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July 16, 2017

 

 

DEP Awards $500K to City of West Palm Beach for Stormwater Improvements

 

City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department Responds to Pineapple Park Flooding Incident in 2012

 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded the City of West Palm Beach $500,000 to fund stormwater improvements in Pineapple Park, an area that, historically, has been prone to flooding which has accounted for several repetitive loss claims over the past 30 years.

 

To address critical needs, the City of West Palm Beach has launched a comprehensive integrated water resources management program that is driven by its adopted Stormwater Master Plan. The Master Plan deemed the City’s Pineapple Park neighborhood as the highest priority area due to vulnerability to flooding.

 

The $3.5 million Pineapple Park Stormwater Improvement Project includes drainage improvements and operational planning with the South Florida Water Management District, as well as innovative water quality and urban canopy improvements.

 

“We are really pleased with this award from the state,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The end result will be improved water quality, significantly reduced flooding, and a long-term aesthetic benefit to an area of West Palm Beach that is of great importance.”

 

The overall project entails the rehabilitation of approximately 3,500 linear feet of 30-inch vitrified clay pipe and the installation of four tidal valves along the Stubbs Canal. $500,000 of the stormwater project funds will be reserved for green infrastructure investments. Green infrastructure investments (low impact development) will provide water quality benefits to an area that drains to an impaired estuary and will heavily feature trees. By improving the urban canopy, the City will additionally provide stormwater treatment, further restore hydrology, and reduce heat island effects.

 

The project has received endorsements from the Pineapple Park Homeowner’s Association, Palm Beach County, and the City Watersheds Committee (citizen stormwater advisory), among others.

 

Pineapple Park is a 63-acre neighborhood which ultimately drains to the Lake Worth Lagoon. A significant portion of the City of West Palm Beach drains to the Lake Worth Lagoon, an impaired estuary of both economic and ecological significance. The Lagoon—key to the viability of South Florida’s future -- is the subject of intense regional study and restoration efforts.

 

Mayor’s Youth Council

Recognized by Florida League of Cities

 

Members of the City of West Palm Beach Mayor's Youth Council at Grassy Waters Preserve

 

The Mayor’s Youth Council has been named the second place winner of the 2017 Youth Council Community Service Competition hosted by the Florida League of Cities (FLC). The competition recognized youth community service and volunteer projects that addressed a local need. In naming the Mayor’s Youth Council as an award recipient, the FLC recognized the group’s Grassy Waters Preserve initiative which raised awareness among area residents of the environmental dangers faced by the preserve. The group was awarded $200 and a trophy that will be presented during the FLC Annual Conference in August. 

 

“I am really proud of the students and their dedication to raising awareness of the importance of protecting Grassy Waters,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio upon learning of the award. “This initiative taught the students not only about the importance of protecting ecosystems but also that their involvement can effect positive change, a valuable life lesson.”

 

The Mayor’s Youth Council was created by Mayor Muoio in 2014 to develop and mentor future leaders. Facilitated by Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Mayor’s Office, the council is comprised of high school students who meet monthly to learn about government workings and the importance of community service.

 

“The students are leaders in their schools and their communities. They have a heart for public service. That’s the common thread,” said Jones.

 

In developing the initiative, the Council identified the environmental risks faced by Grassy Waters Preserve and then crafted an outreach program designed to protect it. Grassy Waters is a 23 square mile preserve, home to endangered and protected species, the source of the City’s water supply, and a remnant of the Everglades. Grassy Waters is threatened by the proposed extension of State Road 7, which would lead to noise, light and water pollution and, also, negative impacts on endangered and protected creatures. At the time of the students’ application, the preserve was also facing a severe drought which lowered water levels considerably.

 

The students’ outreach project included engaging area residents in cleaning natural trails and picnics for residents and visitors in the preserve. The Mayor's Youth Council invited members of other youth groups, honor societies and local schools to participate with the intent of teaching others about the importance of environmental protection and how their involvement has an impact.

 

The students and their winning entry will be featured in the Quality Cities magazine and on the FLC website. For more information about the Mayor’s Youth Council, contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413. To learn more about the Florida League of Cities, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com.

 

Temporary Fire Station #4 Location Announced

As of July 11th, 2017, Fire Station #4 at 1718 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, 33401 will be permanently closed for rebuilding. The temporary Fire Station #4 will be located at 1411 Charlotte Avenue, West Palm Beach, 33401. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies during business hours, call (561) 804-4700. After hours, call (561) 822-2222. There will be no change to Fire Rescue services as a result of the move.

 

Fabled Tables to Give Good Fortune to

More Than 25 Nonprofits

Aesop’s Tables to be auctioned during Summer in Paradise finale on August 31

 

 

 

 

Heart and art will meet at the waterfront on Thursday, August 31, when the City of West Palm Beach takes its final “sip” of summer during Clematis by Night. Summer in Paradise (S.I.P), the annual summer-long promotion of free events, will go out with some good will, as the summer star of the show, Aesop’s Tables, will be auctioned off for charity. Aesop’s Tables is a whimsical art installation of 25 painted picnic tables, with each one depicting one of Aesop’s fables. Each table was painted by a local artist and has been assigned a corresponding charity beneficiary.

 

 

A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muoio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family-friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Aesop’s Tables is presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places and celebrates the talents of local artists. The tables feature depictions of “The Jay and the Peacock,” “Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and more.

 

“Aesop’s Tables are about connecting the community,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “And the impact so far has been truly inspiring. We have heard from artists, nonprofits, locals, visitors – and even communities in other states that are replicating our idea – that the tables have been the catalyst for new connections, family bonding without tech distractions and as a lifeline to improve cities impacted by the opioid crisis.” 

 

Just as Aesop’s fables have reached across centuries, continents and cultures, Aesop’s Tables invites visitors to enjoy light-hearted lessons, laughter and conversations on the waterfront.

 

The summer-long outdoor art installation made its waterfront debut on Thursday, June 1, 2017 during the S.I.P kickoff at Clematis by Night. Additional programming for the art installation includes nightly music and pop-up performances, storytelling, Wacky Wednesday trivia nights, poetry readings, games and interactive programming.

 

Benefitting nonprofits include: Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., American Cancer Society-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Autism Speaks, Children Seen and Heard, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Legal Aid of Palm Beach County, Inc., Life’s Changes Palm Beach County, Inc., Little Smiles, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Nonprofits First, Pathfinders Scholarship Fund, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Quantum House, Resource Depot, Seagull Services, Sister Cities of Delray Beach, Inc., Susan G Komen South Florida, The Arc of Palm Beach County, The Take Heed Theater Company, Inc., United Way of Palm Beach County and Urban Youth Impact.

 

Test Your Wits at Wacky Wednesday Trivia Nights
 

Calling all trivia champs… the City of West Palm Beach is inviting the public to test their knowledge and enjoy a fun-filled evening of trivia at Aesop's Tables. Every Wednesday evening during Summer in Paradise, beginning July 12 through August 30, 2017, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the City will reward those who know the most about random facts related to history, pop culture, science and more. In addition to trivia host Duane Hamilton, table hosts will also be on hand to help facilitate lively discussions, encourage participation and unite the community.

 

Prizes include Downtown WPB merchant gift certificates - $100 for the first place winner and $50 and $25 for the second and third place winner, respectively. Additional Summer in Paradise branded prizes will also be randomly given out. There will be free popcorn for participants who work up an appetite matching wits with one another and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

Table hosts include:

·         July 19 – Habitat for Humanity, Amy Brand

·         July 26 – Rebecca Peterson

·         August 9 – Children Seen and Heard, Esther Joseph

·         August 16 – Rebecca Peterson

·         August 23 – Habitat for Humanity, Amy Brand

·         August 30 – Take Heed Theatre

 

For more information about Summer in Paradise, please visit www.wpb.org/events or call (561) 822-1515.

 

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VIDEO: G.R.E.A.T. Program Helps Kids Avoid Gangs:

West Palm Beach Police Officers are leading 4th and 5th graders in the Gang Resistance and Education Program, or G.R.E.A.T., a national program designed to teach life skills.

 

 

VIDEO:  Mandel Public Library's Computer Workshop Helps with Basics:

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach holds free, basic computer workshops every Wednesday and Sunday from 1:30-3:30p.m.

 

Seeing Stars at City Hall

Congratulations to the City of West Palm Beach Development Services Department.

 

The Development Services team was recently honored with the Mayor's Star Award for their stellar work and for providing exceptional service.

Development Services Director Rick Greene and Building Official Robert Brown were both recognized with the Mayor's Leadership Star Award. Congrats!

 

Community Budget Workshops Schedule

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners invite West Palm Beach residents and members of the public to participate in the Community Budget Workshops series. The public can hear how their tax dollars are being spent and make recommendations about the City’s 2017-2018 budget.

 

They workshops will be held on the following dates at these locations:

  • July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)
  • July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2)
  • July 27, 2017, 6:00 PM; Flagler Gallery at City Hall (District 3)
  • August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd (District 4)
  • August 2, 2017, 6:00PM; U.B. Kinsey Education and Community Center; 720 8th Street (District 3)
  • August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.

 

 

 

 

 

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For City of West Palm Beach Community Events for July, visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events

 

For Mandel Public Library Calendar of Events for July, visit: http://millie.wpbpl.com/iii/calendar/month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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