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A LETTER FROM MAYOR JERI MUOIO
If you want to have your voice heard, there will be several opportunities beginning with a meeting of the City’s Planning Board which will consider the Okeechobee Business District at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 at City Hall.  
Dear City Resident:
At the City of West Palm Beach, we are working to create a mobility—or transportation—system for all. This strategy includes plans to improve public transportation, to transform our streets with wider sidewalks and safer connections, and to create more opportunities for new jobs, housing and office space. West Palm Beach residents deserve a good transportation experience and healthy, safe, walkable streets.
On April 30th, after months of research and consultation, we presented the findings of our comprehensive downtown mobility study which included studies of parking, transportation demand management, and the east-west Okeechobee Boulevard corridor. The study’s findings are expected to be adopted by the City Commission in the immediate future. We are very proud of this study and are excited about implementing a number of the recommendations that will provide more transit choices, improve safety, and mitigate congestion on our roads. To build a mobility system that meets the needs of today and tomorrow, we—with public input--plan to implement a number of the recommended strategies in the near future and intend to implement others in the years ahead. We must also find new ways to plan for West Palm Beach’s growth.
With this in mind and with the city’s best interests at heart, I recently asked city staff to explore reviving the creation of the Okeechobee Business District to better regulate development patterns and transportation demand management strategies within a five block area of the Okeechobee corridor. Should the Okeechobee Business District become a reality, it would bring planning uniformity to the area while and allow for better flow of traffic in the downtown.
 
A number of the mobility study’s recommendations could be implemented as a part of the Okeechobee Business District. As the corridor is perceived as a high density series of blocks, the public benefit of the District would include—among other measures—a mandatory contribution to the City’s trolley system; a requirement to restrict the amount of parking permitted within the corridor to reduce vehicular congestion and to promote walkability; and a requirement of developments to seek alternative modes of transportation to lessen the reliance on automobiles. We would also impose density limitations on projects.
 
Creating a downtown where people live AND work would take cars off the road in our city and, thus, reduce vehicular congestion. As there is strong office demand in our city but a lack of supply, the Okeechobee Business District would manage growth of any potential Class A office space, the premium office space needed to attract economic development and high paying jobs to West Palm Beach. If you, your child or grandchild want to get a high paying job, you shouldn’t have to leave our city to do so.
The creation of the Okeechobee Business District is a high priority for my staff and for me, based on the research that has been done and the feedback that residents and business owners have shared with us.
 
We have to get this done, and the time is right now. We also want to make sure that we include everyone’s input!!!
 
If you want to have your voice heard, there will be several opportunities beginning with a meeting of the City’s Planning Board which will consider the Okeechobee Business District at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 at City Hall.
 
Sincerely,

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Jeri Muoio, Mayor