Mayor Muoio Delivers Final
State of the City Address
Reflects on eight years in office; announces new water treatment plant and open data portal
City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio delivered her eighth and final State of the City Address to nearly 1,000 Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches members and guests at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
“The state of the City—our city—is good, very good,” Mayor Muoio said before reflecting on her last eight years in office and thanking City Commissioners and City employees for making the City work for the people of West Palm Beach.
“West Palm Beach has become a modern-day symbol of what’s possible when people decide to go big and pull together,” said Mayor. “Our neighborhoods feel special again. Our businesses are on the move again. Our reputation as a world class city is on the rise. Our city, more than ever, is united.”
VIDEO: Mayor Jeri Muoio Delivers 2019 State of the City Address
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Mayor reminded the audience that, in 2011, she ran on what came to be known as the J.E.R.I. Plan – an acronym for “Jobs, Environment, Reorganization and Integrity,” and she underscored the City’s successes in each area:
- WPB unemployment rate decrease: 9.1 percent in 2011, compared to 3 percent now–- almost a full point lower than the national average;
- Increase in job growth by 20 percent – more than double the national average;
- Establishment of the Flagler Financial District - now a destination for finance and a cluster of nearly 250 financial services firms;
- From limited Class-A office space to the creation of the Okeechobee Business District to manage growth, attract Class-A office space and improve mobility along the Okeechobee Corridor;
- Today’s property values up nearly 45 percent – leaving nearly every property owner better off than 8 years ago;
- Overall crime rate in WPB at 20-year low, according to preliminary reports;
- City renaissance including a new outlet mall, high speed rail train, home of Spring Training, creation of the Warehouse District;
- Only City in Florida to have earned a 4-STAR rating from the national STAR Community rating system which evaluates a community’s sustainability;
- Department of Energy “SolSmart Gold” award for advancing solar energy growth and spending $1 million on more shade trees for City to make it more walkable;
- Adoption of a holistic Stormwater Master Plan – the first of its kind in South Florida;
- Mobility plan for downtown – including more than 45 potential projects like trolley enhancements and transit improvements, streetscaping, bike lanes and more.
VIDEO: SOC 2019 | Why People are Bullish on West Palm Beach
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She also announced this year’s creation of the:
- Open Data Portal at wpb.org – which will allow the City to share and work with data in conjunction with the community. The portal aligns with the City’s commitment to transparency and complements the West Palm Working Online Performance Dashboard
- Mayor’s Village Action Plan – a framework for a healthy and safe community to lift people out of poverty in West Palm Beach and address the roots of violent crime
- State-of-the-art Water Treatment Plant – considered one of the best in the country, the new plant will use ultraviolet light and a powder-activated carbon system to preserve and protect West Palm Beach’s award-winning water
Mayor Muoio also discussed three key challenges faced by municipalities nationwide including West Palm Beach: Crime; Homelessness; and Poverty. Mayor noted great advancements in addressing violent crime through programs and technology like the Real Time Crime Center and ShotSpotter. Mayor also shared that the City has budgeted more than $4-million for Vickers House operations, supportive housing, a full-time homeless outreach team and many more efforts to address the issue of homelessness in our City. She also challenged business leaders to help fight poverty by creating opportunities for those in our city who need them to most.
VIDEO: SOC 2019 | The Future of West Palm Beach
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She closed her speech by thanking the unsung heroes who helped make these achievements possible.
“To the people of West Palm Beach, you’re the reason I’m here,” she said. “You’re the inspiration for why I’m here. You’ve made my eight years as Mayor both productive and meaningful. In return, I ask that you never stop believing in the greatness of West Palm Beach.”
To read Mayor Muoio’s speech in its entirety, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/STATE-OF-HTE-CITY-ADDRESS-AS-DELIVERED-BY-MAYOR-JE
West Palm Beach, Partners Expand
Homeless Outreach Program
Video: At a press conference, Mayor Jeri Muoio joined representatives from the Lord's Place and the Downtown Development Authority in announcing the expansion of a new program designed to address the issue of homelessness. (Click on the image to watch the video.)
With the Goal of Safer Roads, City of WPB to Host First Public Vision Zero Event
Just six short months ago the City of West Palm Beach adopted Vision Zero West Palm Beach, a road safety initiative that has proven to save lives in municipalities around the world. With the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on city roads, the City’s Vision Zero safety team—along with its partners—will host the Vision Zero Community Safety Fair on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The interactive workshop will take place along Flagler Drive - north and south traffic lanes will be closed to vehicle traffic from Fern St. to Banyan Blvd. – and include free helmet fittings and helmet giveaways (while supplies last), a bicycle rodeo, driver safety tips, a rollover crash demonstration, a West Palm Beach Fire Rescue truck for exploration, and more. The event is FREE, open to the public, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. To continue reading, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WITH-THE-GOAL-OF-SAFER-ROADS,-CITY-OF-WPB-TO-HOST
Mandel Public Library Announces February Highlights
LOTS OF FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITES!
The library will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of activities and events including cultural performances; lectures on African American authors, prominent figures, and art history; and the “I Have A Dream Wall” to which kids can contribute their own dreams. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE!
Feb. 1 Friday Night Jazz: featuring Bill Mays on the Piano
Feb. 1-14 Kids can Send Valentine’s Day Greetings
Feb. 5 Palm Beach Opera Presents Film Noir Meets Don Giovanni
Feb. 8 Teen Fortnite Tournament
Feb. 7 PBAU Leadership Academy, 4-week series
Feb. 12 How Did American Women Act? Heroism on the Home Front
(Co-presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Women's History Museum)
Feb. 14 Couples Valentine Painting Class
Plus Taxes Filed Free with VITA Volunteers and new Swing Dance Classes!
For a complete list of library events, please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-FEBRUARY-2019
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2019
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Spruce Ave. and 34th St. (through Friday, February 1, 2019): Sections of Spruce Ave. will be closed for intersection, curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Detour signs will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Flagler Dr. sidewalk from south of Greenwood Dr. to Monroe Dr. (through February): East sidewalk near seawall closed for safety repairs. Flagler Dr. west side sidewalk between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. remains accessible.
- Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a pavement marking.Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Georgia Ave. between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd.; Briggs St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave.; Dobbins St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. (until further notice): Local traffic only for road improvements.
- Lake Ave. between Francis St. and Hansen St. (through Monday, January 28, 2019): Periodic lane closures for paving work. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- E. Lakewood Rd. between Webster Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy., Webster Ave. between Pilgrim Rd. and E. Lakewood Ave., Puritan Rd. between Webster Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy., Pilgrim Rd. between Webster Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. (begins January 28, 2019): Periodic lane closures for paving.
- Clematis by Night (Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Road closure on North Clematis St. and South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
- GreenMarket (Saturday, February 2, 2019, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on North Clematis St. and South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.
- West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market produced by Bill Jacobson (Saturday, February 2, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Road Closure 300 block of Clematis St.
- Rappelling to End Homelessness produced by The Lord’s Place (Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.): Road Closure 300 block of Clematis St.
- Roxy’s Super Bowl party produced by Roxy’s (Sunday February 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.- Monday, February 4, 3:00 a.m.): Road Closure 300 block of Clematis
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Reopening is expected in Spring 2019. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES (CITYPLACE)
- Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. For more information: https://www.futureofcityplace.com/.
PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- 45th St. from Greenwood Ave. to US-1/Broadway Ave. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for pavement markings.
- Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for intersection improvements.
- Community Dr. at 12th St. (until further notice): Periodic westbound right lane closures. Periodic westbound left lane closures with shift to the eastbound lane for water main installation.
- Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures, alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction.
- Congress Ave. 600 ft. south of Presidential Wy. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures for an FPL utility project.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 orhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Flagler Memorial Bridge between City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach (until further notice, Mondays only, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will have the outside eastbound lane and the south sidewalk closed forhandrail replacement.
- Okeechobee Blvd. from Suwanee Dr. to just west of Chillingworth Dr. (through March 1, 2019) will have the outside westbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for AT&T duct installation.
- Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through March 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for FPL maintenance operations.
- Okeechobee Blvd. from Quadrille Blvd. to Flagler Dr. and Quadrille Blvd from Okeechobee Blvd. to Clematis St. (through March 22, 2019) will have intermittent lane and sidewalk closures in each direction, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for directional boring and conduit installation
- Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, March 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL maintenance operations.
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/
City of West Palm Beach Road and Dock Closure Updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.
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