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Insider Newsletter (10/22/2017)

 

 

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October 22, 2017

 

 

 

CITY TO MEET THE MOBILITY NEEDS OF

TODAY AND TOMORROW

City Invites the Public to the Final Mobility Study Public Meeting to Review Findings, Recommendations

 

After months of research, public input and discussion, and expert review and mapping, the results are in. City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Alta Planning + Design, and Gabe Klein, nationally known cities expert, co-founder of CityFi, and TEDx speaker, will present the results of the Downtown West Palm Beach Mobility Study. The public forum will take place on Tuesday, October 24th from 6 – 8 PM at City Hall in the Commission Chambers and Flagler Gallery, and residents, city commuters, municipal leaders and vested organizations are welcome to attend and discuss the findings and recommendations.

 

 “We are very excited with the continued support and public interest in the future of our mobility,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The findings and recommendations are based on our research and the tremendous public feedback we have received throughout the study. The City of West Palm Beach is committed to being a leader in mobility, finding safe and easy solutions for all who live, work and play downtown. The results of this study are the first step, with some actionable next steps able to be executed immediately.”

 

The initiative was launched by the City to enhance the way people move – examining all aspects of transportation, including driving, parking, walking, biking, and more. The strategic plan, and its supporting research efforts, have served as a roadmap to create a modern, well-balanced transportation system, which will provide real mobility choices for residents and visitors to work and play. During the final meeting, attendees will hear about the growth of the City, which creates a need for safety, and how the City is committed to being connected, welcoming and action-oriented.

 

During the last several months, the City has engaged the following stakeholders in its ongoing research and discussion: Metropolitan Planning Organization, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Transportation, Town of Palm Beach, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, homeowners, condo and neighborhood organizations, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Florida Atlantic University.  

 

The Downtown Mobility Study also includes the Okeechobee Boulevard Corridor Study and Downtown Parking Management and Transportation Demand Management Plan. A charrette was held over the summer to bring forth ideas from the community, and this final presentation will be a culmination of the thoughts and discussion from that public meeting, coupled with the research findings.

To learn more about the City's mobility study, visit www.wpbmobility.com or email: mobility@wpb.org.

 

FLAGLER SHORE UPDATE

 

Mayor Muoio Meets with Flagler Shore Attendees at Wednesday's 'Lunch at the Shore'

 

The City’s Flagler Shore pilot project is open, giving you more space to play along the West Palm Beach waterfront, and we’re receiving great feedback! As a result, we are already making some changes to make sure the waterfront design works for visitors, residents, and businesses. Keep the feedback coming so we can make this YOUR waterfront!

 

SAFETY

  • We will be adding pedestrian crossing signage at all east/west crosswalks along Flagler Drive in the next two weeks.  
  • We are monitoring speed and traffic data along Flagler Drive with a new traffic collection system that has been installed. We will reduce speed limits and make other adjustments as deemed necessary.

DESIGN

  • You talked, we listened!  We will be removing the large decorative art shipping containers from the main Flagler Drive intersections in the coming weeks so you can enjoy those water views.
  • We are replacing the orange traffic barriers at both ends near Lake Ave. and Banyan Blvd. with white, interlocking barricades so the project has less of a construction site look and feel, but please note that we still need to provide adequate safety measures for the traffic pattern change.  
  • We also made some changes around Phillips Point and Trinity Park to make it easier for everyone who lives and works in this area to travel north on Flagler. Take a drive and let us know what you think!

ACTIVITIES

  • Oct. 25, 6-9 PM – Join us for our first Pumpkin Walk, Run & Ride and Food Trucks at the Shore! Enjoy an evening walk, run or ride after work as you meet up with friends and community members on the Flagler Shore with food trucks, music, a pumpkin painting station and more.  Meetup will take place at 6:00 p.m. and the scenic ride through downtown West Palm Beach will commence at 6:10 p.m. to a secret location and conclude at 7:00 p.m. Co-Hosts: Bike WPB & Flagler Shore Peloton
  • Be sure to check out more of our upcoming events taking place along Flagler Shore including food trucks, organized bikes rides, and more.  See the full schedule here or view it below in this email!

Flagler Shore is a temporary design project that repurposes two lanes on Flagler Drive from Lake Avenue to Banyan Boulevard (.6 miles) to expand the waterfront public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and merchants, as well as allow for additional programming.  Visitors can expect additional seating, bistro tables and chairs, public art, street vendors, street performers and various activities along the expanded waterfront space.  During the five-month project that runs through March 1, 2018, Flagler Drive will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes (keeping both southbound and northbound traffic flow). Coordinated by the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the Flagler Shore project constructs a short-term design that allows the community to reclaim more public space and create a more dynamic waterfront.  

 

As a reminder, the Flagler Shore project is a work in progress and visitors will continue to see more changes as we work together to make this YOUR waterfront. Be sure to visit Flagler Shore is the coming weeks/months, attend some of our new events and community gatherings and tell us about your experience.  We want to hear from you and want you to help us design Flagler Shore!

 

To find out more about the city’s Flagler Shore project, please call (561) 822-2222 or visit www.wpb.org/flaglershore. The City encourages public feedback on the new design and new activities via email at  flaglershore@wpb.org.

 

WEST PALM BEACH SCORES BETTER THAN PERFECT LGBTQ RATING FROM HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION


WPB 2017 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard

 

The City of West Palm Beach has earned a score of 100 from the National Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the City’s role in supporting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) equality. The rating is part of the 2017 Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and City leadership’s public position on equality. The 2017 MEI is the sixth annual edition and rates more than 500 cities from every state in the nation.


Under the leadership of Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach has continued a tradition of leading the way in LGBTQ equality in Florida. West Palm Beach’s score is based on exemplary, best-practice policies such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for City employees, and offering LGBTQ-inclusive City services.
 

The City also received six bonus points for the following criteria:

  • For being an inclusive workplace
  • For providing services to LGBTQ youth, homeless, elders, people living with HIV/AIDS, and transgender community members
  • And for testing the limits of restrictive state law.

“Ensuring equality is a human rights issue, and I am proud of our City's record.” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “LGBTQ rights have been and will continue to be a top priority for me. They are why I have actively pushed for equality laws in our City and periodically ordered travel bans on city funded trips to states that don’t support the rights of the LGBTQ community.”


“West Palm Beach has been a leader on LGBTQ issues for a quarter of a century. The MEI score is a reflection of a long-standing commitment to equality in a City that has traditionally led the way and not waited for the state or federal governments to catch up,” said Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.


For more information about city selection, criteria or the MEI scoring system, please visit HRC.org/MEI.

 

Mayor Muoio: Come to Flagler Shore!

In a special message first published in last week's edition of the Insider Newsletter, Mayor Muoio encourages residents and visitors to come to Flagler Shore! To read the Mayor's Message, please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/AN-OPEN-LETTER-FROM-THE-MAYOR-COME-TO-FLAGLER-SHO

 

 

City of West Palm Beach Launches New

Capital Improvement Information Dashboard

Residents can View Information about 149 Projects Totaling $198M Online

 

 

To view the CIP Dashboard, click on this image.

 

City of West Palm Beach residents can now keep tabs on their favorite capital improvement projects (CIP) online. The City has unveiled a new dashboard on the homepage of the City’s website, wpb.org, to provide information about 149 capital improvement projects totaling $198M.

 

The dashboard shows a map of the City and locations of each of the projects that are underway or being planned within the next fiscal year. Users can click on each project location “pin”, and the dashboard will allow users to view details of the project.

 

Users can see the following details about capital improvements projects:

  • Project scope
  • Budget
  • Project manager
  • Stage of project (ie. planning, design, construction)
  • Project schedule and project duration for the various stages

“It’s important for West Palm Beach residents to know about the work that the City is undertaking with their tax dollars,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We created the new capital improvement projects dashboard to keep residents informed about the many projects underway around the City and in their neighborhoods.”

 

The interactive tour of the City’s capital improvement project locations includes a look at:

1% Sales Tax Projects: 14 Projects - $59,185,934

Fire Assessment: 3 Projects - $13,128,485

Public Works Capital Improvement Projects: 7 Projects - $7,941,899

Gas Tax Projects: 2 Projects - $670,000

Grant Projects: 1 Project - $1,750,000

Multiple Funded Projects: 2 Projects - $1,045,700

Public Utilities Bond Projects: 52 Projects - $79,427,573

Public Works Bond Projects: 37 Projects - $24,540,150

Stormwater Capital Improvement Projects: 14 Projects - $673,000

Water/Sewer Capital Improvement Projects: 20 Projects - $10,071,246

 

“We are very excited about this robust capital program being implemented that will improve the quality and reliability of the City’s infrastructure facilities and provide great opportunities for local engineering and construction firms to participate directly in its success,” said Kevin Volbrecht, Director of Engineering.

 

A CIP helps maintain or improve a City asset, often called infrastructure. To be included in the capital budget, a project must meet these requirements:

  • Cost and schedule prioritization criteria based on asset evaluations and strategic planning.
  • Be fiscally feasible based on available funding.
  • Have an estimated cost of $25,000 or more.

To view the capital improvement information dashboard, please click on the image above. Alternately, you can visit: wpb.org (click on the CIP logo on the right side of the homepage) or visit: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/.

 

 

City to Complete Irma Debris Cleanup Sunday, Resume Normal Sanitation Schedule

 

Irma Debris Left for Pickup after October 16 May be Subject to Fees

 

 

After picking up more than 95,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Irma related debris—enough to fill approximately 12-football fields six-feet deep with material-- the City of West Palm Beach Public Works Department announces completion of Irma debris cleanup effective Sunday, October 22, 2017. Residents are reminded that, per last week’s announcement, Hurricane Irma related vegetation, yard waste, construction and demolition debris left at the roadside for pickup after October 16 are now considered normal waste and will be picked up and/or charged accordingly. The Department of Public Works will resume the normal sanitation operations schedule-- to include bulk and yard waste pickup—beginning on October 23. The City thanks residents for their patience during Irma cleanup!

 

 

Ghouls and Games to Take Center Stage at Annual Clematis by Fright on October 26

 

 

Join us for Clematis by Fright, a family-friendly event which adds a frightful twist on the weekly Clematis by Night concert series, on the West Palm Beach Waterfront on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

The event will feature live music by the Miami-based Latin/Funk sensations, The Spam Allstars. Free kids’ activities range from hay rides to face painting, and a costume contest for all ages, with a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Activities will be located on the Great Lawn, where kids can safely trick-or-treat with a free Halloween bag provided by Clematis by Night in the Haunted Hallows area. Candy will be provided by approximately twenty nonprofit organizations and local businesses, and kids will enjoy even more free activities and games, including hay rides, face painting, a caricaturist, balloon twisters, and more.

 

Guests are encouraged to don their most imaginative costumes for a contest with categories for kids, adults, couples, families and pets. Registration for the contests begins at 6:00 p.m. and guests must be present to win. The kid and family costume contests start at 7:00 p.m. and the adult, couple and pets costume contests start at 8:00 p.m., all at the Lake Pavilion. More than $7,000 in prizes are on the line. The children’s categories go from ages 0-15. Prizes will also be awarded to the adult costume winners for first, second and third places and for the best overall costume for couples.

 

For more information about Clematis by Fright, or the City of West Palm Beach’s other free community events, please visit www.wpb.org/events or call (561) 822-1515.

 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY WALKING TOUR TO OFFER HALLOWEEN THRILLS AND CHILLS!

 

On Thursday, October 26, join the City of West Palm Beach and historians Janet DeVries Naughton and Dr. Ginger Pederson for a Halloween-themed walking tour of historic Woodlawn Cemetery! The cemetery, located at 1500 S. Dixie Highway, is the final resting place of some of Palm Beach County’s most influential and important citizens, including a few infamous ones whose story must also be told. The tour begins at 7:30pm and will last 90 minutes. Please arrive by 7:15pm. Bring water and any needed insect repellent. Comfortable shoes are a must! Parking is available in the cemetery. Call (561) 804-4900 for more information.

 

Join WPB for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

 

West Palm Beach Police and Fire Rescue invite you to participate in the

14th National Prescription Drug Take Back.

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal!

 

October 28, 10am - 2pm

 

Locations:

Fire Station #2; 4301 S. Dixie Highway

Fire Station #5; 700 N. Congress Avenue

 

What’s in Store at FLAGLER SHORE?

Residents and visitors can enjoy numerous events and activities on WPB’s expanded Waterfront

 

Come to Flagler Shore!!!

 

Flagler Shore is open on the downtown waterfront with a number of events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy in the expanded public space. The public is invited to explore the temporary changes on Flagler Drive, attend events and activities planned for the next five months, and provide feedback of their experiences. The tactical urbanism project is a constant work in progress based on public feedback, so visitors can expect to see continual changes throughout the coming months.

 

Below is listing of events and activities planned along the expanded Flagler Shore waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach.  Find updates and additional information on the website or city’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CityofWPB.

 

Coffee Outside

Mondays (Now – February 26)

7:00 to 8:00 AM

Meet at Centennial Fountain

Free

Perk up your week with coffee and a bike ride, all before going to work on Monday.  Meet at the Centennial Fountain at 6:50 a.m. and begin an easy bike ride to a secret location starting at 7:00 a.m. and concluding by 8:00 a.m.  Each Monday you can explore a new location.  Grab your bike and make your brew on the spot or b.y.o.b. (bring your own brew) - like camping out in the city.  Co-Hosts: BikeWPB & Flagler Shore Peloton.

 

Lunch on the Shore

Wednesdays (Now – February 28)

12:00 to 2:00 PM

Across from 501 S Flagler Drive

Free

No lunch plans? No problem! Invite your friends and co-workers to Flagler Shore every Wednesday for Lunch on the Shore.  Bring your own lunch or pre-order food from our downtown restaurants and have it delivered to Flagler Shore through Delivery Dudes, Cravy and UberEats. There will also be some tasty local food trucks on the southend, located at 501 S. Flagler.  Co-Hosts: Gourmet Truck Expo

 

Pedal/Run/Walk with Purpose

Last Wednesday of every month (Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27, Jan 31, Feb 28)

6:00 to 9:00 PM

Meet at Datura & Flagler Intersection (Across from E. R. Bradley’s Saloon)

Free

Enjoy an evening walk, run or ride after work as you meet up with friends and community members on the Flagler Shore with food trucks, music and more.  There’s fun in store each month on these themed nights.  Bring your running shoes or bike to for a quick workout.  Meetup will take place at 6:00 p.m. and the scenic ride through Downtown WPB will commence at 6:10 p.m. to a secret location and conclude at 7:00 p.m.  Co-Hosts: Bike WPB & Flagler Shore Peloton

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct 25 - Pumpkin Walk, Run & Ride
  • Nov 29 - Early Santa Walk, Run & Ride
  • Dec 27 - Lantern Walk, Run & Ride
  • Jan 31 - Love Walk, Run & Ride
  • Feb 28 - Run of the Bulls

 

Food Trucks @ The Shore

Last Wednesday of every month (Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27, Jan 31, Feb 28)

6:00 to 9:00 PM

On Flagler Drive from Fern to Lakeview

Enjoy a flavorful night in Downtown WPB with 15-20 of the best food trucks in town. Indulge in fusion cuisine, comfort foods, sweet treats, and much more while enjoying the water views.  Co-Hosts: Gourmet Truck Expo

 

Flagler Shore Bike Valet

Saturdays

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Downtown Waterfront (across from the Great Lawn)

Free

Start your Saturday with a healthy ride through Flagler Shore and enjoy the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.  With our complimentary bike valet there is no need to drag around your wheels while shopping, just leave your bike at the valet stationed across from E. R. Bradley's.  A bicycle tech with supplies will be happy to service your ride including putting air in your tires, and fixing a flat tire, brakes or gears.  Helmets, lights, baskets, and other accessories will be available for purchase.  Co-Hosts: BikeWPB & ConnectWPB

 

Sunrise Wellness

Saturdays

9:00 to 10:00 AM

Waterfront Pier

Free

Refresh the mind and meet up at the Flagler Shore for free yoga, tai chi, or guided meditations by local instructors. Co-Hosts: Spotlight Yoga Shala

 

Made in WPB

First Saturday of every month (Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3)

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Next to the Visitor Center Waterfront Kiosk

Free

Discover your inner crafter and be GREEN at Flagler Shore.  Resource Depot will be on site with a “live sewing bee booth” for the community to observe and participate in.  Stop by and get a bag or make your own.  Learn about how you can be part of the "Sew for Sustainability" project & be part of the Plastic Free movement.  Co-Hosts: Resource Depot

 

Ciclovia

First Sunday of every month (Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4)

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Throughout Flagler Shore

Free

Become a part of the worldwide #ciclovia movement when cities temporarily close streets to automobiles and provide safe spaces for walking, bicycling, and social activities.  Bring your family and friends for this great opportunity to explore and experience the Flagler Shore open street program. Ciclovia gives people the chance to enjoy great weather, meet neighbors, and get a little exercise.  Co-Hosts: BikeWPB & Flagler Shore Peloton

 

Palm Beach Plage & Sunset Wellness

First Sunday of every month (Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4)

5:00 to 9:00 PM

Throughout Flagler Shore

Free

Bring your hammock, blankets and picnic baskets to this community picnic along the West Palm Beach Plage (beach in French).  Enjoy an informal, family-friendly gathering (akin to summers along the Seine), bring food and drinks, and just relax and savor the Flagler Shore with good company.  There will be picnic tables, games, and more.  Co-Hosts: ConnectWPB

 

Finding Nature on Flagler Shore (part of LagoonFest)

November 4, 2017

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Throughout Flagler Shore

Free

During the 4th annual LagoonFest, Flagler Shore will host various performances and activities that get guests back in touch with nature.  The event includes a full day of fun activities hosted by the DDA and LagoonFest including a series of walks and bike rides to explore the South Cove Natural Areas of the West Palm Beach Waterfront, guided morning yoga and meditation on the Waterfront pier and other wellness activities throughout the day, and an opportunity for the public to take turns conducting the Palm Beach Symphony.  Additional activities include free bike valet service by BikeWPB, a live Sewing Bee by Resource Depot, a Paint-By-Numbers mural, live music performances by Lovelock Music Group, and the LagoonFest Regatta.

 

Flagler Shore Unplugged

December 16, 2017

6:00 to 10:00 PM

Throughout Flagler Shore

Free

Guests can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars at Flagler Shore with various local acoustic bands and solo acts on three stages along with artists, vendors and more.  There will also be an open mic for those who wish to share their talent.  Hosted by the DDA, UniverCity Backyard Garden Gatherings, and Song Catcher Project.  

 

Urban Stories Festival at Flagler Shore

January 27, 2018

12:00 to 6:00 PM

Throughout Flagler Shore

Free

Listen to the stories of West Palm Beach as a portion of the two-day festival storytelling event takes place on Flagler Shore.  With story circles, soapboxes, speakers, spoken word, art, music and more, guests can come listen or tell their own story of this great City we live in.  The festival aims to support literacy while sharing experiences, celebrating diversity and helping the community find common ground. Hosted by DDA, FAU CES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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