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Palm Beach officials on new town manager: Kirk Blouin a ‘strong leader’
 Mayor Gail Coniglio and Town Council members expressed confidence in Kirk Blouin as the next town manager, calling him a strong leader who proved his merit by turning around the two public safety departments. Blouin assumed the then-new mantle of public safety director in 2011, just as the police and fire departments were slipping into turmoil...

Posted: 2 days ago

Mayor Gail Coniglio and Town Council members expressed confidence in Kirk Blouin as the next town manager, calling him a strong leader who proved his merit by turning around the two public safety departments. Blouin assumed the then-new mantle of public safety director in 2011, just as the police and fire departments were slipping into turmoil...
Palm Beach approves another deadline extension for Palm House
 The  Town Council has extended zoning approvals for the Palm House for another year while the court-appointed receiver tries to sell the property. Attorney Jackie Miller told the council Wednesday that the receiver, Cary Glickstein, needs the 2016 site plan and special exception approvals to remain in place while he looks for a buyer. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Town Council has extended zoning approvals for the Palm House for another year while the court-appointed receiver tries to sell the property. Attorney Jackie Miller told the council Wednesday that the receiver, Cary Glickstein, needs the 2016 site plan and special exception approvals to remain in place while he looks for a buyer. The...
Historian recalls virtues of first president in opening Founders’ event
 As the nation’s first president, George Washington set the tone for all those who would follow him into the office, presidential historian Richard Norton Smith told a Society of the Four Arts’ audience Thursday. A modest man of unimpeachable character, Washington was not a natural fit for the power and pageantry associated with...

Posted: 3 days ago

As the nation’s first president, George Washington set the tone for all those who would follow him into the office, presidential historian Richard Norton Smith told a Society of the Four Arts’ audience Thursday. A modest man of unimpeachable character, Washington was not a natural fit for the power and pageantry associated with...
Blouin pledges to cut spending while protecting services in Palm Beach
 Incoming Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Town Council Tuesday he’ll begin his task by huddling with department heads to explain his “vision.” Blouin said his mission is to work with employees to find ways to maintain or improve town services while reducing the cost of government. “I will ask them to assist me...

Posted: 5 days ago

Incoming Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Town Council Tuesday he’ll begin his task by huddling with department heads to explain his “vision.” Blouin said his mission is to work with employees to find ways to maintain or improve town services while reducing the cost of government. “I will ask them to assist me...
Two-candidate race emerges at Palm Beach caucus
 Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried will face off in the only race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election. Crampton, a South End resident and chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and Fried, an attorney and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group...

Posted: 6 days ago

Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried will face off in the only race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election. Crampton, a South End resident and chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and Fried, an attorney and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group...
Breaking: Divided Palm Beach Town Council names new manager
 In a 3-2 decision, the Town Council on Tuesday named Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to succeed Tom Bradford as town manager. Members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman said Blouin has demonstrated strong leadership abilities. Blouin rose through the ranks, being promoted from sergeant to major and public safety director...

Posted: 7 days ago

In a 3-2 decision, the Town Council on Tuesday named Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin to succeed Tom Bradford as town manager. Members Julie Araskog, Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman said Blouin has demonstrated strong leadership abilities. Blouin rose through the ranks, being promoted from sergeant to major and public safety director...
Palm Beach board: Peer review of utilities project didn’t save money
 It appears an engineering firm’s review of Palm Beach’s master plan for burying all overhead utility lines won’t yield much savings, and might even cost the town a little. Last year, the town hired Patterson & Dewar Engineers to do a “peer review” of the undergrounding master plan developed by consultant Kimley-Horn...

Posted: 9 days ago

It appears an engineering firm’s review of Palm Beach’s master plan for burying all overhead utility lines won’t yield much savings, and might even cost the town a little. Last year, the town hired Patterson & Dewar Engineers to do a “peer review” of the undergrounding master plan developed by consultant Kimley-Horn...
South End man outlines top issues in bid for Palm Beach council seat
 James Sved, who is running for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election, has named utility undergrounding, finances, shore protection and protecting the town’s lifestyle as his priorities. Sved, a South End resident with a background in architectural restoration, filed papers Wednesday with Town Clerk Kathleen Dominguez’s...

Posted: 10 days ago

James Sved, who is running for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election, has named utility undergrounding, finances, shore protection and protecting the town’s lifestyle as his priorities. Sved, a South End resident with a background in architectural restoration, filed papers Wednesday with Town Clerk Kathleen Dominguez’s...
Landmarks board OKs renovation of Dr. Oz house in Palm Beach
 A revamp is in store for Louwana, the 1919 beachfront house owned by television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the project on Dec. 20. >> PHOTOS: Dr. Oz's landmarked $18M Louwana estate in Palm Beach Plans call for interior renovations to meet the needs of a modern...

Posted: 11 days ago

A revamp is in store for Louwana, the 1919 beachfront house owned by television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the project on Dec. 20. >> PHOTOS: Dr. Oz's landmarked $18M Louwana estate in Palm Beach Plans call for interior renovations to meet the needs of a modern...
Will Trump’s Mar-a-Lago get a warning from Palm Beach over helipad use?
 Palm Beach is looking into the use of a private helicopter on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago helipad during the holidays, a town official said. The Town Council approved construction of the helipad at Mar-a-Lago with the condition that it only be used to fly the president in and out on Marine One. But the Trump corporate...

Posted: 11 days ago

Palm Beach is looking into the use of a private helicopter on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago helipad during the holidays, a town official said. The Town Council approved construction of the helipad at Mar-a-Lago with the condition that it only be used to fly the president in and out on Marine One. But the Trump corporate...
South End resident enters three-way race for Town Council seat
 James Sved, a South End resident, said Wednesday that he will run in the March 13 election for the Town Council seat held by the retiring Richard Kleid. Sved’s decision to seek Kleid’s seat sets up a three-way race with Lew Crampton and Harris Fried, while leaving incumbents Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman unopposed in their...

Posted: 12 days ago

James Sved, a South End resident, said Wednesday that he will run in the March 13 election for the Town Council seat held by the retiring Richard Kleid. Sved’s decision to seek Kleid’s seat sets up a three-way race with Lew Crampton and Harris Fried, while leaving incumbents Bobbie Lindsay and Margaret Zeidman unopposed in their...
Historic home of Palm Beach’s first mayor may be landmarked
 A historic house owned by billionaire Peter Brant and his supermodel wife Stephanie Seymour will be before the Town Council early next year for possible landmark designation. On Wednesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously recommended the designation after hearing a report from town landmarks consultants Emily Stillings and...

Posted: 22 days ago

A historic house owned by billionaire Peter Brant and his supermodel wife Stephanie Seymour will be before the Town Council early next year for possible landmark designation. On Wednesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously recommended the designation after hearing a report from town landmarks consultants Emily Stillings and...
Decisions await Palm Beach Town Council about leadership change
 The Town Council’s decision to replace Town Manager Tom Bradford raises questions about how to manage his departure and find a successor while keeping things running as smoothly as possible at Town Hall. Will there be a national search or a promotion from within? Will there be an interim manager? Might Bradford remain on as an interim...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Town Council’s decision to replace Town Manager Tom Bradford raises questions about how to manage his departure and find a successor while keeping things running as smoothly as possible at Town Hall. Will there be a national search or a promotion from within? Will there be an interim manager? Might Bradford remain on as an interim...
Palm Beach zoning board simplifies the demolition threshold
 As many Palm Beach residents have learned, restorations or reconstructions of older houses can be an expensive headache on many levels, one of which is zoning entanglements. If the project involves demolition of 50 percent or more of the existing house or building, the owner has to make everything comply with today’s zoning rules, including...

Posted: 23 days ago

As many Palm Beach residents have learned, restorations or reconstructions of older houses can be an expensive headache on many levels, one of which is zoning entanglements. If the project involves demolition of 50 percent or more of the existing house or building, the owner has to make everything comply with today’s zoning rules, including...
Palm Beach zoning board bids farewell to departing director
 Zoning commissioners said goodbye this week to their friend and colleague John Page, known to all as “J.P.,” even though he wasn’t at their meeting, at least not in person. Several said they hoped that Page, who is away because his father recently died, was listening to them Tuesday via live audio through the town&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

Zoning commissioners said goodbye this week to their friend and colleague John Page, known to all as “J.P.,” even though he wasn’t at their meeting, at least not in person. Several said they hoped that Page, who is away because his father recently died, was listening to them Tuesday via live audio through the town&rsquo...
Owner proposes to demolish, replace historic ‘Duck’s Nest’ in Palm Beach
 The owners of the Duck’s Nest, said to be the oldest continuously inhabited home in Palm Beach, propose to demolish and reconstruct the landmarked, 126-year-old house. The house at 305 Maddock Way, which has been owned by the Maddock family since its 1891 origin, suffers from weather intrusion, water damage and structural deficiencies...

Posted: 26 days ago

The owners of the Duck’s Nest, said to be the oldest continuously inhabited home in Palm Beach, propose to demolish and reconstruct the landmarked, 126-year-old house. The house at 305 Maddock Way, which has been owned by the Maddock family since its 1891 origin, suffers from weather intrusion, water damage and structural deficiencies...
Cap Dimick’s Palm Beach house up for landmark designation
 A Dunbar Road house built for Elisha Newton “Cap” Dimick, a Palm Beach pioneer and the town’s first mayor, is up for historic landmarks designation. Known as Buttonwood, the frame vernacular house at 245 Dunbar was built between 1903-1905, making it one of the oldest in Palm Beach, according to the designation report...

Posted: 27 days ago

A Dunbar Road house built for Elisha Newton “Cap” Dimick, a Palm Beach pioneer and the town’s first mayor, is up for historic landmarks designation. Known as Buttonwood, the frame vernacular house at 245 Dunbar was built between 1903-1905, making it one of the oldest in Palm Beach, according to the designation report...
Spaziani drops bid for Palm Beach Town Council seat
 Michael John Vincent Spaziani says he won’t be running against incumbent Margaret Zeidman for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election after all. It’s the second change of heart for Spaziani, who originally said he would run against Lew Crampton for the seat being vacated by Richard Kleid, but later opted to challenge...

Posted: 28 days ago

Michael John Vincent Spaziani says he won’t be running against incumbent Margaret Zeidman for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election after all. It’s the second change of heart for Spaziani, who originally said he would run against Lew Crampton for the seat being vacated by Richard Kleid, but later opted to challenge...
Palm Beach manager: Council critique ‘wasn’t end of the world’
 Town Manager Tom Bradford gave an interview on Thursday, two days after the Town Council decided not to reappoint him. Here are some of the highlights: “I had no idea. … It was uncomfortable. But it wasn’t the end of the world.” “Two or three weeks ago, Maggie [Zeidman] came to see me. She told me she couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Town Manager Tom Bradford gave an interview on Thursday, two days after the Town Council decided not to reappoint him. Here are some of the highlights: “I had no idea. … It was uncomfortable. But it wasn’t the end of the world.” “Two or three weeks ago, Maggie [Zeidman] came to see me. She told me she couldn&rsquo...
IN DEPTH: Budget differences are behind Palm Beach manager’s departure
 Unexpected, awkward and painfully public. Faced with the question of Town Manager Tom Bradford’s annual contract renewal, some Town Council members dished up at times stinging criticisms of his performance. The discussion culminated in a unanimous decision authorizing board President Richard Kleid to negotiate an exit agreement...

Posted: 30 days ago

Unexpected, awkward and painfully public. Faced with the question of Town Manager Tom Bradford’s annual contract renewal, some Town Council members dished up at times stinging criticisms of his performance. The discussion culminated in a unanimous decision authorizing board President Richard Kleid to negotiate an exit agreement...
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