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Steed Taylor Street Art to Connect Downtown with Historic Northwest
Creation, Installation of ‘Genii Locii Road Tattoo’ is now Underway
The creation and installation of a dynamic piece of street art that will connect the Downtown and Historic Northwest is now underway by noted street artist Steed Taylor. The artist was commissioned by the City of West Palm Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and Related Companies for the purpose of creating an original large scale, temporary public artwork street mural—or ‘road tattoo’—on Rosemary Avenue commencing at Okeechobee Boulevard and continuing north to 11th Street. Residents should be aware of periodic street closures in the area through May 1, 2018 (see schedule below).
Three designs will be created and mixed throughout the length of the planned mural: Genii Loci will be a 1.2 mile, three color design that includes Florida native flowers and plants; a braided Celtic design symbolizing connectedness; and, at the entry point to the Historic Northwest district, the musical scale and notations representing the jazz standard “Round Midnight”. Genii Locii is expected to be the longest street tattoo ever made to showcase the power of the community like never before.
“Steed Taylor’s road tattoo is one of several ways the City is working to rejoin the Historic Northwest and the Downtown,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “It’s our hope that, by walking the length of the installation, residents and visitors will better connect with the public spaces in our City and also other neighborhoods and communities.”
The art will also achieve three goals suggested by Gehl Studios with whom the City contracted to find ways to improve quality of life of residents in our community. The three goals include:
- Creating a safe and interesting crossing at Rosemary and Banyan Boulevard;
- Utilizing art as a tool to create an eye-catching path along Rosemary
- Implementation of traffic calming measures on Rosemary through alternative methods.
The creation and installation will run through May 1, 2018. It will feature the work of several local artists, students, and community groups who will lend their hands and creativity to the painting.
STREET TATTOO INSTALLATION DATES & STREET CLOSURES:
4/21-22: Rosemary between 2rd Street and 5th Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/22: Intersection of Rosemary and Evernia; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/23-24: Rosemary between 5th Street and 8th Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/25-27: Rosemary between 8th Street and 11th Street, 3 DAY CLOSING
4/28-29: Rosemary between Datura Street and 2nd Street (including Clematis intersection); 2 DAY CLOSING
4/28: Intersection of Banyan and Rosemary; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/29: Intersection of 3rd Street and Rosemary; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/30-01: Rosemary between Fern Street and Datura Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born near Fayetteville, North Carolina and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA in English and Studio Art concentrating in intaglio etching), and American University in Washington, DC (MBA in Marketing) and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Steed Taylor's art practice includes public artwork as well as work for gallery settings.
His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art. Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy.
Recent commissions for his public artwork include the cities of Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and New Orleans, LA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Riverside Park in New York City, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine.
An activist for many years, he has worked with a wide variety of both arts and AIDS organizations including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Artists Board of Artists Space, Brio Awards Panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Board of Directors for Visual AIDS 1995-1998 and 2010 to present, Co-Chair of the 21st Century Committee for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 1999-2005, Board of Directors of Cannabis Cares from 1999 to present and Curator for HIV Law Project Silent Auction 2010 and 2012.
For more information about Steed Taylor, please visit: http://www.steedtaylor.com/.
Mayor Jeri Muoio Visits Washington, DC.
City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio visited Washington, DC last week to strengthen partnerships with our federal delegation and to discuss West Palm Beach top priorities that include keeping our city clean and safe. This visit came off the heels of a summit with police chiefs, mayors, and city leaders from across the country determined to implement public safety strategies that work.
During her visit, the Mayor met with the US Department of Transportation and the USDOJ Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to discuss upcoming projects and federal resources available for major projects in West Palm Beach.
Her full agenda also included meetings with Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Alcee Hastings, and Representative Brian Mast, staff at the offices of Representative Lois Frankel, Community Oriented Policing Services, and U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss:
- Dedicated resources to support our first responders and critical incident response;
- Protection of our area's drinking water;
- An infrastructure package that will drive economic development in South Florida cities;
- Increased partnership to address homelessness, affordable housing and mental health;
- Support for enhanced safety at rail crossings.
The Mayor expressed gratitude for recent federal support to grow the West Palm Beach Fire Rescue team and reimburse the West Palm Beach Police Department for overtime expenses related to Presidential security. The funding has enabled WPBFR to hire, train, and support 15 firefighters with matching funds from the City of West Palm Beach for three years.
“These new firefighters will strengthen an already very strong West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department,” said Mayor Muoio. “We are grateful to FEMA for the award and look forward to the entire City benefitting from these additional firefighters.”
Mayor Muoio Receives WILA Award
The City of West Palm Beach is pleased to share that West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Leadership Public Sector Award (WILA) by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Inc. (EWPBF). The EWPBF hosted the 35th annual WILA event on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Kravis Center. Marilu Henner was the keynote speaker for this signature luncheon recognizing Palm Beach County’s female trailblazers.
The prestigious Cynthia Allen Gracey Women in Leadership Awards (WILA) are presented annually to women in the nonprofit, private, public and volunteer sectors. The Awards recognize women who have outstanding credentials and accomplishments and display generosity of spirit, commitment to integrity and diversity, and genuine camaraderie with others.
In addition to Mayor Muoio, the 2018 WILA Honorees are Victoria A. Chouris (Non-profit sector); Marti LaTour (Private sector); and Dr. Marsha Fishbane (Volunteer sector). Congratulations Mayor Muoio and to all WILA Honorees!
City of West Palm Beach Celebrates Historic Preservation Month
City Announces Opening of Historic Preservation Awards
May is National Historic Preservation Month. This initiative was instituted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing our cities. The event is intended to celebrate our nation’s diverse and unique heritage. Every year, the City of West Palm Beach joins communities across the nation to celebrate and increase awareness of historic preservation.
“When it comes to historic preservation, West Palm Beach is a model for other communities,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Each of the City’s historic districts has their own distinct character, and our Historic Preservation team helps homeowners maintain this heritage for future generations through design review and guidance. I am very proud of the work that they are doing.”
West Palm Beach is fortunate to have 17 beautiful historical districts, 11 of which have earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. The area also includes 46 individually-designated sites that were initiated by property owners.
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City is pleased to announce the opening of the Historic Preservation Awards. Do you know of an individual who has made a significant contribution to local historic preservation? Applications are due by Tuesday, May 1, 2018!
“Every year the City holds the Historic Preservation Awards as a way to recognize exceptional preservation efforts in these historical districts,” said Friederike Mittner, City Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, who also serves as Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees President, advocating to preserve and protect Florida’s extraordinary history and heritage. “We encourage people to acknowledge their neighbor’s home improvements in order to preserve their historic properties.” To nominate someone, individuals may complete a nomination form by visiting: http://wpb.org/Departments/Development-Services/Historic-Preservation/Home.
On May 22, at 5pm, at the City Commissions Chambers, 401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL, the Historic Preservation team will host an awards ceremony to highlight the importance of historic preservation in West Palm Beach and bring increased awareness to locals of the rich, diverse culture and history that formed our city. At that time, they will also announce the winners of the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards in the following four categories:
- Rehabilitation—Acknowledges the proper rehabilitation of a structure according to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards. Project may include additions, interior renovations, or exterior improvements that respect the historic integrity of the structure.
- Infill Design—Acknowledges appropriate infill within Historic Districts that essentially “fills in the gap” of an historic streetscape. Infill should be compatible in massing, size, scale, and architectural features with the district.
- Craftsmanship/“Handyman”—Recognizes a traditional technique or method of construction that is considered artistic and rare in today’s practices. This may include intricate wood working, hand turned wrought-iron work, hand-carving of architectural elements. The category is also suited to recognize the “handyman” who has appropriately repaired distinguishing features of a structure (i.e. wood windows, doors, etc.)
- Service—Recognizes an organization or individual who has clearly made an impact on the community through advocacy or service in historic preservation.
City residents are welcome to attend this event. For more information about the City’s Historic Preservation Division or to submit completed nominations, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Development-Services/Historic-Preservation/Home
Arbor Day Celebration
MayorJeri Muoio, Commissioner Kelly Shoaf (District 1), Manager of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability Penni Redford and her staff joined Conniston Middle School students for their Arbor Day Celebration. During the celebration,the Mayor proclaimed April 19th as Arbor Day and helped plant one of four new trees on campus. Among the Mayor's goals for the City are the planting of ten thousand trees in ten years and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2025.
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WPB Ranked Among Best Cities for Small Biz Babyboomers
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Peace in the Streets
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Meeting Place - Friendship Baptist Church
718 3rd St.
Twin Lakes Neighborhood
Meeting Place - Twin Lakes Community Center
1200 7th St.
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.
Straw Free for Earth Day
We are going Straw Free for Earth Day in partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center!
Thank you to the following West Palm Beach restaurants who have committed to this initiative for Earth Day - The Chickpea Fresh Mediterranean, Palm Sugar @West Palm Beach, Leila Restaurant, Ganache Bakery Cafe, Nicos Pizza, Grease Burger, Beer and Whiskey Bar, Pizza Girls Clematis St., E.R. Bradley's Saloon, 123 Datura Bar & Kitchen, Hullabaloo, Clematis Pizza, Jimmychangas, City Pizza Italian Cuisine, Copper Blues West Palm Beach, Brother Jimmy's WPB, Mojito Latin Cuisine &BAR and MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company!
For this event, local restaurants agree to refrain from offering plastic straws to their patrons on Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) to increase public awareness of the need to eliminate single-use plastics, such as straws.
Interested in Doing Business with the City?
Check it out! You are invited to visit the City's Procurement web page and register as a vendor! Procurement is making it easier for vendors to do business with the City. By visiting its new webpage, you can register -- ONLINE -- as a vendor, so the City can track the information in real time. Just visit https://pro.prismcompliance.com/CustomCertApp/ApplicationStart.aspx?j=jggizwSWWYkSSvxs7C%2fQ5VH2uzM1TAdB&t=200 and follow the easy prompts. If you have any questions, please call the Procurement staff at 561-822-2100, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
2018 HISTORIC PRESERVATION SURVEY!
We are looking for your input! The City of West Palm Beach historic preservation staff wishes to update the existing historic preservation design guidelines to better serve the public. Please provide your feedback by clicking on the banner below.
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:
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- 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.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
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
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.
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