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WPB Insider Newsletter - March 19, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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March 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

A Special Message from Mayor Jeri Muoio:

 

Help Stop HB17!

 

 

Right now, HB 17, a bill moving through the Florida legislature, would prohibit local governments from passing a local regulation unless state law allows it and limits the ability of cities to regulate local businesses and professions. A similar bill, SB 1158, has been introduced in the Senate. The bills were filed for consideration during the Florida Legislature's 2017 session by Representative Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) and Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples).

 

Imagine, if you will, a community where those who live and work in it, in effect, lose a voice in how they would like their city to be governed. These bills would strip the City of its sovereignty and hand over that power to the state. The consequences for West Palm Beach and other communities in our area would be significant.

 

Under HB 17, a host of local regulations could potentially either be preempted to the State or cease to be enforceable by local governments after July 1, 2020.

 

Among these are local regulations pertaining to:

  • Adult entertainment and night club establishments;
  • Anti-discrimination;
  • Minors, including those that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age;
  • Business licensing;
  • Consumer protection and unfair/deceptive trade practices;
  • Wage theft;
  • The prevention of unreasonably loud noises;
  • Labor and employment;
  • Historic preservation, including regulations that preserve historic districts and draw tourism;
  • The environment.

At a meeting of the City Commission on March 27, 2017, I plan to introduce a resolution in opposition to HB17.

 

I applaud and thank the state legislative delegation representing West Palm Beach. They have been strong opponents to the legislation and supportive of our position and home rule.

 

 

We must make our voices heard. West Palm Beach needs to take a strong stand in opposition to HB 17.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeri Muoio

Mayor

 

Get on Your Bike to Celebrate Florida Bike Month

in West Palm Beach

 

In recognition of Florida Bike Month in West Palm Beach and as part of the City’s sustainability goals, bicyclists are invited to pedal their way to work during the City’s 4th annual Bike-to-Work Week scheduled for March 27-31, 2017. 

 

There will be a series of week-long events and offers to encourage City residents and commuters to try bicycling to work and celebrate those who bike to work regularly. Bicycling is an easy, efficient and healthy way to get to work that reduces congestion and vehicle emissions. Bicyclists are encouraged to take the pledge to bicycle to work and could win prizes!

 

Events will include the following:

  • Monday, March 27th to Friday, March 31st - Bike-to-Work week challengeTake the pledge to bicycle to work. Log your trips at https://data.grapevinesurveys.com/survey.asp?sid=2017295075855 
  • Monday, March 27thBicycle Street Smart and other commuting tipsCentennial Bell Plaza outside the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Ave., 11 am to 1 pm. Information and giveaways.
  • Wednesday, March 29thBike-In Movie at Subculture Coffee; 509 Clematis Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. 
  • Friday, March 31st - Bike-to-Work Day with other commuters; Join a group to ride to West Palm Beach City Hall on Bike-to-Work Day. Mayor Jeri Muoio will greet riders as they arrive at City Hall. From 7 am to 9 am, get some freebies, mingle with other bicycle commuters, and get energized compliments of Whole Foods Market. RSVP to Ellen Ostrowski at Ostrowski@pbworld.com.
    • From the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail Station, 1415 45th Street, ride with City Commissioners Paula Ryan and Keith James and County Commissioner Hal Valeche.
    • From South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa Street, ride with Commissioner Shanon Materio and Friederike Mittner, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach.
    • From Target, 1760 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, ride with Tara Moreno, City of West Palm Beach Extension Services Librarian.

Week-long offers include:

  • C Street Café, 319 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach.  Ride your bicycle to C Street Café and receive a free coffee from March 27th to March 31st.
  • LA Fitness, 700 S. Rosemary Ave. in CityPlace.  Bicycle commuters get free use of facilities, including showers, from March 16th to March 31st and specials to join the gym later.
  • Rocco’s Tacos, 224 Clematis St.  Bicycle commuters will get one complimentary bowl of guacamole, limit one per table, with the purchase of two entrees from March 27th to 31st.              
  • Grease, 213 Clematis St. Bicycle commuters will get one complimentary order of fries with the purchase of any sandwich or burger from March 27th to 31st.

The City of West Palm Beach and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability have partnered with South Florida Commuter Services, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to host Bike-to-Work Week.  Other sponsors include SkyBike, Zipcar, Whole Foods, C Street Café, Bike America, LA Fitness, Rocco’s Tacos, and Grease. 

 

Don't forget your bike helmet and follow all traffic laws! To register a bicycle commute and to find out more about the week-long events, offers, and activities, visit http://www.1800234ride.com/wpbtmi/ and click on the “Bike Week” button.

 

For Sale: West Palm Beach Sells Land to Raise Affordable Housing Funds

 

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Housing and Community Development announces that it is now making empty lots available for sale to the public. Proceeds from the sale of the properties will go to a Housing Trust Fund that will be used for the development of housing that is affordable for working families within the City of West Palm Beach. The public can now view the listings online.

 

“Making empty lots available for citizens to purchase not only allows for the City to place land back on the tax rolls and provide for development opportunities but also it will generate revenue from sales that will be used to develop housing that is affordable for residents of West Palm Beach,” said Armando Fana, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

The listings now online represent the initial roll out. Over the next several months it is anticipated that several dozen lots will be made available for sale while others will be made available for donations to eligible non-profits to develop affordable housing opportunities.

 

The listings can be viewed online at http://gis.wpb.org/hcdstorymap/

CRA Wants Your Input on “Shore to Core”

Public can weigh in on design proposals that reimagine downtown waterfront

 

Your input is needed on the final design concepts for the Shore to Core waterfront design and research competition in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, a non-profit organizer of competitions for more than 120 years.  The competition focuses on reimagining the downtown and Waterfront areas and creating a framework for its future development.  The public can view the proposals submitted for the final teams March 14-30 in an exhibit outside of City Hall on Clematis Street and text comments about each design to the number provided onsite.  The exhibit will also be on display at the city’s Clematis by Night downtown event on March 30, 6-9PM.  Beginning March 14, the concepts also can be viewed in detail and the public can review and email their comments on the competition website: http://vanalen.org/projects/shore-to-core/.

 

The two finalist design proposals selected among urban designers, planners and architects from around the world were announced in November as Living City Design Lab by Perkins+Will and Open Shore by Ecosistema Urbano.  The Shore to Core design competition aims to recreate the city’s urban core so its design is intelligent, flexible and responsive to the needs of residents and visitors, putting West Palm Beach on the map as a coastal city of the future.  Areas of focus for the project include Flagler Drive, the downtown alleyways, the Great Lawn, the city’s Banyan parking garage, and the Meyer Amphitheatre.

 

Shore to Core also includes a research competition, which aims to identify ways that the urban environment affects our minds and bodies. The winning proposal of the research competition, Happier by Design by the multidisciplinary team of Happy City Lab, Professor Jennifer Roe, Street Plans Collaborative, and Space Syntax will also be on view at the exhibition.

 

The teams met with community members in a public meeting on October 17 to gather information and discuss ideas, challenges and needs for the city.  The two finalist teams have submitted their proposals and a winner will be selected by the competition jury in April 2017 after a final review.  The proposals are not considered the final designs for reshaping the Waterfront, but merely a starting point for the selected winner. 

 

The proposals aim to provide plans for innovative design that prepare West Palm Beach to be more flexible and adaptive in the face of changing populations, economies, and sea levels.  Using downtown West Palm Beach as a model, the Shore to Core design competition aims to envision the future of resilient waterfront cities.

 

“It is imperative to us that we give the public an opportunity to weigh in on the future of their city," said Jon Ward, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.  “The Shore to Core competition will help West Palm Beach develop a strong framework to help the city be innovative and adaptive, but we also wanted to know what resonates with our residents and visitors before we move into the implementation phase.”

 

The members of the finalist design and winning research teams are:

Living City Design Lab includes the Perkins+Will team of Associate Principal and Senior Designer Cesar Garcia-Pons (Miami), Senior Associate and Senior Urban Designer Cassie Branum (Atlanta), Principal and Global Resiliency Director Janice Barnes (New York City), Associate Principal Gerry Tierney (San Francisco), and Managing Principal W. Thomas Lavash (Washington DC) of WTL+a.

Open Shore includes the Madrid-based Ecosistema Urbano team of principal Belinda Tato, principal Jose Luis Vallejo, architect and urban designer Luisa Zancada, architect Jorge Toledo García, urban strategist Antonella Marlene Milano, architect and urban designer Marco Rizzetto, architect and urban designer Carlos León, sociologist Andrés Walliser, and architect and civil engineer Constantino Hurtado.

 

Competition Jury:

Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, Downtown West Palm Beach Colin Ellard, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo – Department of Psychology Patrick Franklin, President and CEO, Urban League of Palm Beach County David van der Leer (Jury Chair), Executive Director, Van Alen Institute Jeri Muoio, Mayor, City of West Palm Beach Penni Redford, Sustainability Manager, City of West Palm Beach Terrence Riley, Principal, K/R Jon Ward, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Lilly Weinberg, Director of Community Foundations, Knight Foundation Claire Weisz, Founding Principal, WXY Studio Nancy Wells, Professor, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Design and Environmental Analysis Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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