Hot Topics

Hot Topics

Hot Topics
  • A series of luncheon meetings with a speaker at each, discussing one of our Key Issues.
  • There is a $25 fee to attend and you must pre-reserve.
  • Held at Atlantis Country Club.
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Hot Topic- Rising Sea Level

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Rising Sea Level

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Annual Meeting & April Hot Topic

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April Hot Topic

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Black History Month

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Black History Month

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Hot Topics- Who Makes the Decisions for Us?

HOT TOPIC from January 17, 2018

Speaker: Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq., District 3

PBC vs. State of Florida

Who Makes the Decisions for Us?

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Reviewed by Marsha Vinson

The impact of this Hot Topics presentation by Mr. Kerner, a highly accomplished public servant with active private sector experience, will continue to have tremendous legal significance to our League.  Mr. Kerner was introduced by Linda Geller-Schwartz, Voting Rights Co-Chair.


State Pre-emption of Local Regulations

To properly understand Florida State vs. Palm Beach County decision-making, an understanding of the legal doctrine of State Pre-emption is important for League members.  The doctrine refers to the state intent to preempt all local regulations that are in a particular area.  This is a complex subject …

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Sugar Tour

Sugar Tour to Florida Crystals – Wednesday, January 24th.

Tour is limited to 40 people.

Sign up by clicking HERE – deadline January 14th. 

Please contact Keeter Martinson with questions,

Lunch and transportation from the Palm Beach Outlets provided. We will be picking up from the Palm Beach Outlet Mall at 7:30 and will leave no later than 7:45 am.

Attire for the day is suggested to be socks, sneakers or rubber sole shoes. Khakis or denim pants and shirts with sleeves. No boat sh amoes or slippers.

Here is a tentative itinerary of the day:

8:30 am- Arrive at the ACE

8:45 am- Environmental overview by Sharon Trost

9:15 am- Overview of Research & Development

9:45 am- Precision Agriculture

10:15 am- Visit greenhouse

10:45 am- …

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Hot Topic- January Meeting

Hot Topic- January Meeting


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
Lake Worth


Palm Beach County Authority vs. State of Florida Authority

Who Makes the decisions for Palm Beach County

Featuring PB County Commissioner Dave Kerner


The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host this informative event from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd. in Lake Worth.

The special guest speaker will be Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, who will discuss what happens when a higher level of government takes regulatory power from a lower level and thwarts the rule of the people.

Do you want the state to overrule county decisions on taxes, permits, fees, land use and environmental issues? Should counties and municipalities be able to opt out

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Bio: Dave Kerner

Dave KernerDave Kerner is a County Commissioner for Palm Beach County and a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is a former police officer, special prosecutor, and also is a practicing complex litigation trial attorney in West Palm Beach. He is known as a leader on issues relating to constitutional law, criminal law, judicial issues, and law enforcement issues. He lives in Lake Worth and is married to Jacqueline Kerner.

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Hot Topic: November Meeting


By Marsha Vinson


Suzanne CabreraThe November Hot Topics Luncheon speaker, Suzanne Cabrera, shared her wealth of knowledge in the area of Workforce/Affordable Housing with League members.  Suzanne (pictured right) is the President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County.


Many Affected by the Crisis

Suzanne, a descendant of Susan B. Anthony, made the audience aware that Palm Beach County truly does have a housing crisis.  She stressed that the crisis affects not only the homeless, but also service and minimum wage workers as well as teachers and county employees.

Many people who League members do business with are living paycheck to paycheck or have no place to live in the county despite holding a steady job. Wages have not …

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Bio: Suzanne Cabrera

Suzanne Cabrera, Florida Housing CoalitionSuzanne Cabrera is the President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County (HLC). The HLC is a non-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 by community and business leaders to address workforce/affordable housing issues. The organization is an action-oriented coalition of businesses, civic, and community leaders working to increase the availability and attainability of housing for the areas workforce. Specifically, Ms. Cabrera works on the development and preservation of affordable/workforce housing including financing of projects through private and public sources and addressing regulatory barriers that increase the cost of housing. As part of this effort, the HLC convenes a wide variety of public, private, non-profit, and municipal partners including business executive, developers, lenders, CRAs, CDCs, housing authority, as well as local, state, and federal agencies to develop …

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Hot Topics-Workforce Housing in PBC

Read Suzanne Cabrera’s Bio

Register online HERE or by calling Estelle Friedman 561-968-4123.

5.5×8.5 affordable housing (5)


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