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INSIDER Newsletter (4/7/2019)

APRIL 7, 2019

 
 
 
 

Swearing-in Ceremony Held for

WPB Mayor Keith James, City Commissioners

 

Mayor Keith James, City of West Palm Beach

 

On April 4, 2019, the City of West Palm Beach held a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Keith James, returning City Commissioner Cory Neering (District 2) and newly-elected Commissioners Joe Peduzzi (District 4) and Richard Ryles (District 3). Before a standing-room only crowd inside City of West Palm Beach Commission Chambers, Mayor James replaced outgoing Mayor Jeri Muoio, who bid farewell as her eight-year term ended, and the newly-seated Commission elected Commissioner Christina Lambert (District 5) as Commission President.

 

 

Commissioners Joe Peduzzi (District 4), Kelly Shoaf (District 1), Richard Ryles (District 3) with Mayor Keith James and Commission President Christina Lambert (District 5) and Commissioner Cory Neering (District 2)

 

Mayor James made history on Thursday night as he became the City’s first African-American “strong mayor”, whereby the Mayor is the City’s Chief Executive Officer directing the administrative structure. He is the City’s fourth African-American Mayor.

 

In delivering remarks, Mayor James thanked his family, supporters, residents and elected officials. He also expressed humility and gratitude for the opportunity to serve as West Palm Beach’s new Mayor.

 

“My message is simple,” he said. “To our residents, you will always be our top priority. To our neighborhood leaders, we are here to listen. To our Commissioners, we will work as partners. To our staff, we will work as a team. To those who live, work or visit here, West Palm Beach has a bright future ahead, and everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, or race is welcome.”

 

 

Mayor James was elected on March 12, 2019. Focused on creating a community of opportunity for all, Mayor James has a vision for West Palm Beach that is resident-driven. Mayor James is committed to creating a customer friendly culture that focuses on neighborhood initiatives, regional collaboration and community partnerships.

 

“Each Mayor before me has built upon the foundation constructed by their predecessor, dealt with the challenges before them, and worked to create a new vision and direction for the city.  I will do the same, but with a new approach,” he said.

 

“Today is a new beginning for our city, our neighborhoods and our residents. It’s a chance for all of us to renew our spirit, put aside our differences, and unite as one community.”

 

Mayor James, Joined by Wife Lorna, Takes the Oath of Office

 

Prior to being elected Mayor, Keith James served as the District 4 City Commissioner from 2011 – 2019, serving as President of the Commission twice. During this time, Mayor James helped create West Palm Beach’s strategic plan, finance plan, water plan and mobility plan. Mayor James has been a part of the leadership that has led West Palm Beach from the depths of the recession to the booming metropolis we have today.

 

Mayor James is the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, where he championed a collaborative approach to solving regional and state issues on equality, home-rule, health and addiction challenges, and transportation.

 

Born in Wichita, Kansas to a teenage single mother, Mayor James learned at an early age the value of hard work, service and education. As a young man, Mayor James overcame the challenges of segregation and inequality to become accepted and then graduate from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School. Mayor James is a member of the American Bar, Florida Bar and Palm Beach County Bar Associations.

 

As a lawyer in the private sector, Mayor James worked with the owners of small and medium-sized companies to help them achieve their business dreams. He has worked with some of Florida’s top firms, is a frequent guest lecturer on business practices and procedures and has provided a level of corporate and executive experience that has benefited West Palm Beach.

 

During the swearing-in ceremony, the oath of office was administered to the new Mayor and Commissioners by Judge Bradley Harper and Judge Sarah Willis. The West Palm Beach Fire Department Honor Guard conducted the Presentation of Colors, and the National Anthem was sung by the Faith’s Place Show Choir.

 

The newly-seated City Commission is comprised of Kelly Shoaf (District 1), Cory Neering (District 2), Richard Ryles (District 3), Joe Peduzzi (District 4), and Christina Lambert (District 5).

 

To learn more about Mayor Keith James and to read his biography, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/About/Mayor-s-Page/Mayor-s-Bio.

 

To read Mayor James' swearing-in speech in its entirety, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/Mayor-Keith-James-Speech-Delivered-at-Swearing-in.

 

VIDEO: To watch Mayor James' swearing-in speech, click on the image!

 

VIDEO: To watch Mayor Jeri Muoio's farewell, the swearing-in of Mayor James and Commissioners, click on the image!

 

 

Frame Your Neighborhood - Activating Spaces: The Art in Public Places Committee invites PBC artists to propose an innovative art concept to be considered for the City of West Palm Beach. The Committee seeks unconventional approaches that explore the possibilities of public spaces through the catalyst of art. To continue reading, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/FRAME-YOUR-NEIGHBORHOOD-%E2%80%93-ACTIVATING-PUBLIC-SPACES  

 

FAA Sets Public Meeting for WPB on 4/18/19: FAA to discuss project that proposes new changes to PBI. For more information, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/NOTICE-FAA-SETS-PULIC-MEETING-FOR-4-18-2019-IN-WES

 

***CWPB Offers Yard Waste Amnesty Days for Advance Hurricane Season Preparation. Yard Waste Amnesty Days allow residential customers to place large amounts of vegetation waste for weekly pickup at no charge from April 22 - May 31, 2019.*** For more information, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CWPB-OFFERS-YARD-WASTE-AMNESTY-DAYS-FOR-ADVANC-(1).

 

Road and Dock Closures Update: Week of April 7, 2019: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/ROAD-DOCK-CLOSURES-UPDATE-WEEK-OF-APRIL-7,-2019

 

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

 

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

  • 2:10 P.M. Selection Committee Meeting – RFP 18-19-205, Employment Screening Services (City Hall, 401 Clematis St., 5th Floor, Room 519) 
  • 4:00 P.M. CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers) 
  • 5:00 P.M. City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers) 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

  • 4:00 P.M. Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (City Hall, 3rd Floor, Parks & Rec. Dept.) 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

  • 8:30 A.M. Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Blvd.) 
  • 9:00 A.M. Downtown Action Committee (Commission Chambers) 
  • 9:00 A.M. ECR Board Meeting (Flagler Gallery)
  • 1:00 P.M. Plans & Plat Review Committee (City Hall, 2nd Floor, Planning Dept. Conference Room) 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

  • 8:00 A.M. Police Athletic League (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan)  


FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

  • No Meetings

 

City of West Palm Beach Recent Policy Actions

 

For a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by City Commission during the March 25, 2019 City Commission meeting,

please visit: 

https://wpb.org/getattachment/Meetings-Events/Meetings/City-Administration/City-Commission-Meeting-03-25-2019/03252019-CC-PASS-FAIL.pdf;

 

 

 

Have you heard the news? The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 411 Clematis Street with a gift for patrons - FINE FORGIVENESS! For the entire month of April, the library will forgive ALL fines for overdue and lost materials. Just bring a current ID, along with any overdue items, and all fees will be waived. Come back and check out what's new at the library including our expanded digital library-with no late fees ever!

 

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

April Highlights:  LOTS OF FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITES!

April 1-30        FINE FORGIVENESS – Bring a current ID and any overdue materials and we’ll remove ALL fines!

Mondays            Money Smart Series presented by Capital One

Apr. 7           Introduction to Tango with George Grimsley

Apr. 7-13      NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK: Why I Love My Library wall in Kidspace, and Spin the Checkout Wheel for cool prizes

Apr. 10         Meet Author Susan Shapiro Barash (aka Susannah Marren), A Palm Beach Wife

Apr. 17         Millennials Ruin Book Club at Subculture Coffee

Apr. 19         Kids Art Day with Ms. Jeanne / Teen Fortnite Tournament

Apr. 24         Leslie Gray Streeter Presents:  The Power of the Idea

Apr. 25         Kids Can Cook interactive class

Apr. 27         Mock SAT Exam for teens presented by Path to College Fellowship

 

To see a full list of Mandel Public Library's April events, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-APRIL-2019.
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: http://wpb.org/volunteer

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

City Clerk: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Office-of-the-City-Clerk

 

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