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INSIDER Newsletter (11/12/2017)



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio




















November 12, 2017




Flooding along Flagler Drive as a Result of Hurricane Irma


The prospect of flooding is an issue throughout South Florida, including West Palm Beach, because of the region’s low and flat topography, coupled with its significant rainfall. This fact should make flood insurance an important consideration for everyone as we plan and prepare for next year's hurricane season and work to protect our properties and contents.


The following statements are noted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers: "The simple truth is that residents and business owners with adequate flood insurance rebuild and recover faster and return to normal faster than people without…Experience has shown that an insured community is a better prepared community (ASFPM News & Views, October, 2010)."


For many people, their home and its contents represent their greatest investment.  Property losses due to flooding are not covered under most standard homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies.  The same is true for businesses.  Whether your property is in a low to moderate-risk or high-risk flood area, it can be insured at reasonable rates with a National Flood Insurane Program's (NFIP) Flood Insurance Policy.


The City of West Palm Beach is a proud participant in the NFIP Community Rating System, working diligently to maintain a 20% discount on flood insurance premiums for residents while carrying out flood management measures designed to protect life and property from future flooding.  This discount applies to all properties located in “special flood hazard areas” (SFHA).  If your property is not in a SFHA, you will see a 10% premium discount on your premium invoice.  The City continues to work toward the goal of achieving even greater flood insurance premium discounts in the future.


We would like to encourage you to consider flood insurance for your property as you prepare for future contingencies. To find out more about flood insurance for your property and its contents, you may contact your insurance agent, or call the City at (561) 805-6705 for flood insurance advice.




You're invited to the downtown parking study open house on Monday, November 13 from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at City Hall! Join the City of West Palm Beach, Alta Planning + Design and consultant Sam Schwartz for an open house on the results of the downtown West Palm Beach parking study. Come hear the study's findings and recommendations, and join us in working together to shape a common vision, goals and actions for the future of mobility and parking in our City!


One Day Pop Art Installation to Flagler Shore

Public is invited to be a part of community mural for Inside Out/Dreamers photo project on Sunday, November 12


JR's 'Be the Change, Juarez' Installation; Photo courtesy: insideoutproject.net.


On Sunday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., West Palm Beach will become the next stop for a touring one day pop art installation event on Sunday, November 12 from 10AM to 5PM as part of the Flagler Shore initiative. On Flagler Drive at Fern Street, the Inside Out/Dreamers project, created by international street artist JR, will produce a large community mural right on Flagler Drive using black and white printed poster portraits of community members.


The public is invited to come be part of a large community mural. Guests can be a part of the experience by having their portrait taken at the special photo booth truck and then watch the creation of the new community mural. Plus, guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks at this artistic community gathering on Flagler Shore.


The project, titled Inside Out/Dreamers, brings JR’s unique photo booth truck to various cities across the country to give members of the community an opportunity to take a photo and participate in a national art installation in support of the DREAM Act. Inside Out/ Dreamers aims to represent the diversity and unity of people that can call America home. It is a nationwide participatory art initiative aimed at creating a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike.


How it works:

Inside Out Photobooths bring the printers directly to the streets - enabling the public to participate instantly and for free!  Participants enter the photo booth, make a strong face, and the camera snaps their portrait. Within one minute, a black and white poster is printed. Participants then have the option to keep their mural or participate in the public mural in their home community. More than 300,000 portraits have been printed at Inside Out Photobooths locations around the world.


About Inside Out:

The Inside Out Project is a global participatory art project that gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and express what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. It was launched in 2011 by world renowned artist JR. Since then, more than 300,000 people have participated in 138 countries. The project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Indonesia, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender based violence, climate change.


About the artist:

JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR's work is about, raising questions.


Mayor Muoio Issues 

Veterans Appreciation Day Proclamation

Neal Bellinger, Mayor Jeri Muoio, Commissioner Keith James


Mayor Muoio issued a proclamation declaring November 11 as Veterans Appreciation Day. Mayor presented the proclamation to Neal Bellinger, founder and operations director of Shopping for Soldiers, a non-profit that provides donations to the VA Medical Resource Center in West Palm Beach! Mayor and Neal were joined by Commissioner James and City employees who are veterans. The City thanks all U.S. veterans for your service!!!





During a meeting of the City Commission, the City of West Palm Beach’s Mayor’s Youth Council presented a $200 check to the Fiesta de Pueblo Disaster Relief Fund for the Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. The Mayor’s Youth Council had won the $200 in a statewide competition hosted by the Florida League of Cities. Inspired by the devastation in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and in keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio’s pledge of West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the young men and women were inspired to donate the funds.


The Mayor’s Youth Council, which consists of students in grades 9 through 12 who are City residents and attend school in the City, provides students with an opportunity to learn about municipal government. The Council organizes neighborhood youth meetings to discuss problems, needs and suggested improvements. It also advises the City on activities for and by teens who conduct volunteer programs, interact with professionals and give ideas to the City.


For information about the Mayor's Youth Council, contact Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Mayor's Office, by calling (561) 822-1413.



Aftercare Centers Receive Special Donation

Thank you Living Hungry and Restoration Bridge!


On November 2, 2017, thanks to Living Hungry and Restoration Bridge, proud partners with the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, four pallets stacked 7 feet tall with boxes of food and snacks were delivered to help support the aftercare programs at six locations across the City of West Palm Beach. More than 60,000 snacks arrived at the West Palm Beach warehouse for distribution to the afterschool centers, Howard, Coleman, South Olive, Vedado, Gaines Parks and the Youth Empowerment Center. Thank you Living Hungry and Restoration Bridge for your generous support of the youth in our City!








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