Singer Island Civic Association

Singer Island Voice | Update #41 | Jan. 23, 2014 

 (Now reaching over 2700 neighbors each week!)


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Our 2015 Membership Drive is HERE!
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difference for Singer Island!


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SICA Candidates Forum - for the Riviera Beach Municipal Elections will be February 12th
6:30pm mingle - meeting starts @ 7pm

Palm Beach Shores Town Hall



Voter Registration

If you are a NEW Florida resident and have not registered to vote, or you have relocated from within the state to Singer Island, please register or update your information TODAY ... 

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Singer Island Area News of The Week:    

Port of Palm Beach will revisit smaller dredging and expansion project - Palm Beach Post - Palm Beach Shores vice mayor Myra Koutzen said, "The dredging of the inlet is of paramount importance to those of us on Singer Island.". 


Officials say Riviera audit reveals tickets to Dolphins game, and steak dinners - WPEC - New details are coming to light in connection with an audit of spending by the city of Riviera Beach. The Palm Beach ...

[ Editor's note: please see OIG report  below for further detail. ]


Florida venture capital doubles from 2013, but still below 2000 levels - Palm Beach Post (blog) - Fish oil maker Sancilio & Co. of Riviera Beach raised $20 million in 2014, while Tyrogenex of West Palm Beach landed $15 million. Now the bad: ...


Hot Real Estate News: Florida's Pre-Construction Condo Market Is Back In Business - Virtual-Strategy Magazine - ... buildings are planned or already under construction in Juno Beach, Longboat Key, New Smyrna Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Singer Island.

Palm Beach Gardens considers limit to dancing 'billboards' on streets - Palm Beach Post - Bushes block Heavenly Foot Massage's $6,000 sign, so if not for their sign spinner dancing on the sidewalk with a portable sign four hours a day, five ...


Kegs Of Cold Brew On Tap From Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co. - New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog) - Together, they recently launched Rabbit Coffee Roasting Company from their Riviera Beach warehouse, where they roast day-in, day-out to produce a ...


USGA to honor Barbara Nicklaus - ESPN Barbara Nicklaus, wife of 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, will be the 2015 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf ... 


Famous Five: Jack Nicklaus' Key Major-Winning Clubs - According to the now 85-year-old Wullkotte, who still works three days a week at Club Masters in North Palm Beach, one thing Nicklaus did change ...


[ Editor's Note: Congrats Mrs. Nicklaus and Happy birthday Jack! and thank you to the entire Nicklaus family for all that you do, and have done our local commUNITY! ]  


Sports & Recreation - Palm Beach Post - The West Palm Beach Fishing Club's 78th annual Silver Sailfish Derby based out of the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island concluded on Jan. 9.



Other News:


The Palm Beach County Inspector General has issued ANOTHER new report:  01-21-15 - Riviera Beach - Cash Disbursement Controls Audit - 2015-A-0002


Did you know?  Palm Beach County has an Inspector General Program, here is a brief introduction pulled from their website:  Our purpose (why we exist) is to provide independent and objective insight, oversight, and foresight in promoting efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity in government. Our promise (what we do) is to accomplish this through conducting audits, investigations, and contract oversight activities. Our values (how we behave) of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence reflect our PRIDE in serving the citizens of Palm Beach County.   


If you have any questions, comments or issues to report in our area, please contact Inspector General John Carey's office  at 561-233-2350.


[ Editor's note: Mr Carey will be our speaker at the March SICA meeting.  He will be sharing his impressive background, as well as his team's valuable and important new mission here in Palm Beach County. For more information or to report your concerns, please visit Palm Beach County OIG  or anonymously call the IG Hotline: 877-283-7068  (Toll Free) ]




Got History? Riviera Beach Wants Your History Mementos 

In anticipation of the opening of the new Event Center at the Marina, a special committee has been meeting for several months to plan a presentation of the history of Riviera Beach. The multi-faceted presentation is anticipated to include oral histories, timelines, vertical exhibits and display cases. Areas in the new building have been set aside to present the history of Riviera Beach. 

"The Committee is charged with developing and implementing a professional installation/display that will present the history of Riviera Beach in a dynamic and engaging way," said Conrad Koller, the chair of the Committee. "We anticipate having a fixed exhibit and seasonal/rotating presentations." he continued.
The committee is seeking donations and/or loans of items that highlight the city's history.

Suggested items being sought include:
1. Brochures from tourist related organizations/businesses/hotels/etc.
2. Pictures that show how the city used to look like (the beach, other recreation venues, streets, neighborhoods, stores, businesses, older buildings, etc.)
3. Flyers from community-wide events, signs or political messages, News articles, community service announcements, etc.
4. Industry related promotions, pictures and paraphernalia --
a. Anything having to do with the railroad and its effect on the City and surrounding areas
b. Pictures relating to the fishing industry  and /or  the Conch families
5. Evidence of weather related events -- results/damages caused by hurricanes, floods, cold, etc.
6. Famous people related to Riviera Beach 
7. Anything that would showcase community organizations, (like the VFW, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, etc.)
8. School or other educational promotions
9. Significant church newsletters or weekly programs; funeral programs, souvenir journals that would be a great source of neighborhood and/or family information ... related pictures
10. Other items of interest


Items can be scanned and returned to their owners unharmed. If you believe you have an item of value for this effort, you may drop it off at the Riviera Beach CRA offices (2001 Broadway, Suite 300; Riviera Beach, FL.) Please include your name and indicate whether you want the item returned to you. If you have any questions, please call 305-290-1196 or e-mail



City of Riviera Beach announces the availability of a small business loan fund. 


Loan Fund Purpose:

  • Fašade and Leasehold Improvements

  • Equipment Purchases

  • Business Acquisition or Expansion; including permanent working capital associated
    with a 12 to 24-month projection of income and assessment of stabilized revenues

  • Other Business Purpose Loans as approved by the Loan Committee

Eligible Businesses:

  • Individual Businesses

  • Business Entities - Corporations, Partnerships, for-profit companies, non profit companies

  • Sole Proprietorships

Loan Amount:

$10,000 - $1,000,000 and $10,000 - $500,000 for start-up businesses. 

The loans are an incentive tool to attract and retain small businesses within the CRA District; particularly Ocean Mall, the Riviera Beach Marina (Event Center, Restaurant Row and Public Market), and the Broadway and Blue Heron corridors. Please visit this link for more information and eligibility requirements.




Volunteers needed to assist local citizens
Volunteers are needed to help provide a free public service at a new location in Riviera Beach  that will assist people to complete and file their Income Tax Returns.  All volunteers will be thoroughly trained on all aspects of tax preparation. No tax background is needed although it wouldn't hurt. Other Volunteers are needed to sign people in and help with paperwork. The program, called "Tax-Aide" is conducted in cooperation with the IRS and is organized by the AARP Foundation. Volunteers, as well as those being assisted by the program can be any age. Conrad Koller, a local volunteer for the last several years, is organizing this new location in order to allow more people to get their taxes done for free. All returns are double checked for accuracy and are securely electronically filed, allowing for a quicker refund.
The new location will operate Wednesdays from February 4, to April 15, 2015 at the Riviera Beach  Public Library. Hours are 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  To find out more about volunteering or to sign up, please click here - or E-mail Conrad Koller at CJKOLLER2@JUNO.COM 



Our Florida State Representative Bill Hager to Hold Mobile Office Hours - Constituents should feel free to come out if they need assistance on a state issue, or just want to introduce themselves. Notary service can be available at no cost to with advance notice. Please call (561) 470-6607 to request a notary public. Singer Island/Palm Beach Shores - Monday, January 26, 2015 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Palm Beach Shores Town Hall, 247 Edwards Lane, Palm Beach Shores

Contact: Beth Lerner: 561-470-6607 or 






The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new deadline for REAL ID compliance. That new deadline is October 1, 2020. This new deadline eliminates all previous DHS compliance deadlines. A REAL ID includes state-issued driver licenses and ID cards

or a current passport.



Upcoming Island, City and Area Events:

Please send us any upcoming event notices, press releases, and or your input on Island we can get the word out here!


Just in from Palm Beach Shores:

Our 26th Annual PBS St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  We are interested in any group that would like to participate especially those that involve music.  We have several fundraisers upcoming, the first of which is a Spaghetti Dinner at the Lake Park VFW on Saturday, January 31st at 6 PM.  The donation is $8.00 per person.  Please contact us at or 845-0635. Thanks from Julie Ahearn 


Friday, January 23: South Florida Fair West Palm Beach Visit West Palm Beach - The South Florida Fair West Palm Beach is Florida's top rated fair. Taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds, the fair spans throughout 17 days in ... 


Sunday Jan 25th: Brother Sun brings harmony show to Lake Park - Palm Beach Post - The hard-touring act plays the Mos' Art Theater in Lake Park on Sunday as part of a 10-show run through Florida. "We haven't played Florida since ...

Thursday, February 12th: Save the date for the Next SICA Meeting: Candidates Forum and more good stuff, details to follow next week  - 7pm at Palm Beach Shores Town Hall  


Saturday, February 14, 2015: Singer Island "LET'S SHOW OUR BEACHES SOME LOVE"  Island-wide Beach Cleanup - Singer Island Civic Association and Ritz-Carlton Residences are organizing an island-wide Beach Cleanup beginning in February.  Visit the link for more details and please contact Joy Africano at or 716-228-2588 if you would like to organize this for your building.


 -This Event has been postponed.  More details to follow as we get them.


Saturday, March 7th: TEAM TIARA CHALLENGES OTHER SINGER ISLAND CONDOS TO BEAT THEM IN MARCH 7 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS AT DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS -(click the link for more detail) - Team Tiara, a group of residents from the Tiara Condominium that annually joins a walk for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, is issuing a challenge to all the other condo associations on Singer Island to compete with them in this year's March 7 walk. 


Date change: An organizing meeting for team captains and co-captains from each participating Singer Island condo will be held (Date Changed to Thursday, Feb. 5) in Tiara's 42nd story Marquis lounge. 

"This will be a great way for residents from different Singer Island buildings to get to know each other and have fun while helping homeless animals," said JB Dixson, co-chair of the Tiara team. 

"We are looking forward to hosting team leaders from other buildings on the island so we can build a friendly competition."

Anyone interested in forming a team for their building or POA may email for more information.   

 [ Editor's note: Thank you Team Tiara for sending in this news ...and for taking the lead AND in challenging our neighbors to take part in this fun commUNITY event to benefit the Peggy Adams Rescue League!  ]


Please send in your event notices, scoop and input to be shared here next Friday, with 2574 of your neighbors.


City of Riviera Beach Event Calendar 

View Recent City Council Meetings Here: 

Name▼ DateItemsDurationVideo
Regular MeetingJan 21, 20154004h09mPlay

 (archived city meetings - click here 


Recent CRA Meetings Here: 

Name ▼ Date ItemsDurationVideo
CRAJan 14, 20153102h53mPlay 



Upcoming Riviera Beach City Meetings: 

  • 2/4/2015 - City Council Meeting (it's not listed on the Calendar but PLEASE save this date for the first reading of the proposed updates of Coastal Construction Building Codes). Your SICA Team will keep you posted on this important issue.
  •  2/12/2015 - Planning and Zoning Board


Riviera Beach City Events: 

Riviera Beach City News:  

Palm Beach Shores Event Calendar  

    Palm Beach Shores Meetings: 

    Jan 23, 2015 - Environmental Committee

    Jan 26, 2015 - Commission Meeting
    Jan 27, 2015 - Candidate Qualification
    Jan 27, 2015 - Planning and Zoning Board

    Palm Beach Shores News:  

 MacArthur Beach State Park Event Calendar
 Click the link for more information on the many events at the Park this month!    


 First Day Hike at MacArthur Park provides "Real Florida" experience - Palm Beach Post-Located at the north end of Singer Island, it's open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to sunset. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. 10900 Jack ...



Cool and Notable Link(s) of The Week:  


Whitelaw's name etched in Binghamton business history - Press & Sun-Bulletin- ... always had their lunch at the then Olympia Tea Room, on Chenango Street toward Court Street," said Reid, who lives in Singer Island, Fla.


A Crush on the Homecoming Queen - New York Times-He is a son of Victoria B. Saunders and Paul H. Saunders of Singer Island, Fla. His mother is president of the Chrysalis Institute, a cultural ...

Video report. - Florida Trend - Darren Weissman 32, known as Doctor Dribble, is a private basketball instructor and personal trainer who runs marathons while dribbling two basketballs simultaneously. He is preparing for the Miami Marathon.  


Russet The Bulldog Struggles Mightily To Fit Bone Through Door - A fun little video that has gone viral.  bulldog and his new bone..

It's Back! "The 2015 Honda Classic Birdies for Children!" Guess how many Birdies the pros will make during "The Honda Classic" at the PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, February 26 - March 1, 2015 and you may walk away with a brand new 2015 Honda automobile AND help Inner City Youth Golfers', Inc. (ICYG) at the very same time.  Just to give you a hint, the amount of Birdies made during the 2014 Honda Classic was 1,363. 


We Love Singer Island:  Check out the current beach/ocean conditions on the Live Beach Cam...and get out there!

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: in Munyon'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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