Our Fabulous Fountain

It might not be clear which film actually won the Best Picture Oscar, but we’re certain of this: The Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain has been named “Project of the Year” by the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

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Photo: Palm Beach Daily News

“This is wonderful news for the residents of Palm Beach and a testament to the quality and importance of the work that was done to properly restore the beautiful Mizner Fountain for the next generation to enjoy,” said Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio.

Designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner, the 1929 double-bowl, cast-stone fountain had been scarred by corrosion from the tropical climate, coastal conditions, and scouring from the fountain’s normal water flow. The Town wanted to conserve as much of the original fountain as possible, especially the hippocamps – the four mythical horses of the sea. So the fountain was carefully disassembled and the pieces sent hither and yon for meticulous restoration.

So meticulous, it turns out, that it earned top honors in the Historic Restoration/Preservation category.

In short, our hippocamps rule.


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Bridge 2.0

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The Goliath groupers, apparently, love the old Flagler Memorial Bridge.

While the new four-lane bridge is inching toward completion (not nearly quickly enough, we note in a grumbling sort of tone), work crews render the old concrete span into pieces. Barges haul the slabs out to a 35-foot depth and dump them into the Atlantic, forming an artificial reef. The first section is in place, and the fish are already starting to find it.

If someone hasn’t already named it Bridge Reef, they should.

Artificial reefs like this provide fresh habitats for marine life. The Sun-Sentinel reports that by the end of the bridge demolition, more than 22,000 tons of material will create near-shore reef environments from Jupiter to Boca Raton. These structures create more habitats for young fish to grow and mature before they head out into deeper waters.

The 30-foot lengths are stacked atop one another, which creates the kinds of nooks and crannies fish love. The rough surfaces encourage the buildup of algae, sea fans, sponges and coral. Project managers expect to see not only schools of bait fish, but snapper, angelfish, and nurse sharks.

What a nice encore for the 75-year-old bridge. Bravo!


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Showboating

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The Palm Beach International Boat Show gives you a choice: You can chill, wander and browse the big boats, or you can really jump in and make it a long weekend of adventure and experiences.

The 32nd annual event, along the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach, begins Thursday, March 23, and stays through the weekend. (Our insider secret? In the days leading up to the show, camp out at the North Bridge for a little bit. Last year, we saw a breathtaking parade of show boats, not a one under 120 feet, all in a magnificent row.)

Here’s what’s on offer:

IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting 14 seminars, free with show admission, featuring instruction by South Florida captains and anglers. For more information, please visit the IGFA website.

Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future

Interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish and fishing ethics. Upon completion of all learning stations, participants are eligible to win special prizes. Clinics are free with show admission and take place in the Meyer Amphitheater Field at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

CruiserPort

Presented by PassageMaker magazine, CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by industry professionals. It’s the direct portal into the cruising lifestyle! For more information, visit PassageMaker.com.

AquaZone

The AquaZone’s 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000-gallon demonstration pool (atthe Meyer Amphitheater area) will be home to in-water demos and hands-on testing. Expect to see live paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercrafts, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, the Evinrude G-2 outboard, a WaveJet self-propelled SUP, and VersaDock modular docking systems.

Hands-On Boat Handling Classes

Basic and advanced docking skills, open water boat handling, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, and more. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended. Visit the show website for the full schedule of classes.

2017 Show Schedule: Thursday, March 23: Noon-7 p.m.; Friday, March 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


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Take Me to Nicklaus Village

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Once upon a time, your best chance for a great view of the Honda Classic-clinching putt was to:

  1. Be one of the golfers in the day’s final pairing.
  2. Be one of those players’ caddies.
  3. Be in front of a television.

No longer.

At this year’s Honda, played this Thursday through Sunday on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, you can enjoy the action from the Legends Club at Nicklaus Village, an enclosed ground-level box and private, front-row viewing patio at the 18th green.

Cut underneath the elevated skyboxes, the Legends Club is a 2,000-square-foot, climate-controlled hospitality venue with floor-to-ceiling glass. Wide-screen televisions will be programmed to The Honda Classic’s national telecasts. The menu will include full breakfast and lunch offerings, upscale seafood and carving stations and a full bar.

“The Legends Club at Nicklaus Village is the highest-level individual ticket we have ever created,” says Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. “It’s our version of high-end, exclusive hospitality.”

Legends Club Tickets are $750 and are sold for individual days. Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2017 Honda Classic are on sale on the tournament website or by calling (844) 846-6328.

This year’s field includes Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Charles Howell III, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuisen, Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, and Camilo Villegas.


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Speaking of Horses…

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You’re packing to come south for Season, and you have a place for everything except the horse. What to do?

The brains behind the Staller app have it all figured out. Download the app, and search for boarding facilities by city, dates, discipline, and equestrian event.

Bringing your three beauties to Wellington in March? Staller gives you 19 options, ranging in price from $450 to $4,260 for the month. The app also generates a locator map, so you can research a stall that’s convenient to the location of your event.

Local property owners can also list equine accommodations through Staller, which was developed by a pair of Wellington horse-lovers and is generally specific to the Palm Beach area, with a handful of more far-flung locations.


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Palm Beach Masters

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Palm Beach + horses = polo, yes?

Usually… but not always. From Feb. 2-5, Deeridge Farms in Wellington will host the Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, a world-class show jumping event.

The primary focus will be on riders hoping to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in March, but there will be additional classes for both junior and amateur riders as well. We imagine the Masters, set for the second straight year on Deeridge’s 300 acres, will be spectacular.

“We completely re-did our grass field and the drainage system with the idea being that if we were to get another 4 inches of rain, like we did last year the night before the competition, we would still be able to use the grass ring,” said Charlie Jacobs, president of the Palm Beach Masters, alongside brother Louis. “We also expanded the all-weather footing arena so it’s almost double the size of what it was last year.”

VIP tables for six ($10,000) are available in the Taylor Harris Club, which features ringside dining, preferred parking and VIP access. General access on Feb 2-3 is complimentary; on the weekend, the charge is a nominal $20 per car for parking, with no additional tickets needed.

Visit the Palm Beach Masters website for the complete schedule of events.


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Which Way to the Beach?

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You’re in town and (of course) you want to go to the beach. But unless you’re parked right near the clock tower and can walk right across Ocean Boulevard and out onto the sand, how are you going to find the nearest legal beach access point?

It’s a problem, especially in the North End. Last fall, Palm Beach real estate attorney Guy Rabideau created a solution. His firm’s website is home to an innovative Beach Access locator tool. Enter any address on the island, and the tool returns the closest legal access point, whether public or private. Most of the oceanfront gates are privately owned, but some allow public use and Rabideau’s nifty online tool lets you know which ones.

The search tool took more than a year to complete and test. “To my knowledge, nobody has ever attempted something like this,” Rabideau told The Shiny Sheet. “There are so many ambiguities out there regarding beach access.”

The search tool is also a valuable resource for potential home buyers, who unfortunately can’t presume that properties near the beach have easy access to the beach.


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Women in the Window

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Photo courtesy of Women in the Window International

Palm Beach hosts hundreds of benefits every Season. We can’t hope to spotlight every one, but here’s a cause we find especially moving – Women in the Window International, a faith-based mission working to equip female leaders and end the cycle of oppression and abuse in the 10/40 Window and beyond.

Working with ministry partners in Africa, Asia, America and the Middle East, WiW employs five training strategies to influence the lives of oppressed women and girls:

  • Heart (spiritual formation),
  • Hands (economic empowerment)
  • Head (leadership)
  • Health (“wholistic” care)
  • Advocacy (human rights activity)

The group’s Third Annual Spring Luncheon will be held on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, Feb. 14) at The Beach Club (755 North County Road, Palm Beach). A silent auction begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon.

The event will feature Salima Kateb, a women’s ministry leader in North Africa, who will share the hopes held by women in the Arab world, where life is anything but secure. Executive Director Kim Kerr will provide an overview of Women in the Window International’s groundbreaking work.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the involvement of the Palm Beach community for most of this decade,” Kerr says. “As a result, we’ve seen countless women’s lives changed in some of the most desperate situations in the world.”

Click here to reserve individual seats ($100) or a table for 10 ($1,000); please reserve by Tuesday, Feb. 7. For more information or to donate, visit the website, email Hannah Cahill, or call 561-249-5377.


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Polo for a Purpose

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Photo courtesy of Polo for a Purpose

Polo? Pretty. But “Polo For A Purpose”? Now that’s pretty perfect.

Palm Beachers tend to stay pretty close to home when it comes to galas, events, and recreation. The major exception? Polo.

Now in its fourth year, Polo for a Purpose is a local charity event benefiting ­the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year’s sellout raised $360,000 to aid LLS in its mission to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma

Expect Monday, Jan. 16, to be an action-packed day at the prestigious International Polo Club in Wellington. Festivities begin at noon, with a poolside cocktail reception, gourmet luncheon, both live and silent auctions and, of course, a professional four-on-four high goal polo match.

After the match, Gipsy Sound Revolution takes the stage. Launched in 2011 by former Gipsy Kings drummer Cedric Leonardi, the band says it’s “blazing a new musical trail with an ecstatic Indo-Gypsy sound revolution.”

Event organizers hope to draw double last year’s attendance of 600, so book your tickets and tents now.


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Free on the Three

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Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Par Three

You don’t often string these four words together:

Free. Golf. Palm Beach.

Our very own Palm Beach Par Three, one of the nation’s premier short courses, is hosting an afternoon of education, motivation and entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 3-4:30 p.m.

You can meet the teaching staff and hear each of the six instructors share their own personal golf secrets. The instruction staff:

  • Kellie Stenzel: Golf magazine Top 100.
  • Gene George:S. Open and PGA Tour player.
  • Tim McCoy: 40-year member of the PGA .
  • Brad Costa: Instructor to many of the top juniors in the area.
  • Jack Saffold: Coach to many long drive champions.
  • Steve Madsen: Highly regarded SFPGA member.

The clinic will be held on the driving range. There’s no charge to attend, but the course asks that you call (561) 547-0598 to let them know you’re coming.


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