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IIUI Pin Dafc Ulwm The Colors of Easter Firm aims to tackle parking woes Testa's could reopen in May If enough repairs made to fire damage, eatery owners hope to resume business next month. Discussion of reconfiguring parking at marina and creating greater convenience elsewhere aired at sparsely attended meeting. i I By STEPHANIE MURPHY Daily News Business and Real Estate Writer i Not being able to enjoy breakfast at Testa's this Easter weekend is "a bummer," said Stephanie Bojokles, whose Tropical Fruit Shop is west of the legendary restaurant at 221 Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's has been closed since a Feb. 22 kitchen fire.

And based on letters and phone calls to its owners, Bojokles is not alone in pining away for its signature strawberry pie and other menu standards. Tom Testa said Thursday that the town has issued permits and the contractor, Pegasus Construction has begun work to repair the charred interior. "The contractor is in and out, and we're hoping to reopen by the end of May," Testa said. "We won't know the date for certain until we're a little further along." Veronica Close, director of the Planning, Zoning -and Building Department, said Friday that the town has expedited Testa's permit, "and we have an inspector waiting in the wings" to respond whenever staff gets a call from Testa's contractor, she said. "We're ready and prepared to help them get back on line as soon as" possible." Testa lauded town staff "who were so helpful and very Please see TESTA'S, PageA4 By DAVID ROGERS Daily News Staff Writer As part of the Town Council's top goals for the year implementing a plan to improve traffic and parking throughout the town leaders of the West Palm Beach office of American Consulting Engineers of Florida held a meeting Friday evening to gather comments from the public on the topic.

The town recently contracted the firm to conduct a townwide study of traffic and parking that will include recommendations for improvement. The town is paying the firm $174,814. Though the Town Hall meeting was sparsely attended, it gave engineers a chance to review project issues and gave residents an opportunity to voice their opinions. In the coming weeks, American Consulting will do an inventory of all available on-street and lot parking in town, examine historical parking and traffic data, review common accident sites, compare the town's parking regulations to other municipalities, and analyze and make recommendations for improving parking in problem areas, including the marina, business districts, the Palm Beach Day School Palm Beach Public School area and the streets surrounding Publix. Gareth Klotz, a project manager and senior designer with American Consulting, said the company has fielded several comments from residents and boat owners regarding the lack of parking near the marina, just south of the Royal Park Bridge.

Boat owners or their guests, Klotz said, "are leaving their cars there for one or two days or over the weekend." Options for improving parking there might be to have boat owners' guests park off-island, to reconfigure the parking lot there or to modify the road fronting the marina, he said. One solution to parking headaches on Worth Avenue and surrounding streets, Klotz Please see PARKING, Page A4 Daily News Photo by Lee Hershfleld A sunlit beach umbrella behind blades of seagrass on Midtown Beach forms a rich tapestry of spring colors. Eggs-ceptional effort Great Expectations Upgradedfilmfest draws powerhouse to turn event around Three-year-old NinaHorganof West Palm Beach separates a I plastic egg to reach colorful candy inside at the Whitehall Society Easter Egg Roll and Hunt Saturday at I the Flagler Museum. The group revived an annual Gilded Age tradition made famous on the White House south lawn in 1878. Proceeds from Saturday's event will help to underwrite the museum's Newspapers in Education program.

Daily News Photo by Jeffrey Langlois Producer with PB roots, friendships to premiere 'Rain' By JAN SJOSTROM Daily News Arts Editor Since Johnny de la Valdene left Palm Beach to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he has opened and sold a fitness chain, a rock-climbing gym and a string of tanning salons. He founded a 3-D window decal manufacturer and a marshmallow toy line that's spawned a comic book series and an upcoming animated film. Three years ago, he and Travis Hollman started Big Headz Entertainment, a film and television production company. Big Headz' first major film, Rain, will premiere at the opening Please see Page A9 love of New York give birth to 'Home' By JAN SJOSTROM News Arts Editor What is home? For Irish actor and writer Alan Cooke and filmmaker Dawn Scibilia, home is New York. But saying that only scratches the surface.

They dig deeper in their documentary Home, one of the films selected for this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival. Although the film contains thoughts on the subject from luminaries such as Woody Allen, Frank and Malachy McCourt, Liam Nee-son, Alfred Molina and Susan Sa-randon, as well as ordinary New Yorkers, it's an intimate journey made by two persons driven by des- Please see PARTNERS, Page A8 I i I -J i By JAN SJOSTROM Daily News Arts Editor The Palm Beach International Film Festival opens Thursday in haste and hope. Haste, because due to management shake-ups, the festival was organized in three months rather than the usual year. Hope, because of a Films A10 recent deal with Holly- wood powerhouse Man- dalay Integrated Media Entertainment. The pact comes garlanded with promises to transform the struggling 11-year-old event into the Cannes of North America and one of the world's 10 best independent film festivals within five years.

The festival will run through Please see FEST, Page A14 ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWHOUSE IN THIS ISSUE HOT TIME Merrymaking lights up the Fireman's Ball, complete with kilted bagpipers. C1 ACE TEACHER Par 3 pro tops in 'Golf for Michael Strauss, A5 Copyright 2006 Palm Beach Daily News Vol. 110, No. 2 11, 4 Sections THE WEATHER Today, expect mostly sunny shies, with a high near 82 and a low around 67, according to the Narional Weaiher Service. The marine forecast calls for northwest winds of 5-10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon.

High tides will occur at 10:20 a.m. and 10:58 p.m.; low tides at 4:32 a.m. and 4:28 p.m. Sunrise: 7 a.m. Sunset: 7:39 p.m.

V' Books B4 Bridge A4 Business Classified D10 Crossword D8 Roger Ebert B5 Editorial Page Fashion Calendar Jan Ferlisi C4 Horoscope D2 Robert Janjigian GailLiberman D1 Local Voices Movie Times B8 Stephanie Murphy Obituary A2 Tom Shales B8 Social Calendar Michael Strauss Today A2 Designers I unveil earth-riencily rooms inside this showhouse, I featuring tours to benefit the 1 American Lung Association of Florida. Bl nvm 'iBft twit itssi jPhoto by Greer Gatluso.

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