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INSIDER Newsletter (7/1/2018)

 

 

July 1, 2018

 
 
 

 

'4th on Flagler' Entertainment Lineup Announced

'4th on Flagler' to Celebrate 30 Years in West Palm Beach

 

 

Celebrate Independence Day at '4th on Flagler' with the best view in South Florida! The West Palm Beach waterfront is the place to be on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 to 10 p.m. Celebrate patriotism in paradise at this free, outdoor event, perfect for families and guests of all ages. With LIVE performances from your favorite local and regional acts on three stages, a military honor ceremony, larger-than-life versions of games like Human Foosball and bowling, FREE activities for the kids, delicious food and drink options, adults and kids alike are sure to love celebrating the 4th of July in West Palm Beach. Best of all, don’t miss the thrilling 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway! The fun and FREE celebration is just one of the many reasons why we live in paradise.

 

Meyer Amphitheatre | 105 Evernia St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

  • 5 p.m. | Derek Mack Band: The Derek Mack Band is one of South Florida’s premier show bands. A high-energy and versatile group of musicians, the band is known for performing music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and today. A multi-talented musician and singer/songwriter, Derek has shared the stage with top recording artists such as: BB King, George McCrae, Kool and the Gang, The Commodore’s, Taylor Dane, and Earth Wind & Fire, among others. The band’s variety of tunes promises to get the 4th on Flagler party started.
  • 6:30 p.m. | The Air National Guard Band of the South: The Air National Guard Band of the South supports the total Air Force and Air National Guard mission in war and peace by inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force. This is accomplished, mainly, through professional performances by some of the nation’s best musicians. The band performs as a concert band, ceremonial band, “Space A” and “Sound Barrier” popular music ensembles, “Smooth Groove” jazz/big band ensemble, brass quintets and small jazz combo. In addition to entertaining guests, the band will also provide the music for the 4th on Flagler’s annual Military Honor Ceremony.
  • 8:30 p.m. | Military Honor Ceremony: Join us for this annual tradition as the City of West Palm Beach recognizes the armed services of the United States as well as their reserves and associated organizations through a moving musical tribute. The ceremony includes the honoring of our 2018 Hometown Hero, the presentation of the colors by West Palm Beach Fire Rescue and Police Honor Guards, the singing of our National Anthem, and the playing of taps to honor our fallen heroes.

Discover The Palm Beaches Stage on the Great Lawn| 101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

  • 5 p.m. | Liddy Clark: Liddy Clark is a singer/songwriter who forges a fresh, new path in country music with keep-it- real lyrics and trailblazing sonic landscapes. Her music is bold, blending a world-wide-open youthfulness and “ain’t-scared” attitude, topped-off with a definitive hallmark vocal that has led to more than 500,000 social media followers. 4th on Flagler guests are encouraged to grab a seat on the lawn to celebrate America’s birthday with some good ol’ country tunes
  • 7:30 p.m. | Andrew Morris: With a musical blend that can be attributed to Andrew Morris’ background and upbringing, The Andrew Morris Band is known for consistently converting music lovers to country fans.

Post Park Stage| 315 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

  • 5 p.m. | Brass Knucklehead: Complete with a trumpet and a trombone for full effect, Brass Knucklehead is a local neighborhood ska band. Known for playing ska classics, including favorites from 90s bands such as Reel Big Fish and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the band is also known for putting a ska slant on crowd favorites. Revving it up at the Post Park Stage, guests are encouraged to stop by for some punk rock nostalgia.
  • 7:15 p.m. | The People Upstairs: Funk. Reggae. Rock. The People Upstairs have been playing for more than a decade, reflecting chemistry and camaraderie amongst the band. The mixture of brotherly love, low-brow comedy and musical talent makes The People Upstairs more than a band – they are an act. They combine modern rock-funk with a groovy island touch and Latin rhythm to bridge barriers and broaden appeal, often described as Chili Peppers meets Sublime.

Intracoastal Waterway

  • 5:30 p.m. | Jet Ride Stunt Show
  • 6:30 p.m. | Jet Ride Stunt Show
  • 9:00 p.m. | Fireworks

 

Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates
Echo Lake Park Improvements
 
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio was joined by Commissioner Keith James, Commissioner Cory Neering, neighborhood leaders, and members of the community in cutting the ceremonial red ribbon to celebrate the installation of new fitness equipment and other improvements to Echo Lake Park, located at 4129 Haden Avenue in West Palm Beach. The installation includes 12 equipment pieces for residents of the City to utilize while visiting the park. The equipment is ADA accessible and is shaded. The new outdoor fitness equipment will enhance the current park amenities, which include two playgrounds, a walking trail, and picnic benches.The project was funded through the City’s Public Works Bond Fund. The installation of the outdoor fitness equipment is the last component of the Echo Lake Park improvements. The Bond Fund also included the repaving of the entire walking trail as well as the addition of a diamond rail fence along the water, new trash receptacles, benches and picnic tables.

 

City of West Palm Beach Hosts Fundraiser in Support of Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund

 

On Friday in the City Hall Courtyard, the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities sold baked goods and raffled prizes to raise money in support of Stoneman Douglas High School. Commemorative pins were also available for a donation. In all, approximately $885 was raised. All proceeds will benefit the Broward Education Foundation’s Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, which will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.

 

The bake sale featured fresh, baked goods prepared by City employees and, also, items available for raffle, auction, or donation. The employees volunteered during their lunch breaks to work the bake sale.

 

The City wishes to recognize the employees who moved this effort forward to make a difference in our City and surrounding communities.

 

‘TEXT-TO-911’ INTRODUCED IN CITY OF WPB

Can’t call 911? Now, you can text your emergency.

Video: PSA: Call 911 if You Can, Text if you Can't

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The West Palm Beach Police Department is pleased to announce that West Palm Beach residents needing emergency services are now able to text their emergency situation to the West Palm Beach Police Department 911 call center.

Beginning June 25, 2018, the deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired West Palm Beach residents and those individuals in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1 for help in an emergency can “text to 911”.

 

“Call if you can; text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The slogan is currently being utilized by the West Palm Beach Police Department and all cities in Palm Beach County. As a reminder, calling 911 remains the most effective method to access emergency personnel.

 

Text-to-911 requires an active cell phone that has the capability to send text messages, which should be brief and in English. Text-to-911 does not recognize emojis, videos, photos, or slang.

 

If you absolutely cannot call 911 due to a medical emergency or a situation where it is not safe to place a voice call, include your address, street name, intersection, and reason you need help.

 

We encourage anyone with questions about text-to-911 to please contact our agency. We would be happy to provide further education on these services. The City of West Palm Beach Police Department non-emergency line is (561) 822-1900.

 

WPB Achieves Class 5 CRS Flood Status

Lower Rating Means Potentially Larger Flood Insurance Discounts for Residents

Steve Missula and Ralph Wall in the WPB Development Services Department

 

The City of West Palm Beach has been ranked as a Class 5-city by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) for flood measures and insurance. The CRS is an incentive program issued by FEMA that recognizes and awards communities based on their floodplain management plans and capacity to mitigate flood damage. Based on the numerical rankings ranging from 9 to 1, communities are awarded flood insurance premium rates with discounts that reflect the level of flood risk present. With a lower CRS rating, a community can rank higher in their floodplain management plan, which can translate into larger discounts enjoyed by residents on their flood insurance.


According to City of West Palm Beach Development Services Department Management Analyst and certified Floodplain Manager Ralph Wall, in order to be audited by the CRS board for a status update, cities are tasked with updating their floodplain management plans, enhancing the maintenance of their storm water systems, and developing projects to prevent flooding in their localities. “How well you are performing in the activities they are asking you to do determines the number of points you are awarded and how high of a rating you receive,” Wall explains.

 

To reach a Class 5 rating on the CRS scale, communities have to meet certain prerequisites and enact various programs. The City of West Palm Beach has instituted a public information program which involves the community helping to disseminate flood information citywide. Additionally, Wall and his team have developed a repetitive loss area analysis, a means by which citizens are contacted regarding their flood experiences, floodplains are analyzed, and projects are developed in order to effectively mitigate flooding. These are just some of the measures that have afforded the City of West Palm Beach extra points leading to the Class 5 rating.

 

The new CRS Class 5 rating will go into effect on October 1st, 2018. As this status takes effect, City of West Palm Beach residents may begin to see a difference in their flood insurance rates.
“The new rating entitles new flood insurance holders a 25% discount on flood insurance, and existing insurance holders may receive an additional 5% discount”, explains Steve Misshula, Management Analyst for the Development Services Department. This contrasts with the 20% discount awarded to new flood insurance holders under the previous Class 6 rating.”

 

Although recently awarded a Class 5 rating, the City is diligently working to achieve a Class 4 rating in the near future. Mr. Wall encourages residents of the City to purchase flood insurance in hopes that in the event of a storm, potential damages will be covered and insured.
For general flood information and information about flood insurance, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Development-Services/Flood-Information.

 

WPB-TV HEADLINES

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Video: Vulnerability & Resilience Assessment Presentation

 

 

 

Video: Echo Lake Park Gets New Fitness Equipment

 

Video: Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 25, 2018)

 

 

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF JULY 1

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

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.
  • Georgia Ave: 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: 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:

  • 4th on Flagler (July 3 – 5, 2018)
    • (July 3, 8:00 a.m.) Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave. including Trump Plaza detour and turn lanes off of Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.; S. Clematis St. between Flagler Dr. and Narcissus Ave.; N. Clematis St. between Flagler Dr. and Lantana Ave.; Datura St. between Flagler Dr. and Olive Ave. (open to residents only);Fern St. between Flagler Dr. and Olive Ave. (open to residents only).
    • (July 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.) Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St.; N. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Lantana Ave.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St.
    • (July 3, 2018, Noon). Narcissus Ave. between Datura St. and Evernia St. (open for valet parking only); Datura St. between Narcissus Ave. and Olive Ave. (open to local traffic only).
    • (July 4, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Limited access into downtown off Banyan Blvd. on 7/4 between 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
    • (July 5, 2018, 2:00 a.m.) All roads to open.

CLOSURES BY OTHER AGENCIES IN THE CITY OF WPB:

City of West Palm Beach road closures updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.

 

 

City of West Palm Beach

Public Meetings & Policy Information

 

To see items coming up on agendas for future meetings, visit http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas. To watch meetings live, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/Live-Video-Ch-18. To watch recorded meetings on-demand, please visit: https://vimeo.com/cityofwpb/channels.

 

ICYMI:

 

WPB Hosts Free Events on Saturdays for Teens: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-HOSTS-FREE-EVENTS-EVERY-SA

 

MSN: The Street: Cities in the U.S. with Really Clean Air https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/cities-in-the-us-with-really-clean-air/ss-AAyxnQd?ocid=spartanntp#image=1

 

4th on Flagler's Flags, Fireworks to Mark Three Decades of Family-Friendly Activities: 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: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/BBQ,-BLUE-BREWS-KICKS-OFF-4TH-OF-JULY-FESTIVITIES

 

AS SEEN IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF

"THE INSIDER"

 

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.

 

Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings Schedule 

 

The Mayor's 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.

 

 

Do you have a unique skill or talent to offer?

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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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. 

 

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 Closures 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.

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

City Clerk: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Office-of-the-City-Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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