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INSIDER Newsletter (10/14/2018)

 

 

October 14, 2018

 
 
 

City to Host

Jefferson Terminal District Vision Meeting

 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Jefferson Terminal District (JTD) Vision Meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Armory Art Center, located at 811 Park Place in the City of West Palm Beach.

 

The JTD is a diverse mix of warehouses, office, retail, residential, and government uses on approximately 183 acres in the City of West Palm Beach. The JTD is the area bounded by Okeechobee Blvd., Parker Ave., the Stub Canal, Interstate 95, and Australian Ave.

 

 

“Jefferson Terminals” is a historical name dating back to the early 20th century. An original plat name in the district, local newspapers as early as 1926 advertised land for sale in the Jefferson Terminals area. These advertisements prided the area on being “centrally located in the very heart of the city” and conveniently located near air and rail. Maps of the area from 1952 show that, while much of the land in the district was purchased for warehouse uses as advertised in the 1920s, a mixture of commercial businesses and residential homes was spread throughout the area. Historical property cards show how the localization of warehouses and factories lent to modest, workforce housing around the more industrial uses.  An homage to the historic past and extensive mixture of uses that emerged in subsequent years, the name Jefferson Terminal District is fitting to describe this area and highlight the similar reemergence of this eclectic district.

 

 

The JTD has recently experienced significant growth. Analysis of the area shows that—in the last five years—building permit activity has tripled, and the number of business licenses issued has quadrupled. Given the JTD’s proximity to transit, proximity to downtown, and enhanced employment potential with recent business growth in the area, it is expected this area may continue to grow. The Jefferson Terminal District study will provide an opportunity for a community vision to direct future growth in the form of a Master Plan.

 

After identifying the need for a full study of the area, City Staff prepared a presentation for the City Commission in May 2018 to get approval to Master Plan the area. A Master Plan is a tool for responsible management which culminates in an overall concept or vision for a particular area. A Master Plan is like a road map. It will chart a hopeful course between the present and some intended destination, with milestones along the way. The process includes looking at the area holisticaly (urban design, mobility and infrastructure) while providing a structured framework for input from multiple perspectives. This is an integrated process through productive communication to look at the past, present and future of the area to analyze if policy modifications may be needed. Just a few of the benefits of the Master Plan include community-led visioning of the future of the area, coordinating and prioritizing actions with both the City and private sector, and improving cross-departmental coordination for budgeting projects in the area.

 

The Master Plan will not inhibit the growth that has been happening organically. It will integrate physical development with the City’s policies, assist with infrastructure coordination, support business development, build on assests, and address challenges of the area. The Jefferson Terminal Master Plan will create a road map for district-wide renewal.  The City does not have any predetermined outcomes for the JTD. As of October 2018, the City is conducting only public outreach, with the goal of creating a Master Plan for the area based on the input of our residents, neighborhood, and the community.

 

The City welcomes participation in the planning process for the JTD. A public visioning meeting for the JTD will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Armory Art Center. Visit http://www.wpb.org/JTD to keep updated on other upcoming meetings and opportunities for public participation. Here, you will also find a story map that tells more about the project and features a survey on the district. Additionally, you can email JeffersonTerminal@wpb.org with any questions or comments.

 

WPB Rescuers Assist with Hurricane Michael Preparations, Recovery

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach is providing support to those affected by Hurricane Michael. City of West Palm Beach Emergency Operations Director Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield of the West Palm Beach Fire Department has been deployed to the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center (see photo). The West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department has also deployed two firefighters to the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force in North Florida to assist with rescuing victims.

 

Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly is chair of the Florida's Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN), the formalized system of "utilities helping utilities" to address mutual aid during emergency situations. West Palm Beach water and wastewater crews are standing by in case their help is needed during the recovery.

 

 

We are proud of our team and proud to support our fellow Floridians at this time. 

 

WPB Celebrates 'Walk to School Day'

Mayor Muoio Honors "Jack the Bike Man" for Service to our City

 

 

As a part of the City of West Palm Beach’s Vision Zero: Safe Streets for West Palm Beach initiative, Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney and West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to celebrate Walk to School Day by educating Belvedere Elementary School students and parents on the benefits of walking and biking to school. Walk to School Day, held annually around the world, raises awareness about the need for safe routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity among children. The day encourages active transportation and, where needed, brings attention to changes that may be necessary, so that people can safely walk or ride their bicycle. The Vision Zero initiative, which was unanimously approved by Commissioners in August, provides a framework for reducing and eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

 

As a special way to celebrate the day, Mayor Muoio surprised ‘Jack the Bike Man’ a.k.a. Jack Hairston by presenting him a ceremonial key to the City and proclamation in recognition of his commitment to bicycle safety and generosity toward West Palm Beach residents. Mayor declared Octover 10, 2018 as 'Jack the Bike Man' Day.

 

 

 

DREHER PARK RIBBON CUTTING

 

The City of West Palm Beach will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dreher Park on Wednesday, October 17th at 3:30 p.m. We'll be celebrating the new replacement playground on the south end of the park. The public is invited! Come help us celebrate!

 

City of West Palm Beach’s annual

Clematis by Fright to include thousands in prizes for all ages

 

The City of West Palm Beach is encouraging all ghosts, goblins, witches, superheroes, and more, to grab their costumes and head downtown for a not-so-scary Halloween celebration. The frightfully fun event is free and includes hay rides, face painting, and a costume contest for all ages and pets, with a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. A family-friendly event, Clematis by Fright is a frightful twist on the weekly Clematis by Night concert series. In addition to festive activities for the entire family, the evening will also feature live music by Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus. With a mission to get visitors moving, Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus will play rockabilly and swing favorites all night long. Clematis by Fright takes place on the Great Lawn in downtown West Palm Beach, just west of Flagler Drive on North Clematis Street, on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CONTEST-CONTESTANTS-TO-REAP-REAL-REWARDS

 

Clematis Streetscape Project First Phase Completed;300 Block Unveils New Look   

Clematis Street Reopening Party on Nov. 1, Street Opens to Traffic on Nov.2

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio, the City of West Palm Beach, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA),  will officially unveil the much-anticipated new look of Clematis Street on Thursday, November 1 with a ribbon cutting and street party celebration in the 300 block beginning at 5:00 PM.  The celebration will continue at the City’s Clematis by Night event from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The unveiling marks the completion of the first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project that took place over the summer months throughout the 300 block of Clematis Street between S. Dixie Highway and S. Olive Ave.  The project is transforming the city’s most iconic downtown street with a variety of modern infrastructure and vibrant design elements that renew and enhance the street with a pedestrian focus for residents and visitors.

 

Project highlights include:

  • A curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian;
  • Narrower traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars;
  • High-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings;
  • More regularly spaced shade trees; 
  • Wider sidewalks for more walkway space, dining space and furnished seating space
  • Reduced parking spaces to make room for “people space”

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and street party and be among the first to experience the brand-new look of the first redesigned block. Guests can enjoy a family-friendly celebration with live music, giveaways, and more. Downtown businesses on the block will also offer special discounts, giveaways, tastings and other activities for guests during the street party. Then, the party moves down the street to Clematis by Night, the City’s weekly waterfront concert at the east end of Clematis Street, with lots of food, drinks, live music and fun.

 

The 300 block of Clematis Street will officially open to traffic on Friday, November 2.    

 

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WPB EARNS TOP SCORE IN LGBTQ EQUALITY

City Earns Perfect Score on 6th Annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation MEI

 

The City of West Palm Beach has again earned a perfect score on the sixth annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation Municipal Equality Index (MEI) ranking of cities across the United States. The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, polices and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services law enforcement, and the City leadership’s public position on equality. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WPB-EARNS-TOP-SCORE-IN-LGBTQ-EQUALITY

 

WPB Named 2018

SolSmart Special Recognition Award Winner

 

 

In addition to achieving SolSmart Gold, the City of West Palm Beach has been presented with a 2018 Special Recognition Award by SolSmart. The SolSmart Special Recognition Award celebrates and shines a light on communities that have gone above and beyond to demonstrate solar excellence and advance solar energy growth by earning at least 60% of the total points available in one or more of the eight SolSmart categories of Permitting; Planning, Zoning and Development; Inspection; Construction Codes; Solar Rights; Utility Engagement; Community Engagement; and Marketing, Development and Finance. The City of West Palm Beach Development Services Department has received a certificate of excellence in the SolSmart categories of inspection and permitting. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-DEVELOPMENT-SERVICES-DEPT

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Woodlawn Cemetery Tours to Offer Thrills, Chills and History

2018-2019 Tour Dates Announced

 

 

 

WHAT: Join the City of West Palm Beach and volunteer historians for a 90-minute walking tour of historic Woodlawn Cemetery! The cemetery is the final resting place of some of Palm Beach County’s most influential and important citizens as well as a few infamous ones whose story must also be told. Bring water, a flashlight and any needed insect repellent. Comfortable shoes are a must! Attendees are encouraged to call ahead to reserve their spot on the tour.

 

WHERE: Woodlawn Cemetery; 1500 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; (Parking is available in the cemetery).

 

WHEN: 

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018; 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018; 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 18, 2019; 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019; 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19th, 2019; 7:30 p.m.

COST: FREE

 

CONTACT: City of West Palm Beach Volunteer Services at (561) 804-4938 or email jstanis@wpb.org.

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS CANCELLATIONS IN OCTOBER

 

Due to construction resulting from the WPB-TV upgrades in the Commission Chamber and Flagler Gallery at City Hall, located at 401 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, all neighborhood meetings scheduled for October have been cancelled.

 

The new meeting schedule for the remainder of the year is as follows:

  • Nov. 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: Western Communities Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor; Flagler Gallery at City Hall
  • Nov. 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.: North End Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor; Flagler Gallery at City Hall
  • Nov. 28, 2018; 5:30 p.m.: South End Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor, Flagler Gallery at City Hall.

For more information, please contact Neighborhood Services Coordinator Jose Tagle at (561) 822-1400.

 

 

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:

 

WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2018

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

  • Spruce Ave. between 36th St and 35th St. (Monday, October 15, 2018 – Tuesday, October 30, 2018: One side of Spruce Ave. will be closed alternately for curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
  • Olive Ave. between Datura St. and Clematis St. (Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Wednesday, October 17, 2018): Full closure between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for crane use. Pedestrians will be escorted around the work area on the west side of Olive Ave.
  • Rosemary Ave. north of Fern St.  (Monday, October 15, 2018 – Friday, October 26, 2018) will be closed for utility duct work. Detours provided, and traffic maintained on Evernia St. and Fern St. throughout the construction period.
  • Cumberland Dr. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists.
  • Georgia Ave. south of Nottingham Blvd. (until further notice): Full closure for a portion of Georgia Ave. south of Nottingham Blvd. and north of Briggs St. for installation of the drainage system and road reconstruction.
  • 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.
  • Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Local traffic only 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

  • Clematis by Night (October 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
  • GreenMarket (October 20, 2018, 6:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St., Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St.

CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS

  • Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Jog Rd., north of 45th St., and west of Florida’s Turnpike (until further notice): Periodic southbound lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for FPL pole replacement.
  • Congress Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures, one eastbound left turn lane closure): Bridge removal/culvert installation at the “F” Canal.
  • N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice): Water main, driveway and median installation.
  • Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (periodic lane closures until further notice): Alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction.
  • For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Okeechobee Blvd. from Chillingworth Dr. to Spencer Dr. (Monday, October 1, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018) will have the outside westbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for underground wire installation.
  • For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/

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

 

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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays:   

  • 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:

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Citywide Projects List Information Portal:

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

 

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Sanitation/2018-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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