WPB to Hold 5th Annual E4 Life Green, Health and Wellness Expo
The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is set to hold the 5th annual E4 Life: Green, Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, July 14th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, located at 801 Dreher Trail North. This year, the City has continued its partnership with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, which will provide City of West Palm Beach residents a 50% discount on admission to the museum on the day of the Expo.
The Expo presents an opportunity for citizens of the City of West Palm Beach to learn about healthy lifestyles, ways to reduce their carbon footprints, and sustainable energy conservation practices. The event will help families take on environmentally-conscious decisions in their everyday lives.
In a series of demonstrations, giveaways, exhibits, workshops, and tastings, participants can learn more about ways to promote energy efficiency and other sustainable practices in their own homes. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about the initiatives that the City is taking to develop sustainable living methods, conservation efforts, and energy efficiency within the City. A highlight of the event is the City’s campaign to encourage everyone to go plastic-free, especially as it relates to drinking straws. The City will be giving away reusable metal drinking straws while supplies last.
The goal of the expo is to help participants learn more about strides being made in sustainability practices and ways in which they can implement these practices into their daily lives. Participants are encouraged not only to care for the environment themselves but also to discover how local businesses, fellow citizens, and various organizations are working to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
“Our mission to enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of a healthy, environmentally progressive and ecologically sustainable community coincides well with the Science Center’s annual health expo,” said Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Resilience and Climate Change Manager. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, now, for the fifth year!”
Expo activities include:
- Healthy food vendors;
- Themed crafts;
- Gardening workshops;
- Free planetarium shows:
- “Life of Trees” – 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
- “Dynamic Earth” – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.;
- Busch Wildlife animal encounters for kids;
- Energy and water saving tips for your home;
- Solar information for homes or businesses;
- Free rain barrel workshop for City of West Palm Beach water customers (preregistration required);
- Ocean acidification presentation;
- DIY seed necklaces;
- Recycling Activities;
Residents of West Palm Beach may also receive a free conservation kit and a free tree while supplies last. For more information, visit wpb.org/e4.
For more information about the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview.
WPB Hometown Hero to be Recognized at Future City Commission Meeting
Fireworks Illuminate City Skyline for 30th Anniversary Celebration; Rain Delay Causes Hometown Hero Recognition Reschedule
Mayor Jeri Muoio and 'Hometown Hero' Judge Luis Delgado
The City of West Palm Beach's 4th on Flagler saluted the nation and honored its history with family-friendly games and festivities, three stages of live music, a “JetRide Watercraft Stunt Show,” the illumination of 18-minutes of fireworks, and much more during the City’s special 30th anniversary event. The grand finale fireworks, which took place at 9:05 p.m., were slightly delayed due to inclement weather. The thunder and lightning storm rolled through minutes before the City’s annual and beloved Military Honor Ceremony was scheduled to start. The Hometown Hero award, which is included in the overall military tribute, will now take place at a future City of West Palm Beach Commission meeting. This year’s Hometown Hero is the Honorable Luis Delgado, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
“The Military Honor Ceremony is a source of great pride in our city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This was the fifth year that we have selected someone as our Hometown Hero, to be honored during our Independence Day celebration. We look forward to giving Judge Luis Delgado recognition during a future commission meeting. His contributions and service to our country and community are noteworthy and we are truly grateful.”
In 2000, Judge Delgado enlisted as a Private First Class in the USMC. He served in the Marines as a reservist while in college and received an honorable discharge after reaching the rank of sergeant. In 2004, while enrolled in Law School, he answered the call to actively serve and was deployed to Iraq with the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Motor Transportation and provided combat support for an area covering 16,000-square-kilometers of hostile territory.
Today, he serves as a judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit, the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, and presides over juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency and unified family court matters in Delray Beach. In conjunction with Inlet Grove High School, he presides over a diversion program designed to keep children out of the court system. In addition, he frequently visits elementary schools to discuss the court system with children. Prior to his current role, he was a criminal defense attorney, where he handled approximately 20 cases pro bono for indigent clients who needed representation, and before that, he was an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County. He earned both the Lawyer Rising Star and the Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer awards in 2013 and was “AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent rating determined by other lawyers and judges. It is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and general ethical standards.
“I care deeply about my local community and truly appreciate this recognition,” said Judge Delgado, upon learning he was named the 2018 Hometown Hero. “I am incredibly honored to have served our country and am proud to be part of a community that commemorates the military, especially on a day that carries so much importance.”
Judge Delgado was born in Peru and at the age of 6 moved to Palm Beach County with his family. He graduated from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. In 2008, he graduated from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
In addition to his military service, Judge Delgado previously served his local community as President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of Seagull Industries for the Developmentally Disabled. He currently serves on the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, an exclusive group of alumni who work to continue to build upon the success and traditions of the College of Law. He is a Leadership Palm Beach County graduate (Class of 2012).
In addition to the special 4th on Flagler activities, and as part of the City’s overall “Summer in Paradise” (S.I.P.) campaign - which launched in early June in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County - visitors had access to the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” a community art installation featuring 15 unique, outdoor playhouses which have been painted by local artists and paired with nonprofit beneficiaries. The playhouses illustrate timeless fairy tales, with stories hailing from across the globe, including “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; and “Rapunzel,” from Germany. While a source of summer fun for young children, the child-size homes also aim to educate about the need for affordable housing. Guests also enjoyed additional campaign elements, including “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and flamingo mallets; and “StoryVille,” where children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.
4th on Flagler was produced by the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, Community Events Division. For more information about the 4th on Flagler and other waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or
Annual WPB Public Utilities Temporary Disinfectant Switch Starts July 9, 2018
To maintain high water quality and to ensure regulatory compliance in the City’s water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water. This modification is scheduled for July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018 and involves converting from chloramines to free chlorine during the three-week period. The City will also increase hydrant flushing during this time.
This is a preventative maintenance process recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Health, the lead regulatory agencies overseeing the Safe Drinking Water Act programs.
Customers served by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. Many detect no change at all. These temporary conditions are necessary to protect public health and safety by ensuring a clean distribution system for our drinking water. If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
Users of home dialysis machines, owners of aquarium fish, and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.
For more information, please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/ANNUAL-WPB-PUBLIC-UTILITIES-TEMPORARY-DISINFECTANT
Should you need more information on this change in the water treatment process, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities at (561) 822-2210.
WPB Water Consumer Confidence Report
You are now able to view the 2017 City of West Palm Beach Consumer Confidence Report online at http://wpb.org/waterreport. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. Please call the water treatment plant at (561) 822-2269 if you would like a paper report delivered to your home.
Howard Park Community Cleanup Announced
City Partners with Local Students to Activate Neighborhood
WHO: You, Howard Park neighborhood, City of West Palm Beach, and all volunteers!
WHAT: Join the City of West Palm Beach and student volunteers for a very special cleanup at Howard Park. After local high school students approached the City about activating the Howard Park community and getting involved, the Parks and Recreation Department joined forces to facilitate an ongoing cleanup. Now, we need your help. Come volunteer! We’ll be raking leaves, removing litter, pulling weeds, and ….getting to know our neighbors!
WHEN: Howard Park Community Cleanups are scheduled for the following dates:
- July 21, 2018; 8:30am-11:30am
- September 15, 2018; 8:30am-11:30am
- November 17, 2018; 8:30am-11:30am
- More dates to be announced!
WHERE: Howard Park; 1302 Parker Avenue
HOW: Register one week in advance and fill out the City’s volunteer form by visiting: www.howardparkoutreach.org.
CONTACT: Jeslyn Stanislawski, City of West Palm Beach Event Specialist; (561) 804-4938.
Flood Hazard & Preparation Information
Assess your Risk! Stay Safe!
Just because you may not havet experienced a flood in the past doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't just based on history. It is also based on rainfall, tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development. To learn about flood safety and protecting your property, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/FLOOD-HAZARD-PREPARATION-INFORMATION.
ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF JULY 8, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- 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.
- Clematis by Night (July 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)Road closures on N. Clematis St. and S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; road closure on Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
PALM BEACH COUNTY ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN WPB:
- Okeechobee Blvd (through July 17, 2018) from Tallahassee Dr. to Spencer Dr., the outside eastbound lane will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacement.
- Congress Ave. (through Aug 5, 2018): just north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. is closed round-the-clock for bridge removal and culvert installation at the “F” Canal. Motorists may detour via Okeechobee Blvd. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
- Belvedere Rd.: (periodic westbound lane closure) from N. Florida Mango Rd. to Mercer Ave. for underground utility work.
- N. Congress Ave.: (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures) north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. for water main, driveway and median installation.
- Australian Ave. (periodic northbound lane closures) Asphalt restoration is underway 1,300 feet north of Mangonia Dr.
- Australian Ave. (median closures): Water valve replacements are underway 650 feet south of 25th St.
- Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures): FPL pole installation on Roebuck Rd. 950 feet east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Flaggers will be controlling alternating traffic. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
- Haverhill Rd. (periodic northbound lane closures): Alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic north of Roebuck Rd. for FPL pole replacement.
- Australian Ave. south of 25th Street (periodic closures.): Water main, water valve replacements, driveway and median installation. Periodic closures for the open median, northbound and southbound lanes.
- Banyan Blvd. and Australian Ave: Southbound outside left turn lane and eastbound right lane closures for a water main connection.
- For more information about PBC closures, please contact PBC Engineering: http://discover.pbcgov.org/engineering/Pages/default.aspx
FLORIDA DEPT.OF TRANSPORTATION CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Up the Grove Lane (through Aug. 3, 2018) will have the northbound outside lane closed, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for curb installation and paving operations.
- For more information about FDOT closures, please contact FDOT: http://www.fdot.gov/
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.
AS SEEN IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF
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
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.
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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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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.
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