Palm Beach Blog

landscapingtrailwoodWelcome to the Palm Beach Today blog.  Over the course of the past several years, I have been engaged with some do it yourself projects as well as increasing professional knowledge with continuing education.  At many points during my educational experiences, I realized that there was not a good web resource for several of the items I had encountered and that common knowledge to professionals is not all that common for a do it yourselfer or non-professional.  I have always been a strong proponent of learning new things whether it be as simple as fixing a broken sprinkler head in the yard or as complex as staying updated professionally on the ever changing Accounting standards.

I have decided to use this venue as a way to look at my day to day experiences in the Palm Beaches and Palm-Beach-Gardens-930x363share some tips and tricks.  Living in West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, and Jupiter over the past many years there has been an accumulation of knowledge that may be helpful to new comers to Palm Beach and long-time residents alike.  These experiences stem from a personal level as well as professional.

My professional background has enabled me to have diverse experiences throughout the years.  Starting out in the hotel industry when I was in college, I spent many years in the back of the house food and accounting_jason_bloom_palm_beachbeverage operations with some great operational experiences.  After realizing that there were jobs that didn’t require you to work every weekend, I elected to obtain my masters degree in Accounting and move into a more analytical role.  I have spent many years working in Accounting in Palm Beach Gardens where I hold/held many positions including the CFO role in several companies.

This blog will take a bit of a different approach and show what day to day life is like living in Florida.  The Florida lifestyle not only includes sun and fun but also going to work, mowing the grass, irrigation repairs, pressure washing, grocery shopping, etc not to mention all the family responsibilities.  Living in paradise is great when you have time to enjoy it but you still need to get your day to day work done.  Hopefully a few tips and tricks will save some time.

DIY…Landscape Lighting

I finally took a few hours and installed some landscape lights. I think it turned out nicely. They were installed to highlight the Coconut Palm Trees and the Royal Poinciana’s. Total costs were around $100 as someone generously gave me their old landscape lights which had LED bulbs in them and just needed a quick paint job. Costs about $4 a month in electricity to light 7 lights for 10 hours a night.  We will probably install a few smart switches to run them from dusk to midnight.  No need to keep them lit up all night while everyone is sleeping!

2017 Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa loses Tiger Woods and Rory McIroy!!

Event: The 2017 Honda Classic
Dates: February 20-26, 2017
Location: PGA National Resort & Spa,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Author: Jason Bloom

Well it looks like two of the top names in golf Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are not going to be playing this year in the Honda Classic hosted at PGA National Resort & Spa due to lingering injuries.  There are still quite a few players to watch next weekend as the Honda Classic kicks off.  Justin Thomas, Danny Willett, Tyrell Hatton, &  Matthew Fitzpatrick look like they will be playing.  You can find the entire player field on Honda Classic’s Website.

Source: Palm Beach Post, 2017

10 Best Things to Do in Palm Beach as outlined by Discover the Palm Beaches


Clematis-West-Palm-Beach-Jason-Bloom1.  Clematis Street & Downtown West Palm Beach
2. CityPlace
3. Norton Museum of Art
4. Antique Row Art & Design District
5. Northwood Village
6. South Florida Science Museum & Aquarium
7. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
8. Palm Beach Outlets
9. Mounts Botanical Gardens
10. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches

If you want to find out more about each venue please visit Discover the Palm Beaches for details.

2017 Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa

the-honda-classic-jason-bloom-pga-national-resortEvent: The 2017 Honda Classic
Dates: February 20-26, 2017
Location: PGA National Resort & Spa,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Author: Jason Bloom

The 2017 Honda Classic takes place in a few weeks at the PGA National Resort & Spa Champions Course.  The event is a four day tournament with several days of pro ams and practice rounds.  Many of the world’s best golfers will be in attendance to compete for the win.  The tournament is not only a great event for golf fans but a great family outing with musical entertainment and the ability to walk 18 holes on PGA National’s Champions course.  If you want to check out the event please take a look at the Honda Classic website.  The event has always been very entertaining and it looks like this year will be no different.

Summary: Jason Bloom takes a look at the 2017 Honda Classic Hosted at PGA National Resort & Spa

New Luxury Box available for the 2017 Honda Classic hosted at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, FL a new spot for CEO’s, CFO’s, and VP’s of Sales to entertain clients.

A History of Palm Beach Gardens & PGA of America


On March 20, 1959, John D. MacArthur, multimillionaire insurance magnate and landowner, announced plans to develop approximately 4,000 acres and provide homes for 55,000 people in a new community. The land would be developed under his careful supervision. Mr. MacArthur’s chosen name for the City was Palm Beach City. However, permission to use that name was denied, so MacArthur, in keeping with his “garden city” plan, decided to call the City Palm Beach Gardens. He wanted this new City to be a place to raise a family and earn a living – to realize the American dream. With this in mind, he set to work carving the City of Palm Beach Gardens from empty miles of dairy cattle grazing land.

Mr. MacArthur envisioned the City streets lined with trees and flowers. Millions of dollars were wisely invested by MacArthur to create a Florida community with hundreds of waterways, rolling terrain, magnificent mature pine and shade trees, and rich foliage. Because Mr. MacArthur was a lover of trees and Mother Nature, he instructed that City streets and construction go around trees that had been growing there for many years.  Click here for the history of the Banyan trees.  This made for an expensive proposition but he wanted to build a City that was entirely new and unblemished. Churches were the first buildings to be built in the City. He wanted to ensure that the City had a variety of houses of worship to serve residents of all faiths.

By 1964, Mr. MacArthur was satisfied with the industry and recreation in Palm Beach Gardens. He heard that the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) was looking for a new site for their home offices and golf courses. MacArthur donated more than $2,000,000 to the project. In March 1965, the clubhouse was completed and the PGA moved in. Several PGA tournaments, including the Seniors and the World Cup, were hosted by the City in 1971, but the relationship would not last. In 1972, the PGA moved from the property that would become the J.D.M. Country Club.

The City of Palm Beach Gardens has grown steadily during its forty years in existence. In 1999, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation sold approximately 14,000 acres of land including approximately 5,000 acres in the City of Palm Beach Gardens. The City Council, entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring quality development, was able to reach an agreement with the purchasers to manage this new growth. Through the cooperation of the parties involved, the reputation and beauty of the City of Palm Beach Gardens will be preserved and enhanced by keeping in mind the “garden city” philosophy of its founder John D. MacArthur. The City of Palm Beach Gardens remains a premiere community in which to live and work, and will for future generations. As our city slogan suggests, we are “Growing Together in the Gardens”.   Take a historic Map Tour

History in the Making

The City of Palm Beach Gardens renovated the old Westminster Presbyterian Church on Military Trail. It has been transformed into an extension of the Burns Road Community Center Complex. This new facility, named ‘Lakeside’ provides additional space for new and existing recreational programs that primarily include wellness classes and programs for ‘seasoned adults’.

Lakeside Center is also home to our permanent and growing exhibition of the City’s history. During its history, newspaper clippings, photographs, maps and awards have been archived by City volunteers and members of the Palm Beach Gardens Woman’s Club. Scrapbooks, framed photographs and a showcase of documents, awards and other noteworthy accolades are on display throughout the building.

Future plans include scanning images collected over the years and posting them to the City’s website. Visitors to the site can then view historical data gathered from the police and fire departments, special events and recreation departments spanning 50 years. Look for this exciting new way to view our past. It is ‘History in the Making’.

Courtesy of: City of Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens Florida – Best Public Golf Alternatives


Although Palm Beach Gardens has a lot of golf courses, there are a limited selection of public options.  According to the PGA of America, in Palm Beach Gardens, there are 14 golf courses in the 55.3 square mile municipality.  The total public or semi-public golf courses in that area include only 2 locations.  The PGA National Resort & Spa is semi-public (you have to be a hotel guest, member, or play in a tournament to play golf) and the Sandhill Crane Golf Club which was previously named the Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Golf Course.

A little bit about both.

The PGA National Resort & Spa which I have played multiple times offers 4 onsite courses and 1 offsite course.

According to PGA National Resort’s website.

Jason-Bloom-PGA-National-Resort-Spa“PGA National Resort is Home to Five of the Top Florida Golf Courses

We’ve been waiting for you, champ. The challenges, the history, the legends – they’re all still here. (Witness them come together during the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic each spring.) But we’ve refined our game for you – updating all of our championship golf courses with new turf, rebuilt bunkers, expanded tee and green complexes; and reinventing The Haig as The Fazio with a modernized layout and so much more. When it’s time to refine your game, the PGA National Golf Academy ranks as one of the top golf schools in Florida. More than a resort golf experience, PGA National Resort is a championship golf experience. How will you play?”

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The Sandhill Crane Golf Club which I have played multiple times offers 2 onsite courses.

Sandhill-Crane-Golf-Palm-Beach-GardensAccording to the Sandhill Crane Golf Club website.

“The Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course is a challenging test of golf carved out of the beautiful Loxahatchee Nature Preserve. This Par 72 course was recently redesigned and renovated by golf architect firm Dusenberry Design in the summer/fall of 2013. With a new irrigation system, celebration bermuda fairways, and tifeagle greens, the course will become a golf destination for residents and visitors alike”.



Great Report by the Weather Channel on the Toxic Algae Bloom


This article is on the Toxic Algae Bloom created from the phosphorus in the water leading to a toxic algae bloom along the coast lines.  Anyone not living in a cave is most likely somewhat aware of the issue affecting Palm Beach and other Coastal counties.  It is a good read on environmental impacts, politics, business, and how it can impact the Palm Beaches and the rest of Florida.


December 7, 2016

By Marcus Stern, with Kait Parker and Spencer Wilking

jason-bloom-toxic-algae-bloom-plumeline-coffee-900x0-c-defaultCLEWISTON, Fla. – For months during 2016, plumes of toxic algae turned South Florida’s emerald waters the color of coffee and smothered its inlets under a fetid blanket of guacamole-green goop that killed off fish, suffocated oyster beds and triggered a ferocious outcry from coastal residents.

From NBC’s “Today Show” to The Daily Telegraph of London, news outlets chronicled the closing of beaches, the declaration of a state of emergency and the desperate, heart-breaking efforts of people using garden hoses to save manatees, affectionately known as sea cows, caked in toxic slime and struggling to breathe……

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Jason Bloom visits the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens

Jason Bloom visits PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens

Jason-Bloom-PGA-National-Resort-SpaPALM BEACH GARDENS, FL Looking through some photos’s the other day of the Honda Classic event at PGA National Resort it made me realize that it would be a good time to post a few reviews of resorts I have had the pleasure to visit in Palm Beach County.  I will start with PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and then down the road as time permits look at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Jupiter Beach Resort, Jupiter, and Boca Raton Resort & Beach Club, Boca Raton.

The resort itself is in a great location close to the Turnpike and Interstate 95 located on 2,348 acres in Palm Beach County.  The resort offers hotel accommodations, golf, spa, several restaurant options, and features a private members club.

Jason Bloom Tee’s Off on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Although the resort doesn’t have a beach the award winning pool and golfing experience more than make up for the beach.  The resort has 4 onsite and 1 off site golf courses which include the Champion Course (Honda Classic Course), Fazio Course, Palmer Course, Squire Course, and Estates Course.  All golf courses offer different challenges to different golfers.  You can take a look at the PGA National Resort golf courses at the link provided.  Due to the difficulty of the Champions Course you should  keep a close accounting of your golf shots and make sure you audit the score keeping of your group to make sure mulligans don’t start to appear off of the tee.

The accomodations are great as the hotel is has one dedicated wing for guest rooms opposite the conference center wing.  This is great if you are in a group and do not want to be separated across the property from you fellow golfers.  The guest rooms are well appointed and the atmosphere is friendly and fun.

If you are interested in working out or going to the Spa the resort offers a great Spa and Sports and Fitness experience.

Author: Jason Bloom, in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and all of Palm Beach County

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