West Palm Beach Installs Monumental New Public Art Sculpture
‘Deep Thought: At the Intersection of Art and Math’ Installed in Northwood Hills Neighborhood
The City of West Palm Beach’s Art in Public Places (AiPP) program is pleased to announce a new addition to the City’s public art collection: 'Deep Thought' by artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu of COZO.
The permanent public artwork was recently installed at West Palm Beach’s Sullivan Park, located at Windsor Avenue and 30th Court. Deep Thought is a 15 ft. x 14 ft. triambic icosahedron, a complex, 3D shape composed of 60-sided filigree triangle panels. Weighing in at 2,300 lbs., the steel installation is painted a rich gold color and features LED lighting inside. The work consists of definitive angles that are softened by delicate, repetitive lace-like patterns, which allow light from inside the sculpture and the sun to create subtle patterns on the ground.
The artists state that their passion stems from one core idea: to celebrate the inherent beauty of geometric forms and patterns while inspiring wonder and curiosity. Their ongoing investigation into the intersection between math, science, technology, geometry, material, and light is evident in
The sculpture was funded by AiPP and adds to the City’s collection of more than 30 works of public art.
Artists Serge Beaulieu and Yelena Filipchuk of COZO with West Palm Beach children at the installation of ‘Deep Thought’ at Sullivan Park
“Art in public places contributes to our city’s creative life by enhancing public spaces with unique public artworks that celebrate the vitality of our community,” said City of West Palm Beach AiPP Coordinator Sybille Welter. “We are excited to have this installation in Sullivan Park for the neighborhood and all West Palm Beach residents and park visitors to enjoy.”
To learn more about AiPP, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Art-in-Public-Places.
City of West Palm Beach Recent Policy Actions
City Commission Meeting 7/30/18
Below is a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by the City Commission during a recent meeting. To see the entire list of approvals and decisions and, also, items coming up on agendas for future meetings, visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas. To watch meetings live, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/Live-Video-Ch-18. To watch recorded meetings on-demand, please visit: https://vimeo.com/cityofwpb/channels.
- Approved Resolution No. 211-18, a Project Funding Interlocal Agreement with the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to provide funding to the Downtown Alley Pilot Project and personnel detail from the Public Works Department. The project seeks to activate the City’s alleyways to open up business opportunities, provide a safe, clean environment, introduce new design elements, and put underground utilities in place. The project will commence with the 300 Block alleyway south of Clematis Street in the Fall of 2018 and will be funded by the CRA for one pilot year.
- Approved Resolution No. 232-18, approving a security agreement with the School Board of Palm Beach County to provide on-site security for five elementary schools in the City. The resolution comes amid the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The designated elementary schools are:
U.B. Kinsey Elementary School
Pleasant City Elementary School
Egret Lake Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Grassy Waters Elementary School.
- Approved Resolution No. 192-18, approving the Funding Agreement with the CRA for the Tamarind Avenue Streetscape Project. The project, which has been under design since 2014, primarily seeks to enhance pedestrian connections along Tamarind Avenue.
- Approved Resolution No. 194-18(F) accepting and appropriating funds from Split Rock Charitable Foundation in the amount of $10,000 to continue the Let’s Read programming initiative at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.
- Approved Resolution No. 231-18, approving an agreement with Phipps Park Baseball Inc., for the use, maintenance, operation, and management of the Phipps Park Baseball facilities. The agreement stipulates that the City will be responsible for maintaining drinking fountains, replacing facility light bulbs, footing energy charges for ballfield lighting, covering concession stand fees, footing water utility bills, and covering all costs related to the disposal of solid waste.
- Approved Resolution No. 224-18, an interlocal agreement between the City and Palm Beach County for on-water law enforcement for the purpose of manatee protection. As Palm Beach County is one of the 13 key manatee counties identified by the State of Florida, an increased quantity of law enforcement will monitor boat speed zones and reduce further risks to manatees.
- Approved Resolution No. 184-18, approving Art in Public Places artwork for Palm Beach Imports (Braman Motorcars, 2801 Okeechobee Boulevard). The resolution approves the work titled “West Palm Beach Lights” by artist Bill Fitz Gibbons which will be installed on the south facing façade at the 2801 Okeechobee parking garage. The sculpture will be constructed using a computerized LED light system and will include a variety color changing light sequences.
While “Summer in Paradise” Signs Off Until Next Year, Clematis by Night Still Offers Extended Hours Through August
While the City of West Palm Beach’s popular “Summer in Paradise” campaign is in the rearview mirror until next year, Clematis by Night is prepared to keep the City’s summer celebrations going a little longer. Through August, Clematis by Night has extended hours – offering free entertainment, food and drink specials, and seating under the stars - from 6 – 10 p.m. on Thursdays.
For more than 20 years, Clematis by Night has been the “Hot Spot to Chill.” The local social scene continues to offer an unmatched waterfront happy hour setting – one that has captivated audiences and transcended generations.
We've also debuted the newest “Hot Spot to Shop.” The “Antique and Flea Market at Clematis by Night”-- an addition to the Saturday staple that has been downtown for more than 8 years-- will feature a variety of antiques and unique finds. The market will be set up under the trellises along South Clematis Street, similar to how GreenMarket vendors are stationed under the shaded treetops. Vendors will sell a variety of antiques and crafts, including, jewelry, clothes and decorative items. The flea market will keep the same hours as Clematis by Night, from 6 – 10 p.m. in August, and 6 – 9 p.m. in September and beyond.
TO CONTINUE READING AND TO SEE THE AUGUST MUSICAL LINEUP, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WHILE-SUMMER-IN-PARADISE-SIGNS-OFF-UNTIL-NEXT-YEAR
City of West Palm Beach Graduates
Class of`18 Summer Interns
A luncheon and graduation ceremony was held for the 30-interns participating in the City of West Palm Beach Summer Internship Program. Mayor Jeri Muoio and Coordinator of Community Initiatives Kevin Jones established the program to provide job opportunities for young people who wish to learn more about the inner workings of municipal government.
The students attend local high schools and took internship positions in several City departments including Engineering, Public Works, Law, Sustainability and more. The summer internship program is now in its third year and is believed to be the largest program of its kind facilitated by a municipal government in our area.
Thank you to our interns for their service to the City of West Palm Beach. We wish them the very best!
FYI: Tax Free Holiday Weekend
Florida’s tax-free holiday weekend is underway through today. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item. To see a list of qualifying tax exempt items during this period, visit:
West Palm Beach Tree Program Update
The City of West Palm Beach Trees program is dedicated to the protection, expansion, and sustainability of West Palm Beach’s urban forest through planting, conservation, and education. Trees provide a variety of benefits to a community: fresh air, reduced residential energy costs (reduce summer cooling costs up to 30%), decreased heat island effect (up to 10 degrees), and increased property values (adding trees to a landscape can speed the sale of a home up by 4-6 weeks and add thousands of dollars to the resale value)!
Tree Canopy Improvement programs include:
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has identified a million dollars to increase tree benefits in the City of West Palm Beach! The focus of this dedication is to support of West Palm Beach Net Zero Green House Gas Emissions by 2050 Initiative and to improve the walkability and bikeability of the downtown space and connectors by increasing shade! To do this, the City is concentrating on planting 20 ft. shade trees throughout the community in order to enjoy immediate benefits. The City is taking care to include Florida Native and Florida Friendly trees while also promoting diversity by selecting a wide variety of acceptable shade tree species.
Through a series of projects, staff have already taken steps toward increasing the tree canopy and also improving survivability of trees in the downtown. Howard Park will be receiving 10 new trees in the coming weeks. Working with Florida Power and Light, the City of West Palm Beach is planting the trees to complement the solar tree structures which were recently installed. The new trees will increase shading throughout the northern section of the park and provide for an enhanced streetscape along Okeechobee Blvd. leading into the downtown portion of the City. The project will be completed by late August or early September.
Empty tree pits have been marked and individual needs of each location are being assessed to improve the longevity of the trees planted in the downtown. The 300 Block Clematis St project is adding suspended paver systems for those tree planting locations. This type of system physically increases available pore space and creates greater opportunity for soil aeration and uptake of nutrients and moisture, which all contribute to increased tree health. One study has illustrated that trees planted in a suspended paver system can grow more than 3 ft. taller over a six-year period in comparison to trees planted in conventional soil. Additionally, structural soil, a mixture of crushed gravel and soil which decreases overall soil compaction, is also being used in downtown locations and is expected to enhance tree growth and longevity.
Irrigation has been a long-standing barrier to the success and survivability of trees in the downtown. Without proper watering, trees in South Florida are doomed and the City has fought an uphill battle in repairing broken waterlines and replacing out dated systems. This is why the City of West Palm Beach has been delayed in planting shade trees in the downtown. However, the City is actively working to assess irrigation systems across all City property in the downtown and determine a solution to rectify the situation to get trees in the ground as soon as possible.
The improvement of the state of trees in the City of West Palm Beach is ongoing. While improvements will come in phases, the City is dedicated to planting trees in the correct way which includes providing for the needs of the trees through the addition of healthy and viable soil, adequate growth space, and the necessary provision of water!
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, along with the Parks and Recreation Department and the City Landscape Planner, initiated an inventory of City trees.This project will provide a finer analysis and an account of trees within the City of West Palm Beach rights-of-way and parks. Records of location, species type, height, trunk girth, and health characteristics are being documented for each tree. This inventory is being undertaken in conjunction with the Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, which was begun last summer, to evaluate tree canopy coverage within the City. This assessment, still underway, will prioritize areas needing additional shade trees. To conduct this assessment, the City was mapped, and land was categorized into 10 class types. The assessment is being conducted in phases:
- Phase 1: Areas which were not suitable for tree canopy expansion were highlighted. Sustainability themes of stormwater, heat island effect, socioeconomic, and demographic data were also explored.
- Phase 2: Involves the extraction of the tree canopy using GIS and the highlighting of areas in need of increased tree canopy coverage. Relationships between tree canopy coverage and sustainability themes will be investigated. In support of the Mayor’s Net Zero Green House Gas Emissions by 2050 Initiative, the assessment will be updated every 5 years and will coincide with the City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory update in order to document the direct relationship between increased carbon sequestration, through increased tree canopy coverage, and a reduction in greenhouse gases. Other relationships between tree canopy coverage and sustainability themes will also be investigated
The 10,000 Trees in 10 years program is in full swing. This year we have given away nearly 1,000 Trees and will reach 4000 trees distributed by year’s end! Please contact Michael Rittenhouse at 561-804-4993 or Mrrittenhouse@wpb.org for more information about the program.
Website Development: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is developing a website to provide up to date information on the progress of the tree program and the addition of trees to our City! The website will utilize GIS in order to create an interactive experience for the community to understand what improvements are being made, where shade trees are being placed, and how the community is benefitting overall. Current tree inventory data will be updated real time and selected tree planting locations in the downtown, such as empty tree pits, will be marked. Areas in need of increased canopy will be highlighted and capital improvement projects as well as planned private and public canopy enhancement projects will also be illustrated.
Grant Award: The City of West Palm Beach was selected to receive a grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as part of the 2017 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. This funding as assist in the development of an Urban Tree Management Plan which will outline how City trees will be cared for and will lay the foundation for tree care during storm recovery. The City is currently in the developmental phase of the plan and will have it completed by the end of 2018.
Please join us in our mission to add trees to our community. What a difference a tree can make!
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Municipal Water Leader magazine has recognized the West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities for focusing on the latest solutions for integrating stormwater into holistic water management solutions. The data-driven, progressive plan saves citizens money and prepares for the future.
To read the article, please visit: http://waterstrategies.com/assets/mwl-may-18.pdf
WPB SUMMER CAMPERS CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH 35TH ANNUAL ‘PEANUT CARNIVAL’
City of West Palm Beach ‘CityFUN’ summer campers recently celebrated the last days of summer at the 35th Annual Peanut Carnival at Gaines Park. The elementary school-aged kids ran carnival games that they developed, and, as an important lesson about money and finance, these summer campers traded peanuts as currency for games and activities. There were carnival booths, a bounce house, rock wall, and much more. For more information about City of West Palm Beach parks and recreation programs, please visit http://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Overview or call (561) 804-4900.
WPB Finance Dept. Launches Toy Drive to Benefit Palm Beach Children's Hospital Pediatric Patients
Hospital CEO Gabrielle Finley-Hazle (left) joins City of West Palm Beach Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks and the WPB Department of Finance
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Finance recently brought some smiles to the children at Palm Beach Children's Hospital at St. Mary's. Under the leadership of Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, the Finance team hosted a toy drive and dropped off the donations, going from room to room, for pediatric patients' enjoyment. Toys were given away to all of the children in the hospital and their siblings. Other toys were left with the hospital for the future enjoyment of other young patients.
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF AUGUST 5, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Belvedere Rd. (August 6, 2018 - August 15, 2018): Two of four lanes in the 800 block of Belvedere Rd. will close for pipe replacement. One eastbound and one westbound lane will remain open for traffic.
- Cumberland Dr. (beginning August 8, 2018): Reduced speeds eastbound and westbound as road beautification and safety projects begin between Military Tr. and Village Blvd.Flaggers will assist motorists.
- Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
- Georgia Ave (until further notice): Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
- Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Local traffic only between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.
- Clematis by Night (Aug 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period of up to 35 days. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PALM BEACH COUNTY ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Belvedere Rd. at FEC Railroad (through Monday August 6, 2018): Traffic will be detoured via Parker Ave., Southern Blvd., Okeechobee Blvd., Lakeview Ave., and US-1/Dixie Hwy.
- Jog Rd. (periodic southbound left turn lane closures until further notice): Median landscaping and irrigation installation on Jog Rd. approximately 970 feet north of Ironhorse Blvd. to approximately 360 feet south of Beeline Highway.
- Congress Ave. just north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Spencer Dr. (through Aug 6, 2018): The outside eastbound lane will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for turn lane, sidewalk, and striping installation.
- N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice) for water main, driveway and median installation.
- Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures until further notice): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
- Haverhill Rd. north of Roebuck Rd. (periodic northbound lanes closures until further notice) forFPL pole replacement.
- Australian Blvd. just south of 25th St. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice) for utility work.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Okeechobee Blvd. at Quadrille Blvd. (through August 8, 2018): One eastbound, outside lane closed FROM 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for underground conduit operations.
- N. Dixie Hwy. between 3rd St. and Butler St. (through August 10, 2018): One northbound outside lane closed, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for watermain replacement.
- Military Tr. (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. closed, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacement
- Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr.to Green Pine Blvd (through Friday September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/
City of West Palm Beach road and dock closure updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.
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Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
The Mayor's Neighborhood Meetings, facilitated by the City in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall, are an important way for neighborhoods to learn updates specific to their community, to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and the City and for the public to communicate ideas that can help shape City policy. Representatives from City departments are present at the meetings to answer questions previously submitted by neighborhood association presidents for discussion as agenda items. Please note the updated schedule of Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings for the remainder of 2018:
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
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
To receive email updates about the 2018 Neighborhood Meetings or to receive notices of Neighborhood Meetings schedule changes, please email Jose Tagle, City of West Palm Beach Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- 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.
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