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Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine and CBS12 News took a poll to see which restaurants Palm Beach County residents suggest.

For the best date night, locals chose Dada in Delray Beach. Dada truly is the perfect date night spot because it's just all-around beautiful. The atmosphere is uplifting yet relaxing and totally romantic. The outdoor patio is surrounded with plants and trees that are wrapped with lights, there are more string lights intertwined with lace sheets overhead, and dim candles line the garden and sit on each table. The food is just as creative as this unique restaurant and you'll be sure to make a good impression on your date.  

The best waterfront restaurant was given to none other than Guanabanas in Jupiter. Gunanabanas sits on the

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With clear skies year-round, a temperate climate, and miles of clean water- there are so many activities you can do outdoors to live an active lifestyle in Palm Beach County. From golfing and croquet to paddle boarding and horseback riding, the area has recreation options to fit everyone's interests. 

Fifteen percent of the Palm Beaches are green park space or beach, there are miles of trails to run or bike and more than 160 golf courses. Aside from 47 miles of pristine saltwater coastline, Palm Beach County has freshwater bodies and inlets making water sport options endless; go snorkeling, scuba diving, hobby cat sailing, surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, wake boarding- the list goes on and on.

If you like team sports, there are plenty of adult

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As snow birds head north and tourism slows, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is starting a new discount program called MOSAIC, which offers low rates and coupons for local attractions and resorts. 

MOSAIC is an acronym for "month of shows, art, ideas, and culture" and will run May 1st-31st. The goal is to encourage residents to visit the area's museums, science centers, galleries, etc. Some coupons include free admission to concerts and performances, 50% off tickets to places like the Kravis Center, and 2-for-1 deals like entry into Mounts Botanical Gardens.

Many resorts are also utilizing the program to fill up rooms during the slower season. Most hotel offers run longer than the month- like a free night at Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa

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 A new safety feature, text-to-911, will be ready to launch this June in Palm Beach County. This option will allow people who are in danger and can't speak to text a dispatch officer and summon help. 

People having a medical emergency that prevents them from talking, or those who are in situations where speaking is not safe can utilize text-to-911 to reach authorities. For instance, one woman in Orange County, Florida was hiding in a closet while someone invaded her home and she was able to communicate with police through text. Palm Beach County officials also say the system will especially benefit those who are deaf or have hearing problems. 

Martin, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties are planning on implementing the texting system as well by the

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Having such a large and diverse population, Palm Beach County offers hundreds of unique and authentic restaurants to choose from. With close to 20 restaurants in the Asian category alone, sometimes it can be hard to make a pick! Allow us to offer 5 recommendations for Asian cuisine:

1. Imoto- Palm Beach

Imoto is quality Japanese food prepared by Chef and owner, Clay Conley, who spent years working and living in Japan. The fish is fresh, the food is well prepared and the plate appearance is intricate, reflecting the delicacy of the dish. You'll also find great service and an awesome happy hour. 

2. Talay Thai- Palm Beach Gardens

Talay Thai is an all-around favorite with high ratings on every website and it's a frequent spot for PGA

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This Tax Tuesday, Kona Ice says "no taxation without relaxation" which is why they're handing out free Hawaiian-style shaved ice tomorrow in the park.

Kona Ice is a shaved ice truck franchise and a frequent favorite at many Palm Beach County events. They've turned tax day into National Chill Out Day and the local truck will be at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton handing out free cones from 3-5 p.m.

Recreation officials are taking part in chill out day too and they'll be set up by the Pirate Cove Playground with info about upcoming events and programs. On the 55-acre park there are two playgrounds, a walking trail, open fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, pavilions and a community center. 

There will be plenty to do and to

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Every Saturday at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, you can learn all about South Florida's animals, ecosystems and unique species. 

Each week from 1-1:30 p.m., a special guest speaker brings artifacts like fossils, photos, and live animals to give an interesting presentation on whatever their topic is. You'll learn so much about our local environment and ways to protect it. Whether you're new to the area or a Florida native, there's always something new to learn at the eco-chats. 

Try attending an eco-chat the next time you have a free Saturday afternoon. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is located at 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton.

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Excited about their new poolside decor and giant pink flamingo floaties, the Hilton West Palm Beach is holding a pool party and brunch open to the public for no charge. 

This Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy brunch, swimming, drinking and having lots of fun. There will be a DJ all day, brunch at 11:30 and bottomless sangria, mimosas and Bloody Mary's for $25. Try out the new flamingo floaties in the pool and "flamingle" with new people. 

There's a yoga class on the pool deck at 10 a.m. if you want to head over early and do some stretching. You don't need reservations for yoga or the brunch but if you're planning on coming with a large party or want a cabana space, the Hilton asks you call them at 561-231-6091.

600 Okeechobee Blvd., West

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Let Fido run free at the Jupiter dog beach! Located at 2188 Marcinski Road, dogs have free range from marker #25 to #60, a 2.5-mile stretch of coastline.

The dog beach is a very popular spot for locals. The parking is free and easy, there are doggy bags and trash cans for convenience, and pet owners are responsible about making sure their dog is behaving off-leash. 

The beach was awarded a certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor and is voted #2 out of 62 things to do in Jupiter on the site. Reviewers say the beach is absolutely beautiful, kept nice and clean, and the dogs and owners are friendly. 

Next time you're thinking of heading to the beach, take your dog to Marcinski Road and let him run around with other pups while you soak up the

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Having an airport in the heart of the county is just another luxury for Palm Beach County residents. If the beaches get a little too crowded in the summer, locals can make a quick escape to the Caribbean on a flight out of the Palm Beach International Airport. 

Living in a hub of business, wealth and glam, many residents in and around West Palm Beach have a busy lifestyle. The high life usually involves a lot of traveling- both for work and for fun- which is why the centrally located airport is such a great convenience. 

The award-winning PBIA has 200 flights a day to the U.S., Caribbean and Canada. It's on the latest Top 10 List of best airports by Travel + Leisure magazine for a reason- there's a putting green, a doggy park, spa, 15

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