Singer Island Civic Association

Singer Island Voice | Update #22 | August 29, 2014 

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Singer Island Area News of The Week: 


See the August 26th: Primary Election Results 


Note to Island Facebookers:  SICA has taken down our old (and little used) Facebook page.  We will be launching a brand new page that will be much more closely tied into our website and this newsletter in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more...


The Amrit property at 3100 N Ocean Drive filed an updated site plan this week, now called the Wellness Resort & Spa.  This is a link to the: Proposed Site Plan


Police cameras tracking license plates on Singer Island bridge - WPEC- And now every time you cross the bridge to Singer Island your license ... plate readers on the Blue Heron Bridge that goes to Singer Island. 


Bucher: Voter check-in glitch resolved early; affected dozens - Palm Beach Post - "It was a sign-in technical issue on our part," Bucher said Tuesday afternoon at the elections division's tabulation center in Riviera Beach. Bucher said ...


Police: 85-year-old woman carjacked, injured in Riviera Beach - PalmBeachPost - Two felons are being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond after they allegedly carjacked an 85-year-old woman and snatched her purse, causing her to sustain injuries, according to an arrest report. Minutes earlier, the two men attempted to carjack a tourist but were unsuccessful.


Miami Port Dredging Damaging Sea Life, State Inspectors Say - PalmBeachCivic - "This is exactly what we fear if the Army Corps is permitted to deepen and widen the Lake Worth Lagoon and Inlet." - Lisa Interlandi, Everglades Law Center. The $205 million dredge project to deepen Port Miami has spread a blanket of silt and clay over the bay bottom that is smothering coral and damaging sea life, state environmental inspectors have found.



District Update From Dawn S. Pardo,
Council Chair Pro-Tem, District 4

[ Editor's note: This information is reprinted/abbreviated from last week's 8/22 update, to point out some very important items that neighbors/readers keep asking about ...please read carefully...there will be a quiz below! ]

Ocean Mall Update - On last 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. 


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. 

The CRA continues to survey possible Police sub station sites.


The Clean & Safe Ambassador Program has been implemented. 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.

[ Editor's note: Please welcome our Ambassadors as they ready the ground for more activity at our mall this fall. The program is currently looking for volunteer ambassadors.  Neimah Spence is the Clean & Safe program's operations director. His email for contact/suggestions:  The park (and sand lot) to the east of ocean mall is managed by Parks & Recs (not the CRA) - if you see items (trash, safety issues, etc.) that need to be addressed or if you have suggestions for improvements, please contact: (and copy us on the messages so they can be shared here next week). ] 


CommUNITY Voice: 

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


From: Fred G @ the Tiara

Subject: I visited the mall this past week!

The mall looked worse than I can remember.  i.e. ice cream store, bagel store closed!  Where is the 375 million being spent for Singer Island? Where is the police sub station? It is a disgrace for Singer Island and if nothing is done to fix it the residents of the Island will pay for it! Can some one with some authority answer my e-mail!


[ Editor's note: Thank you Fred!  Per the update above, change is finally upon us and there IS progress starting to take shape at our ocean mall. We've all got to stay on this issue to keep the inertia building.  It would be GREAT if an island full of neighbors show up at the Sept. 18th tear down (see events section below) to show their support and help keep pressure for continued progress: 
Sept 18th @ 5pm - Please save the date!! ]

Which brings us to the Quiz that was mentioned above:

Singer Island Neighbors, PLEASE send us your input about what types of businesses that you would like to see (and that you would frequent/support) at Ocean Mall.  It's important that as the mall is leased out with new stores, that they are a good fit for both locals and visitors, so they can flourish.  Your input will be shared with key contacts ...and your voice will be heard! 

Here is one idea (let's hear yours!): 
Is anyone interested in a trolley pick-up ... Maybe a route Loop: Along N. Ocean Drive to Ocean Mall.  What are your thoughts (and other ideas)????
 The Time is now neighbors - please send us your Ocean Mall input and business suggestions!!


From Wendy C. @ The  Town of Palm Beach Shores

I just wanted to say thank you so very much for your newsletter.  Love that you have our upcoming events listed and the Life Line Screening. It's great!!!!!

[ Editor's note: Thank you Cindy!  We are trying to bring the entire island together.  Please keep sending in news and if anyone happens to have contacts with residents of Lost Tree Village - please send us the details so they can be brought into the Island loop! ]


Please keep sending in your input to be shared here next week with over 1698 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 1698 neighbors!

Aug 29-31: Children get into Palm Beach Zoo for free Labor Day Weekend - Children 12 and under enter the Palm Beach Zoo free on Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, with one full-priced adult admission. Call 561-547-WILD (547-9453) or visit 

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!  Meet up at the Reef Bar area on the beach side of the Resort. - It's a REALLY fun event!


Sept 16: Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Public Outreach Working Group Meeting. The LWLI Public Outreach Working Group helps to create an engaged constituency of citizens who understand the environmental, recreational and economic value of the lagoon, and who actively participate in restoring and protecting it. The executive summary of the Lake Worth Lagoon Management Plan, which can be accessed from, may be helpful in providing an overview of the initiative and its working groups. 

Sept 18: The old Max & Eddie's and Buddy's Café buildings  will be torn down on Sept 18, at 5pm. Please join Dawn Pardo and officials from the city and CRA for this event!  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.

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: 


Here is a video about at group that is doing some wonderful work for families and children in our area: Revival Community Outreach Ministries 


[ Editor's note:  if you have clothes, non-perishable food, books and/or other items available for donation, please visit to make an immediate and powerful impact in our local commUNITY today! ]

Storm Season: Please remember that storms can heat up very quickly at this time of the year.  Here are some great links for hurricane preparedness: Palm Beach Post | WPTV5 | WBPF25 | WFLX29 



We Love Singer Island:  Check out the current beach/ocean conditions on the Live Beach Cam ...and Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

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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