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WPB Homicide Rate Declined 29% in 2019

In keeping with West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James’ promise to residents that public safety is Priority #1, Mayor and West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) Chief Frank Adderley announce a 29% year over year decline in the City’s 2019 homicide rate. West Palm Beach reports 19 homicides in 2019 and, previously, reported 27 homicides in 2018. 

“No matter what part of our city they may be in, West Palm Beach residents and visitors deserve to feel safe,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “We are pleased to see a reduction in our city’s homicide rate. We believe this trend will continue. Residents should know their safety will always be my top priority. I am appreciative of the efforts of Chief Adderley and the outstanding work of the West Palm Beach Police Department.”

With the appointment of Chief Adderley in June 2019, WPBPD quickly implemented or expanded various practices to address violent crime and homicides throughout the city. Joined by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, WPBPD partnered with federal, state and local agencies to establish Operation First 48, a violent crimes task force designed to recover illegal firearms and to address gang activity and other acts of violence. 

 

WPB Super Bowl Host Committee Celebration Event on 1/30

The City of West Palm Beach is scoring a touchdown with its Official Palm Beach County Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Celebration event, Super Clematis by Night. The official pre-game to the big game will take place on Thursday, January 30 on the Great Lawn downtown and include a variety of free entertainment and activities for people of all ages. To make the super evening extra special, City officials huddled together and decided to bring in popular national act Smash Mouth to headline the show. The event takes place from 6 – 9 p.m.

 

2020 State of the City Set for 1/21

Tickets Selling Fast!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Palm Beach County Convention Center, 640 Okeechobee Blvd.

Join us! West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James will deliver the 2020 State of the City Address at the January Breakfast of the Chamber of the Palm Beaches. Mayor James will reflect on the City’s recent accomplishments and announce updates on key city priorities. Arrive early and network with elected officials and other community leaders while enjoying fresh coffee. Free breakfast and parking will be provided. 

 

New Art Projects to Debut in Neighborhoods as Part of AiPP Program

Through the City’s Art in Public Places (AiPP) program, local artists Eduardo Mendieta and Hector Diaz have been commissioned to create the “Origami Chain Link Fence Sculptures and Murals” and “Frame Your Neighborhood(s)” exhibitions respectively. These new exhibitions will provide a boost of vibrancy to be enjoyed by community members and visitors alike. The exhibitions are expected to debut in Spring 2020.

 

Mayor James Announces Cost-Savings, Organizational Realignment

As a step toward tightening the City’s budget, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James announces a further realignment of City Administration staff.

The realignment includes the establishment of an administrative organizational structure of one City Administrator (CA) and three Assistant City Administrators (ACS). The realignment reflects the recent appointment of former ACA Faye W. Johnson to the position of CA, the impending retirement of ACA Scott Kelly in February, and the election of former ACA Rick Greene to return to his former position of Development Services Director.

“The new administrative realignment is conservatively projected to save an estimated $325,000 annually and still provide for the effective oversight of the various city operations, policies, programs and projects,” said Mayor James.

 

Mandel Public Library Hosting Census Job Fair on 1/13/2020

As preparation for the upcoming 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Mandel Public Library will host a job fair for anyone interested in applying for census jobs. The fair will be held on the second floor of the library on Monday, January 13 from 10am-12pm. Census staff will discuss what positions are available and provide assistance with applications if needed.  

Each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts an official census to determine how many individuals are residing within the country and how to distribute the billions of dollars allocated to enhancing communities throughout the United States. As part of this campaign, the City of West Palm Beach encourages all residents to complete the 2020 beginning in March.

For every resident that successfully completes their survey, a community secures approximately $2,000 in federal funds per person each year. This means that for every person not counted, our area could lose up $20,000 in federal funds per person each decade. These funds are used to improve city infrastructure, expand medical assistance, support public housing initiatives, enhance roadways and public transportation programs, and many more vital aspects of everyday living.

The Mandel Public Library is located at: 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401. For more information on the job fair, call (561) 868-7701 (TTY: 800-955-8771). 

 

MLK Landmark Memorial Update

Mayor Keith A. James joined City officials and local dignitaries on Friday to unveil a rendering (above) of planned improvements to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark Memorial.

The improvements will include: a working water feature, commemorative plaques, repaired observation deck, decorative lighting, damage-proof in-ground lighting, and focal points featuring the late civil right leader’s quotes. Construction is scheduled to commence in Spring 2020 and last for approximately 90 days.

The planned improvements reflect the input of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee, Inc., which is comprised of West Palm Beach residents who played a role in the memorial’s initial design in 1998. Once complete, the improvements will be the first upgrades since the project was completed in 2004.  

 

Tennis Center Demolition

On Wednesday, the South Olive Tennis Center was demolished to make room for a new larger facility featuring more amenities for residents and guests. The Tennis Center is located at 345 Summa St. West at South Olive Park in Commission District 5 and was built in the 1930s.

 

Mayor James Appointed to National Steering Committee for Mayors Innovation

While continuing to enhance the quality of life for West Palm Beach residents, Mayor Keith A. James will also help lead the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), a national learning network for mayors and their senior staff. The MIP is committed to “high road” policies and governance, environmental sustainability and efficient democratic government. Through meetings, policy briefs and technical assistance, the MIP fosters cutting-edge thinking with concrete examples of how mayors throughout the country can further develop infrastructure, economic development, housing and other matters relevant to their communities. 

 

The City is slated to begin the Grandview Heights Utility and Road Reconstruction Project. For more information, follow this link.

 

Public Meetings

The public is invited and encouraged to attend WPB public meetings. 

***Meetings held in the Commission Chambers, Mayors' Board Room,and Flagler Gallery are located at City Hall, which is located at 401 Clematis Street***

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020

  • 3:30 p.m., CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:00 p.m., City Commission Meeting, (Commission Chambers)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14

  • 8:30 a.m., Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Blvd.)
  • 3:00 p.m., Nominating Advisory Committee (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 4:00 p.m., Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (City Center, 3rd Floor, Parks & Recreation Dept.)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

  • 9:00 a.m., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 p.m., West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board Meeting (Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex Clubhouse, 820 Grant Street)P

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

  • 9:00 a.m., Special Commission Meeting for RFP 18-19-219, Financial Auditing Services (Commission Chambers)
  • 2:00 p.m., Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 p.m., Water Advisory Board Meeting (City Center, 4th Floor, Public Utilities Conference Room)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

  • No Meetings
 
 
 
 

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