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INSIDER Newsletter (7/21/2019)
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Insider Newsletter

July 21, 2019

 

An open letter from Mayor Keith A. James,

City of West Palm Beach

The City of West Palm Beach has recently made headlines for playing music on the patio at the Waterfront Lake Pavilion between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The Waterfront Lake Pavilion is an indoor rental facility, a premier destination for private events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, or fundraisers.

This measure was undertaken by the City’s Special Events Division after numerous complaints about unsanitary and unsafe conditions on the patio, and blocked access to the Pavilion, resulting from individuals congregating there overnight, holding parties, and playing music. Contrary to some media reports, the volume isn’t blaring, the music is isolated only to the patio adjacent to the Pavilion, and this tactic is not the City’s sole strategy to address homelessness. Since its inception, the measure has proven effective in ensuring the space is of the quality our citizens and customers expect.

The City has received numerous questions about its response to the homelessness problem. Rest assured, the City of West Palm Beach employs numerous strategies—more than many municipalities-- to address the homelessness issue in a compassionate manner.

People are homeless for a variety of reasons, including drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, and the shortage of affordable housing. In some cases, people have just fallen upon hard times.

The City disseminates peer outreach teams throughout the City every day in an attempt to link homeless persons with the many programs and support services offered by the City and our community partners. This strategy has decreased the City’s on-street homeless population by 24% in the last year. As a result of this outreach program, the City has placed approximately a half-dozen people in housing each week. 

I am proud of the City’s efforts in this regard. Is there work to be done? Absolutely. That is why shortly after being sworn into office in April of this year, I convened a transition team. Included in that transition team was a committee comprised of numerous experts in the area of homelessness. This committee was given the charge of learning about the City’s current practices regarding homelessness, and recommending to me, as Mayor, policies and programs for addressing the homelessness issue. 

There is no “one size fits all” approach to addressing homelessness. We cannot arrest our way out of this problem, and we currently lack the resources to build all the affordable housing that is required.

What is important isn’t the soundtrack being played at the City’s Waterfront Lake Pavilion. Rather, it is the need for a national conversation on the issue of homelessness. According to HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count, roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2018. This number represents 17 out of every 10,000 people in the United States. This is an issue that affects municipalities all across our country—not just the City of West Palm Beach.

The City of West Palm Beach isn’t “battling” the homeless population but rather the decades-long inability of national leadership to address the root causes of homelessness, including substance abuse and mental health.

-Keith A. James, Mayor

 

FDOT Withdraws Permit Application For SR 7 Extension along Grassy Waters Preserve

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James is committed to protecting our city’s water supply and ensuring public safety. Mayor James is pleased to announce that the Florida Department of Transportation has withdrawn its permit application for the extension of State Road 7 along Grassy Waters Preserve.

 

“I’m pleased that the application has been withdrawn,” said Mayor James. “This will preserve the water quality of Grassy Waters Preserve from degradation from nutrient discharges from the proposed road that could have led to algal blooms and other environmental impacts. 

READ MORE: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/FDOT-WITHDRAWS-PERMIT-APPLICATION-FOR-SR-7-EXTENSI

 

RIBBON CUTTING, GRAND OPENING CELEBRATE WEST PALM BEACH'S NEWEST FIRE RESCUE STATION

City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, City Commissioners, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) Chief Diana Matty, and residents recently celebrated the grand opening of new WPBFR Station #8, located at 10965 Northlake Blvd., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 18, 2019.

The station will serve City of West Palm Beach Ibis and Ironhorse neighborhoods and other western communities through mutual aid with Palm Beach County. Read more here: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/RIBBON-CUTTING,-GRAND-OPENING-CELEBRATE-WEST-PALM?viewmode=0

 

 

City of West Palm Beach Public Meetings

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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

MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019

  • 10:00 A.M.,      Mayor/Commission Work Session (Flagler Gallery)
  • 6:00 P.M.,      Community Budget Meeting (Fire Station #3 5050 Broadway)

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

  • 9:00 A.M., Downtown Action Committee (Commission Chambers)
  • 9:00 A.M., PPR Software System Demos and Selection Committee (Flagler Gallery)
  • 1:00 P.M.,      Def Contribution (401.a) Admin Committee/Def Comp (City Center 3rd Floor)
  • 5:00 P.M., Historic Preservation Board (Commission Chambers)
  • 6:00 P.M., Community Budget Meeting (Fire Station #5 500 N. Congress Ave.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019

  • No meetings

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019

  • 9:00 A.M.,      ECR Agenda Review Board Meeting (Flagler Gallery)
  • 11:00 A.M., City Commission Agenda Review (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 6:00 P.M., Community Budget Meeting (Flagler Gallery)

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019

  • 8:30 A.M., CRAAB Meeting (Fire Station #3 5050 Broadway)
 

City of West Palm Beach Recent Policy Actions

 For a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by City Commission during the latest meeting held July 15, 2019, please visit: https://wpb.org/getattachment/Meetings-Events/Meetings/City-Administration/City-Commission-Meeting-7-15-19/07152019-SPECIAL-CC-PASS-FAIL.pdf;

 
 

We want to know what YOU think about the proposed City Budget!

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Where does the City get its money, and how are my tax dollars being spent? Budget decisions are based on a number of things: the City’s long-range plans, local data, future forecasts and—most importantly—feedback from our citizens. 

 

Learn how 9-1-1 works for you!

West Palm Beach business owners and residents are invited to learn how the City's 911 works during a special presentation to be made at Police Headquarters at 600 Banyan Blvd. You'll learn how the system helps to save lives and get to ask your own questions of the experts. It takes place July 31 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 PM. Please reserve your spot by email to: WPBPDsupers@wbp.org

 

Mandel Library August Highlights:

 LOTS OF FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITES!

NEW               DIY Podcasting, Mixing & More

Aug. 7 & 14    Zoom Zoom Fired Up for Safety (preschoolers)

Aug. 9             Friday with the Friend Books Club: At the Existentialist Café

Aug. 10 & 31  FREE Digital Headshot Photo Shoot

Aug. 13 & 27  Career Strategy Coaching and Networking (CSCN) for Job Seekers

Aug. 13           Kids & Teen Afterschool Homework Centers begin

Aug. 13-15      Kids & Teen Homework Center Meet & Greet with School Supplies Giveaway

Aug. 14           Comic Book & Pop Culture Club

Aug. 20           The Art of Interviewing

Aug. 21           Millennials Ruin Book Club at SubCulture Coffee

Aug. 22           Get That Job Workshop

Aug. 24           TEEN Philanthropy Tank Application Workshop

Learn more about events here: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-for-AUGUST-2019

 

We want YOUR West Palm Beach Photos!

We love to share our beautiful City on Social Media! This great photo from the Sail Club was taken by Chris Roog and reshared on the City's Instagram account. We want your favorite photos from around town! Email them to gmarcelo@wpb.org or simply tag us @westpalmbch or #westpalmbeach.

 
 

City's Water Treatment Plant Flushing Lines with Chlorine July 15 - August 2

 Dear Valued Utilities Customer:

 To maintain high water quality in the City’s water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water. The City will use a somewhat stronger disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from July 15 – August 2, 2019. The City will increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventative maintenance process.

Customers served by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.

If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice, as the method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tapwater.

Should you need more information on this temporary change in the water treatment process, please call the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department at (561) 822-2210.

The City of West Palm Beach drinking water continues to receive high marks from monitoring agencies. To view the  City’s annual water quality reports, which inform you where your water comes from and what’s in it, please visit: wpb.org/WaterReport.

Sincerely,

City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department

 

WPB-TV HEADLINES

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VIDEO: Don & Sally Chester Honored with WPBFR Life Saving Award after Donation of Pet Oxygen Masks to WPBFR

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VIDEO: Mayor Keith James Welcomes Israeli Sister City Mayor

 

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VIDEO: WPDFD Celebrates Opening of Fire Station #8

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VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (July 15, 2019)

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VIDEO: Special City Commission Meeting (July 15, 2019)

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VIDEO: Commission Workshop: Budget Presentation #2 (July 15, 2019)

 

Hurricane Preparedness

Stay prepared this hurricane season with the City's annual hurricane preparedness information flyer.

Click here to learn about 72-hour storm survival kit preparation, evacuation routes, and more! Click on the image above to view important hurricane information!

 

Road & Docks Closures

Update For the Week of July 21, 2019

 For information about weekly CWPB road and dock closures, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/ROAD-DOCK-CLOSURES-UPDATE-WEEK-OF-JULY-21,-2019

 

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Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

 

City Events: http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events

West Palm Working Performance Dashboard: http://westpalmbeach.clearpointstrategy.com/

Citywide Projects List Information Portal: http://wpbgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=5d86c10d29764a7b808101c4ab8631b8

Capital Improvement Projects Database: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

Road Closures Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

WPB-TV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WestPalmTV

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach:http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

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

Visiting West Palm Beach? Explore what we have to offer by visiting, here: https://www.thepalmbeaches.com/explore-cities/west-palm-beach

 
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