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Concealed Carry Act Memo

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Gun Safety: Concealed Carry Act Memo, 11282017
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Civics Education, Civility, Voting

The message at the Sunday, November 26 Celebration of America at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton was clear.  Civics Education, Civility and Voting are of the utmost importance to our democracy.

Dr. Robert Watson

Dr. Watson, pictured left speaking, reminded us that America was founded with Cooperation, Compromise and Consensus.  The LWVPBC Civics Education Committee will take the 3Cs to heart when working with the schools, community and other groups.







Elayne Goodman, Nikki Descoteaux and Dr. Tom Gabor

Attendees included: Dr. Robert Watson, Rep. Lori Berman, LWV PBC members pictured here left to right Elayne Goodman, Nikki Descoteaux, and Tom Gabor. Claire Press, Barbara Katz, Daniel Goldstein and Christene Campbell-Gabor were also in attendance.

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Neighbors in Palm Beach County are forming a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier while building a network of solar supporters.

Join us for an information session about the Solar Co-op!

Date, Time, Location
Driving Directions
Mon., December 4, 6pm
Vista Government Center
2300 N Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
I-95 to Okeechobee Blvd, exit westbound and
drive 4.7 miles over the Turnpike to N. Jog Road
Turn right (north) on N. Jog Road and drive .3 miles
Vista Government Center on the right (east side)

Sat., January 6th, 2018, 11am
South Florida Science Center & Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
I-95 to Southern Blvd, exit east and drive
.4 miles to Parker …
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2018 Legislative Season

Learn What’s Coming Up- 2018 Legislative Season

Senator Powell sealSenator Bobby Powell
FL Senate District 30

Senator Powell and his staff are gearing up for the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which is scheduled to begin January 9, 2018. Get a quick update on the Senator’s work anytime here.

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The committee meetings through which bills are considered for the 2018 Legislative Session began the week of October 9 and continue this week. Senator Powell sits on eight committees and has leadership positions on two; he’s already filed one bill. To see each day’s schedule for all Senate work, visit the Senate home page by clicking here.

Disaster AssistanceSustained support from FEMA

There is a very comprehensive range of post-storm services available via the Federal Emergency Management …

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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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Lake Okeechobee Dike Repair

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group


Lake OkeechobeeLake Okeechobee is the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the continental United States, covering 730 square miles. It was built in the 1930’s using sand, rocks, limestone, clay and peat that came from local dredging.  The federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds the lake requires significant reinvestment that commenced in 2001, but yet remains in desperate need of repair.

For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year old dike, there is always a fear that the earthen barrier might fail.  If the dike were built today, better material would be used and it would be packed tighter.

The Army Corps of Engineers oversees the Herbert Hoover Dike.  After Hurricane Irma caused a 3.5 foot

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Florida Citrus & Irma


By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

florida citrusHurricane Irma blew through Florida’s citrus crops on September 10th, littering the ground with the precious fruit and flooding the fields for days.  Irma arrived just weeks before the start of the grapefruit and orange harvests.  It may not be until the end of the season – March for grapefruits and May for oranges – before citrus farmers know the full impact of Irma’s destruction.  While most of us in Palm Beach County are getting back to normalcy, it’s a new normal for Florida’s agricultural industry.

The double whammy of wind and torrential rain is something that Florida citrus farmers never previously experienced.  Florida’s orange crop is expected to drop 21% (a 71 year

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Leadership Palm Beach County Update

By Debra Chandler

Deb ChandlerAfter a two-day orientation retreat in early September, intense learning was due to begin later that month.  Due to “Irma,” the first of the nine scheduled sessions was postponed until May.  We began with session two.

Debra Chandler, League Vice President, attended her first comprehensive session of Leadership’s “Engage” Program on public safety on October 11, 2017.  The morning began at 7:45 a.m. by boarding a bus to Palm Beach State College.  Over breakfast, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sheriff Rick Bradshaw addressed the 55-member class of future community leaders on public safety issues facing the county.  A tour of the Police Academy gun range and the Fire Academy followed, including a demonstration of fire extinguisher use.

The next stop was the Palm Beach County …

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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

by Nancy Gau

Open Enrollment period for ACA Health Insurance for 2018
begins Nov. 1, 2017 and ends Dec. 15, 2017.


For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-880-8242 or go to

These events have been organized and staffed by Health Council of Southeast Florida (,

and is being promoted by League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (


There are 9 enrollment events throughout Palm Beach County during this period:

Nov. 1 – (5:00pm-9:00pm) at Cidra Church in WPB

Nov. 4 – (12:00pm-4:00pm) at PBC Library on Summit Blvd. in WPB

Nov. 9 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at Boynton Beach City Library on S. Seacrest

Nov. 16 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at COMPASS on N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth

Nov. 18

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Expanding the Moving to Work program

Paving the way for more affordable housing: Expanding the Moving to Work Housing article    Greg Russ and Robin Snyderman – 

Public housing experts and regional planners don’t typically speak the same language, let alone collaborate. But the 2016 expansion of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) program has members of both circles talking.

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