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October 8, 2017

 

 

West Palm Beach Anticipates King Tides Effects

City Proactively Taking Steps to

Mitigate Flooding, Sea Level Rise

 

 

Flooding along Flagler Drive during a Past King Tide Event

 

The City of West Palm Beach anticipates potential effects from king tides and has taken steps to mitigate flooding that could result from king tides or sea level rise. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that autumn of 2017 will bring higher than normal high tides to the South Florida area. King tides pose a threat to the City’s low-lying coastal areas, notably along Flagler Drive which has repeatedly been affected by king tides flooding and ponding on the roadway.

 

NOAA’s tidal gauge at 8020 Flagler Court predicts the following tides through the rest of the year. Be aware of potential flooding during these times: 

  • October 7-10: highest tide of 3.57 ft. on October 7
  • November 3-8:  highest tide of 3.63 ft. on November 5
  • December 3-6:  highest tide of 3.42 ft. on December 4

The City of West Palm Beach has taken steps to mitigate flooding that could result from king tides or sea level rise along Flagler Drive. As part of a $25-million capital stormwater facilities improvement program, the City is in the process of installing tidal valves and other projects to limit flooding along our waterfront. The City has already installed a tidal valve at Pershing Way to protect the lift station there from tidal flooding. This tidal valve will not allow water from high tides to flow back into the streets. The City has also conducted a Stormwater Master Plan to identify additional mitigation strategies against sea level rise. The Stormwater Master Plan has been effective in saving citizens more than $20-million on their insurance premiums by identifying areas that did not need to be a part of the flood plain.

 

“The City of West Palm Beach is a leader in adapting to the impacts of sea level rise,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Actions taken today to prepare for risk and vulnerabilities will lead to a more resilient future for our City.”

 

King tides are a normal seasonal occurrence in coastal areas. The king tide is the highest predicted high tide of the year at a coastal location. It is above the highest water level reached at high tide on an average day. King tides are also known as perigean spring tides.

 

Residents are advised to exercise caution in the event of flooding. Do not attempt to drive or walk through flooded roadways, and do not ignore road closure signs.

 

WPB GreenMarket Continues Growth, Branches Out

2017 – 2018 season to feature more than 90 vendors, and guests can book historic tours starting “By the Banyan” more regularly

 

 

For more than 20 years the West Palm Beach GreenMarket has been the premier Saturday spot to gather fresh food and local goods, and with more than 90 vendors signed up, the 2017 – 2018 season is just as promising. The 23rd season has officially returned to the waterfront on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The area’s first farmer’s market, the GreenMarket continues to grow - and branch out – with the addition of 15 new vendors and regular historical walking tours, launching “By the Banyan,” at the corner of Lantana Ave. and North Clematis St.

 

 

“We are so thrilled with the continued organic growth of the GreenMarket, with this season marking our largest selection of vendors yet,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We have many popular vendors returning, including Cider Doughnuts, Mom's Pops, and Joe's Herbs and Ornamentals, in addition to new vendors Poke Smash, Korean Kitchen, and Gracie’s Greens, who all received high approval during the competitive selection process. As we near 25 years of offering our community a variety of fresh and local goods, we are pleased with the continued growth and additional layers of activity the GreenMarket provides.”

 

Local vendors offer a variety of products including fresh produce, exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, gourmet and specialty foods, coffee and teas, and much more. In addition, the GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation.

 

Due to popular demand last season, the historical walking tours are back with regularity. The tours will begin “By the Banyan” at 10 a.m., last approximately an hour-and-a-half, and end at the Johnson History Museum. They will be amplified this year, to accommodate for larger groups, and led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez.

 

 

Tours will take place twice a month. The cost is $10 per person and require a minimum of 10 reservations. Visitors can learn more and purchase tickets by visiting www.hspbc.org/events/#historytours or calling 561.832.4164 ext. 2. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

 

Guests are also encouraged to mark their calendars for special events and activities throughout the season, including a dog costume contest on October 28; Veteran’s Day activities on November 11; holiday decorating opportunities on December 16 and 23; a health and wellness theme to kick off the New Year on January 13; Strawberry Festival on February 10; and a celebration of all that is green on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Community Events, and will run weekly through Saturday, April 21, 2018, except for Saturday, March 24, 2018, due to the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The GreenMarket is friendly to dogs on short leashes and always free. Parking is free in two of the City’s closest garages, on the corners of Banyan/Olive and Evernia/Olive, during market hours. Those interested in arriving by boat can also take advantage of the City's free public docks.

 

The mission of the West Palm Beach GreenMarket is to provide the community with seasonal access to locally grown fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, plants and agricultural products.  The market supports the southeast Florida agricultural community and stimulates agricultural development, particularly in Palm Beach County, by providing an outlet for locally grown crops and specialty products.

 

For more information about the West Palm Beach GreenMarket and other Waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.

 

Flagler Shore Project is Now Underway

 

VIDEO: Click on the image to learn more about Flagler Shore

 

A new project on the downtown waterfront is bringing temporary changes to the Flagler Drive traffic patterns, along with enhancements to the public spaces. Called “Flagler Shore: From Pavement to People,” the project repurposes two lanes on Flagler Drive from Lakeview Avenue to Banyan Boulevard (.6 miles) to expand the waterfront public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and merchants, as well as allow for additional programming. Visitors can expect additional seating, bistro tables and chairs, public art, street vendors, street performers and more.  

 

During the five-month project that will run through March 1, 2018, Flagler Drive will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes (keeping both southbound and northbound traffic flow). Coordinated by the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the Flagler Shore project constructs a short-term design that allows the community to reclaim more public space and create a more dynamic waterfront.  

 

To find out more about the city’s Flagler Shore project, to find the latest updates and activities, or to submit questions/comments, please call (561) 822-2222 or visit www.wpb.org/flaglershore.

 

Public Works to Make Third, Final Pass for

Irma Debris Removal

Final preparations are being made for the third and final pass for debris removal in the wake of Hurricane Irma. City residents should have all storm-generated debris in front of their homes on the public right-of-way (the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole, or easement) no later than 12:00 pm, Sunday, October 15th, 2017 to be eligible for pick-up.
 

The City of West Palm Beach will not be able to guarantee that debris placed on the public right-of-way after the specified deadline will be removed under the hurricane debris removal plan. Residents should continue to separate vegetative debris (woody, burnable debris such as tree limbs and shrubbery) and construction and demolition debris. Do not place debris near water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other aboveground utility. Do not block sidewalks, street traffic, or storm drains. Hazardous household chemicals such as paint cans and batteries should be handled under the normal solid waste rules.
 

You can follow the debris removal efforts in your neighborhood and the rest of the City by calling (561) 822-2222 or visiting the City’s storm debris removal web page: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Storm-Preparedness/Irma-Debris-Cleanup.
 

 

 

Imagine a Day without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness about the Value of Water

 

On October 12, 2017, the City of West Palm Beach will join elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating in the third annual Imagine a Day without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water. 

 

“Fighting for safe, reliable water—including the source of the City’s water supply at Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve in West Palm Beach—remains a top priority for my administration and for me,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We didn’t think twice about lending support for the Imagine a Day without Water campaign, and we hope this day serves as a reminder of the importance of clean water and investment in water infrastructure.”

 

Recognizing that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, and economic prosperity, the City of West Palm Beach will host a series of events to advocate for safe, reliable water. Mayor Muoio will issue a proclamation to recognize Imagine a Day without Water on October 12. Throughout the week of October 9, informational displays will be set up in the City Hall lobby and in the Mandel Public Library. Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach will also host a series of events which will include:

 

Guided Hike along Grassy Waters Preserve’s Cypress Boardwalk Trail

                        Date: Oct. 12-15

                Ages: All

                Cost: Free

                Reservations: Required, call 804-4985.

Kayak Expedition

                Date: Saturday, Oct. 14; 9:30am-12:30pm

                Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak or 12 yrs. old in tandem with adult

                Cost: $20 per person

                Reservations: Required, call 804-4985.

Marsh Critters Dip Netting

                Date: Sunday, Oct. 15; 9:30am-11:00am

                Ages: 5 and over

                Cost: $10 per child, accompanying adults free

                Reservations: Required, call 804-4985.

 

“We're thrilled that the City of West Palm Beach is a part of Imagine a Day without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “It is easy to take our water infrastructure for granted because it is often underground and out of sight. But, the systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges. It is time to take action before we face a crisis.”

 

The nation’s water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater systems. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.  

 

While many of these challenges are regionally-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority. Imagine a Day without Water tells the stories of the challenges we face when our water infrastructure fails, but also of the innovative solutions being implemented in communities nationwide.

 

"The City of West Palm Beach went out for a $70 million bond earlier this year for infrastructure projects for water, waste water and storm water to show our firm commitment to providing the City's residents and visitors with quality and efficient service," said Poonam Kallkat, City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Director.

 

Despite the vast challenges facing American water infrastructure, the good news is that there is great opportunity in investment. A study conducted by the Value of Water Campaign has found that there is over $220 billion in economic activity to be gained nationwide by closing the water infrastructure investment gap. The American public is already widely supportive of implementing these needed investments.

 

Registration Open for City of West Palm Beach

Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League

 

Basketball is more than a game. It’s fun, entertaining and exciting, but it also teaches sportsmanship, respect and teamwork. Register for the City of West Palm Beach Beach Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League today! Children ages 5-14, residents and non-residents can participate.

 

  • League Divisions: 5-6 year olds; 7-8 year olds; 9-11 year olds; 12-14 year olds.
  • Cost: $50 resident / $65 non-resident. All participants must pay a $25 annual registration fee. Fee assistance is available for those who qualify. 
  • League Locations: South Olive Community Center, Gaines Park, Coleman Park
  • Registration deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Practices: Begin the week of October 30, 2017
  • League play: Begins the week of November 13, 2017. There will be a seven week league play season with single elimination playoff.

Registration can be done at any community center or online at www.teamsideline.com/wpbathletics. For general information, volunteering or coaching opportunities, contact Erin Paige at (561) 804-4915.

 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY WALKING TOUR TO OFFER HALLOWEEN THRILLS, CHILLS, AND HISTORY!

 

On Thursday, October 26, join the City of West Palm Beach and historians Janet DeVries Naughton and Dr. Ginger Pederson for a Halloween-themed walking tour of historic Woodlawn Cemetery! The cemetery, located at 1500 S. Dixie Highway, is the final resting place of some of Palm Beach County’s most influential and important citizens, including a few infamous ones whose story must also be told. The tour begins at 7:30pm and will last 90 minutes. Please arrive by 7:15pm. Bring water and any needed insect repellent. Comfortable shoes are a must! Parking is available in the cemetery. Call (561) 804-4900 for more information.

 

WPB Procurement Dept to Host

"Open for Business" Workshop on Oct. 12

 

 

 

Join us for the "Open for Business" workshop as we share information on how to do business with The City of West Palm Beach. At the FREE workshop on October 12 at 4pm at the Armory Arts Center, learn about:

  • Details on bid-ready projects;
  • Almost $170 million in approved funds;
  • How to potentially benefit from the county’s 1 cent sales tax increase;
  • Programs designed specifically for women, minorities and service-disabled veterans and small businesses.

Hear more about the City’s procurement opportunities in the area of goods and services, construction and professional services. Talk one-on-one with City representatives. Get your certification paperwork on-site!

 

To register, visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-city-of-west-palm-beach-is-open-to-business-tickets-36471279579.

 

Join us for the PACE Open House on Oct. 17
 

 

PACE is a financing tool designed to assist individuals with making energy and wind hardening improvements to their home. These improvements-- such as installing energy efficient windows, water heaters, roofs, solar panels, hurricane shutter panels or others--could save you money. Through PACE, the cost of the improvements could be added as a Non- Ad Valorem assessment on one's home's property taxes. Money saved on energy and insurance bills from the improvements could be utilized to pay for this assessment.

 

Learn more about the PACE program at our PACE Open House on October 17th! Mayor Muoio will give a brief introduction and you will have a chance to speak directly to PACE providers.

 

Please RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, visit: http://whoozin.com/C9P-NKW-6AFR

 

 

HCD Offers Landlord Training Seminar on Oct. 19

 

 

Save the date for the next Landlord Training Seminar! Join us on October 19th at 5:30pm at City Hall. Learn how to protect your asset and keep illegal activity out of your rental property. For more information on the class and to register, visit: wpb.org/landlordtraining.

 

HCD Information Now Online In Spanish

 

The City of West Palm Beach is pleased to announce the launch of our new Spanish language page for the Department of Housing and Community Development! Now, our Spanish speaking residents have a chance to engage in projects like Vickers House and much more. Come visit the page and find out what's going on in our City and in your community! Visit: http://www.wpb.org/Departments/Housing-Community-Development/En-Espanol

 

 

 

Storm of ’28 Memorial Event Scheduled for Oct. 21

 

 

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
3:00 p.m.
924 25th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(corner of Tamarind Avenue and 25th Street)

FREE

 

The City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the Storm of ’28 Memorial Park Coalition will host a community memorial event to remember the victims who lost their lives to Florida’s infamous and tragic Hurricane of 1928.  The storm made landfall in Palm Beach County on September 16, 1928 and caused at least 2,500 area deaths, most of which were migrant, black farm workers who did not receive proper burials at the time. The burial site in West Palm Beach recognizes the African American victims of the storm who were laid in a mass gravesite at 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue, and is the final resting place for 674 victims.  The site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2002, and a state historical marker was added in 2003 during the 75th anniversary of the hurricane.                
 

 

 

GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE OFFERS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Grassy Waters Preserve offers unique guided environmental learning opportunities on the edge of a 23-square-mile wetlands resource. This vast watershed was historically the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River system and the gateway to the Northern Everglades.

 

 

The Public Utilities Department manages, protects and enhances this remnant Everglades ecosystem that supplies the fresh drinking water to more than 130,000 people in West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Town of South Palm Beach. The Preserve includes a nature center, an accessible boardwalk trail, hiking, biking, guided canoe and kayak programs, and more!

 

PRESERVE HOURS OF OPERATION

South Campus

Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Xx South Side CLOSED: October 9: Columbus Day xX

North Campus:    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Apoxee Park:        7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Visit Our Website: wpb.org/grassywaters

 

To register for a guided outing, call the Nature Center at 561-804-4985

 

 

 

GRASSY WATERS OCTOBER 2017 PROGRAMS

(Sorted by Date)

 

Kayak Cruise

 

Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 

 

Date: Sun, October 8th

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,

Check-in at 9:00 a.m.  

Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or

            10yrs old in tandem with adult

Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00

 

Kayak Expedition

Paddle off the beaten path on this 3-hour excursion to explore the more remote areas of the Preserve not seen on our shorter trips.  Experience the secluded beauty of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of this unique environment.        

Bring water, hat and sunscreen.

Date:  Sat, October 14th

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

            Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.

Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or

            12yrs old in tandem with adult

Fee:     Single: $20; Tandem: $40

 

Marsh Critters

The marsh comes alive in the palm of your hand as we discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home.   You will be knee deep in the marsh during this dip-netting adventure for the whole family!  Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and a hat and bring water, sunscreen, a towel, and a change of clothes and shoes.   

Date: Sun, October 15th

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,

Check-in at 9 a.m.

Ages: 5 and over (with participating adult)

Fee:    $10/child (accompanying adult free)

 

Feathered Friends Boardwalk Hike & Craft

Join us for a free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for our unique wetland birds. Learn more about their amazing adaptations and how their feathers were used by humans throughout history. Create and decorate your very own craft binoculars to take on the hike! Wear closed-toe shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle.

Date: Sun, October 15th   

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,

            Check-in at 1:30PM

Ages: 4 and over (with participating adult)

Fee:    FREE, but reservations required.

 

Ride with the Ashley Gang: Free Lecture Join Historian Steve Carr on a journey back in time to the Prohibition Era, when the Ashley Gang spread mayhem across south Florida. The Ashleys’ exploits included bootlegging illegal liquor, bank robberies, jail breaks, and deadly shootouts. Discover the true story of the Ashley Gang- were they ruthless criminals or local heroes?

Date:  Sat, October 21st  

Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.,

Check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Ages: 9 and over (with participating adult)

Fee:    FREE, but reservations required

 

Swamp Tromp

Take a walk on the wild side during this hike through cypress swamps, cabbage palm hammocks, and saw grass marshes.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This hike is on a rugged trail that requires stepping over and ducking under vegetation and other obstacles. Bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet, water, hat, sunscreen, towel, and change of clothes.

Date: Sun, October 22nd 

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,

            Check-in at 9AM

Ages: 8 and over (with participating adult)

Fee:   $10/adult, $5/child

 

Kayak Cruise

Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 

Date: Sat, October 28th

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,

Check-in at 9:00 a.m.  

Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or

            10yrs old in tandem with adult

Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00

 

Marsh Critters

The marsh comes alive in the palm of your hand as we discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home.   You will be knee deep in the marsh during this dip-netting adventure for the whole family!  Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and a hat and bring water, sunscreen, a towel, and a change of clothes and shoes.   

Date: Sun, October 29th

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Check-in at 9:00 a.m.

Ages: 5 and over (with participating adult)

Fee:    $10/child (accompanying adult free)

 

Kayak Cruise

Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 

Date: Sat, November 4th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,

Check-in at 9:30 a.m.  

Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or

            10yrs old in tandem with adult

Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00

 

A Walk Through Time: Boardwalk Tour

Learn about Florida's first supermarket: our Everglades wetlands! Discover the food, tools, and shelters used by our area's original Native American tribes on this relaxing hike along our Cypress Boardwalk Trail. 

Wear comfortable shoes, sun protection, and bring water. 

Date: November 4th

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,

            Check-in at 1:30 p.m.

Ages: 4 and over (with participating adult)

Fee: Free, but reservations required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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