In the Press 2019


Buildings going up fast at former Testa’s site in Palm Beach

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Buildings at the former Testa’s restaurant site in the 200 block of Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach are quickly coming to fruition. Work is ahead of schedule on the 1.3-acre site and is set to finish in early 2020, according to Cody Crowell, managing director of construction for the Frisbie Group. Each of the six buildings in the complex will have two floors: a restaurant and shops on the bottom, and a luxury condominium on the top. The first, second and third buildings face Royal Poinciana Way, and the other three buildings face Sunset Avenue.


Palm Beach leaders envision more vibrant business climate in town

JANUARY 30, 2019

Business and civic leaders at a workshop Tuesday drew on their experience and ideas to paint a collective picture of what the business climate in Palm Beach could be. Their vision: businesses that thrive year-round, are more inviting to the public, focused on the future, and entrepreneurial in spirit but grounded in the values and aesthetic of the town. More than 40 people attended the town-sponsored workshop at Town Hall, where speakers called for revamping antiquated town regulations and streamlining government oversight so it’s more welcoming to commerce…


Local voices: We need native plants to support our native birds, butterflies and bees

JANUARY 27, 2019

Editor’s Note: Resident Kim Frisbie is a member of the Garden Club of Palm Beach and a transplant from Pennsylvania and Boston with a master’s of science in ornamental horticulture from the Longwood Program at the University of Delaware. She has written for Horticulture Magazine and her gardening column ran in several Philadelphia newspapers for several years. Look for her columns regularly in this space… The operative word is sustainability. Our Palm Beach tropical paradise will remain as such only as long as we allow and encourage healthy, biodiverse ecosystems to flourish. In creating our magnificent green landscapes, many of us have forgotten to maintain habitat for the original inhabitants, including our birds, butterflies and bees…


Palm Beach to hold second business workshop Tuesday

JANUARY 26, 2019

Business leaders, town staff and the public will join in a workshop Tuesday to discuss how to make business more vibrant and prosperous in Palm Beach. “We are hopeful we will be able to identify certain issues we need to tackle as a community,” said Cody Crowell, construction manager for the Frisbie Group, which is redeveloping the old Testa site on Royal Poinciana Way. The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Town Council chambers at Town Hall. It’s a followup to last year’s business workshop at Town Hall…


Editorial: Preservation Foundation series helps Palm Beach take serious look at rising waters

The waters are rising. Finally, somebody here is paying attention. Kudos go out to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for its Rising Water Series, which kicked off earlier this month with a talk by environmental journalist Jeff Goodell. He is the author of “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.” His lecture was the first in a monthly series through April. Next month will be “Impacts of a Changing Ocean on South Florida” to be followed by talks on preserving property values and the “Search for Flood Solutions at Farnsworth House.”