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WPB Insider Newsletter - October 24, 2015

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio

 

October 24, 2015

 

 

DID YOU KNOW...

 

The City of West Palm Beach has 54 parks scattered across the city, and that is more parks than any other city in Palm Beach County.

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When everyone else is running away, it's their job to run in! West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Station #7 hosted a First Responder Appreciation Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER WPB-TV STORIES THIS WEEK:

 

 

Walk to raise funds for research into and treatment of heart disease held on West Palm Beach waterfront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Muoio's comments at the 2015 Green Business Challenge Awards Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-bullying parade held at Palm Beach Outlets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A WPB INSIDER NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE

 

 

All Aboard Florida looking to put cell towers along tracks in WPB

 

 

All Aboard Florida is looking to build cell towers along their tracks in West Palm Beach.

 

 

The city found out this week when it was asked by the Florida Department of Transportation to comment on the idea, and let FDOT know if the city opposes the idea.

 

 

The railroad is looking to put a 110-foot tall cell phone tower on their tracks near the end of Norton Avenue in the city's South End.

 

 

The spot is just two blocks south of Phipps Park.

 

 

The city has a specific process anyone else must go through if they want to put up a 110-foot tower anywhere in the city.

 

 

But All Aboard Florida doesn't need city review or approval as long as their towers are along their tracks.

 

 

Right now, the railroad is looking to put in the single tower.  City officials do not know if more towers are planned in other locations across the city.

 

 

 

 

THIS STORY IS A WPB.ORG EXCLUSIVE

 

 

CRA considers extending downtown trolley hours

 

 

West Palm Beachers work hard...and work late!

 

That's one of the main reasons the city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is looking to extend the hours for the trolleys that connect downtown to the TriRail station.

 

 

In order to accomodate riders who work later than 5pm, the green line (the trolleys that connect downtown, Dixie Highway, Okeechobee Blvd. & TriRail) will run until 7pm weekdays.  It currently runs until 6pm.

 

 

The trolleys are operated by the Downtown Development Authority.

 

 

The new hours, if the CRA Board approves the funding this week, will begin the first week in November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE'S ANOTHER WPB INSIDER NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE

 

 

City considering putting in dedicated bike lanes on Flagler Drive

 

 

What do you think about the idea of having separate, dedicated bike lanes along Flagler Drive?

 

 

The city is looking at the idea of making a stretch of Flagler Drive the first roadway in the city to have separate, bike-only lanes.

 

 

The portion of Flagler Drive being considered is from Lakeview Avenue to Banyan Boulevard. 

 

 

There are four driving lanes along that stretch - two northbound and two southbound.

 

The idea is to redesign the road so there are two driving lanes - one northbound and one southbound.  The remaining space would be converted into separate, dedicated bike lanes.

 

 

Traffic engineers are hoping to have some preliminary research done by the end of the year.

 

 

The project is the latest example of how the city is making major improvements to shift the focus away from cars and more towards alternative methods of transportation.

 

 

 

 

HERE'S ANOTHER STORY BROKEN EXCLUSIVELY ON WPB.ORG

 

 

EPA sends second letter opposing State Road 7

 

 

Three weeks after issuing a first letter opposing the extension of State Road 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now sent a second letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the project.
 
 
In the newest letter dated October 16th, the EPA once again outlines its position that "the permit for the project is not approvable as proposed, because it does not comply" with the U.S. Clean Water Act.
 
 
"We believe that the proposed project will have substantial and unacceptable impacts" to the wetlands which are considered by the EPA to be "aquatic resources of national importance."
 
 
The EPA in this latest letter expressed concerns that the roadway could also threaten drinking water for the City of West Palm Beach "should a toxic spill occur along the proposed road extension alignment."
 
 
The City of West Palm Beach has said it will continue to fight against the extension of State Road 7 through its Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, despite efforts by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization which are both trying to find funding for the project.
 
 
State funds had been pushed back to 2020, but both organizations are working on getting the funding for 2016.
 

 

 

PROJECT OPEN ACCESS:

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio is committed to providing citizens an open window to their city government.

 

Each week, she invites reporters to her office to ask her any question on any topic. She is the only locally elected official to hold a weekly media availability.

 

To ensure members of the public hear first-hand the latest news about their city, each session is recorded and posted online.

 

YOU MAY CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE TO WATCH THE LATEST BRIEFING

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:

 

 

Monday:

 

CRA Meeting

City Workshop - Parks Master Plan

City Commission Meeting

 

 

Wednesday:

 

Mayor's Weekly Media Availability

Mandel Public Library Preschool Halloween Parade & Play

Landlord Training Class

 

 

Thursday:

 

Construction Groundbreaking at ECR Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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