West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
PASS IT ON!
FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE LATEST WPB NEWS.
TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CITY'S OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER,
Mayor Muoio, Rep. Frankel and PBC Elected Officials Stand Together, Call for Action to End Gun Violence
In what may have been the largest gathering in recent memory of elected officials in support of any one issue, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, joined by Congresswoman Lois Frankel and elected officials from across Palm Beach County, called for federal and state lawmakers to act immediately to prevent gun violence after the recent massacre in Parkland.
Speaking from the City Hall Courtyard on Tuesday, Mayor and Rep. Frankel co-hosted a press conference. They were joined by elected officials from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Shores; Angela Williams, founder of the Mothers Against Murderers Association; Mitchell and Drew Pinsky, student founders of 535 Letters for Change; and the director of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.
“This is the largest gathering of elected officials from our area in solidarity on this very recent issue that has touched our hearts so much,” said Mayor Muoio. “It goes to show you how important we think immediate action on this issue really is.”
With West Palm Beach City Commissioners and other legislators at her side, Mayor demanded better background checks and a ban on assault rifles. She noted overwhelming public support nationwide for reforms. She announced her intention to bring forth a resolution urging federal and state lawmakers to take action to end gun violence.
The leaders back the efforts by students and parents from Parkland and other communities demanding that state and federal legislators take action to ban the availability of assault weapons.
“It’s nice to have thoughts and prayers, but the time is for action,” said Rep. Frankel. “That’s why we should ban the sale of assault rifles, high capacity magazines, and bump stock devices.”
Mitchell and Drew Pinsky, students and co-founders of 535 Letters for Change, mailed every Member of Congress encouraging them to make schools safe.
“We represent the students in the nation who are scared to be sitting in school”, said Mitchell Pinsky, a senior at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton. Rep. Frankel reminded the students that she began her political career as a student protestor.
Mitchell Pinsky and Drew Pinsky, Founders of 535 Letters for Change
Angela Williams, founder of Mothers Against Murderers, also spoke to the large gathering of media.
Mayor Muoio wishes to thank the following individuals for joining in support of this important issue:
- U.S. Rep Lois Frankel
- Commission President Cory Neering, West Palm Beach
- Commissioner Keith James, West Palm Beach
- Commissioner Shanon Materio, West Palm Beach
- Commissioner Sylvia Moffett, West Palm Beach
- Commissioner Paula Ryan, West Palm Beach
- Mayor Gail Coniglio, Town of Palm Beach
- Mayor Bonnie Fischer, Town of South Palm Beach
- Mayor Myra Koutzen, Town of Palm Beach Shores
- Mayor Thomas Masters, City of Riviera Beach
- Vice-Mayor Chip Block, Jupiter Inlet Colony
- Council Member Julie Araskog, Town of Palm Beach
- Council Member Bobbie Lindsay, Town of Palm Beach
- Council Member Elvadianne Culbertson, Town of South Palm Beach
- Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke, City of Boca Raton
- Councilwoman, Jan Rodusky, Village of Royal Palm Beach
- Town Council member Monica K. Oberting, Town of Manalapan
- Dr. Debra Robinson, Palm Beach County School Board
- Angela Williams, Mothers Against Murderers Assoc.
- Mitchell Pinsky, Drew Pinsky, Founders, 535 Letters for Change
- Richard C. Radcliffe, Executive Director, the Palm Beach County League of Cities Inc.
To view the press conference in its entirety, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAP8_hqjSw4
DSOA Students Rally at City Hall
Photo Courtesy: Rebecca Peterson
Several hundred Dreyfoos School of the Arts students converged on City Hall on Friday to rally to end gun violence. The students were welcomed by Mayor Muoio and called on Washington and Tallahassee to take action. To view Mayor Muoio's remarks, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvDcvMTp_qc
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates New
Bill Moss - Hillcrest Paseo Playground
Located at 3401 Parker Avenue, the new Bill Moss-Hillcrest Paseo Playground is the perfect place for West Palm Beach children to play! A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new playground to celebrate its grand opening. Project safety elements include a rubber surface and ADA access pathways.
This project was funded through Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) Grant in the amount of $50,000, and matching funds were approved by the City. FRDAP is a competitive grant program that provides state funds for the acquisition or development of lands for public outdoor recreational use.
The park is named in honor of the late West Palm Beach City Commissioner Bill Moss whose family joined us for the ribbon cutting.
In addition to the new playground, the park features amenities such as:
- Recreational playing fields,
- Splash pad area,
- Jogging Trail,
- Restroom facility,
- And picnic benches.
To learn more about the Bill Moss-Hillcrest Paseo playground, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Parks-Facilities-Locations/Bill-Moss-Hillcrest-Paseo.
Clematis By Night Astros Celebration is a
Home Run with Fans!
It was a Clematis by Night like no other as the City's weekly concert series honored the Houston Astros' return to West Palm Beach for Spring Training. The free event at the waterfront featured the Astros and the World Series trophy, and guests received a promo item, hot dogs and Cracker Jack's. Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, hometown hero and pitcher Brad Peacock (born in West Palm Beach), and infielder Alex Bregman thanked West Palm Beach for our support and for the warm welcome back!!
Fans lined up for photos with the World Series trophy!
Mayor Muoio Welcomes Astros Pitcher and WPB Native Brad Peacock to Clematis by Night.
See the latest headlines from WPB-TV! Just click on the preview image to view the video story.
The City of West Palm Beach, partnering with Habitat for Humanity, is helping residents become homeowners. See how and who qualifies for this program.
The City of West Palm Beach will hold its General Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners. ALL registered WPB voters can vote in this election.
Construction is now underway on a $24-million upgrade of the City's water treatment plant. Once completed, this cutting-edge facility will feature the latest technological enhancements to clean, protect and enhance City water.
Flagler Shore: Come See it For Yourself
Welcome WPBFR Recruits!
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue welcomes 23 new firefighter recruits! The recruits went through 15 weeks of intense training! Welcome to the family!
Missed the Curbside Chat?
See Chuck Marohn's Mobility First Presentation at Mayor/Commission Work Session
Click on the image to view the video!
Named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time, Chuck Marohn hosted two presentations at City Hall last week. The Strong Towns founder delivered a "Mobility First" presentation at the Mayor/Commission Work Session and also held a "Curbside Chat" for the public on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Marohn is a noted professional engineer and certified planner whose organization teaches communities how to be more financially resilient through smart planning and infrastructure use. He is the lead author of "Thoughts on Building Strong Towns" as well as the author of "A World Class Transportation System". He has presented the Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. Strong Towns concepts include:
- Strong cities, towns and neighborhoods cannot happen without strong citizens (people who care).
- Local government is a platform for strong citizens to collaboratively build a prosperous place.
- Financial solvency is a prerequisite for long term prosperity.
- Land is the base resource from which community prosperity is built and sustained. It must not be squandered.
- A transportation system is a means of creating prosperity in a community, not an end unto itself.
- Job creation and economic growth are the results of a healthy local economy, not substitutes for one.
To learn more about Mr. Marohn and Strong Towns, visit: https://www.strongtowns.org/.
City of West Palm Beach to Install Added Safety Devices at Railroad Crossings
Traffic Delineators to be installed at 13 WPB Railway Crossings
Traffic Delineators Similar to These Will Be Installed at 13 Railway Crossings
With recent, increased railway traffic along the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), the City of West Palm Beach is taking additional steps to promote the safety of residents and visitors. Next month, the City will begin to install traffic delineators at 13 railway crossings, which were not required by the federal government to receive safety upgrades from a private railway in advance of implementation of a quiet zone in West Palm Beach. The posts, which are made of flexible polymers, are designed to create added separation between vehicles and trains.
“The safety of West Palm Beach residents and visitors is a top priority,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure public safety. This is a relatively low-cost safety investment that we believe will yield high return when it comes to safety and saving lives.”
The placement of delineators at the crossings in West Palm Beach is a temporary measure, as the public adjusts to recent, increased railway traffic along the FECR. This measure supplements the City’s ongoing safety efforts which include a railway safety outreach and communications campaign and added “See Tracks, Think Train” safety signage at railway crossings throughout the City. The “See Tracks Think Train” message is a part of a national campaign to spread the rail safety message in communities. The cost for these new delineators and “See Tracks, Think Train” signage at crossings: $25,000.
“The City of West Palm Beach is dedicated to being a leader when it comes to public safety,” said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelley. “In keeping with the Mayor’s vision, this is one of many steps we will be taking now and in the months ahead to create a safe, healthy, and equitable mobility system for all.”
Keep yourself, family and friends safe by following these rail safety tips, courtesy of Operation Lifesaver, an organization that works to change people’s behavior around railroad tracks and crossings with a national public awareness campaign:
- Today's trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale "clackety-clack." Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.
- Remember to cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.
- Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train! Never mix rails and recreation.
- All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks. It's illegal to trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks, it's too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
- Freight trains don't travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection.
For more safety tips, please visit Operation Lifesaver at https://oli.org/.
MAYOR MUOIO JOINS MAYORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OPPOSING REPEAL OF CLEAN POWER PLAN
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has joined more than 200 mayors from across the United States to express her support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – an essential public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a clean energy economy. The CPP faces repeal by federal officials, despite the support from mayors, state leaders and state businesses.
In a letter, 226 mayors from 44 states and territories strongly opposed efforts by the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, as it would have devastating health and economic impacts on their communities, including exposing Americans to increased air pollution, worsening climate change, and stronger and more destructive extreme weather events.
“States, cities, and businesses across the country are moving forward with clean energy solutions that reduce air and carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy, creating good-paying American jobs. We understand the economic, environmental and health benefits of clean energy solutions and acutely understand the risks associated with dirty energy sources,” said Mayor Muoio.
“That is why I joined mayors from across America to urge the federal government provide certainty and support for local government and business by keeping the Clean Power Plan intact, as well as to protect the health and welfare of our communities.”
A recent analysis found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent as many as 4,500 premature deaths each year by 2030 – an estimate higher than even previous EPA projections. The Clean Power Plan would also accelerate the transition to clean energy that is already underway. Clean energy jobs have seen incredible growth in recent years, with solar and wind jobs growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Cities are on the front line of climate change, with more than 200 cities pursuing ambitious plans to cut carbon pollution, spark innovation, and build a clean, safe, and secure future for their residents.
The full letter can be found here: http://climatemayors.org/actions/clean-power-plan.
WPB ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL HARMONY: AN EXHIBITION OF THE ARTS
Talented musicians from Palm Beach Symphony will perform for a special performance on the waterfront, Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts. The free, two-hour outdoor show will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 25 at the Meyer Amphitheatre. Now in its third year, Harmony is presented by the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E District), which is comprised of more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural venues including Palm Beach Symphony, brought to you by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.
“Our arts and cultural community continues to generate a great deal of interest and enthusiasm, positioning Downtown West Palm Beach as a destination with powerful appeal,” said Teneka James, Director of the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District. “This unique event brings together our area’s cultural assets for one entertaining afternoon, all set along our stunning waterfront.”
Guests of the show will enjoy a spectacular performance by the Palm Beach Symphony featuring renowned Maestro Ramón Tebar and special guest Avery Sommers.
“Similar to our previous successful shows, Harmony will give the public a world-class performance right in their backyard, allowing everyone to enjoy an unbelievable concert in a community setting,” said David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony’s Executive Director.
Harmony will take place Sunday, February 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre located at 105 Evernia St. in West Palm Beach, FL. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment with family and friends while enjoying the waterfront breeze! This year, attendees have the chance to enhance their experience with VIP tickets. The VIP experience costs $75 per person and includes valet service, a champagne welcome, the best seats for the performance under a tent, luncheon buffet, libations, and desserts. The VIP area opens at 3 p.m. Parking in downtown West Palm Beach is free of charge on Sundays in all City owned and operated parking garages and meters.
For more information about Harmony or to purchase VIP tickets, please visit DowntownWPBArts.com or call (561) 833-8873.
Road Closures & Final Events for
The Flagler Shore pilot project will come to an end after the scheduled events on February 28, and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will be reopened on March 1. Please note that the City will need to close the affected area of Flagler Drive in the final days of the project in order to apply the MOT (Method of Transportation).
- Feb. 27 & 28 at 7:00 AM - Full Road Closure of Flagler Drive from Lakeview Avenue to Banyan Boulevard.
- Mar. 1 at 8:00 AM - Flagler Drive will reopen as a four-lane road
The final Flagler Shore events will take place as scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, February 28:
Pedal/Run/Walk with Purpose
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Meet at Datura & Flagler Intersection (Across from E. R. Bradley’s Saloon)
Enjoy an evening walk, run or ride after work as you meet up with friends and community members on the Flagler Shore with food trucks, music and more. Meetup will take place at 6:00 p.m. and the scenic ride through Downtown WPB will commence at 6:10 p.m. to a secret location and conclude at 7:00 p.m. Co-Hosted: Bike WPB & Flagler Shore Peloton
Food Trucks @ The Shore
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
On Flagler Drive from Fern to Lakeview
Enjoy a flavorful night in Downtown WPB with 15-20 of the best food trucks in town. Indulge in fusion cuisine, comfort foods, sweet treats, and much more while enjoying the water views. Food trucks will be located on Flagler Drive from Fern to Lakeview. Co-Hosted: Gourmet Truck Expo
For more information about Flagler Shore, visit www.wpb.org/flaglershore. Residents and visitors can continue to provide feedback and ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace in the Streets Scheduled for 3/15
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Our next walk will take place on March 15th at 5:30pm!
Meeting Place - Merry Place Clubhouse
451 Cheerful Ct., West Palm Beach
For more information, contact Kevin Jones (561) 822-1413.
See you there!
Photo Contest: Send Us Your Best Grassy Waters Shot!
Love nature and photography? Submit your amateur photos for a chance to win! The City of West Palm Beach Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center and the Grassy Waters Conservancy are hosting a photography contest to showcase the beauty of the Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach.
The goal of the contest is to showcase the natural environment in Grassy Waters Preserve. The Preserve, maintained by the City's Public Utilities Department, is a 23-square-mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for more than 100,000 area residents. All photos submitted for the contest must be taken at Grassy Waters Preserve. Images should reflect the diversity of the Preserve including wildlife, natural habitats, animal behavior, plant life, water, weather, and seasons.
Come visit the Preserve and test your photography skills as you explore the wetlands, tree islands and forested hammocks. You may be able to use some of the commonly sighted species like alligators, Everglades snail kites, or wading birds as your photograph subjects! New for 2018 is a Smartphone category!
Visit the Grassy Waters Conservancy's website www.grassywaters.org for more information, to enter your photos and vote for your favorites.
The contest runs through February 28, 2018. For the complete 2018 rules, please visit: https://grassywaters.org/grassy-waters-preserve-2018-photography-contest-rules/.
Volunteers Needed for
Great American Cleanup Comcast Cares Day
Save the date! Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for the Great American Cleanup Comcast Cares Day from Noon - 4:00 P.M. at Dreher Park South (off Summit Blvd. Meet at the Main Pavilion #3)!
Let's create positive change and a lasting impact in Dreher Park! Join us in the nation's largest community improvement program, engaging more than 5 million volunteers and participants every year.
Work to be completed: painting of fencing and rental pavilions, and trimming of weed vegetation and trees. Volunteer pre-registration is required. Individuals ages 8+, families and groups are encouraged to participate. There will be thank you gifts for all volunteers plus on-site refreshments!
For more information, contact the Division of Volunteer Services at (561) 804-4906 or email email@example.com.
City of West Palm Beach Meetings, Policy Updates
The next meeting of the City Commission will be on February 26, 2018 beginning at 5pm.
To view City agendas, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas
To view policy updates via the pass/fail agenda from the City Commission meeting on February 12, 2018, please visit:
2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule
The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!
There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.
- The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
- The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm.
- The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.
Check out the City of West Palm Beach Twitter family:
Mayor Jeri Muoio:
Office of Sustainability:
Office of Economic Development:
Mandel Public Library of WPB:
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue:
West Palm Beach Police: