Singer Island Civic Association

Singer Island Voice | Update #26 | Sept. 26, 2014 

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It's that time again: Voter registration deadline for the General Election is Monday, October 6, 2014 (29 days before the election, which is: Tuesday, November 4th.)  
Your Vote Does Count!

Visit: Palm Beach County Elections for more information!  


Important news for residents of Riviera Beach:  The agenda for the next city council meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at 5:30 pm (at the Riviera Beach City Hall Chambers), includes an item for discussion proposed by Mayor Thomas Masters entitled "Single Member Districts." This proposal could restrict the ability of residents to vote on all city council candidates (as we currently can and have been able to do for many years).


SICA President's note: Indeed the actions of all city council members affect us, and it is right that we should have a voice in electing all members. Click on this link to see the agenda - Item #12 and meeting details. ...neighbors, please consider attending this meeting and adding your voice by using the public comment cards! ] 


New SICA Committee: Do we have any more folks out there who are interested in serving on a new SICA committee to keep an eye on city spending and budgets and develop long term fiscal strategies to help our entire community? We plan to have a meeting on September 30th to discuss the creation of a fiscal responsibility committee.  Please contact us here if you are interested!


Singer Island Area News of The Week:   


Marina Site Demolition Commenced - South Florida Times - With the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency's Executive Director, Tony Brown at the helm, Riviera Beach, a predominantly black, waterfront city, is transforming itself right before its residents' eyes. Construction is already underway in a massive $375 million redevelopment of the city's marina district.

New cruise ship might sail out of the Port of Palm Beach - Palm Beach Post (blog) - A new cruise ship  that would sail from the Port of Palm Beach to Nassau,  Bahamas could join the popular  Bahamas Celebration as soon as this year or in January.

International Coastal Cleanup comes to MacArthur Beach State Park - Palm Beach Post- Volunteers removed trash from the park, which covers nearly 450 acres along the ocean at the north end of Singer Island. The beach was free ...

All Aboard Florida request delayed by West Palm Beach commissioners - South Florida Business Journal - West Palm Beach commissioners will wait until October to discuss All Aboard Florida's request to close a section of downtown to build a rail station for ...

Riviera Beach Police searching for suspect who robbed a home - Palm Beach Post- The stores provided surveillance video of the female. Anyone with information is urged to call Riviera Beach Police at 561-845-4123 or Crime ...

Site lists most dangerous cities in Florida - WPEC- West Palm Beach came in at number 15, Lake Worth is at number 14 and Riviera Beach ranked 13th. The number one most dangerous city in Florida is Miami ...

[ Editor's note: Yes ...the city of Riviera Beach (and our surrounding communities) are all facing challenges with crime. If you look at the FDLE crime stats the trend in Riviera Beach between 2006 -2012 was overwhelmingly in a positive direction under Chief William's and his team's tenure. 

(Here is a graphic of overall crime using stats from the FDLE (2006-2012 comparisons).


If this image is hard to view, click to view this pd annual report
- this graphic is found on page 17

Here are some links to meet the City of Riviera Beach Police department team and further information: 

Meet the executive team and read their bio's. 

RBPD Home Page | RBPD August Newsletter

Here is a recent commentary in the Palm Beach Post that was written by Chief Williams: Do you know the real Riviera Beach? 


There IS much more to do, especially as the area grows over the next several years.  The best way for communities to overcome challenges to face them head on, address the issues and then work together to find (and execute) solutions. Please send in your comments and input to be shared next week, and together maybe we can finds ways to help make a difference in our community!

'No-Swimming' advisory lifted for three county parks - Palm Beach Post- New results at Dubois Park in Jupiter, Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach and Kreusler Park at Lake Worth Beach showed that tests for bacterial ...

Drivers worry license-plate recognition system may infringe on privacy - WPBF West Palm Beach- Riviera Beach police say the fixed cameras, along with one portable camera, are helping to catch bad drivers, fugitives and stolen cars after ...

Coast Guard to expand All Aboard Florida meetings - Palm Beach Post (blog) - The Coast Guard said it is postponing previously scheduled meetings because of the "number of comments already received and the demands of the boating public."

PGA pro has passion for golf, teaching - Palm Beach Post- If she had ever participated in an all-around athletic competition like the ABC TV show "Superstars," it's a safe bet that Riviera Beach native ...

Money flows toward the water in Southwest Florida - Naples Daily News- The two highest ranked cities in terms of premiums were both in Florida: Riviera Beach and Sarasota. In both places, buyers were willing to pay ...

Boat-sharing rides wave of popularity - Fort Worth Star Telegram- ... Delray Beach, Jupiter and Riviera Beach. The site also matches people with captains-for-hire if the renter prefers to have someone with more ...

Florida Companies Find Success as "Do-Gooders" - Public News Service -  Research indicates a company's efforts to be socially responsible make a difference to consumers, particularly those under the age of 40.

Riviera Beach Businesses in the News - [ Editor's note: here is a snapshot of are business news over the past 30 days in Riviera Beach . Felt it might be a good idea to point out some of the many good things happening in our area. ]

TAMKO marks 70 years of business, growth - Joplin Globe- ... across 27 manufacturing plants, warehouses and offices in cities as far from Joplin as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Riviera Beach, Florida.

Pricey iPhone repair sparks business idea - Palm Beach Post & BusinessWeek - Johncke recently rented warehouse space in Riviera Beach to handle mail-in orders from around the country. Johncke said his workers can't ...

Tecomet buys implant manufacturing specialist - Plastics News- Tecomet Inc., a Wilmington company that makes orthopedic implants, has purchased 3D Medical Manufacturing Inc., Riviera Beach, Fla.,

Saltchuk closes on Tropical acquisition - - Seattle-based Saltchuk has said it plans to operate Tropical as a stand-alone unit. Tropical, based in Riviera Beach, Florida, operates to and ...

Florida bulk export market to see new player - American Metal Market- However, late last year New York-based Stemcor USA Inc.'s joint venture with Stonerock Shipping Corp. in Riviera Beach gave Florida its ...

Environmental News:

Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management - September 2014 Project Status Report (in PDF Format)  

Lake Worth Lagoon E-News from the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management - Sept 2014 - Highlights Include: Educational Resource: Lake Worth Lagoon - Discover a Local Treasure | Two Million Dollars to Benefit Lake Worth Lagoon | Lagoon Restoration Project Earns National Recognition | Seagrass Monitoring Results...


CommUNITY Voice: 

Neighbors, PLEASE keep sending in your comments, ideas and input be shared here next week as our Island is coming together like never before! 


From: Ann Rettie - President of SICA

Subject: Bed Tax Revenues: Beaches

Dear Mayor Taylor and PBC Commissioners,

On behalf of the Singer Island Civic Association (SICA), I am writing you to express our concern and opposition to the proposal under consideration by the Palm Beach County Commission to allocate bed tax revenues (including an annual escalator) to build and maintain a Major League Baseball training facility in Palm Beach County. This is particularly troubling in light of the reduction and even elimination in recent years of bed tax funding for beachfront erosion and protection.

Economic issues drove much of that reduced funding, but as the economy improves, we believe it to be a grave mistake to prioritize allocating revenues to an uncertain future baseball venture over managing our beachfront conditions. Our pristine beaches are the prime driver of tourist revenue in Palm Beach County. To allow them to deteriorate from lack of proper maintenance and re-nourishment--while promising escalating revenues to a single sport serving far fewer people--would be a very poor political and fiscal decision indeed.

As the economy continues to improve, we are requesting that budget for beach projects are restored and that our coastlines receive its required share of bed tax revenues.  Maintaining our beaches and stabilizing our dunes and shoreline should be a top priority.

Our beaches are our primary natural and economic asset, and a source of great pride and benefit to our entire county. They deserve your attention and ongoing funding commitment.


Best Regards,
Ann Rettie, President
Singer Island Civic Association


[ Editor's Note:  if you would like to send your input in on this issue(or any other county issues) here are a few contacts: Priscilla A. Taylor, , Steven L. Abrams , Mary Lou Berger , Paulette Burdick , Jess R. Santamaria , Hal Valeche , Shelley Vana ]


From: GP @ Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management
Subject: The Singer Island Voice
Very nice and newsy newsletter - love the moon over Lake Worth Lagoon! 


From: Nancy S. 
Subj: Ocean Mall and surrounding area of Singer Island
After living in Palm Beach Gardens for fourteen years my husband and I moved to Singer Island a year a go and love the area.  What I am hearing about what growth will do to Singer Island with traffic and difficulties getting off the Island really frustrates me. Businesses coming in to the Ocean Mall and out lying areas will only promote more building and home buyers coming in.  It baffles me how anyone living in this city would not want some sort of a change to better the community. I say along with my fellow neighbors, BRING IT ON!!!!


From: John M.
Subject: Fwd: Blue Heron Bridge Attack (to Chief Williams. RBPD & cc'd to the SI Voice)
Good Morning Chief,
With all due respect to you and the Police Department please consider what I wrote to Dawn Pardo in this kind of violent crime. The public might be able to assist in the apprehension of a individual in this kind of event. I fully understand the reasoning for not releasing all sketches for non violent events. This attack in a highly visible well traveled walk, bike and jog area on the bridge is disturbing. The brazenness of this person is beyond belief. Thank God this womans injuries were not severe. Also, my opinion on this kind of attack is that the Public needs to be warned that this occurred and the person is still at large. This happens everywhere every day, most cities do ask for help and warn the public. I have full confidence that you will catch this person, I just hope this occurs before another attack happens.
Respectfully, John M.

From: Janet F.
Subj: Blue Heron Bridge Attack

Both my sister and I are outraged at the laxity of our police staff. There is NO REASON why the composite of the would be rapist on blue heron bridge was not distributed by our police who supposedly "serve" us. Instead of chasing an out of town vacationer whose tail light was burned out and who was issued a summons for the light! , why were they not looking for a rapist!!!!!!!.  Maybe the police may pay attention once someone is raped, or murdered on the island. They still haven't caught the murderer of the man at 2700 ocean.  Pay attention to priorities, policeman. Remember, we pay your salaries!!! Get our station up and running for our safety as promised.  Keep cops here on the island also, not only on the west side. 


 [ Editor's note: Thank you for sending in your comments! There is certainly a lot going on around our wonderful little Island.  Please keep sending in your comments and they will be shared here with over 2165 of your neighbors.  Your Singer Island Civic Association WILL stay on these issues ]

  Here are a few links, please keep in mind that 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 we are 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 2165 neighbors! 

Every Thursday Night: 3 Reasons Why You Should Check Out the Sailfish Marina "Sunset Celebration" on Singer Island 


Sept 27: The Palm Beach Marriott at Singer Island Beach Resort and Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Association joins hundreds of thousands of people around the world for the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup.  Last year, nearly 650,000 people picked up more than 12 million pounds of trash along 13,000 miles of coastline.  Please join us: Saturday, September 27, 2014. Beach Front by the Tiki Bar Snacks and beverages will be provided Cleanup lasts 45-Minutes and is open to EVERYONE including the kids - Contact  for questions.

[ Editor's tip: if you can't walk up, you can park at ocean reef park and walk over to the reef grill.. looking forward to seeing you there! ]


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.

Oct 2: Waterfront Visitor Center Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 2 click here for more information and please CLICK HERE to RSVP or with any Questions. 


Nov 1: LagoonFest - Mark your calendars for 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, November 1 to discover a local treasure - Lake Worth Lagoon - at LagoonFest! LagoonFest is a free family-friendly festival that will be held in conjunction with the West Palm Beach Green Market on the lagoon's waterfront. The event will feature informational displays, hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages, as well live music. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit . Email us to learn about LagoonFest volunteer opportunities. 


Nov. 4: Singer Island Civic Association Meeting  @ The Palm Beach Shores Town Hall ....Mark your calendars!


Nov 8-9: The 2014 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit presented by Mosaic offers something for everyone. From a look at sustainability efforts in the southeast US to policy opportunities in Florida regarding federal regulations to celebrating the best practices across the state. 

Nov. 22: Shop 'Til YOU Drop 2014  - Don't Miss the Holiday Shopping Event of the Season to Benefit the Natural Science Education Programs at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach Saturday, November 22 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Dec 6: Inner City Youth Golfers', Inc.- Please join us! Your ICYG Community Giants Invitation, "2014 Annual Community Giants Recognition Dinner, Auction & Dance". They are now accepting sponsorships, please visit for more information or contact ICYG Founder Malachi Knowles,


View Recent City Council Meetings Here:  

Name▼ DateItemsDurationVideo
Regular MeetingSep 174604h00mPlay
Regular MeetingSep 033603h58mPlay

View Recent CRA Meetings Here:

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CRA SpecialSep 172009m52sPlay 
CRA SpecialSep 161301h16mPlay 

 (To view more archived city meetings - click here 


Upcoming Riviera Beach City Meetings: 


City News & Events:


Palm Beach Shores Event Calendar 

Clean & Green in September!  Check out the fun and educational events at our John D MacArthur park this month!   


Cool Link(s) of The Week: 


Raucous welcome at PBIA caps emotional Honor Flight day for WWII vets - A group of 76 World War II veterans returned from a Washington, D.C., sightseeing trip to an unexpected celebration in ...


[ Editor's note:  To those the have served, and to those that are currently serving ....Thank YOU for your service!


Weather Balloons Released from Singer Island - Port of Palm Beach Post - Weather Balloons were released from Singer Island about 4:45 (EST) Sunday September 21, 2014, to monitor the approaching thunder storm. 

A guide to standup paddleboarding in South Florida. - - Dania's Whiskey Creek, Lake Worth's inlet areas and Fort Lauderdale's canal system are so accessible that many paddleboarders don't head ...


Kayak Fishing in Singer Island Florida - - Kayak Fishing in Singer Island Florida. My family and I recently took a trip to Singer Island, a small peninsula off the eastern coast of Central Florida.  


Sunset over Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, Florida -  A nice picture of our lovely Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, Florida 


It's 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  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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