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WPB Insider Newsletter - May 20, 2016



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio





















May   20,   2016




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They came from far and wide to run in the Gaines Park FitKids Triathlon















Palm Beach Zoo Tiger Run remembers killed zookeeper








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North end gets increase in police patrols



As the summer months approach, the police department has increased the number of officers focused on the Broadway corridor in the city's north end.



News of the increased patrols came in response to a question from West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio who asked what the police department was doing to respond to crime in the north end.



The new shifts are during the twilight hours during the week, and a split shift on the weekends.  The main focus is along Broadway from approximately 30th street to the city limits.



Officers will work on identifying people along Broadway, making increased contacts with businesses in the area, and keeping an eye on the public parks in the area.




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Another round of All Aboard Florida road closures on the way






Get ready for another week of road closures by All Aboard Florida.



On the heels of the Okeechobee Boulevard closure, the railroad is moving south and it plans on closing a five block stretch in the city's south end next month.



Beginning June 3rd and lasting until June 10th, the crossings at Avenda Hermosa, El Vedado, Monroe Drive and Rosalind Drive will all be closed at the FEC freight tracks.



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City to make spending of tax dollars more transparent



The City of West Palm Beach wants to make it easier for the public to see how it's spending your tax dollars.



During a Mayor/Commission work session Monday, Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelley announced the city is working on posting information on all its public works projects on line.



The effort would provide a map of where all the different public works projects are located, along with the ability to click on any project and see how much it costs, where it is located, when it began and when it will end, and where the money is coming from.





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Bring your appetite to downtown WPB this Thursday


The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the 5th Annual Pairings Food & Wine Event in Downtown West Palm Beach on Thurs., May 26th from 5:30pm-9pm.



For only $25, attendees will receive samples of popular items at each participating business with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local non-profit Families First Palm Beach County.



Ticket Price: $25 in advance / $30 day of event













New grant will help the Sunset "rise again!"



The Sunset Lounge rehab just got a big boost.



The WPB Community Redevelopment Agency won a $171,650 grant from the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge to boost the CRA's plan to revive the old African-American jazz club and create a new cultural destination in the Historic Northwest District of West Palm Beach.



“At its core, the Knight Cities Challenge is about discovering and connecting civic innovators, and creative interventionists who inspire positive change,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president.



“The winners reflect this goal. Their ideas have the potential to create stronger communities and spaces that spur learning, engagement and growth.”










City awarded for energy savings




The City of West Palm Beach was recognized as an energy efficiency leader at the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Better Buildings Summit last week in Washington DC.



West Palm Beach and its partners cut engery use by 20%. And they did it YEARS ahead of schedule!



Since achieving this milestone, the City of West Palm Beach has announced a new goal of an additional 15% reduction by 2025.








Ask the Mayor!








Do you have a question for West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio?


During the live Periscope broadcast of the Mayor's media availability on Wednesday's, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will answer any question from the public.



You may send in questions anytime on Twitter using #AskMuoio. They will be answered at the next live briefing.



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