Singer Island Civic Association

Singer Island Voice | Update #14 | June 27th, 2014 

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Note: The Singer Island Voice Will be on Vacation Next for the next edition on July 9th!  


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Singer Island Civic Association Summer 2014 Update: 

From Ann Rettie, our 2014/2015 President of the Singer Island Civic Association.      Ann worked for 22 years as a management consultant with Accenture, where she was a Partner and Managing Director. She worked with large companies and government agencies around the world to improve their business performance, most recently leading a global industry group that served Revenue and Customs agencies...Learn more about Ann ...and read her: President's 2014 Summer Message & Update  "Greetings from Singer Island! When my husband and I first came to Singer Island ten years ago we were drawn to the lovely beaches, the crystalline waters, the casual island vibe and the great variety of fun things to do nearby. That remains true today, and it is SlCA's mission to preserve what we all love about the island and address concerns and issues that might affect our slice of paradise. " ...Read more. 


In The News This Week:


Riviera Beach's popular waterfront Tiki Bar and Grill set to close in July - WPEC - The popular waterfront 'Tiki Bar' at Riviera Beach's marina is set to close its doors on July 6th, according to their Facebook... 


Riviera Beach OKs million-dollar plan to improve neighborhood - Palm Beach Post - The City of Riviera Beach is launching a $1.1 million improvement project for one of its most blighted neighborhoods.


Boaters BEWARE This weekend!  - Operation Dry Water returns

This nationwide, public education effort is designed tThis nationwide, public education effort is designed to prevent alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. FWC officers, along with local law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be on the lookout for boating under the influence (BUI) violations. "While our officers always look for BUIs," Shipp said, "this weekend, they will be making a special effort to stop this dangerous activity." 


Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue lifeguards say: 'WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT ...  - TCPalm -  "I thought I was going to die," said St. Mary's Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Sheila Rivera, while recalling the horror of being caught in a rip current...


Peanut Island and the Port of Palm Beach coexist? - Palm Beach Post  -  It's unfortunate that two seemingly incompatible jewels of Palm Beach County sit in such close proximity. Peanut Island, a county park restored with $30 million in taxpayer money in 2003 


Scrap exporter defies city order to shut - American Metal Market - Manuel Almira, the port's executive director, was told in a June 16 letter from the city of Riviera Beach, Fla., that Stonerock Shipping Corp. must stop...


In need of repairs, Island Breeze casino ship again stops sailing from Port of Palm Beach - Palm Beach Post - The Island Breeze has hit rough waters again. The casino ship stopped sailing from the Port of Palm Beach on June 8 as it awaits repairs. The ship will travel to Jacksonville or South Carolina for a new generator and is unlikely to sail again until mid-July, said Manuel Almira, the port's executive director.


Port of Palm Beach Commission Chairman Ed Oppel to retire Dec. 31 - Palm Beach Post - Port of Palm Beach Commission Chairman Ed Oppel said Thursday that he'll retire from his elected position when his term ends Dec. 31.Oppel, 74, broke the news to port officials during Thursday's commission meeting. After the meeting, he said his decision wasn't because Palm Beach residents, environmentalists and even a ...


City of Riviera Beach Update 

FromDawn S. Pardo

District 4 | Council Chairwoman Pro-Tem


After years of engineering, designing and implementing financial strategies, on Wednesday evening the City Council approved construction contracts for the Marina redevelopment. We will officially commence construction in July. We expect the first phase to be completed next summer. 


We are now the proud owners of an additional property west of the Ocean Mall. We recently closed on the old Buddy's Cafe building. We now own the Max & Eddie's building and Buddy's. Stay tuned for the demolition date which will be in the early Fall. 


Several months ago I had mentioned that the City requested FDOT monitor traffic on Singer Island due to the fact that many residents were experiencing difficulty crossing A1A around the resort district. I am happy to report that FDOT will install flexible PEDESTRIAN CROSSING signs at Ocean Reef Park, Bimini Lane, and Sugar Sands Blvd. Expect to see the signs in the next week or two.


On Thursday our city engineer and I attended a FEMA Coastal Study meeting. FEMA has begun mapping the coast of south Florida - Palm Beach County south to Monroe County. They are tasked with updating the coastal modeling maps to conclude what is an areas 'normal' beach, identify risks to that area and then mitigate the risk. The study is not an evacuation study nor will it forecast sea level rise. The last time the coast was studied was 40 years ago.  Our city engineer will be part of the multi-year technical working group. FEMA expects to have !he new coastal map study in effect by 2019. We will bring you updates throughout the year.


Here's wishing you a safe and enjoyable July 4th!!

Dawn Pardo
Council Chair Pro-Tem
District 4 


 [ Editor's Note: Thank you Dawn ...and a very safe, happy and FUN July Fourth to Everyone! ] 


CommUNITY Voice: 

Mayor of Riviera Beach to hold a town hall meeting - Earlier this week, there was a Town Hall Meeting about a proposed 7-Eleven being built on the corner of Blue Heron and Broadway (where the empty BB&T building currently sits), this location would operate 24/7. The project would require a special exception approval in order to move forward.  Planning and Zoning had voted against this project (4-to-3) a few months ago, but it appears that it may be back on the table. 


The Question of the WeekAre "you" for or against this project as the gateway entrance to Singer Island?  Please send in your vote - with input if you have it (let us know if we can reprint it in your message) ...and we will share it here in the next Voice eNews update on July 9th.


Help Needed to Protect Our Beaches
From Mike Sloser and Bob Gonstead:

Dear Fellow Singer Island Resident,

Your help is needed urgently in developing a permanent solution to the escalating beach erosion problem that threatens our property, the local economy, and enjoyment of our beaches. Protect our Beaches®, a county-wide organization founded by residents of Singer Island, is working on this issue, but to be successful, we need your voice. This is not a fund-raising request!


If you are a full-time resident of Singer Island, you are probably aware of the strong effort and leadership of our Congressman, Patrick Murphy, in addressing the problem of beach erosion. He and his staff are working closely with the staff and leadership of Protect our Beaches.  Help IS needed...Read & Learn more here 


Please keep sending in your input to be shared here next week (with over 1233 of your neighbors) ...and your Singer Island Civic Association WILL stay on these issues!

...and Together We Will Make a Positive Difference! 


Upcoming Island, City and Area Events:

Please send us your upcoming event notices, tips on events an press releases so we can get the word out!  

Lend a Neighbor a Hand this Weekend: 

Want to help improve our community in just a few hours? Know a kid who needs community volunteer hours? We have just the opportunity for you! The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC) is partnering with the Solid Waste Authority and other organizations on a "Paint your Heart Out" initiative to improve homes for elderly or disabled residents. We have done several so far and the results are amazing. Tomorrow (6/28) from 8 a.m. until about noon, we will be painting the home of a 95-year old Riviera Beach resident. Councilman Bruce Guyton will sponsor a free BBQ lunch for volunteers when we are done. Come pitch in and have fun along with several SICA board members!


For details including where to meet, please contact Joanna Aiken at 561-358-2163, or Annetta Jenkins at 561-444-6965, Hope you can join us!


Riviera Beach City Event Calendar 


Special MeetingJun 25, 20141519m55sView it 


Regular MeetingJun 18, 20143702h00mView it 
Regular MeetingJun 04, 20143503h00mView it 

(view archived city meetings - click here)  

City Meetings: 

  • 7/10/2014 - Planning and Zoning Board
  • 7/24/2014 - Planning and Zoning Board 

    City Events:  

  • Riviera Beach Day At Palm Beach State College-Video
  • Palm Beach State College Presents Historic Riviera Beach Day 
  • Peace & Feast in the Neighborhood   
  • MacArthur Beach State Park Event Calendar 

    • Educational Reef Program - June 28 @ 10:00 am
    • Nature Walk - June 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Birding at MacArthur Park - June 29 @ 3:00 pm
    • Sea Turtle Talk & Walk Tickets - a grand adventure!

    Save the Date: July 12th, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm

    We Love Singer Island "Karaoke Saturday"

    Join the Singer Island Civic Association Board of Directors while we relax and (some of us) sing karaoke at the Seaspray Inn Beach Resort. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet and greet with fellow Islanders who love Singer Island.


    Please come out for some fun around the pool while we dazzle you with completely unprepared amateur singing performances and support a local hotelier.  


    July 12th, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm

    Location: Seaspray Inn Beach Resort, 123 South Ocean Avenue, Palm Beach Shores

    Attire: Beach casual

    Cash bar and food (Karaoke is free!)

     For more info: Jonathan Knaus




    Cool Link(s) of The Week: 

    Did you know that Singer Island is home to these interesting foundations?


    The Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation is dedicated to building a stronger community and improving the quality of life for all local residents: Learn More... 


    Pollution Solution FoundationWell tanned local Aimen Faraj, seen on our beach each day working the Oceanside Beach Services, is also a local artist on a mission. His   

    Pollution Solution Foundation's goal is to show and educate environmental etiquette. The foundation is currently working towards educating the school system on the effects of man's litter in our oceans: Learn More...
    Of Interest / Stay Tuned:

    More news as we get it on: 

    Ocean Mall | CRA District & Marina Development | Lake Worth inlet widening project | Digital License Plate Readers | Proposed development projects: Lozman's Cove, Amrit, PGA waterfront | Pending sober house legislation |  ...and more as we get it. 


    Let's all work together to stay informed and aware of events taking place on and around Singer Island!


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