."
Long Awaited Study To Find Erosion Solutions For Palm Beach Island
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
SEE PUBLIC NOTICE BELOW...
Army Corps of Engineers
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.
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:
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.
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
meetings to be held for Miami-Dade County Beach Alternative Sand
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
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
Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
• Aug. 13 – Town of Palm Beach Council Chambers, 360
Rd., Palm Beach
• Aug. 14 – Indian State River College, Wolfe Center Room,
Salerno Rd., Stuart
• Aug. 15 – Ft. Lauderdale Beach Community Center, 3351 NE
• Aug. 16 – St. Lucie Co. Commission Chambers, Roger Poitras
Annex, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort. Pierce
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
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.
copy of the Southeast Florida Sediment Assessment and Needs
Determination (SAND) Study is located at:
on the study may be submitted to Ms. Terri Jordan-Sellers at Terri.Jordan-Sellers@usace.army.mil
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.
Erosion from T.S. Sandy Severe; Condos in Peril
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
are the Economic Engine for Florida
Rep. Lois Frankel with SOS Board Members Carla Herwitz of 2275 S.
Ocean (left) &
2778 S. Ocean. Blvd.,
3360 S. Ocean Blvd.
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.
House President, Stewart Tabakin, introduced Rep. Frankel to an
audience about 100 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
next time, be well and stay safe.
Town of P.B. officials, Coastal Engineers Speak with Residents
expressed their frustration regarding the serious erosion of the
beaches, jeopardizing their properties
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.
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
audience of residents at the SOS Public Service Meeting, (flowing
out to the hallways and standing room only)
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.
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?"!!
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
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!"
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"!
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.
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."
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.
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.
9: Ask Questions – Get Answers About Nourishing Our Shoreline!!!
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).
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
look forward to seeing you at the March 21st Public Service
Meeting at 2pm.
8: Benefits from the Palm Beach Island
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.
l-r are the Palm Beach Hampton, the Palm Beacher and Bellaria
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.
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.
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".
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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’".
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.
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".
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".
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."
7: More Good News Regarding
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.
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.
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
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
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".
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.
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".
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’".
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.
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.
to come in Part 8 of this series. Stay tuned.
6: Beach Nourishment & The Light at the End of the Tunnel
photo taken by Brian Lee for the SOS, demonstrates how the
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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".
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."
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.
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.
important information is coming in Part 7 of this series. So stay
5: Historical Beach Data a Key to Protection
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
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.
4: Seawall "Quick-Fix" —
Harm Than Good?
by Bonnie Fischer, SPB Councilwoman
by South Palm Beach Town Councilwoman Bonnie Fischer,
the waves in South Palm Beach pounding the seawalls.
is the beach?
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.
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.
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
has been much controversy over the role of seawalls. Most coastal
engineers now agree that seawalls are destructive to the beaches.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
3: Positive Progress on Beaches &
System, Thanks to FDEP
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
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
2: What All Residents Need To Know About Who Provides Shoreline
Protection And How Each of Us Can Make A Difference
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
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.
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
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.
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.
is about time that residents who live in the State of Florida and
are taxpayers understand what we can do to help protect our
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
the projects have been developed and permitted the taxpayers
provide the revenue to protect the shoreline which in turn
protects their entire town.
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
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".
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.
1: Heed the warning that Sandy left in her wake before it is too
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.
by 3400 Condo Manager:
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
taken by 2600 Condo Manager:
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.
Dubé, Administrative Assistant checks out the damage.
taken by Ambassador II Manager:
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
by 2100 Condo Manager:
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."
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
to come ...
Circolo Awards Scholarships
Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches,
partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
based in Washington, D. C. awarding scholarships to two local
students. Every year, NIAF determines contestants according to Il
Circolo’s criteria that they be local, of Italian heritage and
academically proficient with ambition to pursue a career that will
encourage them to uphold and advance Italian culture. Madison
Marie McIntosh from West Palm Beach and Michael Olson from Boca
Raton are this year’s winners.
professor at The New School of Music of Mannes College in New
York, states she is, " a star among students, the best of the
best…" While continuing her studies, she has given
performances at New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Carnegie Hall and
other venues in New York City. Locally, she has been invited
several times to perform at the Kravis Center in the Beyond the
Stage series and has sung in Vero Beach Opera’s concert
"Broadway, Operetta and Zarzuela." Madison attributes
the development of her singing talent to the early training she
began, at age 13, with Virginia Zeani for whom, "I had the
honor of singing at Il Circolo’s tribute to her at the Breakers
this year." Her letter of thanks for the $2500 scholarship
states, "Vi ringrazio sentitamente, cari signore e
aspiration is "to study medicine and become a
physician." Currently, enrolled in the University of Florida’s
pre-med program, he is following his long time interest in biology
and the love of science. Although he is a second generation
Italian American, he was raised with a strong foundation in the
Italian culture. Each year in his home, traditional Italian
holiday celebrations come full circle, recalling and enjoying his
grandfather’s childhood experiences in Manfredonia, Italy. He
writes, "My grandfather always stressed to us the importance
of keeping our heritage alive and I hope to do the same with my
words, "my sincere gratitude for the money ($2500) I have
been awarded" and those of Madison Marie give Il Circolo
pride and satisfaction that its mission of preserving and
promoting the Italian culture will continue with such notable,
their website at www.ilcircolopalmbeach.org for
information, calendar of events, membership.
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
Catherine AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope Present (6) Scholarships
Psoinos, Esq. and Emorfia Stone presented AHEPA / Daughters of
Penelope Scholarships to the six qualified recipients pictured
after Divine Liturgy under the gracious auspices of Rev. Fr.
Andrew Maginas. Pictured are, L-R: Nicolas Merisiotis, George
Psoinos, Alexandra Spanos, Belen Victoria Lowery; Rev. Fr. Andrew
Maginas, Melina Loudaros, Demetra Musgrove, Paul Pavlakos, Emorfia
hour followed honoring Scholarship recipients in the Hellenic
Youth Foundation, Inc. Makes Donation to JCC North's Special Needs
to R: Holding the check is Mindy Hanken, Assoc, Exec. Dir. of the
Greater Palm Beaches with PGC Sir Irv Margulies, Knights of Pythias/Past
Pres. of Pythian Youth Foundation, Inc., surrounded by campers and
the ninth consecutive year, the Pythian Youth Foundation, Inc., the
charitable arm (501c3) of the Knights of Pythias of Florida (an
international fraternal organization), has made a donation to JCC North’s
Camp Tikvah on June 13th, 2012.
Special Needs Summer Camps are operated by the JCC of the Greater Palm
Beaches. The current donation of $4,000 brings the Pythian’s support of
Camp Tikvah to more than $29,000. These donations allow children the
opportunity to attend this special needs summer camp, who would not have had
the means to do so.
Tikvah is now operating in the Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens
and it provides mentally and physically challenged children a summer camp
where they can feel safe and secure, and which also gives their parents a
respite and sense of relief.
can’t thank the Pythian Youth Foundation, Inc. enough for its continuous
support," said Mindy Hanken JCC North Assoc. Executive Director.
Financial assistance such as this from the Knights of Pythias/Pythian Youth
Foundation, that we are planning to break ground this fall for a permanent
building/campus to meet our growing needs.
Grand Chancellor of Florida Sir Irv Margulies, Past President of PYF says,
"I believe that giving like this not only helps the recipients, but
makes US better people and strengthens our society; showing that we
information about the K of P, call 561-683-4049. For Camp Tikvah call
Catherine Philoptochos Presents (3) 2012 Scholarships
Emorfia Indianos Stone
Co-Chair Kay Photos; Pres.
Recipients: Paul Pavlakos; & Demetra Musgrove;
Fr. Andrew Maginas;
Chair: Emorfia Indianos Stone.
Andrew Maginas first kindly presented the Philoptochos Scholarship
Awards to all three worthy recipients: Demetra Musgrove; Paul
Pavlakos; and Alexandra Spanos. After which Fr. Andrew graciously
presented each of our radiant Scholars with a St. Catherine Youth
Activities Scholarship Award. Coffee hour which ensued at the
Hellenic Cultural Center facing
and Lake Worth Intracoastal was a splendid affair multi-honoring
our dedicated children.
surprise Birthday Cake honoring our most hardworking President of
Philoptochos, Demetra Galazoudis happily concluded this festive
College Salutes General Patton's Tank Battalion Commander
at the West Palm Beach, Florida residence of Brigadier General Albin
F. Irzyk (Ret), Daemen College President Edwin Clausen saluted the
outstanding military record of General Irzyk with five campaigns in
Europe as a 27/28 year old Tank Battalion Commander in General
Patton’s Fourth Armored Division during World War II.
above, l-r: Daemen College Vice President for External Relations Dr.
David Cristantello; Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk (Ret) receiving
commemorative book on Buffalo, New York featuring Daemen College of
Amherst, New York; Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen and
Daemen College Trustee Dr. Jeffrey Meilman of Palm Beach.
College plans to bring General Irzyk to Daemen College this fall to
speak about his heroic background during World War II as part of
General Patton’s Third Army.
Beach County Special Olympics
Palm Beach County Special Olympics Coordinator Rich Fleming
officiated opening ceremonies, with PGC Sir Irving Margulies and
PST Norman Bergstein of the Knights of Pythias.
March 31st, the Knights of Pythias of Florida (a fraternal
nonsectarian organization) again participated in the Palm Beach
County Annual Special Olympics Area 10 Games at the John I Leonard
High School campus, for mentally and physically challenged athletes
from several South Florida Counties. The Knights of Pythias
presented 700 Athlete Recognition Medals to each and every
participating Special Olympian, which was placed around their neck
with a red, white and blue ribbon. K of P Chairman, Past Grand
Chancellor of Florida Sir Irving Margulies says that every Special
Olympic athlete is a winner ... there are no losers; therefore, we
are pleased to accommodate them all. Seeing the expression on the
athlete’s face when he/she receives this medal, brings tears of
joy to their parents, coaches and others.
annual event involved several athletic events which were held on the
High School campus as well as at other places to accommodate the
applicable special event. Food and drinks were provided at no charge
for the day. There were also volunteers from many other PBC
corporations and organizations that assisted in the various events
to insure their success.
Fleming, PBC Coordinator for the Special Olympics says, "It was
a very exciting day, recognizing these special athletes for their
participation and accomplishments. The Knights of Pythian looks
forward to continuing their support of the Palm Beach County Special
Olympics in all of their endeavors. For further information on the K
of P, go to www.pythias.org or
phone Margulies at 561-683-4049. For the PBC Special Olympics,
contact Rich Fleming at 561-966-7019.
Flight Fundraiser Held at Poinciana Country Club
by Glenda Strickland
Tuesday March 27th, 2012 Poinciana Country Club sponsored a wine & cheese
party to raise money for the Southeastern Honor Flight. Pictured (right to left)
are the co-chairman’s Marvin Rosenberg (Honor Flight Shirt), Sheila Goldman,
and Lou Rodino the President of the Country Club.
the future we hope to make this an annual event.
State of Israel
& photos by Hank Morris
President of Golden Lakes Village ARMDI Harry Herzel and
President Izzy Cohen with the AFMDA
Intensive Care Unit Ambulance.
Intensive Care Ambulance donated by the late Hyman Messing, on
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Sunday, March 4th, 2012 the local chapter of the American Friends
of Magen David Adon (ARMDI) had their meeting and at that time
donated an AFMDA Mobil Intensive Care Unit Ambulance which, will
be sent to the State of Israel. The cost of a unit is $150,000. It
was donated by the late Hyman Messing, in his will. He was an
active member of the Golden Lakes Temple and a long time resident
of Phase "B". This is the second Intensive Care Unit
Ambulance donation by our local ARMDI group in the last few years.
These units service everybody in the State of Israel, when they
are in need, as well as many Arab residents in neighboring
countries, using a system called the "back door."
Hadassah Celebrates Hadassah's 100th Anniversary
Wednesday, January 31st, Chai Hadassah held their annual (Welcome
Back Membership Luncheon) at a local restaurant. There were 90
women in attendance celebrating a very successful year of new Life
Members in honor of Hadassah’s 100th anniversary. Pictured
above, l-r are: Rosaline Seraita, Publicity; Claire Cwick,
Membership Chair; Miriam Levine, President; and Bobbi Levie, Fund
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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