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INSIDER Newsletter (6/17/2018)

 

 

 
 
 
 

Mayor Muoio Launches New Book,

“West Palm Beach: A City on the Move”

 

Cover of "West Palm Beach: A City on the Move"

 

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is pleased to announce the publication of “West Palm Beach: A City on the Move,” a book celebrating the City of West Palm Beach. Mayor formally presented the 135-page book-- which features dynamic color photography and text highlighting our world-class city and everything that makes it unique, special and dynamic-- on June 12, 2018 at a book-signing and launch event at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The event was timed to coincide with the start of the Mandel Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which began on June 11, 2018 and encourages children of all ages and adults to read.

 

Copies of the book were distributed free to the first 50 guests at the book signing and launch event. Mayor also dedicated five of the books to the permanent collection of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, where the book may be read and enjoyed by City residents and library patrons. Additional copies of the book may be distributed for the purposes of marketing, business development, awards and recognition of individuals who make a positive difference in our city and improve the lives of West Palm Beach residents. The City published 2,000 copies and expects to publish even more. An online version may be available to the public in the very near future.

 

“The City of West Palm Beach has indeed made a name for itself… evolving into a city in the true sense of what a city is-- a modern, creative, sophisticated, urban engine that powers the region, a city where anyone hoping for a bright future can find opportunity and realize their dreams,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “It’s the people who live and work here who make our city great. Ours is a city ‘on the move’, and that was what we wanted to convey in this book. I’m really pleased to share it with the public.”

 

Mayor Muoio signed copies of the book for attendees.

 

Late last year, Mayor commissioned City staff and publisher Star Group International of Lake Park, Florida with the development and creation of the book. The book showcases the photography of Christopher Fay as well as the photography of city employees, Star Group International, and our community partners: the Downtown Development Authority, Discover the Palm Beaches, Related Companies, Ocean Helicopters, Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, New England Development, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach and the Club at Ibis. Mayor extends her appreciation to Star Group, Mr. Fay and our community partners for their contributions.

 

To check out or read a copy of “West Palm Beach: A City on the Move”, visit the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach located at 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Florida. For information about Mandel Public Library or the City’s Summer Reading Program, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview. For information about Mayor Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: wpb.org.

 

4th on Flagler’s Flags, Fireworks to Mark Three Decades of Festivities

 

 

Flags and fireworks will be at the center of West Palm Beach's 4th on Flagler, one of South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day events. Nearly 100,000 guests of all ages will not only commemorate America’s birthday but also the event’s 30-year history on Wednesday, July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. In addition to the annual Military Honor Ceremony, larger-than-life games, live music and an impressive 18-minute fireworks show igniting over the Intracoastal Waterway, 4th on Flagler’s 30th anniversary will pay tribute to the years before.

 

“This year's 4th on Flagler will be extra special, given that we are celebrating not only Independence Day but also the tremendous success of one of the City's longest running and most iconic annual events," said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. "We invite everyone to join us for 4th on Flagler. The waterfront setting is the perfect place to celebrate, and-- with vibrant live music, dynamic activities and games, and a phenomenal fireworks display-- it's a family-friendly event everyone can enjoy.”

 

As a throwback to three decades of memories, the City is including a water show in this year’s entertainment lineup. A nod to water ski shows from the very first 4th on Flagler events, the “JetRide Watercraft Stunt Show” will feature some of the world’s top watercraft athletes staging stunts above the water as they perform impressive personal watercraft maneuvers. For the grand finale, Chris Anyzeski, a professional personal watercraft freestyle athlete with more than 10 years of experience, will attempt to flip his personal watercraft 30 times in honor of 4th on Flagler’s 30th anniversary. After the show's finale, JetRide, a personal watercraft rental company, will also award one lucky 4th on Flagler attendee with a complimentary year's membership while they are onsite.

 

“There is a rich history with 4th on Flagler,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, who has coordinated more than 28 of the celebrations. “It was only fitting that we find opportunities to infuse nostalgia into this year’s event, given the important 30th anniversary. Similar to recent years, guests will enjoy large and small games, live music and a heartfelt Military Honor Ceremony, but they will also enjoy elements from over the years. For families coming for years or decades, there are sure to be some familiar surprises.”

 

To continue reading about 4th on Flagler, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/4TH-ON-FLAGLER-S-FLAGS-AND-FIREWORKS-WILL-MARK-THR

 

BBQ, Brews & Blues Kicks Off

4th of July Festivities in WPB

Family-friendly event features savory BBQ fare and modern blues artist Ghost Town Blues Band

 

The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will kick off Independence Day activities in West Palm Beach with the 5th annual BBQ, Brews & Blues event in the city’s Historic Northwest District on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The family-friendly event features the area’s best barbeque vendors along with a fantastic lineup of soulful blues on Rosemary Ave., just three blocks north of Clematis Street. 

 

Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event.  Patrons should arrive early for this unique tasting of summer barbeque favorites including pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, fried pork chops, sweet potato pie, boiled peanuts, pickles and more. There will also be plenty of sweet treats for kids and adults including funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, freeze cups and more. Patrons who would like to partake in the brew samples must be 21 years old and over, and must present their ID at the registration tent.  Additionally, there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained including basketball, soccer, carnival games, and more. 

 

 

The event serves up a whopping side of the blues to pair along with the tasty eats.  Headlining the evening is the must-see modern blues sensation from Memphis, Ghost Town Blues Band. GTBB is not your grandpa’s blues band – their energetic live shows captivate audiences with their horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments.  Other musical favorites performing include the dynamic soul working man Slam Allen and the contemporary jazz of Catch the Groove. 

 

To keep reading about BBQ Brews & Blues, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/BBQ,-BLUE-BREWS-KICKS-OFF-4TH-OF-JULY-FESTIVITIES.

 

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE:

WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2018

ENGINEERING

  • Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected and businesses will remain open.
  • Clematis St. - 500 block (Closed through June 18): 500 block of Clematis St. between S. Quadrille Blvd. and Rosemary Ave. is closed for road repairs.  Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
  • Georgia Ave. (June): Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
  • Briggs and Dobbins Streets (June): Closed to local traffic between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.  

EVENT CLOSURES:

  • Father’s Day Car Show (June 17, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.): Closed:Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Fern St.; Hibiscus St. between the parking garage and to the service alley to the west.
  • Clematis by Night (June 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Clematis St. at Centennial Square between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr. is closed on Thursday, June 21 between 6:00-9:00 PM.  Narcissus Ave. between Clematis St. and Banyan Ave. will be closed to motorists and cyclists. 

FDOT CLOSURES:

  • Southern Blvd. Bridge (June 17-June 21, nightly, 9:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.): The eastbound lane will be closed nightly from Sunday, June 17, to Thursday, June 21. Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the westbound lane – one direction at a time – to allow exploratory drilling for the replacement bridge foundations

City of West Palm Beach road closures updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at wpb.org.

 

Meet the City Event Welcomes Small Minority Women and Veteran Businesses May 24

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach Procurement Department welcomed guests and more than 135 small business owners and potential vendors to the Armory Arts Center on May 24. While in attendance, business owners heard directly from Department of Procurement employees, finance personnel, engineering staff and prime contractors about upcoming business opportunities.

 

Attendees talked with Frank Hayden, the City’s Director of Procurement; Patricia Armstrong, Senior Purchasing Agent; Kevin Volbrecht, Director of Engineering Services; Mark Parks, Chief Financial Officer and Elaine Christian, Sustainability Program Coordinator. Prime Contractors and SBE panelists included Veronica Cooper - Cooper Construction; Jeffrey Holst - Florida Design Drilling; Juliette Schiff - Asante Architects, LLC; Thais Sullivan - Valley National Bank; Courtney McKenzie-Newell - Crowned Marketing & Communications, Inc.

 

“Businesses need a place to exchange information,” Hayden said. “People do business with people they know. If the prime contractors know you, they are far more likely to reach out when they have a need. For the small business owners, it is a chance to learn what’s coming and to be prepared – by being certified and able to do the work – when that phone call comes.”

 

City of West Palm Beach Procurement Department Director Frank Hayden welcomes attendees. 

 

The next event, “Palm Beach Partners’ Business Matchmaker Conference & Expo”, is planned for Friday, September 21, 2018. To register visit the website at www.pbmatchmaker.com.

 

Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings Schedule Changes

 

Please be advised of the following neighborhood meetings schedule changes. The following meetings have been cancelled or rescheduled:

  • 6/20/18  North End meeting-Cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for 7/18/18
  • 7/11/18 Western Neighborhood meeting- Rescheduled for 8/8/18.
  • 7/25/18 South End meeting-Cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for 9/26/18.

The neighborhood meetings, facilitated by the City in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall, are an important way for neighborhoods to learn updates specific to their community, to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and the City and for the public to communicate ideas that can help shape City policy. Representatives from City departments are present at the meetings to answer questions previously submitted by neighborhood association presidents for discussion as agenda items. Please note the updated schedule of Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings for the remainder of 2018:

 

Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

8/08/18

10/3/18

 

South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

9/26/18                               

11/28/18

 

North End Neighborhoods Meetings:  All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

7/18/18

8/15/18

9/19/18

10/17/18

11/14/18

 

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

 

To receive email updates about the 2018 Neighborhood Meetings or to receive notices of Neighborhood Meetings schedule changes, please email Jose Tagle, City of West Palm Beach Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, at jtagle@wpb.org. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.

 

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Video: Mayor Muoio Launches New West Palm Beach Book 

 

 

Video: Special City Commission Meeting 

 

 

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Peace in the Streets

Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!

June 21 at 6pm

Coleman Park (Meeting Place: Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 1313 Division Ave.)

For more information, contact Rev. Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413 or (561) 832-8338, ext. 3. 

 

Public Invited to Community Budget Workshops

 

The City of West Palm Beach will host a series of Community Budget Workshops to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Members of the public are invited to attend and to participate as decisions are made about funding for City projects and programs.

 

The workshops will be held in each of the City’s five districts:

July 23, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)

July 24, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2)

July 26, 2018, 6PM; City Hall, Flagler Gallery (District 3)

July 31, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Boulevard (District 5)

August 1, 2018, 6PM; U.B. Kinsey Community Center, 720 8th Street (District 3)

August 2, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

 

The first public hearing to adopt the tentative budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 13, 2018. The final public hearing to adopt the final budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 27, 2018. FY 2019 Budget will go into effect October 1, 2018.

 

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.

 

 

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Please take a moment to share your talents, interests, hobbies, training, and experiences with us. Volunteers of all ages, experiences and locations in the community are needed. Are you ready to make a difference? To learn more about becoming a City of West Palm Beach volunteer, please visit: http://wpb.org/volunteer.

 

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To view City agendas, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

To view policy updates via the pass/fail agenda from past City Commission meetings, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays:                

  • Independence Day - July 4, 2018                 
  • Labor Day - September 3, 2018            
  • Columbus Day - October 8, 2018        
  • Veterans Day - November 12, 2018 

There will be NO service on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule. 

The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. 

 

Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule

 

The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!

 

There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.

  • The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
  • The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm. 
  • The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times. 

 

Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

 

City Events: http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events

 

West Palm Working Performance Dashboard:

http://westpalmbeach.clearpointstrategy.com/

 

Citywide Projects List Information Portal:

http://wpbgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=5d86c10d29764a7b808101c4ab8631b8

 

Capital Improvement Projects Database: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Engineering-Public-Works/Sanitation/2016-Holiday-Schedule

 

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

Road Closure Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

 

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

 

WPB-TV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WestPalmTV

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

 

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

 

Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

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