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WPB Insider Newsletter - June 25, 2017




West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio


















June 25, 2017



West Palm Beach Welcomes

17 Summer Interns to City Hall

Innovative Program to Train Future Leaders, Public Servants


The City of West Palm Beach Summer Interns Attend a Money Management Workshop


The City of West Palm Beach announces that 17 high school students ages 16-to-18 are learning about becoming future leaders and public servants through the City’s premier Summer Internship Program, the only known internship program of its kind facilitated by a municipal government in the area. The students-- who are West Palm Beach residents attending Palm Beach Central or Forest Hill High Schools-- are interns in the Engineering, Economic Development, Community Events, Public Works and Sustainability Departments, work from 9am-to-1pm on Mondays through Fridays, and are paid.


“At the City of West Palm Beach, we are committed to attracting, developing and keeping good talent in our City,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are really pleased to be able to provide these teaching opportunities to the students, and they are doing a great, great job. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back at City Hall someday!”


The Summer Internship Program, which runs for eight weeks, is being facilitated by Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Mayor’s Office. In addition to getting real, hands-on experience and training, the students also attend Friday workshops on financial literacy, resume writing, and job readiness to better prepare them for the future.


“The Summer Internship Program is valuable to our City, because it teaches young men and women who live in our community about the world of work,” said Jones. “They have chosen to be productive this summer, and—in addition to learning new skills—they are also learning about responsibility, which is so important.”


This is the second year the City has implemented the Summer Internship Program. During the summer of 2016, five students took part in the program. A total of 36 applied for summer internships in 2017.


For more information about the City of West Palm Beach Summer Internship Program, contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413.



West Palm Beach Launches Summer Block Party Series for Teens

“Teens Unite!” Aims to Bring Together Young Men, Women from Across City



West Palm Beach teenagers can now add the Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series to their list of wholesome and fun summer activities! The Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series, underway since June 17, brings together teens from our City’s many neighborhoods to socialize and enjoy the summer in a positive environment. The series, which is free for young men and women ages 12-to-18, runs every Saturday night from 7pm-to-10pm through July 29. Teens can enjoy free food, a video game truck, DJ, basketball, talent shows, pool parties, and dance parties.


“The City of West Palm Beach is committed to making our community the best place in which to live and play for everyone—especially our youths,” said Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series is about uniting local teens and creating a positive environment for them to enjoy the summer!”


The series line-up includes block parties at the following locations:

  • July 1, 7pm-10pm; De George Boys & Girls Club; 4105 Pinewood Avenue
  • July 8, 7pm-10pm; Coleman Park; 1116 21st Street
  • July 15, 7pm-10pm; The Salvation Army; 600 N. Rosemary Avenue
  • July 22, 7pm-10pm; Gaines Park; 1501 N. Australian Avenue
  • July 29, 7pm-10pm; De George Boys & Girls Club; 4105 Pinewood Avenue

Student ID is required for entry into each event. A dress code of ‘no hoodies and no hats’ will be enforced. Parents are welcome.


The Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series is a City of West Palm Beach Pathway Initiative. The series is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and the Department of Justice, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Sponsors include Peace in the Streets West Palm Beach, Youth Empowerment Center, West Palm Beach Police Department, the Salvation Army, Norton Museum of Art, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, and City of West Palm Beach.


For more information, contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413.


Public Invited to Community Budget Workshops


Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners invite West Palm Beach residents and members of the public to participate in a series of Community Budget Workshops. The City is holding the workshops to be transparent about the budget process, to let the public know how their tax dollars are being spent, and to give the public an opportunity to make recommendations about the City’s 2017-2018 budget.


The workshops will be hosted by Mayor Muoio, Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, and Budget Manager Linda McDermott. They will be held in each of the City’s five districts.

  • July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)
  • July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2)
  • July 27, 2017, 6:00 PM; Flagler Gallery at City Hall (District 3)
  • August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd (District 4)
  • August 2, 2017, 6:00PM; Location TBA in the Northwest (District 3)
  • August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.



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West Palm Beach Building Division Earns Distinguished IAS Accreditation



The City of West Palm Beach Building Division has just been accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), signifying that the department has been evaluated for its technical competence, quality of service and met recognized standards of the building industry. The City’s Building Division is one of only three IAS accredited building departments in the State of Florida and one of only 22 IAS accredited building departments in the entire U.S.  


Representatives of IAS spent time reviewing the staffing, policies, and procedures and had discussions with members of staff and the public to review the City’s Building Division. As part of its review, the IAS noted that the Division is “a very efficient, effective, and professional operation.” Specific items recognized include:

  • The City’s acknowledgement of growth within West Palm Beach;
  • Positive steps taken to retain current staff and recruit new staff members;
  • Implementation of a salary survey;
  • And a reduction in permit fees as a result of significant growth.

“The City of West Palm Beach is dedicated to providing the best possible customer service to the public, and this accreditation shows that our Building Division is doing just that,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “It also shows that we are providing a place where people can and will do business. I am really proud of the City’s Building Division!”


Rick Greene, Director of Development Services, said, “Being only one of 22 building divisions in the entire country to achieve this recognition is extraordinary and speaks volumes of the quality of the staff that we have.”


The accreditation effort was spearheaded by Robert Brown, Building Official in the Development Services Department.  “It is an honor to be a part of a building department that has the IAS accreditation,” he said. “I am really pleased with my team’s contribution and the work that they do each and every day. It’s because of them that we earned the IAS accreditation.”


Rick Greene and Robert Brown of WPB Development Services


In 2008, the City of West Palm Beach received its first IAS accreditation and also became the first IAS accredited city or county building department in Florida and the fourth in the entire U.S.


The IAS is a nonprofit public-benefit corporation that has been providing accreditation services since 1975. They are a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), a professional membership association that develops the construction codes and standards used by most cities in the United States. 


City of West Palm Beach

Community Events for July of 2017




Saturday, July 1

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. FREE

Historic Northwest District, three blocks north of Clematis St. on Rosemary Ave.

Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event. The family-friendly outdoor event features the area’s best blues and R&B music with J.M. and the Sweets, Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal.  Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available onsite. For more information:



Tuesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration features two stages of LIVE entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, military honor ceremony, and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information:




Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.

Game Nights
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.mFREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront

Participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga.Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free at the Waterfront Activity Station on the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information:

Glow FORE it Mini Golf

Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Palm Beach Waterfront

9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round.   Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information:




Free Weekly Concert Series- extended summer hours!
Every Thursday; 6-10 p.m.

West Palm Beach Waterfront

West Palm’s favorite Thursday night tradition proves why it has been the “hot spot to chill” for twenty plus years. During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. Celebrating 22 years with twice the entertainment all summer long, this free weekly outdoor concert series features live performances by the area’s best bands, food specials and an unmatched ambiance. Visit for details.

July 6     Happy Independence Day- no Clematis by Night

July13   Headliner: Spred the Dub (Reggae/Ska)

Opener:  Reggae Souljahs (Reggae/Pop)
Spred the Dub is South Florida's favorite "Feel Good Reggae' band infusing elements of soul, funk and R&B with a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae to create sonic landscapes and massive drum & bass rhythms.  Reggae Souljahs deliver seamless, electrifying performances consisting of favorite reggae/dance hall hits as well as pop tunes infused with island flavor.

July 20 On the Roxx (80's Tribute)

Skin City Angels (80’s Arena Rock)
On The Roxx performs a variety or Pop, Rock & Dance songs from the 80’s to the hit songs of today. Skin City Angels is an 80's Tribute Band covering everything from Def Leppard and Bon Jovi to Van Halen, Journey and much more!

July 27 Headliner: Samantha Russell Band (Country)

Opener:  Burnt Biscuit (Country Rock)
The Samantha Russell Band plays songs from classic country to southern rock to originals, as well as the occasional current pop tune. Burnt Biscuit is a five piece country/southern rock band from Palm Beach County. 


July 14  Boss Baby

8-11 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free outdoor movie featuring Boss Baby. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this theater under the stars. for details.

July 16:  Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
4-7 p.m. FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St.

Enjoy faithful renderings of the music of Steely Dan brought to you with artistry and love.  Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this outdoor event. for details.

Last Friday of each month: July 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road with local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries which will be open late, and live street-side artists and musicians. For more information:



Saturday, July 29;

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

The community is invited to enjoy the outdoors this summer with a Picnic in Paradise on Saturday, July 29 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Pack a picnic dinner or order take-out from downtown restaurants and enjoy outside activities, music and the art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables. This evening is presented by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with the city’s annual Summer in Paradise promotion on the waterfront. For details, visit

‘Old City Hall’ Surface Parking Lot to Close


Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, the surface parking lot adjacent to the former city hall site (200 2nd Street) will no longer be available for parking due to demolition. In addition, all on-street parking at individual space meters located on the perimeter of this site (2nd St., N. Narcissus Ave., Banyan, and N. Olive Ave.) will be unavailable for the duration of the demolition and subsequent construction.


The City invites the public to park in one of our five parking garages at these locations:

  • Banyan & Olive Garage; 200 Banyan Blvd.
  • City Center Garage; 400 Banyan Blvd.
  • Clematis Garage; 500 Banyan Blvd.
  • Sapodilla Garage; 600 Clematis St.
  • Evernia Garage; 333 Evernia St.

For additional information, contact Ed Davis, Parking Administrator, at (561) 822-1495.








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