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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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Surf's Up for Sandi!

WPB's 700-ton Sand Tree Stars in Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting

West Palm Beach’s favorite 35-foot sand tree, Sandi, is shining during this year’s Holiday in Paradise campaign. On Thursday during a special Holiday Tree Lighting edition of Clematis by Night, Sandi came to life for the season with light, music, and her trademark sassy personality. After traveling the beaches of the world in the off-season in search of the big wave, she has returned with a dream of cleaner beaches and oceans. This holiday season, Sandi will team up with the Office of Sustainability to bring continued awareness to efforts to protect our natural resources for the West Palm Beach community. Sandi has plenty of exciting new plans for visitors and returning guests, but she will also continue to perform nightly melodies and light shows from the Great Lawn, west of Flagler Drive on North Clematis Street, through New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

 

Join the City of West Palm Beach and the WPB Community Redevelopment Agency for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Heart & Soul Park, across from the Sunset Lounge, at 609 8th Street on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

After, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., join us for Winter in Paradise, along Rosemary Avenue, between 4th Street and the Heart and Soul Park, across from the Sunset Lounge.

 

High Visibility Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

Palm Beach County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the West Palm Beach Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) through May 15, 2020 in West Palm Beach, along:

  • Broadway (36th St.- 59th St)
  • Okeechobee Blvd.
  • Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. and
  • Banyan Blvd (Dixie Hwy – Tamarind Ave).

These area are over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, which compliments our Vision Zero campaign focusing on raising jaywalking awareness, safe roads outreach to bicyclists, and numerous school safety events.

 

WPBFD Trains Employees to “Stop the Bleed”

Campaign Aims to Make City More Resilient by Better Preparing People to Save Lives

In keeping with Mayor Keith A. James’ vision of public safety as priority #1, the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Fire Department are holding “Stop the Bleed” training for employees.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign through the Department of Homeland Security that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Why is this important? The purpose of the Stop the Bleed campaign is to make our nation and community more resilient by better preparing the public to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding. This preparation is being done by raising awareness and teaching people how to learn three quick actions to control serious bleeding.

To date, more than 1,100 City employees have participated in "Stop the Bleed" and Active Shooter training. The City is now exploring whether to expand the program in our community. 

 

ICYMI: Treatment Plant Operator Magazine: Investing in Employee Training and Major Upgrade Prepare Clean-Water Facility for the Future

The clean-water facility in West Palm Beach is getting a major upgrade with help from an involved and energized operations team.

 

Residents Invited to Participate in 2020 US Census

Between March 12-20, 2020, U.S. households will receive a mailed invitation to participate in the 2020 census.

Every 10 years, 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 census through any of the submission methods that will be available beginning in March of next year.

Data collected as part of the census creates a blueprint of sorts which helps Census Bureau officials determine the population rates in various regions. In order to estimate which portion of the $675 billion budget should be designated to individual cities, the bureau turns to the number of completed census surveys from that area.

For every resident who successfully completes their survey, a city secures $16,000. 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. This means that for every person not counted, a city like West Palm Beach can lose up to $16,000 in federal funds each decade.

“City leaders work tirelessly to ensure that our citizens have the highest quality of life possible, and the upcoming census is the perfect opportunity for residents to contribute to the tremendous growth our city continues to experience,” said Mayor Keith A. James.

“For the first time in census history, you will be able to fill out the census questionnaire right from your computer or mobile device. By committing a few minutes of your time, you will help the City secure millions of dollars to help improve the quality of life for the community and for future generations as well.”

Between March 12-20, 2020, U.S. households will receive a mailed invitation to participate in the 2020 census. This can be either online through the provided URL or a paper questionnaire that will also be provided for a mailed return. If surveys are completed after this first round, you’ll receive no further communication. For households that need more time to complete the census, additional notifications will be mailed through the month of April before an in-person census taker arrives at your home. 

 

CityPaws Informational Meeting

Monday, December 9, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

1302 Parker Ave.

Join us for the Howard Park CityPaws Informational Meeting on Monday, 12/9 at 5:00 p.m. at CityPaws, located at 1302 Parker Ave. The Parks and Recreation Department is working on an improvement project at the Howard Park Dog Park to enhance and improve the existing Dog Park by an additional area next to the park. City staff will answer questions about the renovation and improvements for the dog park.

 

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, DECEMBER 9, 2019

  • 9:00 a.m., Ethics & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Refresher Training for Elected Officials and Senior Managers (Flagler Gallery)
  • CANCELLED 10:00 a.m., Mayor- Commission Work Session (Flagler Gallery)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019

  • 4:00 p.m., Sustainability Advisory Committee (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 4:00 p.m., Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (City Center - 3rd Floor Parks and Recreation Department)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019

  • 9:00 a.m., Downtown Action Committee (Commission Chambers)
  • 9:00 a.m., ECR Board Meeting (ECR Plant 4375 Easley Dr.)
  • 1:00 p.m., Plans and Plat Review Committee (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 2:00 p.m., Pre-Proposal Meeting Security Gard Services RFP No. 19-20-203 (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 p.m., Art in Public Places (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 5:30 p.m., Mayor's Youth Council (Mayor's Board Room)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m., Police Athletic League (Police Community Room 600 Banyan Blvd)
  • 8:30 a.m., Audit Committee Meeting (Flagler Gallery)
  • 8:40 a.m., Selection Committee Meeting for RFP No. 18-19-219 Financial Auditing Services (Flagler Gallery)
  • 11:00 a.m., City Commission Agenda Review (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 5:30 p.m., Mayor's Youth Council (Planning Department Open Area, 2nd Floor
  • 5:30 p.m., Education Advisory Committee (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 6:30 p.m., South Olive Avenue Traffic Calming Project (Flagler Gallery)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019

  • 8:30 a.m., West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road)
  • 11:30 a.m., Police V.E.B.A Meeting (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road)
 

City Hall Closures & Sanitation Pickup Holiday Schedules

CHRISTMAS DAY

City Hall will be closed on December 25-26, 2019 in observance of Christmas. City Hall will reopen on December 27, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Trash pickup service will not be provided on December 25, 2019. Missed residential trash pickups will resume on the December 28, 2019. Missed recycling pickups will resume on January 1, 2020. Bulk/yard and commercial pickups will operate one day behind regular schedule until December 30, 2019.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

City Hall will be closed on January 1, 2020. City Hall will reopen on January 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Trash pickup service will not be provided on January 1, 2020. Missed residential trash pickups will resume on January 4, 2020. Recycling pickup service will be provided as normally scheduled. Bulk/yard and commercial pickups will operate one day behind regular schedule until January 6, 2020

To contact the City of West Palm Beach Sanitation Division, please call (561) 822-2075 (TTY: 1-800-955-8771) or email publicworks@wpb.org.

 

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. 

 
 
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FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES!

***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 (TTY: 800-955-8771)

Rhythm & Hues Music Class

Mondays, December 9 & 16

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM & 3:35 PM – 4:05 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For families with babies and children up to 5 years old. Join the creative staff from Rhythm & Hues Children’s Art & Music Center for a joyful time of music, singing, dancing, instruments, friendship and family. Space is limited. Sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

Family Play Date

Tuesdays, December 10 & 17

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Have fun with our toys and games and listen to great music. Make friends and discover new activities and songs. Sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

Hip Hop for Kids

Tuesdays, December 10 &17

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For kids in grades K – 5. Show off your moves. Join instructor, Ms. Jaleesa, for a fun and energizing hip hop dance class. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 Family Storytime

Wednesdays, December 11 & 18

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Families with kids of all ages can join our storytime fun with a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and activities. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

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