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WPB Announces 2020 Schedule for Neighborhood Meetings with the Mayor

The City of West Palm Beach announces the dates for 2020 Neighborhood Meetings with Mayor Keith A. James.

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WPB Announces 5-year Capital Improvement Projects Program

Over $100 million in projects are planned for parks, public safety, and transportation.

The City of West Palm Beach has announced its five-year Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) program schedule. The program includes nearly 50 new projects benefiting neighborhoods citywide. Valued at over $100 million, the projects include street and safety lighting, improved storm drainage, traffic calming, and road resurfacing. Upgrades are also planned for parks, community centers and playgrounds.

Construction will begin in 2020 for projects identified by residents as priorities. The projects included rehabilitated or new community centers in Howard Park, Gaines Park, Pleasant City and Coleman Park. New bathrooms will be installed at Dreher Park. A new Tennis Center will be constructed at South Olive Park. Safety improvements are planned to enhance the visitor experience at Grassy Waters Preserve.


Mayor James Keith James Honors Employees With The City's STAR Awards

(L-R) James Parrish, Marquelle Reed, Mayor Keith A. James, Randolph Rampersad, Patrick Aceti, and Leon Pinder

Following their recent display of bravery and quick-thinking, Mayor Keith James recognized four Department of Public Works Sanitation Division employees with the City’s STAR (Staff Appreciation and Recognition) Award: Equipment Operator James Parrish, Supervisor Patrick Aceti, Equipment Operator Randolph Rampersad and Operator Marquelle Reed

As Parrish and Reed followed their usual daily route, they noticed that their vehicle had caught on fire. Remaining calm, they pulled into a large, unoccupied parking lot along Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. and dumped the sanitation truck’s cargo. They discovered that the fire was the result of flammable material that had been improperly disposed and quickly contacted the West Palm Beach Fire Department which put out the fire. Thanks to Parrish’s and Reed’s immediate action, they were able to prevent major damage or injury to themselves, those in proximity and the sanitation truck itself.


Mayor James Advocates for West Palm Beach during Tallahassee Visit

On November 12, 2019, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James traveled to Tallahassee to advocate for the City of West Palm Beach in advance of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session. The 2020 Legislative Session will convene on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.


Sculpting Begins of West Palm Beach's World Famous Holiday Sand Tree

Credit: Kim Seng

700-tons of sand has piled up on the Great Lawn, located on Clematis Street just west of Flagler Drive, in downtown West Palm Beach. Team Sandtastic is ready to shape that great big pile of sand into the world-famous holiday sand tree, Sandi! Over the course of approximately 10 days, the amazing team of sculptors will mold and shape the sand until it turns into the magnificent sand tree, ready for her debut during the Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting. Visitors are invited to watch Sandi take shape.


WPB Firefighters Honored at Chamber's

Annual Firefighter Breakfast

During this year’s Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches' Firefighter Awards Breakfast, Benjamin Schultz and Bianca Clements, two firefighters with the West Palm Beach Fire Department, were recognized as 2019 Firefighter of the Year and as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award, respectively. 


Save the Date! Mayor James to Deliver

2020 State of the City

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. 


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***


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


  • 12:00 p.m., Library Advisory Board Meeting (411 Clematis St. 3rd Fl.)
  • 1:30 p.m., WPB Restated Employees Defined Benefit Retirement System (City Center, 5th Floor, Room 519)
  • 6:00 p.m., Planning Board Meeting (Commission Chambers)


  • 9:00 a.m., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 p.m., West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board (Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex)
  • 5:00 p.m., Historic Preservation Board (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:30 p.m., Mayor's Meeting with North End Neighborhoods (Flagler Gallery)


  • 2:00 p.m., Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals (Commission Chambers)


  • 8:30 a.m., CRAAB Meeting (Fire Station No. 3 5050 Broadway)

Save the date for the City of West Palm Beach’s annual holiday tree lighting! After nearly a month-long preparation, “Sandi,” the world’s only 700-ton sand tree will be ready to make her debut at Clematis by Night on Thursday, December 5. Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. The 35-foot star of the City’s annual Holiday in Paradise campaign will bring merriment and cheer through December 31, including nightly light shows and a cast of supporting characters.


Grassy Waters Preserve Boardwalk

Hike & Snail Craft

View of Cypress Boardwalk at Grassy Waters

This FREE program is designed for children ages 4 and over who must be accompanied by an adult. Each program includes a family-friendly guided boardwalk hike and an opportunity to create a craft to take home.

WHERE: Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd, WPB

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m.: Feathered Friends

Join us for a free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for our unique wetland birds. Learn more about their amazing adaptations and how their feathers were used by humans throughout history. Create and decorate your very own craft binoculars to take home!

Wear closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. Reservations are required for all programs (561) 804-4985


Mandel Public Library is moving Yoga to Howard Park Community Center for Nov.

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is making some exciting technology improvements to our public spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors, including the Auditorium, where yoga classes currently take place. Due to the temporary closing of the Auditorium, we are moving the library’s weekly Tuesday and Saturday yoga classes to Howard Park Community Center located at 1302 Parker Avenue, just south of Okeechobee Blvd. City residents can bring a mat and join yogi Priyanka Shanbag (RYT 200 certified) for a FREE gentle vinyasa (flow) practice during the following days and times:

Tuesdays: November19, 26, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM and 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturdays: November 23, 30, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The classes are FREE; however optional donations are accepted by instructor at time of class. For more information, please call the library at 561-868-7701.

Logo for Mandel Public Library


***Library is located at 411 Clematis Street***

For more information on any of these activities or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

Create Tinted Art with Photos

Tuesday, November 19

9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Join local artist Lupe Lawrence and learn techniques to create tinted art with photos. All supplies provided. Open to all skill levels. Reservation required and begins on Monday, Wednesday, November 18.

 More than Amazon: Alternate Online Shopping & Selling

Wednesday, November 20

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Square One, 2nd Floor

Just in time for the holidays, learn about online shopping marketplaces Etsy, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace. Find out the best way to join, navigate, and safely and comfortably use these sites for buying and selling online.

 Berlin at 30: Celebrating the Fall of the Wall

Wednesday, November 20

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Square One, 2nd Floor

Join German Historian and Ex-Berliner Anette Isaacs, M.A., for a fascinating discussion that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the renowned fall of the Berlin Wall.  

Millennials Ruin Book Club

Wednesday, November 20

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Subculture Coffee, 509 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Join us for a new kind of book club created by and ruined by millennials. This book club is no-pressure: meaning, you read what YOU want! 

”How Literature Might Save Your Life” with Steve Almond

Thursday, November 21

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Square One, 2nd Floor

New York Times bestselling author, Steve Almond, will discuss his literary career, his collaboration with Cheryl Strayed, and read from his latest book, William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life.  

Create Needle Felting Sculptures

Thursday, November 21

6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Join artist Nickie Hennevelt of Tiny Doors WPB and learn how to create lifelike creatures out of wool felt by piercing the fibers with a unique specialized needle. All supplies provided. Open to all skill levels. 


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