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WPB Insider Newsletter - October 10, 2015






Mayor Jeri Muoio



October 10, 2015





























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Come out for First Responder Appreciation Day this Sunday





11AM - 2PM



The seventh annual FIRST RESPONDERS RECOGNITION DAY event will be held on Sunday, October 11th at West Palm Beach Fire Station 7, on Okeechobee Boulevard between State Road 7 and Jog Road at Benoist Farms Road.



The event will start at 11 a.m. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and Florida Forestry firefighters will be recognized as first responders.

Police and firefighting vehicles, as well as antique / collectible vehicles will be displayed as an Americana salute to all first responders.



A presentation of recognition will be made followed by refreshments for all present, courtesy of the West Palm Beach Association of Firefighters.



October is Fire Prevention Month!






Northwood & Outlet Mall to get new trolley route






You soon will be able to hop a trolley to get to Northwood Village or the Palm Beach Outlet Mall.



Beginning in November, a new trolley route will be running through the streets of West Palm Beach.  



You will be able to hop on a trolley downtown and head directly to Northwood Village.  Either jump off there, or stay on for the next leg to the Palm Beach Outlet Mall.  The trolleys will then turn around and go back to Northwood before heading back downtown.



If the funding is approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board, service will begin November 5th.  The new route will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 10pm.


The route will run for a six month trial period.  The city will then take a look at ridership numbers and decide whether to continue the route.



WPB to invest $5.5M to upgrade tech



The city is upgrading its tech infrastructure to the tune of $5.5 million dollars.


The City Commission will be asked in the next few weeks to approve the money in order to pay for a complete overhaul of the city's IT system, from its network to phone system. The money will also be used to seriously beef up the city's online and IT security measures.


The money is needed to replace just about everything because - according to the IT folks in the know - the system is so old that fixing what's there is out of the question.  They also say the existing equipment is in serious danger of an extended outage.


The cost will be spread over the next five years.




Former WPB mayor gives thumbs up to moving his park




If you're going to move Joel Daves Park, you probably want to make sure it's OK with...Joel Daves!


It turns out, he's just fine with it.



The former WPB mayor was back at city hall to get a one-on-one preview of plans to redesign the park that bears his name.


The park is right in the middle of a neighborhood-transforming project being put together by developer Jeff Greene on the empty lots along Flagler Drive just east of Northwood Village.


Plans call for extending Northwood Road east to the water, creating a beautiful boulevard featuring a mix of retail and residential.  But extending the road means moving the park.


After seeing the plans, the former city-CEO said he has no problems with moving the park considering how the project will be a game-changer for a portion of his beloved city that needs a serious economic shot in the arm.


What could be the future of the WPB golf course?









The city's economic development team together with several outside experts hired to workshop the future of the city-owned golf course will show off some ideas for the future of both the course as well as the city-owned property at 8111 South Dixie Highway.
How does a waterside marina with shops and restaurants sound?
That's just one part of what could be built.
Four economically realistic possibilities will be presented. The experts working on the project have put together the options based on market conditions and what developers would be be willing to build given the economic realities of the properties.
The information will be a recap of a presentation recently given to the City Commission.
The meeting will be at the South Olive Community Center at 345 Summa Street at 6pm on October 15th.
Come by and see what the future could be for the south end of the city.









WPB after school programs to provide free meals to 100's of kids starting in January




Mom may have said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for many kids any balanced meal is important to helping them succeed.


Beginning in January, the city's Parks & Rec after school programs will be providing free daily meals to hundreds of kids in their programs.  The meals will be at the Gaines Park and South Olive Park programs.


The money comes from a grant the city received from the Florida Department of Health.





City planning $15M major underground infrastructure project




Most people don’t think about it, but buried under our roads, easements, parks and other open spaces are miles and miles of a criss-crossed web of huge pipes that carry our drinking water, sewage, and storm water (just to name a few).



Like anything else, those pipes only last so long, and when it’s time to replace them, you’re talking about a major project.

That’s the kind of project just announced by city utility officials who are starting plans to shore up miles of huge sewage pipes stretching between I-95 and the city’s sewage plant near the Turnpike.


The project, estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars, involves reinforcing a major sewer main that runs east-west between the plant and I-95.  

The line runs under Roebuck Road from the plant to Military Trail. It then crosses under Military Trail and continues in a straight line due east along a canal behind Bear Lakes Middle School.  It runs under the Bear Lakes golf course before ending just before I-95. There are also two schools along the route.



The Week Ahead







City Center closed for holiday







CRA meeting


City Commission meeting







Workshop to discuss Copenhagen ideas







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