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Palm Beach Shores Property Owners 1-25-2015


(Click here) to see video!!!

If you did not, You really should watch this video. I love my town, and together we can make a difference!!! George Black Jr.

The Palm Beach Shores Property Owners Association had their annual “Chowder Tasting Event” on Jan. 25, 2015 from 6-pm. The chowders were excellent and a good time was had by everyone in attendance. The chowders were supplied by Duffy’s, Mediterranean Taverna, Sailfish Marina, the Islander Restaurant, Singer Island Marriott, Coconuts, and Johnny Longboats. Music was performed by Mangrove Mark who plays at the Sailfish every Sunday night, The attendees were Town Mayor John Workman, Town Council members, the Property Owners of Palm Beach Shores, and their guests. The admission was $5.00 for members and $10.00 for the general public.

Sons of Liberty

I am watched a mini series on the History Channel 51 on Comcast. This is great! Tune in on ( George

This was a good dramatization of the founding of our great nation. It was sponsored in part by the Samual Adams Brewing Co. therefore it is no surprise that he and bars were in the forefront. With all due respect, I believe that it is a good dramatization, but in reality there was more to the founding of this great nation than that. Most of our founding fathers were Master Masons, and met secretly to bring forth this new nation.

I am not sorry for my prejudice. George


Port dredging, and the Sand Transfer Plant.

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Port of Palm Beach inlet Sand Transfer Station.


The port meeting was opened in form and the pledge was given. The minutes were approved, and the meeting continued. There were several topics of business discussed the ones of most interest to me were the reports on the dredging of the Port of Palm Beach inlet, and the report on the Island Breeze.

It seems that The Port of Palm Beach is still dealing with shoaling problems in the inlet channel (the problem of sand washing into the depths of our inlet channel). This has been an ongoing problem for quite some time, and our sand transfer station operation has been intermittent at best for over a year. Thankfully the Army Corp of Engineers has been fervent in it’s efforts to keep our inlet to an acceptable depth for the safety and functionality of our Port.

There was discussion of the fact that if we improved the functionality of our transfer plant, and widened the sand pickup area, and if we could insure the constant depth of the current advertised depth of -33 ft. the need to deepen the inlet channel might be reduced. There was also talk of maybe keeping the current advertised depth, and just widening the channel 50 ft. to the north.

That having been said, the Army Corp of Engineers has already reapplied for the new speculated depth of -39 ft. with the environmental protection agencies. The permit for such construction is not expected to be approved for another two years. (THIS PARAGRAPH WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE DISCUSSION AT THE PORT MEETING).

It is this author’s belief that in spite of some opposition the Army Corp of Engineers will accomplish their purpose as the Port of Palm Beach does not just serve the people of Palm Beach County. Our Sea Port is global in nature, and serves the whole Continental United States and the world.

Touching on the Island Breeze, They are a midst bankruptcy, and currently have three motions before the court. They are in arrears for payments to the Port of Palm Beach, and their electricity to their vessel has recently been cut off. I guess this is a just wait and see moment.


Grand Celebration cruise line hailed from the Port of Palm Beach. Photo


We should  all be aware of the new cruse vessel the “GRAND CELEBRATION” that is to start sailing on the 1st of February, 2015. This was not a topic at the latest Port meeting; however, it is still worthy of mention.

(article by George Black Jr.)


Island Breeze update. If you watch the channel 5 video?

See the news channel 5 release on the Island Breeze! The Island Breeze is currently in Bankruptcy, and is trying to get the case dismissed. Their electricity was cut a few days ago at the Port of Palm Beach, and they are awaiting further orders from the court. They owe the Port of Palm Beach thousands of dollars. We will have to see how this plays out.


Two interesting links for the day.

Thoughts of Israel.

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I am trying to be understanding of my Commander and Chief, but somehow this just does not seem right.

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Singer Island Rotary Club, Palm Beach Shores (POA)


The Singer Island Rotary had its annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday January 10th, 2015 at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center in the Thomas R. Mills Community room. This annual event is sponsored to raise monies for the successful scholarship program. This program was developed to help deserving students to attain the education that they desire in the field that they excel in.

Your support of the Rotary events supports this and other worthy causes. After the breakfast there was an art show on the ground floor where the attendees of the Rotary Club’s breakfast could appreciate the art and maybe buy a piece or two.
Don’t forget, the Singer Island Rotary Club meets every Friday at the Sail Fish Marina at 12:15. in Palm Beach Shores. There is always good food and atmosphere with a group of friendly people.
In addition remember the Palm Beach Shores POA Annual chowder tasting event on January 24th, 2015 at 6pm at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center $5 members, $10 non members, and the annual Rotary Gala Ball, February 20, 2015, at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center the cost for the Ball is $75.00 donation. All these events are at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center located at 90 Edwards Lane. Call Dick Giles for reservation for the Rotary event. 561-596-7315


Special POPB Commission Meeting 1/6/2015



The Commissioners of the Port of Palm Beach had a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners on 1/6/2015. The purpose of this special meeting was to install any newly elected officers, and to set themselves to work.

The meeting was opened in form at about 4:00 p. m. (EST). All the required attendees were present. After the pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present, the inauguration of Commissioner Peyton W. McArthur began.

Commissioner Peyton W. McArthur was sworn in by the Honorable Paulette Burdick (Palm Beach County Commission), and the next chain of events was the Annual Election of Officers.

The following officers were then duly selected.

Commissioner  Blair J. Ciklin was elected as Chairman of the board of Commissioners for the Port of Palm Beach District. Commissioner Wayne M. Richards was selected as the Vice Chairman for the Commission, and Commissioner Jean L. Enright was chosen to fulfill the positions of Secretary/Treasurer. Commissioner Peyton W. McArthur was selected to be a liaison to Riviera Beach, and West Palm Beach.

The gavel was passed and then there was more brief business discussion. Then the meeting was adjourned so that all present could join with Commissioner Peyton W. McArthur  in his inauguration party.

(CLICK HERE) Brief video of the Port’s newest cruise vessel the “Grand Celebration”

Paris Hostage incident 1-9-2015 It is over!

6 dead in terror clashes in Paris, several hostages freed

PARIS (AP) — Two al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre came out of their hideaway with guns blazing Friday and were killed in a clash with security forces, French police said. Moments later, another hostage-taker in Paris was killed in a separate clash, along with three of his hostages.

France has been high alert since the country’s worst terror attack in decades – the massacre Wednesday in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

After the two separate hostage-taking incidents began Friday, city officials scrambled to protect residents and tourists from further attacks, shutting down a famed Jewish neighborhood, putting schools under lockdown and urging residents to stay indoors and remain vigilant.

By Friday afternoon, explosions and gunshots rang out and white smoke rose up outside a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, had holed up with a hostage.

Security forces had surrounded the building for most of the day. After the explosions, a police SWAT forces were seen on the roof of the building and a police helicopter landed nearby it.

Audrey Taupenas, spokeswoman for the town near the Charles de Gaulle airport, said the brothers died in the clash. Their hostage was freed.

Another gunman who took at least five hostages Friday afternoon at a kosher grocery in Paris also died in a nearly simultaneous raid there, said Gael Fabiano of the UNSA police union.

The gunman, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, had earlier threatened to kill his hostages if French authorities launched an assault on the two brothers, a police official said. The two sets of hostage-takers know each other, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the rapidly developing situation.

One other police officer said three hostages also died at the grocery. None could say what happened to the woman listed on a police bulletin as his accomplice.

Security forces stormed the Paris grocery near the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood minutes after news of clashes at the printing plant. Moments later, several people were seen being led out of the store. It was not clear exactly how many hostages had been inside or how many were freed.

Trying to fend off further attacks, the Paris mayor’s office shut down all shops along Rosiers Street in the city’s famed Marais neighborhood in the heart of the tourist district. Hours before the Jewish Sabbath, the street is usually crowded with shoppers – French Jews and tourists alike. The street is also only a kilometer (a half mile) away from Charlie Hebdo’s offices.

The gunman had burst shooting into the kosher store just a few hours before the Jewish Sabbath began, declaring “You know who I am,” the official recounted. The attack came before sundown when the store was crowded with shoppers. Several wounded people were able to flee, police said.

Paris police released photos of Coulibaly, also believed responsible for the roadside killing of a Paris policewoman, and one of a second suspect, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, who they said was his accomplice.

About 100 students were placed under lockdown in schools nearby and the highway ringing Paris was closed.

Hours before and 40 kilometers (25 miles) away , a convoy of police trucks, helicopters and ambulances streamed toward Dammartin-en-Goele, a small industrial town near Charles de Gaulle airport, to seize the Charlie Hebdo suspects, who had hijacked a car in a nearby town after more than two days on the run.

“They said they want to die as martyrs,” Yves Albarello, a local lawmaker inside the command post, told French television station i-Tele.

With the brothers trapped, Charles de Gaulle closed two runways to arrivals to avoid interfering in the standoff or endangering planes.

Both brothers had ties to terrorist networks. Cherif Kouachi was convicted of terrorism charges in 2008 for ties to a network sending jihadis to fight U.S. forces in Iraq.

A Yemeni security official said his brother, Said, is suspected of having fought for al-Qaida in Yemen. Another senior security official said Said was in Yemen until 2012. Both officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation into Kouachi’s stay in Yemen.

Both brothers were also on the U.S. no-fly list, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said.

Nine people, members of the brothers’ entourage, have been detained for questioning in several regions.

The satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo had long drawn threats for its depictions of Islam, although it also satirized other religions and political figures. The weekly paper had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, and a sketch of Islamic State’s leader was the last tweet sent out by the irreverent newspaper, minutes before the attack.

Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed in the newspaper attack, including the paper’s editor. Charlie Hebdo plans a special edition next week, produced in the offices of another paper.

Authorities around Europe have warned of the threat posed by the return of Western jihadis trained in warfare. France counts at least 1,200 citizens in the war zone in Syria – headed there, returned or dead. Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida have threatened France, home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim population.

Associated Press writers Lori Hinnant, Sylvie Corbet, Jamey Keaten, Elaine Ganley and Samuel Petrequin in Paris; Jill Lawless in London; and Ken Dilanian in Washington contributed to this report.