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The Honorable Keith James 2020 "State of the City" Address


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Mayor Keith A. James Announces “300 in 3” Vision for Workforce/Affordable Housing Units

In line with Mayor’s vision of working to create a ‘Community of Opportunity for All,’ new initiative aims to create 300 workforce/affordable housing units in the City in three years.

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WPBFR Station #8 to serve Ibis, Ironhorse and western communities.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 19, 2019) –  City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, City Commissioners, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) Chief Diana Matty, and residents recently celebrated the grand opening of new WPBFR Station #8, located at 10965 Northlake Blvd., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 18, 2019. The station will serve City of West Palm Beach Ibis and Ironhorse neighborhoods and other western communities through mutual aid with Palm Beach County. 
WPBFR Station #8 was constructed by D. Stephenson Construction and designed by Stephen Boruff Architects. The $5.4 million facility features:
  • 10,000 sq. ft. of cavernous engine bays and living quarters;
  • Award-winning LEED Silver Certification design, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement;
  • Designed to accommodate expansion of personnel and Fire Rescue vehicles;
  • Designed to withstand a Category 4 storm event.
Fire Rescue Station # 8 is one of nine stations that serve and answer nearly 28,000 calls for service each year. WPBFR employs nearly 250 personnel who work to reduce the level of risk to life, property and the environment that the community faces through the technology of fire suppression, emergency response, emergency medical transportation, fire inspection, public education, and community outreach.

Pictured (L-R): Kevin Volbrecht, Dir. Of Engineering Services; Commissioner Richard Ryles (District 3); Mayor Keith A. James; Chief Diana Matty, WPBFR; Commissioner Kelly Shoaf (District 1); Commissioner Joseph Peduzzi (District 4)