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Mayor Keith A. James Announces “300 in 3” Vision for Workforce/Affordable Housing Units

In line with Mayor’s vision of working to create a ‘Community of Opportunity for All,’ new initiative aims to create 300 workforce/affordable housing units in the City in three years.

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February 4, 2018





VIDEO: 12 For 12: Pop-up to Rent Business Competition

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The City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are collaborating on an innovative program to bring interesting retail to Clematis Street. The business incubator idea was selected as a 2017 winner among 4,500 applicants to the Knight Cities Challenge that seeks community betterment ideas from the 26 communities where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests. The grants fund ideas to make cities more vibrant places in which to live, work and play. Just 33 ideas, including West Palm Beach’s, were awarded grants that year.


West Palm Beach’s grant submission outlined a multi-faceted approach to incubating up to 12 interesting shopping experiences that were either new or trying to expand. They would be aggregated within a high-profile space at 314 Clematis Street which the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency plans to renovate. The renovation is being designed by Spanish architecture firm Ecosistema Urbano, which won the Van Alen Institute 'Shore to Core' competition hosted by the Community Redevelopment Agency. The Knight Foundation awarded $180,000 towards the project, and new or existing businesses are invited to apply to participate in the '12 For 12: Pop-up to Rent' business competition.


The goal is to create a healthy ecosystem of clustered storefronts in the downtown core that complement each other’s services and create a vibrant, attractive experience for downtown residents and visitors. The space is intended to provide financial and marketing assistance for new businesses to establish a presence and/or grow to a larger scale. The 12 businesses selected will receive two months of free rent and then scalable rent for up to two years to help get their businesses off the ground. Applications are expected from a wide range of businesses such as boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, home décor, clothing retailers, gourmet grocers, and others.


“We have made a commitment to expanding the City’s already strong base of small businesses,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This incubator space will help get 12 businesses off the ground and create a new generation of success and prosperity rooted in a highly visible location on Clematis Street.”


“By providing a low-cost entry into commercial space, we can provide the opportunity for companies who otherwise would have to operate out of a warehouse or online, reducing or eliminating public access,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach DDA.


“Ultimately, this accessible entry benchmark will fill the downtown vacancies, start new businesses, grow jobs, and provide reasons for visitors to keep returning, delivering on downtown’s brand promise of being ‘Always Original,’” added Chris Roog, Director of Economic Development, City of West Palm Beach.

To apply, businesses must visit and submit an application along with a 30-second video about their business and the value it will bring to Clematis Street. In March, semi-finalists will be selected and will be interviewed about their business plan. The 12 finalists will be selected in the summer of 2018 and will prepare to open storefronts in the fall.

For more information and to apply to 12 For 12: Pop-up to Rent, visit On social media, the 12 For 12 project will use the hashtags #12x12wpb, #WPBCityForPeople, and #knightcities.


Old City Hall Demolition Time Lapse Video

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Check out this incredible time-lapse video of the demolition of the old City Hall in West Palm Beach, courtesy of the Community Redevelopment Agency. This demolition will clear the way for the sale of the property and development of the site.


West Palm Beach Observes

Black History Month 2018



During the month of February, the City of West Palm Beach will observe Black History Month, an annual celebration that recognizes and honors the contributions, achievements and history of the African American community. According to, Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Black History Month has been recognized by every U.S. president since 1976.


The public is invited to participate in these FREE City events recognizing Black History month:



Bourbon & Bow Ties

Friday, February 16

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

501 N. Rosemary Avenue

Learn about the rich, black history of West Palm Beach’s Historic Northwest at the Bourbon & Bow Ties networking event presented by the Historic Northwest Businesses and the CRA. The Historic Northwest community is open for business, and businesses are invited to expand, relocate or open here, in the heart of West Palm Beach. Learn about future development plans, investments, and redevelopment opportunities. Incentive programs are available to new, relocating and existing businesses in the Historic Northwest. Come network, and enjoy gourmet food with live entertainment!



Get to Know Josephine Baker

Monday, February 5

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Clematis Room

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Join Palm Beach State College professor Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D., and learn about the many sides of Josephine Baker - singer, civil rights activist, dancer, spy, and French Resistance agent.  


African Art & Artists

Tuesday, February 6

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, as she explores the talents and tenacity of great African American artists across continents and centuries. Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.  


Art Day Celebrating Black History Month

Friday, February 16

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

KidSpace - 3rd Floor

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Kids can join artist and children’s librarian Ms. Taylor to celebrate Black History Month.  Listen to the story Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem, and explore various materials, paint, and collage techniques to create your own art work inspired by a young Jacob Lawrence.  Lawrence was a celebrated African American painter and educator known for his portrayal of African American life.  Dress to get messy!  For children, ages 5 – 12 years.  


Modern Female African American Artists

Tuesday, February 20

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, and learn about important and influential modern female African American artists and their contributions.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.


Modern Male African American Artists

Tuesday, February 27

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, and learn about important and influential modern male African-American artists and their contributions.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. 


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Celebrate Black History Month at Grassy Waters Preserve with the inspiring story of a group of self-taught artists who went on to create some of the most quintessential paintings of Florida’s natural landscapes. Grassy Waters Preserve serves as the perfect backdrop for this celebration of Highwaymen artwork, an example of the unspoiled natural beauty the Highwaymen artists captured in their iconic works. Over 75 Highwaymen original works are on exhibit from February 1st-28th, 9am – 4pm, at the Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center. See our schedule for Artist Meet & Greets, Painting Demonstrations, and Historian Lectures which are FREE. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to reserve your seat at (561) 804-4985.


Roy McLendon, Highwaymen Artist

February 4

Lectures: 10am and 2pm

Meet the Artist: 11:30am – 2pm

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center, 8264 Northlake Boulevard

One of the original Highwaymen artists, Roy McLendon, is renowned for his night landscapes. Mr. McLendon is also known for occasionally diverging from the traditional Highwaymen style by painting still lifes and portraits.


Grassy Waters Preserve Memorial Tribute to James Gibson

Saturday, February 10; 10am and 2pm

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center, 8264 Northlake Boulevard

Join Shirley Gibson, Al Black and Kelvin Hair in a discussion highlighting the life of legendary Highwaymen artist James Gibson. Also, view a special display focused on rare James Gibson paintings.


Al Black, Highwaymen Artist & Kelvin Hair, Highwaymen Legacy Artist

Sunday, February 11

Lectures: 10am and 2pm

Meet the Artists: 11:30am-2pm

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center, 8264 Northlake Boulevard

The group’s original salesman turned artist, Al Black, and Kelvin Hair, son of founding artist Alfred Hair, will share their personal Highwaymen stories while presenting a live painting demonstration.


Mary Ann Carroll, Highwaymen Artist

February 17th and 18th

Lectures: 10am and 2pm

Meet the Artist: 11:30am-2pm

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center, 8264 Northlake Boulevard

Mary Ann Carroll will share her inspiring personal experiences as the sole female Highwaymen artist. Her life is full of many artistic achievements, including recently being named a contributing art curator for President Obama’s Presidential Library.


R.L. Lewis, Highwaymen Artist

February 24th and 25th

Lectures: 10am and 2pm

Meet the Artist: 11:30am-2pm

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center, 8264 Northlake Boulevard

R.L. Lewis is not only a Highwaymen artist but also a retired art teacher of 32 years. Mr. Lewis will offer a rare glimpse into the unique Highwaymen painting style through a live painting demonstration.


City of West Palm Beach Policy Updates



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City Wins Gold for Advancing

Solar Energy Growth

The City of West Palm Beach has received a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes the City of West Palm Beach for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Gold designation is a signal that the City of West Palm Beach is “open for solar business.”


SolSmart is led by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. More than 150 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.


“The City of West Palm Beach is honored to receive the distinction of SolSmart Gold,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This distinction is another example that our City is taking innovative steps and proactive measures in the areas of sustainability and resiliency, as we work to protect our thriving City from environmental threats and ensure that it endures for future generations.”


“A SolSmart designation recognizes local governments for making it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar,” said Sustainability Manager Penni Redford. “We have completed rigorous steps to earn a Gold designation. We are the first city in the state to have one-day solar permitting, and we are one of only three cities in Florida to have reached this level.”


As a SolSmart designee, the City of West Palm Beach is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations and pass on those savings to consumers. This allows even more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity through solar. The actions the City of West Palm Beach has taken will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and creating local jobs. These actions also support Mayor Muoio’s vision of achieving 100% renewable energy for our community. Previously, Mayor made a commitment at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of the Paris Climate Accord to strive for 100% renewable energy for our community.  


To receive SolSmart Gold designation, cities and counties make changes to their local processes to reduce the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. This includes evaluating local permitting processes, as well as planning and zoning procedures. SolSmart designees also develop innovations in areas such as market development and finance.


Specific actions the City of West Palm Beach has taken to achieve SolSmart Gold include:

  • Allowing solar by-right and as an accessory use in all major zones and implementing any zoning ordinance adjustments;
  • Providing cross‐training of inspection and permitting staff on solar PV via in‐person or online resources
  • Conducting review of state policies related to protecting rights of property owners to install solar and solar system owners’ right to sunlight on their property.
  • Installing solar capacity on local facilities, and more.

SolSmart uses objective criteria to award communities points based on the actions they take to reduce barriers to solar energy development. Communities that take sufficient action are designated either gold, silver, or bronze.

As part of the SolSmart program, a team of national experts provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities achieve designation. All cities and counties are eligible to join the SolSmart program and receive this technical assistance. Interested communities can learn more at


To learn more, please visit the City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability web page at:





LAST CHANCE to experience Flagler Shore and give us your feedback! We have one month left in our Flagler Shore pilot project that is providing more public space along the downtown waterfront by reducing the traffic lanes on Flagler Drive. Come check out the expanded space, experience some of the new events and activities, and be sure to tell us what you think by emailing  


The Flagler Shore project comes to an end on Feb. 28 and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will be reopened on Mar. 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.


  • Feb. 27 & 28 at 7AM - Full road closure of Flagler Drive from Lakeview Ave. to Banyan Blvd
  • Mar. 1 at 8AM - Flagler Drive will reopen as a four-lane road


Come downtown and have some fun on Flagler Shore this final month, we have lots for you to do!  For more information about Flagler Shore and upcoming events and activities, visit


Mondays 7:00AM  - Coffee Outside

Mondays 12:00PM -  Lunch Walk

Wednesdays  12:00PM -  Lunch on the Shore and Lunch Walk

Fridays 12:00PM - Lunch Walk

Saturdays 8:30AM - Sunrise Wellness

Saturdays 9AM - Bike Valet

Feb. 3, 10:30AM - LAST Meditate with Matt

Feb. 4, 4:00PM - LAST West Palm Beach Plage & Sunset Wellness

Feb. 28, 6:00 PM- LAST Pedal/Run/Walk With Purpose & Food Trucks on the Shore


In keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio's vision of a city designed for all people with improved quality of life in West Palm Beach, Flagler Shore temporarily reduces Flagler Drive between Lakeview Ave. and Banyan Blvd to two lanes through March 1.  The additional 63,000 sq. ft. of public space has provided an opportunity for the public to utilize the space for exciting new activities and events programmed by the Downtown Development Authority. 


City Wins Safe Streets Summit

People's Choice Award


The City of West Palm Beach is the recipient of the 2018 Safe Streets Summit People's Choice Award for the "Intersection Repair" project at Fern and Tamarind, a collaborative project advancing safety in roadway design with students from Dreyfoos School of the Arts.  


"Intersection Repair" at Fern and Tamarind

Photo Courtesy: Max Zengage


WPB Implements Safety Messaging at Railway Crossings

Department of Public Works Employees Implement Safety Signage at Clematis Street and the FEC


As the safety of West Palm Beach residents and visitors is a top priority for Mayor Jeri Muoio, the City of West Palm Beach has enhanced its railway safety messaging. The City has added  railway safety signage at all railway crossings--at SFRTA and FEC tracks-- in our City. The phrase “See Track? Think Train” will serve as a reminder to pedestrians and bicyclists to make wise decisions near railway tracks.



VIDEO: Mayor Muoio's Press Conference During Implementation of Safety Signage

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Leading Ladies of Local Government


Mayor Muoio, West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney, and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Diana Matty were featured in the article "Leading Ladies of Local Government" in the latest edition of Palm Beacher magazine. Click here to read more:…/index.html…


WPBPD Chief Sarah Mooney, Mayor Jeri Muoio, WPFR Chief Diana Matty




With a mission to put people first, design team polls participants and presents initial renderings



The results are in – and recommendations are on the way – for Clematis Streetscape, a project that seeks to make design improvements to Clematis Street that will improve the experience and overall quality of life for Clematis merchants, residents and visitors. After several meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents and visitors, where all were welcomed to provide input on the Clematis Streetscape project, the City is now waiting for final recommendations from the award-winning design team, Dover, Kohl & Partners. Initial polling from the meetings gauged public interest and preferences – even right down to which type of pavers users prefer. In keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio’s vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, project goals include an increase in safety, walkability, economic development, public health, sustainability and more. In addition, one of the City’s primary goals of this project is to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to valued merchants.


“I am pleased with the level of engagement we have received from the community thus far,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The merchant and stakeholder meetings have provided incredible insight into what works best for some of our most valued Clematis Street users. The public meetings have also provided equally beneficial background on public preferences. With this collaborative approach, and informative data, I know the result will be a street we can enjoy even more– and for years to come.”


With a rich history dating back to 1894, Clematis Street is one of the most iconic streets in the City of West Palm Beach. Serving as the sole business district when the City was first founded, the street currently serves as a place to both work and play, affectionately referred to as the “living room” of the buzzing downtown community. Along with the national expertise of the design and engineering team at Kimley-Horn, Dover, Kohl & Partners, a visionary urban planning company based in Coral Gables, has been retained to design a polished and professional next phase of Clematis Street’s evolution. After a series of meetings with merchants, stakeholders, and the public, the firm is working on final recommendations for the future of Clematis Street. Meeting participants were able to provide input on what type of trees they enjoy, sidewalk tiling they prefer, car barriers they find most aesthetic, and more.


The first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project is expected to break ground in June, with construction ending in October. The City of West Palm Beach has engaged community stakeholders, including Clematis Street merchants, the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and others, to capitalize on Clematis Street’s strengths and solicit feedback on the overall design. The public was also invited to provide input either during the West Palm Beach GreenMarket on January 20, during a planning meeting at City Hall on January 22, or by email at 


After much discussion and drafts, the City Commission is expected to make a final decision on the designs on Monday, February 26 during the Face of the City public meeting. Construction is slated to begin in June on the first phase, and other phases will be slated depending on the cohesive final design.


For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit, call 561-822-2222, or plan to attend the public meetings. To stay up-to-date on all City news, please follow the City on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Facebook @CityofWPB.


Square One Program Making A Difference

Young adult program expands age group and services with free Career Online High School



Last year, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach opened its Square One program, created to help disconnected young adults who are unemployed and not attending school to engage and reconnect to economic opportunities and advance their education.  Since its opening in January 2017, Square One has helped 170 individuals in our community.  At Square One, located on the 2nd floor of the library, young adults can find help with any challenges they may face through a variety of FREE services including mentoring, technology, career development and training, academic advancement, hands-on skills and experience, and connecting with community resources. 


After just nine months of operating the program, the library recognized a greater need within the target population, and has now expanded the program age group. Originally created for 16- to 24-year-olds, the program will now service 15- to 29-year-olds, offering assistance to even more young adults in West Palm Beach.  


“We have learned how vast the need is for these services, and how to truly make a difference with those seeking help,” said William Hollis, Mandel Public Library Associate Librarian.  “Being responsive and flexible is key.  We not only provide personalized attention, but also we tailor our services based on the individual’s needs and goals.”


During its anniversary month, Square One is also launching Career Online High School (COHS), a scholarship-based program that covers 100% of costs for qualified selected students.  The program, brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company, offers qualified community members an opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma (rather than a GED equivalent) and a credentialed career certificate in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation and hospitality).  Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.


“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Chris Murray, Mandel Public Library Director. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives with a diploma in hand and real-world career skills.”


The Mandel Public Library will award a limited number of scholarships for the Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. The scholarships are funded through a grant provided under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. The scholarships cover all costs for the COHS program allowing the library to offer this program free to qualified students wanting to realize their education and career goals.


Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in their chosen career fields (Certified Protection Officer, Commercial Driving, General Career Preparation, Office Management, Child Care and Education, Food and Hospitality, Homeland Security and Retail Customer Service), before progressing to the core academic subjects.  Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.


Residents can learn more about Square One and the new Career Online High School at the Mandel Public Library or visiting the website at!-SQUARE-ONE.  For more information or questions, please contact Square One by phone at 661-868-7707or by email at



Your Input Needed for BDB's Workforce Survey

The City of West Palm Beach is working closely with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, with support from JP Morgan Chase, to conduct a comprehensive analysis of workforce skills and availability in the area. The BDB says that this will enable them to understand and better tell the Palm Beach County workforce story in their efforts to create jobs and attract new investment. According to the BDB, input provided through these surveys will be kept confidential. Your input is critical to this process!  Please take a few minutes to complete the Resident Survey at http://pbcskills.orgFor more information on this initiative visit


WPB General Election Set for March 13


The City of West Palm Beach will hold its General Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners: one residing in District 1, one residing in District 3, and one residing in District 5.


District 3 will not appear on the ballot, as Commissioner Paula Ryan was unopposed and is the Commissioner-elect for District 3.


Residents of ALL districts who are eligible to vote can vote in this election!



For information on who has qualified to run in the March 13, 2018 municipal election, please visit the City Clerk's web page:



2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 


There will be regular service on the following holidays:     

  • President's Day - February 19, 2018   
  • 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. 


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

3/28/18                9/26/18               

5/30/18              11/28/18



North End Neighborhoods Meetings:  All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery  

2/21/18                8/15/18

3/21/18                9/19/18

4/18/18              10/17/18

5/16/18              11/14/18




Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.



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