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WPB Insider Newsletter - June 18, 2017




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June 18, 2017



Okeechobee Corridor Public Meeting & Charrette Produces Ideas, Possible Solutions


Hundreds turned out to give input on the future of Okeechobee Boulevard


Residents provide feedback to planners on proposed ideas


After four days of public meetings and an interactive charrette that turned out hundreds of residents and stakeholders to generate ideas about the future of Okeechobee Boulevard, Alta Planning + Design--the planning agency tasked with conducting the City’s mobility study-- unveiled ideas and concepts about the future of the Okeechobee Corridor for consideration by the City.


“We are really pleased that so many people attended this event, so that we can incorporate their thoughts and feedback into the City’s future mobility network strategy,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to making Okeechobee safer and more efficient and, also, to creating more transportation choices for everyone. It’s good for business and quality of life.”  


During the charrette, attendees broke into small groups and were challenged to come up with solution-oriented suggestions for the City’s infrastructure. They shared their ideas with the engineers and City planners to consider. Options presented in the final report include:



  • Intersection improvements including high emphasis crosswalks
  • Bus routing optimization
  • Walking/biking network
  • Streetscape standards/lighting standards
  • Improving way finding
  • Reducing cycle length



  • Dedicated bus/transit lanes
  • Tunnel with pedestrian plaza
  • Transit hub


Attendees were deputized as planners


Key themes of the meeting included expanding travel choices; improving safety; and improving the predictability and reliability of using the corridor. The final report can be viewed at


“The City received a lot of great ideas, and we’re going to be busy developing these ideas into projects for presentation to our City Commission and stakeholder groups,” said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelley.


The four-day charrette and public meeting was kicked off with a talk by Gabe Klein, a consultant working on the study, TEDx speaker, and nationally known cities expert. Klein is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. Departments of Transportation and a former ZipCar executive.


"Putting people first should always be the focus when it comes to developing solutions for the Okeechobee Corridor," he told attendees.


The City of West Palm Beach has been studying mobility and transportation in the City—especially along the Okeechobee Corridor-- since March. In addition to working with some of the greatest experts in the field, the City has been collaborating with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Florida Department of Transportation, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, U.S. Coast Guard, Town of Palm Beach, Tri-Rail, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and many, many more neighborhood and community groups.



The City of West Palm Beach will soon announce a series of meetings with neighborhood and community groups to speak one-on-one with residents about their mobility and transportation needs. Members of the public who did not attend the charrette and still wish to share their thoughts on the Okeechobee Corridor can contact City planners and the mobility team via email at or send a tweet to Mayor Muoio using the hashtag #MobilityMayor.



Click the image to view the WPB-TV Coverage of the Charrette!


Okeechobee Corridor Charette and Public Meeting: Day 1



Gabe Klein: My Message to West Palm Beach



West Palm Beach Residents Give Input at Okeechobee Charrette

West Palm Beach Economic Development Project Wins $180,000 Grant

“12 for 12: Popup to Rent” to Solve Challenges, Create Opportunities




The City of West Palm Beach announces that an innovative economic development project proposed by the City has been awarded $180,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and recognized as a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge. Submitted by Economic Development Director Christopher Roog and Street Plans’ Sherryl Muriente, “12 for 12: Popup to Rent” expands on the success of a pilot pop-up gallery project by inviting local talent to activate 12 empty storefront spaces as an economic catalyst for West Palm Beach.


Christopher Roog, WPB Economic Development Director, with Sherryl Muriente of Street Plans



“The City is honored to be part of a national network of civic innovators,” said Roog. “The idea behind the project is to help West Palm Beach attract and keep talented people, expand opportunities and build a more connected community.  It will create economic prospects and give people a stake in city-building. This is a project for everyone.” 


The “12 for 12” will pop-up local businesses in vacant storefronts with shared areas for the community to meet. The effort will center around Clematis Street, the City’s living room, to foster an environment for entrepreneurs which will lower the barriers of starting a business. The project will kick off this fall, and—soon—entrepreneurs and small business owners will be able to participate in the application process.  


The challenge attracted more than 4,500 ideas to make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. It asked innovators of all kinds to answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?


“The Knight Cities Challenge works to uncover the ideas, people and collaborations that help to advance deeper civic engagement and contribute to city success,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation vice president for communities and impact. “The winners join a network of civic innovators who are showing us the ways in which our cities can shape their futures to help solve pressing challenges and create new opportunities.”


Open to any individual, business, government or nonprofit, the Knight Cities Challenge has just two rules: (1) A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of the 26 communities where Knight invests and (2) the idea should focus on one or more of three drivers of city success: Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people; Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects by breaking down divides and making new connections; Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement. To learn more about the Knight Cities Challenge, visit:


WPB Historic Preservation Planner Elected as Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Board President


Friederike Mittner Approved at the Organization’s Annual Membership Meeting



Friederike Mittner, AICP, was elected as the new Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees President during the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting on May 18 in St. Petersburg. Mittner is a proven and dedicated preservationist. She currently serves as the City Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, where she oversees more than 5,000 cultural resources, sits on the Palm Beach County Historic Resources Review Board and is a certified trainer with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She has served on the Florida Trust Board for nine years, most recently as Vice President. Her term follows past President Clay Henderson, DeLand, who served as Florida Trust Board President for two years.


“During my term as Florida Trust Board President I will work to cultivate our preservation programs and outreach so they are relevant and meaningful to all of the people of our state,” Mittner said. “I look forward to the work ahead, preserving and protecting Florida’s extraordinary history and heritage.”


Mittner’s leadership will continue the organization’s growth, broaden its impact and strengthen its commitment to sharing diverse stories that represent the full breadth of Florida’s history and heritage.


“Friederike Mittner is truly committed to historic preservation—not only in West Palm Beach but also in Florida,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “When it comes to historic preservation, West Palm Beach is a model for other communities in Florida, and we’re proud that Friederike will be sharing her expertise with other preservationists throughout the state.”


The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is the state’s non-profit dedicated to protecting Florida’s extraordinary heritage and history. Founded in 1978, the Florida Trust has collaborated to save irreplaceable Florida treasures like the Historic Florida Capitol and is a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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