If you see this, the beta site is live.
The new beta site is powered by Nikola, and hopefully should be free of the issues that made the old site problematic. These include the hover menus (did not work with new browsers, problematic with touch screens), a website designed in the 90's (not responsive, hurt Google rankings), and the PHP based biography (stopped working with HTTPS everywhere).
It also becomes much easier to update, and hopefully this will translate into more updates and content.
I'm aware that there's a whole host of issues. The local info pages are not yet ported across, most of the content is a simple cut and paste job from the old site, and I expect there's a lot of outdated stuff as well. It's all being worked on! It's why it's beta!