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WPB Recaptured Meter Time Revenue Donated to Support Homelessness Prevention Initiatives

$15,000 dollars of recaptured meter time revenue goes to the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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The art installation of five separate sculptures will adorn five landmark locations into the City.

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INSIDER Newsletter (5/05/2019

May 5, 2019







City to Observe Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5-11, 2019


Last week, City of West Palm Beach department directors worked through a hurricane simulation to refine emergency procedures. The drill took place inside the City’s 27,500-square-foot complex that houses Fire Station 5 and a state-of-the-art emergency operations center.


With the start of hurricane season on June 1, Mayor Keith A. James and the City of West Palm Beach are promoting hurricane preparedness during Hurricane Preparedness Week on May 5-11, 2019. To help spread the word and help residents better prepare, the City is committed to continuing to be an example to ensure all know their risk, get prepared, and stay informed. Each year, we witness the devastating impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding can lead to loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. All hurricanes, regardless of their size or category, have the ability to cause significant damage. Hurricane season will begin on June 1, 2019 and end on November 30, 2019.


“We are committed to ensuring the safety of West Palm Beach, and we are calling on you to prepare with us,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “Do not be complacent. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps that you can take to get ready for hurricane season.”


Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in our community, visit www.ready.gov. Check your flood risk at maps.co.palm-beach.fl.us/cwgis/?app=floodzones.


Get Prepared: Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As a storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs. Please note these preparation tips:

  • Know your zone. Make yourself familiar with evacuation zones. Remember: if a hurricane threatens our community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't hesitate!
  • Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations.
  • Download the CodeRed App for push notifications from the City’s emergency response team to your device to prepare your home and family for disasters. Download the FEMA app, which includes disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips. The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, tips on how to survive disasters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Many states have increased deductibles for hurricanes, and not all hurricane-related losses are covered under traditional policies. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage or losses from flooding. Review your policy, ensure you’re adequately covered and understand exclusions, and contact your agent for any changes. If you’re not insured against flood, talk to your agent or visit http://www.floodsmart.gov. Renter’s insurance policies are also available and should be considered as a way of protecting your belongings.
  • Keep storm drains clear of debris, and complete any major vegetation trimming. Trim any branches that could come in contact with your home or building. Once a hurricane or storm threatens, please do not place tree trimmings for pickup, as the City of West Palm Beach Sanitation Department will not be able to pick them up. After a storm passes, the City will notify you when to make them available for pickup.

Stay Informed: Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in our area and follow directions of local officials. Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio available should the power go out.

  • Sign up for the CodeRed Mobile App.
  • Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the Mayor’s Insider Newsletter at wpb.org/news-video/newsletter.
  • Watch WPB-TV, the City government channel (Comcast channel 18) or livestream online at wpb.org/news.
  • Visit wpb.org/news for additional information.

Additional information is available at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.




West Palm Beach City leaders and construction crews are slated to break ground on Phase II of the Clematis Streetscape project on Monday, May 13, 2019. The multiphase project began in 2018 with improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, and Phase II will include similar adjustments to public spaces on the 100 and 200 blocks of the iconic street. Construction is scheduled to run from mid-May – December, finishing just in time for the holidays. Improvements include wider sidewalks with more shade trees, narrowed traffic lanes and a curbless street design, to allow for an easier and more enjoyable pedestrian experience along the award-winning corridor. During the groundbreaking and press conference, Mayor Keith A. James, project coordinators and construction crews are expected to update the public on Phase II goals and timeline for next steps and completion. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/PHASE-II-OF-CLEMATIS-STREETSCAPE-PROJECT-TO-BREAK





It has been less than a year since the City of West Palm Beach adopted its own Vision Zero initiative, and the results of the City’s efforts continue to be promising. Recent data reflects an almost 3 percent decline in crashes overall, and more than 30 percent decline in crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in areas in which the City has already started improvements, when compared to the first quarter of 2018.  The Vision Zero program, which aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on City roads, received a $40,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) earlier this year. The grant was awarded to the West Palm Beach Police Department for pedestrian and bicycle enforcement, with a goal to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, who tend to be the most vulnerable in traffic-related crashes. Through research, the Department identified the roads and intersections of the most concern and efforts have been targeted to those areas. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/VISION-ZERO-WEST-PALM-BEACH-SHOWS-SIGNIFICANT-RESU


Mayor James attends
West Palm Beach Interfaith Breakfast


VIDEO: Mayor James delivered remarks during last week's West Palm Beach Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the Salvation Army Northwest Community Center on Rosemary Avenue. To see Mayor's speech, click on the image above! 


City of West Palm Beach Public Meetings


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


MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019

  • 4:00 P.M., CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:00 P.M., City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers)

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019

  • 4:00 P.M., Sustainability Advisory Committee (Mayor's Board Room)


  • 8:30 A.M., Criminal Justice Advisory (Committee Police Community Rm.)
  • 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 (Mayor's Board Room)


  • 8:00 A.M., Police Athletic League (Police Community Room)
  • 10:00 A.M., Pre-Proposal Conference & Tour for RFP 18-19-213, (500 Banyan Blvd.)
  • 1:30 P.M., West Palm Beach General Employees Pension Fund (City Center, 5th Floor, Room 519)

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 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 April 22, 2019 City Commission meeting,

please visit: https://wpb.org/getattachment/Meetings-Events/Meetings/City-Administration/City-Commission-Meeting-4-22-19/04222019-CC-PASS-FAIL.pdf;


Insider Headlines




WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TAP WATER OVER BOTTLED WATER: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/Better-Than-Bottled-WPB-Mayor-Encourages-Residents


CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH TO RECOGNIZE BUILDING SAFETY MONTH IN MAY​: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/City-of-West-Palm-Beach-to-Recognize-Building-Safe


CWPB to Host TO 17th Annual Fitkids Triathlon: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CWPB-to-host-17th-Annual-FitKids-Triathlon


CWPB Mayor Keith A. James Thanks Ibis Charities Foundation for Community Contributions

Mayor James awards a ceremonial "Key to the City" to IBIS Charities Foundation


At Ibis Charities Foundation’s annual breakfast held on April 30, 2019 at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Mayor Keith A. James personally thanked the members of the Foundation for their contributions to the community and, particularly, to the City of West Palm Beach. Mayor James was guest speaker at the breakfast when the organization awarded grants totaling $320,000 to area non-profits. As a special token of his appreciation for the Foundation’s longstanding philanthropic support of the City of West Palm Beach, Mayor James awarded the ceremonial Key to the City to the Ibis Charities Foundation. The key was accepted by Rick Carpenter, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Ibis Charities Foundation.TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CWPB-Mayor-Keith-A-James-Thanks-Ibis-Charities-Fou



The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation announces it is now accepting summer camp registrations. The “CityFun” summer camp offers a variety of programs for everyone, every interest, and at five different locations. Sports and specialty camps include sailing, skateboarding, dance and cheer, fishing and swim lessons.


There are camps for preschoolers, teens, and a counselor-in-training program. Multi-child discounts are available for City residents, and Palm Beach County Scholarship and ELC is accepted.


For more information or to register, call (561) 804-4900 or utilize the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department Online Registration System at http://www.wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Program-Registration-Search



(Click on the image to play the video!)


VIDEO:  Mayor / Commission Work Session (April 29, 2019)


VIDEO: WPB City Leaders Attend Hurricane Drill


VIDEO: WPB Kids Help Plant Trees in Gaines Park for Arbor Day


VIDEO: WPB Continues Work to Make Streets Safe for Cyclists



Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach




May 5                 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with México Mágico – Folkloric Dance
May 8
                Mommy-and-Me Makeover with Latin Beauty Academy
May 9
                Stroke Awareness Lecture & Screenings with St. Mary’s Medical Center
May 11
               Franchising: A Business Strategy for Creating Wealth with SCORE
May 14 & 18
    VolunTeen Orientation – Teens can volunteer at the library this summer for service hours
May 15
            Millennials Ruin Book Club at Subculture Coffee
May 18 & 28 Free Digital Headshot Photos
May 23
            Last Day for Homework Centers before summer break
May 25
$5 per person or $15 per family (5 max per family), ages 4 & under are free
May 27
            CLOSED for Memorial Day


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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