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INSIDER Newsletter (1/13/2019)

 

 

January 13, 2019

 
 
 

West Palm Beach 2019 General

Municipal Election Information Announced

 

The City of West Palm Beach will hold a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and Run-off Election, if necessary, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to elect a Mayor and a City Commissioner for District 3. Qualifying ended at noon on January 8, 2019.

 

The following individuals have qualified for Mayor and Commission District 3 and their names will be placed on the ballot. The seats for District 2 and District 4 will not be on the ballot as the candidates were unopposed.

 

MAYOR:

  • Keith A. James
  • Priscilla Ann Taylor
  • Paula J. Ryan

DISTRICT 2:

  • Cory M. Neering (Incumbent)-Commissioner-elect

DISTRICT 3:

  • Christy Fox
  • Richard A. Ryles
  • Clint J. Fowlkes

DISTRICT 4:

  • Joseph A. Peduzzi-Commissioner-elect

The following referendum question will also be on the March 12, 2019 ballot:

 

“AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP BY NON-RESIDENT OWNERS OR EMPLOYEES OF BUSINESSES WITHIN THE CITY

BALLOT QUESTION:

The City Commission appoints only City residents as audit committee at-large members. Shall the Charter of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, be amended to allow appointment of at-large members who are either City residents or employees or owners of businesses located in the City of West Palm Beach?
 
Yes                
No          “

 

Register to vote! Please visit the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections web page to learn more about voter registration and precinct locations: https://www.pbcelections.org/. To visit the City of West Palm Beach 2019 Election Calendar, please visit: http://wpb.org/wpb_website/media/City-Clerk/2019-ELECTION-CALENDAR_1.pdf. To visit the City of West Palm Beach City Clerk’s Office online, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Office-of-the-City-Clerk.

 

 

WPTV: Clematis Streetscape Set to Undergo Phase II in Downtown WPB

 

Click on the video to see John Favole's interview with Traffic Engineer Uyen Dang

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio to Deliver

2019 State of the City Address

TICKETS SELLING FAST!!!

Join us! In her final State of the City Address, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will reflect on the City’s accomplishments and make several key announcements on priorities to keep West Palm Beach a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and safe world-class city. Mayor will deliver the address at the January Breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Mayor's State of the City will be held at the PBC Convention Center on Thursday, January 24, 2019. For registration information, please visit: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/25573 or contact Marissa Kosiec: (561) 833-3711, x. 231; mkosiec@palmbeaches.org.

 

“Millennials Ruin Book Club” at the Mandel Public Library of WPB

New program is revamping traditional book club model to suit younger adults

 

 

 

According to recent headlines, millennials have either ruined or killed off a lot of things held dear by previous generations.  First breakfast cereal, the housing market, department stores, and even fabric softener, and now they are coming for the beloved book club!  “Millennials Ruin Book Club” is a new program being hosted by the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that begins on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 PM at Subculture Coffee in downtown West Palm Beach.  

 

In this new book club, created by millennials for millennials there is no assigned book to read.  Not assigning reading is ideal for young working adults because they are busier than ever and might not have time to commit to reading a book a month, or want to read a book that doesn’t interest them.  With “Millennials Ruin Book Club”, participants can just share what they are reading or watching with like-minded individuals, and also get recommendations from other readers and librarians (the experts), thus enjoying the benefits of a traditional book club but in a more relaxed setting.  So, the book club is not really being ruined, just tailored to suit the desires and expectations of this audience, consequently making both the book club and the library relevant for millennials.

 

Why millennials?  According to Pew Research Center, millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries, with 53% of millennials saying they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months, as of fall 2016.  The Center identifies millennials as anyone born between 1981 and 1996, making them ages 22 to 37 in 2018. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MILLENIALS-RUIN-BOOK-CLUB-AT-THE-MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIB.

 

Update:

City of WPB Homelessness Prevention Efforts

Vickers House South

 

Get the facts about the City's efforts to prevent homelessness! This fiscal year, the CIty has budgeted $4.25-million for homelessness prevention efforts, which include the operation of the two Vickers House locations which are one-stop service/outreach centers for the homeless and their families.

 

In the past three years, the CIty has invested significant additional resources to address homelessness. These resources offer a variety of services ranging from housting to support services and homeless prevention programs.

 

City efforts and programs have included:

  • Donating three duplexes and land for development of supportive housing for the homeless;
  • Funding a full-time peer homeless outreach team with a mental health component;
  • Operating the Vickers House which provides relocation assistance and many other services to the homeless;
  • Providing nearly $1.5 million dollars for the construction of two supportive housing projects targeted for the homeless that will produce 42 units of permanent housing;
  • Funding a Housing Stabilization Program that provides temporary rental assistance for those who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless;
  • Collaborating with the Homeless Coalition for the City-initiated Real Change Movement project (http://www.realchangemovementwpb.org)
  • Providing funding to Vita Nova to serve youths ages 18-24 who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless;
  • Working with our community partners including Lord’s Place, Gulfstream Goodwill, Adopt a Family, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Community Services, Palm Beach County Housing and Economic Sustainability, Downtown Development Authority, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Housing Authorities and many others to develop strategies to reduce homelessness;
  • Homeward Bound, a program offering individuals who have been chronically homeless in our city the opportunity to reunite with their families back home;
  • Funding and supporting the Frequent Users System Engagement (FUSE) initiative and a pilot program in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and several other partner entities to provide housing and support service assistance to individuals exiting prison who have no housing options.

Currently, the City is working with the County and other partner agencies on additional strategies to reduce homelessness among veterans, the chronically homeless and other homeless populations.

For more information about the City's efforts, please visit: http://wpb.org/hcd.

 

 

 

Lectures are FREE, but space is limited.

Call the nature center to reserve your seat!

 

 

During the "Saving Nature, Healing Humans" lecture, join Benji Studt, Public Outreach Program Supervisor for PBC ERM on a virtual journey to explore the beauty and importance of our natural areas. A passionate conservationist and photographer, Benji will speak about the positive impacts that spending time in nature can have on mental health.

 

Saturday, January 26th: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center

8264 Northlake Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33412

Reservations required. Contact: (561) 804-4985.

 

 

 

 

 

WPB Quarterly Procurement Event

Join Us in February!
2-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Mandel Public Library Auditorium
411 Clematis St.

 

You're invited to the City of West Palm Beach Quarterly Procurement event. Presenters will focus on the new Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program adopted by the City in December and Upcoming Business Opportunities, including the GES solicitation. Your participation is encouraged and appreciated!

 

The Procurement Department of the City of West Palm Beach is responsible for obtaining goods, services, and construction of the highest quality at the most reasonable cost through fair and open competition. We invite you to learn how to do business with the City of West Palm Beach, get MWBE Certified, and become acquainted with upcoming capital projects. Meet the potential prime vendors and the team responsible for purchasing goods, services and commodities at the City
of West Palm Beach.

 

Update: Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration Project of Tarpon Cove Islands

 

We wanted to share with our residents an update from PBC ERM about Tarpon Cove Islands. According to ERM, in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), the Lake Worth Lagoon restoration project of Tarpon Cove Islands will see the construction and completion of the first and second island beginning in February. Dredged material from the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) maintenance project will be reused to enhance Tarpon Cove Islands. FIND will begin dredging in February and is anticipated to complete dredging in April, placing all material at Tarpon Cove.

 

According to ERM, the placement of material to create these intertidal islands will be conducted from barge and transported directly to Tarpon Cove from the segment of the ICW being dredged. Due to FIND dredging activities, placement may occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accomplish the required maintenance of the ICW.

 

Benefits expected from the project, according to ERM: beneficial re-use of suitable lagoon substrate for the sustainability of Lake Worth Lagoon and a reduction in day-time bridge openings. For more information, please visit PBC ERM at http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/Pages/default.aspx.

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:

WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2019

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

  • Spruce Ave. between 30th St. and 36th St. (through Friday, January 18, 2019): Sections of the east side of Spruce Ave. will be closed for curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone. 
  • Spruce Ave. and 31st St. (through Friday, January 18, 2019): Intersection closed for drainage improvements.
  • Flagler Dr. sidewalk from south of Greenwood Dr. to Monroe Dr. (through January): East sidewalk near seawall closed for safety repairs. Flagler Dr. west side sidewalk between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. remains accessible.
  • Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists. 
  • Georgia Ave. between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd.; Briggs St. between Garden Ave. and    Georgia Ave.; Dobbins St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. (until further notice): Local traffic only for road improvements.

EVENT CLOSURES

  • Supercar Sunday produced by SuperCar Week (Sunday, January 13, 2019, 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.). Road closures on N. Clematis St. between Narcissus St. and Flagler Dr., S. Clematis St. between Narcissus St. and Flagler Dr., Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.
  • Clematis by Night (Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Road closure on North Clematis St. & South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
  • GreenMarket (Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on North Clematis St. & South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.
  • 300 block of Clematis St. produced by Bill Jacobson (Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Closed for West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market.

CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS

  • Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Reopening is expected in Spring 2019. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset

PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES (CITYPLACE)

  • Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.
  • Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. For more information: https://www.futureofcityplace.com/.

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Australian Ave. from Banyan Blvd. to 10th St. (through January 18): Periodic lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for pavement marking.
  • Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for intersection improvements. 45th St. from Military Tr. to Metrocentre Blvd. & Northpoint Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for pavement marking.
  • Church St. and Old Okeechobee Rd. from Okeechobee Blvd. to N. Florida Mango Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for pavement marking. Flaggers will assist motorists in construction areas. 
  • Jog Rd. 905 feet south of Celebration Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic northbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement.
  • Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures, alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction.
  • 45th St. west of Florida’s Turnpike, and Jog Rd. north of 45th St. (until further notice): Periodic southbound lane closures for FPL pole replacement.  Flaggers will assist motorists in construction areas.
  • Congress Ave. 600 ft. south of Presidential Wy. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures for an FPL utility project.
  • 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

  • Flagler Memorial Bridge between City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach (until further notice, Mondays only, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will have the outside eastbound lane and the south sidewalk closed forhandrail replacement.
  • Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, March 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL maintenance operations.
  • 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.

 

ICYMI:

 

WPB 2019 Holiday Sanitation Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CIT-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-2019-HOLIDAY-SANITATION-SCH

 

WPB 2019 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-ANNOUNES-2019-NEIGHBORHOOD

 

HAVE A BUSINESS IN WPB? TAKE THE WPB ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPBEcoDev2019

 

MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF WEST PALM BEACH

January Highlights:  ALL FREE!

 

 

Lots of fun fitness classes for your New Year’s Resolutions – Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Full Body Workouts and more!

 

Jan. 4               Friday Night Jazz:  Susan Merritt & the Mandel All-Stars

Jan. 10             Introduction to Therapeutic Mindful Meditation, 4-week series

Jan. 12             Piano Concert Performance:  Catherine Lan & Tao Lin

Jan. 14             Career Online High School Orientation

Jan. 16             NEW PROGRAM!  Millennials Ruin Book Club

Jan. 19             Con Brio String Quartet Concert

 

Plus Winter Break activities for kids and teens, and Homework Centers reopen Jan. 8. To view the complete January calendar for the libary, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-JANUARY-2019

 

 
 
 

 

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

 

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Sanitation/2018-Holiday-Schedule

 

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

 

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