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Singer Island Voice | Update #21 | August 22, 2014 

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Singer Island Area News of The Week: 


Commentary: Do you know the real Riviera Beach? -  Palm Beach Post - We applaud The Palm Beach Post for its recent story recognizing the efforts by the Riviera Beach Police Department to fight crime in the city, but we ... 


[ Editor's note:  This is an open letter from the Rivera Beach Chief of Police in the Palm Beach Post.  Please take a moment to read the story, leave your comments/input and/or email him directly.  This is an important issue for our entire community, let's all stay in the moment and find ways to work together to collectively shape our future! ]

Shots fired near anti-violence rally in Riviera Beach meant to teach kids to 'Live in Peace' - WPTV - Riviera Beach police responded to the scene of a shooting Sunday night near ... Nearly 10 people have been shot in Riviera Beach just this month. - Faith leaders and pastors get domestic violence training at workshop in Riviera Beach - WPTV - Full Coverage


New Riviera Beach coffee roaster makes splash with bold brews - Palm Beach Post - "Coffee can bring people together," he says. "It's fueled revolutions and played a part in history."Iain Yeakle, Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co. It happened in ...

 [ Editor's note: Cheers to Coffee and bringing people together! Let's welcome Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co. to OUR commUNITY!
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Tropical system still likely to become depression; U.S. not on alert - Palm Beach Post - It's expected to form into a tropical depression or tropical storm by the weekend or early next week.


All Aboard Florida, manatees, flea market discussed at cities' summit - Palm Beach Post - Politicians from Lake Park, Mangonia Park, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach, dubbing themselves "Sister Cities," made no decisions at the ...

All Aboard Florida: The Horror Behind Curtain No. 2 - Sunshine State News - They tell you the Big Prize is the shiny new passenger train service. But no matter which curtain you choose, you're going to get what's behind curtain No. 2 -- the freight-train nightmare from h...

Panama Hattie's restaurant in North Palm Beach closes - Palm Beach Post - Scott Strolla, of Palm Beach Gardens, takes a photo of his dog Bruno as Angela Grispino, right, of Palm Beach Gardens, watches at Panama Hattie's ...

Fitch Rates Riviera Beach, FL's Public Improv Bonds 'A'; Outlook Stable - Insurance News Net - Riviera Beach is located in east central Palm Beach County (the county), along the Atlantic coast. A portion of the city is situated on Singer Island , just ...

Reservoir for Broward, Palm Beach water could cost less - Sun-Sentinel - Reservoir supporters say that would lessen the amount of water from the C-51 canal that ends up getting dumped into the Lake Worth Lagoon ...

Fish and Wildlife: Riviera man caught with 300 sea turtle eggs 

Palm Beach Post-Jeff Ardelean of the FWC counted 41 cases of sea turtle egg poaching in areas like Hutchinson Island, Singer Island and Palm Beach. Ardelean ...

Golf Star Rory McIlroy Buys $2 Million-Condo in ...  - Gossip Extra-SINGER ISLAND - Recent British Open champ Rory McIlroy just splurged on some more Palm Beach County real estate! It's yet another ...
Here's your District Update From Dawn S. Pardo,
Council Chair Pro-Tem, District 4

On Wednesday afternoon, I met with a representative from GFS, the investment group that currently holds the Ocean Mall lease. The following progress has been made since my last
meeting: Pressure cleaning, graffiti removal, window coverings and landscaping have occurred on the Mall property.
GFS has hired a full time onsite maintenance team to manage the property. They will be on site from 7 am - 4pm, daily.
GFS has recently received 20 inquiries from possible tenants and they are currently negotiating several new leases. Good prospects which I think you'll be happy to visit. One inquiry I found curious was a gym looking to possibly rent 10,000 sq ft on the 2nd floor above Wingz... In the next week, GFS will file for a permit to begin construction on the old 7-Eleven site.
Per the agreement with the City, GFS must construct the building by June 2015. Most importantly, GFS is negotiating the sale of the lease with a former Singer Island resident who is a real estate developer/investor in NYC. It is everyone's hope that the deal closes in the Fall and we can start hosting activities throughout the area.

Over the summer, we closed on the Max & Eddie's building and the old Buddy's Café building. On September 18, at 5pm, please join us as we demolish the buildings. The short term plan
is to illuminate the site and repave the property behind the alley to provide overflow parking. The long-term plan is to construct a parking garage.

The CRA continues to survey possible sub station sites. In the meantime, the Ambassador Program has been implemented. Young men and women in bright green shirts are now deployed around the CRA area including throughout the Mall and along the Bridge. Their duties include reporting suspicious activity to police, escorting patrons to their cars and maintaining CRA property.

I do hope you like the new landscaping that has been planted in the medians. We are anticipating the north-end medians to be completed in the next week or so. We are waiting for bougainvillea to be delivered. I think the new plantings add that pop of color that was so desperately needed. The City's Public Works department landscaped each median. They did an absolutely fantastic job, and if you see then along A1A, please thank them. The crew takes pride in maintaining all of the medians throughout the City. I am still looking to implement a Garden Club on the Island. Please contact me if you are
interest. I have only heard from 2 residents! Perhaps when many of you return to your piece of paradise, you will get involved !!

[ Editors note: Thank you for your service Dawn!  For those that missed it, there was an epic city council meeting this week.  The bond issue and proposed 7-11 were big items on the agenda.  The 7-11:  Final Vote ... 1 = Yes to 4 = No.  Special Exception denied.  The meeting ran for 5hrs, 53min.... they had to extend it a couple of times. Grab some popcorn and you can view all the action (or speed thru it): Play clip here ]


CommUNITY Voice: 

Neighbors, PLEASE send in your comments, ideas and input be shared here next week! 


From Mike A, Singer Island Since '55 

Subj: Friendliest Corner in Riviera Beach Story
I recall the day they broke ground for this building. The local leaders of that time had planted silver dollars in various locations on this property and turned it into somewhat of an Easter Egg hunt for kids. It was well publicized and there was a large turnout on the appointed day of the dig. If memory serves me correct, CFS would open a savings account for you if you turned the found dollars in to them as your initial deposit. I am not sure if they would match your deposit with an equal amount but it was an incentive to get young kids to save; a concept that is lost in today's "I-want-it-now" mentality. Prior to CFS being built on this corner, the previous structure was called Parramore's Fruit Stand. I also recall Wells Ice House that used to be at the corner of US1 and 20th street. The building is still there and I think the address is 1940 US 1. I can't think of the name of the place that is in there now but as kids in the 50's that attended St Francis Catholic school, we would wait for the bus near the ice house and buy a giant soda for 5 cents. That was a big deal when you are 10 or 11 years old. I surfed right next to the beached/grounded Amaryllis that came ashore during Hurricane Betsy in 1965. Back then, we were bullet proof and nothing could hurt us; what the hell were we thinking back then? Ha!


From: Laurie D. in Palm Beach Isles

Subj: Paving / infrastructure respairs on the island

Enjoy your updates, thank you.  We need to get some pot holes filled in, around Palm Beach Isles (especially the center entrance).  It's an eye sore and could be dangerous to someone walking, biking and driving their car. 


[ Editors note: Thank you Mike and Laurie!  As noted in the article above about the Riviera Beach public improvement bonds: Please visit this discussion at the 8/20 city council meeting about where that money will be spent... - it's important that we are all informed and work together collectively to shape the future of our community. ]



....If these subjects are important to you, please send in your input ...and use the links below to reach your city leaders!


Please keep sending in your input to be shared here next week with over 1683 of your neighbors, and your Singer Island Civic Association WILL stay on these issues.

...Here are a few links, Singer Island actually spans 3 cities and 1 Unincorporated Village: PLEASE send in your concerns and ideas to the appropriate contact(s):

North Palm Beach (includes John D MacArthur Park):
Lost Tree Village: Our private unincorporated village - no contacts listed - but working on it!

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

Upcoming Island, City and Area Events:
Please send us any upcoming event notices and press releases, we can get the word out here to 1683 neighbors!

August 23: Start your generator day!  Hurricane season is here. THIS weekend would be a great time to check your gear and review your plans. Here are some great links for hurricane preparedness: Palm Beach Post | WPTV5 | WBPF25 | WFLX29



August 26: Burt Reynolds Institute brings cabaret to Lake Park - - Burt Reynolds Institute brings cabaret to Lake Park ... the Broadway world, and I wanted to expand and find out what I could do here in South Florida.

August 30: Marriott Resort at Singer Island Beach clean-up will be August 30th at 8:00-9:00am, everyone is invited AND please don't forget to bring your kids, it is a great event for them!  

Sept 19: Life Line Screening - Palm Beach Shores Town Hall is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community..


Sept 27: Riviera Beach local outreach fishing trip - - Riviera Beach local outreach fishing trip. September 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Intracoastal Snook Fishing Trip ... 


View City Council Meetings: 

Name ▼ Date ItemsDurationVideo

Don't miss this CITY COUNCIL MEETING ---->


Aug 20, 20144205h53mPlay 
Regular MeetingAug 06, 20144702h40mPlay 
Regular MeetingJul 16, 20143102h37mPlay 
Regular MeetingJul 02, 20143403h00mPlay 
Special MeetingJun 25, 20141519m55sPlay 

 (view archived city meetings - click here)  


Upcoming Riviera Beach City Meetings: 


City News & Events:

Palm Beach Shores Event Calendar 


There are lot's of events going on at the park, just click the link above to visit their August calendar!  


Cool Link(s) of The Week: 

Presentation From The Office of Councilman Bruce A. Guyton -   CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION - City of Riviera Beach -  

Congratulations to SICA Board Member Beethoven Francois and the entire team (including Michael) at the Making Today Better PR Firm ...for your tireless work in bringing positive community news to the forefront of media both online and off...


Look up vehicle recalls by VIN - WFLX - Amazingly, one-third of all vehicles recalled by automakers are never brought to dealers for repair because most people don't know there car was recalled. Use this tool to check your vehicles...



We Love Singer Island:  Check out the current beach/ocean conditions on the Live Beach Cam ...and GET OUT THERE for some FUN!

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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