Project Description

Bill Bone is chairman of the Palm Beach Centennial Commission, which was the group officially charged with planning events to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary in 2011.  Inspired and humbled by the local community’s enthusiastic participation in the centennial events, Mr. Bone and the Centennial Commission then launched a successful $7.9 million fundraising campaign for the renovation of Town Hall Square, which had been in decline for a decade and restoration of the iconic Addison Mizner-designed fountain in the center of Palm Beach’s Memorial Park. They celebrated that success in January 2016, and they intend to engage in future projects that beautify Palm Beach, honor its history, enliven its legacy, and recognize its many outstanding citizens. The fountain is a showpiece from the roaring ‘20s, but even more, it’s a symbol of the amazing things that committed citizens can do when they join together for the vitality of a community.  The Florida chapter of the American Public Works Association named the fountain restoration—no easy feat, due to reduced availability of original materials—the preservation project of the year.