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You're Invited to the Curbside Chat!
Join Mayor Jeri Muoio and Strong Towns Founder Chuck Marohn for a Curbside Chat! Marohn, whose organization teaches communities how to be more financially resilient through smart planning and infrastructure use, will lead a public presentation about how cities and neighborhoods can grow stronger by taking incremental, data-responsive, community-driven steps through the work of strong citizens. Hear how we can leverage our transportation and mobility plan to strengthen our community! A Q&A will follow.
Chuck Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns
This event is FREE and open to the public!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:30 PM—7:00 PM
City Hall Flagler Gallery
401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
About Mr. Marohn: Marohn, a noted professional engineer and certified planner, is the lead author of "Thoughts on Building Strong Towns" as well as the author of "A World Class Transportation System". He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns' web content. He has presented the Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen. To learn more about Mr. Marohn and Strong Towns, visit: https://www.strongtowns.org/.
2017 World Series Champs to Attend
Clematis by Night on 2/22
Mayor Muoio, with the World Series Trophy, at the State of the City Address in January
The City of West Palm Beach is planning to hit it out of the park in honor of the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros – welcoming them back to their Spring Training home with much fanfare and excitement. On Thursday, February 22, during a special edition of the City’s legacy event, Clematis by Night, players and representatives from the Houston Astros will make a special appearance. The event will be held on the Waterfront from 6 – 9 p.m., and special experiences will include selfies with a large-scale replica of the World Series Trophy, an opportunity to see the actual World Series Trophy, appearances by Astros mascot Orbit and the Astros Shooting Stars promotional team, and more. Remarks by Mayor Jeri Muoio and members of the World Champion club begin at 6 p.m. and the first 500 attendees won’t need to buy their Cracker Jacks – or hotdogs – as they will be provided by the City as part of the festive celebration. The special welcome for the first 500 attendees will also include a promotional item from the Astros.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Houston Astros back to their Spring Training home – and especially after such an exciting 2017 season,” said Mayor Muoio. “We are delighted to honor them at Clematis by Night and to celebrate not only their World Series success but also the role that West Palm Beach played in helping them start out their championship season on the right foot."
Spring Training officially starts the following day, February 23, when the Houston Astros take on the National League East Champion Washington Nationals, who also call the Palm Beaches their Spring Training home, at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Clematis by Night attendees are encouraged to dress in an Astros jersey, or in the team’s colors – navy and orange. Guests will have an opportunity to win tickets to a Houston Astros Spring Training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The special baseball-themed, weekly concert series will also include music by New Horizon Band, who play R&B and top 40 tunes.
Clematis by Night sponsors-to-date include: The Palm Beach Post, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, 850 AM, 640AM, Beatz, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the West Palm Beach Marriott.
Clematis by Night is held on the West Palm Beach waterfront at 101 N. Clematis Street. The weekly concert series is produced by The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Community Events.
For more information, including a list of bands and activities at future events, please visit Wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515, or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB, on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Instagram @westpalmbch.
FLAGLER SHORE SCHEDULED TO END
The City of West Palm Beach wants to ensure that residents have the correct updates about the plans for Flagler Shore.
Recently, a series of private emails and texts containing inaccurate information about the City’s Flagler Shore pilot project have created some new questions.
Flagler Shore was designed to temporarily reduce Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue to reclaim 63,000 square feet of public space for the public benefit.
In the interest of transparency and accuracy, the City wishes to share with you these important facts about the project:
- The Flagler Shore project will end, and all four lanes of Flagler Drive will reopen on March 1. Please note that the City will need to close the affected area of Flagler Drive in the final days of the project in order to apply the MOT (Maintenance of Traffic). Therefore, on February 27, 28, there will be a full road closure of Flagler Drive between Banyan and Lakeview. Please note that, as in past years, Flagler Drive may temporarily close for private events including the Boat Show and Sunfest.
- Despite inaccurate reports to the contrary, no public dollars are being allocated to continue to fund the Flagler Shore project.
- Flagler Shore has been successful in starting the dialogue about how best to utilize the City’s public spaces and was a part of Mayor Muoio's initiative to study how to improve the overall quality of life across the City.
- While there are plans to study the reports and review the results of Flagler Shore, the project is not listed as one of Mayor’s top priorities.
This is the plan and has always been the plan.
We’ve learned a lot about how our residents value our public spaces. Project managers are compiling a report, which will be made public and shared with everyone once the project is complete.
We thank everyone who has participated in the project and has taken the time to provide us their feedback and comments! For more information about Flagler Shore or to share with us your feedback, please visit: wpb.org/flaglershore.
Flagler Shore Events
Flagler Shore Coffee Outside - Monday, February 12, 2018
Coffee and bikes go hand in hand. Break out of the Monday blues, perk up and explore our downtown all before going to work. Meet at the pergola on Flagler Shore at 6:50 a.m., and begin an easy bike ride along Flagler Shore ending at the pergola at 7 a.m. Make your brew on the spot or B.Y.O.B. (bring your own brew). Morning coffee outside will conclude at 8 a.m.
Lunch on the Shore - Wednesday, February 14, 2018
No lunch plans? No problem! Bring your own lunch or pre-order food from our downtown restaurants and have it delivered to the shore. There will also be food trucks on the south end at 501 S. Flagler!
Bike Valet at Flagler Shore - Saturday, February 17, 2018
Start your Saturdays with a healthy ride through Flagler Shore and enjoy the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. Ride up to the complimentary valet stationed across from the Green Lawn at the waterfront on the median. Need some air in your tires, have a flat tire, brakes or gears don't work? No problem! A bicycle tech with supplies will be happy to fix your ride.
Peace in the Streets Scheduled for 2/15
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Our next walk will take place on February 14th at 5:30pm!
Meeting Place - Coleman Park Community Center
1116 21st Street
West Palm Beach
For more information, contact Kevin Jones (561) 822-1413.
See you there!
Landlord Training Seminar Scheduled for 2/22
Calling all landlords! You won't want to miss our next Landlord Training Seminar on February 22 in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall. Learn how to keep illegal activity out of your property and protect your asset. Learn about the legal tenant and application process, fair housing, and more. For information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit: http://wpb.org/landlordtraining
Photo Contest: Send Us Your Best Grassy Waters Shot!
Love nature and photography? Submit your amateur photos for a chance to win! The City of West Palm Beach Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center and the Grassy Waters Conservancy are hosting a photography contest to showcase the beauty of the Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach.
The goal of the contest is to showcase the natural environment in Grassy Waters Preserve. The Preserve, maintained by the City's Public Utilities Department, is a 23-square-mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for more than 100,000 area residents. All photos submitted for the contest must be taken at Grassy Waters Preserve. Images should reflect the diversity of the Preserve including wildlife, natural habitats, animal behavior, plant life, water, weather, and seasons.
Come visit the Preserve and test your photography skills as you explore the wetlands, tree islands and forested hammocks. You may be able to use some of the commonly sighted species like alligators, Everglades snail kites, or wading birds as your photograph subjects! New for 2018 is a Smartphone category!
Visit the Grassy Waters Conservancy's website www.grassywaters.org for more information, to enter your photos and vote for your favorites.
The contest runs through February 28, 2018. For the complete 2018 rules, please visit: https://grassywaters.org/grassy-waters-preserve-2018-photography-contest-rules/.
Volunteers Needed for
Great American Cleanup Comcast Cares Day
Save the date! Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for the Great American Cleanup Comcast Cares Day from Noon - 4:00 P.M. at Dreher Park South (off Summit Blvd. Meet at the Main Pavilion #3)!
Let's create positive change and a lasting impact in Dreher Park! Join us in the nation's largest community improvement program, engaging more than 5 million volunteers and participants every year.
Work to be completed: painting of fencing and rental pavilions, and trimming of weed vegetation and trees. Volunteer pre-registration is required. Individuals ages 8+, families and groups are encouraged to participate. There will be thank you gifts for all volunteers plus on-site refreshments!
For more information, contact the Division of Volunteer Services at (561) 804-4906 or email email@example.com.
WPB General Election Set for March 13
The City of West Palm Beach will hold its General Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners: one residing in District 1, one residing in District 3, and one residing in District 5.
District 3 will not appear on the ballot, as Commissioner Paula Ryan was unopposed and is the Commissioner-elect for District 3.
Residents of ALL districts who are eligible to vote can vote in this election!
For information on who has qualified to run in the March 13, 2018 municipal election, please visit the City Clerk's web page: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Election-Information
2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- President's Day - February 19, 2018
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- 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.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
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
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.
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