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INSIDER Newsletter (11/5/2017)



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio




















November 5, 2017









The City of West Palm Beach is notifying residents, business owners and visitors that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will close the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard at the FEC crossing to vehicular traffic due to Florida East Coast Railway grade crossing rehabilitation from Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00am to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:00am.


According to the FDOT, this detour is being established to allow workers to perform necessary repairs to the FEC Railway at Okeechobee Boulevard west of Dixie Highway. During the closure, workers will rehabilitate the existing track to repair defective rails and replace the crowing surface to improve ride quality. Okeechobee Boulevard is a state road.


FDOT Map of Suggested Detours

To enlarge this map, visit: http://wpb.org/getattachment/6d65a81a-0df4-482c-8c93-0ab9898d0d32/FDOT-Okeechobee-Detour-Map.pdf;




Eastbound – Option 1: Traffic on Okeechobee Boulevard will be directed to go northbound on Australian Avenue.

  • Traffic going eastbound on Okeechobee Boulevard will turn onto Australian Avenue and go north to Banyan Blvd (1st Street).
  • Then, traffic will turn right and drive east to South Quadrille Boulevard.
  • Then, traffic will turn right and drive south back to Okeechobee Boulevard.

Eastbound – Option 2: Traffic on Okeechobee Boulevard will be directed to go northbound on Parker Avenue.

  • Traffic going eastbound on Okeechobee Boulevard will turn left on Tamarind Avenue and go north to Banyan Blvd (1st Street).
  • Then, traffic will turn right and drive east to South Quadrille.
  • Then, traffic will turn right and drive south back to Okeechobee Boulevard.

Eastbound – Option 3: Traffic on Okeechobee Boulevard will be directed to go southbound on Parker Avenue.

  • Traffic going eastbound on Okeechobee Boulevard will turn right on Parker Avenue and go south to Belvedere Road.
  • Then, traffic will turn left and drive east to US 1 / Dixie Highway.
  • Then, traffic will turn left and drive north back to Okeechobee Boulevard.

For more information, please contact the FDOT District Four Public Information Office at (954) 777-4091 or visit FDOT online at: http://www.fdot.gov/default.shtm.



Congratulations to the Houston Astros!

Mayor Muoio with Orbit, the Houston Astros' Mascot, at City Hall


Mayor Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach congratulate the Houston Astros on their World Series win! West Palm Beach is the Astros' Spring Training home. Of course, it couldn't possibly be just a coincidence that the Astros won their first World Series after their first Spring Training in West Palm Beach (wink, wink)! Congratulations again to all, and we look forward to seeing the Astros back in West Palm Beach this Spring!


Astros Manager A.J. Hinch, Mayor Muoio and Umpires on Spring Training Opening Day


Did Hurricane Irma Destroy Your Trees?

Hurricane Landscaping Damage and Replacement; City to Hold Tree Giveaways for Residents


The City of West Palm Beach Landscape Code, Chapter 94, Article 14 of the Zoning and Land Development Regulations (Landscaping, Land Clearing, Tree Protection, and Artificial Turf) is intended to protect, preserve and restore the tree canopy in the City of West Palm Beach. Please be advised that all trees and other plant materials required by the landscape code that were severely damaged or killed during Hurricane Irma and had to be removed must be replaced within three months of removal. This applies to both residential and non-residential private properties within the City of West Palm Beach.


For example:

  • If a tree had to be removed, another tree of the same or equivalent type must be replanted at a minimum size of 12 feet tall.
  • If a palm was removed, another palm must be replanted, and if shrubs or hedges were damaged or removed, they must be replaced.

Tree alteration permits are not required for the removal of trees destroyed by natural causes, but replacement trees are required.


Throughout the year, the City hosts many native tree giveaways through the Department of Sustainability in the Mayor's Office. To find out when the next tree giveaway will be, contact Sustainability at (561) 822-2222. Tree giveaway dates are often posted in the Insider Newsletter or on social media. Follow the Department of Sustainability on Twitter via the handle @wpbgreen.


For more information on hurricane landscaping damage and replacement, contact Ray Caranci, Landscape Planner, Planning and Zoning Division at (561) 822-1462 or email rpcaranci@wpb.org.


Solar Co-Ops Bring Affordable, Green Energy to West Palm Beach

Mayor Muoio helped kick off solar co-ops in West Palm Beach


West Palm Beach residents who want to harness the energy of the Florida sun to lower their energy bills now have a new way to go solar without breaking the bank. Residents are invited to join like-minded homeowners joining solar co-ops to get bulk discounts on installing equipment including solar panels on their homes. The co-op concept is the branchild of "Florida Solar United Neighbors" in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, and other organizations. Homeowners intersted in joining a solar co-op can sign up at an informational meeting. Once the co-op has 25 households registered, a selection committee solicits bids from contractors.


"We think this opportunity to join a solar-co-op is going to make it much easier for our residents to actually have solar," said Mayor Jeri Muoio. "I'm hoping that we’ll see many participants in the City of West Palm Beach."


The City's partnership with the group supports a key City goal : to reach a goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Co-ops have been able to secure 20% discounts for their members and, through 2018, 30% federal tax credits are also available.


To find out how you can join a solar co-op, please visit: solarunitedneighbors.org/palmbeach.


City Collects Funds, Thousands of Items

for Stand by Puerto Rico Relief Effort



City of West Palm Beach residents and business owners are helping the City live up to its reputation as a City of Kindness! When City employees issued a call for donations to support the Stand by Puerto Rico relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, the community truly came through!


The City is pleased to share that a lunchtime bake sale fund raiser at City Hall on October 4th generated $894. The funds were designated for the purchase of items needed by hurricane victims. Additionally, during a two-week long supplies drive, City employees  collected 20 cases of water, 15 individual gallons of water, and more than 1,000 items including baby food, dog food, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, canned and dry food, etc. The items were delivered to drop off locations identified by the Puerto Rico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the generous residents and business owners in West Palm Beach.




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