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INSIDER Newsletter (9/8/2019)

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An Open Letter from Mayor Keith A. James


Dear resident:


A week ago today, the City of West Palm Beach faced a significant threat in Hurricane Dorian. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that our City was spared Dorian’s wrath. Our thoughts and prayers must remain with our friends and neighbors in the Bahamas. Just 67-miles to our east, the Bahamas, unfortunately, endured the very worst of Dorian’s ‘Category 5’ fury.

It has been said that times of great adversity are a window into the human spirit. Dorian has showed us that the spirit of West Palm Beach has never been stronger or kinder.

West Palm Beach is a city of wonderful neighborhoods. We saw neighbors helping neighbors-- whether by putting up storm shutters, sharing storm prep supplies, or just ‘checking in’ on each other. I was asked by a reporter whether West Palm Beach was prepared should Hurricane Dorian strike our city. My answer was a resounding “yes”, because I knew that everybody would work together to survive the consequences of Dorian upon our City.

West Palm Beach has a group of passionate, dedicated employees. I want to recognize our emergency managers Asst. Fire Chief Brent Bloomfield and Asst. Police Chief Sarah Mooney. Chiefs Bloomfield and Mooney, along with about two dozen employees, lived and worked out of our Emergency Operations Center for 48+ hours to ensure residents were safe before, during and after the storm.

Employees answered residents’ calls on our 24/7 hotline. Others worked to ensure residents had clean, safe water to drink. Some employees ensured residents had a safe place in which to park their vehicles. If you see a City employee about, please thank them.

In the last week, I learned the true depth of West Palm Beach’s kindness, compassion and generosity. Ours is a very giving City. When our police and fire departments created a drop-off point for Bahamas relief donations, our community responded with food, water, supplies, pet food, baby diapers, and much, much more. The response has been overwhelming.

I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.


Keith A. James, Mayor 


West Palm Beach Declares

"It's Thyme To Celebrate!"

Sugar, spice, and everything nice are returning to the Waterfront as the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, the premier Saturday spot to gather fresh food and local goods, kicks off its 25th season on Saturday, October 5.


One of the largest markets in the region, the GreenMarket features 90 vendors offering a variety of products, including fresh produce, exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, gourmet and specialty foods, coffee and teas, and much more. The opening of this historic GreenMarket season coincides with the 125th anniversary of the City of West Palm Beach. In a nod to the events planned to commemorate these two incredible milestones throughout the year, “It’s Thyme to Celebrate” has been selected as the theme for the 2019-2020 season.

 Due to Phase II of the Clematis Streetscape project, GreenMarket vendors will be temporarily located along Flagler Drive for part of the season. It is expected that the GreenMarket will return to its popular regular location in December, once road work is finished. (The project, which is widening sidewalks and adding more shade trees along Clematis Street, is expected to restrict load-in/load-out access for vendors).

 “It is a very exciting time for the City as we observe these two anniversaries,” said Keith A. James, City of West Palm Beach Mayor. “What better way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the City than to shop locally at our well known, and well visited, GreenMarket during its 25th season? Throughout this year as we celebrate these incredible milestones as a community, we will reminisce about the past as we look to the future. The City of West Palm Beach is growing, changing and developing; as a community we are all contributing towards a bright future for our City.”


Neighborhood Meeting Rescheduled

The scheduled meeting of the Downtown/ South End Neighborhoods with the Mayor slated for September the 25th has been moved to September 11th. For questions, contact Neighborhood Coordinator Jose Tagle at (561) 822-1412. 


Public Meetings

The public is invited and encouraged to attend CWPB public meetings. 

***Meetings held in the Commission Chambers and Flagler Gallery are located at City Hall, which is located at 401 Clematis Street***



  • 4:00 p.m., CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:00 p.m., City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers)


  • 8:30 a.m., Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Blvd.)
  • 4:00 p.m., Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (City Center. 3rd Floor)
  • 6:00 p.m., Planning Board Meeting (Commission Chambers)


  • 9:00 a.m., Downtown Action Committee (Commission Chambers)
  • 1:00 p.m., Plans and Plat Review Committee (Mayor's Board Room)
  • 5:30 p.m., Downtown/South End Neighborhoods with the Mayor (Flagler Gallery)


  • 8:00 a.m., Police Athletic League (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Blvd.)
  • 5:00 p.m., First Public Hearing to adopt the tenative budget and millage rate


  • 8:30 a.m., WPB Police Pension Fund (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road)
  • 10:30 a.m., WPB Police VEBA Fund (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road)



Your opinion matters! Take the City of West Palm Beach Storm Communications Survey

The safety of West Palm Beach residents is always top-most among City employees. Communicating storm-related information and updates was a critical part of the City's preparation for Hurricane Dorian. We want your opinion on how information was shared, where it was shared and how you think we can do even better. Take our 4 minute survey with the link below.


Mandell Public Library of West Palm Beach Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with films, music and more! Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, will immerse visitors in artistic culture from South American Cultures.


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Instagram of the Week

There's nothing like a morning walk along Flagler Drive! This shot shows one of the City's beautiful sunrise views as a few rain clouds dot the morning sky. This photo was submitted by Kristen Chapman and garnered many likes on the City's Instagram page. Submit your favorite views around the City by sending them in to



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